People often get atherosclerosis (building up of deposits in the arteries) and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) mixed up.
Atherosclerosis is one type of arteriosclerosis and is addressed by the natural health profession differently than the medical profession.
For instance, the first clue to a natural practitioner would probably be looking for a whitish halo around the Iris of the eyes.
While medical profession would use catherization (Feeding a tube up an artery in the leg to see if there is a blockage for example in the heart.) The catherization can be very dangerous. Looking into the eyes is the way I would suggest.
Symptoms of Atherosclerosis can include: high blood pressure, leg cramps, poor memory, poor circulation, dizziness, lack of energy which can foretell more serious conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, senility or gangrene to the extremities (hands and feet).
There are several elements which can develop in the arteries, I will cover the most common which are calcium, cholesterol and lipoprotein A.
It is thought that calcium deposits develop either because of a high consumption of inorganic calcium (from oyster shells, milk, etc.) or from a magnesium deficiency. If it is known that the deposit is inorganic calcium, I would suggest taking liberal amounts of organic calcium (to help break up and displace the inorganic), perhaps a prudent amount of magnesium (amount suggested on the bottle) and Chelate with Mega-chel.
If it is cholesterol lining the arteries I still suggest Mega-Chel but would also try to cleans and nourish the liver to help balance the cholesterol.
The amount of animal fat also may be involved. Vegetarians have lower incident of cholesterol build up.
Little is talk about lipoprotein A and the theory on why it develops on the arteries. Often the sufferers of this type of atherosclerosis never had outrageous cholesterol level, yet develops this plaque.
The theory of why lipoprotein A develops is that it is a protective response by the body. Scurvy is a condition that is caused by a lack of Vitamin C which symptoms that develop in its last stages are, bleeding or swollen gums, spider veins, varicose veins, hemangiomas (little blood dots under skin which looks like moles) and then the arteries and veins become so thin that blood leaks out causing bleeding and worse.
It is believed that the Lipoprotein A is nature's way of patching a thinning blood vessel wall. That when the body is given an adequate amount of vitamin C (5000 mg to start out then 1000 mg daily to maintain proper level) the body will naturally start to reabsorb the lipoprotein A.
Often a pH imbalance causes the arterial walls to weaken. A test called C reactive protein is a better indicator of tendency toward clogged arteries than a simple choletesterol test.
I believe this theory to be quite sound. The body often does this, for example, callouses on the hand to compensate for wear and tear.
Either way, I would suggest that if you have symptoms of a vitamin C deficiency that you supplement vitamin C with bioflavinoids before chelating.
A zinc/copper ratio imbalance can also seems to increase the productions of lipids. A copper deficiency can lead to aneurysms (a weak spot on the blood vessel).
Other less known theories of why is that plaque is a result of cell mutation caused by cholesterol, a virus or elements found in cigarette smoke or thick blood.
Yet to be studied fully is a link to deficiencies of Vitamin E, Selenium, Bromelain, Chromium, Carnitine, Pantothenic acid and exercise.
Conventional medicine treatment is Bi-pass (taking part of the artery out of the leg, clean it out and graph it to the heart. Although it improves circulation to the heart it does not improve the blood vessels of the rest of the body. Because the rest of the arteries will have the same amount of plaque as before the heart still has to work harder than it should to pump through the restricted tubing. Also bi-pass only lasts an average of 3 to 5 years until plaquing starts building up in those arteries.
Another technique is angio plasty. Angio plasty is inserting and feeding a hose up to the place where there is a blockage, then a balloon is inflated to compress the plaque on the sides of the artery wall. The disadvantages to that is the plaque can break off causing a stroke or heart attack and the plaque will fill up again.
As I have mentioned earlier I strongly advocate oral chelation (except for lipoprotein A which I would do chelation and vitamin C supplementation). There is also a quicker route called IV Chelation using EDTA which quickly cleans out plaque. The disadvantages are finding someone who does it well and the stress it can put on the kidneys. I suggest a lot of water, hydrangea and no coffee, tea or soda during treatments.
The best treatment is prevention. The best way to prevent any disease is to stay as natural as you can. I suggest a diet high in fiber (especially raw vegetables, fruits and whole grains). No milk products and an overall good health diet and life style.
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