This may be
big news in the medical community, but was
reported on this 11 years ago in ALTERNATIVES.
In that article information gave an easy way to
halt artery inflammation for about 5 cents a
day. Readers who heeded the early advice will be way
ahead of the game, if and when doctors announce
an official about-face.
But given their
bias against any vitamin therapy, doctors
probably won’t advise this simple approach.
Instead, their answer will be anti-inflammatory
drugs, the next new “miracle cure.”
Unfortunately, this approach will prove to be as
misguided as cholesterol medications were.
real solution to heart disease
The real solution
is to halt the causes of inflammation, one of
homocysteine, a harmless
acid-like waste product that forms when you eat
red meat and other protein foods. Homocysteine
is quickly broken down by certain B vitamins, so
it isn’t usually a problem. But if a person
isn’t getting enough of these B vitamins (a
widespread and disturbing problem in our country
today), then homocysteine builds up to dangerous
levels and “burns”
the delicate tissue of artery
walls. Plaque is then formed at the site of this
inflammation as the body attempts to heal the
dangerous is this? Studies show that a high
level of homocysteine is one of the most
dangerous risk factors for heart disease. It
increases a person’s risk of heart attack by 300
If you’re thinking
a little extra B-vitamin intake would correct
the problem, you’re on the right track. That’s
exactly how some alternative M.D.s handle the
problem. Studies as far back as 1988 show that
this B vitamin lowers homocysteine levels back
into the safety zone in just weeks. It has an
80% success rate.
And the cost is about 5 cents
a day. The CRP may be
elevated in these patients.
secret thyroid connection
But if you’re a
good detective (and I think you are), you’re
probably wondering what’s causing this
B-vitamin deficiency in the first place? Closer
investigation reveals that an underactive
thyroid gland is at the root of the problem.
This malfunction inhibits the absorption of B
vitamins, causing homocysteine levels to
skyrocket. The connection between the thyroid
and heart disease was first mentioned in the
1976 book, Solved: The Riddle of Heart
Attacks, by Dr. Broda Barnes. His research
was largely ignored by the medical community,
until the release of a study in 1999. At the
Cleveland Clinic, researchers corrected the
thyroid function in patients and saw
homocysteine levels normalize on their
own—without any need for vitamins.