Feb
24

Vitamin C and Your Heart

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Vitamin C may help prevent atrial fibrillation in high risk patients according to a new study



Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an increasingly common cardiac rhythm disturbaance that can lead to stroke and congestive heart failure. It can be facilitated by inflammation and oxidative stress, and approximately 30% of patients undergoing cardiac procedures suffer from post-operative AF.

According to a study published two days ago in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, researchers in Finland conducted a systematic review of vitamin C for preventing AF in high risk patients. They analyzed 14 randomized control trials consisting of 2006 patients who had cardiac surgery, along with one study involving 44 patients where the recurrence of AF after a successful cardioversion was investigated.

Interestingly, the five studies in the US found no effect of vitamin C against post-operative AF. On the other hand, the nine studies performed outside of the US found a mean reduction of 44%, while a study in Greece found that vitamin C decreased the risk of AF recurrence by 87%. In addition, in the non-US studies, vitamin C reduced hospital stay length by 12.6% and intensive care unit stay by 8%.

It is important to note that some of the surgery patients in the non-US studies were administered oral vitamin C, whereas some were given intravenous vitamin C.

As a result, oral vitamin C at 1-2 grams per day decreased post-operative AF by 73% and shortened the length of hospital stay by only 7%. Intravenous vitamin C only decreased AF by 36% but shortened the length of hospital stay by 16%. In conclusion, intravenous vitamin C administration had a greater effect on reducing the hospital stay but was less effective for reducing the occurrence of post-operative AF.

Vitamin C is a very inexpensive, powerful nutrient and antioxidant, and should be considered for cardiac surgery patients. Other nutrients to support the disruption of metabolic processes and preserve energy substrates include a multivitamin/mineral formula, fish oil, D-ribose, CoQ10, carnitine, and magnesium.

By Michael Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, CNS

 

Source: Harri Hemilä, Timo Suonsyrjä. Vitamin C for preventing atrial fibrillation in high risk patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 2017; 17 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12872-017-0478-5

 

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Jan
19

An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Written by Thomas Rau (M.D.), Medical Director at Paracelsus Clinic and Josef Vizkelety (M.D.), Dentist at Paracelsus Clinic. www.paracelsus.com

An interdisciplinary approach of doctors & dentists at the Paracelsus Clinic

Each biological and therefore human system is susceptible to metals and heavy metals. They occur in various forms and accumulate in the human body. Metals and heavy metals oxidize and corrode, thereby forming metal ions and oxides which are toxic to our biological system, therefore the topic of metal and heavy metal poisoning is not to be underestimated. According to the American Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, USA, most of the metallic elements found in medicine and dentistry are a possible source of direct toxicity / poisoning. This can, in turn, alter neural cells / mitochondria and cell membranes, as well as promote permeability, dysregulations and the increase of the autoimmunity, which disrupts cellular processes¹ as well as promoting unspecific and specific immune responses.² Interestingly, more and more scientists and researchers are finding increased disruption in our neuro vegetative system, which is also known as “electrosensitivity”.³

The special metal mercury, which has a wide range of applications, can be found in products like vaccines, industrial additives, tattoos, seafood and amalgam fillings! Besides mercury, amalgam fillings mainly contain silver, tin and copper, all of which independently of each other can have a direct effect on our health, and in addition their adverse effects can be enhanced by mercury.

Mercury exists in three chemical structures:

  • elemental mercury (vaccinations and thermometers)
  • organic methyl / ethylmercury (amalgam fillings)
  • inorganic mercury (fish & seafood and digestive tract)

Elemental and organic methyl / ethylmercury can pass undisturbed through the blood-brain barrier and the placenta while inorganic mercury can cause kidney toxicity. A unique property of amalgam fillings is the formation of super toxins / super bugs by combining mercury with oral anaerobic pathogenic microorganisms, which occur, for example, in dead teeth or root canal treated teeth.

All forms of mercury specifically bind sulphur containing compounds, such as cysteine, homocysteine, N-acetylcysteine, metallothionein, red blood cells and albumin.

There are thus many ways in which mercury can harm our body, for example as follows:

  • Oxidative stress in cells of the intestinal tract, which in turn can cause leaky gut syndrome or to an increase in cytokine activity that can contribute to allergic reactions and the development of cancer, as well as an increase in antibiotic resistance
  • Lung and bone disorders5 ,
  • Skin disorders6 , cardiovascular disease7
  • Renal disease, which inhibits the kidney from absorbing water and thus causing frequent urination8
  • Neurological diseases such as ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. When mercury is bound as methylmercury to the amino acid cysteine then it assumes similar functions as the amino acid methionine. This allows mercury to overcome the blood-brain barrier and contribute to direct neurotoxicity9
  • Infertility

This list of harmful effects of mercury can go on and on, but what about the other metals, such as copper, cobalt, iron and chromium They can all oxidize fatty acids, also known as lipid peroxidation. Furthermore heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium can displace essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and selenium, which can lead to poor calcium absorption, thyroid dysfunction, and stress-induced immunomodulation. Therefore it is all the more important to test metals and heavy metals and to eliminate them from our bodies.

Test methods

  • Metal stimulation test with DMPS (dimercaptopropanesulfonic acid) to bind metals / heavy metals, which can be excreted in the urine and thereby measured
  • Hair mineral analysis: a measure of methyl / ethyl mercury and essential minerals
  • Oligoscan: a laser applicator that can capture data from heavy metals and minerals
  • Dark field analysis: a historically used analysis to assess characteristics of red and white blood cells
  • The physical examination of the skin, mucous membrane and the nails
  • LTT / Melissa Test for the measurement of potential metal allergies, including titanium hypersensitivity

Treatment spectra

After the severity of the metal and heavy metal toxicity has been determined, all dental metals are removed under special care and greatest possible protection and all dental replacements should be metal-free. Our holistic approach of dentistry would not be effective and complete if it would not be accompanied by the biological medicine according to Dr Thomas Rau, Medical Director and father of the Paracelsus Clinic. This biological medicine concept entails 3 main pillars of approach:

Removal of heavy metal sources

Dentistry: Amalgam fillings, metal crowns (usually made of palladium or gold, cobalt, chromium, nickel, copper and silver) and titanium implants are removed with special care. Special protective equipment such as oxygen, rubber dam, special suction devices, protective equipment and the application of Na-selenium and Na-thiosulfate are used under special care. All dental restorations should be done with metal-free materials, mostly ceramics.

Medicine: This could include the removal of titanium hip or knee prosthesis in case a patient develops an allergy to the metal

Detoxification, restoring digestive health, and milieu detoxification (blood plasma)

Detoxification

Supporting the liver by dietary changes including less dietary protein, fat and processed foods, reduced alcohol consumption, improvement of liver regulation and liver function. Improvement of the biochemical, coenzyme function and the metal bonding function.

Kidney support by improved kidney regulation and homeopathic support the kidney structure by drinking sufficient water.

Restoring digestive health

Removing food intolerances and supplying enough water and fibre, intake of Sanum products and acid-base balance regulation of the large intestine with lactic acid bacteria. In cases of leaky gut, the mucous membrane should be restored and a cellular detoxification initiated.

Milieu detoxification

Adequate daily pure water consumption and regulation of the pH with alkaline powders and Sanum products. Adopting a healthy diet consuming a variety of vegetables, plant proteins and essential fats.

The above suggestions are general guidelines for detoxification. However, it is sometimes necessary to promote active removal of heavy metals with DMPS, DMSA, Fluminicil or EDTA. From our experience, we use DMPS to remove all metals, but nickel is removed best by EDTA.

Paracelsus Clinic Lustmühle under the supervision of Dr. Rau has specialised in body detoxification and has been helping our patients for more than 20 years. In addition, it is a necessary part of biological medicine that doctors and dentists work together to maximize the body’s efficiency and capacity to self-healing. Unfortunately, the environmental exposure of metals and heavy metals is increasing and we cannot avoid the exposer to this ever-growing danger. Our clinic recognizes this and has continued to extend and revise our detoxification program over the years to keep up with the advancement in this field and thus be successful as much as possible and to satisfy our patients.


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Dec
22

Kari’s Holiday Beet Salad

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If you have signed up for our Wellness Minute videos you have seen how easy this delicious and healthy salad is to make. So make sure you check the video archives for the video.

6 Beets cooked & cubed Feta Cheese (goat used)
Raw Pecans (see note)
½ cup Organic Olive Oil 3 Scallions chopped
½ cup Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette Sea Salt & Ground Pepper

Cook beets with skins on by boiling or roasting in the oven with a little coconut oil
on them. Slip skins off beets under running water. Cut into bite sized cubes and
place in a bowl.
Place vinegar & oil in a jar and shake to blend. Pour dressing over the beets and
mix.
Add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Layer with feta cheese, scallions and pecans over the top of beets.
Note: Pecans may be roasted on a cookie sheet at 350
o for 4 – 5 minutes.
For spectacular presentation when bringing to an event, it is suggested that feta
cheese, scallions & pecans be placed in individual containers to be prepared
upon arrival to avoid discoloration during transport.

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Dec
15

Merry Christmas

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Nov
18

New Study Recommends Statins for Prevention

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New study recommends statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 02:32 PM

According to a new study published three days ago in JAMA, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended the use of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. They advocate the use of low- to moderate-dose statins in adults ages 40 to 75 years without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) who have one or more CVD risk factors (dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, or smoking) and a calculated 10-year CVD event risk of 10% or greater.1 The USPSTF concluded that the harm of low- to moderate-dose statin use in these adults is minimal.

In contrast, recent studies demonstrated how the education on statins is deceptive and creates the appearance that they are safe and effective in the prevention of CVD. There is no question that statins are effective at reducing cholesterol levels, but they have failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes or reduce the risk of mortality.2 The role of high cholesterol as an etiological factor in CVD has been a source of controversy and debate for decades. Studies have demonstrated that older adults with low levels of cholesterol are just as atherosclerotic as those with high levels.3 

Also, another study demonstrated how statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure. This study suggests that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can act as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of CoQ10 and ATP generation.4 

Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, a vitamin necessary to protect the arteries from calcification. In addition, statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium-containing proteins. This impairment may be a factor in congestive heart failure, as a selenium deficiency is seen with cardiomyopathies.

Health care providers have many more tools today than simply looking at the standard lipid panel to assess cardiovascular health. It is essential to perform a thorough assessment for all of these patients by looking at lipid fractionation profiles, chronic inflammatory markers (ferritin, hs-CRP, fibrinogen), nutrient markers (magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, folate, B12, B6, zinc, and calcium), fat soluble vitamins (A, D & K, and CoQ10), oxidative stress factors (homocysteine, insulin, and lipid peroxidases), heavy metals, and a fatty acid profile. 

At the end of the day, protocol-driven treatment like this fails. Each person’s biochemical individuality exerts a major influence on his or her health. The level of nutrient intake that maintains the best possible health is highly variable from person to person. Lifestyle choices and environmental exposures filtered through genetic predisposition are fundamental factors in the expression of disease and a successful treatment approach must include investigation into these factors.

By Michael Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, CNS

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