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The Untold Truths of Heart Disease by Dr. Michael J. Badanek, DC, BS, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, DM(P)

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s I wrote last month, I find it shocking how badly American consumers are being misled on the essential causes of heart disease today. In fact, it looks as though we as a nation are actually losing ground instead of progressing in the fight against heart disease. One may wonder: where are all the billions of dollars going in the constant research in heart disease, when it is still classified by many in the field of medicine as the leading killer of Americans today? Let’s take a look at some documented ideas regarding heart disease that get little or no press, let alone significant attention from physicians practicing today. The link between homocysteine and heart disease The real truth is that cholesterol is not the deadly threat you’ve been led to believe it is. (For more information, read my article on p.26 of the June issue of this magazine.) Aside from the fact that cholesterol is necessary for everything from the production of sex hormones to bile synthesis, it does not clog your arteries unless it has something to attach to: a tear, a rough surface, a ridge, or a sharp turn. But when the homocysteine levels in your blood become too high, the perfect conditions are created for plaque buildup. Homocysteine

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is an amino acid that promotes the growth of smooth muscle cells just below the inner wall of the artery. Multiplying rapidly, these cells create a deadly bulge that protrudes into the artery itself. It is onto this bulge that cholesterol, blood products, and calcium begin to accumulate. These built-up bulges become the blood traps that lead to problems such as impotence, poor memory, strokes, heart attacks, and death. And research indicates that you should be just as concerned—if not more so—with your homocysteine levels, as you are with your cholesterol levels. Homocysteine destroys arterial walls A team of Seattle researchers showed that injections of homocystiene rapidly caused early signs of arteriosclerosis in baboons. The researchers reported that in their test, the cells just beneath the animals’ artery walls (the intima) were mutating and reproducing at a wild rate, and this growth was destroying arterial walls. After just one week of high levels of homocysteine in the baboons’ blood, 23 percent of their artery walls were lost. The researchers found that the higher the level of homocysteine and the more severely injured the inner artery wall, the more severe the signs of arteriosclerosis. Homocysteine can kill, if you don’t know how to control it Your body forms homocysteine when you eat food containing an amino acid called methionine, which is present in all animal and vegetable protein. As part of the digestive process, methionine is broken down into homocysteine.

As long as certain helper nutrients (B6, B12, and folic acid) are present, homocystiene subsequently converts back into a harmless amino acid. However, when these helper nutrients aren’t present, homocysteine levels become dangerously high. Unfortunately, many Americans have one or more genetic defects in being able to absorb and properly use these helper nutrients to block the production of homocysteine and therefore are directly exposed to heart disease, cancer, and a whole host of other maladies. It is extremely important that you and your loved ones regularly get your homocysteine levels checked. This is essential to provide you with the knowledge to promote good cardiovascular health and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Michael Badanek has been serving the Central Florida region for more than 32 years in active clinical practice. Dr. Badanek is a licensed Chiropractic Physician with extensive continued training in alternative complementary medicine including nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy, applied kinesiology, functional and traditional allopathic medicine, and electrodermal screening, with board certifications in homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, and clinical nutrition. His real love is treating patients with all types of conditions with alternative/functional medicine, especially people with an ailment which has not responded to traditional or alternative treatments. Visit www. alternativewholistic.com or call 352622-1151 for a courtesy consultation.

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“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue  

“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about green, local, organic, wholistic, natural, fun, health...

“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue  

“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about green, local, organic, wholistic, natural, fun, health...

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