The 3 Key Principles for Healthy Blood Flow
There are 3 natural energies that result in separation of charges that create healthy blood flow, they are as follows:
1. Sunlight charges up your blood vessels, which increases the flow of blood. When the sun’s rays penetrate your skin, it causes a massive increase of nitric oxide that acts as a vasodilator. As much as 60% of your blood can be shunted to the surface of your skin through the action of nitric oxide. This helps absorb solar radiation, which then causes the water in your blood to capture the energy and become structured.
This is a Key component for a healthy heart. The ideal is to be exposed to the Sun while grounding, meaning walking barefoot. This forms a biological circuit that makes it work even better.
2. Negative ions from the Earth, also known as earthing or grounding. This also charges up your blood vessels, creates a separation of charges, creates more positive ions and allows the blood to flow upward, against gravity.
3. The field effect or touch from another living being, such as laying on of hands.
As noted by Dr. Thomas Cowan, “The best thing is to be, more or less, with shorts or naked on the beach, with the saltwater, which acts as an electrical conductor, holding hands with somebody you love. That’s how you structure the water.”
Sun exposure, grounding and skin-to-skin contact are 3 prevention strategies that, ideally, everyone should be doing. It doesn’t get a whole lot easier or less expensive than that.
“The water is a battery. Those inputs separate the charges, charge the battery, the battery does work and it starts flow. That flow, just through Bernoulli’s Principle, which is the wider it is, the slower it goes, when it narrows, it goes faster. That is the reason the blood moves, in a nutshell.”
The Big Q: Does plaque really cause Heart Attack?
The Big A: Dr. Cowan does not ascribe to the plaque theory of heart disease. Instead, he makes a strong case for heart disease being a problem rooted in mitochondrial dysfunction.
What is wrong with the plaque theory?
For starters, if plaque were responsible, there would have to be something in the blood or blood vessels causing the plaque, such as cholesterol or inflammation.
And, since all blood vessels are identical, there’s no difference between the splenic artery, the femoral artery or the coronary artery
For example: if there’s plaque in one artery, there should be plaque everywhere, and an attack should theoretically occur just about anywhere in the body, depending on where the blockage is.
People do not have “spleen attacks,” or “foot attacks,” which would be the result of a bottleneck of plaque forming near these organs.
“There is such a thing as renal artery ischemia. But basically, there are only two organs that have attacks. The brain, we call that a stroke, and the heart, we call that a myocardial infraction (MI) or a heart attack,” Dr. Cowan says.
“Why not the other organs? Because that suggests there’s something different about those organs. It’s not the blood vessels because the blood vessels, they are the same. There’s something different about the heart and the brain that’s causing the attacks. It’s not the blood flow.”
In the ’40’s and ’50’s when the plaque theory began to emerge, most cardiologists rejected it, noting there is massive collateral circulation between the coronary arteries and this massive network of fine blood vessels. It doesn’t really matter whether one area gets blocked or not, because the whole thing is like the wetlands; it will simply compensate for a blockage in one area by increasing blood flow elsewhere.
Post-mortem autopsy studies, which are available on Dr. Cowan’s website, humanheartcosmicheart.com looking at arterial blockages in the area leading to the part that had an attack showed that only 18% were actually blocked. That means that in 82% of cases, a blocked artery was not the cause of the heart attack.
So, what caused it?
In another study, 66% of normal 50-year-olds who died in car accidents were found to have a 1 or more, greater than 90% stenosis or blockage of a coronary artery, yet none of them had any symptoms.
“I’m not saying blockages are good. I’m not saying plaque is good. What I am saying is it’s nowhere near sufficient to explain why people have heart attacks,” Dr. Cowan says.
“Every week somebody comes in and says ‘I’m not feeling as well as I used to. I have some chest pain, a little shortness of breath walking up the hills. I went on a 5-mile walk yesterday and I’m not doing as well as I used to. I went to the cardiologist. He did tests and found I have a 95% blockage in one of my coronary arteries. He said if it blocks any more, I’ll have a heart attack and die… and that I better have a stent or an angioplasty.’
I think to myself, if all of the blood flow comes through these coronary arteries and he’s got 95% blockage of this major vessel, how did he walk up this 5-mile hill?
In fact, how is he even standing upright if he’s got less than 5% blood flow to a major part of his heart?
So, you mean to tell me if he blocks from 5 to 2%, that’s it?
Curtains down, you die?
The reality is 5% is Zero%, and blocking to 2% is the same as Zero%. So, it is very clear that the theory that the blood squeezes through the bottle neck in the vessel is complete nonsense.
The blood does not squeeze through the bottleneck. It bypasses it.
It goes through these collateral vessels and the flow is more or less normal, although there is some problem in the heart, but it is not because of that blockage. That’s why the Mayo Clinic and other studies, when they unblock the blockage, it doesn’t do any good for the patient.”
In Dr. Cowan’s view, there is only a small subset of patients that might benefit from bypass intervention, specifically if you have a greater than 90% stenosis (blockage) of the proximal part (the early part) of the left anterior descending (the primary artery that supplies blood to your heart).
Then, if a blockage is not the cause of the heart attack, then what is?
Dr. Cowan makes a strong case for 3 Key causes of heart attacks, in the following order of importance or likelihood:
1. Decreased parasympathetic tone followed by sympathetic nervous system activation. You have 2 nervous systems, a central and an autonomic. Your autonomic nervous system has 2 arms: the sympathetic fight-or-flight, and the parasympathetic, which governs rest and digestion.
Decreased parasympathetic tone results from stress, diabetes, high blood pressure and other factors, including emotional and psychological ones. That is the 1st thing that happens. Then, while under the influence of a low parasympathetic tone, you experience some sort of emotional, psychological or physical stress that activates your sympathetic nervous system.
This shifts your cell metabolism from the mitochondria to the cytoplasm, meaning the cells in your heart shift from using fat for fuel, to generating fuel in a glycolytic way through the fermentation of sugar. Once that glycolytic shift occurs, you enter into glycolytic metabolism where you burn sugar for fuel and make lactic acid. As in other muscles, lactic acid in the heart muscle causes the telltale cramps and pain known as angina.
Since the heart cannot stop contracting to allow the blood flow to flush out the lactic acid, the lactic acid builds up, causing localized metabolic acidosis that necroses or destroys the cardiac tissue. Also, when the tissue becomes acidic, calcium cannot enter the tissue. As a result, the heart muscle cannot contract properly.
Next, pressure in the arteries embedded in the non-moving area of your heart builds, which then breaks off little pieces. These are the “clots” conventional cardiology believes are the cause of the heart attack.
But the clots are not due to plaque, they are the result of pressure in the non-moving area of the heart, which is the result of not getting calcium into the cells, which is the result of lactic acid forming from the altered metabolism in the heart. This chain of events, Dr. Cowan believes, is the real cause of most heart attacks.
2. Collateral circulation failure. Diabetes, smoking and high-stress all affect collateral circulation, not major blood vessels, and all of these are known to raise your risk of a heart attack.
3. Particularly badly placed plaque formation. This is not the norm, but could occur.
A Key problems with using carbohydrates as a primary fuel, which a majority of people in the West are doing, is that it generates more reactive oxygen species (ROS) and secondary free radicals.
Chronically, this will cause mitochondrial damage. I like to simplify it by saying that carbs are dirty fuels, dirty in the sense that they generate excessive amounts of free radicals that poison the mitochondria.
It is this dirty fuel aka the net carbs, that creates fermentation metabolism and subsequent lactic acid production. The answer is not to take more antioxidants, but to reduce the production of free radicals by reducing net carbs and increasing the amount of healthy dietary fats you eat.
This is a core tenet of a healthy diet, and if you understand Dr. Cowan’s explanation above, and how carbs act as a dirty fuel, you will have a good understanding of why a high-sugar diet causes heart disease and heart attacks.
We have an epidemic of heart disease in the US, and the conventional treatments, such as the use of statin drugs and surgeries involving artery bypasses and stents, typically do not work well.
What does work?
In his book, “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease,” which is also available as an audiobook from Audible, he helps answer that question.
Dr. Thomas Cowan is a family physician and a founding member of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
It is a fascinating book, not overly technical, it is an excellent addition to any layman’s health library.
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