What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks?
Dr.Mercola posted an important article about a topic of great concern – what actually is involved in the percipitation of the “spectrum of heart disease, which includes angina, unstable angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack)”. He provides the research of an eminent cardiologist, Thomas S. Cowan MD, attempting to prove that the conventional theory is largely misleading; and how he describes the precise and well documented events that do lead to MIs (myocardial infarctions or heart attacks). He shows that heart disease is fundamentally caused by a deficiency in the parasympathetic nervous system – a result of stress and poor diet. The solution is to nurture and protect that system, which is the same as saying we should nurture and protect ourselves.
Article By Thomas S. Cowan, MD
In a previous article in this journal (“What Causes Heart Attacks,” Fall 2007), I presented the case that the spectrum of heart disease, which includes angina, unstable angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack), is better understood from the perspective of events happening in the myocardium (heart) as opposed to events happening in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart).
As we all know, the conventional view holds that the central event of heart disease occurs in the arteries, with the buildup of blockage called plaque.
This understanding is crucial since during the last fifty years, the pursuit of the coronary artery theory has cost this nation billions of dollars in unnecessary surgical costs, billions in medications that cause as much harm as allow for any positive benefits, and, most seriously, has led many to adopt a low-fat diet, which only worsens the problem.
Newer twists on this theory only serve to further obscure the real cause. In contrast, by understanding the real patho-physiological events behind the evolution of MIs, we will be led to a proper nourishing traditional style of eating, the use of the safe and inexpensive heart tonic called g-strophanthin.
Most importantly, we will be forced to look at how heart disease is a true manifestation of the stresses of modern civilized life on the core of the human being.
To overcome the epidemic of heart disease, we literally need a new medical paradigm, a new economic system, a new ecological consciousness; in short, a new way of life. The coronary theory misses all of this, just as it misinterprets the actual pathological events.
For health professionals and researchers, your understanding of this subject is incomplete without reading and studying the two articles found in the print version of the website.
The first is by G. Baroldi, “The Etiopathologies of Coronary Heart Disease: A Heretical Theory Based on Morphology,” and the second by K. Sroka, “On the Genesis of Myocardial Ischemia.” Both articles are reprinted in full on the website.