Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a disease which, through several mechanisms, causes the arteries to occlude. Arteriosclerosis is a closely related disease with slightly different causative mechanisms. The occlusion that these diseases cause effectively reduces the interior diameter of the Artery. Because of this reduced interior cross section of the Artery, less blood can flow through the Arterial system at normal blood pressure. The body then either increases the blood pressure or we find ourselves frequently "out of breath" as we try to "make do" with a lessened oxygen transport around the body. Eventually, if the Coronary Artery is involved, as it often is, insufficient oxygen delivery to the Heart muscle results in Heart Failure. If the Renal Artery is involved insufficient blood supply to the Kidneys can result in Kidney Failure.

The material that accumulates on the interior walls of the Artery is a plaque-like substance that typically has a calcium substrate that holds it in place. Among the mechanisms thought to be causative in the development of plaque in the Arteries are: Insulin damage to Arterial Endothelium that causes the bodies Arterial repair mechanism to patch the damage with plaque, stimulation of uncontrolled replication of Cytomegalovirus infected Arterial Intima cells by Insulin like growth factor and deposits of Cholesterol on a Calcium substrate in the Artery.

An elevated Insulin level, Hyperinsulinemia, is directly implicated in the damage done to the Arterial Endothelium that stimulates the repair response; it is also responsible for the stimulation of Intima replication and in the depressing of HDL and the elevation of LDL. This change in the HDL/LDL ratio results in higher than normal Serum Cholesterol levels. Some of this excess Cholesterol is thought to constitute the construction material for Arterial Plaque. To cure the Atherosclerosis requires the removal of the plaque from all of the Arteries. To prevent a return of the Atherosclerosis it is necessary to cure the Hyperinsulinemia that is a precipating cause of it. Modern orthodox medical practice does neither.

Conventional orthodox treatment for Atherosclerosis includes Arterial replacement, often referred to as "bypass surgery", and balloon angioplasty. Neither treatment addresses the cause of the disease. Neither treatment fixes the rest of our Arteries which are also occluded, possibly to a less than an immediate life threatening extent. Both treatments are expensive, invasive and very dangerous. Some patients die on the operating table. There are no scientific studies to support the use of these techniques. In addition, only the Artery, or Arteries, that causes the most life threatening symptom is treated. After treatment, the disease in all of our remaing untreated Arteries will continue to progress; often it will continue at at an accelerated rate. These treatments are time consuming, very expensive and very dangerous. The few times any of these treatments have ever been subjected to double blind studies to assess their usefulness they failed to demonstrate any improvement in the long term survival rate at all. See the article on Heart failure.

Successful unorthodox treatment must include reversal of the damage done to the Arteries as well as a reversal of the plaque forming mechanism that caused the problem in the first place. Chelation therapy has been used very successfully for about forty years to remove the plaque that has accumulated in the Arteries, all of the Arteries simultaneously. It is fast, efficient and economic in approximately 80% of the cases; also, risk is virtually non-existent. Detailed information about Chelation therapy can be obtained from our reference #5 listed below. Once the Arterial plaque is removed by Chelation, Hyperinsulinemia, the systemic disease characterized by the high Insulin levels, must be cured or the Arteries will simply begin the occlusion process all over again. See our page on Hyperinsulinemia for more information on this killer; included there is information on how to avoid it and on how to cure it if you haven't successfully avoided it.

It is important to note that Atherosclerosis reduces, sometimes greatly, the delivery of oxygen and other vital nutrients to the sixty seven trillion or so cells that comprise our body. For this reason many diseases of impaired circulation, some of them potentially fatal, are a direct result of Atherosclerosis.

For those who are interested in the source data from which these conclusions are drawn, a starter list of references is included below and much more information is available in our Special Report. There are hundreds of excellent studies available to support the conclusions found in this web page.

References:

  1. Goalstone ML, et al. "Insulin potentiates platelet-derived growth factor action in vascular smooth muscle cells.", Endocrinology 1998 Oct;139(10):4067-4072
  2. Stout RW. "Insulin as a mitogenic factor: role in the pathogenesis of cardiocascular disease.", Am J Med 1991 Feb21;90(2A):62S-65S
  3. Fujii K, et al. "Association between hyperinsulinemia amd intima-media thickness of the carotid artery in normotensive men.", J Hypertens 1997 Feb;15(2):167-172
  4. Agewall S, et al. "Carotid artery wall intima-media thickness is associated with insulin mediated glucose disposal in men at high and low coronary risk.", Stroke 1995 Jun;26(6):956-960
  5. American College for Advancement in Medicine, 23121 Verdugo Drive, suite 204, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 (714) 583-7666 (800) 532-3688 FAX (714) 455-9679

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