The principles of modern cardiology started in 1628 when William Harvey postulated most of our modern beliefs about the heart as a pump, and that it pushes the blood throughout our bodies. However, consider this: The human body has enough blood vessels within it, to circle the earth approximately three times.
How is a one-pound organ with thin walls, powerful enough to push the blood in our circulatory system throughout this network of blood vessels? And what pushes the blood forward after the exchange of gases at the capillaries of the lungs when the blood virtually comes to a stop? If a heart is just a simple pump, why have artificial hearts been so difficult to perfect and have been relegated to no more than a bridge until a human donation?
In Dr. Thomas Cowen’s book Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, he postulates a theory that was discussed by Leonardo DaVinci around 1513, that the heart beats create vortices of blood flow. Using theories from DaVinci, Rudolf Steiner, Frank Chester, and Dr. Gerald Pollack, Cowen delves into Chester’s and Steiner’s view that the heart is really a seven-sided geometric form called a chestahedron, (a shape that has seven equilateral triangles) that facilitates circulation but isn’t an actual pump. Steiner compares the heart more to a hydraulic ram than a pump. Evidence of this is by virtue that the aortic arch doesn’t straighten when blood leaves the heart. A simple bent garden hose will straighten as soon as a spigot is turned on. The fact that the heart doesn’t behave this way can be explained by the negative pressure akin to suction by a hydraulic ram.
Viewing an angiogram, the aortic arch can be seen to bend in more when the blood leaves the heart, the opposite of what you would see with a pump operating on the pressure propulsion model. Cowen agrees with DaVinci, that the heart creates vortices and Dr. Pollack, that vortices create a hydrophilic surface along the interior blood vessels creating a slippery surface for blood to travel along. This surface is called an exclusion zone and is negatively charged. The inner lumen of the blood vessels is positively charged and the two opposing charges repel each other causing fluid (blood) to move more easily.
Poor lifestyles, including diet, toxins etc., play a role in why this protective exclusion zone gets compromised. Damage along the artery will lead to calcium deposits in the blood vessels called plaque. Theoretically, in the case of coronary arteries, a thrombosis (blockage) could result in a heart attack especially if there is 90% blockage in the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery. In the brain, it is called a stroke. However, why don’t we hear of a kidney attack or a spleen attack which also have major blood vessels subject to plaque.
With stress, we create ATP (energy) in cells through the anaerobic (without oxygen) glycolysis pathway rather than the aerobic (with oxygen) Krebs cycle. With the inefficient glycolysis pathway, lactic acid is a byproduct. With the Krebs cycle, we get 3 times the production of ATP without lactic acid. The brain and heart demand more ATP than the rest of the body, but if there is a buildup of lactic acid anywhere, cramps result. If this occurs in the heart we call it angina. Cowen, believes a heart attack in about 50% of the cases isn’t a thrombosis, but simply a buildup of lactic acid which creates a “cramp” in the heart.
Treatment considerations for coronary artery blockages
Some interesting facts regarding medications. Statins, nitrates, aspirin, and beta-blockers, all have mechanisms that increase acetylcholine and nitrous oxide, both of which increase parasympathetic (relaxing) nervous system activity. Fortunately, there are less invasive methods of doing so. Simply using massage techniques on the scalp and jaw, cold water on the face, gargling, infrared saunas, niacin, or meditation to improve heart rate variability, can do the same.
The African vine Strophanthus has an active ingredient called G-strophanthin. In the U.S., it is called Ouabain. It can convert a potentially toxic byproduct of the glycolytic process lactic acid into pyruvate (fuel for the heart). For decades it was given to all heart patients in Germany for this reason. Some call it insulin for the heart.
Vitamin K2 is also important because it increases parasympathetic nervous system activity and directs the calcium out of the arteries and into the bones. It is found in grass fed butter, in a fermented soybean product called natto and in something called Emu oil.
Building up the collateral blood circulation of the heart muscle with EECP, or the Air Relax and NormaTec boots. EECP is Enhanced External Courter-pulsation and is a non-surgical therapy for angina, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions involving poor circulation. The recommended treatment is 35 one-hour sessions where cuffs placed on the calves, thighs and pelvis squeeze blood back to the heart during its resting phase to help form collateral circulation to the heart, it then relaxes when the heart is contracting. Increasing collateral circulation to the heart allows the body to form new blood vessels to naturally bypass the blocked area. Air Relax and Norma Tec boots work similarly but is a home-based device that has been used by athletes to help in recovery from an athletic event.
Improving the Krebs Cycle
B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, zinc, lipoic acid, carnitine, and a diet rich in healthy fats and low in refined carbohydrates will improve the Krebs cycle.
Balloon angioplasty’s, cardiac stents and bypass surgeries are a big business in western medicine. Although they might be worthwhile in certain circumstances, there are statistics that show stents are often rejected by the body, and they themselves can cause a clot. Recently, a new dissolvable stent was approved by the FDA. Only 50% of heart attacks can be attributed to thrombosis, so perhaps we should be giving more credence of how blood really flows through our bodies and using natural means to improve collateral circulation and improving our Krebs cycle function.
If you want to view an example of how a heart developed collateral circulation to beat normally despite a 90% blockage in one of the coronary arteries, click here: