Every day, the average heart, your best friend, beats 100,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood for nourishing your body. In 70 years, that adds up to more than 360 million (faithful) heart beats.” Patricia Bragg in ‘The miracles of fasting’.

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“To understand high blood pressure, you need to know a few interesting facts about the heart. The human heart beats an average 70 times per minute, 100,000 times a day and 2.5 billion times in a lifetime. With each heart beat, about 2.5 ounces of blood are pumped through the heart … that is 1,980 gallons every day..’, Judy Limberg Mcfarland in Aging without growing old.

MAY 29 is only seven days away. That is the D-DAY on which outgoing president Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan will hand power over to president elect Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd). Many hearts are pounding. Many people must feel their hearts agitating against their throats. The big thieves in public offices must be wishing the hands of the clock can still be turned backwards  and events would come up that will save them the pains or trauma of Buhari succeeding Jonathan. Buhari said a few weeks ago, after defeating Jonathan in the presidential election, that a major change will occur in Nigeria in June. No one as yet knows what change will come from this seemingly incorruptible man who has promised to sweep the dirty, foul-smelling  Aegean stables clean of dirt, grit and odour. In a country where many public officers are big-time thieves, as Senator–elect Ben Bruce said recently, an echo of the incumbent Emir of kano, Sanusi, when he was Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Buhari’s testimonials make us believe he can tidy up the financial and economic mess into which the Jonathan Administration over six years has plunged Nigeria. Here are  the records:

•Buhari has only two houses and about N1million in his bank accounts

•Buhari has been Governor of Borno State

•Buhari has been Nigeria’s oil minister two times, one as chairman of the presidential task force on petroleum.

  • Buhari has been head of State (President)

•Buhari  has held many Senior military commands, one of which is enough to make a multi-billionaire of a big-thief incumbent

I cannot vouch for Nigerian figures. The word going round is that former Nigerian Presidents are on N24 million pension  a year and that retired Nigerian generals earn a pension upkeep of about N2.4 million a year. The rhyme of these figures almost makes me wish to doubt their veracity. Nevertheless, as we know, there is no smoke without a fire behind it. The story is that some retired generals who were former heads of state draw both pensions, but buhari accepted to draw only his general’s pension.

If we can trust these credentials to be true, we can expect major commotions in the polity and in the economy. That’s why I believe, from open talk and whispers throughout the country, some great events of our time are shaping up for manifestation. If you would recall one of the columns in the Jonathan, Buhari, the rich and the poor series, I almost gave the election to Jonathan after he postponed the polls for weeks and, in that period, literally hurled Nigeria’s treasury at the voters. I recalled then a spiritual code for understanding the time in which we stand, in this case…

As we march towards the end of time, belief in the power of money would reach its zenith or climax and many people will replace the Truth, that is God, with money.

n retrospect, we can now see that many voters, even in Lagos, fell for the President’s money. But, at that,  Jonathan Buhari column suggested, a Jonathan victory would guarantee no safety for the thieving Nigerian Establishment because, unknown to many people, we stand in the precints of a great purification of the earth from all Opposition to light and goodness. A great event occurred in Nigeria about 40 years ago to plug our country in the mainstream of the spiritual cleansing process. It was, therefore, a question of time before the leader would arrive whose aura  would link up with the ethereal forces at play and anchor them in the Government and other social  institutions. A Jonathan victory would not have hatched this march. The heat and the fire would merely have diverted their course to spring up elsewhere. Who can stop the flow of water? Even when you surround it with concrete, it would merely percolate into the soil to find a new level for its flow.

Our hearts are pounding now because we do not know what Buhari would do? Would he cut his own pay to, say, N5 million a month and ask senators to downgrade theirs to, say, N3 million. How would he tackle the mess in the oil and gas sector? Will he declare a State of Economy Emergency? How would he reform the Army and the Police? What about the Customs and Excise department and the immigration service? Will he wish to know how federal roads in a South-south state cost about N3 billion naira per kilometre in laterite terrain and less than half of that on the same terrain in a nearby state? Will he reverse all the appointments and other decisions of lame-duck President Jonathan intended to plant human land mines around him?

What of the US 500 million Oil and gas project at the Lekki EPZ in Lagos lame-duck President Jonathan has unilaterally ordered be taken to Bayelsa, his home state? Even if Buhari would like to stick to agreement with international power brokers not to probe Jonathan, for which reason he has promised to treat the outgoing President with “respect and understanding,” what would happen if private citizens file allegations against the Jonathan administration and, in the process of tackling them, the president’s name and involvement keep popping up? Our hearts are pounding, I keep saying. I have refused to be connected to municipal electricity supply for about 12 years running because the bill is outraging. With my children now on their own, I live alone. I run no electrical appliance, not even television or fridge, I leave home about 10 a.m and return about 11 p.m, have, my bath and go to  sleep. Why should I pay N 40,000 a month for electricity I do not consume simply because, from its size, the electricity–man believes the house should gulp that much every month. You can be sure that if I am a thief and can steal money to pay the bill this month, the bill will go up next month, electricity would not be regular, the process will go on and the owners of electricity will be smiling to the bank, raking in money from millions of people they do not deserve to earn and poisoning the economy as the cost of electricity is plastered on goods and services. Jonathan promised to deliver us all from this mafia, but failed. Will Buhari be man enough to look them straight in the eye and tackle them? Will he take electricity back from the mafia? He owns them nothing, the contributed billions of Naira into Jonathan’s election campaign fund, not his, which was funded by poor people and some rich friends.

Buhari’s heart

Gen. Buhari’s heart, too, must be pounding. He would move the levers alright. And that will ignite a chain of events. But there is no man who moves a lever or who starts a process who can ever determine its dimensions or end. For these events soon don their own garbs modulated by other influences, and go their own way, far, far away from the originators imagination. Buhari must wonder if he can find the right people to do the job he wishes to accomplish. Was this why he suggested we should expect no miracles? Will there be moles in the house? What if Senators rebel and Governors hijack the government? If he cannot dislodge the mafias within three months will they not regroup and with new found confidence confront him? Does he recognise that when the lair of a poisonous snake is lifted, it will surely lift its head and attack the intruder unless it is killed outright. Buharis victory at the polls has exposed and lifted the lair of the poisonous snake which is now waiting for the opportune time to take its revenge.

Pounding heart

The heart does not pound on its own. It pounds when we are afraid. Fear may be conscious or unconscious. Whatever it is, fear keeps us on our toes to make us survive the event(s) we are afraid of. What keeps us on our toes to fight the fear causing event or to flee from it are stress hormones which are poured into the blood stream by adrenal glands, the anti-stress glands located on top of each Kidney. When we are afraid of anything or situation.

These hormones are double-edged swords. They enhance our survival in dreadful situations. But they may also harm our organs and our health if they persistently flood the blood stream over a prolonged period of time, as happens to many people who live under stressful conditions as the next four years may bring upon some people Buhari will be de-establishing and upon himself who must be in stressful battle gear. Do not forget that we hardly forget the past. Buhari would surely remember that, as Head of State, a military coup which brought Ibrahim Babangida to power was staged against him when it was thought that he was going too far with social reforms!

This column is incompetent to address major problems the heart may suffer from in this situation. That is the realm for cardiologists or heart doctors. But it can venture nevertheless on a limited scale into some of the common heart troubles in Nigeria from which senior citizens suffer, including:

•Hypertension or elevated blood pressure

•Congestive heart failure

•Heart attack

•Enlarged heart

•Angina pectoris

•Low blood pressure or hypotension and palpitation

The list can be endless. So are the remedies to these conditions as stated, only a few of them will be addressed, and briefly.

Hypertension

To understand hypertension, we must understand that the blood or the river of life flows around the body to give each of the 100 trillion or so cells which compose it nutrients and oxygen, and to remove their waste products or poisons for evacuation from the body. The heart as a pumping machine pumps blood through many blood vessels of varying sizes and receives used or deoxygenated blood which it pumps back to the lungs for oxygenation. Oxygenated blood is pumped out again. Blood vessels are meant to be unblocked and supple, so they can dilate easily when blood flows through them. If they are blocked and hardened like stone they offer resistance to blood flow. Normal resistance of blood vessels to blood flow which does not permit through them is essential hypertension. This tension drives the blood along homewards to its target. If there is too little magnesium in the blood, an excess of calcium, its antagonist, may cause the extra or excess calcium to deposit in soft muscles of blood vessels. This causes hardening or tightening called arterosclerosis. It increases resistance to blood flow, and hypertension. Thus, a deficiency of magnesium can be a cause of hypertension. This deficiency is prevalent today because many people do not eat greens, especially deep, leafy vegetables, or take green food supplements such as liquid or capsulated chlorophyll, wheatgrass, spirulina, barley grass, spinach and kale powder drink or a mix grill of about 40 green plants in varying formulas. Many physicians believe the best blood pressure is 120/80. The top reading is called Systolic, the bottom one Diastolic. The diastolic reading is considered more relevant. For many years I ran a 110/70 blood pressure which nowadays sometimes drops to 100/sixty-something. In such situations fending towards low blood pressure or hypertension, I wish I had around me the herbal supplement BROOM TOPS, which is good for low blood pressure or CARROT JUICE, which elevates blood pressure whole carrot doesn’t. But I find a useful friend in L- Arginine or a product called STAMINEX which is on and off the Nigerian shelf.

lockages of all sorts occur in the blood vessels. One of them is caused by HOMOCYSTEINE, a greasy by product of the break-down of a protein. This can be easily dissolved and thorough fare created for the  blood by any good blood  thinner. Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and folic acid in a good formula performs this trick. So does cayenne. I have found useful, also, Serrapeptese, which dissolves growth. This as well, Brome lain, which tackles pain, as well as Attokenese. Sometimes, the blockage is due to fatty cholesterol plaque or the failure of the anticlotting factor, which allows blood platelets to spike and dump. The aforementioned blood thinners “defrost” the platelet clumps. So does the fatty plaque. Additionally, fish oil and Lecithin help against cholesterol build-up known also as atheromas (atherosclerosis) Please note the difference between arterosclerosis and artherosclerosis.

Heart attack

In a heart attack, the vessel is taking blood to the heart (the carotic arteries) are blocked. A warning may have been coming from swellings in the legs which are due to blockages of blood circulation, or from chest pains called argina pectoris. chips of a blocking matter may escape from the foot to blood circulation to the heart. When the heart does not get enough blood for its sustenance and to pump, it packs up like a pumping machine without fuel or water to pump.

Enlarged heart

An enlarged heart is often due to secondary hypertension. Primary hypertension results more from dietary deficiencies such as potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin E deficiency. In secondary hypertension, many vital organs such as the liver and the kidneys are so congested, blood cannot easily flow through them. In this case, they resist blood flow, and the heart has to enlarge in order to pack more power to pump harder in order to overcome resistance to blood flow. But this over stretches its muscles and may damage or kill them. This condition often responds to Vitamin B1 and garlic therapy, according to Rex Adams in Miracle medicine foods. Hawthorn berries and Co-Enzyme Q10 or CoQ10 do it also.

Angina pectoris

The carotid artery is hardly harder than a soft drinks straw. When it is blocked, chest pains may arise in the left side of the chest and may, be followed by shooting pains in the left arm from the scapula (shoulder blade) to the fingers.

Now, let’s hear from Judy Limberg Mcfarland and Jean Carper and, perhaps also, from Patricia Bragg. Judy Mcfarland, in Aging without growing old, one of the books this series recommends for your library, says:

“In most nations, every other death is caused by cardio vascular disease, both in men and women… Co-Enzyme Q10, also called CoQ10, Ubiquinol 10 or Vitamin Q, is now being called a ‘miracle nutrient’ by many. It is an essential component of metabolic process involved in energy (ATP) production. Dr Karl Folkers, who was professor and director of the Institute for Biomedical Research at the University of Texas in Austin, has been recognised for years as the world’s leading researcher on CoQ10. I had the honor of hearing Dr. Folkers’ lecture at the America Academy of Antiaging Conference in 1996. He was over 90 years old and charming. During his lecture, Dr. Folkers said, ‘I don’t use the word cure lightly, but CoQ10 is the cure for heart disease’ he has concluded biochemical, biomedical and clinical research on CoQ10 for some 35 years and has succeeded in establishing its structure and in isolating CoQ10 in human heart. The highest concentration of the enzyme is in the heart’s muscle. His research shows a definite link in CoQ10 deficiency and human heart disease.