Going by responses to the first part of this series, POMEGRANATE should become one of the nutritional supplements many people challenged with heart ailments will look out for in 2018. Dr. Syed Zair Hussain, of Pakistan, aroused interest in Nigeria, with his experiments which showed how pomegranate helped many people in Pakistan to clear up heart diseases, some of which would have resulted in by-pass surgery. So confident has Dr. Hussain become about Pomegranate therapy that he has launched a campaign against by-pass surgery, claiming cardiologists were merely exploiting their patients by booking them for by-pass surgery to correct coronary heart blockage(s) and circulation dysfunction in the heart. In coronary heart by-pass surgery, an artery from another part of the body is sewn into a heart artery to by-pass the blockage and damaged artery, in order to bring oxygenated blood to dying heart tissue.
In the United States, a heart by-pass surgery may cost a patient who is not covered by health insurance anything from 70,000 United Stated dollars to 200,000 United States dollars or more.
This series was spurred by the celebration on September 29 of THE WORLD CARDIOVASCULAR DAY. It is a date every year when world health authorities encourage everyone to save a thought for his or her heart and blood vessels. Concern for the heart and its blood vessel system arose from the fact that more people worldwide are dying from diseases which torment them than are dying from cancer, HIV/AIDS and malaria put together. The internal environment of every human being is, indeed, an interesting one. Unfortunately, many people do not know much about it or take care of this WONDERFUL WORLD WITHIN, as Dr. Roger John Williams titled one of his books. Dr. Williams was an American biochemist who spent his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin where he isolated and named folic acid and helped to discover Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), Vitamin B6, Lipoic acid and Avidin. These are some of the chemical food substances which keep our organ healthy and active and prevent us from bowing to disease and dying needlessly. Many of us ignore or are ignorant of that “wonderful world within” and expend vast resources instead on cosmetics, jewelry, power dressing and such other external paraphernalia which add little or nothing to the health of that “wonderful world within” which requires our help to stay young, and disease-free.
The heart and its blood vessels belong to that “wonderful world within”. The website https://skeptics.stackexchange.com gives us a hint of its magnitude when it says:
“An adult human has been estimated to have some 60,000 miles (96, 560km) of capillaries with a total surface area of some 800 to 1000m2 (an area greater than three tennis courts).”
These are only the blood capillaries, tiny branches from the major blood vessels. At interestingthings.info, we learn that, if the heart were to pump blood outside the blood vessels, each pumping can make the blood squirt up to nine meters high. “The length of your blood vessels is about 100,000 kilometers”, says the website. “To understand this distance – the circumference of earth is about 40,000 kilometers. The distance between the earth, the moon, is about 300,000 kilometers. So, if we take the blood vessels of three people, and connect them edge to edge – we could easily step where Neil Armstrong did.”
This is a great picture many of us do nothing about until we suffer damage to it in one form or another. What we have just learned is that if the blood vessels of three people are stretched out and joined together, they would be long enough to reach the moon from the earth. Heart diseases were explored in the first part of this series. This section will explore the problems we may encounter in the blood vessels. As stated, Arteries take blood from the heart to all parts of the body. Capillaries take the blood from the arteries to nooks and crannies of the organs to give them oxygen and nutrients, and to remove carbon dioxide and other wastes which they pass on to the veins. The veins are smaller than arteries and take used blood back to the heart, from where this is pumped to the lungs to be re-oxygenated and ridden of the poisonous carbon dioxide waste through the breadth.
Diseases of blood vessels
Disturbances in blood vessels are often called pheripheral blood diseases or artery disease. The blood vessels become narrowed either in the arms, abdomen, legs or any other region of the body. The narrowing is caused by a buildup of plaque or fatty deposits. The narrowing means less blood will flow through them and, consequently, reduced blood flow will mean less oxygen delivery to the cells, tissue and organs. With poor oxygen deliveries over time, the cells begin to weaken, wilt, age and even die. Blood vessel disease presents some signs which may include muscle pain, cramps, aches here and there, pale skin, cold hands and feet, discoloration of the nails, long-term injuries such as diabetic ulcers. When some old wounds are scratched, and a blackened under surface is exposed, or the hairs on the legs, feet and toes begin to fall off, or if the pulse in the legs or feet becomes pale or dull or when exercise brings pain which subsides during a rest, it may be time to suspect that enough oxygen is not being delivered to these sites by blood vessels. This is a cause of the amputation of some limbs.
Dr. Ann Wigmore experienced this when she suffered from gangrene in one limb. The limb was to be amputated on the advice of her doctors. But she was strong-willed and objected, preferring to die instead. Providentially one day, she asked to be wheeled in her wheel chair to her garden. There, she observed that sick cats were coming to eat a particular grass. She observed them for days and weeks and when she found they were getting healed. She, too, began to eat this healing grass. The healing grass turned out to be wheatgrass, the juice of which her grandfather used to heal the gunshot injuries of World War II soldiers in her country. Soon, blood began to flow better in the occluded limb of Ann Wigmore and the limb began to heal till the amputation once prescribed was no longer necessary. This shot up the reputation of wheatgrass as a healer.
Retinal vascular occlusion
The retina is the light-sensitive layer of the eye. It is populated with rod and cone-shaped structures which convert light signals to nerve messages. These are passed through the Optic nerve to the brain, where they are converted to vision. It is possible for blood vessels in the retina to become blocked by cholesterol plaque or blood clot. This will reduce oxygen flow to the retina and the eye and cause fluid buildup. The retina may be prevented from picking light efficiently. This may impair vision. Retinal vascular occlusion or blockage are of two types, and each type depends on which blood vessel is disabled. The blockage may be in the artery or in the vein. The blockage may be in the main eye artery or vein or in their branches. Occlusion in the main vessels are often more serious conditions than those in their branched vessels. Hardening of the vessels (arteriosclerosis) and blood clots are thought to be the culprits. A blockage or narrowing of the neck’s carotid arteries is also a risk factor. Other risk factors may be irregular heart beats, like diabetes and high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, free radicals, macular edema (fluid buildup), thickening of the central part of the retina and inflammation disorders. Whatever it is, vision may become blurry, temporary or permanent, and urgent medical attention may be required. Some complications may develop. This, as said, may include Macular edema in which blood builds up in the central part of the retina, or neo-vascularisation, in which a lack of adequate blood flow and oxygen supply a compensated by an abnormal blood vessels growth. In an article on age-related macular degeneration, Maureen A. Duffy edited a contribution by Lylas G. Mogk in visionaware.org which says:
“In wet age-related macular degeneration, abnormal blood vessels under the retina begin to grow toward the macula. Because these new blood vessels are abnormal, they tend to break, bleed, and leak fluid, damaging the macula and causing it to lift up and pull away from its base. This can result in a rapid and severe loss of central vision.”
Neo-vascular glaucoma may occur in which a fluid-buildup in the eye chambers may threaten vision. Seldom does retinal detachment occur.
Cerebral blood small vessel disease (SVD)
This refers to small blood vessels in the brain. These vessels, too, are affected by arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and atherosclerosis (blockages) and micro bleeding. They, too, can be subject to inflammation. Normally, an MRI examination sees brain matter as white. When you read in a radiologists report that the MRI suggests “brain matter changes”, that may indicate a SVD…small vessel disease. It is possible a small vessel has been leaking or has leaked on some areas of the brain tissue. The symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. Sometimes the SVD is “silent”, presenting no symptoms. SVD may affect cognition, walking gait, depression, dementia, stroke et.c. Many doctors say there are far too many possible causes of SVD that they do not wish to boil them down. But some mention risk factors in stroke, including hypertension, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cerebral amyloid, angiopathy, aging, free radicals. Many doctors prevent or treat SVD by treating hypertension and other risk factors, with mixed results. In Alternative medicine, SVD treatment goes hand-in-hand not only with cardiovascular system health therapies but, also, with therapies specially adapted to the brain. As was stated in the first part of this series, addition of Magnesium supplement to the diet offsets the possibility of extra Calcium load causing arteriosclerosis. Dietary supplements such as Cayenne, Lecithin, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), Ginkgo biloba, Bilbery, Chromium, Grape Seed Extract, Pomegranate e.t.c keep the blood vessels free of atheroma and atherosclerosis. Grape Seed Extract is a unique food supplement in that it is one of those few food or medicinal factors which easily crosses the Brain-Blood-Barrier (BBB) not only to thin the blood and prevent an infringement of the Law of Motion (unhindered blood flow) but to also protect all brain contents against the damaging effects of free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) will be found useful here, too, because it is one of those few antioxidants which are simultaneously active in fat and fluid media. Bleeding can be stopped with a number of supplements such as Pawpaw (papaya) leaf juice, Shepherd’s purse, Mimosa Pudica (especially in excessive menstrual bleeding and in leg or foot swellings), Yarrow et.c. If blood vessels break and leak because they are fragile, we must look at the fragility of connective tissue and deploy either Horsetail or Edible Earth (Diatomaceus or Diatom) or the appropriate cell or tissue salts. Horsetail is useful because it is rich in Silica. Diatom is about 92 to 96 percent Silica, a bonding agent. The cell salt silica (No 12 in the series) is about 100 percent Silica. Rutin, a member of the bioflavonoids family, tightens leakage areas to prevent blood leakages. Aluminium cookware should be avoided, as should aluminium tea pots and plates as they leach aluminium into food and this may be an ingredient in amyloid plague which damages blood vessels. The sing-song should be antioxidants, antioxidants and antioxidants.
Small vessels disease of the hand
On a radio programme last week, a listener called a presenter, a medical doctor, to know why three of his fingers in one hand appeared to be lifeless. The doctor replied that the condition may have to do with nerves, and that he may seek help from his doctor. Nerves may, indeed, be the cause of the numbness. But so may, also, be a condition in the wrist know as carpal tunnel syndrome, which response to Vitamin B6 therapy. If you turn your wrist up, you would notice what appears to be a “gutter” at the base. It is a condit or tunnel through which tendons and Median nerve go into the hand to the fingers. If the nerve is under pressure and inflamed, this may affect nerve energy flow to the thumb and the next three fingers which are controlled by this nerve.
As for small vessel problems in the arm and fingers, there may be as many as five possible scenarios. Trauma is one of them. The vessels become compressed, that is…flattened. We are by now more familiar with blockage. Growths or tumours may throw spanners in the works. Spasms (something akin to muscle pulls) may cause narrowing. Some of the signs may include pain, colour changes in the finger tips, sensitivity or hypersensitivity to cold and/or cold hands and arms, wounds that do not heal easily, numbness of the finger tips, swellings. Other presentations may be decreased or absence of pulse in the armpit, elbow, wrist or finger tips, wounds or gangrene. Sometimes, the arteries or veins may be tangled at birth or later in life, not to mention varicose veins which present like a spider web. Some people suffer from vasculitis or angiitis, other names for inflammation of vessels, which may cause those vessels to narrow and reduce blood flow to organs, thereby damaging them. When veins are inflamed, the condition is venulitis. Only the experts can advise us about the various forms of vasculitis and venulitis and their deep-seated causes. But it has been observed that they sometimes follow the patterns of some types of diseases such as immune dysfunction, infections, including Hepatitis B, cancers, exposure to some chemicals and some medications, rheumatoid arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). The mention of SLE seriously disturbs the peace of mind of one of my female acquaintances, a lawyer. It affects her scalp, not as SLE perse, but as Discoid Erythematosus (DE), which is not life threatening, although it breaks blood vessels here and there and is causing her alopecia. Vasculitis can be a terrible disease in the brain, it may cause headaches, seizure, stroke, paralysis, lightheadedness et.c. In the lungs, cough and shortness of breadth are common symptoms. Kidney failure may occur in the kidneys. Muscle pains are not left out. So are skin discoloration and ulcers if it presents in the skin. Congestive heart failure may arise in the heart. Weakness, fatigue and weight loss are members of this family as well.
Treatment of many of these conditions are as already mentioned for coronary heart disease and other presentations. A few years ago, a nutritional network marketing company in Nigeria sold a product named CARDIOTONIC PILL. To demonstrate its capacity to create thoroughfare for blood circulation in blood vessels, the company carried out an experiment in which human hands were placed in a freezer to freeze circulation and induce chilblains. Then, Cardiotonic Pill was orally given to the guinea pigs. The conditions of the hands were examined with MRI before and after the therapy. The images showed a frozen hand and then a normal hand within about five minutes after Cardiotonic Pill was taken. The magic wand was said to be the presence at one percent of Camphor in the composition of Cardiotonic Pill. As for Vasculitis, we have many Alternative Medicine recipes today which work better than Ibuprofen the treatment of choice in conventional medicine. One of them is CUCURMIN 2000X. This is Cucurmin combined with Cayenne in such ratio as is said to make Curcumin 2000 times more active than in its natural state. Orange peel is anti-inflammatory. So are greens such as Barley grass, Wheatgrass, Kale and Spirulina, to mention a few. Their high Chlorophyll content cleans up the dross that may be causing irritation and inducing inflammation, their oxygen molecules burn out disease and they stimulate the immune system to normalise the system, among their many benefits.
Small vessel disease occurs in other part of the body such as enlarged veins in the scrotum.