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Heart Pills Without Heart?

In my previous article, I wrote about the nutritional effect of prescription drugs. In this article, I share with you the documented deficiencies caused by another widely prescribed group of medicine: cardiac medication.

Firstly a reminder of the thread of this discussion. Simply put, if you eat cardboard, your stomach must secrete a host of digestion enzymes to break down the cardboard. Once broken down, your body makes use of other enzymes to create peristalsis in the bowel to move the digesting cardboard along the intestine until it is eliminated. Every enzyme used by the body is made from vitamins and minerals. If the cardboard can’t give back some nutrients, then it becomes a one-way relationship. The consuming of the cardboard logically will deplete the body of vital nutrients if it is eaten on a daily basis. Not rocket science.

Your doctor tells you that you have a heart condition, be it blood pressure or ‘cholesterol’ or fibrillation. The doctor then tells you the medication prescribed will need to be taken for the rest of your life...daily or twice daily. Unfortunately most doctors aren’t aware of the researched evidence that these drugs can lower levels of vital nutrients in your body. Paradoxically, some of these nutrient depletions will aggravate the very problem the medication is prescribed to alleviate.

Strange, but true.

The commonest heart pill prescribed is the ‘Statin’ drug. Cholesterol lowering pills like Lipitor, Crestor, Atorlip, Zocor, etc. These drugs deplete Co-enzyme Q10, or CoQ10. This amazing compound, which is produced along the same chemical pathway as cholesterol, and transported through the body by cholesterol molecules, I have nicknamed the ‘spark of the spark plug’. It is an essential component of forming energy within all the mitochondria of your cells. Low CoQ10 levels mean low energy production in the cells. (Imagine driving your car up Wilderness Heights hill with only three working spark plugs...) Muscle cells, particularly heart muscle cells, contain more mitochondria than any other type of cell. The heart muscle is contracting with regularity our entire life long, even when we are sleeping and moving no other muscles. So it is obvious that a CoQ10 deficiency is felt first by the heart! In the process of ‘normal’ ageing, our CoQ10 levels drop almost 90% by the time we are in our mid-80’s. Add to that the effect of Statin medication, and it accelerates this depletion.

Low CoQ10 levels can be felt as general low energy, high blood pressure, heart failure, beat irregularities, angina, weak heart muscle. CoQ10 is also a powerful anti-oxidant, and deficiency can stress the immune system. Eish!

Blood pressure lowering drugs can deplete Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium and Melatonin. Low Potassium can lead to heartbeat irregularities, muscle weakness, fatigue and water retention. Low Zinc can lead to immune problems, loss of sexual vitality, slow wound healing, and a loss of smell and taste. Low Magnesium can lead to cardiovascular problems (increased blood pressure, increased blood clotting, spasm of blood vessels), as well as nervous disorders, poor bone density, muscle cramps and kidney stones. Low Melatonin can lead to poor sleep/wake cycle regulation, increased oxidative stress, mood problems and increased risk of cancer. Eish again!

There is sufficient research on these and other depletions caused by other medications. The best summary of well researched data is a book authored by two pharmacologists, James Lavalle and Ross Pelton, called ‘The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs’ (2000).

If you are taking any medication long-term, research the potential losses and supplement wisely. Even better still, seek the advice of a knowledgeable practitioner that may even be able to help you get off the drugs altogether. For all the latest research and development of new cardiovascular drugs and even lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure recommendations than before, heart disease is still one of the top three leading causes of death in the developed world...maybe we are barking up the wrong tree, or at best the wrong branch of the tree.

 
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