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Dr. Julian Whitaker discussing Reversing Heart Disease with Randy Alvarez

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High Blood Pressure Drugs Pose Health Risks

Love is the sun shining in us to sparkle our lives!

- Patricia Bragg

Dr. Dean Ornish has been able to reverse heart disease in more than 70% of his patients who follow, among other things, a low-fat vegetarian diet.

When it comes to dealing with high blood pressure, most Western doctors turn first to drug treatments. They rely mainly on pharmaceuticals - diuretics and beta-blockers. Drug diuretics (with side effects) lower blood pressure by reducing the volume of blood. With less blood, pressure in the arteries decreases. The other commonly prescribed type of drug, the beta blocker, (also with side effects), works on the autonomic nervous system. Beta blockers slow the heart rate, which reduces pressure by reducing the amount of blood the heart pumps.

Side Effects of Beta Blockers and Diuretics

These both claim to be helpful remedies for high blood pressure, don’t be too sure. Diuretics relieve one problem only to give rise to several others: They deplete blood of certain essential minerals, increase blood’s cholesterol level, and increase blood’s thickness, stickiness and acidity. These factors increase heart attack or stroke risk. Studies show that death rates increase with heavy diuretic use.

What about beta blockers? Though their cardiovascular side-effects are less pronounced than with diuretics, beta blockers are known for causing impotence, depression, and fatigue. Because their job is to make the heart lazy and slow, beta blockers ensure that the hands, feet, and brain get less blood and less oxygen!

You can avoid these dangerous drugs and maintain a healthy blood pressure at the same time. Take the advice of a growing legion of progressive medical practitioners who treat high blood pressure without dangerous drugs. Doctors like Alexander Leaf of the Harvard Medical School, and William Roberts, editor of The American Journal of Cardiology, recommend making lifestyle changes rather than drug prescriptions for high blood pressure patients.

Don’t Procrastinate - Improve Your Health

What kind of lifestyle changes is best? Those that instill the health habits we teach with The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle! A low-fat, vegetarian diet is crucial for the free and unimpeded flow of blood through your body. Reducing fat in your diet also stimulates weight loss, which, in turn, contributes to reduced blood pressure. Finally, make exercise a fixed part of your daily routine and learn to breathe deeply and relax, freeing yourself of stress while you fill yourself with ample fresh oxygen.

Please listen to Dr. Claude Lenfant, Director, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. He says Lifestyle changes alone can actually reverse the conditions of heart disease. When it comes to making the kind of changes needed for healthy and happy living, the truly important thing is making those changes happen. However, actually doing it, living it, making it happen - this is what counts! So don’t play procrastinating games with yourself! The moment you think, do I have time to do this right now? is the moment to stop asking and start doing. The moment you think, I want a big steak for dinner, is the time to open up a vegetarian cookbook with pictures and discover healthy, tasty new recipes. We promise you will find recipes more delicious, healthy, and satisfying than steak. If you do eat meat, limit it to 1 to 3 times a week and be sure it’s hormone-free and organically fed without harmful chemicals.

The in-between moment after you decide you want to become healthier and before you begin to act on that decision, is the hardest. Example: the moment before you put one leg in front of the other on the first step of your brisk walk is the hardest moment of the exercise.

Heart Surgery versus Natural Therapy

Unfortunately, our Western medical professionals too often turn first to invasive procedures rather than safer and less expensive non-invasive, healthier alternatives. This is true in both diagnosis and treatment.

An angiogram is an invasive and dangerous diagnostic test (causes approximately 20,000 deaths yearly) that is supposed to measure blood flow and blockages in the heart. A catheter is inserted into a patient’s leg artery (through the groin), and threaded up through the artery all the way to the patient’s heart. A National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute study found this painful invasive procedure is a shocking 82% inaccurate! Nevertheless, doctors continue to prescribe expensive angiograms. In the years since the study, angiograms performed in the

U.S. have risen from 380,000to well over one million yearly! Expensive treatment for heart disease is increasingly dominated by invasive procedures. In the 17years between 1979 and 1997, coronary bypass surgeries increased a shocking 432% - from 115,000 operations to 607,000 performed yearly! If only this trend reflected a growing, positive effectiveness of these invasive procedures – but this is not the case! These and current studies prove it! A recent Harvard University medical study reports that invasive heart surgeries have little effect on the long-term survival of most heart patients. Only in the most severe cases did dangerous, invasive operations show significant statistical merit. The study suggested that these types of surgeries could be reduced by 25% or more without endangering the health of heart patients. Rather than using this important study’s advice, doctors are increasing expensive heart surgeries at an alarming rate!

The Safer Road to Reduce Heart Disease

Dr. Julian Whitaker, one of America’s famous heart specialists, became so outraged years ago over unsafe trends that, as he says, I gave up being a surgeon to become a healer. He founded the renowned Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California, and has the nation’s leading health newsletter, Health and Healing. A healthy lifestyle like The Bragg’s Lifestyle is his alternative to angiograms and surgery. www.drwhitaker.com

 

Dr. Dean Ornish, the Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco, is another world famous doctor-turned-healer. When Ornish’s heart patients embraced a healthy, energetic exercise regime and ate only nutritious, low-fat foods, their heart conditions began improving within one month! After a year, most patients had virtually no chest pains or heart problems! For 82% of his patients a healthy lifestyle reversed their arterial clogging! Web: my.webmd.com

Non-Invasive Tests for the Heart

The safer, less expensive, non-invasive alternatives can bring about greater health. The invasive heart tests and operations are extremely dangerous, expensive and often unnecessary! There are a growing number of doctors that specialize in protecting heart patients from the use of angiograms, bypass surgery, and angioplasty. As an alternative to invasive testing procedures, they place sonar devices, electronic sensors, microphones, etc. on the outside of the chest. These sensitive tests can usually judge heart disease better than procedures which use dangerous, invasive catheters, tubes, and needles. When needed, consult with some of the many physicians and health organizations working to make the healthcare of your heart a wise, safer job.

Here’s some sources:

The Whitaker Wellness Institute, Newport Beach, CA

www.whitakerwellness.com

Dr. Dean Ornish, PMRI Institute, CA • For Heart Retreats

www.pmri.org

http://my.webmd.com

ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine)

For list of holistic doctors see web: www.acam.org

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What happens during a Heart Attack?

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MRI – Non-Invasive Window into the Heart

Doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a non-invasive, diagnostic tool to look at the soft tissue inside of a patient without having to invade the body. MRIs use a powerful, but harmless magnetic field that reveals in great detail the shape and condition of your internal organs. Doctors can use this test to diagnose various conditions of the heart and the entire body.

What can this non-invasive MRI procedure tell a doctor about a patient’s heart and circulatory system? Miracle MRIs can identify heart scarring and any other indications of a previous or future heart attack. It can reveal arterial clogging and the presence of other foreign masses in, and around, the heart and body. It detects any signs of heart disease, identifies vascular disorders, and checks blood vessel health. Warning: MRIs cannot be used on people with pacemakers or arterial clips.

Safer and Healthier Non-Invasive Tests For Heart Disease

DOPPLER COLOR FLOW IMAGING TEST

Non-invasive imaging ultrasound. It shows a clear profile that checks the entire blood vessel system simultaneously. When needed, doctors check for possible blood slowdown and blockages that can cause future heart attacks and strokes, and even death.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM & CARDIOKYMOGRAPHY

It’s an EKG and CKG graph that records electrical activity in the heart. The heart has an electric current running through it. The heart contracts and pumps blood throughout your body. This contractionis started off by an electric current, even though it is a weak one. This current begins in a part of the heart called the sino-atrial node, or the pacemaker, which sets the pace for the heart to beat. From the pacemaker this current follows a well-defined path through the rest of the heart. This movement can be recorded by electrodes, which are plastic plates placed on the chest and limbs to detect the current flow inside the heart. The graph recorded is the EKG and CKG, both painless tests. These tests detect disturbances in the pattern of electrical activity in the heart, called arrhythmia. They also check if any chamber of the heart is abnormally enlarged or if any of the walls have thickened.

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

 This painless ultrasound is an examination of the heart, used to evaluate structural conditions like the thickness of the walls; the way the heart walls move during exercise or rest; diagnose valve trouble; inflammation; congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure. Echocardiography uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the heart. A small transducer, like a microphone, passes over the chest, sending out impulses that bounce off the heart. The transducer records these echoes, and a computer converts them into a graphic display on the screen.

EXERCISE STRESS TESTING

This is an exercise EKG electrocardiogram that’s performed with controlled exercise such as a treadmill. The patient’s maximum heart rate is calculated based on their sex and age, and then the patient is connected to the EKG machine and exercises until the heart is beating steadily at the calculated rate. This test shows changes in the EKG pattern, especially for those with narrowing of the coronary arteries. If blood pressure drops during the test, this could be another sign of coronary artery disease. The stress test is also used for people who recently recovered from a heart attack, as an initial step in assessing the heart’s blood supply. Please express any sensations experienced during testing (sometimes it’s too much too soon). This test can detect coronary artery disease in 75% of cases.

NUCLEAR SCANNING

This safe technique uses radioactive materials known as isotopes, to examine the heart. The isotopes used are harmless substances, and less radioactive than most x-rays. In nuclear scanning, the patient is given a small dose, either orally or injected. These isotopes flow through the blood system giving off radiation which is photographed by a special camera producing pictures of the heart. These pictures show how well the ventricles are working and where there is scarring, damaged or oxygen-starved areas of the heart.

HOLTER MONITOR

Is a portable version of an EKG. It records the heart rhythm (pulse) during daily activities. This is worn for 24 hours or more. The heart waves are picked up by electrodes or patches placed on your chest. These waves are recorded on a tape inside the monitor. This recording is then scanned into a computer for analysis. Holter Monitors are used on patients who experience chest pain, dizziness, palpitations, or fainting, most often caused by narrowing of arteries or heartbeat abnormalities. It may also show evidence of silent ischemia, which is like an angina attack (page 16) without chest pain.

New Millennium Health Technology Provides Safer, Faster, Better Testing

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Can take a routine test like a chest x-ray to a new height of quality and has many advantages. It’s an environment saver because there are no film processing chemicals utilized; it is safer for the patient since it uses lower x-ray doses and reduces need for retakes and more exposure; it gives an instant picture and can be stored on a computer and transmitted instantaneously to the doctor’s office, hospital or anywhere!

PET SCANNER: Positron Emission Tomography

Is a unique 32-ring scanner that can detect and measure metabolic activity throughout the body and especially the brain It pinpoints the source of cancers, neurological and heart diseases; thereby reducing all the expensive, unneeded operations, exploratory surgery and hospital stays! The PET scanner saves time, money and most important, precious lives!

FOR SURGERY: XKNIFE STEROTACTIC RADIOSURGERY

Uses a radionic invisible blade not a scalpel; this makes surgery non-invasive, bloodless, reduces complications, discomfort, hastens recovery. Excellent for brain tumors and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). (www.radionics.com)

When needed, seek the highest quality, safest testing technology. Use these valuable guidelines as a source. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Medical and Hospital Emergency Centers do fast tests to relieve your mind to see if you have had a mild heart attack.

Dr. Paul Dudley White of Boston – Famous Heart Specialist’s Wise Words

Dr. White,the former president of the American Heart Association, world famous pioneer heart specialist and our friend, gave this wise advice on taking care of the heart. We want to call your attention especially to the following points made by Dr. White in an article written for the American Heart Association. He begins with his startling facts that middle age begins at 20, and the dangerous years are ages 20 to 40! Here are Dr. White’s words:

When does middle age begin? At 20, and it lasts until 80. And the dangerous years of this span are the first 20, not the last. These are the years when an overfed and under-exercised public is sowing the seeds of a coronary harvest.

I conceive the ages of man as five, Dr. White continues. Birth to the 20th year; then a three stage middle age of 20 to 40, 40 to 60, 60 to 80; and finally old age - 80 to 100. The latter constitutes a steadily expanding horizon to which I see no eventual limit. Our life expectancy should keep rising indefinitely as research keeps making progress against disease.

Unlimited Life Expectancy is Possible!

Dr. White stated, the public can play an important role in this effort to push the life-span farther and farther. Physical-fitness and nutritional programs for men and women between the ages of 24 and 40 would guard against creeping degeneration and would instill lifelong good health habits.

A man marries in his 20s; his wife cooks too much and too well – and between her cooking, the family car and the TV set, the man has gained maybe 20 to 30 pounds by the time he’s 45. These are the years in which atherosclerosis (cholesterol blocking and clogging the arteries) and rusting of the arteries occur. This can ultimately reach the brain as a stroke, or the heart as a coronary thrombosis (massive blood clot). It may also affect the kidneys. This is why an apparently healthy man drops dead at 45 or 50. His death is not sudden at all; an unhealthy lifestyle has silently been building up for years!

Thank you – your explanation of the homocysteine theory of heart disease made this a red letter day in my life! – Dr. Paul Dudley White to Dr. Kilmer S. McCully, author The Homocysteine Revolution.

The automobile and the TV, I might add, should be the servants of the American public, not its masters. Despite the nation’s generally unhealthy way of life, two factors work in favor of the American person, Dr. White concludes. It is never too late – at any age – to begin controlling obesity and resuming a program of sensible exercise and a healthy diet. One excellent form, available to all, is walking. This should be brisk, and for a normally healthy person five miles weekly is not enough. Neither is one weekly 18-hole golf game.

There you have it – from Dr. White, known as Dean of American Cardiology. Exercise and diet can be regular and enjoyable parts of the Healthy Lifestyle.

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Myocardial Infarction - Heart Attack

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Dr. Carrel’s Eternal Life Successful Study

Dr. Alexis Carrel, eminent biologist and Nobel Laureate, of the Rockefeller Institute in New York City, proved to the world that living flesh can be deathless! In 1912, this Nobel Scientist took a sliver of a heart muscle from a chicken embryo and provided it with 2 essentials of life - simple protein food and corrects drainage for the tissues. His simple laboratory experiment kept this tiny piece of embryo heart flesh tissues alive for 35 years.

This 35 year study proved that the heart tissue could have continued indefinitely! In 1912, Dr. Carrell received the Nobel Prize for this cell biology work. At the end of the experiment in 1947, this heart tissue had lived many average chicken lifetimes – the equivalent of hundreds of years of human life! It was called the tissue of eternal youth.

This amazing bit of embryo heart flesh doubled its size every 48 hours! Slices had to be cut away and discarded daily because its continued growth would have made it impossible to feed and cleanse the living heart cells. At the Rockefeller Institute, any scientist could observe eternal life before their very eyes! We can learn an important lesson from Dr. Carrel’s revealing scientific demonstration with the tissues from a chicken heart. Namely, that if the body is correctly fed and its poisons and wastes are properly eliminated, life can continue indefinitely.

Harvard Says Eating Eggs May be Beneficial

Harvard University Medical School Researchers found that eating 2 to 3 eggs a week is unlikely to increase risk of heart disease. Plus, one egg has only 70 calories, is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients including vitamins D, B-12, riboflavin and folate. (We prefer the fertile, free range eggs.)

Olive Oil Lowers Need for Blood Pressure Medication

Massachusetts Medical Society Study shows that using extra virgin olive oil lowers the need for blood pressure medication. Participants in study ate a balanced diet, one half used extra virgin olive oil, the other half used sunflower oil, which had no effect on blood pressure. The ones who used the olive oil reduced their blood pressure medication by 50%! Eight of the 23 participants went off drugs completely! Systolic and diastolic pressure readings fell by 7 points, for those using extra virgin olive oil in their diet.

Olive oil enhances health by lowering “bad” cholesterol without affecting “good” HDL. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – tastes great and it’s great for your health!

Every intelligent person will agree that life’s length and quality depends largely upon the food we eat. How carefully we select our foods will logically depend on how sound our heart, brain, nerves, body cells, tissues and vital organs will be tomorrow, next month, next year and 10 years from now. The chemistry of the food a person eats becomes the chemistry of their body.

Health, Happiness & Longevity – It’s Up to You!

You, and only you, can take proper care of your heart and body so that you may enjoy the prime of your life indefinitely! Most people reach their prime between 25 and 35, and then experience a decline. If you have high or low blood pressure, you can restore it to normal by following the natural laws that keep your heart in good condition.

What you eat or drink or whatever you do – do it all to the glory of God and your human temple – I Cor. 10:30 and 3 John 2

Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.

- Ben Franklin

Blood – Your River of Life

The body is composed of billions of tiny cells that are nourished by the blood carrying nutrients from the food we eat. As we read in the Bible, The life of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). If we can keep the blood in our bodies in perfect chemical balance – so that our vital organs and all the cells of our tissues are properly nourished – and if we keep the pipes of our bodies free from corrosion, there is no reason why we cannot enjoy a long lifetime of youthful living. Healthy blood and good circulation are the answers to a long, heart-healthy life free of premature debility and heart disease.

You can start to grasp the power you have to change your health by realizing that all the red blood cells in the bloodstream undergo a complete change every 28 days. They reproduce themselves about 12 times a year through a series of renewal processes that continue from the cradle to the grave. Our red blood cells are manufactured chiefly from the food we eat and the beverages we drink. If we put the correct nutrients into our bodies and keep our arteries, veins, and capillaries clean, open and free from corrosion, we can increase our lifespan to 120 years or more, as expressed in Genesis 6:3 – May your years be 120!!

Your Bloodstream Carries Your Oxygen

Every one of the over 300 trillion cells in your body demands a continuous flow of life-giving oxygen in order to stay alive, do its job, and remain healthy. Red blood cells carry this oxygen via a bloodstream teeming with life. Each of us has between 25 and 35 trillion red cells in our 5 to 6 quarts of blood - millions of cells in every drop!

We have so many of these red couriers of life and health that, in a normal healthy person, the death of 8 million red blood cells every second is not even felt! This is because, in the normal healthy person, 8 million new baby red blood cells are born into existence every second, ready to continue the work of transporting vital oxygen throughout the entire body.

Blessed are the pure of heart: for they shall see God.

- Mathew 5:8

Life Depends On Your Blood Your River of Life

These red cell carriers of the body’s oxygen are entrusted with the most important of life-sustaining jobs, but they can’t circulate and distribute their cargo on their own. They are swept along in the bloodstream – the miracle river of life. The red cells and their non-oxygen carrying siblings, white blood cells, swim downstream together in the plasma of your bloodstream. Plasma is practically all water; it makes up over half the volume of blood. In addition to the blood cells, plasma carries food, antibodies (for fighting off threatening, foreign intruders), hormones (for regulating body systems), and platelets (for sealing vascular breaks and removing wastes). All the wonders of human life and health depend on blood; it’s absolutely essential that you live a healthy lifestyle and keep your precious bloodstream unclogged, and healthy!

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Obesity, Heart Disease in Men and Women

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Teenagers Now Susceptible to Heart Disease

Nutritional biochemist, famous Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University has found that one out of two children born today will develop heart disease, and a new study from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions (http://www.americanheart.org/), shows that heart disease actually begins developing early in childhood. Fatty deposits in the coronary arteries begin appearing by the age of 3, in children who partake in a typical American diet

Processed foods laden with fats. By the age of 12, nearly 70% of our children have advanced fatty deposits, and by the age of 21, early stages of heart disease is evident in virtually all young adults! Dr. John Knowles, of the Rockefeller Foundation, has cited that 99% of all children are born healthy, yet are made sick as a result of their eating habits. The tender years of childhood should be the healthiest of all, bones are strong, hair is thick, liver and endocrine glands are functioning to full capacity, and they should have inexhaustible energy; yet, their bodies are being fed hamburgers full of steroids, antibiotics, hormones and chemicals; milk that is often indigestible which can cause ear aches, colds, allergies, asthma and lots of health problems.

The latest studies find “adult” diseases are related to what we eat throughout our early years in life. In fact, 95% of coronary disease can be prevented by implementing healthier eating habits earlier in life - reducing dietary fat and consuming more fresh vegetables, fruits and natural complex carbohydrates such as whole grains is very important.

Prevention is important - reward your child for good behavior with fresh fruits, instead of sugary processed candies; establish healthy eating habits before any damage to their health occurs.

Knowing these teachings will mean true life and good health for you.

-Proverbs 4:22

Childhood Obesity a Growing Problem

A recent shocking report in Newsweek Magazine stated that one in three children that have long-term health problems is obese and the crisis is growing. The U.S. government estimates that 6 million or more of American children are now fat enough to endanger their health, Sugared, with another 5 million on Fast Junk the threshold. Children Foods today are 30% heavier than in 1990 due to extreme social forces, such as fast food and junk food TV commercials. The percentage of young people who are overweight has almost doubled in the past 20 years. Almost half of young people aged 12-21 and more than a third of all high school students don’t participate in vigorous physical activity on a regular basis. Daily participation in physical education classes by high school students dropped from 42% in 1991 to 27% in 1997 and sadly might be even lower for 2001 and beyond.

Before 1988, about 6% or less of American children ages 6 through 17 were overweight. Since then, the number has jumped way up among children. So why is it that so many more children are overweight? The answer is painfully obvious; many children eat too much, especially the wrong foods and exercise too little. Children are driven to school or take busses instead of walking; they then come home and sit on the couch and watch ads for high fat foods on the television. A double whammy! The average American child spends from 15 to 24 hours each week watching TV, videos and the web - time that could be spent in physical activity.

If your food is refined, chemicalized and devitalized, or if its value has been diminished by wrong growing or cooking processes, you can starve to death on a full stomach because the important elements of nourishment have been removed.

Early Lifestyle Triggers Obesity

Lifestyle triggers obesity in kids. Many young people are not physically active on a regular basis and physical activity declines dramatically during adolescence. Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, and increases self-esteem. It also helps normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

There are numerous reasons for concern for these overweight children. Studies show that overweight children are at risk for many serious diseases such as high levels of blood pressure, insulin, and cholesterol, making them excellent candidates for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, there is the emotional stress and depression associated with peer pressure and the stigmatism of being fat.

It’s important to be supportive, accepting, and loving of all children, overweight or not. A positive self-image is important for weight control. There are many ways to help an overweight child regain control of their weight. By cutting out 100 calories a day, he’ll lose 15 pounds a year! Turn off the TV and video games and encourage physical activity; sports, handball, tae kwon do, rollerblading, swimming, trampolining, tennis, etc. Teach nutrition and healthy eating practices, not only by making healthy meals, but by example - eat the right foods and avoid fast foods, high sugar snacks, sodas and desserts altogether. Substitute healthy fresh fruit snacks and raw veggie stick snacks. Eat slowly and chew each mouthful thoroughly. Don’t overeat. The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle establishes life-long healthy habits for all ages. Exercising, eating healthy foods, and an occasional fast day helps teach children early to normalize their weight.

Every day the average heart beats 100,000 times and pumps about 1,800 gallons of blood for nourishing your body. In 70 years this adds up to more than 2.5 billion (faithful) heartbeats. Please be good to your heart and start this Bragg Healthy Heart Program for living a longer, happier, healthier life!

- Patricia Bragg, Health Crusader

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What causes a heart attack?

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Control Your Biological “Clock Of Life”

You can only get sound health from your healthy circulating blood nourished by correct food, liquids, and air. These substances must be actively distributed throughout your body by the heart and blood vessels.

It is our contention that any person - regardless of age or physical condition – can rebuild themselves and have a stronger heart with cleaner pipes. My father demonstrated this with his own body. His abundant health, strength, endurance, and stamina were the best proof of the success. He rebuilt his body from a hopeless, physical wreck into a sound, healthy and efficient cardiac machine with vigorous cardiovascular circulation.

Age is not a matter of how many years you have lived! It resolves itself into how clean your arteries are and the health condition of your blood. You can control your own biological clock of life . . . and there is no reason why you cannot fulfill the Biblical prophecy:

Do not be discouraged by your physical condition! Remember that the body is self-repairing, self-healing and self-maintaining. Where there’s life, there’s hope! Working with Mother Nature, you can start to rebuild a healthy bloodstream, and this will help you build a fit heart. To live long you must have a strong heart and clean blood vessels that are flexible, unclogged, and elastic.

Why grow old? Old age is not necessary - at least not as necessary as you may think. Instead of submissively growing old - revolt! Grow young - you can defy time! At 60 you can be bright-eyed as a bird and radiate the joy of living. At 70 you can be supple, youthful, and full of sunny cheer. At 80 you can wear age like a jewel and

Man’s days shall be 120 years. - Genesis 6:3 “Old Age” is Not Necessary who knows, you may become another Zora Agha!

Nine men in ten are suicides caused by their living habits. - Ben Franklin

Be your health captain and do what needs to be done.

You Can “Grow Younger” - It’s Up to You

You stand at life’s crossroads. Will you take the line of least resistance that often leads to a premature end, or will you, by disciplined living, climb to the clear heights of a healthful, youthful, radiant life? If you are going to strive for healthy longevity, begin today! Begin right now - don’t procrastinate!

Why not grow young? If you have the desire, you will have the power, and by the Great Goddess of Health - Hygenia - you will succeed! Our Healthy Heart Fitness Program is going to show you how to create a powerful heart, a healthy balanced bloodstream, and a strong circulatory system. We can’t do it for you - You must!

We offer no specifics and no cures, for only Mother Nature and God has the power to heal a diseased heart!

When you give your bloodstream the proper building materials, you can build a healthier and fit body to help empower your body to heal you! Healthy Benefits from Eating Onions and Garlic

Ancient Egyptians and Romans prized the extraordinary healing powers of garlic and onions. Recent research supports these claims. According to studies done by the nutrition department at Pennsylvania State University, consuming one medium onion a day may lower your cholesterol by 15 percent. The sulfur compounds in onions help lower dangerous levels of blood fats and help keep plague from adhering to artery walls.

Onions come in many varieties: yellow, red, and white. Sweet onions like Vidalia, Maui and Walla Walla have a lower sulfur content than other more pungent varieties. To minimize tears, chill onions for half an hour before peeling and chopping. It’s best to eat them raw for their full health benefit in salads, dips, spreads, soups, sandwiches and most foods. When cooking onions, lightly sauté them, for over-cooking can destroy important enzymes.

As for garlic’s health role in protecting your heart, the cloves contain natural anticoagulants that help thin the blood, and they help protect against platelet stickiness – thus lowering the risk of clotting and even a stroke! Plus, garlic has potent immune-enhancing properties, it may eradicate many types of bacteria and fungi, including salmonella and Candida; as well as inhibit gastrointestinal ulcers.

Remove garlic’s outer papery skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes after chopping, to let the beneficial enzymes develop. Varieties of garlic and onions are: shallots, elephant garlic, garlic spears, leeks, chives, and scallions – all beneficial to health!

The Highway to Higher Health and Happiness

Health and Happiness! To us, these seem inseparable. Our motto is: To make my body a temple pure, wherein I live serene. Promoting the welfare of our hearts and bodies is a loving, religious task. By Health we don’t mean the everyday variety that consists of not being sick. We are referring to what we call the Higher Health – a sense of amazing well-being that makes a person proud to say with gusto, I am feeling great today!

We all agree that the chief aim of life is happiness! There is but one main avenue to happiness that we can recommend with confidence . . . and that is the Highway to Higher Health! Without balanced health – physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally – it’s difficult to have true happiness. The healthy ditch digger is more in love with life than the sick, flabby millionaire. Good Health is the prime factor in attaining True Happiness. Keep your body healthy and fit and your mind and heart

Risk Factors of Angioplasty on Women will rejoice in joy being a radiant health crusader!

Women who undergo angioplasty are twice as likely to die as men are stated researchers at the Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology year 2000 conference. “This study is significant because we compared men and women for the same procedure, angioplasty, and for the same condition, heart attack. We found women to have 2.5 times the risk of dying during their hospitalization compared to men,” said top cardiologist Dr. David L. Brown. The researchers looked at 1,044 patients, they found that women undergoing angioplasty for a heart attack are more severely ill and had more diabetes and hypertension than did the men.

Heart attack is the leading cause of death in women annually; angioplasty is generally considered to be the most effective treatment for heart attack. To prevent heart disease, be strong and start living an Healthy Lifestyle!

Recent studies revealed that fat stored in the body’s “spare tire” around the waist increases risk for diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems! Shocking fact: the bigger the waistline, the shorter the lifespan!

Herbs For Bone Strength and Healing Broken Bones

Wild Yam Root, Horsetail Herb, Oatstraw, Sarsparilla Root, White Oak Bark, Comfrey, Marshmallow, Alfalfa, Black Cohosh, Barley Grass, Plantain, Nettles, Goldenseal, Atnica Montatna, Dandelion, Sea Greens – Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., Healthy Healing (www.healthyhealing.com)

A Healthy Body and A Happy Mind

A happy and healthy body usually produces a happy, healthy mind. It by no means follows, however, that a happy mind will make a happy body. It would be glorious if the spirit could so triumph over the flesh. But alas the condition of the body usually has greater influence upon the mind, than the mind has upon the body. A person with a healthy sound body and who is spiritual is seldom miserable, but it’s rare for a sick, unhealthy person to be totally happy.

Latest research on a group of businessmen have found that those who had a spiritual connection - attended church or believed in a higher power - had fewer heart problems than those who had no spiritual connection!

3 John 2 is Our Bragg Motto For You Studies have also found a strong correlation between personality traits and heart disease. The effects of stress on the heart are more prominent with those who were Dear Friend, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health even as the soul prospers.

Considered Type-A personalities - defined as competitive, aggressive, impatient, and sometimes hostile. Those with Type-B personalities are usually more relaxed and unhurried and had fewer heart disease problems. Most studies indicate the shocking facts that Type-A people are twice more likely to have coronary disease than Type-B people.

Healthy Fiber Habit: Have 3 to 5 teaspoons of raw oat bran a day in juices, soups, herbal teas, pep drinks, cereals, muffins, etc., plus eat fiber foods – organic fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains! Fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol and the formation of varicose veins. Fiber helps keep you regular and reduces hemorrhoids. It’s also a natural body-weight normalizer.

The heart propels blood through thousands of miles of blood vessels, pumping more than 30 times its weight in blood each minute. Even at rest, the heart pumps more that 1,800 gallons of blood a day. For all the work required of the heart, it is relatively small, about the size of a closed fist. In its pumping action, the heart delivers refreshed blood, filled with nutrients (from the food you have eaten) to the body’s cells through approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels, to maintain your health and well-being.

Every 33 seconds an American dies of heart disease. This year we will spend $287 billion for 60 million Americans (1 in 4) who have some form of heart disease.

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