Article #1: Coronary Thrombosis by Dr. Robert R. Gross, D.C., Ph.D.
The leading fatal affliction killing people in the prime of life is coronary thrombosis. This is a blood clot occurring in the arteries of the heart and occluding it (coronary occlusion). The area supplied with blood by blocked arteries loses its source of nutrition and oxygen and degenerates. This area weakens and nonfunctioning scar tissue forms. A "myocardial infarction" with consequent heart disturbance and degeneration has occurred. If the block is severe, death comes very quickly. If it is a milder condition, the patient may recover in a few weeks through complete bed rest.
A blood clot in a blood vessel is a "thrombus." When it becomes detached from vessel walls and floats in the blood it is called an "embolus." The resultant condition is known as "thrombosis." Thrombi may lodge in a heart artery (coronary artery), plug it, and block blood supply to a wedge-shaped heart muscle section. Floating clots may reach the brain, obstruct blood to important motor areas and result in partial or complete paralysis: "a stroke." Clots may travel to the lungs and occlude an artery causing "pulmonary embolism."
Circulating blood in the cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) system does not normally clot. When it is shed and exposed to air, it coagulates to form clots. The clotting mechanism consists of: thromboplastin, released from injured blood vessel walls, white blood corpuscles and blood platelets in the blood; prothrombin, a protein manufactured in the liver and converted into thrombin by thromboplastin; thrombin; fibrinogen, a protein manufactured in the liver and converted into fibrin by thrombin; fibrin, which forms lace networks, entrapping platelets (thrombocytes). A clot is produced.
Clotting is activated by the presence in the blood of calcium and substances known as "serum accelerators." Prevention of clots in normal blood is due to the presence of such substances as anti-thrombin, fibrinolysin, and heparin. Shed blood clots because these substances are oxidized and inactivated. Clots normally plug wounds in vessels, preventing hemorrhage. Calcium is the key factor in normal clotting; if inactivated or removed, blood will not, clot.
Coronary thrombosis occurs, usually, without warning. Many victims "had never been sick a day in their lives" or "just had a heart check-up and it was fine." Truthfully, the subject had been eating and living incorrectly most of his life. He or she was certainly sick with toxemia (general poisoning). Resultant chemical changes in the blood causes disequilibrium in the clotting mechanism. Clots formed adhering to the blood vessel's internal walls. Heavy work, eating an unusually large meal, excessive sex indulgence, over-exercise and emotional and temperamental outbursts cause dislodgement of clots leading to thrombosis.
The patient is prostrated and falls to the ground with ashen-faced pallor; pain in the heart region is severe, constricting and lancinating; pulse is thready—rapid, irregular and feeble; breathing becomes shallow and rapid; he has clammy, cold perspiration.
Tendency toward intravascular (within blood vessels) clotting is a serious hazard to life. Clots of coronary (heart) and cerebral (brain) arteries and the lungs often prove fatal. If such an episode occurs once, likely, others will form for causation still remains. The leg veins and heart are usual sites of clotting. Clots won't produce dangerous consequences unless they break off and float in the circulation to obstruct arteries, depriving a vital tissue of blood supply. Clots can consist of coagulated blood or fat droplets, air pockets, clumps of bacteria, tumor tissue, or inflamed heart vascular tissue.
Causes of Intravascular Clotting
Intravascular clotting is often a complication following surgery. Coagulation of shed blood inside (internal bleeding) the body plays a role in postoperative adhesions. Clotting occurs when the blood slows up (stasis) as in varicose veins, some heart difficulties (auricular fibrillation) and in injuries to blood vessel walls from bruises, cuts, or hypodermic needle injections. Clotting results from inflammation of vessel walls in phlebitis (vein inflammation) and certain diseases of the heart valves.
The basic and fundamental blood clotting cause is change in chemical composition of blood due to incorrect feeding habits. Acid tendency of the blood results from eating devitalized, demineralized, and devitaminized foods as: white sugar, white bread, pasteurized milk, sweet rolls, crackers, cakes, cookies, biscuits, sweet desserts, ice cream, soft drinks, pie, potato chips, candies, jellies, jams, buns, syrups, thickened gravies, hot cakes, waffles, dry cereals, alcohol, meats, chicken, fish and spaghetti. Arteries degenerate or deteriorate. Walls of vessels thicken (atheroma) and retard blood; it sludges easily and clots, obstructing narrow diseased arteries. In obstructions affecting large sections of the heart, resulting myocardial infarcts can deteriorate so badly that insufficient power remains to effect adequate circulation. The heart wall becomes so weakened that it ruptures fatally.
The majority of "coronary" patients, however, have a good chance to live. Sufficient compensation and enlargement occur, permitting the heart to function effectively. Other blood vessels are formed by nature and assume the circulatory duties of the occluded one. This is called "collateral circulation."
Physicians use "anti-coagulants" to dissolve formed, clots and prevent further clot formation. They are rutin, hirudin, heparin and dicoumarol. Like other drugs they are devastating, give a false sense of security to the patient, and produce chronic disease. They weaken walls (intercellular substance) of blood vessels and fatal hemorrhages can occur, internally and externally. Causes of internal clotting persist and danger of recurrences remains. Furthermore, the vital energy of the body is depleted by all drugs and other serious derangements occur in addition to clotting.
Natural Hygienic Care
Annual physical fitness examinations which the President received from army physicians failed to protect him from, a coronary thrombosis. Increasing medical examinations failed to reduce incidence of deaths from this "heart disease." To overcome this abnormal tendency no medical examinations or drugs, shots or pills are required.
The real "treatment" is rest and quietude which permits the heart to function normally again. Time, perseverance and inactivity are required.
Complete fasting (drinking only distilled water) several days under competent supervision should be undertaken immediately. This physiological rest reconstitutes vitality of the body and accelerates internal purification processes. It enables the innate healing powers of the body to manifest themselves unobstructedly and efficiently.
Hygienic feeding is essential. Raw fruits, nuts and vegetables, whole grain products and natural sweets like raisins, figs and dates should form the dietary. These vital foods keep the blood stream clean and help heal degenerated arteries by producing general improved health.
Habitual living in tension with its destructive emotions—anxiety, depression, worry, fear, apprehension—is one of the chief causes of coronary thrombosis. This mental tension, incorrectly "nervous tension," makes the individual sick and miserable and exerts destructive forces (through the nervous and hormonal systems).
It is a sheer impossibility for man to disregard the laws of nature and remain healthy. To the extent that he deviates, to that degree will he suffer. Disease is a warning by nature that our bodies are poisoned; if signs are unheeded, deterioration will follow. Each disease is a crisis in life. Crisis means decision. We must strive to recapture our health by adhering to Natural Hygienic principles. We must make leisure hours to meditate and reflect errors committed in living physically, emotionally, morally and spiritually. Recognition of these mistakes helps to discontinue them, preventing future disease.
Nature or God provided us at birth with sanctified temples occupied by our souls, minds and thoughts. We must not defile these temples. It is our inherent responsibility to provide the proper brick, mortar and wood (blood, bones, tissues) to maintain the integrity and indissolubility of the temple. To ignore and refute the laws of nature is to disregard God. Adhering to Natural Hygiene tenets will bring rewards of health in body, soul and mind.
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