Article #2: Heart Attack by Dr. Geo. E. Crandall
In the past year, hundreds of people in middle life, especially men, have been killed by a heart attack. At least this is the statement appearing in our daily press. It could not appear on the death certificate as the cause of death for the simple reason that there is no such thing as a heart attack. How they conjured up such a misnomer is beyond comprehension. It comes from the same imagination as the nonsensical terms: FIGHT CANCER; FIGHT SYPHILIS; FIGHT PNEUMONIA and FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS! These false slogans impress the uninformed and misinformed and they are scary enough to make Congress shell out the almighty lucre without a dissenting vote.
You can’t FIGHT cancer for the simple reason that the cause is not known, yea, not even suspected. The same holds true for syphilis, pneumonia and tuberculosis, the victims of these afflictions can only wrestle or fight with themselves to gain self-mastery. The battle is inherent and, if won, intelligent self-control will eradicate every so-called disease! This battle doesn’t cost a dime, so what becomes of all the enormous sums of money allotted by the federal, state and municipal governments for the “FIGHT” racket? If the truth were known you would be surprised.
The heart of a man receives great protection from attack by the encasement formed by the thoracic wall. Except for the very small intercostal spaces or interstices between the ribs, it is securely protected by an armour of bone. From external sources it is nearly immune from attack except from a bullet or stab wound. However, in the so-called heart attacks, these two remote possibilities are not the cause; the attack, if there is one, must come from within. Can the individual attack his own heart? The answer is YES. Not directly in what is commonly spoken of as an attack or assault, but indirectly by a thousand and one subtle forms of over-stimulation.
The toxic effect of indigestion from overeating is the first great case, and this is ably aided and abetted by tobacco and alcohol, this is a trinity, friends, that is a constant attack upon the heart. In time it will ruin any heart, no matter how strong. No heart can withstand its onslaught much beyond 63 years, and many are taken by the Lord much younger. Everyone could postpone his or her death 30 years by overcoming all bad habits through self-mastery.
A normal life is the only protection one has from these so-called heart attacks. An individual must ruin his heart by years of abuse from bad habits before the attack is turned on that ends the career.
Inasmuch as there is no satisfactory treatment for a heart attack known to medical science, and often not enough time to apply even an unsatisfactory effort, it behooves all of us to play the game of life safely by giving up our bad habits and getting in tune with natural law and the universe. You can’t be a “natural outlaw” for many years until the heart gives out; and then comes the inevitable newspaper recital … heart attack and the mortician!
About 50% of the people do not know how to reform and live normally, and the other 50% prefer to cling tenaciously to their so-called “pleasures of life.”
A normal heart beats 103,680 times a day. Think of the enormous amount of vital energy needed to carry on this work alone. Why should anyone wish to squander this vital energy in foolish, nonsensical, over-stimulating habits? Why whip the heart that is willing and ready to beat 103,680 times daily, without rest, for 100 years? If you treat this magnificent organ decently, there will never be a so-called “attack.” You are the only one to blame, and the attack, if there is one, is from within, never from without!
Should one drug this organ with digitalis, strychnine and other heart stimulants, or paralyze it with morphine or other narcotics? Should a physician jeopardize your life by suggesting or advising it? That heart of yours will pump 3,784,320,000 times without a miss if you will, by correct living, give it a chance.
The greatest enemy to a normal heart is perverted nutrition, or what is commonly referred to as indigestion. The cause of indigestion primarily is overeating of staple and chemically incompatible foods. This is further augmented by the use of tobacco, alcohol, tea and coffee. Correct the perverted nutrition by following the rules. Overcome all bad habits just mentioned and you have removed from your life the cause of a heart attack. If you don’t have a good heart in this world, what chance do you have in the next? If you want to inherit the kingdom, play fair. It cannot by accomplished by fooling yourself with overstimulation … the advice of the clergy to the contrary notwithstanding.
Of all animals, man is the only one endowed with intelligence. The others all have to depend on instinct. However, no other animal but man suffers from so-called heart attacks and dies in middle life.
Why should intelligence be inferior to instinct? To the question, there is but one answer, namely, that whoever is guiding us along the lines of health is giving us erroneous advice and false statements. Do doctors want us to have knowledge that will insure grand health, thereby making their ministrations unnecessary? Isn’t it to their distinct advantage to give us wrong advice so we will need their services for ailments built from incorrect living?
You can overcome all your bad habits if they interfere with health, but from whom can you learn about the laws of nutrition? Man’s physical salvation depends on demanding this knowledge and receiving it. Drugs, serums and surgery are now masquerading as a substitute, but they are a false prophet and fail to bring us rational health knowledge. To overcome disease and prevent sudden heart attacks, we must learn how to get back to the normal and live correctly. You should become a “natural Methodist” and live a century; three score and ten are not sufficient. They lived that long two thousand years ago when the mind of man was in incubation. Why haven’t we made any improvement or progress since? Because man has believed in demonology—that disease is a dispensation of divine origin and “men of medicine” have fooled away 2000 years trying to outwit the deity with pills, potions and palaver instead of recognizing that disease, heart attacks, and premature senility, are merely states of perverted nutrition caused by an incorrect method of living. A thorough understanding of human nutrition and the laws that govern it will allow man to live six more score years and carry out the promise of the scripture as found in Genesis 6:3.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. General Physiology
- 3. How The Heart Works
- 4. Control Centers
- 5. Factors Contributing Heart Impairment
- 6. A Look At Other Societies
- 7. Hypertension
- 8. Cardiovascular Drugs
- 9. Your Choice
- 10. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Coronary Thrombosis By Dr. Robert R. Gross, D.C., Ph.D.
- Article #2: Heart Attack By Dr. Geo. E. Crandall
- Article #3: Exercise And The Heart