Further Information

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1.

The Global Epidemic is Spreading

Arteriosclerosis – the narrowing and eventually clogging of the arteries – is the primary underlying cause of heart attacks and strokes. At the beginning of the 21st century, the human and economic dimension of these cardiovascular diseases remains staggering.

the facts are:

  • Every year more than 17 million people worldwide die from cardiovascular disease. This annual number of deaths from one disease surpasses the population numbers of the largest cities of the world like New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Seoul, Delhi, Beijing, Sao Paolo or Kinshasa.
  • In the United States alone nearly 2300 people die of cardiovascular disease each day – that is one death every 38 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death not just in the industrialized world but also in most developing countries. In low and middle income countries of the world – more than 85% of all nations – cardiovascular diseases are rising at an alarming rate.
  • In the next two decades the number of people suffering from coronary heart disease is predicted to increase by 50% world-wide.
  • During the same period of two decades the overall costs for this ongoing disease is calculated to increase from US$ 863 billion per year in 2010 to US$ 1,044 trillion.
  • These perspectives are so alarming the United Nations held a special meeting in September 2011 alerting the world to the human and economic burden of this disease and calling for immediate action.
  • Data: World Health Organization, American Heart Association, World Economic Forum

Despite the fact that some progress in the fight against the cardiovascular epidemic was made in the US and certain other affluent countries, this epidemic continues to spread on a world wide scale.

The fact that the cardiovascular epidemic continues to spread on a global level is no surprise, especially considering the fact that the root cause of this disease is barely understood by conventional, pharmaceutically-oriented medicine. Even the most modern textbooks of conventional cardiology admit that the decisive initial steps how the process of arteriosclerosis starts are largely “conjectural” – that is speculative.

Their most recent dogma that high levels of blood cholesterol are the primary cause of arteriosclerosis is a fallacy. Everyone can understand: If high cholesterol levels in the blood would damage or clog the blood vessel pipeline – in the same way calcium-rich water damages a water pipeline – we would, inevitably, get clogging in all arteries and veins of our body and not primarily in coronary arteries of the heart. This is clearly not the case. Thus, cholesterol plays – at best – subordinate role in arteriosclerosis.

In short, the primary cause of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease is not bad water [i.e blood] quality but the instability of the wall of the [blood vessel] pipeline. If you want to know more about why we get heart attacks and not nose attacks or knee attacks we invite you to take a “ride through a coronary artery” on this website.

2.

Missing Answers from Conventional Medicine

Since the root causes of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease have been poorly understood by conventional, pharmaceutically-oriented medicine, it is not surprising that few health approaches have been developed thus far that are able to target the cellular root cause of this disease.

Instead pharmaceutical drugs have been developed to address contributing factors or the symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Since these drugs are patented, synthetic molecules, they are often associated with severe side effects.

“Serious and Common Adverse Effects”

of drugs prescribed to patients with arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease include for

  • Lipid lowering drugs, statins. The purpose of these drugs is to lower the cholesterol level in the body. “Serious and common adverse effects” of these drugs include: muscle disease (myopathy), rapid break down of muscle tissue (rhabdomyolysis), intoxication of the liver (hepatotoxicity) and others.
  • Calcium Channel blockers. The purpose of these drugs is to relax the arteries and increase the oxygen supply to the heart muscle cells. “Serious and common adverse effects” of these drugs include: Increased chest pain (angina pectoris), myocardial infarctions (rare) and others.
  • Beta blockers. The purpose of these drugs is to reduce the heart rate and or pumping force of the heart muscle to ‘save’ energy. “Serious and common adverse effects” of these drugs include: Block of the electrical impulse for the heart beat (atrio-ventricular block), slow, irregular heartbeat (bradyarrhythmia), construction of the lung airways (bronchospasm) and others.

3.

The Necessity for New Approaches: Cellular Health

The Facts are:

  • None of the prescription drugs currently taken by millions of people with cardiovascular disease specifically addresses the decisive initial event of arteriosclerosis: the artery wall that has lost its strength and elasticity by an insufficient production of the tissue reinforcement molecules collagen and elastin by the malfunctioning of millions of cells making up the artery wall (smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts and others).
  • The first site were this underlying weakness of the blood vessel wall is exposed within the 60,000 mile long blood vessel pipeline of our body are the coronary arteries of the heart – with a total length of only a few inches. The reason for that is evident: the heart is the only organ in the body that constantly moves. And nowhere in the human body are the blood vessel walls exposed to a higher mechanical stress than in the coronary arteries, which are squeezed flat with every contraction of the pumping heart muscle.
  • The most important factors that are known to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin molecules are vitamin C (ascorbate) and certain other micronutrients.
  • Optimum dietary intake of vitamin C and other micronutrients improves the stability and elasticity of the blood vessel walls and contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. If you want to know more details, please visit the adjacent diorama on "arteriosclerosis".
  • The expansion of our knowledge on how micronutrients and other biological molecules regulate the metabolism of millions of artery wall cells towards cardiovascular health must –inevitably – bring a breakthrough in the prevention, control and reduction of the cardiovascular epidemic.
  • The comprehensive scientific evidence already available today that documents the benefits of these micronutrients towards cardiovascular health can be studied in the adjacent online library on this website.
  • Beside dietary micronutrient supplementation, a healthy life style is also a major contributing factor to cardiovascular health. This includes a prudent diet rich in vegetables and fruits; regular exercise like walking, jogging, biking or swimming; stress reduction, including regular times of relaxation and, above all, don’t smoke.

The information on this website is not intended to treat individual patients. Its purpose is to provide science-based information that allows the people of the world to take action in helping to control the cardiovascular epidemic.

1.

The Global Epidemic is Spreading

At the beginning of the 21st Century, high blood pressure disease (hypertension) is spreading worldwide in epidemic proportions.

The facts are:

Currently, more than one billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension – this is one out of every 7 people living on our planet today.

In the United States alone, more than 70 million people are affected by this disease – about one in 4 persons.

According to the World Health Organization, in some countries more than half of the population has high blood pressure.

High blood pressure contributes to about half of all heart attacks and strokes occurring worldwide. Moreover, high blood pressure is also an important risk factor for heart failure and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

The economic burden of this disease is equally staggering: In the US and other countries, between 6 and 8% of national health budgets are currently being spent on coping with the high blood pressure epidemic.

By the year 2025, an estimated 1.5 billion will be affected by this disease globally – signifying a rise of 50% in only a decade and a half.

Data: World Health Organization, American Heart Association

Despite occasional progress reports from some wealthier countries in the fight against high blood pressure, this disease continues to expand in epidemic proportions and on a world-wide scale.

Considering the fact that the root cause of this disease is barely understood by conventional, pharmaceutically-oriented medicine, this is no surprise. 90 % of high blood pressure patients are diagnosed with "primary" hypertension, which means that no underlying medical cause has been identified.

To mask the fact that, in the great majority of high blood pressure patients, the cause for their disease remains unknown, conventional pharmaceutically-oriented medicine has introduced the special diagnostic term of "essential hypertension". While the patient being diagnosed with "essential hypertension" is left with the impression of a precise diagnosis, the actual meaning of this diagnosis is very different: "We don’t know where your disease comes from."

In recent years, some progress has been made to identify certain molecules of inheritance (genes) that may slightly influence blood pressure in patients. However, no root cause therapy is available to influence or regulate these genes therapeutically.

2.

Missing Answers from Conventional Medicine

With the root causes of most high blood pressure being unknown or not accessible to treatment, conventional pharmaceutically-oriented medicine has been left with only one option: It can merely address the symptoms of this disease.

The conventional approach of pharmaceutical medicine tries to lower high blood pressure conditions using patented, synthetic molecules. At this point another problem arises: Since most of these drugs are synthetic compounds, the cells of the heart and blood vessel system cannot interact with them in a natural manner to correct the cellular malfunction. Due to the artificial nature of these prescription drugs, our body sees them as ‘foreign’ or ‘toxins’ and must eliminate them. A retarded or incomplete elimination of these chemicals from the body can lead to the intoxication effects discussed above and can explain the severe side effects associated with them.

"Serious and Common Adverse Effects"

Among the most frequent drugs prescribed to patients with high blood pressure are:

Thiazide diuretics. The purpose of these drugs is to lower blood pressure by eliminating water from the body and, thereby, decrease the volume of blood circulating in our blood vessel pipeline. Drugs aimed at eliminating water from the body are called diuretics (from Greek ‘diourein’, i.e. to urinate). This approach is comparable to decreasing the pressure in a water pipeline by draining off some of the water.

Serious and common adverse effects of these drugs include: irregular heart beat (cardiac arrhythmia); the intoxication and death of cells, causing the skin (epidermis) to separate from the tissue below the skin, the dermis (Stevens-Johnson syndrome); intoxication of the liver (hepatotoxicity); pancreatitis and others.

ACE Inhibitors. The purpose of these drugs is to block an enzyme, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE), that is involved in the regulation of blood pressure in the body.

Serious and common adverse effects of these drugs include: a severe and life-threatening drop in the number of white blood cells (agranulocytosis) that is generally caused by the toxic effect of these drugs on the bone marrow, the building site of our blood cells; rapid swelling of the skin and mucous membranes of the body (angioedema); development of large breasts in men caused by the swelling of the mammary glands (gynecomastia) and others.

Calcium Channel blockers. The purpose of these drugs is to relax the arteries and increase the oxygen supply to the heart muscle cells.

Serious and common adverse effects of these drugs include: Increased chest pain (angina pectoris), myocardial infarctions (rare) and others.

Beta blockers. The purpose of these drugs is to reduce the heart rate and/or pumping force of the heart muscle to ‘save’ energy.

Serious and common adverse effects of these drugs include: Block of the electrical impulse for the heartbeat (atrio-ventricular block); slow, irregular heartbeat (bradyarrhythmia); construction of the lung airways (bronchospasm) and others.

Source: Principles of Pharmacology, Third Edition, 2012

3.

The Necessity for New Approaches: Cellular Health

The Facts are:

Most of the prescription drugs currently taken by millions of people with high blood pressure conditions are unable to specifically address the most common underlying event of hypertension: an increased tension or spasm of millions of (smooth) muscle cells inside the walls of the arteries, which leads to a reduction in the diameter of the artery and, thereby, to an increase in blood pressure.

Those few prescription drugs that can reduce the tension of the muscle cells, e.g. calcium channel blockers, are synthetic molecules that – unlike natural substances – leave the cells of the cardiovascular system unable to interact with them in a biological self-regulating manner. Overly high dosages of these synthetic drugs are not simply ‘ignored’ by these cells, but can lead to over-dosing and intoxication and, thereby, explain the serious and common side effects listed above.

One of the most important biological molecules involved in the regulation of blood pressure is nitric oxide, with the chemical formula "NO". Because of its relaxing impact on the blood vessel wall, this tiny molecule is also known as Endothelium Derived Relaxing Factor, or EDRF.

A deficiency of this relaxing-factor inevitably leads to an increase in blood pressure. Vice versa, elevated blood pressure conditions can generally be reduced by an optimum availability of EDRF (NO). The availability of this relaxing factor in our body can be increased by simple dietary measures. The most important nutritional factor that increases the availability of this relaxing factor is the natural amino acid arginine.

Other natural micronutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium and a group of plant extracts called polyphenols have been part of human nutrition for thousands of generations. As such, the cells of our cardiovascular system can interact with them in a biological manner.

An optimum dietary intake of arginine, vitamin C, magnesium, polyphenols and other micronutrients can contribute to the normalization of high blood pressure by helping to correct the malfunctioning cellular metabolism, decreasing the tension of the artery wall and, thereby, lowering elevated blood pressure.

If you want to study this process in more details, please visit the adjacent diorama on "high blood pressure".

Research in the important new fields of Cellular Health and Cellular Medicine is rapidly increasing our knowledge about the biological interactions between natural compounds and our cells. This expansion of our knowledge regarding the ways in which micronutrients and other biological molecules regulate the metabolism of the millions of artery wall cells and promote cardiovascular health must – inevitably – bring a breakthrough in the prevention, control and reduction of the high blood pressure epidemic.

The comprehensive scientific evidence – already available today – that documents the benefits of these micronutrients towards lowering elevated blood pressure and improving cardiovascular health can be studied in the adjacent online library on this website.

Beside dietary micronutrient supplementation, a healthy life style is also a major contributing factor to lowering high blood pressure and maintaining overall cardiovascular health. Such a lifestyle includes a prudent diet rich in vegetables and fruits; regular exercise such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming; stress reduction, including regular times of relaxation and, above all, not smoking.

The information on this website is not intended to treat individual patients. Its purpose is to provide science-based information that allows the people of the world to take action in helping to control the high blood pressure epidemic.

1.

The Global Epidemic is Spreading

Heart Failure

2.

Missing Answers from Conventional Medicine

Heart Failure

3.

The Necessity for New Approaches: Cellular Health

Heart Failure

1.

The Global Epidemic is Spreading

Arrhythmia

2.

Missing Answers from Conventional Medicine

Arrhythmia

3.

The Necessity for New Approaches: Cellular Health

Arrhythmia

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IMAGINE …

The aim of bodyxq is to empower you to take better charge of your own health by understanding that a healthy body requires healthy cells. While you enjoy this excursion into the body and its organs you may be surprised about the ease and the logic of the information. And you may ask yourself: “Why has nobody else told me this important information before?”

There is a strikingly simple answer: Diseases are ‘big business’ – and your health destroys this multi-trillion dollar ‘business with disease’. Those business interests know: The lesser we, the people of the world, understand about the root causes of diseases, the more money they can make from these ongoing diseases. We have to realize that health – and the information to stay healthy – will not be given to us voluntarily. We have to take action towards this goal.

HEALTH MEANS EDUCATION

The key to health is education. Precisely this is the purpose of this interactive health education program, bodyxq. As you will see with essentially all diseases explained in bodyxq, the necessary change towards better health happens first in your own mind. Only when you understand, will you be able to act. You will also see that this change is not a random event or a question whom to believe. With almost mathematical precision we can identify the essential “Steps to Change” towards better health:

  • 1. Today’s most common diseases are not under control. As a first step, we have to realize that, despite sporadic progress, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other common health problems of today are continuing in epidemic proportions. On a global level essentially all these diseases are projected to increase. If any disease continues to spread and take the lives of millions of people worldwide we have to accept the fact that the efforts of conventional medicine to control or eliminate this epidemic have failed.
  • 2. The root causes of today’s most common diseases are largely unknown. Conventional, pharmaceutically-oriented medicine admits that the root causes for today’s most common diseases are poorly – or not at all – understood. Even the textbooks of medicine used at medical schools around the world admit this fact. To hide this alarming fact, conventional medicine uses Latin or Greek code words as diagnosis. Millions of people around the world are diagnosed with ‘essential’ high blood pressure, ‘idiopathic’ heart muscle failure or ‘paroxysmal’ irregular heartbeat. All these different words, however, have the same meaning: "We do not know the cause of the disease."
  • 3. If the root cause is not known, no specific health approach can be developed. It goes without saying that if the root cause of a disease is not known, no specific health measure to prevent or reverse this health problem can be developed and made available to patients. This explains why the great majority of prescription drugs available today are merely addressing the symptoms of a disease but is unable to target or correct the root cause. Moreover, since most of these drugs are patented synthetic substances they are not biological substances our body can easily handle and eliminate if needed. This, in turn, explains the fact that most prescription drugs are associated with harmful side-effects and that the deaths from the known adverse effects of prescription drugs have become the third leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • 4. The urgent need for new health approaches. From all the above it is obvious that we need new approaches if we want to control today’s most common diseases. These new approaches have to start at one decisive point: Identifying the correct root causes of these diseases at the cellular level. This is why this new direction is called "Cellular Health" and "Cellular Medicine". Understanding the cellular causes of diseases paves the way for understanding the pathways of cellular regulation by means of micronutrients and other biological molecules that "speak" the language of our body and can correct malfunctions at the cellular level.

Background information

IMAGINE …

YOU living in a world where people live on average one hundred years and longer – and where heart attacks, cancer and other common diseases of today are essentially unknown. YOU can help create this world.

YOU may say: I am not a health professional – I am a student, teacher, worker, mother and housewife, or a senior citizen. It does not matter – YOU can!

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Anjana

Anjana 2013/01/19 12:42:25

Sehr sehr interessant! Aber bei der Bedienung muss ich noch viel lernen! Anjana