Bacteria's Role in Heart Disease Discovered
January 02, 2008
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Scientists believe they have discovered how a common bacterial infection can trigger heart disease - a controversial hypothesis that is generating enormous interest among heart researchers. The key finding, reported in this week’s Science, is that chlamydia bacteria, which cause lung and eye infections and a sexually transmitted disease, have a protein on their outer coat that mimics a protein found in the heart muscle of mammals. Normally this molecular mimicry allows the bacterium to evade the chlamydia-infected individual's immune system. But sometimes the immune cells are not fooled; they mount an attack against the chlamydia germs that gets misdirected against heart cells as if they were the enemy. What we now see is that we don't have to have bacterial damage to the heart in order for bacteria to cause heart disease.
Chlamydia infections are very common; at least two out of three adults have antibody evidence of a past infection. Since heart disease is also common, it has been impossible to know from epidemiology alone if the two diseases were really linked. Boston University researchers reported earlier this month that British patients who had been treated with certain antibiotics were less likely to develop heart disease. Two large human studies are underway to see if antibiotic treatment will prevent heart attacks among individuals who have already survived one.
COMMENT: It does appear that there is a strong link between heart disease and these infections. Antibiotic treatment would be one way to address the issue. I suspect the situation is very similar to the issue with rheumatoid arthritis. I have treated more than 2,500 patients with this illness over the last ten years. (You can find my protocol at ) However, I believe it is far better to boost the immune system with nutritional interventions. I believe that is why people who follow my diet recommendations seem to do better with the antibiotics. They do not generally experience a severe worsening of their symptoms and usually respond dramatically well to the treatment. I suspect that the situation is open to a more aggressive intervention of heart disease by screening individuals for antibodies to chlamydia and treating them with a low dose pulsed regimens similar to the one we use in rheumatoid arthritis. The Minocin in the protocol works wonderfully well for chlamydia.
What Are GMOs?
From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.
GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.
Help Support GMO Labeling
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.
Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.
The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.
Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.
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Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.
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