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Mouth Bacteria Tied to Heart Attack

January 02, 2008 | 8,751 views
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Bacteria lurking in dental plaque and on diseased gums could trigger a heart attack, suggests a new study in rabbits. The organisms found in the plaque have been shown to promote clumping of platelets, one of the first steps in clot formation that could cause a heart attack. The bacteria also cause abnormalities in heart function, according to a report presented last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mark Herzberg from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Maurice Meyer looked at two types of bacteria found in diseased gums, Streptococcus sanguis (S. sanguis) and Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis). Both bacteria can easily cross diseased gums to enter the bloodstream. Severe periodontitis is the equivalent of about nine square inches of chronic wound around the teeth. It offers considerable opportunity over time for these bacteria to enter the blood.

In the new study, the bacteria were infused directly into the bloodstream of rabbits, and S. sanguis caused platelet clotting, faster heart and breathing rates, as well as abnormal changes in electrocardiograms up to 30 minutes later. The bacteria appear to have this effect because they carry a surface protein called platelet aggregation association protein (PAAP). It's not yet clear if a similar response would occur in humans, though the researchers note that 60% of S. sanguis strains found in the human mouth contain PAAP.

COMMENT: This information highlights the importance of following an effective program to remove plaque and keep your gums healthy. I outlined one in newsletter #34. I felt that this article was especially appropriate for me as I just had finished my visit to have my teeth cleaned. I go every three months to have the plaque scrapped off. I was particularly disappointed that my flossing, brushing, water-pik and baking soda efforts still were not completely effective at eliminating the plaque. My hygienist told me my exam was better than average, but I could still hear her scrape away the plaque on the lower front teeth. My new strategy will be to dip my toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and brush the lower teeth twice a day. This strategy will only work if you start after your teeth are clean however. It can not remove plaque. I would also be cautious on using the smallest amount of peroxide as larger amounts will clearly cause some problems. My next cleaning is in three months and I will report the effectiveness of this strategy.

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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.

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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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