ANEURYSM

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Aneurysm is a balloon-like swelling in a blood vessel. It is caused by weakness in the blood vessel wall. As blood passes through the defected (weakened) blood vessel, the blood pressure causes a small area to bulge outwards like a balloon which may eventually break.

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Aneurysms can develop in any blood vessel in the body, but the two most common places are the brain (cerebral aneurysm) and abdominal aorta.

Most brain (cerebral) aneurysms only cause noticeable symptoms if they burst (rupture) leading to a very serious haemorrhage which can cause extensive brain damage and symptoms of agonising headache, pain on looking at light, neck stiffness, vomiting, etc.

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Unfortunately, cerebral aneurysm can be extremely dangerous as about three in five people who experience brain haemorrhage die within two weeks, and 50 % of those who survive suffer from severe brain damage and disability.

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It is therefore very important to strengthen blood vessels, improve brain blood circulation, lower blood cholesterol, prevent and treat arteriosclerosis (hardening of blood vessels) and prevent the rapture and haemorrhage.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

The following factors may weaken the blood vessels and lead to aneurysm:

– Emotional stress and bad diet lead to overproduction of free radicals which damage blood vessel walls;

– Deficiency of antioxidants. Low consumption of fresh vegetables, fruits and other unrefined plant foods high in antioxidants which prevent damaging effect of free radicals;

– Deficiency of copper. Copper is essential to the health of arteries and veins. According to Dr Wallach, aneurysms are caused by a copper deficiency. In 1957 half of the entire US nation’s flock of turkeys died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm due to copper deficiency! Arteries need copper to maintain their strength and elasticity. After the discovery they doubled copper content in the feed. As a result the mortality rate from ruptured aortic aneurysms dropped to 0%! Dr Wallach also suggests that copper deficiency can also contribute to wrinkles, white hair, and sagging in old age. To cope with copper deficiency Dr Wallach recommends colloidal copper supplementation;

– According to a study published in 2003 magnesium deficiency is associated with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage;

– Deficiency of zinc, rutin, bioflavonoids, and vitamin K. Our body requires them to maintain strength and elasticity of blood vessels;

– Deficiency of vitamin C and E. Both vitamins are antioxidants which help to repair cellular damage in the body including blood vessels;

– Poor blood circulation, lack of physical activity, diet high in refined sugar and other refined products, increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, inherited genetic predispositions, high blood pressure may also contribute to aneurysm;

Dehydration (drinking insufficient amount of water) as it makes blood thicker and causes of impaired blood circulation;

– Consuming hard water (high in inorganic calcium carbonate) and using inorganic calcium carbonate supplements;

– Deficiency of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in helping promote relaxation of blood vessels. In addition, failure to have regular exposures to sunlight increases the risk of blood clotting. A recent study published in International Journal of General Medicine found that low vitamin D (sun vitamin) levels are associated with idiopathic deep vein thrombosis.

– Harmful medications can contribute to aneurysm;

Coffee is also regarded as one of the causes of aneurysm as it depletes copper from the body. According to Gary Null coffee chelates the copper and calcium out of the blood.

Smoking. Carbon monoxide from smoking damages delicate walls of the coronary arteries and arteries found in the brain. Cholesterol easily sticks to those damaged places in the arteries and builds up much faster. Interestingly, exposure to second-hand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in America and some other high-income countries;

Unhealthy diet (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk and dairy, ice creams, cheese, disserts, and any products that contain these foods). Other factors that contribute to this problem include inactivity, free radicals (junk food, stress, toxins), insufficient exposure to the sun, stress, smoking, high blood sugar (diabetes), obesity and saturated fatty acids;

– Increased estrogen caused by birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;

– Homocysteine and free radicals from fried foods and pollution can damage blood vessels;

Overweight and obesity increase the risk of aneurysm.

TREATMENT

– In order to effectively treat aneurysm and prevent blood vessel rapture you need to strengthening your blood vessel walls, improving blood circulation, controlling blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and lowering bad fats such as cholesterol or triglycerides.

In order to achieve this goal you need to implement principles and use remedies included in the following articles:

  • CHOLESTEROL, ATHEROSCLEROSIS, HEART DISEASES, STROKE >

  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) >

  • HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >

  • DIABETES > Since also diabetes (high blood glucose levels) contributes to atherosclerosis and high blood cholesterol levels, because prolonged and untreated high blood sugar levels damage small blood vessels, you need to check your blood sugar a few times to make sure it is normal. Apart from that, too much sugar in the blood also reduces the levels of the powerful vasodilator nitric oxide in blood vessels. As a result the blood vessels are narrowed elevating blood pressure and risk of heart attack or stroke. If your glucose levels are elevated or if you are already diagnosed with diabetes and are on medication, go to DISEASES and study the excellent article on type two diabetes. If you manage to implement the principles and use remedies listed there you should be free from diabetes in one or two months.
  • In addition, try to prepare your meals only according to the HEALING RECIPES >

REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS

Copper is essential to the health of arteries and veins. According to Dr Wallach, aneurysms are caused by a copper deficiency. In 1957 half of the entire US nation’s flock of turkeys died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm due to copper deficiency! Arteries need copper to maintain their strength and elasticity. After the discovery they doubled copper content in the feed. As a result the mortality rate from ruptured aortic aneurysms dropped to 0%! Dr Wallach also suggests that copper deficiency can also contribute to wrinkles, white hair, and sagging in old age. To cope with copper deficiency Dr Wallach recommends colloidal copper supplementation.

http://www.dragonsilver.co.uk/images/stories/virtuemart/product/cc-1008.png– Take an excellent HealthAid formula with Gingko biloba and other important ingredients to improve blood circulation in the brain, heart and extremities.

Venaforce (Vogel) – improves blood circulation and strengthens blood vessel walls. Venaforce contains the extract of fresh Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seeds.

– Take Rutin (vitamin P). It is the most important vitamin for the blood vessel health.

– Take formulas with Silica and Bioflavonoids.

Vitamin D3 (20,000 IU a day) reduces blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart attack according to new studies. Vitamin D plays an important role in helping promote relaxation of blood vessels. In addition, failure to have regular exposures to sunlight increases the risk of blood clotting. A recent study published in International Journal of General Medicine found that low vitamin D (sun vitamin) levels are associated with idiopathic deep vein thrombosis. Vitamin D must be taken with magnesium as it 2010 study confirmed that low levels of vitamin D up-regulated the rennin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. It was demonstrated that the full-spectrum light stimulated chickens to release serotonin so well that they lived twice as long! In addition to that, they were also calmer and produced eggs which were much lower in cholesterol! That is why also when we wisely expose our body to the sunlight we feel more relaxed, have stronger immune system, and have lower blood cholesterol. If you are deficient in Vitamin D your liver produces more cholesterol, which is needed for proper absorption, to grab whatever Vitamin D is available. For this reason vitamin D supplements reduce cholesterol. Vitamin D also lowers blood pressure. Almost every person in England is deficient in vitamin D. While taking vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 or even 50,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium (50,000 IU shouldn’t be taken longer than 2 months). Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day. Read more about Vitamin D >

Magnesium citrate 800mg a day. According to the study from March 01, 2002, magnesium sulfate may improve treatment outcome in patients who have suffered a cerebral aneurysm.

– Take 10-50 mg of zinc after breakfast. Our body requires zinc to maintain strength and elasticity of blood vessels.

Other excellent herbal formulas and supplements which used together with improved diet and lifestyle may lead to recovery:

Hawthorn, Ginkgo & Garlic Herbal 50ml Liquid >

Colestroforte Tablets  (HealthAid) – another excellent formula with most beneficial ingredients:

– Barley fibre (Beta glucan) removes cholesterol and regulates blood sugar.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) up to 1000mg a day. Niacin (Vitamin B3) or nicotinic acid is one of the B vitamins that help to break down proteins and fats converting them into energy. Niacin raises good cholesterol HDL, lowers triglycerides and bad cholesterols LDL and VLDL. Being a vasodilator Niacin causes blood vessels to widen thus lowering blood pressure and preventing heart attacks or strokes. Unfortunately, since niacin is a vasodilator it also causes the skin blood vessels to dilate leading to a warming effect and redness of the skin called hot flushes as well as other sensations such as tingling and itching. Fortunately, this effect usually lasts for only last up to about 20 to 30 minutes and is not dangerous. In addition, if larger doses of niacin are taken regularly, the body gradually builds up a tolerance and minimizes this effect. It’s the nicotinic acid that causes this flushing effect and usually this effect is triggered by doses over 500mg but more sensitive individuals can develop flashes with doses as low as 50mg. The flushing effect can be minimized by taking niacin immediately after meals.

The no-flush vitamin B3 generally don’t contain the nicotinic acid but different forms of this vitamin. They still can increase energy, metabolism and are beneficial for the nervous system but are not very effective in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. To lower cholesterol I would suggest taking pure nicotinic acid staring from lower doses of 2 times 50 to 100mg after meals and slowly increasing the dose while controlling symptoms.

According to Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., “Niacin is one of the best substances for elevating high density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good cholesterol) and so decreases the ratio of the total cholesterol over high density cholesterol.”

Niacin is also the best method to reduce anxiety and depression in just 15 minutes! Read more >

– Amino acid L-arginine is converted in our body to Nitric oxide and therefore it is a very effective in relaxing and dilating arteries in our heart and brain thus preventing heart attacks and strokes. One researcher even said that, „By Converting Into Nitric-Oxide (vasodilator), the Amino Acid, L-Arginine, Has Changed the Paradigms of Cardiovascular Health Forever!”

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You can lower cholesterol through improved diet and by increased nitric oxide production in blood vessels. Nitric oxide is made from L-arginine, and the highest nutritional source of L-arginine are nuts, especially wall nuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, and cashew nuts. The next source are sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Also Spirulina, pistachios, soybeans, pumpkin seeds and peanuts are high in L-arginine.

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L-arginine relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure through nitric oxide. You can also in­crease nitric oxide by taking a warm bath, breathing in and out through one nostril (close off the other nostril and your mouth).

– Researchers also found out that citrulline – a compound found especially in watermelon – can also increase arginine levels and nitric oxide.

– Take also antioxidants in supplements, especially Alpha lipoic acid and NAC.

– Try to include a high in EPA Omega 3 supplements as according to a 2008 study EPA inhibits cerebral vasospasm in patients who have suffered a cerebral aneurysm!

Ajoene, a compound released from Allicin when garlic is crushed or chopped prevents blood clotting.

Other herbal remedies helpful in coping with blood clotting and aneurysm: Angelica, Anise, Fenugreek, Motherwort, Myrrh, Turmeric, Vitamin E, Star flower oil or Evening primrose oil, Hawthorn tea or capsules (2 – 3 x a day between meals), Olive leaf (A 1,000 mg of olive leaf extract daily over eight weeks caused a significant reduction in both blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in people with borderline hypertension. You can also make an olive leaf tea by placing a large teaspoon of dried olive leaves in two 2 or 3 cups of boiling water and steeping it for about 10 – 30 minutes.

MOST IMPORTANT LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

– Stop smoking!

– Avoid coffee and caffeinated products!

Exercise gradually increasing pace and time. After the war two men worked for many years on a London double decker bus, and both men were pretty evenly matched in terms of age, weight and height. The first one’s work was sedentary as he worked as a bus driver. The other was physically active for the most of the day as he worked as the conductor. Every day he climbed up and down the steps all day punching tickets of boarding passengers. As expected the after many years the driver developed heart disease and died while the conductor didn’t show any signs of arteriosclerosis. After hearing the story some scientists were inspired to conduct a study involving thousands of similar “bus pairs” of London Transit workers. And as expected they discovered exactly the same thing. The risk of developing coronary artery disease and heart attacks, angina or stroke was much higher among drivers who just sat at their jobs, than among conductors who climbed up and down the steps each day.

– Learn to control STRESS >

– One of the most important aspect of treatment is to lower blood CHOLESTEROL >

– Take care of your KIDNEYS > and ADRENAL GLANDS > as they play important role in regulating blood pressure

– Treat THYROID PROBLEMS >

– Lose weight if you are OVERWEIGHT >

– Avoid sugar, fructose, glucose, white flour products, refined grains, fruit juices, and reduce grains. Fructose can cause your blood pressure to skyrocket therefore you need to remove all sugars from your diet, particularly fructose, until your blood pressure gets back to normal. Eating sugars and refined grain products — including bread, pasta, or rice — will cause your insulin levels and your blood pressure to remain elevated. Fructose breaks down into uric acid which drives up blood pressure by inhibiting the nitric oxide in blood vessels. Nitric oxide helps your vessels maintain their elasticity, so nitric oxide suppression leads to increases in blood pressure. There are many studies which demonstrated that elevated uric acid levels lead to hypertension. Also consumption of meat and dairy products lead to increased level of uric acid.

– If possible avoid medication that causes hypertension.

– Use only Celtic salt instead of refined salt.

– Avoid drinking hard water (high in inorganic calcium carbonate). Calcium in hard water contributes to the hardening of blood vessels leading to heart attacks and strokes. In order to check whether your water is hard fill a clean empty plastic bottle about halfway with water. Add 10 drops of a dish washing liquid and shake vigorously. If the foam quickly disappears, the water is hard and if it stays, the water is soft (good). But even if water is soft it doesn’t change the fact that there are still many dangerous contaminants present in it. The best way to remove them (including all inorganic minerals) is distillation. Read more >

– Eat garlic, beetroot, artichoke, oat bran.

– Get Omega 3 from ground flax seed and soaked chia seed. Consume 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with breakfast and lunch.

– Avoid or at least significantly reduce consumption of dairy and meat products as they thicken the blood. Switch to a totally plant-based (vegan) unrefined diet eliminating the intake of all animal-based foods (dairy, meat products, and fish) as they contain too much protein, are packed with high-risk factors (cholesterol, triglycerides, dioxins, heavy metals, antibiotics, bacteria, virus, cancer cells, prions, etc.) and because they don’t contain fibre. According to Professor Colin Campbell the author of the famous China Study, “The more you substitute plant foods for animal foods, the healthier you are likely to be.” The same scientist considers “veganism to be the ideal diet.”

– Drink 3 times a day about 3 glasses of filtered or even better distilled water between meals.

– Do not overeat.

– Drink 1 or 2 glasses of fresh raw and possibly cold-pressed (using slow juicer) vegetable juices (carrots, beets, broccoli, kale or spinach, etc.)  2 to 3 times a day before meals or instead. It is even better to have them with chlorella or spirulina, alfalfa, turmeric and barley grass. If you want to maintain your health drink 2 to 3 times 1 glass. In case your intension is to treat different health problems such as cancer, etc. you need to have 2 glasses 3 to 4 times a day.

– Consume more raw vegetables, vegetable juices, fresh fruits, oats, barley, pulses, and buckwheat.

– Lower HOMOCYSTEINE! It is also a well-known and proved fact that Atkins diet increases levels of homocysteine which is a dangerous neurotoxic and vasculotoxic by-product of defective protein metabolism. Homocysteine is regarded as very dangerous because its elevated levels are believed to be a powerful marker of aneurysm, stroke and heart attack risk. In addition, homocysteine has been associated also with cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, birth defects, osteoporosis, or fatal blood clots. Dr. Michael Greger one of the studies “measured homocysteine levels, and in that study Atkins followers suffered a highly significant worsening of their homocysteine levels”. He also reminds that “in the year-long study homocysteine levels tended to rise on the Atkins Diet, yet after just one week on a vegan diet, those with elevated homocysteine levels had their levels drop of 20% in just a single week”.

Diets that are successful in reducing body weight should also lower the level of bad LDL cholesterol, as well as another dangerous factor called “C-reactive protein” (CRP) which is regarded as even more important risk factor than elevated cholesterol levels. Studies demonstrated that high levels of CRP can increase the risk of heart attack (and stoke) by almost five times! However, one study clearly demonstrated that participants who were on Atkins diet for just over a month doubled their CRP levels despite of losing their body fat! Vegan (100% plant-based) diet combined with exercise again proved to be effective also in this case and managed to lower the level of this dangerous factor by almost 50% in just two weeks. The same vegan diet but without exercise was able to drop the CRP levels by 30%. A similar result was achieved by statin drugs. Statin, however, would also cause some dangerous side effect – especially muscle pain, tiredness or muscle weakness, as statins affect not only liver’s production of cholesterol, but also several enzymes in muscle cells that are responsible for muscle growth. The question, therefore is, why on earth almost all physicians still prescribe statins instead of unrefined vegan diet with exercise? The answer is very simple, it is the selfish monster called the pharmaceutical lobby which seems to control the whole medical world.

If homocysteine level is too high use the following:

Folic acid: 400-1000mg per day with breakfast. Use supplement only if you are not willing to consume green leafy vegetables every day (they are very high in folate).

Vitamin B6: 10-50mg per day after breakfast.

Vitamin B12: 1000mcg under the tongue only after breakfast (B12 must be in the form of sublingual Methylcobalamin).

All the above 3 vitamins are included in the Homocysteine formula (HealthAid) >

– Do not take take aspirin as it increases risk of brain haemorrhage.

– Avoid: margarine, mayonnaise, fried foods, cooking oils and fats, salad oils, peanut butters and all nut butters with added oils and fats. Studies have indicated that the more free fats people consume, the greater their likelihood of having an increased risk of blood clotting.

– Consume foods high in antioxidants as they reduce blood clotting by the effect they have on platelets. Antioxidants are found especially in fresh fruits and raw vegetables. A study published in May 01, 2007 demonstrated that the regular consumption of high in antioxidants foods such as soy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk for cerebral aneurysm.

– Include uncooked carrots, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflowers and other vegetables in your diet as they are low in calories, but high in fibre and essential nutrients. In this way your body will stop craving for more food in between meals as it will have enough nutrients. Raw cabbage reduces the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.

– Never fry your foods but cook or bake them without oil. If you have to fry use only coconut oil.

– Every day include in your diet the 5 CRITICAL and MOST POWERFUL SUPER FOODS:

1. Fresh raw sprouts;
2. Freshwater algae (chlorella, spirulina);
3. Super grasses (barley grass, alfalfa, wheat grass);
4. Fresh cold pressed vegetable juices;
5. Fresh raw organic turmeric powder (Pukka) or wholistic turmeric capsules (Pukka) with 10 x better bioavailability than powder.

– Dr. Fuhrman in “Fasting and Eating for Health”, wrote that, “Fasting thins the blood and prevents blood clots, or thrombi. Platelets do not clot as easily during fasting, and the ability of the red blood cells to clump together is diminished. Therefore, the fast quickly lowers an individual’s risk of a heart attack… The potential of a total fast (water only) to induce biochemical changes within the body that prevent formation of a thrombus has been well documented. (Muliar LA, Mishchenko VP, Loban GA, Goncharenko LL, Bobyrev VN. Effect of complete fasting on the coagulative and antioxidative properties of blood. Voprosy Pitaniya 1984;4:20–23.) In one such study a fast was undertaken by 22 normal volunteers. The ability of their blood to clot and form a thrombus under fasting conditions was extensively analysed. Fasting was discovered to lead to the reduction of blood plasma and red cell coagulation, deterioration of platelet aggregation, a rise of the oxidized hemoglobin content, and an increase in red cell resistance to peroxide hemolysis. In short, fasting lowers the risk of intravascular coagulation and thrombus formation… Other studies have shown that after 36 hours of fasting there is a significant increase in the fibrinolytic activity of the blood. Fibrinolysis is the breakdown of clots. This activity continues for 24 hours after the fast is terminated (Miettinen M. Effect of fasting on fibrinolysis and blood coagulation. Amer J Cardiol 1962;10:532–534. Menon IS. Fasting and non-fasting fibrinolytic activity. Lab Prac 1967;16:469–470.”

Apart from fasting, Dr. Fuhrman suggests a vegan or vegetarian diet high in nutrient with minimal or no processed foods. Foods that are preferable in this nutritional approach include raw green leafy vegetables; asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers; non-green, non-starchy vegetables like eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes; beans and legumes. It also includes the lower nutrient-dense whole grains barley, buckwheat, oats, brown and wild rice, and quinoa, as well as raw nuts and seeds. Absent from Dr Fuhrman’s program are dairy products, bad oils, and meat products (except small quantities of fish).

– Ginseng reduces neurologic damage in subarachanoid haemorrhage.

VIDEOS BY DR GREGER ON CHOLESTEROL >

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