Is ‘Blood Stagnation’ Making You Ill?

We all know that blood circulates in our bodies. But what you may not know is that aside from being a vital nutrient substance blood can also be a cause of pain in the body. One of the ways blood causes pain is when it becomes “stagnant.” That is, locations where blood becomes “static” (e.g., sluggish) in the organs and tissues. (more…)

5 Things Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You

Over the years I’ve found that while there are some great cardiologists who are on the cutting-edge of the latest research, there are far more cardiologists who are practicing old medicine, quite literally. In fact, here are 5 important things your cardiologist won’t tell you for at least five years. The reason? He or she just doesn’t know about these breakthroughs yet. (more…)

Heart drug in death risk

Here’s an urgent warning for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve taken the heart drug Multaq: The FDA says it may double the risk of death in some patients.

The alert comes out of a recent study cut short earlier this summer by the drug’s maker, Sanofi-Aventis — but the company didn’t bother to mention that whopper of a death risk at the time.

Nope, they only made a vague reference to a “significant increase” in heart problems and said in a press release that “patients currently taking Multaq should not stop their therapy and should consult their treating physician should they have any questions.” (more…)

FDA admits heart drug doubles risk of death

Regulators with the Food and Drug Administration have warned that Multaq, a cardiac drug Sanofi, has been linked with fatal heart problems in a clinical trial the company recently ended.

In the study involving 3,000 patients, 32 who were taking Multaq died from cardiac-related problems compared with 14 who were taking a placebo. In all, nearly twice as many people suffered heart attacks, strokes and death than those in the placebo control group. (more…)

10 Herbs and Spices for the Kitchen Medicine Cabinet

Many of us have a cabinet full of herbs and spices we use to help improve the flavor of our meals. What many may not realize is how much common kitchen herbs and spices can also help improve our health. Here are ten top examples:

CAYENNE – Cayenne pepper  has wonderful cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure. Famed herbalist Doctor John Christopher noted that a couple of teaspoons of cayenne pepper never failed to stop a heart attack in only minutes. When added to food, cayenne increases appetite, improves digestion and relieves gas, nausea and indigestion. It also thins phlegm and eases its passage from the lungs.

GARLIC – Garlic is a natural antiseptic and powerful cancer fighter with numerous other health benefits. It helps lower cholesterol, reduces plaque, lower blood pressure, and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea.

TURMERIC – The curcumin contained in turmeric provides powerful anti-cancer properties, especially for smokers and past smokers. Curcumin has clinically proven anti-inflammatory effects, including significant beneficial effects to relieve rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Turmeric is packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, and may help prevent cataracts. (more…)

Blood Thinner Coumadin Recalled

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said Monday it is recalling one production lot of its blood thinner Coumadin after finding an oversize tablet.

 

The company said it tested a returned bottle of Coumadin and found that one tablet was more potent than expected.

 

An excessive dose of Coumadin, or warfarin, could create an increased risk of bleeding.

 

The recall affects 5-milligram Coumadin tablets with an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2012. The production lot is number 9H49374A.

 

The New York drugmaker said it has notified the Food and Drug Administration about the recall. It said patients taking 5-milligram tablets should not stop taking them, but should talk to their pharmacist to find out if their prescription was filled with tablets that have been recalled.

Expensive screening for blood clots causing dangerous treatments

Over the past 13 years, huge numbers of people have likely been treated for a blood clot in the lungs (known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE) that didn’t need treatment at all. As a result some have suffered serious and potentially deadly side effects from blood thinning drugs, in addition to being exposed to unnecessary, cancer-linked radiation. (more…)

Coumadin, A.K.A Rat poison

Statins have side effects. Reducing your cholesterol levels does not extend your life. Anti-inflammatories can. Despite the advertising that tells us how aspirin saves lives, aspirin and NSAIDS kill at least 20,000 people a year. [www.gordonresearch.com/articles_acam/acam_response_cranton_rebuttal_5-15-03.html]   They either bleed to death or die from hemorrhagic strokes. The total number of deaths due to bleeding caused by the use of NSAIDS is over 30,000 a year. Coumadin? From the 2001 Encarta Encyclopedia we see:

Possible side effects of [Coumadin] include hemorrhage (severe bleeding), chest pain, joint pain, headache, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, or swelling. Other side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, fever, hair loss, skin inflammation, discolored (purplish) toes, or gangrene. Excessive bleeding from a nosebleed, cut, puncture, or unusual menstrual flow should be checked by a doctor.

Just recently, medical journals are pointing out that patients on coumadin for a long period of time increase their chances of hemorrhagic strokes.

No wonder it’s the main ingredient in rat poison.

According to Dr Gordon, most of the blood in blood banks is used to replace the blood lost by people on conventional blood thinners. Does this tell you anything?

We dispute the practice of using aspirin as a blood thinner throughout our articles on cardiovascular disease, but right here we will give you Dr Val Fuster’s take on aspirin (and other anticoagulants) because aspirin (and the others) affect only one pathway to coagulation:

Aspirin interferes with only one of the three pathways of platelet activation – the one dependent on thromboxane A. The other two pathways — one dependent on ADP and collagen and the other on thrombin — remain unaffected, as does the coagulation system. On the other hand, current anticoagulant agents interfere only partially with the coagulation system and do not affect platelet activation. It is not surprising, therefore, that aspirin or anticoagulants cannot completely prevent coronary thrombotic events, although the relative antithrombotic effectiveness of both types of antithrombotic agents is clinically similar.

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