On Heart Health, PDF Converter 7 Pro, & OmniPage 17 OCR Software

I learned an important new skill today: how to make a multiple-page pdf document from scanning a magazine article, and then linking it to my website. As I've said before, it is crucial to the individual-freedom side of the Culture War to be able to record and archive information, regardless of what format that information might currently be in (video, newpaper article, magazine article, online article, etc, and regardless of what kind of file (e.g. jpg, pdf, etc) it might be displayed in when you found it.

As you may know, this website is made using Drupal 5 content management system (CMS). I just purchased two new (to me) softwares, PDF Converter 7 Pro and OmniPage 17 (an optical character regonition [OCR] software). Additionally, I purchased online the invaluable little program, Image Converter Plus, which will quickly convert almost any type of file into virtually whatever type of file you need. The idea is to be able to create, manage, edit and link to my website Portable Document Format (PDF) files for the purposes of sharing valuable self-ownership-related information.

The advantage of being able to scan an article such as "A Heart-To-Heart Talk", by Will Winter, D.V.M., is that you can in effect create your own link to an article that may not be linked on the particular media website. This particular article is from the January 2011 edition of Acres Magazine, a wonderful magazine about sustainable agriculture practices of which I am an enthusiastic subscriber.

Following is the text of the article:

"Everyone knows what causes heart attacks, the biggest killer of Americans, right? Of course. Ask a room full of people and they will say something like clogged arteries of the heart. Same for strokes, clogged arteries of the brain. To which they will most often add from eating too much cholesterol, doncha know. It's one of those medical facts that we have all grown up with, especially since heart attacks and strokes have been on the rise since the 1950s, heart attacks alone now killing a stagger-ing 700,000 a year. Thank God for cholesterol-lowering statins, baby aspirins and blood thinners, right? About the only thing left for doctors to argue about are the finer points of what causes plaque to form in the arteries. But, as we are starting to see, these cholesterol-lowering techniques are not re-ally saving lives; if it worked why would so many people still be dying? Likewise, the super-expensive procedures such as bypass surgery and stents aren't saving lives either. Something is wrong here."

"As it turns out, the whole darn myth is unraveling. First came the surprising news that the lipid hypothesis theory of plaque formation was never true at all. We can thank Dr. Ravnskov and his book The Cholesterol Myths for redeeming the reputation of pastured bacon and eggs for breakfast, a big gob of good butter on our oatmeal, and a good grass-fed steak for dinner. Secondly, there is the embarrassing discovery that many people who die of a heart attack didn't have any clogging clots in their arteries! Correlation between clogged arteries and death from heart attack vary at autopsy with studies from as low as 7 percent up to 90 percent, so, even if you take the highest number ever recorded, what happened to the other 10 percent of heart attack deaths? Taking this a step further, the longer the time between heart attack and death, the more likely there would be a blockage in the arteries of the heart. This doesn't make sense if clogged arteries are the causal factor."

"The story I am about to tell you is like a little cherry I picked off of a banana split, just for you. The cherry is from the stunning lecture given by holistic M.D. Thomas Cowan at the recent and glorious Weston A. Price Foundation Annual Conference just outside of Philadelphia. The WAPF conference is, you see, sort of a first cousin to Acres U.S.A., this cousin being the city cousin who thinks more about eating and what to eat, as opposed to the farm cousin who eats too, but also makes all the food. Anyway, two amazing conferences. Let me just say that Dr. Cowan is the first to admit that he is out of the box, that is, rather unconventional. Scientific? Yes. Healing patients? Very much so. Most of us think that he's sort of like the Thomas Edison of medical doctors! A founding board member of WAPF, he guides us to places where no doctor has gone before. Here's that story I promised you, direct from Dr. Cowan."

"OK, so we have established that (you heard it here first!) eating good cholesterol doesn't cause plaque build-up or any of the subsequent diseases it has been alleged to cause. It's relatively clear that if one has high triglycerides in the blood as well as arterial plaque that it's more likely due to eating too many carbohydrates as well as other oxidizing factors. We are also saying that high blood cholesterol isn't even a risk factor in predicting heart disease. Virtually no correlation. But what is correlated are the three main risk factors for heart disease: Emotional and psychological stress, smoking cigarettes, and diabetes. Risk factors that are known to inflict their damage most severely in the tiniest of blood vessels, the almost microscopic capillaries. Oddly, these risk factors have never been shown to damage large arteries in any major way. But we have been told for 70 years that arteries were supposed to be the problem. If the known true risk factors were really out there destroying major blood vessels, why don't we have plaque build-up in the major arteries, the big ones that go to the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the pancreas, or other organs? Have you ever heard of someone having a spleen attack? Me neither. Something's definitely wrong with this theory, but doctors, like farmers I suppose, resist changing theories, even in the face of massive evidence!"

"So here's where the medical fog is beginning to lift, laid out in very logical steps. All these risk factors do dam-age capillaries and the damage is most apparent for cells in organs that have massive needs for all the things capillaries deliver, that is, oxygen and food. These organs also make a lot of waste, that is, carbon dioxide and monoxide. If there's inadequate oxygen or food, or if trash builds up, permanent damage is imminent. Those two organs are the brain and the heart. Almost 70 percent of the output of the body feeds and tends to the ravenous brain and heart tissue. Not only do these two organs have high needs — they can never take a break. Not even for a few minutes! If the precious network of capillaries become damaged, food and oxygen does not arrive in adequate quantities. Toxic anaerobic fermentation occurs, lactic acid buildup results, the pH of the tissue gets too acidic and the tis-sue begins to die. Hello! Heart attack is coming! This death of portions of the heart muscle that precedes actual patient death, is also painful, something we call angina. It's a last-minute cry for help."

"Dr. Cowan says then it's like a beaver dam. Once there is necrosis and damage in the tissue, blood cannot flow and there is a build-up of debris (clots and then the upstream arteries begin to clog up. This is why there are more blocked arteries in patients who live a while after the heart attack. There is much more time to build up debris and clots. This is why so many heart attack-caused deaths show no evidence of a clot or clogged artery."

"How does Dr. Cowan prevent his patients from dying? He is a student of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Biodynamic Farming, who also discovered that many plants in the world contain parts of us. Steiner revealed all this as part of his unifying theory, he believed that at one time, long ago in Creation, we were all one. Now, if we get sick, we just need to go looking for our missing parts out there in nature, it's in the rocks, the plants and sometimes the animals. There are many plants that bear cardiac glycosides — isn't that interesting? One plant contains a glycoside called oubain, (pronounced WAH-bah-een, a fun word to say!) a substance that is like insulin for the heart. In a complicated series of steps, oubain is emergency help for keeping the heart alive and healthy. This medicine slows the wave of the heart-beat, thus bringing in more oxygen and even converting the toxic lactic acid to pyruvate, a useful food for heart muscle cells."

"Even more interesting, a long time ago doctors found out that we make our own oubain, it's from the adrenal cortex and it nourishes our own heart. Everyone can do this to discover it; the scientists tracked its pathway to the heart by tagging the substance that carries it there. Can you guess the nature of that substance? Were you thinking cholesterol? Well, that's what does the work! You need cholesterol to make it work. When in-the-box doctors give us statin drugs, it lowers the presence of our own oubain by 85 percent. Which gets us back to the beginning!"

"Dr. Cowan starts all his cardiac patients on a series of more or less traditional blood test and cardiac evaluations. He looks for true indicators of cardiac risk (you will also find these explained in Al Watson's neat little book 21 Days to a Healthy Heart) such as triglyceride level (how much carbohydrates you've been eating), your C-reactive protein level (a test of how inflamed you are), and hemoglobin tests that reveal your average blood sugar level over the past week. If you have diabetes, he will need to get that under control first. He will also put you on a Nourishing Traditions' diet, which is a high-animal-fat, low-carb diet (hey, why not start now?!), perhaps the GAPS diet, which watches gluten and casein, he'll prescribe taking cod liver oil, CoQ10 (a natural heart enzyme) and several nutriceuticals. He starts you on a super slow exercise plan that works up to repetitions of such things as 12 quick uphill climbs per week. Nothing too tough. Throughout his past five years of treating heart dis-ease patients in this manner, he has not lost one patient to a myocardial infarct (heart attack). Can your doctor say that? Bon appetit!"

"Details of all this, including full research documentation of everything you have just read, may be found on Dr. Cowan's website www.fourfoldhealing.com. You may also get complete CDs of all his WAPF lectures from www.westonaprice.org. Lots more interesting information for a new way to look at many diseases, and true health itself, may be found in his book The Four Fold Path of Healing on sale at www.acresusa.com."

"William G. Winter is a writer, teacher and consultant based in Minnesota. He is retired from over 25 years of holistic veterinary practice. He can be reached at holistic@visi.com or through his website, www.willwinter.com."

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