An Invitation to Join 'The Heart Revolution'
Beginning Feb. 25, an exciting and free webinar titled The Heart Revolution will share information about the heart that is not usually widely available. The organizers have assembled the leading figures in the world of heart disease and heart-disease therapy, in particular, the leading authorities on strophanthus/ouabain. I am honored to be one of the presenters. If you are at all interested in learning about your heart or the heart of a loved one, please join us.
To sign up for the free, online event, click here. To purchase the package and get access to all the bonus content, click here.
THE HEART AND CIRCULATION
Now, I want to turn to two significant books I read during the holidays. As I have said, one of my favorite things about writing a book is that people all over the world contact me with suggestions as to where to look next. The first book a reader told me about is The Heart and Circulation, An Integrative Model, by Dr. Branko Furst. In the News section of this website, I have reprinted an article by Dr. Furst, which is essentially a summary of the book. Although this dense and scientific book is not an easy read, to say the least, a few revelations shine through.
First, Dr. Furst is an anesthesiologist, meaning, it’s his job to know as much about the heart and the circulation as possible. The book is devoted to exploring in intimate detail the question of whether the heart is a pressure-propulsion device (a pump), as is commonly assumed, or whether it is best seen as an impedance device (like a hydraulic ram), which is one of the main themes of Human Heart, Cosmic Heart.
Dr. Furst looks at this question from three main aspects. The first is embryologic development, in which he comes to the unequivocal conclusion that the blood in the embryo circulates before a heart exists to “pump.” Rather than the heart pumping the blood, the blood is an autonomous “organ” that moves based on its own laws and rules. Next, he looks at comparative anatomy and compares the circulation and hearts of various animals, birds and reptiles to the human circulation. Again, he comes to the unavoidable conclusion that the heart is best seen as an impedance device and not a pump. Finally, Dr. Furst reviews the complex studies on circulation that have been done during the past 400 years. Dr. Furst is a true scholar, and it’s hard to imagine that anyone has a better grasp of the details of the circulation than him. In his own words:
In summary, an attempt has been made to review the current status of the pressure-propulsion model of the circulation and highlight the number of inconsistencies which have been either explained away or tailored to fit its mold. … Evidence presented in this monograph suggests that the blood is a “fluid organ” with SELF-MOVEMENT (my capital letters) as its inherent characteristic
Dr. Furst’s model of the circulation is amazing in its breadth and clarity and is endorsed by the two chiefs of cardiac anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. The Heart and Circulation is a monumental achievement, one for which I hope he receives due recognition.
HOW STATIN DRUGS ... KILL YOU ONE CELL AT A TIME
The second book, written in a, let’s say, unusual style, is How Statin Drugs Really Lower Cholesterol and Kill You One Cell At a Time. It’s written by a physician and her medical-journalist husband (Hannah Yoseph, M.D., James B. Yoseph).
Again, while this is not a particularly easy read, the authors make two major points. The first is that statin drugs, technically speaking, do not lower cholesterol (or LDL cholesterol); rather, they increase the production of LDL receptors on the cell, which is why the LDL levels in the blood go down. What this means is that doctors who prescribe statin drugs are not decreasing cholesterol production, as almost all of them imagine; they are, instead, shifting the cholesterol/LDL from the blood to the cells of the tissues. An implication of this shift is damage to the endoplasmic reticulum, the protein factories residing in our cells. This compromised ability to synthesize needed proteins is thought to be a reason that so many patients died as a result of taking Baycol, a particularly potent statin drug that was removed from the market in 2001. The problem with synthesizing proteins is still an issue with all statin drugs and is possibly related to the number of negative side effects experienced by statin users, such as muscle weakness, cataracts and memory loss.
The second point the authors explore in great depth and with voluminous support from the medical literature is that statin drugs interfere with the production of critical biosynthetic substances, the most well known of which is coQ10. The authors provide ample evidence that the drug manufacturers were aware of the repercussions of the reduction of production of coQ10 (needed for energy generation of the cell) even as far back as the 1960s. They made a conscious decision (substantiated by direct evidence presented in the book) not to include coQ10 in statin formulations or to warn doctors about this issue for fear of alerting physicians that statins’ mechanism of action was not simply “lowering cholesterol.”
As with many things in medicine, this book tells a sad tale of scientific fraud, greed and manipulation for profit. If you’re seeking one book to educate you on these profoundly toxic drugs, this could be the one.
May your Valentine's Day be filled with heart-enriching joy and love!
Tom Cowan, M.D.