Carrying on from Part one of ‘how to prevent atrial fibrillation’, what causes this condition and other arrythmias in the first place?
Here we have it…
I want to relate a conversation two doctors had on the Doctor Health Radio hosted by Dr David Snow. They were talking about the problems of AF and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms:
Dr Snow – David Snow here with you talking today to Dr Steve Ryan about his book Beat Your A-Fib the essential guide to finding your cure. Alright let’s talk about supplements, things like fish oil and magnesium, I know you have a part or section in your book about magnesium…..
Dr Ryan – David, almost everyone who has A-Fib is magnesium deficient, that’s a given. If you have A-Fib you should start taking supplements or eating more leafy greens and nuts. But one of the problems in the US is our diet is magnesium deficient because the soil has been depleted over the years, of magnesium.
Dr Snow – Not only that Dr Ryan but also all the dairy products that people eat, dairy of course is very rich in calcium but it’s practically devoid of magnesium and so you need the balance of 2:1 Mg:Ca, most nutritionists agree. So if you eat too much calcium you actually can produce deficiencies and imbalances of magnesium in the body.
Dr Ryan – Yes and too much calcium can also produce A-Fib.
Dr Snow – Right and I want you to expand on that as well because I think that from a nutritional standpoint and that’s kinda my background of expertise, I think we’ve gone way overboard; the pendulum has swung way too far over to consuming too much calcium and everything is calcium fortified for goodness sake. Let’s address the fact that calcium can aggravate, or you’re saying cause AFib?
Dr Ryan – Yes indeed, there’s been a study by a Dr Natale that calcium overload, he says, is the primary factor in A-Fib remodelling which means that when you have A-Fib your heart tends to stretch and get electrically screwy and it tends to change itself over the years. He says that calcium is what drives that.
The study Dr Ryan is eluding to is by Dr. Andrea Natale, Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, where he says and I quote: ‘calcium overload is the primary factor in A-Fib remodeling of the heart, i.e., structural changes to the heart, including enlargement of the atria and the development of atrial fibrosis’.
If only I knew then…
If I knew then, what I know now, we would not have been using a serious drug like flecainide to control Brian’s arrhythmia. Apart from the obvious side effects, I blame this drug in part for Brian’s death. He took the poison for 16 years and gradually got worse from the side effects. He had continual chest pain and in the end could not even walk his beloved dogs. His quality of life was much impaired because of AF. But nobody cared and no medic even bothered to look into the cause of his condition. Doctors are only interested in prescribing drugs. They know nothing of cure only of control and degeneration. I don’t blame the medics, they are under the control of Big Pharma and that corrupt industry is who I blame along with the government bodies such as the FDA and NICE.
The CT (computerized tomography) scan below is of a 40 year old man with atrial fibrillation. It shows a massive pericarditis constrictiva calcarea with a double-layered pericardial calcification, a huge interspacial mass and consecutive compression of the right ventricle.*
Apart from all Brian’s symptoms listed below, we had a diet rich in diary produce. We consumed many eggs. Two eggs will give you around 100mg of Ca. Eggs are good for you, but rich in Ca. We ate yoghurts 2 or 3 times daily, we drank loads of milk and consumed cheese nearly every day. Why are our medics, along with the food manufacturers, pushing Ca to such an extent that we are all becoming overloaded with Ca and by default, deficient in Mg? (To remind you, a balance of 1:1 Ca:Mg is the aim). If Brian’s obvious Mg deficiency and Ca overload had been detected years ago, he may be alive today and perhaps never contracted AF in the first place. (It was summised that his death was caused by an arrythmia attack which stopped his heart ie. sudden cardiac arrest syndrome.)
So what did Brian have… IMHO, a serious Mg deficiency and here are the clues, all of them, symptoms of Mg depletion:
- He had arrhythmia for many years before being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
- Brian suffered terrible migraines several times a month; they would last for days .
- He had bouts of kidney stones and had to be hospitalized for each attack.
- He became fatigued quickly.
- Loud noises would really have an adverse affect on him.
- He often had indigestion and heart burn.
- He never slept well.
- He had pins and needles and numbness in his hands.
- He had Raynaud’s syndrome (as did his son).
- Twitches and tics on his face and particularly around the eyes plagued him. He was offered botox injections as a remedy but was warned that a common side effect was a permanently closed eyelid! Suffice to say, he didn’t have the procedure.
- He had painful muscle spasms.
- Anxiety and nervousness.
- Back and neck pain.
- Restless leg syndrome.
Those doctors who do a magnesium blood test, only use the serum test in the UK and I think the US is the same. This test is next to useless and could be the reason why those patients that are tested, nearly always come back within normal parameters. You have to be near to death before a serum test will show any marked change from normal. This is because the body has less than 1% of its Mg in the blood, the rest is found in the cells, tissues and bone. Under stressful conditions though, the body actually pumps Mg from cells into the blood to keep levels stable, this despite any bodywide depletion. This test has been done for donkey’s years and is antiquated and useless.** The Exatest using a buccal cell smear taken from the cells on the plate under the tongue, is the best out there IMHO. It is rarely used, probably because of its expense and the lack of desire to change the status quo.
What is wrong with our medical profession? Why can’t they see the destruction that Mg deficiency causes? Why aren’t we being given information and advice about Mg? Everyone should know about this. A reduction in Ca intake and a simple Mg supplement to replete his levels would likely have stopped all of Brian’s symptoms, the most serious of which seemed to be the AF which was the death of him.
I’ll tell you something, Big Pharma’s survival is dependent on your continuation of sickness. A cure for a disease is not in their best interest! Big Pharma’s worst nightmare would be an epidemic of good health!!
If you suffer from AF, please start taking a good quality Mg supplement. I am not on any medication myself and so take Mg without consulting a doctor. If you’re on medication then I have to say to you, consult your doctor. Trouble is, I bet a pound to a penny he won’t have a clue what you’re on about. Insist. This is your health here not his. Tell him you want to take Mg as you suspect you’re Mg deficient. If he offers you a test, ask for a buccal cell test and see what he says. He will only have a serum test available I suspect. Do your homework and educate your doctor. Good luck with that!!
Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation
Just a final word about this procedure. If you do suffer from AF then your doctor should have offered you this remedy. It is far superior to lifelong drugs with serious side effects. It has now been much finessed from when Brian’s friend had it done. Also the prognosis of this technique is very favourable. Dr Steve Ryan himself had AF but he has had the catheter ablation procedure and it was completely successful. Just a quick word from him – ‘You don’t have to live the rest of your life with A-Fib. It’s easily cured and you don’t have to take all these craxy meds. and anticoagulatants that are hard to live with and can cause microbleeds. The emphasis in the media now is live with A-Fib, take your anticoagulants for the rest of your life, that’s wrong! That’s almost worse than the disease! I read this tragic story from a doctor who cured someone of A-Fib then put them on a course of anticoagulants for 10 years and they developed microbleeds, they’re a vegetable. I’m horrified that anyone would put someone on anticoagulants for 10 years, that’s crazy, that’s just mind-boggling’… You can hear the whole radio show on AF here.
Refs: * Massive pericarditis constrictiva calcarea with compression of the right ventricle and consecutive pulmonary embolism . Thomas Butz, Hakan Yeni, Marc Van Bracht, Martin Christ, Gunnar Plehn, Sebastion Machnick, Axel Meissner, Hans-Joachim Trappe DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jen331 344-346 First published online: 23 January 2009
** Serum (Blood) Magnesium Test. ‘Magnesium requirements and testing, The Magnesium Miracle’ by Dr Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D. – Page 218, 2014 revised and updated edition (originally published as The Miracle of Magnesium)