Congestive Heart Failure / Dental Connection
Virginia Coomer is a 77-year-old female who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was treated with the drug digoxin for the past ten years. When Virginia was first referred to my office she could hardly walk to the treatment room. When she finally did make into the room she was huffing and puffing and out of breath. During the ten year period that Virginia was on the heart medication, her condition deteriorated to the point where she could not live any where near a normal life. She basically was home bound because she did not have the strength to do anything.
A clinical evaluation revealed that Virginia had a major dental problem that was contributing to her distress level. A full upper and lower parial denture was fabricated in 1968. Even the best constructed denture must be replaced in eight to ten years. Virginia’s dentures were thirty-four years-old. A lot of major changes took place such as wearing down of the denture teeth and shrinking of the supporting bone. These alterations resulted in the shifting of skull bones, compression of the spine and rotation of the pelvis. Another major complaint that Virginia had was severe groin pain that had defied medical diagnosis for the past three years. The ill fitting dentures played a significant role in distressing (Dental Distress Syndrome) the nervous system and musculoskelatal systems. It is statistically known that patients with dentures are among the most medically compromised group of patients and have the highest rate of chronic illnesses.
By means of direct resonance testing, Virginia was shown to have an under active thyroid even though she was taking a thyroid medication, Synthroid. Testing also revealed that her heart responded well to specific nutrients known to support repair of heart tissue (protomorphogens, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals). Each supplement MUST be tested for compatibility with the patient’s system inorder to provide maximum effectiveness. Shot gunning patients with a “standardized” protocol of nutrients is inaprropriate treatment since every patient is a chemical individual. After testing, five nutrients where shown to match and support the patient’s nutritional needs. The incredible result was that Virginia responded in just one week. At her second visit, she walked into the treatment room effortlessly with NO huffing and puffing and more energy than she has had in ten years. In six weeks, Virginia’s life was restored to normal activities. She now has a new lease on life and eagerly engages in as much activity as her husband’s physical stamina will allow. In addition, after restoring the integrity of her dentures (cranial bone adjustment, religning the upper and lower dentures and restoring vertical jaw height, her groin pain of three-year duration has been resolved by 98%.
The nutritional component of congestive heart disease has not been well understood by most physicians. Traditional attention has focused on such nutrients as the antioxidants: beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium,three of the B-vitamins: vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folic acid calcium, magnesium and coenzyme Q10. Although these nutrients are essential, there are more effective ones that will specifically support heart muscle function and repair. The proof is seen in another congestive heart failure case report of Walter Kruse, whose medical records documented that repair of the mitral value and right ventricle occurred with just natural vitamin supplements. The technology to reverse congestive heart failure is available. One just has to make the correct choices.
Congestive Heart Failure
Of all newly diagnosed patients, 50 percent of heart failure patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. This is a frightening statistic and one that Drs home the fact that traditional medicine treats symptoms. In traditional medical literature it states, “In the majority of cases, it results from an underlying disease, such as coronary artery disease or hypertension, which has damaged or weakened the heart. Thus, heart failure itself is not considered a disease, but rather a condition produced by a disease or diseases.” There is NO mention of any NUTRITIONAL deficiencies as a major cause for congestive heart failure. Doctor Royal Lee, a dentist, demonstrated in the 1930’s that processed foods (white sugar, milled and bleached flour) was the direct cause of heart arrythmias, faulty electrical conduction (heart block) and weakening of the heart muscle. He also proved that in many instances that the addition of specific natural food supplements would result in immediate reversals of heart irregularities (extra heart sounds, rapid heart beat, skipped beats, etc.). His research is as valid today as it was back in the 1930’s.
A weakened heart has to work harder to pump the proper amount of blood. To compensate for the higher workload, it may beat faster and enlarge. This compensatory mechanism can temporarily increase pumping capacity but will eventually accelerate the progression of heart failure. When heart function becomes dramatically reduced, patients are often winded and fatigued by exertion, making even the task of tying one’s shoes sometimes difficult. If the heart further loses its ability to pump blood to the vital organs, heart failure can be fatal. The following are the more common symptoms observed by patients:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea). This is one of the earliest symptoms of heart failure. The patient gets winded and fatigued more quickly than before, just by doing regular daily activities or even lying in bed. There is also decreased tolerance to exercise, and the muscles may feel weaker than before.
- Swelling (edema) of the legs is another common symptom in heart failure, though it could also be caused by unrelated conditions.
- Swollen neck veins.
- Abdominal discomfort such as swelling, pain or nausea.
- Mental confusion.
- Galloping heartbeat (palpitations).
- Kidney malfunction or failure (in the later stages of CHF).
In addition to the symptoms listed above, which the patient may notice, the physician may also be able to detect signs of congestive heart failure, which include the following:
- An abnormal heart murmur (a telltale sign of a valve-related disorder).
- A crackling sound of fluid in the lungs (rales), which is a sign of pulmonary congestion.
- A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) or irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
- Swelling and fluid retention (edema) in the liver or gastrointestinal tract (in advanced stages of CHF).
- Hypertrophy or enlargement of the heart.
- Liver malfunction.
In six weeks, Virginia’s life was restored to normal activities. She now has a new lease on life and eagerly engages in as much activity as her husband’s physical stamina will allow.