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WEEKLY TIP: Is Your Fatty Heart Killing You?

Thursday, 15 April 2010 05:00 PM

Orthodox medicine has a bad habit of ignoring the obvious. More than 300 years ago, doctors described a condition called a fatty heart or “cor adiposum” in which toxic fat accumulates in the heart muscles of obese people.

It was first described clinically in 1812 and was later described in pathological detail in 1858 by the father of pathology, Dr. Rudolph Virchow. Sixty years ago, it simply disappeared from the world of medicine.

New studies show that fatty heart is one of the most common, but unrecognized diseases in America today, especially with the growing epidemic of obesity. Other studies have shown that the obese heart functions very poorly and eventually progresses to ventricle failure. For more information on how to protect your heart, see my report report "Can Sudden Cardiac Death Be Prevented?"

In a study reported in 2004 in The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, doctors from the Texas Heart Institute found that out of 27 patients with severe heart failure, 30 percent had high levels of lipids in their heart muscle.

Fatty heart was much more common in obese people and those with diabetes. Those
people who have a fatty heart have high levels of inflammatory markers, especially tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a).

People in heart failure have high levels of inflammatory cytokines, and the severity of heart failure can be determined by the level of TNF-a in the blood. TNF-a also causes insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes), which further weakens the heart muscle. (For more tips on controlling your blood sugar, read my special report "The Diabetes Solution.")

Once again, we see that chronic inflammation is at the center of a major disease. So what can be done about it, besides the obvious of losing the excess fat?

Supplements can help. For instance, the heart uses a great deal of the nutrient L-carnitine. Studies have shown that patients who suffer from heart failure are often severely deficient. Adding L-carnitine supplements can help fight heart failure.

Additional heart-specific nutrients can improve function in heart failure patients. They include:

• Mixed B vitamins

• Acetyl-L-carnitine

• Alpha-lipoic acid

• Taurine

• CoQ10

• Niacinamide

• Hawthorne extract

Some patients have such major improvement that they have avoided heart transplants. For the latest information on how to protect your heart, see my report "New Heart Revelations."

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