The situation I find myself immersed in right now is quite the deal. Part of me feels grateful to be of service to the beings who brought me in to this planet, another part is feeling absolutely frustrated, confused and “overwhelmed”, being in this totally new and foreign environment (nothing to do with weather, even though tomorrow supposed to be down to 32F).
Everything has been out of place compared to my previous residence. I’m having to continually learn where things are, I’ve been shopping like h— getting things I had easily available in my place in Hawaii, and then there’s being sure the house here has things for my father to eat, caring for his dinners, etc. And the internet speed here is about 10-20 times slower than my Hawaii home. “Holy crap” is all my inner ego self wants to say!
Yet I know all these “frustration feelings” are passing, and will be resolved.
The best part of this is that mother has been improving, one day at a time, with her vitals coming more in line with what is desired, and she now being able to eat and drink and walk (with walker), to a limited extent. And speaking with her tonight, both my father and I could tell she was mentally “with it” and very much taking charge of her health situation.
So we’ll see how this goes. I’m going to continue to be as uplifting as I feel I can be about the whole deal, plus also to take care of my own BEing’s “needs” as they arise.
Again, many thanks to those who have sent their Light Love and Support our way.
Wasabi, the popular Japanese condiment served alongside sushi, has an intense, spicy heat that can easily make your eyes water if you eat too much at once. So, imagine the surprise one woman felt when she consumed an entire spoonful at once, after confusing it with avocado.
The woman, a 60-year-old living in Israel, experienced sudden pressure in her chest, which eventually subsided, but when she was still feeling unwell the next day, she went to the emergency room.1 In a case report detailed in BMJ Case Reports, researchers explain that the woman arrived at the emergency department with chest pain,2 where doctors thought she might be having a heart attack.
However, further testing revealed that her heart was misshaped, making it unable to pump blood properly. This is characteristic of takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition named for a Japanese octopus fishing pot — a takotsubo — which the heart resembles in its misshapen form.3
Another name for the condition is stress-induced cardiomyopathy or broken heart syndrome, because it often occurs in response to intense physical or emotional stress, such as the loss of a loved one.
Wasabi Leads to Broken Heart Syndrome
The BMJ case report is, to the researchers’ knowledge, the first report of broken heart syndrome triggered by wasabi. Eating a large amount of this spice could easily lead to intense physical symptoms, as even a small amount can cause a painful sensation in your sinuses and burning in your mouth.
The reason wasabi (Wasabia japonica), a member of the Brassicaceae family, commonly called the mustard family, is so hot is due to a defense mechanism of the plant — pests stay away since it’s so unpleasant when consumed. However, most “wasabi” is not actually the Japanese root of the same name but actually a mixture of horseradish, hot mustard and green food coloring.
Still, the shock of consuming so much of this spicy condiment could, indeed, “break” your heart, as occurred in the woman’s case. “Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a left ventricular dysfunction that typically occurs after sudden intense emotional or physical stress and mimics myocardial infarction [heart attack],” the researchers explained.4
Stressors that may lead to broken heart syndrome include not only the loss of a loved one but also experiencing a natural disaster, an accident or an attack, among others. Serious illness, such as intracranial hemorrhage and sepsis, as well as pregnancy and sexual intercourse have also been known to trigger this syndrome.5 Other stressors associated with takotsubo cardiomyopathy include:6
Loss of a pet
Receiving bad news
A sudden surprise, such as a surprise party
Broken heart syndrome is much more common in women than men, with 90% of cases occurring among women aged 58 to 75 years, although it can even occur in children.7 Overall, it’s suggested that about 2% of people who have symptoms of acute coronary syndrome actually have takotsubo cardiomyopathy, although this increases to 10% if only women are considered.8
Death of a Pet, Zumba Linked to Broken Heart Syndrome
Any type of extreme physical or emotional stress could theoretically stress your heart to the point that it “breaks.” Aside from consuming a spoonful of wasabi, this could also occur due to an intense workout, such as Zumba.
In a case report of a 38-year-old woman — younger than the typical age for this condition — researchers explained that the woman went to the emergency room due to chest pain that started after an intense two-hour Zumba workout.9 She had no other stressful events that would have been likely triggers. The researchers explained:10
“Our patient did not have one clear trigger for her overt Takotsubo cardiomyopathy other than the Zumba activity. Zumba is considered an activity with excessive sympathetic stimulation leading to catecholamine-induced microvascular spasm or through to direct myocardial toxicity, which is postulated to be behind the pathophysiology of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.”
The New England Journal of Medicine also presented a case report of a 61-year-old woman who went to the emergency room with chest pain and was later diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy.11 She indicated that she’d experienced multiple stressors, including the death of her dog.12 When her pet, a 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier, died, “’I was close to inconsolable,’ she told The Washington Post.”13
Release of Stress Hormones and the Brain May Be to Blame
As for why an intensely stressful experience can cause your heart to stop working properly, it likely has to do with the release of stress hormones. This can occur from both positive and negative stressors. According to the Cleveland Clinic:14
“A person’s reaction to such events causes a release of stress hormones (catecholamines) that temporarily reduce the effectiveness of the heart’s pumping action, or cause it to contract too forcefully or wildly instead of in a steady pattern … The impact of stress hormones ‘stuns’ the cells of the heart, causing them to malfunction.”
That being said, having a history of neurological problems, such as seizure disorders and/or a history of mental health problems is thought to raise your risk.15
It’s also recently been suggested that the brain may play a role in takotsubo cardiomyopathy and in people with the condition, regions of the brain linked to emotional processing and control of heartbeat, breathing and digestion may not communicate the way they do in people without broken heart syndrome.16,17
Study author Christian Templin, professor of cardiology at University Hospital Zurich, said in a news release:18
“For the first time, we have identified a correlation between alterations to the functional activity of specific brain regions and TTS [takotsubo cardiomyopathy], which strongly supports the idea that the brain is involved in the underlying mechanism of TTS.
Emotional and physical stress are strongly associated with TTS, and it has been hypothesized that the overstimulation of the autonomic nervous system may lead to TTS events.”
As mentioned, symptoms often mimic those of a heart attack and include:19
Sudden, severe chest pain (angina)
Shortness of breath
Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Low blood pressure
Typically, patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy are treated with medications to lower blood pressure and decrease fluid buildup. Symptoms usually resolve within a matter of days or weeks, with no permanent damage to the heart muscle remaining.
In most cases a typical heart attack occurs due to blockages in the coronary arteries that stop blood flow and cause heart cells to die, leading to irreversible damage. But people with broken heart syndrome often have normal arteries without significant blockages. The symptoms occur due to the emotional stress, so when the stress begins to die down, the heart is able to recover.
Most people who experience broken heart syndrome won’t experience it again, but it does recur in about 10% of cases.20 While most people recover fully, it can be fatal or lead to other complications. As noted in Clinical Autonomic Research:21
“The syndrome is usually reversible; nevertheless, during the acute stage, a substantial number of patients develop severe complications such as arrhythmias, heart failure including pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock, thromboembolism, cardiac arrest, and rupture.”
In Most Cases, Wasabi Is Good for You
Assuming you eat wasabi as most people do — in small quantities at a time — it can be quite good for you. There’s no reason to fear that it could cause extreme stress to your heart, as long as you don’t overdo it. Remember, in most cases, when you eat wasabi, you’re primarily consuming horseradish.
The heat and flavor come from allyl isothiocyanate (ITC), which is formed when the root is grated finely. The ITCs in horseradish and wasabi were found in clinical trials to reduce “colon, lung and stomach cancer cell activity by 28%, 17% and 44%, respectively.”22
Wasabi’s isothiocyanates may also help prevent platelet aggregation,23 which is the clumping together of red blood cells that may lead to blood clots that are risk factors for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
Wasabi also has antibacterial activity, including against E. coli O157:H7 and Staphylococcus aureus, two of the major causes of foodborne disease outbreaks.24 Other compounds in wasabi may help to fight inflammation as well. This includes 6-(Methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate (6-MSITC), which has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiplatelet and anticancer effects.25
Because cultivating true wasabi plants is difficult, real wasabi is much harder to find (and more expensive) than wasabi imposters. Still, if you can’t find real wasabi, you can still reap many of the same benefits by eating wasabi made from horseradish — just seek out high-quality versions that do not contain artificial flavors or colors or additives such as genetically engineered corn and soy.
Can Broken Heart Syndrome Be Prevented?
Clearly, not eating a large amount of wasabi at one time is recommended not only to avoid broken heart syndrome, but also to avoid unnecessary discomfort. However, as far as preventing broken heart syndrome goes, there are no guarantees. Because this condition is linked to extreme physical and emotional stress, you can help to avoid it by managing your stress levels on a daily basis.
Sometimes extreme stress is unavoidable, but managing daily stress is one way to protect your overall health from its ill effects. In any case, if you experience chest pain after a stressful event — even something like eating wasabi — it’s a good idea to get medical help right away to rule out a heart attack or broken heart syndrome.
Contrary to the saturated fat/cholesterol theory, the most significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are actually insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and the chronic inflammation associated with these conditions. The damage to interior layers of arteries that invites cholesterol-rich plaque buildup can also be induced by elevated blood sugar, smoking, stress and high blood pressure.
A two-part documentary called “Heart of the Matter,” which ran on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation show ABC Catalyst in 2014, does an excellent job of exposing the cholesterol/saturated fat myths behind the statin fad and the financial links which lurk underneath. In fact, the documentary was so thorough in debunking the myths behind the popularity of statins, that vested interests1 convinced ABC TV to rescind the series.
The credentials of the documentary’s producer, Maryanne Demasi, were impeccable: She has a Ph.D. in neurology, no conflicts of interest and a long history of investigative journalism. But the Australian Heart Foundation, the three largest statin makers (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Merck Sharp & Dohme) and Medicines Australia, Australia’s drug lobby group, complained2 and all the documentaries were expunged from ABC TV. Luckily they remain online.
Saturated Fat Theory of Heart Disease Began With Ancel Keys
According to the “Heart of the Matter,” American physiologist Ancel Benjamin Keys can be credited with originating and cementing the saturated fat/cholesterol theory of heart disease (though perhaps we should say indicted instead of credited).3
In the 1950s, Keys produced research that showed perfect correlations between cardiovascular disease and the dietary consumption of fat in several prominent Western countries. But there was just one problem with the research. Keys “withheld the data from 16 other countries,” Demasi notes in the documentary.4
Keys was scientifically influential and got a board position at the American Medical Association, which caused wide medical acceptance of the theory that continues today. His research also shaped the ubiquitous USDA food pyramid of years past (now replaced by MyPlate), which emphasized heavy portions of breads, cereals, rice and pasta.5
While Keys’ research was adopted years before the invention of statins, other groups of financial beneficiaries already existed — the sugar and grain industries. Sugar soon became a popular stand-in in low-fat foods to improve taste. In fact the dangers of growing sugar consumption inspired British professor John Yudkin to write a 1972 book, “Pure White and Deadly.” Fat was also replaced with carbohydrates, a move that benefited the grain lobby.
Bad Dietary Advice Resulted From Keys’ Research
Few scientific studies have confirmed Ancel Keys’ broadly adopted but skewed research, and several have reached opposite conclusions, says “Heart of the Matter.” But the tenacity of his theory has resulted in bad dietary advice. Take the case of margarine.
One of the worst examples of switching from saturated fats to something believed to be less conducive to heart disease is the embrace of margarine, according to cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra in the documentary. When you switch to margarine and other “double-bonded” transfats — also called polyunsaturated and omega 6 fats — you are putting your health at risk, he says.
Such fats, which are the basic ingredients in most processed and snack foods, are prone to become rancid, causing oxidation and free radical attacks in the human body. Those chemical reactions produce the inflammation that is the real cause of heart disease, Sinatra says, adding that the damage from omega 6 fats is best combated by consuming omega 3 fats found in salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts.
Beware of Other Unsafe Alternatives
In “Heart of the Matter,” David Sullivan, associate professor and lipid expert with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, cautions against replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates because it contributes to obesity and may even make people hungrier.6
Many marketers of processed and snack foods also add refined sugar and processed fructose to improve taste when they try to advertise themselves as “low-fat,” but these products are in fact the primary driversof heart disease, as I have pointed out in numerous newsletters.
Any meal or snack high in carbohydrates like fructose and refined grains creates a quick rise in blood glucose and, subsequently, a rise in insulin to compensate for the rise.
The blood sugar rise not only increases the risk of heart disease, the insulin released from these foods makes it harder to lose weight because it encourages fat accumulation, especially abdominal fat. Of course, abdominal fat is one of the major contributors to metabolic syndrome which, in turn, contributes to heart disease.
Many Flaws Are Found in the Saturated Fat Theory
“Heart of the Matter” features several experts who dispute the saturated fat theory based on their own clinical experience. For example, Dr. Rita F. Redberg, a cardiologist who practices in the University of California San Francisco cardiology unit, says, “cholesterol is just a lab number” and only one factor in heart disease along with general lifestyle.
Sinatra says he believed the saturated fat theory, too, until he actually looked carefully at the X-rays of those with heart disease. The angiograms showed both high and low levels of plaque-filled arteries, and therefore were not predictive or helpful in deciphering the cause of heart disease. Cholesterol is only harmful when it’s oxidized, he says.
Dr. Ernest N. Curtis, a cardiology specialist, agrees that saturated fat is not the cause of heart disease and adds that human levels of cholesterol are “preset” and mostly do not come from diet. If cholesterol from food is reduced, the human body tends to compensate by replacing it to keep the same levels, the documentary’s experts agree.
Cholesterol also serves valuable functions in the human body, and elimination should not be a goal, says Dr. John Abramson of Harvard Medical School Public School of Health in “Heart of the Matter.” Rather, it is “the precursor to many of the hormones in our body,” he asserts. Cholesterol also protects cell membranes, digests food and manufactures vitamin D after exposure to the sun.
Problems With the LDL Hypothesis
At the heart of the theory that saturated fat/cholesterol causes heart disease (pun intended) is the high-density lipoprotein hypothesis which designates high-density lipoprotein (HDL) as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But, says “Heart of the Matter,” the lipoproteins neither deposit nor remove cholesterol as the theory holds but, rather, simply “ferry” cholesterol in the body.
It is stress and damage on the artery wall that allows the inflammation and degradation that leads to heart disease, says Curtis. That’s why plaque is usually seen at arterial “branches,” where there is more pulsating pressure as arteries divide. Since veins escape the pressure of returning blood that arteries perform, plaque is not seen in them, he says — unless veins are recruited to serve as arteries through bypass operations. Clearly, such surgery is not a solution to the problem.
More Problems With the LDL Hypothesis
“Heart of the Matter” is not the only source of skepticism about the LDL hypothesis. Here is what Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a Scottish general practitioner, writes on the theory and its implausibility.7
“For the LDL hypothesis to be correct, it requires that LDL can travel past the lining of the artery, the endothelial cells, and into the artery wall behind. This is considered the starting point for atherosclerotic plaques to form. The problem with this hypothesis is … the only way for LDL to enter any cell, is if the cell manufactures an LDL receptor — which locks onto, and then pulls the LDL molecule inside. There is no other passageway.
There are no gaps between endothelial cells. Endothelial cells are tightly bound to each other by strong protein bridges, known as ‘tight junctions.’ These tight junctions can prevent the passage of single ions — charged atoms — which makes it impossible for an LDL molecule to slip through, as it is many thousands of times bigger than an ion. This, too, is an inarguable fact.”
The Boom of Statins Rests on the Saturated Fat Theory
Needless to say, the boom in statins seen since 1996 — Lipitor was the best-selling drug in the world before its patent expired — has rested on the theory that saturated fat/cholesterol is the cause of CVD. Yet, expert after expert in “Heart of the Matter” not only say that studies show statins only lengthen a life by a few days, but they are shockingly ineffective for all but a few people, despite their hype and popularity.
Statins’ serious side effects have been downplayed by those who drank the saturated fat/cholesterol “Kool-Aid” theory, either because of professional hubris or because they are directly profiting from statins.8 Yet, the side effects of statins are serious and include an increased risk for diabetes, decreased heart function,9depleted CoQ10 and vitamin K2 (which are important nutrients), birth defects,10 an increased risk of cancer,11 and nerve damage.12
Statins Still Popular From an Unproved Theory
When this documentary was produced in 2014, at least 40 million people worldwide were taking statins — today, that number is estimated from a low of 100 million13 to as many as 200 million14 — and what was spent annually on statins during their boom was “more than the GNP of some countries,” the documentary claims — and this was no accident.
Thanks to pressure from the drug industry, official guidelines for what constitutes too-high cholesterol are continually being revised downward to recruit more patients and sell more product, says “Heart of the Matter.”
Yet, the harms from statins far outweigh their benefits. They may reduce your chance of heart attacks, but will not improve your general health, Abramson declares in the film. And, in women and the elderly, the risks are especially high, adds Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California at San Diego.
In fact, both Abramson and Golomb agree the overprescription of statins, especially for those who do not need them, is unethical and even “criminal.” When statins first surfaced they were “hailed as nirvana,” Curtis remembers. Today we know they clearly are not.
This GaiaPortal seems to indicate that we are close to some type of “breakout”. I do align with the idea that “The Light crystallizes the solution” (and the way my life path is currently going I definitely need that).
In this episode with Benjamin Fulford recorded on the 10th of October 2019, we return to our usual regular interview series.
We discuss matters surrounding the events happening in Saudi Arabia and who benefits from this, talk about Trump what he is and isn’t doing, BREXIT and the exposing of German networks who are pushing on politicians to support and say crazy things. Italy, Ukraine, Israel, Japan, China, are all on the list and we discuss how corruption has been eating away at these countries. We also go over how humanity and best aid it’s recovery from this tricky situation. At least it’s looking positive for our future.
Keep on seeking the truth, rally your friends and family and expose as much corruption as you can… every little bit helps add pressure on the powers that are no more.
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Earlier this month, the Boy Scouts of America has referred over 120 abuse allegations by their scout leaders to the police for further investigation. They said that they believe all their victims and that the organization is doing all they can to identify “additional alleged perpetrators.”
The organization came out with a statement after a lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania that accused one of the scout leaders from that state of committing “unspeakable acts of sexual abuse” to one of the boy scouts on camping trips, and even during daytime excursions.
The statement stated: “We care deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward.”
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