Simple Ways to Promote a Healthy Heart
and Lower Your Risks of Heart Disease

Number 1 – Awareness:

These are the Controllable Coronary Artery Disease Contributing Factors. These are the factors that are under your control or what is called ‘lifestyle’ issues.

Raising awareness generally leads to positive gains. How many of these apply to you:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Cigarette smoke – Smokers have 2 to 4 times the risk of sudden death from a heart attack than non-smokers. Chronic exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of CAD.
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diet – A diet high in the wrong kind of fats and carbohydrates increases the risk of CAD
  • Diabetes
  • Stress


As you read through this series you will find over many bullet points that are categorized under these 3 broad areas. You may not be able to follow or even agree with all points, but you can remember and hopefully agree to keep track these 3 broad categories.

Raising awareness generally leads to positive gains. If you lift your standards even by a few points in each of these 3 areas, then your overall heart health will improve. On a scale of 1 – 10 rate yourself in these 3 areas. If you exercise a little then maybe you are a 3. If you exercise daily give yourself an 8 or a 9. After you rate yourself, then read through the email series to follow and see if any of the suggestions or tips can help you raise your rating within a week.

There are links scattered throughout that will take you to much longer articles that bolster the points. Study what you can and what interests you.

The Starting Point: AWARENESS.

It’s true that U.S. heart disease deaths overall are down. From 1993 to 2003, cardiovascular disease death rates dropped 22.1 percent.But more than 910,000 Americans still die of heart disease annually, according to the American Heart Association. Who agrees with me that this is too many?

And more than 70 million Americans live every day with some form of heart disease, which can include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, angina (chest pain), heart attack and congenital heart defects.

Heart Disease is still the number 1 killer in the USA. Heart Disease: That’s the bad news. The question is “Why?” “Some 7 million Americans suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD), the most common form of heart disease. This type of heart disease is caused by a narrowing of the coronary arteries that feed the heart.”CHD is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year, more than 500,000 Americans die of heart attacks caused by CHD.” The above is true! The actual number of deaths comes much closer to 1,000,000 when you include heart disease, stroke and the related problems.

While in Iceland, they hardly know the meaning of heart disease. Statistically, their incidence of heart disease is near nil. Let’s learn from those who have the results we want. This fact alone warrants that we take time to review some simple things that are just common sense.

While this report may take a light-hearted attitude at times, know this is serious business. All the same, by making light of and not being serious all the time, we can win a lot of smaller battles in the great war for truth and honesty in health and life style issues.

Ours is to approach problems the natural way and see if there is a nutritionally sound way of dealing with a problem rather than immediately opting for the symtom relieving pharmaceuticals that ALWAYS have some significant side effects.


  • Junk nutrition
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress (Poor Mental Health Discipline)

Let Common Sense Prevail: This article doesn’t propose to be medically underwritten or totally scientific or address acute health issues. If you are in an acute situation, reading this can help but always seek treatment when necessary. While we in North America have the best acute health care system in the world, we are not in agreement with addressing symptoms without looking deeper into the root causes of problems and heart health issues.

Good News: There is enough information here to give you

3 Magic Potions!
This is what we want to “sell” you on:

The Goal: Keep Your Ticker Ticking for a very Long Time!

Pharmaceutical drugs are sometimes necessary and especially in emergency care they can save lives. I personally don’t believe all the hype I hear on the TV about pharmaceutical drugs, especially statins. Did you know Lipitor is the most profitable and best selling drug in history? That is not a bad thing in and of itself.

I view those commercials as desensitizing and meant to scare you into unusual behavior like telling your doctor what to do. We’ve become a self prescibing nation for the most part. Whoever thought of the tag line, “Ask your doctor if ____________ is right for you.” is a Madison Ave marketing genius. The bottom line is important in any business, but when the bottom line takes precedence over what’s best for the person, then we as individuals need to be very involved in the decision making process.

Pay close attention to all their warnings and contraindications being read against the backdrop of smiling, happy people enjoying life without a care in the world; when it says it increases the chances of cancer or other diseases, I mute the volume or change channels. As my New Yorker friends say, “Forget about it!” Let’s suffice it to say there may very well be holistic or alternative ways to deal with a health problem and treating the symptoms rather than the cause may not be the best way except in an emergency.

The Wellness Revolution is here to stay and we have the “new” neural network of the Internet to use for research and for finding alternatives. Here is a case in point excerpted from Independent Media: This article is being quoted for educational purposes not for any political leanings left or right or otherwise.


I just marvel at the medical-educational system and their reliance on pharmaceutical companies to underwrite and support it to the point that alternatives to invasive techniques are not brought to light.

One of my doctor friends told me he had all of 12 hours of instruction in nutrition and 0 hours on prevention in his 8 years of medical studies.

At one point he had to reject that traditional model and start his own research in his chosen medical profession. He is now helping people to overcome toxic metals poisoning. In one study in which I participated 750 test results showed 55% of persons with serious toxicity, 40% with slight elevations and only 5% were in the safe zone.

Our bottom line is that it is okay to question doctors and make sure our health choices and decisions are well thought out, researched and that it is really your decision. Afterall, it’s your body and your health.

Back to the heart health issues, did you know there is a statin like and very effective herbal supplement that lowers cholesterol very rapidly? It’s called red rice yeast and it’s the basis of the pharmaceutical statins but it’s non-toxic and there are no reports of side effects other than possible muscle cramping for which we always recommend CoQ10.

Red rice yeast has been used in Chinese medicine for 6000 years. It’s $19.95 for a month’s supply. I don’t recommend it as a first course as we will discuss later, Omega-3s are the best protection from heart attacks, stroke, arrythmias, blood clotting, etc. But for those that must lower cholesterol quickly this is an alternative method.

Here are Two Attitude Adjusters:
Find Out the Truth about cholesterol and heart disease by reading

Raising your awareness by itself will point you in the right direction.


Pharmaceutical Commercials – Off the Airwaves! author: North Portlander

Heavy television and radio advertising is expensive. Since our government now allows pharmaceutical companies to develop, purchase and air expensive commercials, guess who they pass the cost on to? And that’s something we don’t need when medications in the USA are already too expensive for many to afford.

Pharmaceutical ads . . . out of control. In the past, when they were banned from television and radio, the promotional campaigns of pharmaceutical companies were directed towards doctors and hospitals which makes sense. Consumers can’t buy this stuff off the shelf at the drugstore; it can only be purchased through prescription. That means that commercials push consumers to hound their medical providers for medications that may not only be inappropriate, but actually dangerous when compared to ways of healthy living (exercise, good nutrition, eating the proper amounts of food) which are often as effective in heading off problems. It’s not good for the consumer and it seeks to second-guess the medical profession.

One recent commercial is particularly annoying. Lipitor has recruited Dr. Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart to hawk its product. Jarvik lacks credibility for several reasons. First, his kind of science represents “last resort” medicine while Lipitor is supposed to head off high cholesterol and prevent heart attacks and heart disease (and that may be questionable; it has been proven to introduce other problems in some patients). Secondly, Jarvik’s heart was not the roaring success it was cracked up to be. Twenty years ago when Barney Clark became the first recipient, he was never able to leave the hospital. He had to be kept on blood thinners to prevent clots and strokes and suffered from them anyway. He finally died of multiple organ failure. Jarvik was forced from the company he worked with and retired from public view. He started another business with a more modest goal that did not involve the production of artificial hearts; rationale for development of the current product, the Jarvik 2000, a thumb-sized heart pump came, “. . . from the understanding that people want a normal life and just being alive is not good enough,” said Jarvik.

The commercials themselves contains some curious faux pas: The most recent one appears to take place in the sweeping futuristic lobby of a medical facility. But despite the fake signs and people walking around in lab coats, the location (as a blogger recently noted) is easily recognized as the new addition to The Brooklyn Museum of Art. The voiceover in both commercials hails Jarvik as “the inventor of the artificial heart.” He isn’t, however, and why he didn’t insist that this be corrected is unknown. More correctly, he invented the first permanently implantable artificial heart. Although the invention was called the Jarvik 7, it was developed with the aid of a partner, William J. Kolff. Paul Winchell first invented the artificial heart and donated it the University of Utah. Any improvements were probably based on Mr. Winchell’s original heart. Finally, Jarvik says, “The average heart beats two billion times.” If the average heart beats 2 billion times and we assume an average heart beats at 72 pulses per minute then – according to the commercial – the average heart beats for only 52.9 years. The last I heard, the life expectancy of an American was somewhere around 70.

If a couple of commercial about a product can be so full of interesting errors, do you think it’s possible that large multinational pharmaceutical companies just might lie to us about other things as well?

GOLDEN GUIDE NO. 2 – The Role of Mental Fitness in our pursuit of optimal heart health. Let’s get moving along the right path.

Til then,

Stay Healthy and Live Long,

Garey Simmons


Read Garey’s personal journey towards optimal heart health

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