7.30.2016

The real root cause of chest pain: Oxidative stress

As you may have seen with my posts on batteries; to create energy you need oxidation and reduction coupled.  Like anything you need a difference to generate energy.  A pressure difference, a voltage difference, a temperature difference, etc.  When we are dealing with biological chemistry and electrochemistry what we deal with electrons and we have to have an electron density difference.  Things with lots of electrons are reductive and things with few electrons are oxidative.  Now in our body we need a balance of oxidative and reductive.  Oxidative comes from the lungs (oxygen in the air) and reductive comes from cells; cells use sugars to make hydrogen ions and other reducing agents like NADPH and glutathione.  The oxygen is used to oxidize iron in heme which is the foundation for energy in our bodies. Then this oxidized iron acts as a catalyst to oxidize cobalt ion in B-12.  These are the main oxidizing agents in our bodies and other similar minerals also like vanadium, molybdenum, chromium, manganese, etc.  These have to be balanced by reducing agents like glutathione, vitamin c, NADPH, Quercetin, coq10, resveratrol, PQQ, etc. When an imbalance happens it is usually towards the oxidative side.  Smoking is oxidative, alcohol, toxins, saturated and trans fats, injury, etc.  Often times the first organ effected is the heart but almost every disease is either caused or exacerbated by oxidation.  What ends up happening is there is pericarditis which is an inflammation of the pericardium, the sack that surrounds the heart.  This inflammation causes chest pain usually on the left side near the heart.  The pain can however be "referred" to the surface so it may feel like rib pain.  This pain signifies too much oxidation in the body.  Most people realize exercising and eating better helps, and this is because exercising induces the body to create more NADPH and eating better reduces the oxidizing saturated fats.  But few if any know the true root cause is oxidation.  

A very common cause is high iron in the blood.  If there is too much iron it pulls too much oxygen from the lungs and causes an oxidative state.  This can very very commonly lead to sharp chest pains and skipping beats also called fibrillation. Modern medicine apparently doesn't know how to reduce iron in the blood without invasive methods like poisons and blood letting.  Did we really not graduate the dark ages?  Apparently some of us, the greedy did not.  Luckily many herbs can help us reduce our bodies iron burden.  One easy way is green tea.  Also other herbs high in tannins and polyphenols will help the body excrete iron very well.

In addition to removing iron we need to increase our anti-oxidant status.  One great and cheap way is vitamin C.  500-1000 mg a day is a great dose, but too much can actually be oxidative so don't go much over 1000mg a day.  Also quercetin is very potent anti-oxidant, a few hundred mg a day is excellent.  Resveratrol and coq10 is also amazing100mg a day is great.

And finally there is one more source of sharp stabbing pains, but instead of just relegated to the chest, this problem will cause sharp pains anywhere and everywhere in the body.  And that is gut mycobacteria.  This is the same bacteria that cause TB and crohn's disease.  The way to kill this bacteria is by taking garlic, and ironically, vitamin C.

So there you have it, the root cause and easy, natural, and cheap cures for chest pain.

1 comment:

  1. Both of my kids (aged 21 and 24) have hemochromatosis with ferritin levels over 700. My son's level dropped to 40 with phlebotomies. My daughter was just diagnosed and she will begin phlebotomies this week. They don't have symptoms that I know of. Apparently Vitamin C causes an iron buildup so we were advised to avoid it. I will begin using green tea. What tannins and polyphenols are safe to use and at what dosage? Their problem is genetic - they were blessed with their parents' recessive genes. I always find something useful in your health remedies. You got me started on DE a year ago or so. Now my husband and sisters and friends use it. Thanks for everything!

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