Heart Disease is a Sulfate Deficiency ProblemJune 05, 2017
Heart Disease is a Sulfate Deficiency Problem
References: Theor Biol Med Mod,
Half of us, men and women, die of this scourge. I have spent a career battling heart disease in Emergency Medicine and now Functional Medicine. And I'm still puzzled why it happens. We explain, as best we can, that we think it's caused by the agglomeration of small, dense LDLs into our arteries. White cells then come along and try to digest those packets of fat, and can't do it. They die. Cholesterol accumulates.
All this is the theoretical foundation of the cause of heart disease. And it falls short. Stephanie Senneff from MIT, suggests a different consideration that fits all the present criteria better than the cholesterol hypothesis. We may have been barking up the wrong tree. Here is her construct.
It starts with the "structure" of water. In a glass, water flows freely. At the microscopic level, it has a tiny electrical magnetic orientation that adds up, making for slight stickiness at interfaces. This gets to be an issue on the surface of biological entities, like cell walls and the surfaces of arteries. Friction builds up and necessary movement is slowed down. We can't have that in blood vessels.
This is where cholesterol-SULFATE and SULFATED-glycosaminoglycans line the surface of blood vessels, creating a tiny electrical and magnetic charge that leads to what is being called "structured water". This is where it gets really interesting. Red blood cells, covered with electrically charged particles, moving through blood vessels lined with "structured water" create a tiny micro voltage. When you have moving voltage, you create a tiny magnetic field that becomes a signaling device - just like a radio, or an electric motor. (EVSP: electrokinetic vascular streaming potential) The lining cells of the capillary repel the red cells, and get the signal to release NO, nitric oxide. The capillary relaxes and the red cells gets pushed through to the other end of the capillary. Blood flows. Oxygen gets delivered. The organism thrives. (A topic for another day is that this magnetic field is then subject to outside low levels of electromagnetic radiation. Hmmm!)
Where does heart disease come in? With insufficient sulfate on the surface of arteries and red cells, a lower you have an alteration of the voltage potential, fixed with elevation of blood pressure. The natural result is a desperate search for sulfate to make the blood vessel and its environment slippery. Sulfated cholesterol, made by sun exposure, provides the sulfate. Cholesterol accumulates. Plaque develops. Eventually, heart attacks occur. The detail is much more elegant but the paper is fascinating. This sounds real, plausible and explains heart disease down to the molecule.
What is the takeaway? Heart disease isn't caused by LDLs or cholesterol. If all this is true, heart disease is caused by sticky red cells being unable to pass through capillaries with a drop in nitric oxide and a scavenging of sulfated cholesterol as a means to garnish enough sulfate to keep blood flowing. Certainly cholesterol plays a role, but the problem lies in lack of sulfate, not excess of cholesterol.
The accumulation of cholesterol is a secondary phenomenon. To test this hypothesis, one would presume you could fix heart disease if you eased the lack of sulfated compounds. Here we circle back to Lester Morrison and his work in the 50's and 60's, reversing vascular disease with SULFATED-chondroitin. Did you get that? It's been proven clinically already. This hypothesis has legs.
WWW:What will work for me. This is enormously satisfying to me. It feels right. We have the physics of fluid flow match the observation of biological compounds relationship to sulfated compounds, to external electromagnetic forces. It also fits that our diet, which has shifted to more manufactured, carbohydrate-laden food, has lost the key food items that supplied us with sulfate: eggs, crucifers, alliums, garlic, animals. Eat the WHOLE animal. It's cartilage that has sulfate in it. Bone broth is rich in sulfate. Back to gnawing on chicken bones. I'm in.
- When you push two magnets against each other, and they push back against each other, you create the same effect as red cells lined with cholesterol sulfate have in capillaries. T or F Answer: Bingo. You got it. That's the key.
- Lack of sulfate leads to accumulation of cholesterol as a secondary, dysfunctional way of harvesting sulfate, needed to make an artery lining slippery. T or F Answer. If you answer true, you now have become an A student
- Cholesterol plays a role in heart disease. T or F Answer. True. It plays a role but only as a garbage dump after it's relinquished its sulfate, indicating that it's the lack of sulfate that really drives the bus.
- It makes sense for me to take a statin to reverse my heart disease. T or F. If you said true, read the paper three more times and then write on the blackboard 100 times: cholesterol is a secondary player. Then report back to the class.
- Bone broth has magical properties. T or F Answer. No, not magical. Just good old fashioned Grandma's food chemistry. We need the protein of meat, but also the sulfate of cartilage leached out be gentle simmering of bones all night, ....... or eggs, broccoli, garlic, onion, kale, cabbage.