Varicose Veins May Be Deadly, Says JAMA

Varicose Veins May Be Deadly, Says JAMA:  Varicose veins are just another harmless sign of aging, right?  After all, they’re kind of a rite of passage into the later years in life.  However, a recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals otherwise.

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Varicose Veins May Be Deadly, Says JAMA

We wake up one morning, look down at our legs and wonder about those dark purple streaks.  When did this happen?  After all, they weren’t there when you were younger, right?  Well, they’re called varicose veins.  In fact, according to WebMD, “Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. They usually aren’t serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems.”

How Your Veins Work

So, what causes varicose veins anyway?  In order to explain that we need to go over some basic anatomy.  You see, your veins have valves in them.  These valves never completely close.  In fact, these valves act as pockets where your body stores extra blood.  When your body needs more blood, the valves open allowing the extra blood to flow.  Why would your body need more blood?  Your body needs more blood during times of increased physical demand. When these valves fail, blood pools at the bottom of the legs, feet and ankles.  This makes the feet and ankles the most common site for purple veins.

The Study

The study took place in Taiwan.  It included about 425,968 adults.  The research was so strong that JAMA published it in 2018.  The research found a strong association between varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).  A DVT is a clot deep in the leg veins.  By itself varicose veins are not a problem.  However, if that clot breaks free, the clot can cause a blockage in the blood supply to the lungs or brain.  This results in either a pulmonary embolism in the lungs or a stroke due to poor blood supply to the brain.  The consequences of either result in death or permanent impairment.

Take a Preventative Approach

If you suffer from varicose veins, don’t wait for either life threatening situation.  Take control of the situation and do everything in your power to support healthy vascular function.  In fact, enzymes play a key role in helping the valves in your veins work properly.  Together, with the right diet, we can help your body support healthy working valves in your veins.

Do you or a loved one have varicose veins?  Are you concerned about your cardiovascular health?  Perhaps you’re worried about the long-term consequences.    Would you like to find out how to support healthy heart function safely and effectively without drugs or surgery?  If so, contact us and set up a consultation or call us at 425-868-0120.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

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Don’t wait for varicose veins to be life-threatening

Heart Healthy Foods and Enzymes – The Total Heart Health Package

Heart Healthy Foods and Enzymes – According to the CDC, over 614,348 Americans suffered from heart disease in 2014.  That’s about 11% of the population.  In fact, it is the number one killer in the U.S. as far as disease go.  However, with right combination of foods and enzymes, you & your family can promote healthy heart function, which could improve the length and quality of your life.

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Heart Healthy Foods and Enzymes – The Total Heart Health Package

Most people fail to realize that heart health is about more than avoiding fast foods and processed foods.  In fact, there are actually heart healthy foods you can eat that support healthy blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and even prevent obesity.  Why is this important?  Because obesity, inflammation, and are the cardinal warning signs that heart disease may lie in your future.  So here is a list of heart friendly foods that support heart health and healthy body mass.

Oats and Barley

The first two heart healthy foods are oats and barley.  According to Pub Med, 2009, not only do these foods reduce cholesterol production in the liver, but they promote the creation of healthy short chain fatty acids.  Additionally, they show promise for supporting healthy immune system function.  For those of you who like the technical details, oats and barley contain a chemical called Beta-glucans.  Beta-glucans are polysaccharides occurring in the bran of barley and oats.  However, be sure that your oats are organic or steel cut.  Why is this important?  because otherwise the food company probably used flour to keep them from sticking together.  Flour, of course, is a simple carb that is notorious for causing inflammation, weight gain and high cholesterol.

Certain Seafoods

Other heart healthy foods include fatty fish.  These include salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, herring, lake trout, and sardines.  In fact, they also include crustaceans such as lobster, oysters and squid.  Furthermore, the high protein content in these seafood morsels provide a host of other health benefits.  These foods contain health-protective omega-3s, specifically the long-chain variety known as LC omega-3, which contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  All of these fatty acids lower risk of heart attack, and stroke according to Pub Med, 2010.

Additionally, human clinical trials show long-chain omega-3s to be very heart and brain healthy.  These trials strongly show that healthy omega 3’s help prevent heart attacks by helping the heart maintain its rhythm. Studies also show that they also make blood less likely to clot, lower blood pressure, keep blood vessels healthy and less likely to narrow, reduce triglycerides and lower inflammation.  However, a high simple carb diet will not only stop this process, but reverse it as well.  See my previous article for more information.

Where do Enzyme fit in?

So, you’re eating a healthy diet.  You exercise properly and regularly.  How in the world can enzymes support healthy heart function?  I’m glad you asked.  In fact, they support healthy heart function two ways.  First, the right digestive enzyme supplements help your body break down, digest, and absorb the fatty acids from omega-3’s and the protein and complex carbs from barley and oats.  Afterwards, the right systemic enzyme supplements help your heart, brain and blood vessels utilize this vital nutrition.  Additionally, the right enzyme supplements support healthy low inflammation levels.  So, how do we know what enzyme supplements are right for you?  Through testing that is scientifically sound and based on fundamental medical principles.

Would you like to know more?

Are you concerned about the health of your heart?  Maybe you’re concerned about a parent, grandparent, friend or loved one.   Does it affect work, family or fun?  Would you like to find out how to support healthy heart function safely and effectively without drugs or surgery?  If so, contact us and set up a consultation or call us at 425-868-0120.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

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Heart Healthy foods and enzymes keep your heart strong

Blood Pressure Medication can Shorten your Life

Blood pressure medication can shorten life.  While every medication has its place, doctors often administer blood pressure medication to people who are border line.  According to a huge study by Kaiser Permanente, this may not be the best idea.  In fact, it could shorten your life.

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Blood pressure medication can shorten life.  The Merck Manual defines high blood pressure as systolic pressure over 140 mmHg, diastolic pressure over 90 mmHg, or both.  If you have high blood pressure, it can lead to a host of serious health problems.  As a result, you really need to take care of it.  Of course, diet and exercise are the best ways to handle it.  Even the almighty Merck Manual agrees.  In case you’re wondering, the Merck Manual is the text book on diseases.  In fact most health care education programs use it from medical school to chiropractic school.

If you have high blood pressure and can’t control it through diet and exercise, medical intervention may be your only choice.  Again, left untreated high blood pressure can lead to blindness, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and death. So please don’t mistake this article as stating that high blood pressure medication is bad in all circumstances.  Like everything, it has its place.

The Research

However, Kaiser Permanente conducted a study where they analyzed over 400,000 hospital records.  Of course all of them were taking medication.  They found that patients whose readings were between 130/60 and 139/79 — a range doctors consider “pre-hypertension” — had the lowest kidney failure rates. However, patients with “ideal” readings had a much higher risk of kidney failure.

“Many studies of people with high blood pressure have shown that bringing extremely high blood pressure with the top number ranging from 190 to 200, down to readings of about 150 show resounding improvements in the risk for strokes, kidney failure, and heart attack,” said study leader nephrologist and hypertension expert John J. Sim, M.D.

So, we made the assumption that if we further lowered it, even to levels under 120, that would be even better,” he told Newsmax Health. “The truth is that no studies have demonstrated that.”

One of the main reasons doctors prescribe these drugs is to bring down the systolic blood pressure to 120 or lower.  Remember that’s the top number.  However, given what we now know, this may be a fatal mistake.  In fact the study showed patients whose top (systolic) readings dropped into the 120 to 129 range had about a 12% increased risk of death or kidney failure.  However, those with readings between 110 and 119 were 81 percent more likely to die or suffer kidney failure.

Dr. Sim made a point to emphasize this only applies to those whose reduced their blood pressure with medication.  It does not apply to those with naturally low blood pressure.

Multiple Causes

You have to remember that many problems can lead to high blood pressure.  These include adrenal problems, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems, and brain problems; not to mention dietary issues.

While I don’t treat diseases, including high blood pressure, I can help your body work the way it’s supposed to.  This includes nutritional support for healthy function of the adrenals glands, kidneys, heart, liver and brain.  This support includes dietary changes with the right enzyme supplements. Research also shows that chiropractic may help support healthy blood pressure.  However, I only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.

Are you concerned about your health?  Does your ailment affect your work, family life or active lifestyle?  Would you like to support a healthy body safely, naturally and effectively?  Would you like to avoid drugs or surgery?  If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

Kaiser Permanente’s Research

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

High Blood Pressure Medication
High Blood Pressure Medication – can be used or misused