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The Balanced Body Center Cardiovascular program

(Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Diabetes)


One of the greatest advances in modern medicine is the treatment of advanced cardiovascular disease and surgical treatment. Despite these advances in end stage disease, little effort is dedicated to the cause and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Facts:

* 36.3% of all deaths or 1 of every 2.8 deaths
* In 2004, cardiovascular disease (CVD) claimed 871,500 lives in the US
* In 2004, 79.4 million Americans had one or more forms of CVD
* High blood pressure: 72 million Americans
* Stroke: 5.7 million Americans
* Over 147,000 Americans killed by CVD are under 65

Ninety percent of cardiovascular disease is thought to be caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. Yet the medical community places little emphasis on addressing these issues. Early stage treatment is almost exclusively limited to medications.

* Statins were introduced in 1987
* 2001 sales: $16,000,000,000
* Zocor: 33 million users – worldwide
* Lipitor: 15 million users - worldwide
* Federal panel recommends wider use, want 36 million Americans on statins
* Potential: only reduce CVD mortality by 25%
* Most of these medications have severe side effects on health

Alternative Treatments:

The cause of cardiovascular disease whether it is hypertension, elevated cholesterol, or diabetes must be evaluated for every individual since each case is unique. Diet and exercise habits need to be evaluated and modifications may be required. Genetic testing may be necessary in cases when family history is a consideration. These genetic tests can reveal polymorphisms (genetic abnormalities) and provide insight about nutritional weakness and requirements. The gastrointestinal and endocrine (hormonal) systems must be evaluated for dysfunction. Blood chemistry studies, EKG, and ultrasound studies are essential to help evaluate the level of disease and treatment. Alternative treatment of cardiovascular disease is well documented and in many cases can help restore health without the dangers of medications.



The Balanced Body Cardiovascular Program

Blood Chemistries:

Our office uses a variety of typical blood chemistry studies to evaluate cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides, HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). Advanced cardiovascular studies including lipoprotein studies, coagulation rates, fibrinogen and many others are often utilized to completely assess our patients. Since there are many different reasons why patients have cardiovascular disease, a complete chemistry is required to help assess the underlying cause of disease on an individual basis. All our blood chemistries are evaluated utilizing orthomolecular analysis to determine nutritional needs, and organic and environmental weaknesses. (Please go to www.knowbalance.com, select the tab NUTRITION AND DIAGNOSTICS, and scroll down the list on the left to BLOOD CHEMISTRY AND ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE.)

EKG:

Our office uses standardized electrocardiogram studies to help determine the extent of cardiac risk. Many patients have early stage cardiovascular disease and can safely consider alternative treatment. Some patients may require referral for medical intervention.

Doppler Ultrasound Studies:

Advanced non-invasive ultrasound studies are utilized in our office to help determine the extent of plaque and arterial blockage. This is an important step in a good cardiovascular program. While it is important to improve blood chemistry findings, it is essential that the arterial system improve. Utilizing advanced Doppler studies allow our clinic to track and confirm improvements in our patient's cardiovascular condition with alternative therapy. (Please go to www.knowbalance.com, select the tab NUTRITION AND DIAGNOSTICS, and scroll down the list on the left to VASCULAR ULTRASOUND TESTING.)

Genetic Evaluation:

Many people have been falsely convinced that their cardiovascular condition is inevitable due to genetic predisposition. While it is true that individuals may inherit certain genetic weaknesses, these weaknesses are avoidable. It is lifestyle and environmental factors that exploit one’s weakness. Despite genetic weakness, individuals can improve their health and avoid these weaknesses from creating disease. While genetic weakness is often an overused and misdirected excuse for cardiovascular disease, recent advances in genetics now allow our office to test for these weaknesses and evaluate necessary changes required to protect each patient on an individual basis. The tests measure what are called polymorphisms, which are alterations in individual DNA strands. Our office offers a complete cardiovascular genomic profile for our patients as a part of our diagnostic protocol. (Please go to www.knowbalance.com, select the tab NUTRITION AND DIAGNOSTICS, and scroll down the list on the left to GENOMIC TESTING.)


Gastrointestinal Function:

While the relationship between what we eat and our cardiovascular health is common knowledge, the effect of good gastrointestinal function on cardiovascular health is greatly overlooked. The presence of such conditions as chronic diarrhea, constipation, bloating and reflux can cause alterations in our body's digestion and absorption process that often result in increased blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Additionally many patients present with inflammatory conditions due to food sensitivities that can cause a more rapid destruction of the arterial walls, increasing risk of a cardiovascular event. Our office can completely evaluate the gastrointestinal system utilizing a complete review of symptoms, blood chemistries, Gastrointestinal Permeability testing, Systemic Yeast tests, Alkaline / Acid Balance tests, etc. Once evaluated, these conditions are resolved using natural approaches and are essential to correcting the cause of cardiac disease in many cases. (Please go to www.knowbalance.com, select the tab CONDITIONS, and scroll down the list on the left to GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS.)

Hormone Imbalance:

The relationship between hormones and cardiovascular health is well documented; however, hormone therapy is only evaluated when there are symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Treatment usually consists of synthetic medications which have failed to prove effective in preventing cardiac disorders. Additionally, many aspects of the hormone system are overlooked, such as neurotransmitter levels, small alterations in thyroid hormone and adrenal gland function. Dietary factors, stress, antidepressants and a variety of other factors can contribute to subtle hormone imbalances that drastically affect cardiovascular health. As a part of our cardiovascular program, we utilize a variety of specialized tests which include: Male and Female Hormone testing, Adrenal Gland evaluation, complete Thyroid assessment and Neurotransmitter testing. Once these systems have been evaluated, a protocol of natural therapy can be used to resolve these conditions and help aid the effectiveness of our cardiovascular program.

Toxicity:

Modern society has created a complex variety of new challenges that affect our health. Among these factors, pollution, food additives, preservatives and packaging have introduced high levels of toxic elements into our bodies. The effects of metal toxicity from elements such as: mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium are continuing to be realized. Heavy concentrations of toxic elements can affect many aspects of an individual's health, including cardiovascular disease. Our office utilizes a variety of tests to determine toxicity levels. If present, it is essential that the appropriate elimination program is utilized to successfully improve cardiovascular health. Each individual's elimination program varies depending on the toxic representation that is presented. (Please go to www.knowbalance.com, select the tab NUTRITION AND DIAGNOSTICS, and scroll down the list on the left to HEAVY METAL ANALYSIS.)


Treatment and Oral Chelation:

In addition to evaluating all the underlying causes of each individual's cardiovascular condition, our office uses orthomolecular therapy and various forms of oral chelation to reduce hypertension, cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides and plaque in the arterial system. All of the products we use are natural, safe and well documented.
We cannot guarantee that everyone will have success with natural therapy; however, we can promise that you will have one of the most effective and thorough natural programs available. All tests will be explained and re-evaluated to determine success and provide understanding for our patients. We have had great success with patients for 27 years and look forward to working with you. (Please go to www.knowbalance.com, select the tab ARTICLES, and scroll down the list on the left to ORAL CHELATION.)


Exercise:

Good exercise habits are essential for any cardiovascular program; however, many of our patients have injuries or lack experience in determining what is safe and effective for their situation. Our Physical Therapy staff is effective for this situation. They will work with you to create an exercise program that is right for you.