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Part Four – Heart Disease Full Details



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022


With all heart complaints it is a rule of thumb that the following advice be followed:

  • Vitamin E supplement is essential for the treatment of all heart conditions. A 7 day juice fast once every 4 months is beneficial but continue taking vitamin E daily even when you are fasting.

One of the main causes of coronary heart disease such as arteriosclerosis is an excess of cholesterol and fats (lipids in the arteries). Again, as in thrombophlebitis, self-treatment is out of the question. What follows here are really the do’s and don’ts to follow as well as the do’s and don’ts from a physician. There are a number of major risk factors that cause a person to suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD).

Some of the main ones are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure that needs treatment to normalise see High Blood Pressure
  • High blood uric acid levels mainly caused by diet high in protein see Gout
  • Higher levels of cholesterol and other fatty substances
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Obesity

All these factors separate or combined can cause or contribute to heart disease. Elimination of all risk factors is the most important thing to do in order to be successful in treating heart disease. Most heart diseases are the result of a bad diet so treatment must start with a change of diet. Take up plenty of exercise as lack of exercise is one of the main risk factors. Using the drop index from the fitness test in Part 7, decide how much exercise to do and begin a regime of exercises including walking and swimming, both are highly beneficial. Don’t be afraid of exercise, consult your doctor and if you are allowed commence them immediately. Another factor of risk not mentioned but which is a contributory cause is emotional stress and worries (this can cause a heart attack).

Avoid smog filled air as it has a hostile effect on the heart condition. Thanks to the smokeless zone law, this is not a great hazard in Britain, but there are still large cities in the world that have smog. Therefore, if a person with a heart condition is going to travel, that person must check on the incidence of smog in the countries planned for a visit. Another risk factor is smoking, any type of smoking, including cigars and pipes.

Vitamin C deficiency can be a cause of heart disease and administration of large doses of vitamin C on a daily basis drastically reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood. Vitamin C given to patients who are suffering from arteriosclerosis may temporarily raise the level of cholesterol. This is due to the cholesterol deposits being mobilised. There is nothing to worry about it is not serious and continued administration of the vitamin C will eventually bring down the level. Carry this administration out under a doctor’s supervision because of the rise in the level of cholesterol, particularly if the patient is a coronary case.


There are a number of changes in the blood circulation produced by pregnancy that put an extra strain on the heart. Sometimes a wrong interpretation of these changes causes a doctor to diagnose possible heart disease. This usually happens around the second month of pregnancy and increases until the eighth month and then diminishes.

The two main changes are:

  • Oedema is the retention of water and sodium
  • Tachycardia is an increase in cardiac output (rapid heartbeat), a full pulse and warm, flushed and pulsating extremities

There may be some oedema of the ankle that could also be a sign of toxaemia (toxaemia is a poisoned condition caused by absorption of toxic substances into the blood, produced by bacteria or body cells but without bacteria present in the blood). Toxaemia of pregnancy is rare if the patient has good prenatal care but in severe form has the following symptoms:

  • Convulsions
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rapid rise in blood pressure

It is the work of an expert (doctor) to decide as to whether a patient with heart disease is fit enough for pregnancy. The patient must at all costs follow the doctor’s advice. The patient is of course within her rights to obtain a second opinion. She must follow the advice given except when the advice is conflicting. It is up to the patient to clarify things by then taking steps to see a specialist. The following rules are generally very useful:

  • Advice to patients who have severe effort intolerance or who have suffered with heart failure is not to get pregnant, if already pregnant then abort the pregnancy within the first three months
  • A patient who has moderated dyspnoea (a complaint of difficulty in breathing and distress, often but not always to do with lung or heart disease) is the type of case that proves the most difficult to assess. Sometimes this dyspnoea is with effort and has some cardiac enlargement
  • Usually, the patient has a trouble-free pregnancy if there are no symptoms or evidence of cardiac enlargement in the patient

The facts concerning pregnancy are not here to frighten, they are only here in an informative nature. Form a judgement for each of these cases on their own merit


Patients should avoid oral contraception if they suffer with systematic or pulmonary embolism (obstruction of a blood vessel by an embolus that can be any:

  • Abnormal air bubble
  • Clump of cells
  • Fat globule
  • Substance blood clot

Which sweeps along the blood stream until it lodges in a vessel and blocks the blood flow. Consequences vary according to the size of the blocked vessel).


One of the most striking changes in diseases of the western world is that heart disease is one of the major causes of death, particularly with middle aged individuals. It is not clear what all the causes are, but a couple named frequently ate animal fats and smoking (again smoking raises its ugly head).

This disease starts with narrowing of the arteries by atheroma plaques (patches of unnatural formations on tissues on inner arterial walls, also on tooth surfaces). These plaques contain some cholesterol, lipids (a broad term for fats and fatlike substances) and some connective or scar tissue. These contribute to the stiffening of the blood vessel walls, narrowing of the arteries, choking the circulation, and rupturing the arteries. All the aforementioned have association with heart attacks. Obstruction of the blood flow eventually becomes so severe that when exercise increases the oxygen consumption of heart muscle, not enough blood can pass to supply it. The muscle therefore becomes ischaemic (a local deficiency of blood supply, due to spasm or obstruction of an artery). This frequently accompanies coronary artery disease and produces the pain of angina of effort (an explanation of angina of effort comes under the heading “Angina Pectoris” earlier in the book.

The next stage is a thrombus (a clot which forms in the blood vessel) on the atheroma plaque this cuts off the blood supply to the heart muscle area and produces Cardiac Infarct (an area of dead tissue, resulting from a complete blockage of its blood supply). This often heals with scar formation and fibrosis but can also be lethal. Thrombosis does not necessarily mean infarction follows, even though the terms Myocardial Infarction and Coronary Thrombosis are similar in context.

Over the age of thirty in both men and women there are some atheroma of the coronary arteries present. The coronary circulation has the power to open collateral channels (arteries that reside side by side) thus allowing the blood to flow through the narrow arteries. It depends on the coronary circulation expanding the collateral circulation adequately whether symptoms develop or not.

There is a list of causes under the heading “heart disease” Part Four. Triglycerides are another factor to bring to the fore even though they are not as important as cholesterol.


Has already had a mention under the heading “coronary heart disease”. If a patient suffers with coronary atheroma, the danger of a thrombus forming, suddenly cutting off the blood supply to an area of the heart muscle is always there.

In other words, a coronary thrombosis may occur leading to a myocardial infarction. When there is a blockage of a large coronary artery by thrombosis the patient may suddenly fall down dead. Actually, this is the only cause of “Sudden Death”. More often than not, the patient survives but their left ventricular function in the heart suffers some deterioration. This could possibly leave no signs or symptoms but with more extensive infarction pulmonary congestion develops through a fall in cardiac output. About 10% of patients suffer from shock and/or pulmonary oedema. Absorption of the dead heart muscle occurs over the following weeks leaving a fibrous scar. This scar may be strong and firm. Sometimes though, particularly when the infarct is a large one, the scar may become stretched producing an aneurysm (a blood-filled sac or pouch formed by the dilation of the artery wall that is susceptible to rupture and haemorrhage) of the heart wall. After recovery from an infarct the hearts’ functional ability may be near to normal. Sometimes the loss of muscle function after a large infarct diminishes the reserve power of the heart leaving the patient with crippling angina of effort (Angina Pectoris).


Vitamin C is very beneficial in the treatment of heart disease, but there are other nutritional substances that also play a vital role. The following helps maintenance of correct levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood circulating the body.

They are as follows:

  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Lecithin
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6-a prolonged deficiency of this vitamin causes damage to the arteries and leads to an atherosclerotic condition
  • Vitamin F
  • Zinc

In order to find the natural sources of all these substances look in the vitamin and supplement guides.

There is a treatment approximately one thousand years old called bloodletting. Some researchers state that this so thins out the blood that it lowers its viscosity (thickness) preventing thrombosis and clots. Only qualified doctor’s should perform bloodletting. Another way of lowering the viscosity of the blood is by juice fasting, but this should also only be carried out under the supervision of a doctor who is oriented to that sort of medical treatment. Vitamin E is another important preventive factor in heart disease. Large doses of up to 1,200 i.u. a day for prevention and up to 2,000 iu. a day after being diagnosed as a heart patient. This should be for the rest of the patient’s life:


Following the correct diet plays the most important part in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. So, follow the health diet that comes later in the book with emphasis on:

  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Buckwheat
  • Flax seed oil
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Goat’s milk and its products
  • Grains (whole)
  • Home-made cottage cheese
  • Honey
  • Millet
  • Nuts
  • Okra
  • Olive oil and other cold pressed unrefined vegetable oils
  • Potatoes
  • Seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds


  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Distilled water
  • Chlorinated water (use only spring and spa water, all large supermarkets sell bottled spring and spa water). The reason chlorinated water is bad for heart disease is that the chlorine destroys Vitamin E in the body, with is so essential for the health of the heart
  • Meat and avoid overeating as obesity is one of the main causes of heart disease
  • Refined carbohydrates such as:
    • Flour
    • White sugar and other refined foods
  • Salt



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