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The Balanced Body Center Lipid Profile Program

High Cholesterol & Natural Solutions

It has become an accepted fact that greater than 90% of cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol, is a result of lifestyle and environmental factors. Despite this fact, most treatment ignores the cause of disease and utilizes medications that can have harmful side effects.

Statin Drugs

There are times when medications like Statin drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor are the last resort to lower cholesterol. However, the use of these medications as a first line of intervention is concerning. There are currently about 47 million people using Statin drugs worldwide. These drugs seem to lower total cholesterol (18 35 %). The majority of people that start using Statin drugs are usually on the medication for life.
Despite modest improvement in cholesterol levels, Statin drugs have many side effects and many have questioned the effectiveness of these medications in reducing cardiovascular risk. Some of the known side effects include: shoulder pain, jaw pain, kidney disease, neuropathy, muscle damage and weakness, fatigue, memory loss, difficulty walking, shortness of breath, mood swings and other behavioral disorders.

Alternative Treatment:

Elevated cholesterol levels cannot be ignored. However, it is essential to exhaust all the natural alternatives prior to using Statin drugs. There are many different reasons why lipid levels can be elevated and it is essential to determine the etiology in each individual case. There are many nutritional products that have demonstrated the ability to lower cholesterol by 12 25%. In combination, natural therapies can often match the reduction in cholesterol obtained by Statin drugs without the side effects. Utilizing the proper combination and uncovering the cause of the problem can often restore cholesterol to normal levels. 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 medication.


Oral Chelation

Niacin to boost your HDL "good" cholestrol
Niacin's Cholesterol-lowering mechanism


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 access the underlying cause of disease on an individual basis. All our blood chemistries are evaluated utilizing orthomolecular analysis to determine nutritional and environmental weaknesses. (See orthomolecular medicine webpage).

EKG:

Our office uses standardized Electrocardiogram Studies to help determine the extent of cardiac risk. There are many patients that have early stage disease and can safely consider alternative treatment. However, depending on test results, some patients may require referral for medical intervention.

Doppler Ultrasound Studies:

Advanced non evasive 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 tract and confirm improvements in our patient's cardiovascular condition with alternative therapy. (See Doppler Ultrasound attachment for more information) Doppler Ultrasound Vascular Ultrasound.pdf

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 ones 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.

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 bodies 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 the risk of a cardiovascular event. Our office can completely evaluate the gastrointestinal system utilizing a complete review if 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. (See gastrointestinal disease web page for more information)

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 fail 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 others 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. (See additional information on our Neurotransmitter and Hormone Web Pages)

Toxicity:

Modern society has created a complex variety of new challenges that affect our health. Among these factors, pollution, food additives and 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. (See Heavy metal toxicity web page for more information)

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 cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides and plaque in the arterial system . All the products we use are natural, safe and well documented. (For more information on Oral Chelation see the attached article).(For more information on Orthomolecular Treatment see our associated web page)
Oral Chelation Article: Oral Chelation Article.doc

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 23 years and look forward to working with you.

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