We have compiled our discussion with Dr. Manu Kothari under whose guidance this website has been developed, in the form of "Frequently Asked Question" on Cad-n-Ha (Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attack)
How come people feel better after invasive procedures such as Angioplasty, with or without stent, and / or by-pass ?
Is it that these days the incidence of CAD-n-HA is seen at a much lower age?
What are your suggestions to overcome fear and anxiety experienced by heart or cancer patients?
To what extent natural healing is possible in human beings, like that seen in animals?
Can the higher and lower BP figures differ from person to person?
CAD-n-HA, like other forms of aging, are causeless. It is common for sinners and saints to think that nature sits with a punishing rod. No habits or lifestyle generate disease, time - your age - is the sole cause. Depending on herd (group) distribution you can get it early, late, or never
These are not very important if you are not used to these. However these measures are useful even when you are in the pink of health. They certainly add to the quality of your life. To see them as preventive and curative is wrong. All such measures improve on your regularity, discipline, patience, quietude and a way of talking to your own self. So why not employ them as a regular measure?
None is really worth the effort. A five star culture does not improve the outcome, be it cancer or CAD-n-HA. All modern therapies are best avoided, even when available free.
If fundamentally angiography / angioplasty / stent, and bypass are wrong, they cannot be right under some circumstances, or in somebody. There is enough proof that each of them hurts the heart and the brain; and no proof that each of them helps in a sufficiently verifiable way. The reasons for feeling better after an invasive procedure are one or more of the following:
The whole drama of the procedure, the theatre facility, the heart fees are enough to provide a placebo effect that, "I have got done the best available treatment". Quite often, the degree of relief is proportional to the fees, the status of the doctor, and the name of the hospital.
Angioplasty with or without stent and bypass damages the heart often killing the complaining segment of the heart. The dead part of the heart can no longer complain. So you feel nice.
The load of drugs and so called precautions do not lessen after the costliest invasive procedure. So you are back to square one.
This is a very valid question. Let us take the parallel example of Cancer - research and treatment that claims far more money than CAD-n-HA have done.
In past 3000 years, cancer research has not taken medical science an inch beyond its spelling. The truths enunciated by Charaka and Sushruta, 2500-3000 years ago, hold true to the dot today, Cancer research's greatest fault is based on the premise that cancer is your enemy, nothing could be more wrong. Cancer is you and vice versa. Just read the two words YOUR CANCER and YOU R CANCER and you have got the truth. What ever attack you launch on your cancer is an attack on you.
Ditto for CAD-n-HA. It is a universal process common to dog and to you. It is, like all aging, silent often in to the grave. And if it wants to allow you to live long, you will. And if your breath - quota is limited no treatment is going to work, nor has it worked so far.
Learn to respect, and live with your CAD-n-HA. And take measures that help you, without expense, up to the last God - given breath of your life.
Is it that these days the incidence of CAD-n-HA is seen at a much lower age?
The above is more apparent than real : the explanation lies in 2 biological factors :-
There is a great increase in the population of younger people, so that as a part of natural percentage more young people are seen to have CAD-n-HA.
The Gompertz phenomenon as such ordains that human mortality curve takes off at the age of seventeen. Therefore CAD-n-HA beyond seventeen is in no way un-natural, nor is it a modern phenomena.
The cardiologic belief is that a clot blocking coronary artery is the excuse of the problem the patient has come with. The injection carries chemical enzymes that dissolve the clot and hence open up the blocked arteries. However statistical data does not support the cardiologic claim. Moreover dissolving the clot is to detach it from the coronary bed and dispatch it to the brain to cause damage. Also the injection can increase the bleeding in the body especially in the brain to cause brain hemorrhage.
You will agree that while you are genuinely afraid of CAD-n-HA, you are needlessly being sick in your mind. The following are the ways out.
All heart and BP drugs tend to cause instant depression. Try to avoid these or at least minimize them.
Those who never had any heart problem do not have a greater right to live, than one who had actual one or more attacks, or manifest CAD, so your fear has no foundation.
With each breath, you first inspire, then you expire (that is die) if the next breath comes you continue to live. This is true of the heartiest person.
You owe to your soul, and higher self, freedom from fear and trust in God
All healing is natural miracle. Last 200 years of research on wound healing has not made doctors wiser. No matter what the mode of damage to human tissues, the healing is totally a natural gift and process. Ambroise Pare, a noted French Surgeon said 200 years ago :- “I dressed the wound, but, God healed the wound”.
Weather you believe in God or in nature, every breath / heart beat / movement of yours is through the grace of these divine forces.
Can the higher and lower BP figures differ from person to person ?
Upper (systolic) and lower (diastolic) BP readings are dynamically controlled and always change from time to time in the same person. Modern medicine does not know what readings are normal. So by increasing the bogey of high BP modern medicine has promoted world-wide anxieties. No wonder, both upper and lower readings differ in different persons, and in different ages, also in the two sexes.
The general rule is that if high BP is because of a known cause (kidney problem, some tumor), then get the cause treated. In absence of definite cause take minimal drugs and maximal naturopathic measures.
Does one has to be on lifelong medication for high cholesterol / diabetes / high BP / CAD-n-HA?
You must realize that the drugs manufacturers, world over, have a vested interest in making you take drugs for a life time. They have succeeded in convincing the doctors. None of the above problem has any specific drug available, or even possible. So whatever the drug you take it gives you seeming advantage at one place and many disadvantages “elsewhere in the body”.
High cholesterol should never be treated by drugs. In BP, drugs should be avoided. All drugs for CAD-n-HA are recognized poison and be avoided. Diabetes in children should always be treated. Adults diabetes often responds to naturopathy.
What is cardiac / heart enlargement? When and how does this occur? What is the treatment? Can the enlarged heart be reverted to normal size?
Through our life, except for minor age-related changes, your body maintains the normal size of the heart. If the BP is on higher side some toughening and enlargement of the ventricle (left right or both) occurs, to give rise to what is called ventricular hypertrophy. The heart is bigger but strong.
Heart enlargement may be due to CAD-n-HA (myocardial infarction) or severe valvular defects. The heart is bigger but weaker. Doctors often call it as cardio-myopathy, which is but a more learned name. Heart enlargement can respond very well to timely and complete valvular repairs or replacement. In former times, severe deficiency of vitamin B1 led to heart enlargement that did respond to timely B1 therapy, and heart returned to normal.
Heart enlarged because of CAD-n-HA does not readily respond to treatment. At the same time, such an enlargement is compatible with life. Angioplasty + stent or bypass can not reverse such an enlargement but can positively make it worse. The usual advice to have a big heart, should add that the big heart should be in your head, and the fit heart in your chest.
What is the role of heredity in common diseases and particularly in CAD-n-HA?
Latest research has revealed 3 basic facts : The gene that scientists have been swearing about does not exist. So genetics itself is a doubtful science. Heredity does not exist.CAD-n-HA high BP, diabetes, cancer has no heredity basis. You can not get them from your parents, nor you can pass any one of them to your children.
What about alternative therapy ?
Starting with Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Aayurveda, now there are nearly 200 different ways of treating a problem. We all resort to them for, we are the only animals who refuse to live with the body's inherent program.
If you can avoid such metallic items as Bhasmas, all forms of alternative treatments are harmless, if not cheap. So you must decide which you want to choose like Yoga etc. they improve your being, without altering the course of CAD-n-HA.
Is there any special diet for CAD-n-HA?
Many years ago, an editorial in BMJ titled "the end of diet era", Sums up the situation. It is not what you eat, but what eats you that may matter. Some general rules apply :
It is not what you eat, but what mood and how ?
Welcome what you eat. Hence eat what you find palatable. You must enjoy your meals. Every item you take becomes you, So, every time let pleasure turn in your mind body and soul.
Eat slowly. Use a small spoon. After taking one gulp or morsel, fold your hand meditatively, enjoy what you have taken, allow it to talk to your every teeth. (present or absent). Appreciate the labor that your mom, wife or friend has put in to it, and then thankfully swallow it.
A very large number of humans in India and elsewhere know not if the next meal will be available. So begin your meal with gratitude to God and / or nature and carry that noble feeling in to meal and thereafter.
The chief role of cooked food is taste, nutrition takes second place. So, eat small bits at a time, so that you enjoy the taste more number of times, and for a longer time. relaxed time is the best investment you can make on every morsel.
Vegetarian / non-vegetarian / fried / sweets are at least safer than the poisonous drugs doctors put in to human body. Eat what you are used to. Any food rich in calories should be obviously eaten in a limited quantity.
Paan, tobacco, and alcohol are neither vices nor virtues but personal preferences. However they are best avoided if you have a diseased heart.
Always keep a light stomach: Your heart actually rests on God-given air in your stomach. So do not embarrass this stomach-air by overloading, a light stomach and relaxed heart go together.
White table salt, and white sugar, somehow does not suit even the healthiest of humans. They are positively detrimental to anyone with high BP, CAD-n-HA or arthritis. Salt cannot be burnt by the body and refuses to be friendly to any system except your tongue. So cut it out totally, use it minimally or replace it by 'small' pinches of rock salt. White sugar is complex sucrose that tends to hurt the stomach, the pancreas, the vagus nerve and in turn all through the heart. So cut down on white sugar. Unrefined jagery and honey are excellent replacements. Learn to drink tea and coffee without any sugar or artificial sweetener.
Does Bottle Gourd open-up your arterial block or prevent them ?
The arterial blocks are irrelevant to your well being for two reasons : Your heart can work very well despite the blocks, for nature does the necessary bypasses. And in absence of the block or when the blocks are, (surgically) tackled, the heart may fail to work also. Angiography used for assessing blocks, before and after any treatment is itself unreliable. So any claim or idea that Bottle Gourd-therapy removes the blocks should be dropped.
What Dudhi does is to provide to your heart and rest of the body an internal environment, best suited to the heart, pancreas, cholesterol level, joints. Bottle Gourd being life becomes you. No drug can ever do that