The More-Plaques-Fewer-Deaths Paradox – Part B
Majid Ali, M.D.
The More-Coronary-Plaques-Fewer-Heart Attacks Paradox
Heart disease is not a plumbing problem. Regrettably, an enormous number people have lost their lives as a result of the grievous error of those who believe the “cholesterol-plaque-plumbing model.” This model is utterly indefensible in light of the known scientific facts of molecular biology of oxygen, cholesterol, and endos (short for endothelial cells that make up the inner lining of the cardiovascular channels).
Several years ago, I coined introduced the “More-Plaque-Fewer-Heart-Deaths Paradox” to highlight the importance of the following seven crucial aspects of heart disease:
1. With few exceptions, fewer heart and stroke deaths are associated with greater degrees of arterial plaque formation. Surprise! This was documented by Dr. Morris with a large autopsy study in the British Journal Lancet in 1951.
2. We have choice: We can keep the inner “endo region” of the arterial wall healthy and live longer, or we can obsess on cholesterol deposits and plaques in the outer region of the arterial wall and live less. Another surprise!
3. Countless lives are lost when non-drug oxygen therapies to restore heart health are opposed by organized medicine, and only drugs (beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, etc) are used to suppress symptoms.
4. Coronary bypasses and stents do not remove arterial plaques. Stents close up with high frequency and bypasses less often.
5. Many people live long healthful lives after coronary bypasses and stents but only when they address issues of foods, environment, and stress are effectively addressed to restore the health of injured heart muscle cells and keep the endos non-sticky and negatively charged.
6. Drugs save lives in crisis situations but do not reverse plaque formation to any meaningful degrees. By contrast, the focus on the inner endo region, where the circulating blood interfaces with the arterial wall, prevents heart attacks, strokes, and deaths.
7. Coronary artery stents do not save lives or offer other benefits except in emergency situations. This was conclusively documented in February, 2012 in an article published by Archives of Internal medicine (An official journal of the American Medical Association), and reviewed in-depth by The New York times on February 27, 2012.