Naturally Reverse Hardened Arteries

Atherosclerosis, also known as “hardening of the arteries,” occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques. Learn how to naturally reverse hardened arteries. 

Hardening of the arteries begins with an injury to the endothelium, the lining, of artery walls. The injury is due to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, eating too much sugar and flour, smoking, free radicals produced by bodily processes and many other factors.

In response to the injury, white blood cells, along with lipids (fats), begin to accumulate along the inner layer of the artery. These fats and white blood cells begin to oxidize (become rancid) and build up in the artery walls, forming plaques. These plaques begin to harden and bulge inward, and then grow larger. Even then, there are no symptoms until the narrowing reaches 70 percent. If the plaque is disturbed or bursts, blood platelets can accumulate at the site and form a clot, which can grow until it completely blocks an artery and cuts off the oxygen supply to the heart, brain, or other body part.

Pieces of plaque can also break off and move to smaller blood vessels, blocking them. If the clot completely blocks the blood and oxygen supply to a major artery leading to the heart, the tissue begins to die within minutes. A heart attack ensues. If an artery to the brain is blocked the result is a stroke. Atherosclerosis that affects the arteries in the arms, legs or pelvis is called peripheral artery disease.

Healthy blood vessels are elastic and flexible, accommodating changes in physical activity and stress levels. But in atherosclerosis, blood vessels stiffen and reduce blood flow by 15 percent or more. Your heart has to work harder to make up the difference.

Atherosclerosis is responsible for coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death in the US. It is responsible for at least 43 percent of all deaths in the US. The only countries beating us in heart disease deaths are India (#1 at 1.5 million deaths yearly), China (#2 at 700,000 deaths yearly), and Russia (#3 at 670,000 deaths yearly). The US has 500,000 deaths yearly. There are 2002 statistics. Worldwide, heart disease is running rampant as our deadly diet is reaching the corners of the globe.


Atherosclerosis is often called the silent killer, as the first sign for many is a fatal heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis doesn’t cause any symptoms until narrowing of an artery reaches 70 percent or becomes completely blocked. In blockage of heart arteries, symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain (angina). Angina feels like pressure or squeezing in the chest. It results from reduced blood supply to the heart muscle, an increased demand for oxygen by the heart, or emotional stress. It can also manifest as pain in the shoulders, arms, back, neck or jaw. Angina typically worsens with activity and is relieved with rest.
  • Shortness of breath. This is your heart or body gasping for oxygen that is not being delivered due to blocked arteries.
  • Indigestion. This can be a result of angina or a heart attack.
  • Arrhythmias. An abnormal heartbeat can be too slow or too fast.
  • Numbness, tingling, pain, and infections in extremities. The symptoms of peripheral artery disease, where arteries are beginning to harden in the legs and arms, include numbness, tingling, pain, and infections.


If you are older than 20, and have been eating a typical Western diet, chances are atherosclerosis has already begun. Risk factors include:

  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance, Prediabetes, or Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol

Inflammation is the underlying cause of atherosclerosis and many other serious diseases. High blood levels of a protein called C-reactive protein indicate inflammation. Though modern medicine seems to blame high cholesterol for the disease, other parameters like fibrinogen and homocysteine levels are far more dangerous and indicative of atherosclerosis.

In the past, a diet high in cholesterol was viewed as a cause of high cholesterol, but this view is too simplistic. The body does not simply ingest cholesterol and then deposit it into the arteries. Cholesterol from food has no effect whatsoever on the level of our blood cholesterol. Cholesterol is only dangerous when it has been oxidized (by smoking, alcohol, bad diet, and not exercising). Many studies show that the damage caused by high blood sugar — from eating too much sugar and grains — scars the insides of the arteries, leading to damage. The liver then produces cholesterol to repair the damage. Cholesterol is absolutely necessary for repair of the arteries. Without it (when you take statins), you’re left with no way to repair the damage your diet and lifestyle are causing.

Heavy metal toxicity plays a role in atherosclerosis. Zinc deficiency, copper deficiency, or cadmium toxicity, weaken arterial walls and as a compensatory measure, the body deposits calcium or fatty substances to reinforce arterial strength. Imbalance in the calcium/magnesium ratio or an elevated calcium level may be associated with deposits of calcium in arteries. This response to toxicity and nutrient deficiencies hardens the arteries.

Many other toxins screw up cholesterol chemistry and contribute to hardening of the arteries. Phthalates in soft plastics and water bottles leach out into food and water that then sit in your cells and damage their ability to properly metabolize cholesterol. Teflon from your frying pan or mercury from fish and dental fillings also damage your cholesterol chemistry. There are thousands of industrial chemicals working synergistically to destroy your body and its ability to protect itself. The only answer is to educate yourself on toxic substances, avoid them and detox your body of these poisons. You can read more about how to avoid common toxins in my article Reduce Your Exposure to Cancer Causing Agents.


An examination with a stethoscope, where your doctor is listening for a whooshing or blowing sound, can indicate atherosclerosis. High cholesterol levels that show up on blood tests suggest an increased risk for atherosclerosis. The following tests can also help diagnose atherosclerosis:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): A test to record the heart’s electrical activity. It shows how fast the heart is beating, its rhythm, and can reveal signs of heart damage caused by coronary artery disease and signs of a past or present heart attack.
  • Echocardiogram: This test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. It also yields information about the size and shape of the heart and how well the heart’s chambers and valves are working. Echocardiography can also reveal areas of poor blood flow to the heart, areas of the heart that aren’t contracting normally and previous injury to the heart muscle caused by poor blood flow.
  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan): With this test you get computer-generated pictures of the heart, brain or other areas of the body. In the case of the heart, it can show narrowing of large arteries and reveal calcium build-ups in coronary artery walls.
  • Stress Test: This is a test to show how long you can continue to walk on a treadmill as the speed increases and how fast your heart rate returns to normal after 30 minutes or less of exercise. A stress test can also reveal abnormal changes in heart rate or blood pressure, shortness of breath or chest pains and abnormal changes in your heart’s rhythm or electrical activity.
  • Angiography: A flexible tube (catheter) is put in a blood vessel of the arm, groin or neck and dye that can be seen on an x-ray is injected through the catheter to the arteries. Then x-rays show whether plaque or a clot is blocking an artery, how severe the blockage is and the blood flow through the arteries.
  • Ankle/Brachial Index: This test for peripheral artery disease compares blood pressure in the ankle with blood pressure in the arm to reflect how well blood is flowing.
  • Doppler Test. These use ultrasound or sound waves. It can show how well blood is moving through the arteries.
  • Magnetic Resonance Arteriography (MRA). This is a special type of magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) scan that can show how well blood is moving through the arteries.

Conventional Treatment

If hard science and patient benefit were central factors in determining treatment, these conventional procedures would be a rarity. But invasive cardiology has nothing to do with science. It has nothing to do with saving lives or improving quality of life. It has to do with money. These procedures generate more than $120 billion a year, a windfall that makes up approximately 45 percent of the total revenue of most hospitals! That’s why angioplasty and bypass remain popular, despite dozens of studies — not one of them showing that either of these procedures prevents heart attacks or premature death for the overwhelming majority. Even if you get one of these procedures, half of patients are clogging up their ‘new or improved’ vessels within six months of the operation.

The following medical treatments and procedures are likely to be recommended by your cardiologist:

  • Angioplasty. This is done to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries, improve blood flow and relieve angina. It may include installation of a stent (a small mesh tube) to keep the artery open after the procedure. According to findings from the COURAGE trial—the definitive study on elective angioplasty— eight of 10 patients who undergo this procedure are inappropriate candidates who would be better served by more conservative therapy. Even when the angioplasty procedure is performed without problems, the artery can narrow again months afterward. For instance, my father has this procedure done, but it did not hold and needed to be redone. It ultimately did nothing for his heart health. Narrowing of the artery post-angioplasty can be caused by blood clots occurring at or near the site of the treatment. Aspirin, heparin, coumadin, warfarin or combinations of anti-clotting drugs are generally used before and after the procedures to try and prevent this. Warfarin and coumadin were originally and still are used as rat poison. Oh, but it thins your blood so you should take it if you have heart problems.
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting.  A surgical procedure that involves taking blood vessels from other areas of your body to “bypass” narrowed areas of coronary arteries in order to improve blood flow to the heart, relieve chest pain and, possibly, prevent a heart attack. This same procedure may be used to bypass narrowed or blocked arteries in the leg. This surgery is invasive and unnecessary. Simple dietary and lifestyle measures can completely reverse blocked arteries. My grandfather and uncle both had this procedure. It involved months of recovery with both speaking of never feeling the same again. They both entered into a slow, steady decline following the surgery. Studies show that you’re more than twice as likely to die from this surgery as you are from heart disease.
  • Carotid endarterectomy. Surgery to remove built-up plaque from the carotid arteries in order to restore blood flow to the brain in an effort to prevent a stroke. This surgery can result in bleeding, infection, blood clots, brain damage, stroke or heart attack.
  • Aspirin. Fire your doctor if he recommends taking aspirin to prevent heart attack. High cholesterol and heart disease is not caused by a deficiency of aspirin. Two decades ago it was shown in the Journal of the American Medical Association that aspirin provides no protective benefit. Eight other studies have shown aspirin more than doubles your chance of having a stroke. Aspirin also promotes age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in seniors. So, why is this treatment recommended? A 1992 Lancet study funded by the Bayer Corporation (oh, the maker of aspirin!) concluded that aspirin reduced the risk of heart attack. The reason this study showed such great results is because Bayer provided the study with Bufferin, which contains magnesium oxide. Magnesium deficiency is rampant in our society, contributing to all kinds of health problems, including heart disease. It was actually the magnesium, rather than the aspirin, that showed such promising results.
  • Low Cholesterol Diet. As soon as high cholesterol is diagnosed, you’re told by your doctor to go on a low cholesterol diet. Eeeeh. Wrong. This is dangerous advice. Without sufficient cholesterol, we cannot make our hormones or the membranes of our brain, heart, and other cells. Our brain is 25% cholesterol. It needs cholesterol to function. Without sufficient dietary cholesterol, you are more vulnerable to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. This is useless advice because the liver can make three times as much cholesterol in a day as you could eat. It makes 80% of our cholesterol regardless of dietary intake of cholesterol. The dietary staple shown to increase cholesterol is sugar, flour, and refined grains.

Wendy’s Recommendations for Natural Treatment

Modern medicine says that hardening of the arteries cannot be reversed once it has occurred. This is not true. With commitment to alternative treatments and changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can reclaim your health. On the flip side, I realize there are some people unwilling to make these lifestyle changes. It takes work and dedication — or they can’t afford treatments their insurance won’t cover. In these cases, conventional treatment may be the only answer to extend their life. I recommend making the following natural treatments to both lower the risk of atherosclerosis and reduce symptoms once it has manifested.


  • Exercise. Regular exercise helps maintain the health of the vessels leading to the heart. Exercise also can strengthen the heart muscle itself. Walking after meals, even just for 10 minutes, can reduce blood sugar after meals, and prevent further damage to the blood vessels.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking oxidizes cholesterol, causing it to deposit in your blood vessels and contribute to atherosclerosis. This is the single most important change you can make to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. A great program is
  • Control blood pressure. While I don’t recommend controlling blood pressure by taking blood pressure medication, I do recommend all the suggestions in the brilliant book The Blood Pressure Hoax by Sherry Rogers.
  • Control cholesterol. The standard tests for cholesterol are outdated. The standard cutoff for high cholesterol is 200, but healthy levels are different for many people. You don’t want your cholesterol levels too low either. Low cholesterol levels below 150 are associated with premature death and many, many health problems. The body needs some cholesterol. You want to look at the size of your cholesterol particles, not just the total cholesterol number. Most doctors do not look at this parameter, even though it is the only meaningful way to evaluate cholesterol numbers. You can have LDL cholesterol that looks normal, say 100, but you may have over 1,000 small LDL particles which are very dangerous. On the other hand, you can have the same LDL number of 100, and it may be made up of 400 large particles which cause no real health risk. HDL cholesterol is very protective — it cleans up oxidized LDL. LDL cholesterol is the culprit causing hardened and blocked arteries. It’s fine as long as it’s not oxidized, but it becomes oxidized with smoking, lack of physical activity, stress, industrial chemicals and a toxic diet. For more information on how to control your cholesterol and get to the root cause of the issue, listen to my podcast with Jimmy Moore, author of Cholesterol Clarity.
  • Control diabetes. High blood sugar contributes to hardening of the arteries. Note that current research shows that statins (cholesterol-lowering medications) may, in fact, contribute to diabetes. I beg you to reconsider when your doctor advises you to take toxic medications like statins or insulin. You’ll be taking meds to control your high cholesterol, which cause diabetes, which in turn causes hardening of the arteries! Medications make people sicker quicker. Diabetes can be cured. You can also listen to this podcast I did on how to Heal Diabetes Naturally.
  • Maintain good dental health. In a new study published in the British Medical Journal researchers found that people with poor oral hygiene had a 70 percent increased likelihood of developing heart disease compared to those who brushed regularly. Because gum disease can cause atherosclerosis, it is vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Flossing breaks up bacteria colonies in the gums that can get into the blood stream and cause infection and inflammation in other parts of your body. Most importantly, be sure to have regular dental checkups and get your teeth cleaned every six months to remove plaque buildup. If this is not removed, you are very likely to get periodontal disease, which contributes to heart disease.

Alternative Treatments


  • Myers Detox with Hair Mineral Analysis. Myers Detox Protocol tests for mineral levels and heavy metals, allowing you to do targeted remineralization of your body – imperative for your health and detoxification. Hardened arteries are due to calcifications of the arteries. This situation is caused by adrenal fatigue and copper toxicity. When the tissues have low sodium and potassium levels, the body is not able to retain calcium blood serum levels and calcium leaches out in to tissues, including the arteries. This situation can be reversed on a Myers Detox  program by healing the adrenals and removing calcifications from the body and arteries. Hardened arteries are also in part due to zinc deficiency. The body is then forced to patch the arteries with cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, that makes the arteries hardened and brittle. Eliminating heavy metals and industrial chemicals, built up in your system over your lifetime that are aggravating or causing this condition, will no doubt help atherosclerosis. In the process, you will greatly increase your overall health and prevent future diseases from developing. For more information see Myers Detox Protocol.
  • Infrared Saunas. Infrared Saunas are imperative to sweat out the hundreds of industrial chemicals we ingest every day. These chemicals not only contribute to hardening of the arteries, but so many other diseases and health conditions. Read more about them in my article about Infrared Saunas. You can purchase many different types of saunas in the Myers Detox store.
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation. EECP is a nonsurgical therapy with incredible benefits for the cardiovascular system. It stimulates the formation of collateral circulation, or new blood vessels around clogged arteries. This is like a natural heart bypass! It’s much cheaper than open heart surgery, which will run you $100,000. EECP can be performed every day for 30-45 days at $200 a session. The overwhelming majority of people who do this therapy do not end up having to undergo bypass surgery.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) restores blood flow and helps build collateral circulation. HBOT forces oxygen into your cells, oxygenating your tissues and clearing out toxins.
  • Hippocrates Health Institute. If you need serious intervention to improve your health look no further than the Hippocrates Health Institute. This amazing institution has rejuvenated patients, very much alive today, after their doctor told them there was nothing more to be done and to go home to die.
  • The Whittaker Wellness Institute. Whittaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, Ca is one of the largest alternative medical centers in the US. Want to truly cure your atherosclerosis? Go here instead of your conventional doctor.


  • Multivitamin. Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton is the earth’s best multivitamin. It contains 180 nutrients – every nutrient the human body requires. And because it’s food-based there are no synthetic ingredients. Take 1-5 dropper-fulls per day. But beware. You do not want marine phytoplankton in capsules or powder as it goes rancid very quickly. I can only recommend Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton because it is in a special liquid keeping it fresh and preventing rancidity.
  • Fish oil. 2000mg daily. EPA and DHA, fish oil’s primary omega-3 fatty acids, reduce inflammation, lower blood lipids (especially triglycerides), improve blood viscosity, and normalize heart rhythms. Taking these supplements can reduce cardiovascular mortality by as much as 45 percent. Reduce the suggested amount if you eat fish three times per week.  A great fish oil by Metagenics can be found in the Myers Detox Store. I also love cod liver oil by Green pastures.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). 200–600 mg daily. This antioxidant helps protect LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from oxidation, maintain healthy blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and can support optimal functioning of the heart muscle. You MUST take this if you have ever been or are currently on statins (high cholesterol medication). If you doctor did not recommend this supplement when prescribing statins, he is acting irresponsibly and shows a lack of scientific knowledge of the drug he is prescribing. When you go on statins, it poisons the enzymes in your liver that produces protective cholesterol and CoQ10, which you need to protect your arteries from further damage. I like Designs for Health CoQ10.
  • Garlic. Long revered for its health benefits, garlic is rich in antioxidants and increases nitric oxide production. In a study of 15 men with coronary heart disease, researchers found that 2.4 grams of aged garlic extract reduced endothelial dysfunction by 44 percent. It’s best to eat either raw garlic or aged (fermented) garlic, but you can also take Kyolic aged garlic extract.
  • Magnesium. 400–1,000 mg daily. Many heart attacks are precipitated by dangerously low magnesium. Many heart attacks an be prevented simply by supplementing with this mineral. Magnesium relaxes the smooth muscle tissues that dilate the arteries and reduce blood pressure. Heart medications and blood pressure medications cause magnesium deficiencies, making you sicker. Magnesium is best taken in chelated form. Large amounts of magnesium can cause diarrhea, so build up your dose gradually. A great chelated magnesium malate chelate supplement by Designs for Health and Jigsaw Magnesium is available in the Myers Detox Store. I take both to get a few different forms and cover my magnesium bases.
  • TMG (Trimethylglycine).  TMG is a vitamin-like substance that does a great job of lowering homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid that, in excess, is irritating to the arteries and is strongly associated with inflammation and hardening of the arteries. Homocysteine level is a much more reliable indicator of heart disease than cholesterol levels. To lower homocysteine, most doctors suggest a combination of supplementary vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid rather than TMG, although TMG may work better and is recommended for inherited homocysteinuria.
  • R-Lipoic Acid. 300mg daily. In a recent study at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, researchers reported that 300 mg of R-lipoic acid improved endothelial function by almost 50 percent, and the antioxidant also enhanced the benefits of a drug used to treat heart disease. I prefer R-lipoic acid to the more popular alpha-lipoic acid because R-lipoic acid is all natural, making it more effective, while alpha-lipoic acid is a combination of natural and synthetic lipoic acid. I love Life Extensions Alpha Lipoic Acid.
  • Nattokinase. Nattokinase is a unique enzyme that supports healthy clotting function and circulation. Nattokinase has the distinct ability to break down the adhesive substance that makes arterial plaque very sticky. In this way, it supports a preventative and reversing effect on blood clotting and plaque build up in the arteries. Nattokinase is derived from natto, a fermented soy food that is an integral part of traditional Japanese cuisine, and has been shown in studies to benefit the cardiovascular system. Nattokinase is a powerful proteolytic enzyme that has fibrinolytic health benefits. It is best known for its astounding fibrinolytic (anti-clotting) capacities. Perhaps its most supported use is in the area of cardiovascular health, where it helps to rejuvenate healthy fibrin metabolism and reduce blood clotting.
  • Red Yeast Rice. 900-1800mg a day. Coratin by Metagenics is one of the most advanced products containing Red Yeast Rice. Coratin contains Monascus purpureaus, a red-pigmented yeast grown on rice. Numerous studies in China and the United States have demonstrated that red yeast rice preparations are helpful in maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels. This is important, as maintaining optimal cholesterol levels has been shown to be one component of maintaing good cardiovascular health. In addition to natural monacolins, red yeast rice contains the phystosterols, beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol, as well as isoflavones and trace minerals, all of which can contribute to cardiovascular health.
  • Curcumin. 2-4 g a day. Curcumin is world-renowned for reducing inflammation and pain. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric. This Turmeric by Oregon’s Wild Harvest contains highly bioavailable curcumin. Curcumin has been found in many studies to prevent buildup of plaque, therefore preventing onset of atherosclerosis leading to blocked arteries, stroke or heart attack. In laboratory studies on animals, it was found that turmeric extracts could lower levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol. Another study pointed out that curcumin prevents cholesterol oxidation that is the main reason for plaque buildup, destruction of blood vessels and heart attacks or strokes. Curcumin has vitamin B6, essential in maintaining optimal homocysteine levels, excess of which could cause plaque buildup and blood vessel damage. In a study on 10 healthy patients given 500mg curcumin for 7 days daily, their oxidized cholesterol levels in the blood reduced by 33%, total cholesterol by 11.63% and HDL cholesterol had a 29% increase.
  • Annato Tocotrienols. 100mg a day. Designs for Health Annato Tocotrienols are extremely potent and effective for heart health by  lowering cholesterol, healthy lipid levels and for defending against oxidative stress. The most effective concentrates shown to lower plasma cholesterol and oxidative indicators were those with low tocopherols and high tocotrienols.
  • Essential Oil of Lemon. Lemon essential oil is pure potassium citrate. It dissolves calcium deposits in the arteries. Put 10-20 drops in a glass of water twice a day. Doterra, Young living, or any organic essential oil will do.


  • Follow a low-glycemic diet. You must remove sugar, flour, and refined grains from your diet. Ideally, ALL grains, including whole grains, should be removed. The consumption of these foods raises blood sugar, which damages blood vessels. Consequently, your liver produces cholesterol to go in and repair the damage caused by these foods. This is one of the main causes of atherosclerosis.
  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet. The Modern Paleo Diet is the perfect diet to reduce inflammation, a major cause of atherosclerosis. It is also low-glycemic.
  • Omega-3. Atherosclerosis is associated with a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids. Eat more oily fish, fish oil supplements, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and flax seed. Grass fed, organic meats have significantly more omega-3 than conventionally raised factory-farmed meats. Factory-farmed meats are very high in omega-6, which block the absorption of omega-3 even if you eat sufficient quantities and take fish oil.
  • Flaxseed. Mix a quarter cup of ground flaxseed in juice and drink it once a day, an hour before your main meal. Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber. Soluble fiber binds to bile acids in the intestinal tract and interferes with the reabsorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. In addition, flaxseed is nature’s richest plant source of protective omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). Because the oils in ground flaxseed can quickly become rancid, I recommend using whole flaxseed, rather than pre-ground seeds. Whole flaxseeds are extremely shelf-stable and can be stored for years. Organic golden flax seeds are the best. These tiny golden or brown seeds have a rich, nutty flavor and can be sprinkled on cereal and salads or mixed in water or a protein drink (stir and drink quickly, as it thickens as it sits). Simply grind them in a food mill or coffee grinder before serving. Ground flax seeds can be kept fresh in the fridge for two months.
  • Avoid Trans Fats. These deadly fats raise cholesterol levels and contribute to heart disease more than any other food. They are in almost all processed foods and ALL fast foods. If trans fats were eliminated from the food supply, heart disease would be reduced by 50%! Avoid any foods with partially hydrogenated oils or interesterified fats on the ingredient label.
  • Avoid Fried Foods and Vegetable Oils. Research on endothelial function has clearly shown that eating deep-fried foods can have a disastrous effect on your blood vessel tone. Vegetable oils are touted as healthy by the food industry because they are so profitable, but they are actually highly inflammatory. The only exception is healthy olive oil.
  • Avoid Wheat. Wheat is known to cause inflammation and other health problems in most people, not just those with gluten sensitivity. There are typically no symptoms, unless you are gluten intolerant. Gluten is the protein in wheat. Repeated exposure to wheat accelerates glycation (a type of chemical reaction that happens when sugar molecules attack proteins or lipid fats) in the lining of your arteries, contributing to hardening. Read more about why wheat is bad for you in Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD. For more information, you can also read my article Gluten Sensitivity Affects 1 in 3.
  • Avoid Sugar. Blood sugar must be controlled in order to stop and reverse the onset of atherosclerosis. This means avoiding sugar and anything else that will raise blood sugar, like most refined grains. Sugar acts like shards of glass in the arteries. It cuts the insides of the arteries, causing scar tissue. This scar tissue builds up and hardens the arteries. Sugar and other refined carbohydrates elevate insulin levels. Increased insulin levels are associated with increased cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and death from cardiovascular disease.

I hope this article spares your life and a lot of pain. I believe it clarifies the fact that you can overcome heart disease with natural treatments and completely sidestep conventional treatment. Of course, there are always exceptions – some cases are resistant to natural treatment. Western medicine only offers medication and surgery, which I believe should be last resort treatment options for atherosclerosis, heart disease or an emergency such as a heart attack. Cases of emergency require medical intervention and surgery.

I watched my father choke down over 10 medications a day, including statins for a decade, endure two angioplasties, and undergo countless heart tests. None of it did any good. He did tons of research on his own and seemed to be incredibly informed in his decisions. He mistakenly didn’t consider anything outside of western medicine. He died at the young age of 68. This does not have to be you.

Have I left anything out of this article? Do you have a story about how conventional medicine made you sicker or how natural treatments healed you? Please leave a comment below. I want to hear your story!

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This material is for educational purposes only. The preceding statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC, is a functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified holistic health coach and founder of Her passions include getting you healthy, Modern Paleo, retoxing and detoxing. Discover her Myers Detox Protocol and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with metal detox.

  • Wendy that was an incredible article. It’s actually a sigh of relief for me, there’s so many things that can go wrong with the human body..

    It’s amazing how far people have been led in the wrong direction.

    The best sentence in this entire article could be that we are not suffering from an aspirin deficiency

    Thank you!

    • I’m glad you liked that line! So many modes of conventional treatment offer medications to cover up symptoms. But their illness did not arise as a deficiency of statins or heart medication. The cure is reversing the diet and lifestyle that got a patient in their health crisis in the first place!

  • Darlene Patrick

    You might also consider the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego. They offer the same services (in fact I think they were the first ones to offer this ) as the Hippocrates Health institute. They are also considerably less expensive

    • Thank you for that suggestion. I didnt realize the Optimum Health institute was more reasonable. thats a very goid point. I was considering adding more natural healing institutions for people to consider but there are so many! Tried to keep it simple 🙂

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    I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  • Jodi Higgins

    I have CAD and had a heart attack 14 months ago. Not to go into huge detail but I was eating pretty clean, exercising & had my BP under control & did not have high cholesterol.

    I am also a recent graduate of IIN, and while I do most of the things you recommend by way of eating, lifestyle & supplements. I can’t believe you are advising me and everyone to NOT follow the advice of our cardiologist – “take your advice instead”. And “throw away our statin drugs”, as well as our blood pressure medication. I’m listening to you tell me that flax (which I have 2T daily) is a natural statin and so I don’t have to take my statin meds anymore.

    There are other reasons for statins after a heart attack when you already have CAD like stabilize your plaque so you don’t have a stroke. It is very nice that you are giving other alternatives . While I agree with many of the things you said – I have to say as I was having my heart attack due to a 98% blockage in a major artery I was very grateful for my cardiologist, and the stent he inserted. I would really listen to yourself again after reading our scope of practice recommendations.

    • Wendy Myers

      Statins are shown to help people who have had heartattack. However, they are not shown to prevent heart attacks in people who have never had a heart attack. Statins do tremendous damage to people. My whole point with the article is to get people thinking about alternatives rather than just blindly taking meds that doctors prescribe like candy that have very, very serious side effects. I watched my father get so weak on them he could barely walk to the bathroom.A fairly common side effect is muscle wasting. I also watched my brilliant father develop major depression and brain fog – caused by statins – for which he was prescribed anti-depressants. We need cholesterol to function. The brain needs cholesterol to function, seeing that it’s 25% cholesterol. Taking a cholesterol-lowering medication is playing russian roulette with your health. It does not address the root cause of why do you have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is just the messenger. It is usually grain and sugar consumption, but can also frequently be caused by poor thyroid funciton, which is ALWAYS the case in overweight people. However, statins can be warranted in people who refuse to change their lifestyle or do not respond to lifestyle changes. their side effects are better than dying of a heart attack. But be warned, they sound like a good idea now, but I’d pay close attention to the side effects that are coming your way if you stay on them long-term like most people do.

      My father had a stent, too, but they typically only hold five years. His kept popping out of place. And then they had to put in another one in a different artery. Again, this is for people who are so far gone that they don’t have time for lifestyle changes to take affect.

      I’m not knocking doctors. Doctors do miraculous things. They save lives. Case closed. But they are not so great at managing chronic diseases and are way too quick to whip out the prescription bad. It takes too much time to hold a patient’s hand and convince them to change their lifestyle. this is where I come in. i have seen so many cardiac patients on 5+ meds. This is the quickest way to an early grave.

      In all, I would recommend for you to do a nutritional balancing program. One of the reasons for plaques is cadmium toxicity. You can read more about it here.

      Nutritional Balancing Science was developed by a physician. Your cardiologist will think it’s a joke only because he’s never heard of it. But You will have a far better chance of beating another heart attack and recovering your former functioning than taking a bunch of toxic meds that will only control your symptoms. they aill not heal you. Modern medicine is not a healing modality, but it does a good job of covering up symptoms so you can function. Good luck 🙂

  • Steve Deck

    Would like to learn more about the heart

    • I will try to arrange that! You can start with my blog post Red Meat does not cause disease. It talks a bit about the heart and the fact that cholesterol and saturated fat are not necessarily bad for you. It’s a bit more complicated than meets the eye.

  • its work very good

  • Muhammad Akhlaq

    Really an informative and well described article.

  • Nadine

    Love this article and agree with all of it! I’ve done extensive reading on the cause of high cholesterol. If only I could get my husband to believe it! He thinks low fat/lo carb is the way to go and is basically starving (well, not quite) himself. He had a heart attack a month ago and had a stent placed as he had 99% blockage in the right coronary artery and there was no choice at the time. I just keep praying that he’ll see the light.

    • I’m very sorry to hear that. I highly recommend you try to get him to listen to my podcast with Jimmy Moore: It’s really informative about the best diet for health and the devastating effects of statins. My father, who had two stents, probably would not have listened to me either – he was so in awe of his doctors – who frankly, killed him. Perhaps now you will have some leverage when speaking to him that if his diet and dr recommendations were working that he should not have had a heart attack. Keep chipping away. Your efforts will pay off! I’m happy to do a free consult with him if he’s willing!

  • Elize

    Excellent article. I feel sorry for the older people that have to undergo these invasive procedures unnecessary. Here in South Africa its also becoming an everyday occurance. . Wish there was a like button for this.

    • thank you so much!! You can certainly share it on your social media!!

  • In list of supplements to take, should also include K2. This helps ensure that calcium goes into bones rather than calcification and plaque. Have a number of friends who have started taking this and had significant results in removing painful calcification from joints. One had a mild heart attack, and when they investigated, could find no plaque at all. Concluded that the problem was in an artery so small that they couldn’t access it.

    • That’s a good suggestion to include K2. One can also get plenty of K2 from eating raw dairy and cheeses, especially brie. Pasteurizing milk destroys K2. I agree calcifications of the tissues is an issue. The program I use to decalcify my body is Nutritional Balancing. Works wonders.

  • russell

    Hello Wendy,

    I recently quit smoking (over 30 years). If I follow the program carefully, how long could I expect for my arteries to reverse (to that of a non-smoker) from smoking induced atherosclerosis? Im not looking for a guarantee, just a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you.


    • If you’re referring to a Nutritional Balancing program, you could be looking at 2-3 years, perhaps more. You have to think in terms of that fact that it took decades to get your health in the predicament you’re now in. You’re not going to do something for a few months or pop a pill and expect miracles to happen. I only offer reality. A nutritional Balancing program will detox all the metals and chemicals from the cigarettes, the most concerning one of which is cadmium.

      Cadmium is used to repair the arterial walls, but leaves them hardened and brittle, increasing the risk of plaque ruptures. Cadmium accumulates if you smoke cigarettes or have a lack of dietary zinc, which if you’ve been following the American Heart Association’s bogus dietary recommendations, you’ve probably excluded zinc-rich red meat from your diet for a long time resulting in a zinc deficiency. My plan encourages red meat consumption within the context of a healthy diet, plus supplements (including zinc) you need to nourish the body and lifestyle and detox recommendations. All of these things will repair your arteries in time. A nutritional Balancing program basically rebuilds the entire body by simply giving it the nutrients it needs and removing toxins blocking proper function. Learn more at

  • Ken Neal

    Hi I was getting a cardo cath in last two days to find I havs a artery at the apex of my heart clogged and is dead.Heart has done a natural bypass called Collaterl over and long period of time..I want to reverse all plaque to that artery by using Nitious oxide along with LArginine/vitamine C also L Citruline along with oter vitamins to see if I can reduce and get rid of this plaque aling with diet change.Other arteries are fine just this one.I have moderat isceamia of that .I prefer to go the natural way ..Is this a good plan and will it work.I work out 5 days a week 3 1/2 hours each day..Let me know if this sounds good as Im using other vitamins as well like Niacin COQ10..Id appreciate your help in this matter…Ken

    • If it were me, I’d do a strict Paleo diet with no sugar and very little to no grains for 6 months and get checked at that time to see what your full cholesterol panel looks like and check the blockage. However, diet along is not likely going to cut it. You need to heal your entire body, most likely your adrenals and thyroid as well.

      Working out 3 1/2 hours a day is waaaaaay too much. People mistakenly think that exercise is always healthy in any amount. But you are only depleting your body of minerals, fatiguing your adrenals and destroying your thyroid. You will eventually become sicker by putting your body through this stressor. I would keep it to one hour four days a week. When you work out too much, it depletes your body of minerals and stresses out the adrenals. I just had a friend that worked out that same amount, even if he hadn’t gotten enough sleep the night before. At 48 he was diagnosed with colon cancer. his body was completely depleted. It’s not worth your health to overexercise!

      More than anything you need rest to heal your body. Whenever you have a health condition, the most important thing to do it REST. At the very least, be sure to sleep 8-10 hours per night.

      All the supplements you mention sound good, especially the coQ10. However, those alone are not going to reverse the plaque. If it were me, i would do a nutritional balancing program. This program gives you the nutrients and minerals your body requires to heal itself. Your body will eventually clear the plaque. Cholesterol is a sign of a damaged artery and of chronic infections of the body and thyroid dysfunction. Damaged arteries can be caused by cadmium toxicity, which is caused by a zinc deficiency (from not eating red meat). Plaques can be caused by mercury toxicity. It can be caused my many, many things. It’s best to be on a program to heal the whole body rather than symptomatically attempt to treat this one blocked vein, etc. Nutritional Balancing will take care of all these potential causes. It remineralizes while detoxifies the body. Find out more about my program:

      Here are some good articles on this subject.

  • rollinterryreed

    Very interesting. I really believe with a deep passion that preventive medicine is the real key to preventing clogging of the arteries. I dropped my cholesterol 60 points in 5 1/2 weeks. I used a combination of Metamucil, apple cider vinegar, exercise, eating an apple each day, and still eating an egg (removing 1/2 the yolk), and reading the Bible regularly. Other preventive measures were applied, but not enough time to discuss. Also, I am running more efficiently at age 66.

    • Good for you! I might avoid that apple a day. There actually is a study where eating an apple a day actually raised cholesterol and triglycerides. It’s because of their high sugar content. Sugar in any form raises cholesterol. I’m sure all your other measures are working beautifully! Congrats!

  • Thank you Wendy, this is one of the best articles I have read on this subject. I refused to take cholesterol medication and have reduced LDL cholesterol by reducing sugar and processed carbs from my diet. I have also lost weight by doing this.
    You are one of the few people who have stated that dietary sources of cholesterol do not affect cholesterol levels. I wish more people knew this. There is so much bad information out there.

  • Caroline Leclercq

    The water we drink is very hard, full of limescale and it is difficult to obtain bottled water. Does the hard tap water increase atherosclerosis? Many thanks for your reply. A most interesting & helpful article.

    • It can contribute to is if it contains cadmium, which is likely. Cadmium displaces zinc in the body and the body then uses it to patch arteries where there are damages. Cadmium is very brittle and does a poor job of repair. Over time the arteries become brittle and hardened and more likely to rupture or cause high blood pressure. There are also so many horrible things in tap water its hard to even describe – medications (which are not checked for or filtered), chlorine and fluoride which block thyroid hormones production, heavy metals, etc. the list goes on and on. You can learn more about it in this blog post:

  • Patty

    Well I wish I had some of the right answers to all of this. I do not believe in most pill pushers and lost my dad and a few uncles at very young ages. Myself 50 and working out and trying to eat right, Now, Yea I know should have yrs age. In good shape now and work out mostly every day and take natural supplements that have read our good. Doing Juice diet, detox ect. Will it work, not sure if I will ever Know.

    • I think juicing is good in moderation. I’m not really into juice fasts as most are already so nutrient deficient that doing extended juice fasts leaves them more depleted. Even though juice is nutrient dense, meat and cooked vegetables are FAR more nutrient dense. If we go too long without them it just leaves you even more out of balance. Keep doing juicing, but limit it to one juice per day. The most effective method of detox is Nutritional Balancing – it is comprehensive and addresses all concerns at the root of health issues.

  • David

    Excellent article Wendy. Have you heard anything about Vitamin K2 reversing calcium in the arteries? If so, do you prefer MK4 or MK7?

    • I’m not a big fan of singling out a single vitamin as the magic bullet to reverse calcification of the arteries. But one needs to get K2 in their diet if they plan to have healthy arteries and bones. I think the best way to reverse hardened arteries is to do a complete nutritional balancing program that contains all the nutrients for arterial health. I’ve been supplementing bioavailable calcium but all the while my calcium levels on my hair mineral analysis have been coming down! So, to reverse calcifications of the arteries one also needs to supplement bioavailable chelated calcium citrate, even though this may be counterintuitive. You can get Vitamin K2 from raw dairy, raw cheese. Pasteurization destroys the K2. If you don’t do dairy you can also supplement with K2. This is a very interesting article about calcium:

      • Yosako

        Calcium supplementation without an adequate amount of magnesium means trouble; Mg keeps it from depositing in arteries and heart valves.

  • Another approach to natural healing is through Ayurveda, there are several Ayurvedic herbs that are clinically proven to reduce cholesterol levels and keep the heart healthy. Terminalia Arjuna (Arjun), Emblica Officinalis (Amla), and Tribulus terrestris (Gokhru) to name a few of them. These have been tested and found to be extremely beneficial in reducing cholesterols, controlling blood pressure and strengthening heart muscles.

    • My only issue with Ayurvedic herbs is that herbs contain heavy metals and I would never recommend them for long term use. Short term would be fine, however. Heavy metal toxicity is one of the main factors in heart disease and hardened arteries. Unfortunately this is a reality today and we must exclude use of food or herbs that are toxic with heavy metals, even though they may benefit us to some degree in other ways. Herbs have an affinity for pulling metals out of the soil. So, I generally recommend avoiding ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs.

  • Hi, I am 33 ,smoke for over 15 years,on the 12th of last month I was diagnosed with bilateral arterial stenosis 60% blockage in my legs, I’ve had high blood pressure for over 2 years in which I was never treated for also in the past 2 years I’ve had an extremely high amount of stress, I’ve stopped smoking but have been using the vapo oil electronic cigg…my Dr now has me on 1 children’s aspirin a day, 1 lisinopril 5mg a day for high BP, simvastatin 10 mg at bed time due to high cholesterol and then cilostazol 100mg twice a day to supposedly expand my arteries for easier blood flow & less pain, I’ve always ate a lot of fruits and vegetables, as well as remained a very active person,the they tell me I will never be able to bring that 60% down only prevent it from getting worse, I’ve changed my eating habits tremendously by cutting out all types of salt, sugars and grease, I also try to walk atleast 45 minutes a day occasionally skipping a day from time to time, I’ve only found all this out on the 11th of last month after complaining about the pain, sores on feet and toes always freezing as well as turning dark purple since October 2013, I go to a vascular specialist next week, could you tell me your opinion on my situation and how you would go about treating it? Thanks so much in advance, seeing it being said this can be reversed gives me even more hope,and i would be 100% willing to do whatever it takes to get this started… Diana

    • HI Diana! I’m sorry you’re in such a state. Undoubtably, you have heavy metal toxicity that is contributing to your health issues. Smoking gives you cadmium toxicity, which is used to repair your arteries, hardening them and this results in high blood pressure and vascular issues. You must detox this cadmium, among other toxins to reverse your health issues.

      Here is a good article to read about healing the cardiovascular system:

      Here’s an excerpt from the article:

      Toxic levels of certain minerals are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Toxic metals harm the body by displacing vital minerals in enzyme binding sites.

      Cadmium replaces zinc in the arterial walls, causing increased brittleness and hardening of the arteries. Cadmium in the kidneys causes congestion that can raise blood pressure, placing extra stress on the entire cardiovascular system.

      Iron. Toxic levels of iron can infiltrate the heart muscle and contribute to heart failure. Iron is also an extremely inflammatory mineral that can inflame the arteries and other structures of the heart. Diseases such as hemochromatosis and hemosiderosis involve a buildup of iron in and around the heart.

      Mercury, lead and other toxic metals can contribute to calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper deficiencies and thereby increase blood pressure and increase the risk of other cardiovascular symptoms. Mercury is also involved in some heart rhythm problems and other heart diseases. Mercury can affect the heart’s pacemaker, leading to arrhythmias and other disorders.

      I would always recommend someone do a nutritional balancing program to reverse their hardened arteries and heal their cardiovascular system. It is the best detox and healing program I have encountered. Medicine is not a healing modality and only serves to cover up symptoms to make the patient more comfortable.


    My circle of health care experts are recommending Magnesium Chloride as best-uptaken form of Magnesium. Any thoughts?

    As I have significant carotid blockage, I want to thank you for the heads-up on the New England Journal of Medicine article. Which I haven’t found yet. Got a reference?

    • Magnesium chloride is good but I personally take magnesium citrate, specifically Magnesium (from magnesium hydrolyzed rice protein chelate and magnesium citrate). You want chelated magnesium for it to be the most absorbable.

  • Rene

    Hi Wendy, I love your article, it agrees with so many of the conclusions we have come to while researching how to cope with my fibromyalgia and I have had some great results from trying the Paleo diet and exercise. We are not quite there yet though, because it has been very difficult for us to change our eating habits, but we are making progress. I came across this article on this occasion because I was looking for ways to naturally lower my husbands cholesterol level. It was at 7.5 over a year ago, and with changes we have made to our diet and exercise it has come down to 6.5, but his doctor still isn’t happy and is pushing for him to start medication. You have made many useful suggestions, the only problem is that you have listed many possible supplements he could take, and he couldn’t take them all for practical and financial reasons, and I don’t know where to start! I would love to know a simple programme of supplements that would help lower his cholesterol. Also, would it be the eight thing to add porridge die his breakfast to our Paleo diet as so many studies say that it lowers cholesterol? We also intend increasing his fatty fish intake, adding a handful of almond or Brazil nuts per day and a good omega supplement. thanks.

    • For heart issues, the main thing I would take is ZINC and fish oil. Plus a calcium/mag supplement. Ironically, many with hardened arteries have calcium depositing into their arteries and calcifying them, which leaves them in a calcium deficient state. They need to supplement it.

      Marketers claim that porridge or oatmeal is good for lowering cholesterol. Many of these studies are funded by the grain industry. ANY food with lots of fiber will lower cholesterol. Grains and sugar contribute to high cholesterol in other ways by breaking down into sugars and damaging the lining of the arteries, for which cholesterol must go in a do a patch up job. Lo and behold you get cholesterol plaque build ups. The porridge may have lowered the total blood serum levels on a test, but that doesn’t impress me much. So, it’s not a food I would eat to lower cholesterol. Stick to veggies to get cholesterol-lowering fiber.

      • Supplementing calcium when you have a build up of calcium in tissue is complete suicide. Again boron assists with uptake of calcium in the body.

        If there is an excess of calcium in the tissues, boron takes it from tissue and puts it back into bone. A boron deficiency causes parathyroid to become overactive and to secrete parathyroid hormone which causes calcium to be displaced from bone. Simply correcting that deficiency reverses the “cause”, plus it strengthens bone, and decalcifies tissues and arteries. There is an excess of calcium so no need to supplement it initially.

        Adding magnesium speeds the process up as magnesium alone chelates excess calcium also and is heart healing or heart problems are aided with it. The problem is a magnesium and boron deficiency. Take D3 and K2 also is probably a good idea to assist with putting calcium into bone and lowering inflammation.

        Vitamin E is a good blood thinner and also lowers inflammation and would do so far more effectively than any supplement you listed. Not to mention, people with heart or cardovascular disease are often deficient in it.

        Think ACE-D3 and Zinc, Boron, K2. Niacin/niacinamide also reverses arterial plaque. Skip calcium supplementation for a while.

        Also, in studies, the higher the level of Biotin, the lower the blood sugar meaning biotin is great for diabetics. This also is reinforcing the importance here of how simple vitamin and mineral deficiciencies being corrected trump unnecessary supplements such as red rice, Turmeric or whatever. The latter are just “band aids” as statins are because you’re not addressing the cause of the inflammation, whereas correcting Vit and Min deficiencies reverses and heals in the correct way and improves health of the WHOLE body.

  • Pando Dark

    I would not really call olive oil a healthy oil. It is slightly healthier than some other oils but studies have shown olive oil reduces blood flow by 31%. This can be disastrous for someone with existing CAD and could actually trigger a heart attack.

  • Wyatt

    Thank you so much Wendy for this amazing article! I’ve been dealing with alot of these issues and havent found any information linking most of my symptoms in one place. I was Dx with Gluten Intolerance about 4 years ago & was left to figure out GF on my own… What a nightmare! Ive dealt with Ulcerative Colitis for 21 years and it has been a downward spiral even after going GF. I had some improvements but my fatigue only improved slightly. Weight has increased due to not knowing what to eat, being so exhausted any effort was debilitating, & the development of SVT which made the situation even worse. Angina as well with numbness in my arms and legs then total muscle weakness after performing any small task. I do have to say though that a natual lition I made w/ Lemongrass essential oil I apply twice a day helps a bit. I was started on Metroprolol 50mg twice a day by my Dr. a couple of months ago, but have felt an increase in the angina the past few weeks. I have been taking L-Theanine which does help relieve it, but want to get rid of the issue. I was not Dx w/ a artery issue but with all the pain in my extremities I knew it was not right. Ill be implementing your ideas immediately & hopefully can repair myself. Im only 43 & getting married in November. Id like to function as a vibrant healthy woman again!
    Thank you!

  • Grace

    Is honey, agave, and other less refined sugars safer or should sweeteners be avoided all together?

    • I would definitely avoid agave. It’s a very heavily processed sugar. All sugars raise your blood sugar, which is not healthy. I am not a hardliner against all sugars as I believe they can be enjoyed in moderation. Coconut sugar raises your blood sugar the least. But in an ideal world, avoiding all sugars creates ideal health. Some are able to do this. I am not one of them!

      • Grace

        Me either. I was raised on sugar. I never had any weight issues or even high blood pressure because of it, I’ve always maintained a weight averaging 115, and my blood pressure has never even been close to an issue. However, my husband is another story. I’ve cut back drastically for his sake. He’s 61 and well over 200lbs. I want him to live a healthy life while he and I are alive, so that means taking the sugar intake down a few pegs. Thanks for the info. I would like to find “coconut sugar”. I’ve never heard of it.

  • chris

    Very interesting stuff… I just lost my father to a second heart attack after he had a stent put in. he was 64 and had CAD. I’m 36 and desperate to not end up in a similar situation… there’s a lot of info to take in and its a little overwhelming… any ideas where or how to start?

    • I would start with a hair mineral analysis to assess your calcium levels. When you have high calcium on a hair mineral analysis this is a sign that you have hardening of the arteries as the calcium hardens the arteries. This whole process starts due to adrenal fatigue, which is healed on my Mineral Power program. Click here to learn more. You should also supplement the basic minerals, like calcium, magnesium, zinc, coq10 and others. These you must take daily for the rest of your life. You can find the best products that I recommend in the live to 110 store.

  • Sady

    Hello, that was a very good article. I pretty much thought that about grains anyway. As soon as I stopped eating bread, my cholesterol plummeted. My doctor doesn’t believe that’s what made my LDL go down so quickly though. That was the thing I changed though, as nothing else was working.

    I am curious to know what you make of this though. My cholesterol is down, I’m exercising regularly although I’m having a hard time getting the weight off and my blood pressure is going up! I should mention that I’m 52 and just missed a period and I think I’m starting to hot flash. Also last time I was sick I developed some things that are labelled as auto-immune responses, but they seem hormone related as I’m seeing them now that my cycle has gone awry. Also my hair is falling out like gangbusters and my head thumps every time I stand up. I do have one old large amalgam filling that will have to be crowned, as it has put a small crack in the tooth. Do you have any ideas? I feel like I’m navigating a maze blindfolded.

  • Of course your doctor doesn’t believe skipping grains didn’t make your LDL go down. They usually never factor in nutrition as promoting an improvement in health. Good doctors will, though.

    As far as your other symptoms, many imbalances in the body contribute. The high blood pressure can be metal toxicities and hardened arteries due to calcium and cadmium deposits. Adrenal fatigue causes the hormone imbalances and hot flashes. My program Mineral Power heals all the problems. It’s an involved program, but it works!!! Your hair is falling out due to thyroid issues and copper toxicity. I see this every day in my practice. Here’s a great articles on hair loss. I hope that helps.

  • Anina

    Hello Wendy
    My husband and I stumbled across your website and am very glad we did. We are pretty good with our food intake however in the last 3 weeks my husband who is a postie has been getting heart palpatations, suffering from scintillating scotoma and although we haven’t visited the docs yet we are pretty sure he is also suffering from sleep apnia.
    I personally put it down to job stress which sees him working between 6-9 hours a day, in that time he doesn’t have anything to drink as there are no toilet facilities on his run and because they don’t have a break he has been eating Oaty’s bars while delivering. For breakfast he has 1c oatmeal – cooked with either water or almond milk, topped with chia seeds & banana as well as 2x rice cakes spread with organic honey.
    We eat brown rice between 1-2 times a week, have sandwiches with GF bread. My question is regarding the cutting out of grains – will this also include quinoa? I thought of substituting his oatmeal for quinoa. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Quinoa is a pseudo-grain. I would not consider it a grain and it can be eaten freely. I would definitely cut out the “cholesterol lowering” oatmeal. There are so many more nutritious foods you can eat. I think rice and other gluten free grains are find in moderation.

  • Tree

    Just over a month ago I experienced a Thunderclap Headache magnitude 7.5. A couple of weeks later, I was diagnosed with a 5mm aneurysm on the M1 bifurcation of my Left Middle Cerebral Artery. The Neurologist insisted that I go immediately to the ER to schedule surgery. I was told that there were no non-surgical options for treatment. At the hospital I was urged to undergo invasive brain surgery where they cut your skull open, peel back the frontal lobe and install a titanium clip on the aneurysm. Yikes! After doing a lot of research to take a decision, I found that a lot of people who undergo surgical treatment for aneurysms experience life long side effects and/or some form of disability. I also found out that it won’t necessarily prevent another aneurysm from forming in the same location. I saw a really gross picture of someone that had like five titanium clips on the same artery. I was like, oh hell no!

    While I am fully aware that a ruptured aneurysm is life threatening, my intuition told me that there was another option and so I decided to return home and begin the long process of trying to heal my arteries. I am 50 years old. I suffer from alcoholism, was a two pack a day smoker for 35 years, and am about 75lbs overweight so it’s probably not going to happen overnight but I am determined!

    I have this ticking time bomb in my brain and God is holding the detonator switch. I’m on a short leash but was given a second chance at life. So I quit drinking, smoking and drinking coffee as these things all increase the odds of a rupture. I have started exercising though I have to be very careful about my heart rate and blood pressure. I am in the process of educating myself about what supplements to take to heal my arteries and my brain. I stumbled on your video and thank you for this information. Sugar and Wheat are really hard ones to let go of!

    I also stumbled upon some research about Linus Pauling’s collagen therapy. My Dad (really smart guy) was way into him. He said to take Amino acids and mega doses of Vit. C. So, in addition to changing my diet and lifestyle completely, I am going to start taking mega doses of Vitamin, Mineral and Amino Acid supplement (as well as some herbal remedies). I just have to be careful not to take too many blood thinners. I find that to be a bit of a catch 22 because most of the herbs that you can take to reduce high blood pressure act as blood thinners. But little by little, I hope to heal the little bugger.

    Anyway, yeah that’s my story. Thanks again for all the helpful information in your video. Cheers!

    • Thanks for sharing your amazingly inspiring story! I hope all your efforts pay off!!! I would love to see you beat the odds!

    • Crystal Sourceint

      With your attitude and taking responsibility for your own health (over succumbing to the whims of a procedure-and-drug-oriented mainstream doctor), I have NO DOUBT that you will be successful. Based on what you describe, It took lifestyle habits to massively contribute to – if not create – your problem, so it stands to reason that NEW and BETTER lifestyle habits CAN and WILL contribute to healing your body and mind. (And Wendy Myers’ site is an outstanding resource ;0) )
      Many blessings to you!!!

  • Doug Wallace

    I like a lot of what you say but the part on a drug because it is used to kill Rats is stupid. Eat a bear liver and you will die of too much Vitamin A. This does not mean one should never take Vitamin A.

  • I put that in there because my father always joked that he was taking rat poison when he took his warfarin. I don’t think it’s stupid. I think it’s truly concerning that people are putting something in their bodies that is used to kill a small animal – hardly akin to a vitamin.

  • Noelle

    Hi Wendy, you mentioned to not eat any grain (including brown rice), is this important for just people with diabetes, or everyone?

  • thank you so much for your kind words!! Bravo!

  • I think if you’re going to eat a grain it should be rice – brown or white. Depending on the person’s severity of diabetes or heart disease, they need to watch carb intake and can eat a little rice if they’re reducing their carbs elsewhere. All grains turn into sugar, which can damage the body, but it’s all about moderation.You can have a LITTLE.

  • kgawt

    It has been said that potatoes, legumes, other starches are also converted into sugar. Do you think these should also be mostly avoided to prevent damage to artery walls? Although, the Okinawa is very high in potato-consumption yet their lifespan is one of the highest on record. Is there any difference in the damage done between grains and vegetable starches such as potatoes and legumes. Maybe the best diet is just mostly cooked or steamed vegetables, with very little starches and fruit, some fish and meat, some good oil.

  • amanda

    I really enjoyed your video…i found out my father had been on a low dose of lipitor for over 10 years..i heard it was bad so i researched it and i couldnt believe all the things it does…it destroys muscle and your heart is a muscle, it inhibits your helper t cells that act to identify foriegn pathogens & alert the immune system to fight it off…so the immune system doesnt get the memo and is not fighting anything off for over 10 years…it blocks cholesterol being made which prevents red blood cell renewal so less red blood cells means not getting enough oxygen and nutrients to the heart and brain for over 10 years…and cells that dont renew die…become mutations mutations dont leave the body and eventually turn to cancer…lipitor is a deadly mycotoxin disease causing fungi that was free to ravage the body without anything to fight it off…not to mention depletion of the myelin sheath due to the body taking cholesterol from the braig can to renew cells…His heart doctor did not tell him to take coq10 and even told my father that there is no scientific proof that vitamins are beneficial….can you believe this? I got my father to stop lipitor but i saw a picture of him he lives on the east coast and in california so dont see him much but he looked really aged from the lipitor. he wont take the vitamins because his doctor told him its useless…Im concerned about him getting cancer and told him to take 7 apricot seeds a day to prevent it…and to take MSM sulphur water and lipo spheric vitamin c which is supposed to change cancer cells and mutated cells back to normal healthy cells …i try to tell him but he is so stubborn…i feel like giving up and let him do what he wants but i hate for him to get cancer or have a heart attacki
    any advice about how i can convince him would be appreciated..

    • If my father were alive today he probably would not do most of what I advised him. I think a lot of older people are set in their ways, beliefs and ideas and it is hard to convince them otherwise. Many place complete faith in their medication and physician’s advice. You can only keep trying to tell them how concerned you are. Show them evidence in a form they can digest – do they prefer videos? audo? reading? going to lectures? will they only listen to MD’s? Get them info written by MD’s. If you do all that, you’ve done your best.

  • I think it’s about everything in moderation. Complex carbs are broken down slowly in the body. The key is only eating enough so that you don’t spike your blood sugar. THIS is what damages arteries, not the food per se. Carbs needs to be eaten in moderation with fats and proteins to suppress any potential spike in blood sugar. The body need at least 150 of grams a day for basic bodily functions, though this can be highly variable with the individual. Carbs are a nutrient and are needed by the body.

  • Alf

    Hi, just a few weeks ago i went into the doctor with this pain in my chest and down my left arm. The doc checked my cholesterol with blood test, and my levels were fine. I decided recently to run a heart scan (CT Scan) to see why i was still experiencing pain and my scan showed up some type of potential blockage in the (LAD) Left Anterior Descending part of my heart. My question is, can any of these suggested natural products unblock this area or should i have the stint put in? Or is their any medicine that will avoid surgery? I am 51 and I do take regular omega 3’s daily, exercise pretty regularly, and am a nervous wreck because when I try to sleep the pain wakes me up in the middle of the night. I’m currently taking DICLOFENAC for pain. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  • HI Alf,
    I would have to do a consult with you and take a health history before I could make any recommendations. You can book and appointment here. You can reverse the blockages in your heart, but natural means take time – years even. But people can and do unblock their arteries and heal the systemic issues contributing to your health issues.

  • claydo

    Hi Wendy….I love the attention to detail you have in this article. I had a heart attack on Christmas, and two stints were put in. I would like to try these alternatives to satins, which my doctor wants to put me on for life (!), but I want to have medical supervision. My fear is that some of these supplements may be effective enough such that a piece of plaque may become worn away, and then break off, much like the sea erodes a rock, and travel in the blood stream, possibly causing a stroke. The Wellness Institute you mentioned looks good, but I am in the bay area, Northern California. Is there a similar institute up here?

    What is your take on my concern regarding dislodging cholesterol ?

    • HI Claydo!
      While plaque dislodging can be a concern, when you attempt natural means of healing, the plaques are removed slowly, a little at time. It’s usually when an acute stressor or a rupture in the plaques that causes a large piece to dislodge, promoting stroke. But this does not mean that you don’t attempt natural treatment and allow it to progress. You MUST treat it naturally as statins should only be used in the MOST severe cases after natural means have not worked.

      As far as a similar medical facility in the bay area, naturally I would visit Chris Kresser’s Clinic. He would use a similar approach. He has a great cholesterol online program as well that I highly recommend.

      And of course I can only recommend my Mineral Power program at to mineralize your body, detox it and aid your body in healing this systemic issue. It’s not just your heart that’s the issue. It’s a systemic issue.

      • clay

        Hi Wendy!
        Thank you so much for the great advice on Chris kresser. As you said, his on line program is awesome. At this point I feel like I need a highly competent practitioner to guide me through the various testing on a holistic level that I need to define and remedy my health shortcomings. Unfortunately Chris kresser isn’t taking new patients! (tragic!) Can you recommend someone else at or near his level of competency who can assist me? I am willing to travel out of the state of California.

        Your advice is so helpful to so many people. I can’t begin to express my gratitude!

        Regards, clay

        • HI Clay,
          chris Kresser does take new patients periodically and he has hired an MD that he has trained to take clients. I would make an appointment at his clinic if you like his approach.

          • clay

            Hi again Wendy, I just called the other day and nobody on his staff is taking new patients unfortunately. Is there any one else you would recommend? I cant wait for something to open up, as my angina is returning since the stints. Is it possible to consult with you for a half hour by telephone for a fee? Thanks again.

          • HI Clay!
            Absolutely we can do a consult! You just get a half hour consult here and then make an appointment.

  • Julza

    Hi Wendy just surfing the net trying to get on a healthy path- found your website and was very inspired in what you said. My father died at the age of 56 – heart attack and i am 55 this year so it is always in the back on your mind – I am determined to get healthy this year – better late than never – thanks for the great suggestions and I am taking them on board. look forward to receving your newsletter to keep me inspired.

  • Charlie

    What do you think of using a small amount of natural honey in your tea?

    • Everything in moderation. Honey is sugar. Pure sugar. So, it’s not ideal if you have hardened arteries or heart disease. But you body can withstand a little sugar daily, but I would watch the rest of your daily sugar intake very closely.

      • Denis O

        Honey is half fructose and that gets metabolized in the liver. Glucose is the culprit that causes the plaque, as it goes directly into the blood, triggering the pancreas to release unstable insulin molecules to accompany it. Unless the glucose is absorbed in the muscle cells, it circulates with insulin molecules that are reactive. The insulin allows an electron transfer to open the cell glucose receptors, but if the cells are full, they can’t accept the glucose and it continues to circulate with the reactive insulin, that abrades the artery walls. Eventually, artery wounds develop, become infected, and the immune reaction inflames the wound site to kill the invading bacteria. When a certain temperature is reached, and only then, the cholesterol becomes “sticky” and adheres to the wound, forming a plaque scab, and ending the inflammation. Exercise uses up the glucose in the cells, so that the new glucose fuel is accepted by the cells and there is no insulin damage to the arteries.

    • Charlie

      Yes Wendy, everything in moderation unless you are me…I am one of those werid people who do not fit into the catagories. I exercise and have exercised all my life (65 years), I have alway eaten well, now I eat great. I have taken many of your suppliments for years, including fish oil and others. I have moderately high cholesterol, around 150 ldl and 70+ hdl, low tri,s, 90 blood sugar.
      A couple of years ago they found a almost 90% blocked carotid artery which they fixed. My blood pressure has been creeping up for the last decade and now stands at about 140/82 while on 50 mgs of lorastan. I recently added magnesium to my diet to help cure a planter faciitis. I found a functional doctor recently who is working with me but I would love to beat this naturally and get off the heart pressure meds. Love to hear your ideas on this.

      • You sound like a lot of people that I counsel. You live a healthy lifestyle and eat a healthy diet, but still have health issues. I know it’s frustrating. This is my whole message. That is GREAT, but it’s not enough in our toxic world. People need to detox in order to be healthy. And they need targeted nutrient therapy to correct their body chemistry imbalances. I provide just this on my program. Here are a few articles to help clarify what’s going on with your health. My program mineral power will help to heal all your health issues naturally.

  • Qunicy

    if you already have lipids in your arterial walls, how do you get rid of that? does it require surgery or can you do it with home remedies and exercise? I know LDL can be lowered and the dense sticky ones can be taken away but what about the stuff already trapped in the walls themselves? I am concerned. a test showed I have already got some. That is like saying my home’s sheet rock already has roaches and spray won’t work as the wall blocks the treatment.

  • Pau

    I am perplexed by one thing, hopefully you can help me with. I see that drinking pomegranate juice helps reduce the plaque levels in the arteries. However, all food guidance suggests to stay away from fruit juices (like pomegranate juice). How can I benefit from pomegranate juice when it is a sugar and not to be eaten?

  • Yes! that is absolutely true! Magnesium is the boss of calcium and tells calcium where to go! Most of my clients today have very high calcium on their hair mineral analysis – metastatic calcium – that has deposited in the tissues, including the arteries. This needs to be detoxed from the body. I’ve been releasing calcium for years on my HTMA’s!!!!

  • Hello! I’m a fan of fruit juice like Pomegranate. Pomegranate juice gets my seal of approval because it is so rich in phytonutrients. However, it MUST be fresh or it’s mostly sugar water. I have only found that at my local farmer’s market. It cannot be pasteurized or it kills a lot of the benefits of the juice. don’t bother with anything bottled that’s been sitting on a shelf.

  • YES! You can reverse them! As your body begins to heal, your body will break down the plaques on your arterial walls. Surgery only pushes them down with stints. And they just come back if you don’t change your diet and lifestyle. It takes a complete reversal of diet, lifestyle, exercise, sleep and taking the proper supplements. You have to correct your body chemistry and the body will begin to heal itself. You also have to rid the body of heavy metals and chemicals interfering in the body’s metabolic function. I do all this with my healing and detox program

  • lou

    Wendy, what do you think of serrapeptase?

  • I think it’s amazing!! I would take it! I carry it in the store under this product. It’s marketed for fibroids, but can be used for any health condition, including heart issues and pain syndromes.

  • Joan campbell

    Hi Wendy, I have an under active thyroid and take thyroxine on a daily basis. What effect does this drug have on the arteries? Is it possible to get my thyroid working properly. Any help would be greatly appreciated

    • Hi Joan!
      The thyroxine is not really harmful as far as medications go. They do however, rev up and can fatigue the adrenals. This is the only downside. But as far a a medication it’s very safe. You CAN get your thyroid working again. I healed my thyroid and got off medication. It’s a great feeling. BUT it does take work. I did it with my program. You can’t just focus on the thyroid. You have to heal your entire body – mineralize it and detox it – for your thyroid and all the systems affecting it to work properly.

  • Jim Power

    Hi Wendy
    I am a soon to be 65 year old male who has had Type 1 diabetes for over 46 years and hypothyroid for over 16 with 3rd stage renal failure.. I am actually healthier than that sounds.

    My cardiologists wants me to have open heart surgery as i have blocked arteries (apparently) and a heart murmur which shows the early stages of problems with the Aortic Value.

    I just had a CT scan done as I have been feeling a pain in my chest along my breast bone when I walk uphill or work out. and it is never in the same place but always along the bone.
    My doctor said it showed hardening of the Arteries and so I had him send it to my cardiologist.

    One of my meals now each day has
    Goji berries
    Aronia Berrties
    Cherry juice (organic 100%)
    Pomegrante juice (organic 100%)
    Health greens
    Green food supplement
    Pea Protein powder
    Coconut milk
    Chia seeds
    IT actually tastes pretty good

    I also take several drops of DoTerra Lemon oil in my water ( I drink a lot of water each day)
    Now, after reading your article I am going to continue on this and other ways to clean my arteries and just keep testing.

    • Good for you!! Keep doing the lemon oil – it will dissolve calcifications. I would very seriously consider to a program to heal your body and reverse health conditions. I’d personally ONLY do surgery after I’d exhausted every natural option available. that’s going to be a LONG recovery.

  • angela buck

    Dear Wendy
    just a note to say wha great value I think you give in just a half hour slot with you – I have lready started putting some of your advice into practice annd am starting to feel a bit better- injcreased the amouts of cq10 and alpha lipoic acid I take – doing the adrenal cleanse – taking magnesium for the arteries and investigating all your other advice with a veiw to doing what you advise – many thanks – I would recommend a private session with Wendy as great vlaue for money and your health

  • Habibur Rahman

    Hi Wendy, with regard to the oils, you mentioned that all oils are bad except olive oil. However, I have read online that ALL oils are bad for your heart (including olive oils) and that one should get fat mainly from nuts (e.g. Almond). Any thoughts around this?

  • Thank you so much for your kind words Angela!

  • Hello Habibur

    You should check out my Modern Paleo Diet. Specifically I have an article that might interest you here:

    Thanks for reading!

  • Alistair

    Many, many thanks for this article Wendy. I have now survived P.T.E twice due to a DVT, and also a knee surgery which led to blood clotting in my lungs again. I am 50yrs of age and have smoked for over 30 of those, I now need to address serious lifestyle changes and found your article highly informative. I hope to adopt these critical changes ASAP. Thank you again.

  • rizznobi

    It’s amazing to me that you don’t mention lysine-proline-vitamin C or pomegranate juice, both of which protocols permanently remove arterial plaque. Daily drinking of pomegranate juice alone was shown to reduce 50% of arterial plaque in just one year. Cocoa polyphenols and bioavailable superoxide dismutase (SOD) that have been shown to dramatically improve arterial blood flow, helping promote youthful endothelial function and protect against the processes known to damage aging arteries.Huge over-sites.

    • sathish kumar

      Hi rizznobi,
      That sound great ! Does really pomograntite juice reduce the plaque if the blockage is up to 75%,
      Could you please suggest any additional type of natural resources which reduce the plaque instantly or slowly or moderately ?

      Thank you in advance

  • monkeymind

    Wendy, this page is very helpful and I will be back to post in more depth – right now I just want to check something. When you say drink 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed a day, is that the equivalent of 2 ounces or 56 grams? Just checking because that’s how much I just drank and it seemed like a lot…although I will happily drink it if that’s what it takes…

    • Hi. I do believe that conversion is correct!

  • monkeymind

    Wendy, I’m just checking that 1/4 cup flaxseed daily translates into 2 ounces or 56 grams here in Ireland? Is that right? I just drank that much and it seemed like a lot, but if that’s what it takes!

  • Bruce

    Two months ago I just had a stent put into my abdominal aortic aneurysm, and although successful, have been prescribed all the aforementioned potentially bad guys: simvastatin, baby aspirin, metoprolol and losartin, the main one for bp. I’m a health product freak and have used many of the above suggestions, some for years. I think I tend to cut the dosage down too low most of the time, and now will have to beef that up for greater effectiveness. But at 69 am in good physical condition except for the hardening of the walls of my arteries, that are a reflection of filthy air in a tropical 3rd world country.
    As well, for about 25 years as mental health professional, I stepped outside the medical system of ‘diagnosing’ (often incorrectly) and ‘medicating’ (often also incorrectly) psychological difficulties to actually assist people recover from history that wouldn’t go away without remedial work. When clients got well through the work they were doing in my presence, they often dropped their medication with the damaging label pinned on them by the shrink industry. But folks with serious emotional disturbances are harmed by meds as much if not more than the trouble in the first place. In other words, the medical system is grossly faulty in many respects, and outside of the knife and some medications, really doesn’t have a clue about what is going on. Have you ever wondered why most western medicines are so tiny in size? Surely because the industry knows how potent their elixirs and potions in capsule and tablet form really are, and must limit their physical size to try to find some kind of balance in terms of appropriate dosage. Hence there’s a huge unacknowledged guessing game going on, for what’s good for you in terms of type and dosage of any given medication may not apply to any other person on the planet.
    As well, a lot of crooked dealings exist within the system itself. Third world countries don’t have a monopoly on corruption. The next time you are in the hospital for any reason under the universal health care systems of say, Canada or the UK, see if you can find the bill and see if the charges are legitimate! Often they are not because they are all playing this game between front-line service providers, the hospital and clinics, and the insurers or health care system. It’s a vicious money-cycling game that makes criminal laundering look like child’s play!
    After all shared just on this site, if you think the medical system is the way to go, consider this: I’ll bet they are still serving relatively bad food in most NA hospitals, food full of salt, sugars, cheap refined-flour breads, buns and gravies, dead-looking vegetables and canned sugared fruit. It’s an abomination to endure eating that stuff that is like the dark ages of the 1950s. To me, this confirms the truth about them simply not getting it! Nor caring because they’ve a longterm contract with some ignorant caterer providing the hospital food services. But we are to uphold the medical system as gods who do not want to be challenged by anyone lest their semi-corrupt money-scamming system loses rigged earnings and profits.
    Thanks, Wendy, for your desire to genuinely help us all. Most of my contemporaries are overweight, eat junk food, enjoy alcohol and even some smoke cigarettes, and are now paying for it. Often the healthy among us get the hit hard by living in the wrong place, and no supplement/nutritional regimen at home can forestall the inevitable. So we all need to pay attention to this information.
    A next challenge is somehow to lower the cost of these supplements to those who are intent on staying well. But this is really futuristic thinking, right? After all, wellness seems always to take a backseat to the lust for more and more money. But this is another issue.
    The best to all of you.

  • sathish kumar

    Hi Wendy,
    Thank you for the article !

    Does really pomograntite juice reduce the plaque if the blockage is up to 75%,
    Could you please suggest any additional type of natural resources which reduce the plaque instantly or slowly or moderately ?

    Thank you in advance

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  • Amie Colbert

    Fantastic comments .

  • Angie G.

    Hi Wendy, I came across this article in my research trying to find natural ways to reverse/heal atherosclerosis. Thankful is not a strong enough word for this article. I was informed after a carotid ultrasound and subsequent CT of the neck that both of my carotid arteries are 40-5-% blocked with moderate stenosis. I was told that I could only try to keep it from getting worse and that it can’t be reversed. I also have a 2.2×1.3cm solid benign nodule inside the right lobe of my thyroid and one small one on the left side where there were originally three. Using Frankincense topically for those. I am about 50 pounds overweight and struggling to get it off, feel tired a lot. However, I am taking supplements but now see where I need to add a few. We are eating the Trim Healthy Mama way which is similar to Paleo. Your information about mercury in regard to heavy metal toxicity piqued my curiosity because I have some metal fillings dating back at least 30 years. The particular thing that interested me about that is that I was diagnosed with PSVT about 15 years ago and was told about 2 weeks ago that a halter monitor showed rare pvs’s and pac’s but were classified as benign, I also have palpitations frequently which is so frustrating. I’m not on meds. Any input/insight you could share would be greatly appreciated! I will definitely be visiting your website frequently as well as sharing!!!

    • Heart palpitations can be largely due to EMF – electromagnetic fields – which interfere in the electrical functioning of the heart. I’ll be writing some articles about this toxin very soon!

  • Chris Sivewright

    Hi I spoke to the British Heart Foundation today and they said it was categorically impossible to reverse the furring of arteries. “The disease is progressive, and, unfortunately, current treatments can’t melt it away” and Professor Jeremy Pearson,
    Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Heart
    disease is incurable – we have no way to reverse the furring of the
    arteries that can lead to a deadly heart attack or stroke.” This contradicts what you say in your article. Please could you cite the most recent research that supports your blog? Thank you

    • You’re taking advice from a group of conventional medical doctors. That is absolutely wrong. Of course you can reverse harder arteries if you approach it with diet and the natural approaches i discuss in the article. I have heard story after story of people reversing heart disease using natural methods. The tools at the hands of conventional medical doctors is what prevents them from concluding that heart disease cannot be cured. If you are only looking at drugs and surgery, which is what most cardiologists provide, then YES – this statement is true. People cannot reverse heart disease with these methods – they are simply poorly managed. I think the fact that dr’s speak the message that diseases like heart disease are incurable is an ignorant LIE. And it frankly makes me mad. It resigns patients to their disease so that they don’t attempt to help themselves. And this is a shame. Sayer Ji, whom I have interviewed several times, has a TON of research on about the most research in reversing heart disease naturally. That would be your best source as it would be the most comprehensive and more than I could possibly provide in a comment.

      • Chris Sivewright

        I simply asked you to cite research that supports what you say in your blog. One study will do – not another website with 10000 articles. Please would you give me one study that supports what you say – the BHA says such evidence cannot be produced as it does not exist

        • Well if you want an answer to that specific statement I’m afraid you’re going to have to be the one to wade through the 10K articles. I’ve cited over a dozen articles at the bottom of this article to support my claims. If you are seeking more information there is a massive amount of literature to support the evidence you are looking for. Not my job to do the research the particular answers you seek.

  • Robert Lents

    Well two days ago BP was 171/108, went home started feeling funky and then left arm went weak/numb. Hospital tests were MRI,Cat Scan,ultrasound of Carotids, stress test with nuclear imaging of heart. In then end I was told heart is strong as a mule, no blockages in heart or carotid, BUT. I have hardened arteries in my brain that are advanced for my age of 49. Now I admit as a Marine for many years I drank smoked and smoked other things including illegal drugs. I quit smoking 5 yrs ago, beer not so much. I exercise like an animal but it seems to have caught up.
    I believe in natural methods and as I am a Life Insurance Broker I see the myriad of drugs people are put on to “fix’ them. Doc wants me on low dose Lisinopril and low dose Ecotrin, I do not prefer either.
    Ideas and suggestions are welcomed.

    • HI Robert,
      I’m sorry to hear that you are suffering. Smoking causes hardening of the arteries because of the cadmium in the cigarettes. My father suffered the same fate from smoking. The cadmium in cigarettes is used to patch the arteries when there is a zinc deficiency (from not eating red meat or supplementing). Alcohol also depletes zinc. The cadmium is hard and brittle, thus making the arteries hardened and not able to expand and contract. Subsequently, high blood pressure and hard disease can result. Taking zinc and coriander seed oil and help to remove cadmium and improve arterial health. EDTA may be warranted in severe cases of cadmium toxicity.

  • Sugar is vital for the body. It is the addition of PUFA that causes diabetes by blocking uptake of glucose into cells. This causes insulin resistance as there is too much sugar in the blood not in the cells where it needs to be.

    If sugar is “like shards of glass in the arteries” as you state here why is it the first thing they shove into your arteries in the A&E dept when you’re dying or extremely sick? Ditto salt (sodium).

    “Refined Sugar” is 50:50 fructose/glucose and 100% pure with no other additives sobthe best sweetener one can use besides getting fruit in the diet which has similar ratios of f:g with the addition of enzymes and vitamins and minerals.

    The so called EFAs you recommend are not that essential and can cause problems like PUFAs when taken in excess so should be be acquired by eating grass fed animal or all parts of animal (including fat) as opposed to just eating the muscle meat. They’re also in fruits and veggies in their natural amounts as we once would have acquired them.

    Whilst a lot of your article makes common sense, there is yet again a hidden agenda = self gain and profit.

    FYI: an increase of parathyroid hormone causes calcium to be taken from bone and excess is often placed into the tissues including arteries if there is a deficiency in BORON and other factors are present such as high cholesterol. Boron will also displace all the heavy metals or toxins without supplementing MOST of the supplements you recommend.

    When you advertise yourself as working holistically, it would pay to educate and treat people coming to you in as natural a way as possible and via the diet and lifestyle mostly. Not by recommending countless bottles of pills and supplements that are new on the scene and as experimental as statins, or treatments for said problems.

    • Yes you need sugar to be healthy. I’m referring to avoiding refined sugars, which are shown in research to promote heart disease and hardening of the arteries. If you eat potatoes or starchy vegetables or other carb foods you get plenty of sugar. While I aim to provide a lot of info in the article, I am not able to mention every causitive factor in heart disease or every solution.

      I appreciate your comment, however your statement. “Whilst a lot of your article makes common sense, there is yet again a hidden agenda = self gain and profit, ” frankly doesn’t make sense. There is not a single heath website on the internet that doesn’t charge for something or have advertising or does not provide some service for which they charge. It’s simply not possible to do so. Our site costs $10,000 a month to run to provide all this FREE information that took years to write – I did not take a salary for FOUR years working 12 hours a day 6 days per week while writing the 300 articles on the site. I know few people that are or could afford to be that benevolent. There is no ‘hidden agenda’. Merely a balance between the desire to truly help people and making a living. I deserve to take a salary for my work just like you deserve to take a salary for the work that you do.

  • adelseghir

    Many thanks for the enlightening, and potentially life-saving reading. I’m battling severe CV disease. I currently have 8 stents. I’m looking for anything that’s either alongside my current treatment, or that could replace it. I started 2 months ago cutting my quantity of food in half, I have overcome the feeling of hunger about a month ago, I was not severely overweight, just chubby, but now I’m approaching my recommended BMI. I eat mostly raw vegs and fruits, and fish. Lots of garlic, lemon, natto, K2 vitamin, coq10, flaxseed. Am already doing much better, however, I still can’t walk briskly more than 100 yards without chest /arm/ jaw pain. I’ll keep my eating habit anyway – I’m totally determined. I believe it takes many months to see substantial improvement. I’ll keep reading your articles, and will consider consulting. Many thanks again.

    • Good for you. Keep fighting! you CAN turn this around. Many people work for years to turn around their health conditions. Don’t give up. I have heard SO MANY stories of people turing around diseases where doctors sent them home to die. KEEP FIGHTING! You sound like you are on the right path.

  • Wm Marsh

    After 3 emergency angioplasty, you’ve got my attention! Especially when the first two proceedures gave limited success and discussions of removing the leg if last proceedures didn’t work (some kind of injected cleanser)..but it did and voila I am here sitting in the front row of your class now!!!!-