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The Douglass Report January 2010

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Don’t overlook the Deadliest threat to your heart

I’ve been in this business a long time. Yet somehow I’m still amazed at how often the mainstream medical community gets it wrong. Nowhere is this more evident than in their futile attempts to treat heart disease by artificially lowering your cholesterol levels and by forbidding you to eat all of the foods that make life worth living.

I’ve got news for you. Not only are they missing the boat on heart disease——they’re making you sicker (and emptying your wallet) in the process. By getting distracted with cholesterol levels, docs have overlooked one of the deadliest threats to your heart. Chances are you’ll never hear about it, either, because no one stands to make any money off of it.

It’s easy to diagnose——and even easier to treat——and it could put you on the road to good health without spending a dime.

This tiny gland holds the secret to a healthier heart

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that produces the hormones that help your body run——your muscles, metabolism, digestion, and especially your heart. If enough of these hormones don’t make it to your heart, it doesn’t pump as strong as it needs to. Things start to get sluggish, and before you know it, you could be DOUBLING your risk of heart disease.

This condition is called hypothyroidism, and if it goes undiagnosed for a long period of time, it can lead to metabolic changes that can raise your cholesterol levels. So your doctor gives you a prescription for a statin drug, but in the meantime, your hypothyroidism continues to go undiagnosed, gradually weakening your heart muscle and increasing your risk of heart disease.

That’s why a statin will never cure your heart disease——and why so many people who suffer from heart attacks have completely normal cholesterol. Cholesterol is not the problem!

If your thyroid isn’t on your health radar screen, it’s high time you paid attention to it. Recent studies show that even a slightly underactive thyroid can wreak havoc on your heart health.

According to the Cardiovascular Health Study, which was presented at the 78th annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association, even a mildly underactive thyroid can double your risk of developing a heart condition.

But from where I’m standing, things are even more grim than this study lets on because the mainstream’s idea of “underactive thyroid” is way off base. They don’t think there’s anything wrong until your TSH levels reach 4.5 mU/L. I beg to differ. If a blood test shows that your TSH is 3 or higher, it’s time to take action.

Let me tell you why you should keep an eye on those TSH levels. Your body has a backup system in case anything goes wrong with your thyroid. If your thyroid becomes sluggish, your pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH, in order to “stimulate” your thyroid to do what it’s supposed to do. So the way to determine if your thyroid is functioning properly is to get a blood test to see if your TSH levels are too high.

But no one in the medical community can agree on how high your TSH levels have to be in order to indicate that there’s a problem with your thyroid. Plenty think that as long as it’s below 5.0, you’re in the clear. I disagree. I’ve been saying for years that anything over a 3.0 indicates a problem with your thyroid. And finally, more and more studies are showing that even a slightly underactive thyroid is nothing to mess around with.

Another study published in Psychology Today looked at the connection between thyroid levels and heart attacks in women, and the researchers discovered that…

Even a mildly underactive thyroid can raise women’s risk of heart attack by 69 percent

For eight years, researchers studied 17,311 women who didn’t have heart disease, diabetes, or thyroid issues. They found that the women with just a slightly underactive thyroid (TSH levels between 2.5 and 3.5) had a 69 percent increase in the risk of dying from a heart attack.

Another study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed once again that women with just a slightly underactive thyroid (this time defined as 4.0) were twice as likely to experience a heart attack, and 70 percent more likely to have blockages in the body’s main artery, the aorta.

At the very least, you should be checking your thyroid hormone levels before resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. Of course, almost no doctor bothers to run this simple test.

The million-dollar question is this:

Why hasn’t your doctor ever told you about shocking news?

I’ve got the answer for you: No one stands to make millions from treating a sluggish thyroid. It’s easy to detect——and just as easy to treat——and it doesn’t require any fancy medical procedures, Big Pharma drugs, or slice-and-dice surgeries.

Compare that to the cash cow that statin drugs have become for Big Pharma. Docs write hundreds of thousands of these prescriptions every year in order to treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol. But if high cholesterol really was the heart’s greatest enemy, the number of people with heart disease should be steadily declining. After all, more people are on statins than ever before.

Reality paints a very different story. Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer in the U.S. Almost one third of ALL DEATHS are due to heart disease——that’s over 650,000 people per year.

Cholesterol drugs might lower your cholesterol numbers, but they clearly haven’t put a dent in the big picture of heart disease. One reason is because too many cases of hypothyroidism go undiagnosed and are left untreated. But there’s more to the story. I know you’re well aware of the side effects associated with statin drugs, but here’s something most people don’t hear too much about…

Cholesterol drugs are causing heart disease

Statins work by inhibiting the enzymes used to produce cholesterol. But when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs, there’s always collateral damage. In this case, the innocent bystander is CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Because the same enzymes that produce cholesterol also produce CoQ10, you can’t decrease one without affecting the other. Some studies have shown that statins can decrease CoQ10 by as much as 40 percent. That’s a big problem when it comes to your heart, since CoQ10 is important for everything from preventing arteriosclerosis to regulating heart rhythm to easing high blood pressure.

And if you have thyroid disease, you’re even more at risk of having CoQ10 deficiency——which means that these drugs only make a bad situation worse. And then, on top of it all, the mainstream “health gurus” tell you to stay away from all of the foods that are the best for your heart. That’s right, the mainstream’s heart-healthy diet is increasing the risk of heart disease.

The very best source of heart-healthy CoQ10 is red meat. So if you want to do something good for your heart, eat more red meat——and if you really want a health boost, make sure it’s from grassfed animals. Besides the fact that the meat has fewer hormones and antibiotics, grass-fed beef has as much as 10 times more CoQ10.

Here’s what to do:

The bottom line is that if you want to keep your ticker ticking nice and strong, your thyroid needs to be holding up its end of the bargain. And if I were you, I wouldn’t just assume that everything is A-OK.

Hypothyroidism is one of the most difficult diseases to pinpoint. Just about every potential sign of hypothyroidism is also a sign for something else. When you’re faced with problem like constipation, mild depression, or even dry skin, I doubt that your first reaction is to get your thyroid checked. Yet every one of those can be a warning sign that your thyroid isn’t up to snuff. It’s no wonder this condition can go undetected for so long.

And in the meantime, your heart gets progressively weaker until you develop heart failure, high blood pressure, or any number of heart problems. And in response, your doctor gives you a prescription drug that isn’t doing anything to solve the problem. It’s a crazy cycle that doesn’t end well for you. It’s time to jump off the merry-go-round.

Before you decide that your thyroid is in tip-top shape, do your own self-evaluation to see if you have any of the signs that your thyroid is affecting your heart, such as…

* Poor endurance during exercise

* Slow heart rate

* High blood pressure

* Heart failure

* Accelerated coronary artery disease

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to head to the doctor and look into your thyroid levels. If they’re low, talk to your doctor about natural thyroid treatments. To find a doctor in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine by calling (800)532-3688 or by going online to www.acam.org.

In the meantime, there are a few simple steps you can take to give your thyroid a boost:

1. Make sure you’re getting enough iodine in your diet since it’s an important part of producing thyroid hormone. The best way to do that is to get more seafood, milk, and cheese. You should also make sure you’re staying away from soy since it interferes with iodine.

2. Supplement with selenium and vitamin D. Both are important for thyroid hormone production. I recommend 200 mcg of selenium and at least 2,000 IUs of vitamin D per day.

3. Supplement with CoQ10. If you have thyroid problems——and especially if you’re taking a statin——you’re probably deficient in this all-import heart-healthy nutrient. You can take anywhere between 60 and 150 mg per day.

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