My father died of a heart attack at 46 years of age. His death changed the course of my life. His passing changed the itinerary of our entire family. To know such pain in your teens, your father’s death, (even your mother’s) creates a hole in your heart that aches for a lifetime. You learn at a very young age the ephemeral aspect of life and you learn to cherish every day, every moment and, every year of living.
Years later, I wrote a teen novel about my father’s death: Strike Three! Take Your Base, which depicts a 17-year-old teen who loses his father to a heart attack. In the story, he befriends a cheerleader who suffers a divorce of her father who lives far away, so she suffers the loss of her father even though he didn’t die. The book offers teens a positive path with the early loss of a parent through death or divorce. Heart wrenching? You betcha!
Nearly three years ago, I reported to you that my 50-year-old brother died instantly of a heart attack, just like our father. Only, as a former cardiac catheterization medical technician in my early twenties, I learned first-hand what causes heart attacks: too much red meat, pork, fried chicken, French fries, all junk food including Coke, Mountain Dew and Pepsi, diet sodas, and dairy products like cheese, etc., so I warned my brother at his age of 44 to drop 70 pounds of weight and stop eating diet soda and pizzas, which he devoured rapaciously. He responded, “Mind your own business brother; I know what I’m doing.”
So did I! For certain, I knew he faced a heart attack, just like my father. My brother lived a scant four years longer to an early grave.
About a year and a half ago, my brother Howard, at 59, experienced arrhythmia, which causes palpitation of the heart in the atrium. The heart flutters its beating, which, inevitably leads to clots from the un-pumped blood that, finally gets tossed into the brain to cause paralysis. Sure enough, the doctors didn’t know how to stop arrhythmia in Howard, and, he eventually suffered a stroke. He couldn’t speak his five languages, he could no longer ride his horse, he couldn’t walk and his vision blurred. He nearly died.
My brother stands 6’2” and 185 pounds, so obesity didn’t cause his problem. But his poor food intake of endless sodas, high caffeine coffee, high fat-cholesterol breakfasts and three beers every night created his arrhythmia. I spoke to him numerous time, but he’s a headstrong man ingrained in his daily addiction to caffeine and alcohol.
Luckily, he recovered 96 percent of his functions and today, he walks, talks and operates nearly normally. In fact, a year ago, we decided to ride our bicycles across America because we both realized that we are running out of “time turf.” His latest triumph: he’s the only man in the history of the world to ride a horse and a bicycle coast to coast across America. I figure that record will stand for all time because most cowboys won’t get off their horse to get onto a bicycle, much less ride it across a continent. I’m proud of my brother.
This heart dysfunction may affect you and your family: Americans drink too many highly addictive soda pops like Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and dozens of other super-caffeine-loaded drinks. We eat so much garbage food at McDonald’s and every other fast food joint, e.g., Whoppers, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Carl’s Jr. Burgers and dozens more. A whopping 65 percent of us are fat and 30 percent of that 65 percent are grossly obese. It’s like we invite diabetes, heart attacks and cancer to manifest in our bodies by our eating and lack of exercise. And sure enough, heart attacks and cancer, along with exploding diabetes cause horrific pain for surviving family members every year into several million.
This past week, I ran into a lady stocking vitamin and nutrient pills at my local King Soopers grocery. We spoke and she intimated to me that she suffered from arrhythmia. It dawned on me that millions of Americans suffer from this heart dysfunction.
Therefore, I want to share with you what I found to help you give yourself a positive chance for health.
When my brother suffered his stroke, I wept. I felt the chill of death shadowing him and me again. So, I sped down to my local Natural Grocers store in Golden, Colorado, and asked the lady, “My brother suffers from arrhythmia…he just experienced a stroke…how can he stop it naturally via nutrients…do you have any information.”
She said, “You’ve got to get him The Sinatra Solution by Dr. Steven Sinatra. The man is a 33 year cardiologist and a certified nutrition specialist and he found a natural way to stop arrhythmia.”
I bought the book. The protocol blew my mind. Why didn’t Howard’s doctors tell him about it? Why doesn’t the entire medical community share it? Answer: the pharmaceutical companies would rather sell you drugs through your doctors.
Therefore, if you suffer from high blood pressure, arrhythmia, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, angina pectoris, mitral value prolapse, type II diabetes, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome—check out the book. It will guide you toward better heart health and a few other things. You can buy the nutrients Dr. Sinatra suggests at your local health food store.
One other thing, if you live an obese life, you face a tragic early ending of your life most likely. Examine what you eat and change your intake. Go to www.WeightWatchers.com or www.JennyCraig.com or any other weight loss program that works for you. Eat lean, live lean, exercise lean and live long.
Why did I write this column? Answer: my brother reported that he has been arrhythmia free ever since he followed the Sinatra Solution.
Thank you Dr. Sinatra. I get to keep my brother and you, dear reader and friend, get to keep your health and/or that of a loved one. Knowledge leads to understanding, which leads to action, which leads to health.