Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease by Thomas Cowan
If the blood has stopped moving inside the capillaries, then the force cannot come from the heart. It must arise in the capillaries.
Only with water does the solid phase (ice) float on the liquid phase (water). If solid water were heavier than liquid water, aquatic life as we know it could not exist.
This ability of a hydrophilic substance to convert bulk water into structured water explains why, when you put strongly hydrophilic proteins like gelatin in water under the proper conditions, you create a solid “gel” of structured water. This is how you make Jello, which can give us some insight into some of the properties of this fourth phase. This fourth phase of water forms best at certain temperatures (around 4°C),2 and it highly structures the bulk water, which is why Jello doesn’t leak (unless you heat it and convert it back to water) even though it’s more than 96 percent water by volume.
This ability of highly hydrophilic substances, especially proteins, to structure water is central to biological
The majority of the water in biological systems, including in cells, is in the form of structured water. This is why our cells, like Jello, don’t leak even though our cells are about 70 percent water. The cytoplasm in our cells is in a gel-like state because of the network of hydrophilic proteins that make up the interior framework of the cell.
The structured water layer is also negatively charged as a result of having an abundance of free electrons. The presence of these free electrons is an intrinsic part of the structuring process of water. As the water becomes structured, it also becomes negatively charged. This can be shown by placing a voltage meter in the structured zone and comparing the measurement to a voltage meter placed in the bulk water zone.
structured water is that the pH of the structured water zone is different from that of the bulk water, which can also be confirmed by careful pH measurements.
simply as a result of a hydrophilic surface being placed in bulk water, with essentially no outside inputs, a layer of structured water forms next to the hydrophilic surface that has a different chemical (pH), electrical (voltage), and molecular configuration (density) than bulk water. This is a dramatic revelation in and of itself.
Then, within this tube, something astounding happens. As a result of the separation of electrical charges—again, the natural and inevitable consequence of the interaction of a hydrophilic tube and water—the bulk water will begin to flow from one end of the tube to the other and then out. Furthermore, this flow will be indefinite, unless acted upon by a force that stops it.
all you need to do to get water to flow, and for mechanical work to be done, and for it to be done indefinitely, is to put a hydrophilic tube in a pot of water.
Currently, a huge fraction of our energy needs are met by using oil, natural gas, gravity (hydroelectric dams), and nuclear reactors—all to make water flow so that it will do “work.” We use these power sources to separate charges to create voltage to do work that we call electricity. But maybe all we need are commonly available hydrophilic surfaces such as gelatin proteins and water, with “flow” or “work” as the natural consequence. What could be more revolutionary than this?
The first is that the flow pattern of the water in the stream or river must be in a vortex or spiral pattern. The second is that the temperature of the water, particularly at night, must be very close to or exactly at 4°C—the temperature that water is most likely to exist in the fourth, or structured, phase.
What Schauberger saw is the force of levity that lives in water. This force of levity flows upward in vortices in the river. It is in these force “lines” that healthy trout live their effortless lives.
When the forests are cut down and the streams are straightened and dredged, the forces of levity are lost, and the trout has to swim for its life to maintain its position in the stream. Too exhausted to swim by muscle power upstream, it ends up with a life of continuous and useless toil. This is not unlike the plight of industrial man, swimming upstream for his entire life, getting depleted, weaker, and sicker by the day.
trees’ xylem channels are highly hydrophilic tubes, which have a layer of negatively charged structured water lining the tube. At the center of the xylem channel is bulk water full of dissolved nutrients and positively charged protons that repel each other, pushing the bulk water upward. This upward flow will continue for as long as the tube is continuous.
This is the force of levity. It happens most powerfully, as Schauberger postulated, at 4°C and if the flow within the tubes is a spiraling or vortex motion, which it is within the xylem of the trees due to the gentle motions of the tree trunk.
There are four phases of water, but for biological life two are most important: The structured water phase creates the electrical charge that does the work, and the juxtaposed bulk phase simply flows.
If you do the above tube experiment in a completely lead-encased box, there is no flow within the hydrophilic tube. But if you expose the beaker with the tube of water inside to ambient sunlight or the infrared frequencies coming from the palms of our hands or the electromagnetic field of the Earth, the flow resumes. There are many sources of natural energy that drive this flow, but the most powerful is sunlight. Sunlight is free, abundant, and available to all plants. Sunlight charges the hydrophilic tubes and creates the electrically charged structured water, causing the bulk water within the tube to flow indefinitely, as if life were just a big, blissful, abundant dance.
But the main revelation here is that this system of hydrophilic tubes energized by the ambient sunlight, Earth energy, and the infrared wavelengths emanating from other living beings is really all that is needed in any biological system for the maintenance of abundant, robust, perpetual flow. The bulk water carries the waste and nutrients, and the structured layer creates the voltage or energy that runs the system. Like all living systems,
exclusion zone because it excludes toxins, solutes, and other substances. It’s my opinion that this layer protects the vessel from inflammatory damage. When the structured, protective gel layer is not formed properly, the vessel walls (mostly on the arterial or high-pressure side) become damaged and inflamed. They protect themselves from the high pressure by forming plaque.
In industrialized countries and countries that are frantically trying to become industrialized, however, there are high levels of employment and also high rates of misery.
Modern populations are increasingly overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep-deprived, and socially isolated.
The book was Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston A. Price. Originally published in 1939, the book is now considered a bible of modern nutrition.6 It inaugurated the modern whole foods movement and spawned The Weston A. Price Foundation, of which I have been a board member since its inception in 1999. Weston Price on food and Rudolf Steiner on everything else were to be central pillars for the rest of my life.
One form that shows up again and again, both in nature and in human creations, is the spiral. In particular, there are many “golden” spirals in nature—a spiral whose growth factor is the golden ratio (1.618 expressed as a decimal, and represented as phi)—“golden” because the ratio is the same as the ratio of the sum to the larger of the two quantities. The Fibonacci series—the series of numbers you get when you add the previous two numbers together to obtain the next number in the series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 . . .)—approaches this golden ratio asymptotically.
Frank Chester’s chestahedron is a seven-sided form made of four equilateral triangles and three kite-shaped quadrilaterals. The chestahedron has equivalent surface areas as—twelve edges, three different symmetries—and may offer insight into the form and function of the human heart. Reproduced with permission from Frank Chester, New Form Technology, http://www.frankchester.com/.
In other words, imagine taking this form, facing the point down and just fitting it into a “regular” box. The apex, or point, does not fall in the center of the cube, but rather slightly off-center. Specifically, the chestahedron sits at an angle of 36 degrees off of center.3 Amazingly, this is the same angle at which the heart sits within the chest: 36 degrees off center to the left of the midline.
The spinning chestahedron formed a vortex—a region where the flow forms around an axis line—in the water. Once the vortex formed, an area appeared in the water, a kind of negative space that appeared attached to the side of the chestahedron. (You can really appreciate this only by seeing the video of this on Frank’s website.5)
As the chestahedron model shows, fluid arriving into the right ventricle converts into a vortex before emerging out of the next gate (the pulmonary valve). This is the crucial point. There are two processes happening simultaneously. The first is the increase in momentum due to the hydraulic ram/gating mechanism described above. But along with the increase in momentum, the form of the blood changes from a laminar flow to a vortex. Furthermore, the activity of the right side of the heart converts the vertically oriented laminar flow of the venous blood to a vortex, a horizontal flow, as the blood goes from the right ventricle to the horizontally positioned lungs.
the heart were a pump, you would expect that as the heart pumps blood through the aortic arch, the flexible arch would straighten with each forceful push. On the contrary, however, during this contraction, the aortic arch bends inward, forming a more acute angle.
This bending in during systole can only be explained by a negative pressure, and this negative pressure is akin to the suction created by a hydraulic ram.
The action of the heart on the blood is not one of creating force, but instead of using suction to increase the momentum of the blood.
The function of the heart is to create vortices.
canivora for cancer,
the gold standard for treating arterial blockages—surgery—has, at best, only minimal benefits. This is because large, stable blockages—those that block more than 90 percent of the vessel—are in almost 100 percent of the cases completely compensated for by collateral blood vessels.6 In fact, the idea that the heart gets its blood only from the four major vessels is not correct.
This compensation by collateral vessels can be seen clearly in a video (“Heart Catheter Film”) produced by Dr. Knut Sroka for his website http://www.heartattacknew.com.
fewer than 10 percent had a heart attack in the area of the heart supplied by the original blocked artery.
When a person suffers a heart attack, there is often the formation of a blood clot within a vessel of the heart (acute thrombosis), but it is a consequence, not the cause, of the attack.
Anytime you put heavy metal dye under high pressure into an artery (which is what an angiogram is), the artery reacts with a spasm. So imagine you have an artery, of which 50 percent of the cross section of the interior is blocked with plague. Then you push heavy dye into the artery, which causes the muscle wall of the artery to go into spasm; suddenly the interior dimension is narrower, but the amount of plaque doesn’t change, so it looks as though the plaque is blocking 70 percent or more of the artery. This is an “artifact” due to the spasm-inducing tendency of the test itself, which then leads to overattribution of the percentage of stenosis, or blockage.
But when careful measurements assessing the oxygen (pO2) of the myocardial cells during a heart attack are taken, they show no oxygen deficit in an evolving heart attack.10 The oxygen levels do not change at all throughout the entire event.
The sympathetic, or fight-or-flight, system is centered in our adrenal medulla and uses the chemical adrenaline to tell our bodies that danger is afoot. It does so by activating a series of biochemical responses, the center of which are the glycolytic pathways that accelerate the breakdown of glucose to be used as quick energy so that we can make our escape.
parasympathetic branch is centered in the adrenal cortex and uses the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, nitric oxide, and cyclic guanosine monophosphate as its chemical mediators. It is the rest-and-digest arm of the autonomic nervous system. The particular nerve of the parasympathetic chain that innervates the heart is called the vagus nerve. It slows and relaxes the heart, whereas the sympathetic branch accelerates and constricts the heart.
It is the imbalance of these two branches that is responsible for most heart disease.
Using heart-rate variability monitoring, which offers a real-time, accurate depiction of these two branches of the autonomic nervous system, four studies have shown that patients with ischemic heart disease have, on average, a reduction of parasympathetic activity of more than a third.
worse the myocardial infarction, the lower the parasympathetic activity.
about 80 percent of ischemic events are preceded by chronic reductions in parasympathetic activity, which can be brought on by smoking, emotional stress, inactivity, poor diet, hypertension, or—often—a combination of these, followed by a significant, often drastic increase in sympathetic activity such as an acute traumatic event or physical exertion.
It has been shown that women have stronger vagal activity than men, probably accounting for the sex difference in the incidence of myocardial infarction.5 Hypertension, smoking, diabetes, and physical and emotional stress all cause a decrease in vagal activity.6 In other words, all the significant risk factors have been shown to downregulate the activity of the regenerative nervous system in our heart.
nitrates—stimulate nitrous oxide production, which upregulates the parasympathetic nervous system. Aspirin and statin drugs also stimulate the production of nitric oxide and acetylcholine, two of the principal mediators of the parasympathetic nervous system—until they cause a rebound decrease in these substances, which then further reduces parasympathetic activity.
beta-blockers (used to manage cardiac arrhythmias and prevent second heart attacks) are called beta-blockers because they block the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. In other words, these interventions all help balance the autonomic nervous system.
So, what is the sequence of events that leads to a heart attack? In the vast majority of cases, the pathology proceeds because of decreased tonic activity of the parasympathetic nervous system. Then there is an increase in sympathetic nervous system activity, usually due to a physical or emotional stressor. This increases adrenaline production, which directs the myocardial cells to break down glucose using aerobic glycolysis. (Remember, there has been no change in blood flow as measured by the oxygen in the cells.) This redirects the metabolism of the heart away from its preferred and most efficient fuel sources, ketones and fatty acids. This explains why heart patients often feel tired before their events and why a diet of liberal amounts of fat and low in glucose is crucial for heart health.
there is a dramatic increase in lactic acid production in the myocardial cells. This happens in virtually 100 percent of myocardial infarctions, with no coronary artery mechanism required.7 The increase in lactic acid results in localized acidosis, which makes calcium unable to enter the cells and the cells less able to contract.8 This inability to contract causes localized edema, hypokinesis or diminished muscle function in the walls of the heart (the hallmark of ischemic disease as seen on echocardiograms and nuclear thallium stress tests)—the build up of lactic acid in the cells and eventually causes necrosis of the tissue, which we call a heart attack.
localized tissue edema also alters the hemodynamics of the arteries embedded in that section of the heart, causing the pressure that ruptures unstable plaques, which further blocks the artery and worsens the hemodynamics in that area of the heart. This explanation is the only one that answers why plaques rupture, what their role in the myocardial infarction process is, and when and how they should be addressed (i.e., only in the most critical, acute situations). This is the only explanation that accounts for all the observable phenomena associated with heart disease.
The known things that nourish our parasympathetic nervous system are contact with nature, loving relations, trust, economic security, and sex—in a sense, a whole new world.
medicine that supports all aspects of the parasympathetic nervous system is a medicine from the Strophanthus plant called ouabain or g-strophanthin. G-strophanthin is an endogenous hormone made in our adrenal cortex from cholesterol—whose production is inhibited by statin drugs—which does two things that are crucial for heart health that no other medicine can do. First, it stimulates the production and liberation of acetylcholine, the main neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. Second, and crucially, it converts lactic acid—the main metabolic poison in this process—into pyruvate, one of the main and preferred fuels of the myocardial cells. In other words, it converts a poison into a nutrient. Perhaps this “magic” is why Chinese medicine practitioners say that the kidneys (i.e., the adrenals, where ouabain is made) nourish the heart. In my years of using ouabain in my practice, I have not had a single patient who had a heart attack while taking it.
This understanding of heart disease also leads us to a heart-healthy diet, one that is rich with healthy fats and fat-soluble nutrients and is low in the processed carbohydrates and sugars that practically define industrial civilization.
If there is a less-than-optimal layer of exclusion zone water, particularly at high-stress areas in the blood vessels, it will result in deterioration of the vessel, which we see pathologically as inflammation. If this inflammation continues unchecked, the body will naturally try to stiffen the weakened artery to allow it to withstand the pressure of the blood flow. It does so by putting a kind of plaster cast made of calcium onto, and even into, the artery. This is what we call plaque. Plaque is the body’s compensation mechanism for a weakened artery. To reduce plaque, we need to support the formation of the exclusion zone, reduce the inflammation, and direct calcium to the correct place (the bones).
Pollack’s experiments showed that the three most potent energy sources for structuring water are energy from sunlight, the electromagnetic field from the Earth, and the infrared energy that emits from any other living being—the
particularly water with ORME elements in
But the simple bottom line is that regular contact with nature, exposure to the sun and the moon, contact with animals, and physical touch with other people is critical to our health.
hypertension (insulin causes the body to retain fluid, thus overfilling the circulation and creating high blood pressure),
Sally Fallon’s book on traditional diets, Nourishing Traditions, should become your constant companion.
reversing, arteriosclerosis is to eat a lot of fats, which contain the important fat-soluble vitamin K2.
Weston A. Price, the author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration who chronicled the decline in health of indigenous peoples who abandoned their traditional diets in favor of industrial food, was the first to discover the importance of the nutrient he called “Activator X.”
“Activator X,” now known as vitamin K2, is primarily to direct calcification away from the soft tissues (e.g., arteries) to the bones and teeth where it belongs.
result in the resolution of calcium deposits in the coronary arteries as inflammation subsides, the exclusion zone is rebuilt, and the protective coating of the plaque is no longer needed.
enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP), which is a technology that is successful in helping more than 80 percent of people avoid coronary bypass or stenting.
With EECP, the patient lies on a bed, and inflated “balloons” are put on both legs and around the pelvis. The device syncs up the timing of the inflation of the balloons with an EKG so that the balloons are squeezing the legs and pelvis when the heart is in diastole (relaxed). This is done repeatedly for a little over an hour five days a week for seven consecutive weeks. At the end of this time, due to the timed external pressure, the pressurized venous blood essentially creates a new collateral circulation in the heart.
we decided to collaborate on a book on food, medicine, and movement, which eventually became The Fourfold Path to Healing, coauthored along with Jaimen McMillen, a friend of mine who developed the movement art called spatial dynamics.
The Fourfold Path to Healing and then The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare,
Lipitor: Thief of Memory,
So when a heart patient—or any patient, for that matter—comes to me, I always start with the question: “So what happened to you?” Another way to ask this is: “Tell me about when you last felt well, and then bring me up to present time.” In other words, tell me your story.
The telling of the story is not to be commented on or corrected in any way.
We are striving for balance. The sympathetic and parasympathetic forces should meet in intensity at the left lower border of the heart. It is here that the two heart sounds should be equal in intensity. One hears “lub-dub.” At the top of the left sternal border one hears “LUB-dub” where the first, or nervous system, sound is accentuated. At the apex, or directly under the nipple line, one should hear something like “lub-DUB” where the second, or metabolic sound, is loudest and most intense.
The most important tests I look at when evaluating a person with known or suspected heart issues are the HgbA1c, the hsCRP, and a stress echo.
The medicine program is generally simple and straightforward. G-strophanthin is taken at a dose of three milligrams two to three times per day, usually first thing in the morning and in the evening. Strophanthus is also available as an extract, in which case it should be used at five to twenty drops three times per day, before meals. The medicine should be kept in the mouth for one minute before swallowing because it is best absorbed through the oral mucosa. (You could break open the capsule and put pure g-strophanthin powder in your mouth for a minute, and people have done this, but it is unbelievably bitter, so most people only try this once.)
The dose is titrated up or down depending on a person’s reaction to it. This is very important and why it is best to work with a doctor who is experienced in using g-strophanthin (or Strophanthus extract). There are rarely negative effects, but each person must find their optimal dose regardless of whether they’re using capsules or liquid extracts. The effect we are looking for is a sense of relief of the symptoms. This can be a steadier rhythm, less pain, more stamina, less psychological tension, better sleep, and overall better function.
Currently, the only source I know of in the world that makes the pure g-strophanthin capsules is a compounding pharmacy in Germany by prescription only.
And the only source I know of for the extract is a company in Brazil that makes its extract from Strophanthus seeds; it contains the active ingredient g-strophanthin.
The only other routine medicine I use is six capsules of emu oil per day, which, due to the particular fats and high amounts of vitamin K2, helps to soften the blood vessels. In some cases, I have seen plaque that had built up in the coronary arteries dissolve slightly.
This form of gold is known as Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements (ORME, or ORMUS)—a cumbersome name for a phenomenon that is anything but.
Elements in this state are referred to as monoatomic, although they can form in pairs or even triplets, and they are called elemental because they can no longer form connections with other elements.
ORME exhibit some amazing properties. For example, they can no longer conduct heat or electricity;
ORME elements cannot be measured by conventional atomic measuring devices such as spectrophotometers because these devices depend on the interaction of the element and the device.
The Heart’s Code, Dr. Pearsall
Eat good food and only good food. Start with Nourishing Traditions and adjust from there. • Drink only good water—water that is pure, mineralized, and structured. Visit http://www.dancingwithwater.com and explore from there. • Get as much sun exposure (without burning) as you can. • Walk with your bare feet on the earth as much as possible, especially at beaches, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Play—with bare feet—in the water. • Try to restore to health as many living beings as you can. This can include plants, animals, mountains, fields, rivers, lakes, relationships, and other people. Everything around us is alive. Find the living beings you care about, nurture them, be the one responsible for ensuring their well-being. Love them, protect them, fight for them, care for them. Finally, maybe most importantly, shed as many of your beliefs as possible, including those so-called cherished ones. Be wary of believing in any institutions or abstractions (i.e., nations, patriotism, capitalism). Ask yourself what you know to be true in your heart versus what you’ve been told. Only knowing comes from your heart. When you have done enough of this shedding that it has become a habit, turn around in line every once in a while and see who and what is there. If who or what is there moves your heart (you’ll know), stop at nothing to make this who or what a part of your life.
get rid of the “stuff” with an under-the-sink kitchen Nikken filter. This is a multistage filtration device that removes most contaminants except fluoride. To remove the fluoride, I put one teaspoon of Adya Clarity mineral solution in a gallon jar of water and let it sit for 24–48 hours. Independent laboratory analysis has shown that the ionic minerals in the Adya Clarity bind to toxins including fluoride, causing them to precipitate and therefore be easily filtered out. After this 24–48 hour period, I put the precipitated water through a simple carbon filter that removes the precipitated matter from the water. Then I put this cleaner water in a vortex machine (called a Duet Water Revitalizer), which remineralizes the water and puts it into a vortex motion for nine minutes. I then store water in Flaska bottles in our refrigerator. For the most current information on the nature of water and how you can best treat your own water, consult the website http://www.dancingwithwater.com
The following outline is where I start, adjusting from there. 1. Adjust your diet following the guidelines in appendix A until the hsCRP (for inflammation) and HgbA1c (for blood sugar control) are normal. The optimal A1c level is between 4.9 and 5.4, not the usual normal listed in the lab guidelines. The hsCRP should be always less than 1.0; less than 0.5 is better. 2. Emu oil such as from http://www.walkabouthealthproducts.com. The dose is three capsules twice per day. 3. Strophanthus. Strophanthus is currently hard to obtain in the United States. The most to least favorable options are: a. G-strophanthin (ouabain). Currently the only worldwide source is a compounding pharmacy in Germany that will make it up under a doctor’s order. It comes in 3 mg capsules, and the starting dose is one capsule before meals twice per day. Adjust from there based on how you feel, the effect on stamina, chest pains (angina), heart rate, and stress echo results. The final dose is usually between 3 mg up to a maximum of 18 mg per day (this highest dose is rarely needed). b. Strophanthus extract. This is an extract of the Strophanthus plant itself, which contains g-strophanthin. The positive aspect of this medicine is that it contains all of the cofactors contained in the plant itself. As of this writing, the only currently available source of this extract is from an herbal company in Brazil called TeeBrasil (www.teebrasil.com). I have used this for many years with uniformly positive results. The directions are five to twenty drops of the extract in a small amount of water, held in the mouth for one minute before swallowing, three times per day before meals. Again, adjust the dose based on your reaction. c. Strophactiv D4. This is a German homeopathic product that is a D4 potency of g-strophanthin. It is very dilute and mild but still effective, especially for sensitive people. The rationale for using dilute doses is that g-strophanthin is an endogenous hormone, made in our own adrenal glands, that is also found in very dilute amounts in our blood. It is possible that the homeopathic amounts reflect our basic endogenous levels. This is also available without a prescription. The dose of strophactiv D4 is twenty drops in a teaspoon of water three times per day before meals, best held in your mouth for one minute before swallowing.