After many years of research, I’m updating my report to include new and improved protocols for anyone wondering about how to stop heart palpitations. For those reading this now that are suffering palpitations, I sure know how you feel! There is nothing quite like suffering palpitations (except maybe dying)! Palp sufferers get to experience dying-like symptoms often several times a day! What this does to your body and your psychic is terrible.
If you are like I was, you might even reach a time when you are afraid to leave the house. This nasty ailment can threaten your job! You become afraid to exert yourself and you avoid robust activities. Everyone around you suffers.
Well, I may have good news for you. Most doctors will tell you that palpitations won’t kill you. And they are mostly correct. The worry might kill you, but the palpitations won’t. You’d be surprised just how strong a human heart is. I went into ER one time with a heart rate of 220 beats per minute. I peed a quart of water every fifteen minutes because of the increased pressure on my kidneys. It took them about three hours to bring my heart rate down. Imagine running two full marathons and not being able to stop!
I want you to read this stuff with an open mind. Whether you are trying to find out how to stop heart palpitations or just want someone to talk with about this issue, just contact me through the contact page and we’ll exchange email addresses. I routinely chat with about 40 people around the world right now.
My blog style is probably very different than you might be used to. I am very personable, and I take an interest in all those that contact me. At the same time, I am will say some things that might go against every bit of training you’ve had. In the end however, I’ve managed to stop my palpitations and keep them away now since 2007.
Why Doesn’t Your Doctor Doesn’t Know How To Stop Heart Palpitations?
After people find their own cure for palpitations, they always right back to me and ask this question. ”Why the hell doesn’t my doctor know this stuff?” I hate to burst your illusion, but traditional medicine today is not concerned about you getting well. You may think they are, and they may go through some rudimentary “acting as though the are”, but in reality, it’s all about selling you some drugs. Don’t believe me? How many of you reading this have been told to go on “Beta Blockers” to fix your palps?
Follow the Money
Everything on the planet is about money. Always Follow the money. There is no money in healthy people. The money is in the sick. Big Pharma and the large multinational chemical companies are depending upon you sticking to the plan. They’ve been training you since birth to stay on the plan. Those who deviate from the plan are hammered. The Japanese say, “the nail that sticks out, gets hammered in!” I won’t waste a lot of time explaining this right now. If you want to see more, go to my other blog Boomer News and read all about the politics of living.
So, What’s What Was The Cause of Your Palps?
Western diets are loaded with foods that promote excess acidity in our systems. When we drink tap water – or even worse – Desani or Aquafina bottled water, we are getting water that is acidic (pH 5.5). Your body, being the amazing machine it is, will always counteract the acid by taking minerals from your bones to “buffer” the acid. Over the long haul, this will lead you to things like IBS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, arthritis, and many more diseases…including cancer! Once again, this whole area is discussed in detail on Boomer News.
If you drink cola or soda (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, 7-Up and others…) then you are drinking fluid that is pH 2.5. The only thing you can do that is worse than this is drink battery acid or take pharmaceutical drugs. One can of Coke will require you to drink 32 eight ounce glasses of high alkaline water just to neutralize the damage from that one Coke!
And … The Culprit Is?
Inflammation! Excess acidity, or chronic acidosis, triggers a state of dysbiosis in our bodies that leads to hormonal and endocrine imbalances that cascade out of control over time. Inflammation is the bodies first response to trauma. Even stress can cause acidosis that leads to inflammation. So with stress and diet teaming up, we have a problem. In all of us, the vagus nerve transverses the body from the base of the brain stem to the groin. In many cases, the pericardium or “heart sac” becomes inflamed. When this inflammation sets in, the heart sac and many other ancillary organ support mechanisms are affected. The vagus nerve and the phrenic nerve appear to be the most affected by the increased inflammation and pressure. I believe they are at the root of the palp triggering mechanism.
I Fear Going To Bed At Night!
Some people will find that when they lay on their left sides when going to bed at night, they will get palpitations within about three to five minutes. This is a sure sign that your vagus nerve is involved. Others will bring on palps simply by bending over in the shower to pick up the soap! Another way to bring them on is to consume something really cold like a cold water or beer.
Doctors, unfortunately, are trained and conditioned to see your issue as symptoms to be masked. They’ll offer a array of blockers. I was given Rhythmol, my brother was offered Atenolol. These drugs slow down the palps, but they sure do make you feel awful. I could not see going through life feeling like that. After a week on Rhythmol, I began to cut back on them and to look for alternative measures. I really needed my own fix. I had no idea it would take me 6 years to find the cure for myself, but bit by bit I pieced the “risk factors” for my palpitations.
Here’s My List of Risk Factors for Palpitations
- Mercury – from amalgam fillings or vaccines
- Flossing Teeth
- Toxic foods and drink
- Fish of all kinds – they contain too much mercury
- Fish Oils – all fish oils!
- Refined Sugar
- Iodine deficiency
- Pop and soft drinks
- Bottled Water
- Sugary Juice
- Heavy animal fatty foods like prime rib
What I Did To Rid myself of Palpitations Forever
I joined dozens of “health blogs” and I chatted with people all over the world who suffered palpitations. I databased their lifestyles, diets, physical types, their environment and their supplement intake. I began studying several hours per day at the US National Library of Medicine and the Duke Phyto Nutritional Database.
My first breakthrough happened in 2004 when I was chatting with a fellow by the name of George on the Irish Health blog. George had made some significant headway with ALOE GEL. I went to the Duke database and discovered that many of the same ingredients that are in IMMODIUM are also in Aloe Gel. DO NOT CONFUSE ALOE GEL WITH ALOE JUICE. THEY ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Also I believe the aloe gel INNER FILET is best. The “Whole Leaf” works, but not as well as the “Inner Filet”.
I started experimenting with Aloe Gel and was blown away by the very rapid response. Aloe gel is highly alkalizing. It works in the stomach to alkalize an overly acidic environment. The effect of aloe gel on inflammation was profound. At first, I drank one ounce of aloe gel twice a day. One ounce at breakfast and one ounce about an hour after dinner. My palpitation attacks went from several a day to two a week!
Next I cut out all fish and fish oils and I stopped consuming all refined sugar. No candy, no pop, no pastries and donuts. And no aspartame ever! (This is one of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet.)
After about two months, I was down to one palp per month. I cut my aloe gel back to just one ounce per day. Today, several years later, I take it maybe once per week. The gel I used was Lilly of the Dessert Brand. I believe it is available at all GNC stores plus most good health food stores. It is made in Texas, USA. I highly recommend that you get some of this ASAP if you are suffering palps. You might find relief on the first day like I did!
I almost forgot to mention that I had may amalgam fillings taken out too. They give off mercury vapors all day long. Your dentist might argue this, but if he does, he’s simply uneducated. Send your dentist this YouTube Video. How would you like your mouth to be spewing those vapours?
I also started to floss every day. The bacteria that grow between the teeth are huge factors affecting your heart. keep those teeth clean! Side note: Cutting down on sugar helps because those bacteria live off the sugar you eat.
For a quick start to end or slow down my palpitations so that I could live again… I got hold of ALOE GEL and drank an ounce of it twice per day. I got immediate relief! That gave me the comfort to continue studying. Over the years, I narrowed down the other risk factors and the nutritional aspects that I have outlined. I am not saying it will be your answer too. I did get emails from an NHL player and a fighter from UFC who both reported that they cured their palps within a week. I’ve hear similar results from people in Egypt, South Africa, England, France, Canada, and Russia.
If you are suffering, I wish you the best of luck finding your fix. If you want to talk about it, I have all the time in the world for you. No one should ever have to go through this.
I continue to research and refine my wellness research. If this field is something that interests you, then you should send me your email in the form at the top right and we can be in touch. I’ll send you reports and research articles that you might be interested in.
Some of you are aware of the connection between palpitations and digestion. Over the years, my testing is focussing in more and more on the digestive processes. My own brother developed palpitations about 2 years ago, but he was not into listening to his little brother – until recently. I made the connection to H Pylori about 6 months ago based on an email conversation I had with someone on this blog. I think she was from Australia, though I might be wrong on that.
The bottom line is that H Pylori absolutely does have an effect on palpitations for some people. Since more than half of the people on this planet have H Pylori, it is no wonder that doctors are not going to easily make this connection. Treating H Pylori would mean a massive reduction in pharmaceutical sales over time. That said, you and I don’t care about that. We just want our palpitations to be gone!
I am writing this because a reader, Val, wrote to me and my response to here was rejected by the mail server. So Val, if you are reading this, it’s for you.
You intuition was right. Most of this is caused by digestive issues. Digestive issues can be cause by a range of things including shortage of minerals or enzymes and also by bacteria. It I were you, I’d go to see the doctor one more time and ask for an H.Pylori test. More than half of the world’s population has h.pylori. This bacteria burrows into the lining of the stomach and causes all kinds of trouble with digestion. For some of us, that shows a s “palpitations” related to upper GI tract malfunction. Once your doctor finds the h.pylori, treating it is easy. They will give you some antibiotics and it will be gone. H.pylori is commonly passed from dogs and from dirty food. If you have a dog, don’t let him lick your face! And wash your hands after he licks them. Also, if you have it, then anyone that you kiss or get intimate with will also have it.
H.Pylori is linked to stomach cancer too, so it’s not something you want to mess with. I’d go to the doc soon.
Check this article out: http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/may2010_N-Acetyl-Cysteine_01.htm
I thought you would like this video that was published by PBS recently. They give a good perspective on the role of inflammation in the heart. Unfortunately, they approach the entire issue from a limited perspective. They only discuss the future of “new drugs” in relation to being able to offer the population any relief for the growing death rate due to inflammatory damage.
The seasoned researchers among you will realize immediately, that plaque deposits and inflammation is controllable WITHOUT pharmaceutical drug intervention. Nattokinase, for example, has been used by the Chinese for 4,000 years. Nattokinase cleans the arteries of foreign protein particles that help to form plaque. Many people in both China and the western world use Nattokinase to remove blood clots or phlebitis in legs. If you research nattokinase, you will see that many call it the body’s own “plumber”!
Inflammation truly is your most virulent enemy. Do all you can to keep inflammation down, and you stand a good chance of living a long and healthy life!
I decided to include this video on my site tonight since it is such a great video for explaining exactly what is going wrong with our bodies. The author of this video totally nails it in terms of identifying the problems we face. Even though he talks about Rheumatoid Arthritis, the facts are completely applicable to the syndroms that are causing our palpitations. Watch the video and you will see what I mean.
Hi all! I was getting so much mail on this topic it makes it hard to keep up. Also, when you are the admin for the website, it is not easy to find the comments and respond to them. Comments are attached to a particular post or article, so I have to wade through the articles to see what is posted and then make my reply.
I’ve been chatting through email with some great people from all over lately. Several guys and gals from the USA and some really nice people from France, England, Australia and South Africa. It’s a small world when people who share a common health issue can talk. I created a Weebly page expressly for this issue. Weebly has a “blog” feature that makes commenting quick and easy. I’m going to run it for a while and see if there is any interest. You can find it here: http://stopheartpalpitations.weebly.com – Click on the “Blog” link
The one thing I know for sure is the horrible feeling of anxiety we get when palpitations are happening. If you are alone and afraid, this can be a really bad spot to be in. I want these people to know that the weebly link above is a place they can come to and they’ll always be welcomed. I helps to discuss the issue with others. I tried to do this in the Irish Health forum, but when you have an official forum, you have all these forum rules. I never did like rules.
Have a great weekend everyone if we don’t chat before then!
Well, after a grueling week of scrambling to get my new book ready, I finally uploaded it last night. I published on Amazon/Kindle for a couple of reasons that will be clear in a few seconds. And I have to say that working with Amazon on this project has been a very pleasurable experience. I can certainly see why Amazon and Kindle sell billions of dollars worth of merchandise every year. They are the consummate professionals and have well earned the “most trusted retailer” moniker that they carry.
That said, the notoriety of “heart palpitations” has been on the rise for a few years. I have enjoyed chatting with people all over the world about heart palpitation issues.
I’ve mentioned a few times, in my posts and comment replies, that the number of emails I get on the subject is steadily increasing. So far, I’ve been able to manage answering all of the questions personally. Also, I sent pieces of my regimen to anyone who asked for it. However, the workload has grown to the point where it is beginning to render me less effective in pursuing other important research topics. As a solution, I decided to make the information available at the cheapest possible price, so that I could not only free myself up to apply my research skills to other health issues, but also partially fund that research with sales revenue. To that end, I created this book (How to Stop or Prevent Heart Palpitations) and made it available in digital format through Amazon Kindle.
Writing the book was the easy part however. I can honestly say that I would never have been able to do it without the great and detailed work of my “proof-readers” – Don Fergusson (the human “Swiss Army Knife”) and Gail Walsh (Gail runs a Canine Musical Freestyle training site called “My Dancing Dog“). Thank you both! Over a five day period Gail and Don poured over my book and found all of my silly little errors. I’d like to blame this damned Macbook Pro and its “auto spell check” feature that changes your words on the fly, but even that is wearing thin around these parts.
I am under contract to Amazon to “abide by their rules” in regard to handing the book out, so to the dozen or so that I talked about this with, we will have to continue our online chats and work toward you resolving your palpitations issues. I will always make time for you. I will also be developing a Facebook Page to support this topic and will be promoting the book through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and others.
As always, as new material and new research is available, I will continue to bring it to you – and present it in a way we can all understand.
I was conducting some routine research yesterday when I ran into the work of Dr. Eric Topol. OMG – what a great idea! He currently uses cell phones and specialized apps to deliver state of the art medical treatment. However, I think he’ll likely take this a step or two further with by using either iPads or the Samsung Galaxy Tablets.
Eric J. Topol, M.D. is an American cardiologist, geneticist, and researcher. Much of Topol’s career was spent at the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as chairman of cardiovascular medicine and founded the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Topol was one of the first researchers to question the cardiovascular safety of rofecoxib (Vioxx), culminating in the drug’s ultimate withdrawal from the market.
Topol’s advocacy on the subject led to what the New York Times described as an “unusually public dispute” with the Cleveland Clinic’s leadership over ties between the academic institution and the pharmaceutical industry, ultimately leading to Topol’s departure from the Clinic after his academic position was abolished.
Topol currently serves as Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. He also serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health, a Professor of Translational Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, and was recently named The Gary and Mary West Chair of Innovative Medicine. In addition, he is a Co-Founder and serves on the Board of the West Wireless Health Institute as Vice-Chairman. He is also the Editor-in-chief of theheart.org.
Check out this NBC News report on Dr. Topol
Have you ever heard the term “everything happens for a reason?” I have, but I often ignore the signs. Two days ago I was at the dentist having a crown replaced. I was in the chair for about two hours. When I was finished, I drove a few blocks and decided to stop at a Starbucks for a coffee. My best friend is holidaying in Costa Rica, so I’m missing my caffeine breaks!
On the way out of the store, a newspaper article caught my eye. The paper was laying open on a table near the door. I put my coffee down and started to read the article. When I turned the page, I noticed a different looking ad. It was an ad for a product called “LeafSource”. The ad talked a lot about inflammation. Of course, in my 30 years studying human health, phyto-nutrition and human performance, I have learned to zero in on words like that. If you’ve read any of my earlier posts on this blog, then you know that back in 2002 my sudden development of heart palpitations was eventually traced back to “internal inflammation.”
I made a mental note of the product and then researched it later in the day when I could get to my computer. That night I went to bed, but was suffering a bit from a very sore right thumb. It had been getting progressively more painful over the past three days. This night it was unbearable. I had to get up and take some pain killer. I wondered if it was inflammation, or if I had maybe broken one of the small bones in my hand.
In the morning, I called the “LeafSource” company to find out where their product was for sale. Luckily, there was a store near me, and on my way to work. I stopped in and bought a bottle of the stuff and took one of the CDs that the manufacturer had left for people to listen to. I took one pill at 10:15 am and another at 2 pm. By 3 pm I was pain free! Maybe this was a fluke? I don’t know, but I am going to test this “LeafSource” on some of my family to see.
I was so impressed with the effects of LeafSource, that I created a video for it tonight. I took the audio script from the CD and assembled it together with some pictures taken from my helicopter on our trip to Kauai, Hawaii. If you are genuinely interested in curing your own issue with heart palpitations, then I highly recommend you invest 24 minutes to listen to this audio piece that I placed on Youtube. It is a little bit scripted, but in the last 1/3 of the file, there is some very useful information. You will see how inflammation is what it is all about.
I’m going to write some more articles with new and updated information soon. I get so many emails every day from people all over the world that suffer from heart palpitations. I am shocked and disappointed that in every single case the doctors just don’t disclose the truth about this matter. I know that they cannot possibly be so ignorant that they don’t know what’s going on. I have a friend who’s a retired pharmaceutical engineer. Perhaps I can interview him and get some insight?
It’s that time of year when there are more dark hours in the day, and we may not be able to bask in the sunshine we need to help our bodies produce vitamin D, a vital nutrient that has received quite a bit of media attention in recent years. New research sheds light on yet another reason to get enough vitamin D in your diet: people with low levels of vitamin D may be at risk for daytime sleepiness and other sleep disorders. As if the hustle and bustle of the holiday season weren’t tiring enough!
We know vitamin D is important for strong, healthy bones. A lack of vitamin D has also been implicated in a number of other health disorders. Although researchers have connected sleep issues with a lack of vitamin D before, the new study is the first to find a “significant correlation” between sleepiness and vitamin D, indicating that this vitamin may be even more vital than previously thought to a good night’s rest.
The study looked at sleep clinic patients who complained of various sleep problems and pain. Researchers found that “the results suggest the novel possibility that vitamin D deficiency-related disease has a yet-to-be-identified mechanistic role in the presentation of sleepiness, sleep disorders, or both.” The concurrence of daytime sleepiness and vitamin D intake was found to be particularly high among African Americans, whose natural melanin makes it harder to get the recommended daily allowance. See my first report for more information.
In other health news, low-grade, chronic and systemic inflammation has been getting a lot of attention because some believe it’s the cause of many health ailments. In fact, the Berkeley Wellness Letter (January 2008) states this type of inflammation “may underlie a kind of ‘unified field’ explanation of disease.” Most of us who suffer from chronic inflammation might not even know it, because the symptoms can vary so widely.
A recent study looked at the effects of glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil supplements on reducing inflammation. The study included 9,947 adults and was one of the largest studies of its kind. The study showed regular use of those popular supplements was associated with reductions in common markers of inflammation. This latest research supports what a number of other studies have already found: “This study adds biologic plausibility to previous studies which have shown beneficial effects of these supplements on chronic disease,” they say. Read more about this in my second report.
Finally, for healthy adults beetroot may show promising blood pressure benefits, particularly for men. Most people eat their beets, but new research from Australia suggests that drinking beetroot juice may promote blood pressure health by relaxing blood vessels. Check out my final report for further details.
Someone emailed me a great question this morning. Kim asked me about the possibility of a connection between heart palpitations and the use of antibiotics. I am so glad to have received this question. It tells me that people are beginning to string together the bit of evidence that show us what’s really happening with our bodies. I thought that the answer to Kim’s question was worthy of posting here on the site so that we can all benefit from the dialog.
My Answer: Excellent question! You are actually closer to the source of palpitations that you might know. In the ten years that I have been studying this issue, almost every discovery points to a stronger and stronger connection to the digestive tract.
Most antibiotics, and especially broad spectrum antibiotics, will cause significant reductions in the number and strength of “good flora” – the healthy intestinal bacteria that keeps our digestive systems working properly. In fact, intestinal health should be a major course of study in medical schools. There is ample research now that point to the connection between autism and intestinal flora. If you have time, check out this Youtube video on the subject: http://youtu.be/0yn4SBNSkg4
Whenever the proper “gut bacteria” is not present, then the bad bacteria take over. They secrete a toxic waste as part of their digestive process. That waste in children can lead to nerve function disorder including autism. In our case, mild disorders can lead to palpitations.
In addition to the direct aggravators that I talk about on this site (lack of flossing, dental amalgams, exposure to mercury – through the consumption of fish oils and fish in the diet, as well as exposure to mercury leaking CFL light bulbs), a reduction in the amount and strength of good gut bacteria can also have a significant impact.
If you ask a lion and a lamb – “What’s for dinner?” – you’ll get two different answers. Similarly, if you ask doctors about these assertions, you won’t hear them jumping for joy. These assertions cut deeply into their drug business, so their sponsors (Big Pharma) won’t stand for that. They’ll criticize the concept every opportunity they get.
That said, their indignation does not alter the facts. All you need to do is check it out for yourself. I tested the hypothesis by adding two things to my diet.
I found a product called “Healthy Colon Plus” by Omega Alpha. My friend’s wife runs a health food store and she insisted that I try this stuff. I am so glad I did! It’s amazing stuff. It not only has the essential pro-biotics that we need, but also it has a number of other gut friendly nutrients.
This product is made in Canada, but seems to be available all over Europe as well. I don’t see any connections for the USA. I’ll have to give them a call after the Christmas break to see where it can be purchased in the US.
I take a teaspoon of “Healthy Colon Plus” with 6 ounces of water before breakfast and before dinner. I can testify that it really works well.
When we solve the issue of our unhealthy digestive systems, we solve a good number of connected issues. I’ll post more on this subject as I get more information.