I've been studying heart palpitations and atrial fibrillation for almost 20 years. During this time I met some very interesting and helpful people. With everyone willing to share their experiences, it wasn't long before most of us were able to recognize our own individual risk factors for palpitations and atrial fibrillation.
This article is a rather long one because so much has changed and there is so much to cover. I get a lot of questions, and lately many of them have been similar. So Marianne and Bob and others who are waiting for answers, I hope this post helps.
I recently ran into a fellow who has been quietly working on his own palpitation situation. He believes he has discovered some meaningful breakthroughs in controlling palpitations. He uses some holistic nutrients, based on a book written by Dr. Carolyn Dean who has researched this issue for over 30 years.
The book is called “The Magnesium Miracle.” I had read the first edition of the book about 8 years ago, but at that time I was not ready to hear the real message and to give her protocols a chance.
After receiving the data about my friend's new protocol, I decided to organize it and lay it all out here in this article. It should go without saying, but I'll say it for the lawyers – This protocol is not meant to diagnose or treat or cure any health issue. It is the personal protocol of one man. It is provided for educational processes only. And no statements or opinions have been approved by the FDA. Everyone should consult with their own doctors or medical staff before embarking on any dietary changes with the hope they can remediate a health condition.
The book is all about Magnesium and the wide range of diseases, enzymes, and hormones that it controls. According to the book, there are over 800 processes that require magnesium. And 80% of people on this planet are deficient in magnesium.
Simply taking a magnesium pill is not the solution. Most brands of magnesium will give you diarrhea. But here is where Dr. Dean's protocol fixes that.
What you will learn in the book is that there are many factors that inhibit or diminish magnesium's ability to be absorbed into your cells. Both caffeine and alcohol, for example, reduce the amount of magnesium in your body, which is not a good combination because magnesium is a super important mineral for your mental and physical well being.
According to Dr. Dean – “Magnesium is necessary for the proper functioning of 700–800 enzyme systems in the body—that’s why it can be implicated in scores of symptoms and dozens of health conditions.
Magnesium deficiency is a major factor in chronic disease — diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and heartburn. Furthermore, telomeres, which are components of chromosomes, hold the key to aging, as does magnesium, which has been shown to prevent telomeres from deteriorating. This puts magnesium square in the center of any discussion about anti-aging.
Magnesium is actually the fourth most common mineral in your body, after sodium, calcium, and potassium, so you really do need a boatload of it.
If you don’t have enough magnesium in your body, you will definitely feel it. You might be getting more muscle cramps, muscle spasms or twitches, heart palpitations, and you might find it harder to sleep. You'll also feel more stressed and you might have problems with your skin.
A huge part of the problem that most of us don't realize is that soils today no longer contain enough magnesium in them to provide our foods with the nutrients that we need. The result is that there is a long slow slide down the rabbit hole of ill-health that begins in our early teens!
Most of us just pass off declining health as a normal part of aging. It is NOT aging that is doing this to us. It is a combination of a lack of understanding about growing food for nutrition and allowing ex-pharmaceutical executives to run our agencies like the FDA, Health Canada, and other health-related agencies.
So, Why Doesn't My Doctor Know What To Do?
Sadly, doctors study disease, not wellness. The medical industry is huge and very costly to run. Without a steady source of income for research and development, there would be little incentive for a person to become a doctor. If there is no money in becoming a doctor, why not just go into real estate instead? There would be fewer headaches and much more profit.
You must add to this the fact that most people are trained almost from birth to look for the quick fix. Look for the pill that does the job! Just look at the sales for Tylenol or Aspirin!
But enough preaching to the choir! Let's look at my friend's protocol.
The “Gats” Protocol
I was given all of this information through FB Messenger, so it has taken me a few days to digest it all and lay it out in a format that will make sense to most of you.
Here Are The Supplements Used In “The Gats Protocol”
Liquid Ionic Magnesium –
[side note: See this article by Dr. Dean on Magnesium]
Considering all of the important roles that magnesium plays in the body — and the fact that a magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults with an estimated 80 percent being deficient in this vital mineral — it’s a good idea to consider taking magnesium supplements regularly and eating magnesium-rich foods.
The amount of research regarding the benefits of magnesium and the need to take magnesium supplements to counteract a deficiency is staggering.
For many people, a magnesium deficiency — also known as hypomagnesemia, with “hypo” meaning under, “magnes” referring to magnesium and “-emia” meaning in the blood — causes noticeable negative symptoms, including muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.
Yet, magnesium deficiency is often overlooked and rarely tested. Therefore, magnesium may be one of the most underutilized but most necessary supplements there is.
Magnesium — which comes from the obsolete root word magnes, which was used to mean magnet or magnetic power — may not be the most present mineral in our bodies in terms of its quantity, but it’s certainly one of the most crucial to overall health. It’s actually involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body, such as regulating heartbeat rhythms and helping neurotransmitter functions, which is why hypomagnesemia is something you want to nip in the bud!
Cayenne Pepper – According to Dr. Axe many of us have used cayenne pepper to add a little spice to our meals, but did you know that it has the power to change your health? It has been used for both food and medicine for the last 9,000 years!
Cayenne pepper can stimulate your body’s circulation and reduce acidity; it’s a powerful, spicy little pepper that offers many health benefits.
Cayenne pepper is typically added to food in either its natural or powdered form, and some people use it as a cream or capsule in order to take advantage of its detoxifying properties.
Cayenne pepper benefits are numerous and effective; it’s used to help digestion, including healing upset stomach, slow intestinal gas, stop stomach pain, stop diarrhea, and as a natural remedy for cramps. It’s also used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels — including to improve poor circulation, reverse excessive blood clotting, lower high cholesterol, and prevent heart disease.
Proline – Proline is an important nonessential amino acid that’s responsible for cellular regeneration, tissue repair, and collagen-building. It has beneficial cardiovascular properties, working to support balanced blood pressure levels and arterial elasticity. Proline also facilitates wound healing and helps protect your skin against harmful free radicals.
Nattokinase Powder – Nattokinase is an enzyme present in nattō, a traditional Japanese food. It has strong blood clot-dissolving activity, and it reduces blood pressure and high cholesterol, which highlights its potential for use in the treatment of heart disease. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of nattokinase.
It was discovered and extracted from nattō in 1987 when nattō was found to dissolve artificial fibrin (an insoluble protein involved in the formation of a blood clot). It has the highest anti-clotting (fibrinolytic) activity compared to other enzymes, making it a promising potential treatment for heart disease.
L-Citrulline – According to WebMD, L-citrulline is a substance called a non-essential amino acid. Your kidneys change L-citrulline into another amino acid called L-arginine and a chemical called nitric oxide.
These compounds are important to your heart and blood vessel health. They may also boost your immune system.
L-citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide helps your arteries relax and work better, which improves blood flow throughout your body. This may be helpful for treating or preventing many diseases.
Evidence suggests the supplement could possibly help lower blood pressure in people with prehypertension. Prehypertension is an early warning sign for high blood pressure. It means you have a slightly raised blood pressure readings. Prehypertension raises your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.
Pycnogenol – 40 years of research and over 400 scientific studies have confirmed what our ancestors long suspected, Pycnogenol (a patented pine bark extract) has incredible health benefits.
Pycnogenol is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antihistamine.
What is Pycnogenol thought to do?
- supports healthy blood flow and circulation by strengthening the walls of your blood vessels and capillaries
- promotes flexible joints by reducing inflammation
- fights the free-radicals that cause disease
- reduces the symptoms of allergies including asthma and hay-fever
Taurine promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation. In animal research, taurine protected against heart failure, reducing mortality by nearly 80%.
Its benefits are so broad and extensive that scientists have described taurine as “a wonder molecule.”
Taurine is found abundantly in healthy bodies. However, certain diets, particularly vegetarian or vegan diets, lack adequate amounts of taurine. Disease states—including liver, kidney, or heart failure, diabetes, and cancer—can all cause a deficiency in taurine. And aging bodies often cannot internally produce an optimal amount of taurine, making supplementation vital.
Piperine Black Pepper
Chances are you have black pepper somewhere in your home. While this common cooking ingredient can certainly spice up a meal, it also contains something that can at times be beneficial to your health. That nutrient is called Piperine. More often it is referred to as Bioperine. For those confused over the differences of Piperine vs. Bioperine, just know that Bioperine is Piperine’s trademarked name, so the two terms are often interchangeable.
Of the many Bioperine benefits offered, the one most talked about is its ability to increase the level of absorption of nutrients within your body. Sometimes referred to as “bioenhancement,” this ability means you get more out of other nutrients that you consume. With many nutrients, such as turmeric and curcumin, you only absorb a fraction of what you ingest. When combined with Piperine, however, you may assimilate much more of these nutrients. This may also apply to nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, selenium, Vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and more.
Hawthorn Berry Extract
According to WebMD again, Hawthorn is a plant. The leaves, berries, and flowers of hawthorn are used to make medicine.
Hawthorn is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. So far, research suggests that hawthorn might be effective in treating congestive heart failure, but there hasn’t been enough research on other heart-related uses to know if it is effective for them.
Some people use hawthorn for digestive system complaints such as indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach pain. It is also used to reduce anxiety, as a sedative, to increase urine output, and for menstrual problems.
Hawthorn is also used to treat tapeworm and other intestinal infections.
L-lysine is the precursor for many substances that are important in human nutrition. Alpha-ketoglutarate is used to convert L-lysine into acetyl-CoA, which plays an essential role in the citric acid cycle. Allysine is also derived from lysine and is used to synthesize collagen and elastin.
L-lysine can be synthesized in the laboratory from dl-α-amino-ε-caprolactam and an enzyme. The commercial production of L-lysine typically relies on fermentation by the bacteria known scientifically as Corynebacterium glutamicum. L-lysine for use in health supplements is typically prepared as L-lysine HCL, which is the hydrochloride salt of L-lysine.
Vitamin C Powder
Vitamin C is rapidly finding new applications in protecting against endothelial dysfunction, high blood pressure, and the blood vessel changes that precede heart disease. Additional research is discovering that vitamin C can be helpful in preventing asthma, protecting against cancer, and supporting healthy blood sugar levels in diabetics.
While often taken for granted, vitamin C is a critical supplement in your program to improve cardiac health and avoid degenerative diseases.
Vitamin C—Breakthroughs in Cardiovascular Health
One of the most intensely studied areas of vitamin C benefits is in the area of cardiovascular health. Researchers are finding that vitamin C impacts several aspects of cardiac health, ranging from blood pressure to endothelial health. Perhaps it’s not surprising that as the relationship between oxidative damage, inflammation, and atherosclerosis become increasingly investigated by science, vitamin C is seen as a key protective element against many aspects of cardiovascular disease.
For years, scientists have warned us against the dangerous buildup of plaque that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Researchers are investigating the possibilities that vitamin C may play a role in reducing our risk of plaque buildup.
In the early stages of atherosclerosis, white blood cells called monocytes migrate and stick to the walls of the endothelium. Once this process begins, our vessel walls begin to thicken and lose their elasticity, which paves the way for atherosclerosis.
Interestingly, British researchers studied the effects of vitamin C supplementation (250 mg/day) on this adhesion process in 40 healthy adults. Before the study, subjects with low pre-supplementation levels of vitamin C had 30% greater monocyte adhesion than normal, putting them at higher risk for atherosclerosis. Impressively, after six weeks of supplementation, the rate of this dangerous monocyte adhesion actually fell by 37%.
Dr. Axe has this to say about Carnitine: Carnitine is a type of amino acid that benefits energy levels by transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria where they can be burned up and used as fuel. For this reason, many take carnitine as a weight loss supplement to help bump up fat burning.
Carnitine occurs in two forms, or isomers: L-carnitine and D-carnitine. L-carnitine is the active form that plays a role in energy metabolism and production. It is produced within the body, but it can also be taken as a supplement or found in many different protein foods as well. In supplement form, it’s available as a capsule, liquid or even injectable.
A deficiency in carnitine can be caused by inadequate intake, excess loss through diarrhea or dialysis, liver disorders, the use of certain medications, and some genetic disorders. Additionally, because it is primarily found in animal products, vegans and vegetarians are at a higher risk of deficiency.
Although many people take L-carnitine as a way to speed up weight loss and fat burning, carnitine benefits include enhancing brain function, preventing muscle damage, regulating blood sugar and increasing endurance as well.
Once again, Dr. Axe has powerful opinions on this one. CoQ10 (short for Coenzyme Q10) is an essential element for many daily functions and is required by every single cell in the body. As an antioxidant that protects cells from the effects of aging, CoQ10 has been used in medical practices for decades, especially for treating heart problems.
Although the body creates Coenzyme Q10, it doesn’t always do so consistently. Lack of CoQ10 is most commonly associated with the damaging effects of oxidative stress (also called free radical damage). Low levels of CoQ10 are associated with declining cognition, diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease and muscle conditions.
In fact, CoQ10’s antioxidative capacity is what makes it one of the most popular anti-aging supplements in the world and can be a great addition to an integrative health program.
We could discuss this material for weeks. You will notice that most of the supplements have to do with muscle tone, arterial health, blood pressure, an heart function. Magnesium, on top of all this, helps to ensure that your body has a fighting chance to regulate some of those 800 enzyme processes that need to happen in your body.
I just added, within the past 5 days, the use of the ReMag and Citrulline to my regimen. I'm 64 years old. I can tell you that immediately I felt better. The Citrulline with ReMag seems to work to give me peace and calm like I haven't experienced since my 20s! My brother, who has heart palpitations is also going to try this combo starting today. I'll update the file in the days or weeks to come.