Atrial Fibrillation: Alternative Treatment

Atrial fibrillation (heart arrhythmias) is a condition in which the heart's electrical impulses are abnormal, causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

Some arrhythmias are life-threatening medical emergencies that can result in cardiac arrest and sudden death. Others cause aggravating symptoms such as an abnormal awareness of heart beat (palpitations), and are merely annoying. Others may not be associated with any symptoms at all, but could cause a potentially life threatening stroke from slow blood circulation.

Heart arrhythmias (uh-RITH-me-uhs) are common and usually harmless. Most people have occasional, irregular heartbeats that may feel like a fluttering or racing heart.

Alternative Treatments

A higher fat, low carb diet has been shown to reduce cardiac rhythm abnormalities. This study shows that a high carb meal induces increased activity in the sympathetic nervous systems and increased levels of adrenalin, which can cause cardiac arrhythmia. In addition, a higher fat, low carb diet will also reduce the incidence of reactive hypoglycemia, which can cause heart palpitations.

Getting the necessary nutrition can also help. The daily intake of sufficient essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, the B vitamins and a general multi-vitamin are all necessary for proper heart rhythm.

Magnesium, especially, is an important nutritional factor for proper heart function. In her book The Magnesium Factor, Dr. Mildred Seelig discusses at length the correlation between A-Fib and a magnesium deficiency.

In addition, Bruce West, D.C. says the body needs adequate stores of iodine for the heart to beat smoothly. In his practice, he has found that most of the stubborn cases of cardiac arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation that he was unable to correct with his cardiac protocols were resolved when adequate supplies of natural iodine were given. The iodine he uses is in the form of Prolamine, a natural iodine supplement.

Mainstream medicine shuns the use of natural iodine, but the most popular mainstream anti-fibrillation drug is Amiodarone, which is a toxic form of iodine in a sustained-release form.

Wikipedia has this to say about Amiodarone: "The FDA was reluctant to officially approve the use of amiodarone, since initial reports had shown increased incidence of serious pulmonary side-effects of the drug. In the mid 1980s, the European pharmaceutical companies began putting pressure on the FDA to approve amiodarone by threatening to cut the supply to American physicians if it were not approved. In December 1985, amiodarone was approved by the FDA for the treatment of arrhythmias. This makes amiodarone one of the few drugs approved by the FDA without rigorous randomized clinical trials."

This is a prime example of how mainstream medicine chooses to ignore the utility and benefit of natural nutritive substances and alternative health strategies in order to prescribe toxic and dangerous drugs instead.

If you are experiencing atrial fibrillation, you should see a physician. But be aware that a change in diet may work wonders.

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