The Silent Bug That Causes Heart Attacks and Strokes
Can you catch a heart attack and/or a stroke? Sounds like a crazy question, however, it is a reality that you can be a carrier of a bacteria called Chlamydia Pneumoniae. This bug has been linked to hardening of the arteries and early heart attacks.
This bug isn't that uncommon. In fact many people have encountered it as a flu sometimes leading to bronchitis and pneumonia. 50% of folks with epidemic are carrying the chlamydia bug.
This nasty bug (chlamydia) can burrow itself in the walls of blood vessels staying there for years setting up the perfect environment for a heart attack and/or stroke.
One sneaky aspect of this bacteria is that it gets a free ride to the arterial wall site of inflammation by living inside the white blood cell, which is the army attacking the arterial wall. Again from here the bug can dig deep into the arterial wall creating continued slow damage.
The Chlamydia bug can be diagnosed by ordering the test via Quest Diagnostics.
There are a number of antibiotics that can kill chlamydia. The best and most well established is tetracycline or doxycycline.
The chlamydia test is another crystal ball tests that helps looks in the future and may be in fact be a life saver for anyone concerned about arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, angina, arrhythmia, phlebitis, previous heart attack, bypass procedures or anyone wanting to assess the status of their vasculature system before it succumbs with the above symptoms.
Linnanmaki E, Leiononen M, Maffila, K, Saikku P, et al, Chlamydia pneumoniae-specific circulating immune complexex in patients with chronic coronary heart disease, Circulation 87:1130-4, 1993
Saikku P, Leiononen M, Huttenen JK, et al, Chronic Chlamydia Pneumoniae infection as a risk factor for coronary heart disease disease in the Helsinki Heart Study, Ann Intern Med, 116: 273-8, 1992
Advanced FMU Clinical Tip
In recent years the term functional foods was introduced into the scientific literature.
Functional foods are similar to conventional foods, but in addition to providing the basic nutritional components, such as protein, carbohydrates and fats, they have specific components that can reduce the risk of chronic disease.
For example, broccoli contains specific components that have the ability to assist the body with detoxification and exhibit strong anticancer properties.
The bioactive components responsible for the health benefits of functional foods are referred to as nutraceuticals.
Please be sure that you ask your patients to provide you with a diet history/journal, after all, food is medicine.
Fiber has also been shown to have beneficial health effects, however supplementing with certain types of fiber can have a negative impact on health.
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Functional medicine embraces the totality of the regulatory functions of the body. It encompasses all of the biophysical, biochemical, enzymatic, endocrine, immunological, and bioenergetic regulatory capacities.
Dr. Ron Grisanti, D.C., D.A.C.B.O., M.S., D.A.C.B.N.