Category: Food and Drink
By: Nikola Majcenović
How I cured my arrhythmia - a personal story
This will be one very long article – my personal story about the long history of my arrhythmia and how I managed to defeat it despite the doctors' incompetency. I encourage you to read it completely as it may help you cure other diseases, too. All information provided about my arrhythmia is true. I have the complete medical documentation that I can send to anyone interested – just post in comments!
I've noticed my arrhythmia for the first time in high school. At the time I didn't do anything about it. It didn't bother me in everyday life and my doctor told me it was probably due to stress.
Around my 26th birthday I became very interested in self development, and as such I became more interested in my arrhythmia. I figured it's better to try to stop it now, rather than wait for the doctors to tell me in 10 to 20 years that I have to go to heart surgery. Once again, I lived normally with my condition and didn't have any problems. The only time I could feel my arrhythmia is when I measured my pulse or when I lay on my stomach in bed.
So I decided to go to my doctor and ask her to refer me to a polyclinic for a 24 hour holter ECG. For those of you who didn't hear about holter yet, it is a small device (like a cell-phone) which measures heart rate and stores information in its memory. It is attached to the chest via 7 probes and you carry it on yourself for one day while you do your everyday tasks. After you take it off, the clinic gives you a holter report in a few days. In this report you can see how many heart beats per minute (BPM) you had in normal range, Tachycardia (over 100bpm) or Bradycardia (under 60 bpm), along with any irregular (missed or additional) beats.
My doctor sent me off to a polyclinic to do a holter test which showed I indeed have arrhythmia. To be exact, I had too many Ventricular extrasystoles (VES) and Supraventricular extrasystoles (SVES). I also had bigeminy (1 VES followed by one normal heart beat). I was prescribed Concor pills (which are used to lo wer blood pressure and reduce heart rate – what does that have to do with arrhythmia??). After three months I came back to see the results, which showed no improvement. So I got another medicine – Ormidol (a beta-blocker). This should have been a more adequate medicine – but unfortunately, again no results after a few months of use. Are they experimenting on me or what? The third prescription I got was Darob (also a beta-blocker). Can you guess how effective it was? You're right - no effect, too.
After an unsuccessful few moths of visits to a polyclinic I was sent for additional tests to a hospital (late potentials, heart and thyroid ultrasound and others). Yes, all tests came out normal. There, a doctor told me to stop taking Darob and go to some institute to have cardiac MRI. (He just rolled his eyes when I told him how I heard that some food and drinks can cause arrhythmia!)
I never got to do that cardiac MRI. Instead, I decided to radically alter my diet and get rid of all stuff that can cause arrhythmia. I was going to be on such a diet for a year and then repeat the holter test to see the results. I began searching the Web for every imaginable cause of arrhythmia after my roommate pointed out the first possible candidate.
It was aspartame, an artificial sweetener used in a variety of diet drinks, chewing gums, protein shakes, etc. I read from many sources that it can disrupt operation of a nervous system. So I started avoiding everything containing aspartame.
Following was fluoride. This chemical element is classified as a poison and it's not needed in any quantity for a normal human metabolism. It is true that it kills bad bacteria in the mouth when added to toothpastes, but it also kills everything else as it is absorbed through the mucosa and unavoidably swallowed in small quantities. Did you know that there were many cases of poisoning and even death due to swallowing of the larger quantities of toothpaste (especially with young children)? Fluoride displaces iodine in the thyroid and elsewhere, resulting in iodine deficiency, which causes arrhythmia.
I think these two substances (aspartame and fluoride) were the most responsible for causing my arrhythmia. Perhaps caffeine had a little to do with it, but I doubt it after reading this article: caffeine.
In the rest of my article I'm naming some more things I've thrown out of my diet, but which probably didn't have too much to do with my arrhythmia. However, these things should be avoided as they're bad for your health in general and can cause a variety of other problems.
First up is margarine. Yes, the one you put on your bread along with marmalade for breakfast. If you knew how margarine was made I doubt you would touch it again. Moreover, it contains trans-fatty acids, even worse than animal fats. In other words, it is healthier to eat butter that margarine. But wait, there's more – many foods contain margarine under another name: "hydrogenated vegetable oil". Just take a look at product labels on the shelves – you'll be surprised where you can find margarine.
Another thing to avoid is using microwave ovens to heat up your food. Eating microwaved food can weaken your immunity because of the unknown by-products and dangerous chemicals leaking from the food packaging into the food. Also, the food itself breaks down into harmful components when microwaved. The manufacturers claim that microwave ovens are safe, but then they say the same for aspartame and all other stuff mentioned in this article. Makes you wonder...
The list continues with the popular taste enhancer – MSG. Mono-sodium glutamate is found in most processed foods, unfortunately under a variety of other names. It is very popular in Chinese restaurants. It also carries a designation E621. Many articles have been written on its harmful effects on health. Arrhythmia is also stated as a possible side-effect of consuming MSG. I know MSG wasn't responsible for my arrhythmia because I haven't eliminated from my diet it before my last holter check which showed no arrhythmia.
I also started avoiding milk and dairy products. Cow's milk is primarily intended for baby calves that need it for muscle growth. Human babies, on contrary, need milk mostly for brain development, since they don't start walking approx. until the first year of life. A study has been done showing that children fed with baby formula score slightly less on IQ test that children fed on mother's milk. There are also traces of pus, growth hormones and other stuff in milk you can be allergic to.
As I started studying different sorts of diets, I came onto Bible diet, too. I said to myself, why not – let's do it for a while and see the results. According to Bible you shouldn't eat pork nor seafood (fish with fins and scales are ok). These types of animals are considered "cleaners", similar to snails in the aquarium. I have to say it wasn't a big deal for me to give up pork, and only later I found out what it really smells like (the same as with people who quit smoking and regain their sense for taste and smell).
The last thing I removed from my diet was coffee. Now, I have to admit – I was never much of a coffee drinker anyway – only one cup of cappuccino per day, and only during workdays. But I heard that caffeine can also disrupt normal heart rhythm. Let me remind you that I had arrhythmia all the way back in high school when I wasn't drinking coffee, so it cannot be the main reason for it.
For some people, the cause of arrhythmia may be the lack of calcium and magnesium in their diet. Fluoride (in toothpaste) can also strip Ca and Mg from your body. If this is your case you should consider taking Ca and Mg supplements.
One more possible candidate for heart arrhythmia can be Iodine. Lack of iodine may be the cause of arrhythmia for some people. Read the following PDF file to learn more about Iodine.
After I cured my arrhythmia, I found a whole community gathered around the issue. They have a forum at afibbers.net, where they discuss the possible natural and other treatments. They have a wonderful document called a 12-step program which you should follow if you have arrhythmia problems. It generally mentions most of the stuff described in my article and more; the only difference is I had to come to this knowledge by my own research before I discovered their site.
I guess all of this can be overwhelming, but I didn't remove all this stuff right away. I started avoiding some stuff sooner and some later, about in the order described previously. I was very determined and I succeeded in my intentions. In fact, while I was waiting my turn for another holter test, almost two years had passes since my last test. My most recent holter report shows that my arrhythmia is gone. All that was recorded was 1 VES and 5 SVES in 24 hours, which is well inside normal range.
This was the turning point in my life. As of now, nobody can tell me that everything is safe to eat. Sure, you can eat anything you like, it is just the question of how you will feel, when you will die, and most importantly how will you die (quick/painless). I know that I feel better that ever before in my life and I don't have arrhythmia anymore.
Concerning food and possible conspiracy theories – I can tell you – there are no theories, the conspiracies are real. Did you know that there are stones in America (Georgia Guidestones) on which it is written that it would be best to reduce the world's population to 500 million? Wouldn't the perfect way to do it be to slowly poison the public by adding small doses of poison into our food and drinks and letting only the strongest survive? Talking about the evolution…
This is why I started writing about all harmful ingredients in our diet and how to avoid it. I've started this article directory together with one of my friends where I write about these topics. Below I have scanned most of my medical papers for you to take a look. For any additional requests just post in comments section!
1. oil of oregano (found at health food stores. I take 4 drops in water twice a day). This kills bacteria very well inside. My arrhythmia goes away for about 8 hours after I take this.
2. Nystatin. You can buy this on www.herbhealers.com. It is an antibiotic that kills the yeast inside your body. Too much yeast can cause all kinds of illnesses. I took a tablet in the morning and at night and my erratic heart went back to normal. Use for about 3 weeks.
As for the toothpaste - yes, there are ones without fluoride, you just have to read carefully. As for me, personally I've been brushing my teeth with water only for last year or so and didn't have any problems. I do use paste probably once a month.
Thank you :)
First try the natural way, then the rest.
May the Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you!
I'm glad if my story can be of any help to you. The difference between us is that you can sense your arrhythmia while I couldn't. Apart from all the reasons and triggers for arrhythmia stated in my article, it can also be that you have a genetic issue and therefore cannot counter arrhythmia merely by proper nutrition. I'm not yet familiar with GABA and its influence on afib, but a quick search returns some natural ways to increase GABA: http://naturalmothering.ca/index.php/health/86-gaba-foods-natural-anti-anxiety-nutrition.html
Feel free to go my way and try with nutrition first. It would be good to run some tests first to see if your heart and other organs are functioning ok. Good luck!
Your personal story and health advice is so helpful. I have been struggling with afib for over 10 years. Episodes are awfully long and weekly. I would greatly appreciate any other advice you could give. I have some other non food related triggers. It seems I am also lacking in GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an essential part of the body's inhibitory system. As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, it balances excessive excitation that can lead to anxiety, insomnia or seizures.” Or also called anti-excitation transmitter. Others say that it is ally an indispensible chemical that is found on the brain nerve endings. Someone lacking this chemical will have a rapid firing of neurons to the heart. I have been eliminating other triggers such as caffeine, sodium, and sweets and anything artificial. Appreciate your help very much. Thank you!
Everything you need is described in the article, there's no secret plan or anything similar. Just stay away from stuff in bold. First three mentioned substances are the worst: aspartame, fluoride and margarine, together with MSG. The logic you should follow is this: less processed food = healthier food. You can also take a look at the 12-step program here: