Plaque in an Artery, Dissolved by Food
by Aajonus Vonderplanitz, nutritionist
…Tests as early as 15.5 years of age proved that I had plaque in my right internal carotid artery of PSV 223 cm/sec and EDV 76 cm/sec.
PSV is Peak Systolic blood flow velocity. The higher it is indicates the faster the blood has to be forced through arteries and veins because of obstruction. Obstructions can be excessive weight causing pressure on the arteries or buildup on arteries. If it is buildup on arteries, the higher the number the greater the buildup.
According to pharma/medicine, the higher the number, the greater the propensity for heart attack. I do not agree with that. If the buildup is made of hardened fats that could brake away from the arterial wall in large enough chunks, that could a clot. High blood pressure and high blood velocity to not cause strokes or heart attacks.
EDV is End-diastolic velocity. It has similar meaning as PSV but is usually measured to see if there is propensity for cerebral stroke.
Danger of Heart Attack or Stroke
My high PSV and EDV meant that I had plaque buildup in my right carotid artery resulting in increased blood flow velocities. That categorized me as someone who was in danger of heart attack and cerebral stroke. It is believed, and sometimes observed, that if a large chunk of plaque breaks from an internal arterial wall, it can cause a clot - restricting blood flows to heart and/or brain, depending on where the clot lodges in the body - and cause stroke and/or heart attack. My mother was alarmed because that condition is almost unheard of in adolescents.
The tests were performed because I developed angina at 15.5 years young. The angina began within 10 days after my third polio-vaccine injection. Doctors and my mother, who was a nurse, never put the vaccine and my immediate on-set of angina together because they were conditioned not to.
Fast forward to 2001. When it became more common to check arterial plaque with ultrasound, I began having mine checked every 3-4 years. Ultrasound is only harmful if done more than twice in a 6-months period, or to a fetus if done more than once every five weeks for more than 4 minutes at a time.
The company Life Line Screening made ultrasound tests easily accessible once or twice yearly, inexpensively. Although 4 tests over 10 years revealed my right carotid artery showed plaque buildup of at least PSV 181 cm/sec and EDV 59 cm/sec, I did not feel the need to bother with correcting it. I was and am not a physically active person and was not concerned. My lowest reading was PSV 168 cm/sec and EDV 49 cm/sec in the tests of 2/24/2007, showing that as I continued to eat my Primal Diet, it helped my body gradually remove plaque.
However, while my right carotid artery contained the buildup, my body had to have high velocity blood flow. I am for higher velocity flow because it is a symptom that something causing it to be necessary. I agree with eliminating the cause but not simply reducing velocity with medication that can cause strokes. A person is much more likely to have a stroke while taking medication or eating chocolate. The 3 people I know who had strokes while partially follow my Primal Diet were heavy consumers of regular brand chocolates.
In September 2010, I decided to see how long it would take me to dissolve it if I tried. Thrice weekly, I began to consume 1-2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar mixed in 2 ounces of raw milk immediately followed by another 2 ounces raw milk to rinse the vinegar out of my mouth, insuring it did not deteriorate my dentine. Occasionally, I consumed vinegar in my Sport Formula or vegetable juices instead of milk. I was not consistent because I traveled frequently and did not bother while traveling and away from home. Another food that helps remove plaque is citrus, especially pineapple. However, as I stated in my book WWTL, over-eating pineapple can cause extreme emotionality. If eating pineapple daily to remove arterial buildup, I suggest eating only 1 ounce per day with a raw fat such as 3-4 tablespoons coconut cream and 1 tablespoon raw cream or 1 teaspoon no-salt raw butter.
My estimate is that I had raw apple cider vinegar about 30 times before my next tests of 8/4/2011, eleven months later. The 2011 tests returned these results:
Carotid Artery: Left: Normal; Right: Normal; No Atrial Fibrillation; No Aneurysm, and Peripheral Arterial condition Normal. The abnormal plaque buildup was gone! Interestingly, my neck, thyroid and two lymphatic glands under my lower jaw slightly diminished in size. I do not have as much right-side stiff neck ache and fatigue after very long airplane travel as I used to experience.
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