Plaque, A Major Killer in the Western World
by Professor Robert W. Bradford, D.Sc.
You've heard it said, "I've never been sick a day in my life," yet the person has had a stroke or cardiovascular incident. Stroke and cardiovascular disease are still the No. 1 cause of death in the Western world. These victims were, in most cases, at high risk due in part to undetected, large circulating plaque forms.
NORMAL BLOOD CIRCULATION
It needs to be understood that free-floating plaque is different from plaque formations in the arterial walls. Our red blood cells, responsible for transferring oxygen to cells, are approximately seven microns in diameter. The capillaries they must flow through are four to six microns in diameter, making normal passage properly snug. The red blood cell's membrane is fluid allowing good contact between the cell membranes and the capillaries, which is essential for facilitating the transfer of oxygen to the cells.
Rigid plaque formations, however, vary in diameter from less than seven microns to over 400 microns, not only blocking flow through capillaries, but through small arteries and veins. If the plaque exceeds 70 microns in cross-section, the patient is at risk for stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.
THE PANCREAS AND THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
The autonomic nervous system regulates everything that we don't consciously control, such as heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, endocrine or glandular function, bowel function, and many others. It has a neurological function and oscillates between what is called sympathetic and parasympathetic extremes. The sympathetic is generally considered the activation or turnon mode and the parasympathetic is the turn-off or relaxation mode. The autonomic nervous system maybe considered the major modulator between the body and its environment. If the mechanism shifts toward sympathetic dominant, we move into what is referred to as the fight or flight mode. For example, if you were standing in the street and about to be hit by a car, your autonomic nervous system would switch to sympathetic dominant; everything necessary for fight or flight would turned on: meaning increased vascularization, glucose and adrenal activity, and brain circulation (or flushing). At the same time, all of the functions unnecessary for fight or flight, but necessary for normal body function (i.e. stomach, intestinal tract, pancreas, etc.) are conserved so that as much energy as possible can be diverted into the fight or flight mode.
In these situations, the autonomic nervous system is put under stress, the exocrine system of the pancreas is conserved, and those enzymes will be reduced. In a chronic state of sympathetic dominance (which most in Western cultures live in on a daily basis), the systemic enzymes become dysfunctional allowing plaque to form and putting the patient at great risk.
STRESS AND THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
The autonomic nervous system responds to all types of stress: allergies, oxidation, bacterial, viral, fungal, mycoplasma, pain, heavy metal toxicity, panic attacks, and electromagnetic, psychological, physiological, and inflammatory conditions.
Inflammation is the body's natural response to stress from physical, chemical, or metabolic insults that initiate tissue damage. Paradoxically, inflammatory processes can also exacerbate tissue damage unless tightly controlled. Symptoms of inflammation include burning, swelling, discoloration, edema, and more subtle changes, such as the exacerbation of allergies or increased food intolerances. In the healthy person, inflammation once initiated, proceeds to a conclusion, ridding the body of damaged tissue and healing the damaged area. However, when certain programmed inflammatory pathways are abnormal or dysfunctional, a chronic inflammatory state can develop and persist until the underlying cause is resolved.
Antioxidants help protect the body's cells, tissues, and organs against free radicals and other oxidative stressors, and are among the most potent natural anti-inflammatories. Free radicals are produced in the body during normal metabolism, but inflammatory cascades usually generate far greater quantities of free radicals in the affected tissues.
REMOVING THE PLAQUE
It's clear that balancing the autonomic nervous system is important not only to removing plaque but establishing overall optimal health. Therefore, the immediate goal is to remove the plaque as quickly as possible to help prevent stroke or other cardiovascular problems. To remove the plaque and establish normal blood enzyme levels, a minimum of 4,000 I.U. of pancreatic enzymes (Infla-Zyme Forte™) must be taken orally 15-30 minutes before meals. In most cases, 90 percent of the large plaque formations will be reduced within a two-to-three-week period. These freefloating formations can be imaged through a peripheral blood analysis (finger prick) test performed utilizing a Bradford Variable Projection Microscope by a licensed health practitioner. These formations are not detected in traditional diagnostic tests, because there are currently no approved blood tests to detect these life-threatening plaque formations.
The enzymes in Infla-Zyme Forte™ help degrade and disarm components of the inflammatory cascade, while the antioxidants and co-factors help dampen the free radicals produced during bouts of acute and chronic inflammation. Infla-Zyme Forte™ provides a diverse array of enzymes from both animal and plant sources. Strictly plant-derived enzymes are unable to deliver the same results, while enzymes containing Pancreatin can only be derived from animal sources. In addition to the pancreatic enzymes, a good broad-based antioxidant enzyme formulation (Oxy-5000 Forte™) should be taken concurrently between meals with the pancreatic enzymes to enhance the removal of free-floating plaque. Infla-Zyme Forte™ is coated with a highly-effective proprietary release factor, thereby eliminating the need for a sugar coating. Sugar contributes to inflammatory activity. Clinical research has linked the constituents of Infla-Zyme Forte™ to the improvement of conditions such as: