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Beta-Blockers May Reverse Genetic Changes From Heart Disease

With a global pandemic of heart failure affecting 26 million people worldwide, Medical News Today (MNT) is reporting that beta-blockers, a class of drug used to treat heart conditions, may reverse gene expression connected with heart failure. “This finding is line with previous studies that have suggested that inflammation and the immune system play a role in heart disease,” MNT added.

This is a great public service announcement for beta-blocker sales, especially since it doesn’t even mention that hundreds of thousands of deaths are suspected to have occurred over the years, due to the use of these drugs. Beta-blockers work primarily by blocking the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) from binding to beta receptors, thereby dilating blood vessels, which reduces your heart rate and blood pressure.

Since their inception they’ve been enthusiastically endorsed by doctors, even after an article in Forbes highlighted how medical guidelines based on questionable science may have resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of patients using them. The issue goes back to research done by Don Poldermans, a cardiovascular researcher who was fired for scientific misconduct in 2011. Some of the strongest evidence for the European Society of Cardiology's guidelines on beta-blocker use in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery came from Poldermans' DECREASE trial.

Today there are novel treatment options for heart disease that don’t include beta-blockers. For example, in Germany, g-strophanthin (ouabain, or strophanthin) has a long history of clinical use for heart attack prevention and treatment of angina. G-strophanthin is an endogenous hormone that goes into your blood, to your heart, where it converts the lactic acid into pyruvate, which is actually the preferred fuel for your heart.

Additionally, understanding that it’s insulin, not cholesterol, that is the true culprit in heart disease can help you make better diet choices that will prevent heart disease as well as a number of other chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
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