It’s Men’s Health Month, and one of the top concerns for men is certainly heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. Forty-six percent of men already have some form of heart disease. Did you catch that? Almost half of all men in the US already have it

Here is what you need to know. 

Coronary artery disease is one of the most common forms of heart disease and is the leading cause of heart attacks. 

“Coronary” means that it’s occurring in an artery supplying blood to the heart. The artery is considered diseased when plaque builds up and threatens to restrict the supply of blood to the heart. 

  

If the blood supply is completely blocked, a heart attack results.

 

This is an URGENT health update because about 1,000 men die each day from heart disease. It’s called a silent killer, because about half of the time the first sign of heart disease is a heart attack. 

Traditional medicine says high cholesterol causes heart disease. They recommend poisonous cholesterol lowering drugs that have provento be MUCH more harmful than helpful. 

The best way to prevent disease is to understand what really causes it

Dr. Linus Pauling was a chemist that approached heart disease scientifically. He was able to identify the true cause of heart disease. He learned that most animals make their own copious amounts of vitamin C. For example, a goat makes about 17 grams of vitamin C daily. That’s 17,000 mg. Primates, fruit bats, and guinea pigs are the exception and do not make their own vitamin C. Humans also cannot make their own vitamin C. We rely on food and nutritional supplements.  The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin c is 60 mg per day. This amount is designed to keep a human from getting classic scurvy symptoms like extreme fatigue, bleeding gums and teeth falling out. It is by no means a recommendation for optimal health. 

Dr. Pauling discovered that pre-scurvy reveals itself in the arteries

When the arteries do not have enough vitamin C to make collagen to keep the artery walls strong, the body deposits the best thing it has available to band-aid the lesions in the artery walls. 

It deposits plaque, and more plaque. 

One of the true causes of coronary heart disease is, essentially, low vitamin C. 

So, how much vitamin C per day do we need to achieve optimal health and avoid heart disease? Dr. Hotze recommends 1,000 mg per day for every 25 pounds of body weight. For example, a 175 pound man would need to take 7,000 mg of vitamin C per day to maintain his current health level. During illness the body could require more. It’s best to talk to your doctor at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center to find out the exact amount they recommend for you. 

Other nutrients needed to make collagen are L-Lysine and L-Proline. The My HotzePak Heart Pak contains Vitamin C, L-Lysine  and L-Proline for optimal artery healthy and support. It also contains Ubiquinol for improved heart energy and Vitamin K-2 for helping calcium to be escorted into bone cells rather than deposited into arteries. 

Important note:

Yes, plaque contains cholesterol, so too much LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream doesn’t help, but the answer is NOT to stop eating healthy foods with a natural cholesterol content. Cholesterol is a building block of hormones, so if you restrict your diet or take cholesterol lowering drugs, your hormone levels will become low and you may suffer low energy, loss of libido, inability to think clearly, headaches, or low moods. 

Plaque can build up in the arteries without any symptoms. Taking higher amounts of vitamin C, as well as adding in other key nutrients, may be an important step for you. Optimal nutrition and a heart healthy lifestyle are also shown in studies to reduce heart disease risk. 

In the nutrition world, a common mantra for preventing heart disease is called “Fingers, Forks and Feet.”  It’s an incomplete approach, but it’s a good start. Here’s what it stands for. 

  1. “Fingers” represents not smoking. The tar mixed in with the tobacco is toxic. It causes heart disease AND cancer. Secondhand smoke is also harmful, so stay as far away from it as you can.
  2. “Forks” represents the importance of a heart healthy eating plan. What you eat can either help or hurt your heart. People who have a mostly plant based diet, consisting of high quality, nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables, will have a lower heart disease risk. Eating plans (plant based or not) high in carbohydrates create a magnesium deficiency, which can increase heart disease risk. So, the best thing is to stick to a healthy low carb eating plan (Yeast-Free or “Keto”) and lean a bit more towards the vegetables and fruits. Make sure animal protein sources are as pure as possible. Look for things on the label such as “organic,” “hormone free.” “antibiotic free,” and “grass fed” (beef). Be sure to eat healthy fats like organic butter, avocado, nut butters, olive oil and coconut oil. Eat as healthy as possible about 80% of the time and your heart disease risk will stay low. When you eat mostly healthy food your body can deal with a small dessert here and there. 
  3. “Feet” represents the importance of exercise.  Your heart is a muscle and needs exercise to be strong and healthy. Sitting at a desk all day is being compared to having just as high of a heart disease risk associated to it as smoking. Scary! Set a reminder to go to the gym. Tell a friend that you need to get moving. Walk the dog, take a swim, or hit the bike trail. The good news is that you don’t have to run a marathon to obtain optimal heart health. Aim for 4 to 5 days per week of 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise.

The “Fingers, Forks and Feet” mantra almost has it right, but it’s missing perhaps the most dangerous element of heart disease risk, which is the importance of removing toxins and environmental pollutants.

Detoxification is an important element of optimal heart health. That is why we recommend taking a high quality vitamin regimen daily, because vitamins are nutrients that help remove toxins.

Dr. Hotze’s PowerPak is a vitamin and supplement packet that was designed for effective and safe detoxification as well as optimal heart health. It contains Vitamin C for collagen production Vitamin D for optimal calcium absorption, L-Carnitine and Co-Q10 for optimal heart energy, Nordic Naturals Fish Oil for lowering inflammation, and antioxidants for neutralizing free radicals (toxins).

After reading this urgent health update, you may realize that you need to add more nutrients into your daily vitamin regimen. If you are under 40 and not taking any vitamins, we recommend you start taking the PowerPak, one packet daily. If you are 40 or over, we recommend you talk to your doctor about taking the PowerPak as well as the Heart Pak for optimal artery health.

Additionally, please share this information with the men you love. You could save a life!