- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (December 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159120058X
- ISBN-13: 978-1591200581
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Russell Farris is a retired artificial-intelligence researcher who spent most of his life solving problems for the U.S. Navy. After suffering a heart attack in 1998, he began to apply his problem-solving skills to the study of heart disease and related illnesses.
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I think that the author should research into holistic antimicrobial treatments and cortisol lowering treatments. They are very effective and generally without side effects and the creation of resistant microbes. I was found to have a protozoal intestinal parasite and h pylori that was causing me problems both detected by pcr DNA testing. They were both eradicated via holistic treatments. I was retested and they're gone. The Protozoa was treated with what is called a weed and feed program. On the weekends two products by standard process called gut flora complex and garlic forte were used. Gut flora complex contains berberine, oregano oil and some other things. The h pylori was killed with mastic gum and monolaurin. I have heard of some really great results from people with aids using olive leaf extract.
Chief of the infections discussed is that induced by Chlamydophila Pneumoniae (distinct from the well known Chlamydia). According to the author, this bacteria is "not a rare parasite, it is one of the most common germs on the planet". The author claims that this germ is one of the major sources of inflammation and heart disease.
The author presents an original and provocative theme throughout the book; namely, feed back loops. Here is an example:
Germs trigger acute phase response - leads to inflammation - leads to release of cortisol - leads to success of some germs that do well with cortisol - leads to another acute phase response.
Another example is the claim that hypercortisolism and atherosclerosis "cause each other". A six step loop process is described in support of the claim.
The book is original, well written, highly readable and provocative. I would recommend it to anyone interested in heart health, metabolic syndrome and cortisol.