Dr. Edward’s patients’ experience with external counter pulsation, EECP:
Back to this gentleman, and the woman that we first treated…
We reasoned that if the gentleman had diffuse microvascular disease, that didn’t tell us why he had heart failure; we just had the microvascular disease and he went into heart failure. When he came in, the whole family came with him. There was a whole troupe of about 8 people. When we got him out of heart failure, I sat down with the family and said, “He’s out of the heart failure, but looking at all his tests, the only thing I’m finding is this small vessel disease. And I don’t understand it. He shouldn’t be like this.”
While that was going on, one of the older sons took me aside and said, “I want to talk to you privately about my dad.” We went out in the hall and talked for a minute and he said, “My dad can’t remember anything.”
So, I came back into the room and I said to the father, “I want to talk to you about some things,” and every time I asked a question, where he couldn’t remember, he kept trying to change the subject with a joke. I said, “No, no, no – answer the question. I asked you a question: Who is the President? Tell me who the President is.” He didn’t know. He was so smart he wouldn’t allow people to understand that he didn’t know because he would quickly change the subject.
I told the two sons we could send him to a neurologist and get this confirmed. “Maybe he has Alzheimer’s, and we’ll see what they say.” So they did, and they gave him the choices of one of the 4 pesticide drugs or the Namenda drug; they don’t work very well. The family came back, and just because of their persuasion, they were more interested in natural things. One of the sons came to see me alone and said, “Can you do something for this?”
I said, “Well I don’t have any magic bullets. We may be able to treat this microvascular disease another way. It may be a mechanical problem.”
It comes back to this condition today called, “insulin resistance”, where the insulin is not working correctly to get sugar out of the blood. It’s one of the jokes of nature; it turns out that the molecules that are essential for life also turn out to be very toxic to life. We know oxygen creates free radicals, which are essential for our bodies, yet also contributes to our death; it’s the rusting of tissue over time. Sugar denatures, it glycates, it caramelizes proteins, and stiffens the proteins. These little blood vessels, these little micro vessels, which are about the same diameter as a red blood cell, are 8 microns in diameter. These vessels, whether they are in your brain, in your kidney or in your heart, should be pulsating with the heart beat.
What happens over time is that the sugar that’s not disposed of or removed from the blood very quickly by the correct function of insulin, because the receptor is blocked, then begins to caramelize or coat the inside of the blood vessels – just like melting caramel over an apple. You can actually use the term, “tissue caramelization”. The preferred medical lingo is “tissue glycation”. They mean the same thing. Instead of pulsating with the heart beat, these vessels begin to stiffen; they harden.
The red blood cells also get sugar coating on their surface, and we can measure that with the blood test called the hemoglobin A1c. The problem is that this is used as a diagnostic test in diabetes, so reference ranges are designed for disease, not for optimum health. They will say if your hemoglobin A1c is 6.0 or higher, by definition, you are diabetic; if it is below that you are not. What should a normal hemoglobin A1c be in a healthy person? It should be below 4.5.
Most folks we measure are in the mid-to-high 5 ranges, which means they are not processing glucose fuel correctly. What happens is, as the sugar hangs up in the blood, it coats the red cell, the cell caramelizes; it hardens and stiffens so it can’t flex, twist, and bend to get through those little channels that give off the oxygen, pick up the waste products, and give off the nutrients. The vessel also stiffens, so the cell starts to go down the vessel to a certain point. And right beyond that point, the vessel sticks, and just beyond that you get a small amount of tissue damage.
In the brain, the buzz word today being used by researchers for this is “leukoaraiosis”. If you go to the internet, you will see a lot of articles in bench science, realizing that they used to think this was a process of aging. As we get older these scars appear in our brain – “Ah, you are just getting older!” We’ve seen it in folks down as low as 28-36 years of age; that is not aging.
Today they know it is not a benign process. It is a very bad process. They can’t treat it. If you look at the research in Alzheimer’s syndrome, they’ve been chasing these proteins with vaccines, and they’ve all failed. Everything they’ve done to try to resolve this has failed because they are looking at the wrong model.
Back to this gentleman…
We simply reasoned clinically that if his microvascular circulation was closing up in the brain – and we had a vascular test showing that – was there some way we could open that vessel up and get more blood and oxygen to his brain? We decided to try it, because as I told the family, “I don’t know if this will work, but it’s not invasive. Let’s try chelation and EECP.” They huddled for a week or so, as did the family of the woman that came in around the same time, and they came back to me stating they had nothing to lose: “We don’t want to lose him (or her, in her case), so let’s try it.”
We gave them both a combination of chelation to help the insulin resistance get the toxic metals out, and counter pulsation; and low and behold, they both normalized. Those were the first people we did, and we have been doing this now for thirteen years. The pulsation we used was external counter pulsation therapy. We didn’t treat them for heart on label; we treated them off-label for brain. I thought I was the only person in the world doing this. I had not seen anyone anywhere doing EECP.
As all this was going on, the American company that sold me the machine went bankrupt. The Chinese company that made the machine took over the company, and they’re now based in New York. They called me because they wanted to sell me a second machine. I got to talking with the fellow, and he asked me what I was doing with my machine. I told him that we had intended to do heart patients, but that most of those folks were going to the cardiologists. I also told him how we started using it a couple of years ago for memory reversal, and that we’d been having good success. He said to me, “That’s interesting; they have been doing this in Shanghai since 1988.”
I asked if they had been publishing anything on this, and he provided me with a couple of papers that had been translated into English from Chinese Medical Journals. I read them, and I was amazed that the Chinese were doing exactly what we were doing; but they had been doing it since 1988 for stroke victims, memory victims – anything that had to do with circulation in the brain. And they were reporting good success.
He also sent me a pilot study showing that the Germans had tried it, and they were showing results with memory. This was maybe 4 to 5 years ago. That encouraged me, because I wasn’t the only one seeing this phenomenon. We were careful, because we didn’t want to be deluged with Alzheimer’s patients who were too far down the pike that we couldn’t help them. We’ve learned that the earlier we start EECP the more likely we will be able to reverse it completely. The Chinese have actually published that. They believe people should be starting these counter pulsation treatments in their 40’s to help diffuse microvascular disease. I was having some memory problems at the time. After these two folks did it, I went on the protocol and noticed a dramatic difference. I felt it. I actually felt the difference!