A Vaccine to Prevent Heart Attacks? Or a New Frankendrug?

April 10, 2012
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vaccine heartWe can hear it now: “Give it to your children before they get fat!”

Swedish researchers have developed a new vaccine that they believe can drastically reduce the fat in arteries, thereby reducing or preventing heart attacks. The vaccine, which would be delivered by injection or through a nasal spray, could be available within five years.

It’s the peptide vaccine CVX-210 (the CVX stands for CardioVax, the company that is developing the drug with the researchers). The team identified three peptides—a chain of twenty amino acids—which reduced development of atherosclerosis in mice by 60 to 70%. The vaccine involves just one of these three amino acid segments.

Head researcher Jan Nilsson announced at a cardiovascular biology conference that they are trying to change the way the immune system responds to plaque build-up in the arteries, reduce inflammation, and suppress plaque formation. He believes the antibody therapy is “likely to be expensive, so you could probably only afford to give it to high-risk populations rather than everyone.” The rest, presumably, would simply take statin drugs all their life!

But let’s look for a moment at what the vaccine actually does.

In the 1990s, scientists found antibodies against oxidized LDL cholesterol inside artery plaques. This gave rise to the concept that cardiovascular disease might be an autoimmune disease, where the immune system was attacking oxidized LDL. The Swedish researchers found that by using an adjuvant—that is, an agent in the vaccine designed to increase the immune response—they were able to dampen the inflammation and reduce the fatty plaque build-up.

But if inflammation and plaque build-up is indeed part of an autoimmune disease, creating a vaccine that increases immune response seems to have a huge potential for things to go awry! Usually in patients who have an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. When this happens, the immune response can destroy normal, healthy body tissues.

Another thing to remember is that inflammation is the body’s way of coping with invaders and perceived threats. The build-up of fat and plaque in the arteries is the body’s process of scarring and healing. As Dr. Joseph A. Mercola points out, when inflammation occurs, your blood vessels constrict to keep you from bleeding to death; your blood becomes thicker so it can clot; your immune system sends cells and chemicals to fight viruses, bacteria, and other infectious agents; and cells multiply to repair the damage. If your arteries are damaged, a very similar process occurs inside of your body, but with slightly different terminology: when the “scar” is in your artery, they call it “plaque.”

In order to replace your damaged cells, the body needs cholesterol; no cell can form without it. If you have damaged cells that need to be replaced, your liver will be notified to make more cholesterol and release it into your bloodstream. This is a deliberate process that takes place in order for your body to produce new, healthy cells.

Chronic inflammation—and chronic plaque formation—along with the thickening of your blood and constricting of your blood vessels that normally occur during the inflammatory process, can indeed increase your risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks. But the answer is not to take drugs that artificially lower your cell-healing cholesterol, nor vaccines that artificially stimulate the immune response against arterial fats. Researcher Nilsson stated—and the media has been repeating it ever since—that this can be considered “truly groundbreaking” since it is “the first time that the underlying cause of heart disease has been targeted.” No! Getting a quick-fix vaccination so you don’t have to change your lifestyle is just the opposite of “treating the underlying cause”!

Real treatment of the underlying causes is through a holistic approach to health. To cure inflammation, and prevent it in the first place, you must modify your diet (perhaps significantly), exercise properly, and supplement wisely. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to wait five years for it—you can start right away! Many experts recommend:

  • Getting 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week with an emphasis on interval aerobic training as well as muscle-preserving moves
  • Avoiding deep fried foods, foods high in trans fat, refined foods, processed foods, and too much starchy food
  • Normalizing your body’s omega 6 to omega 3 fat ratio
  • Reducing stress
  • Getting plenty of vitamin K, and especially K2—it is a powerful inhibitor of calcification of arteries and cartilage

Be sure to see your own healthcare professional for a program that is tailored to your personal needs.

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6 Responses to “A Vaccine to Prevent Heart Attacks? Or a New Frankendrug?”

  1. Ray Ellis says:

    Like scurvy, athersclerosis is a nutritional deficiency disease. If the body can’t repair the arteries because it isn’t getting the proper nutrition, it does the next best thing; it lays down plaque — because it is better to have plaque than a leaky artery. The whole process can be reversed by getting the proper nutrition. Linus Pauling and those scientists that preceeded him have proven this beyond any doubt. For more detailed information about this, go to SaveYourHeart.com

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  2. karl bauer says:

    vaccines are the best things medicine has ever come up with. if it works, don’t knock it. what we are doing now certainly isn’t working. this can be no worse.

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  3. Pharmaacist bob listecki says:

    also look at the Berkley panel and / or “asscessing cardiovascular health” Brian Vonk for further heart information. Remember if thyroid is low and body temp is low then suppression of enzymes in the liver allows for increases in cholesterol. I think thyroid patients are nearly all gluten sensitive.

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  4. Tony Isaacs says:

    Sounds like a candidate to include in Happy Meals to me. Or perhaps make mandatory, given that there is such an epidemic of obesity. OK, sarcasm off.

    How typical of maim-stream medicine: target a symptom instead of an actual cause with an unnatural drug which causes the body to suppress natural beneficial actions and which likely will have negative health consequences leading to still more symptom managing unnatural drugs (and more profits, of course).

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  5. Gøril Saur. says:

    Hey,
    What about the heavy metal(mercury,) who`s in all the vaccine???????? :( (((((

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  6. Lou says:

    I await a “vaccine” we can give to the medical “profession” to awake them and enable them to see what complete and total t/fools they have become for the monied Rothschild/Rockefeller drug interests.Hippocrates has rolled over so many times his grave in now located in Spain.

    If we ever needed a demonstration that “vaccine theory” is akin to black magic this is it. If I were in the medical profession I would hang my head in abject shame.

    “If your arteries are damaged, a very similar process [inflammation] occurs inside of your body,”

    Yes this is the beginning of most arterial plaque. Doctor Rath has shown us that if we provide enough vitamin C and the other components of collagen this will be the end of arterial plaque. The cut to the artery will heal PERFECTLY such that in a week or two examination with a microscope will not be able to detect a cut was ever there. The arterial plaque is a crude substitute for vitamin C and collagen.

    The plaque develops from a lack of vitamin C usually. Our corrupt “health agencies” push the ridiculous notion that we only need 60 mg/day of vitamin C instead of a more reasonable 3,000 mg/day. 60 mg/day which many of us eating the SAD do not even get almost assures many of us are walking basket cases of sub-clinical scurvy. Ten thousand “vaccinations” will not solve this simple to solve problem.

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