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Heart injury from the COVID vaccines is likely inescapable, as I wrote two years ago, which is why job #1 now is looking into cardiovascular healing and nourishment.
People are now expressing dismay that those vaccinated two years ago are just now showing pericarditis and myocarditis for the first time. I will explain why this is not so surprising. And I propose some solutions to the problem, here and in my next article.
Some suffered immediately, such as the sharp rise in emergency cardiac arrest ambulance calls in the under-40 population in Israel closely following peak COVID vaccine uptake.
Then there is the smoldering myocarditis and pericarditis. There are those who are just now suffering from these conditions two years following peak vaccine uptake. Denver Broncos receiver KJ Hamler was reported to receive two COVID shots in 2021, but he is just now “stepping away” from football for treatment of sudden onset pericarditis. Peak uptake of COVID vaccines was spring of 2021, over two years ago, and demand has dropped sharply since then. Yet unrelenting news of athletes’ cardiac events continues.
Anyone old enough to remember life before 2021 knows that cardiac injuries in youth almost never happened. It was horrifying and highly anomalous, for example, when Olympic pairs figure skater Sergei Grinkov suddenly collapsed and died on the ice in Lake Placid, NY in 1995. Now we read about several athletes per week who suffer fatal or life-threatening heart injuries, reported in matter-of-fact manner in the mainstream media, as if this were to be expected. On the other hand, New York University professor Mark Crispin Miller is especially attentive to these cardiac events in his thoughtful reporting of them. Thousands of athlete deaths since peak COVID vaccine uptake are reported here, with links to local news reports for each. Sudden cardiac events and deaths in young athletes are not only occurring on the field, but many times at home during sleep, in pre-dawn morning hours, even now two years after peak vaccine uptake. The most likely reason for that timing is that stress created by the daily crescendo of cortisol and catecholamines before waking overwhelm a heart already weakened by myocarditis.
These accumulating events suggest that the heart has been exposed to a silent risk that could become catastrophic for an individual at some future time, and recent studies of vaccinated young adults have supported that latency of cardiovascular disease. Latent myocarditis sets the heart up on hair-trigger alert for a catastrophic event, or even a moderately stimulating event, such as starting to wake up in the morning, or standing up to give a speech.
Prior to the COVID era, the pernicious submerged iceberg-type bulk of subclinical myocarditis, which sometimes results in deaths, was well-known to stalk vulnerable individuals over age 70. Before the COVID vaccines, it was a disease of seniors. Myocarditis has always been considered very serious, with a 72.4% five-year mortality rate. While signs and symptoms are not always obvious at first, it is a diagnosis often made after death, as the unsuspected and subclinical latent disease overwhelms the heart unexpectedly. Therefore, I think the 72.4% figure, a pre-clotshot calculation, was way overestimated, due to this iceberg effect. We have learned over the past two years that a lot more people are likely walking around with myocarditis than anyone ever suspected, and, at least in the clotshot era, that they are a whole lot younger than before.
Since the COVID vaccines, much younger people are affected. A South Korean study only considered the most severe hospitalized cases and deaths. Of the 21 deaths attributed to vaccine-related myocarditis, eight found myocarditis only on autopsy, not by pre-existing information. Of those eight, all had mRNA vaccines, either Pfizer or Moderna, and all were aged 45 and younger.
A recent Swiss study is also concerning for latent cardiovascular injury. 777 asymptomatic, Moderna-vaccinated hospital employees were tested for Troponin T three days after their Moderna vaccines. Troponin T is elevated at three days following heart attack and other myocardial damage. In the Swiss study, it was elevated in one in 35 of these asymptomatic hospital workers three days after their COVID vaccines.
Two years ago, I showed how to some extent damage to the heart caused by COVID vaccines is inevitable. And this assumes that one received a dose from one of the active batches containing mRNA that programs for spike protein production, as opposed to the seemingly more benign batches, without reported adverse events, now thought to have been in circulation also. Yet as bleak as that assessment is of COVID-vaccinated people’s risks, and as fearful as people are about myocarditis and other COVID-vaccine related cardiovascular injury, there is very little being proposed to improve the prospects of those in this high-risk category.
Shall we consider what the heart requires?
As we see even athletes in their twenties have life-threatening cardiac events, there is more reason than ever to learn how to nourish the cardiovascular system. There is a wealth of healing available to us from nutrients and from the plant kingdom. Unlike our distant ancestors, we are able to access, and even to combine if we like, the best that we know of healing plants from around the world.
I wrote about ivermectin and nattokinase as the best tools, in that order, that I know of to help reverse the structure and effects of spike proteins contacting the blood vessel walls. If I were COVID-vaccinated, I would have started a lifetime course of both of these right away, and I discuss dosing considerations in that article.
But the blood vessel walls are still roughed up by contact with spike proteins, and the heart has still lost irreplaceable cardiomyocytes, which are essential to heart function.
So then I think it’s helpful to look to nutrition and botanical medicine for essential heart support, to support the tissue that remains viable in the heart, because it is that heart tissue which will do the job of sustaining life from now on.
The heart is mostly collagen and is best managed as such.
Many times I have described collagen to patients as ‘the bricks and mortar that we’re made of.’ I mean human collagen, not ingested bovine collagen. Collagen is the predominant type of protein in the body, and there are dozens of types: Type I in bones, heart and other tissue, Type 2 in cartilage, Type 3 also is in the heart, and so on. (Roman numerals are considered more proper for enumerating collagen types, if you prefer.) Cardiomyocytes are very slowly replaced, only 0.5 to 1% per year in normal health, which is why the death of many cardiomyocytes in myocarditis is so devastating. It takes too long to replace heart cells.
The tensile strength and mesh arrangement of collagen surrounds and connects cardiomyocytes with each other and with surrounding capillaries. Collagen imparts both elasticity and support throughout the cardiac cycle, which comprises all events from one heartbeat to the next. Unlike cardiomyocyte turnover, collagen turnover is faster, and we make and then degrade collagen continually.
Vitamin C is not a luxury item.
Vitamin C is not a luxury; it is the necessary basic element for building our own collagen, all types. Together with co-factor amino acids lysine and proline, we build the collagen that our bodies need in replacing old dying cells. Scurvy was the disease that made the limeys’ gums bleed, because their vitamin C deficiency, (later partly healed with limes, hence the name), showed up first in the deteriorating gums that were not restored and rebuilt with regular vitamin C, to build collagen. So I cannot imagine having a healthy heart or healing from heart injury without daily supplementation of this water-soluble vitamin. I emphasize that vitamin C is water soluble for leaving the body more quickly than for example vitamin D, which is an oil-soluble vitamin that stays in the body longer. So anything less than daily dosing of vitamin C is inadequate. Even without having had the assault of COVID vaccines, I make sure that I take at least 1,000 mg per day, sometimes 2,000 mg. Flavonoids, rose hips, ester-C each help protect this easily oxidized molecule from oxidation, so I look for one of those types of vitamin C supplement.
Previously healthy hearts took a hit from the spike proteins generated by the COVID vaccines. The collagen produced by vitamin C is likely the most support that we can give the heart throughout the time of this challenge, which for all we now know may be lifelong.
In my next article, I plan to write about more nutrients used by the heart, as well as the plants that have been used throughout the west by our ancestors to nourish and repair the heart. Here the nutrient I am strongly advocating for is vitamin C, because, although it is synergistic with those that I’ll discuss in my next article, I believe that it is more important than other nutrients for cardiovascular health for its central role in collagen production.