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OVERVIEW OF ANGINA PECTORIS
I. Physiological Considerations
The immediate, apparent physiological
cause of the condition we know of as angina pectoris is in nearly
all cases an imbalance between the central or deep circulation and
the superficial circulation. The latter is the supply of blood
to the extremities and the superficial portions of the body, while
the central or deep circulation is that which is supplied to the internal
organs. In the case of angina the blood supply to the liver,
to the lungs, and to the heart are closely related.
The control and the balance achieved between these
two circulations are located in the sympathetic ganglia in the upper dorsal
region. The control of the blood flow through the liver, the lungs,
and the heart lies in a nerve plexus in the aorta. This certainly
is also under a higher control from the sympathetic ganglia.
It can be seen that anything which would disturb the
balance which is normally achieved between the cerebrospinal and the autonomic
nervous systems would in turn cause a disturbance of the circulation if
this imbalance had occurred in the upper dorsal area. The disturbance
in the case of angina would cause an excess of blood flow to the heart,
liver, and lungs particularly with a cessation or a diminished blood flow
to the extremities of the body, thus often causing the feet to be cool
Accumulations or end products of metabolism throughout
the circulatory system can create problems in cells throughout the body
which in turn cause a lowering of function of what these cells may contribute
toward control over the circulation. Undoubtedly other factors must
be present, many of which are not known. The cycle of events which
lead up to severe angina pectoris associated with congestive failure sometimes
is quite extensive.
In case  we see an overactivity mentally and
physically causing a disturbed mental association which in turn led to
a nervous breakdown. This caused congestions in the eliminative
system, particularly engorgement in the transverse and descending colon.
This engorgement produced pressures on the heart activity itself.
Then these conditions produced assimilative dysfunction with gastric fermentation
and an improper flow from the lacteals, the acids of the stomach wall,
and the pyloric region apparently involving the pancreas. This disturbance
in assimilation then created a kidney malfunction and more specific trouble
in the liver. The decrease in liver function then produced an increase
in the heart, lung, and liver circulation and an overburdening of these
with an increased now to the brain which produced a numbness of the brain
and the lack of proper impulses stemming from the brain tissue.
This in turn created more poisons through improper metabolism throughout
the system, damaging cells, blood vessels, and lacteals throughout the
body so that they in turn could not produce the activities needed to increase
the blood flow to the extremities and away from the heart. Apparently
these cells throughout the body have an influence on the sympathetic ganglia
that basically control or balance the deep and the superficial circulation.
Occasionally a lesion in the brachial area of the spine will cause pressure
which produces a weakness to the upper extremities, to the head and the
stomach, that results from a cessation of deep blood flow after exercise.
In this particular case the blood flow would be away from the heart and
to the extremities. In case  there were purpuric areas throughout
the body which apparently came about due to the engorgement of the peripheral
Thus the physiology of angina involves the assimilative
and eliminative systems, the circulatory system in maintaining a balance,
the nervous systems in their balance between the cerebrospinal and the
autonomic and various control centers in the sympathetic nervous system
itself. It also involves a close relationship between the liver,
lungs, and heart and attributes great importance to the cells of the body
itself in maintaining a balance.
II. Rationale of Therapy
The attempt to correct angina pectoris would require
first a determination whether the deep circulation was engorged or deficient
in the imbalance which undoubtedly exists. Attention must be paid
to the intestinal tract, to determine that the toxins - the end products
of metabolism - are removed and the elimination is good. A balance
should be achieved between the nervous systems, and subluxations of vertebrae
should be corrected if present. Assimilation should improve as eliminations
are corrected. However, other means might be required if the assimilations
are not proper.
It would always be advisable physiologically to bring
about the changes in the balance gradually and gently. If these
variations from normal are gradually corrected, then the angina will disappear.
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
In all cases a cleansing of the colon - "the poisons
must be taken away" - should be accomplished. A high colonic once
a month perhaps could be taken as the standard with deviations according
to what appears to be needed clinically. Eliminations should normally
come daily for the patient.
Diet should be a normal one. Whole grain bread
should be taken. Basically, white sugar and white flour should not
be used. No concentrated vitamins should be added.
Medication: Atomidine was suggested to assist in balancing the circulations
and this could be used one drop in a half glass of water daily for five
days, leave off for five days and repeat this course three to five times
as indicated. After a period of time without the Atomidine, another
course of treatment could be instituted. Local therapy for the extremities
was recommended - in case  massage of the feet, knees, and entire
lower extremities was advised twice a day to increase the circulation
in the extremities. The combination used was as follows:
Compound tincture of benzoin, equal parts sufficient
to make two ounces
Add oil of mustard, 5 drops
The wet cell appliance was suggested for a patient
who was in extremis. It was not obtained for two weeks, and
the patient died before it could be used.
Osteopathic therapy to the brachial area or deep massage
was recommended where subluxation had occurred; and for this particular
individual it was suggested once a week for 30 weeks or twice a week for
10 weeks in order to restore the subluxation to normal. Short-wave
diathermy was suggested prior to the adjustment.
[Note: The preceding overview was written by William A. McGarey, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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