Natural Heart Doctor’s Healthy Heart Resource Guide

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In our busy lives it is so helpful to have a quick look resource guide with products that have been researched for maximum efficacy and proven to support our heart health. Many people simply don’t have the time to do research to understand what products are most helpful and necessary for optimal living and a strong heart.  There are very specific lifestyle products the Natural Heart Doctor recommends to boost Vitamin D, get high quality sleep and detox ourselves and our environment to facilitate a heart healthy life. Since so many people ask what I recommend and use for my family, we want to share these with you in one place so that you can access the benefits and use products from a trusted, educated source.

Table of Contents

  1. Avocado Mattress
  2. Sauna Space
  3. Sun Lamp by SPERTI
  4. Austin Air Purifier
  5. Pristine Hydro Water Filter
  6. Xtrema Healthy Cookware
  7. PACT: The Ultimate in Organic Clothing
  8. Food Sources: Highest Quality
  9. Red Light Therapy
  10. Testing
  11. Vibrant Blue Essential Oils
  12. Heart Health Book: The Paleo Cardiologist

Avocado Mattress

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For optimal health most people focus on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle including exercise and sound sleep. Duration is only one component of quality sleep, your environment is critical.  When it comes to cleaning up the sleep environment, focus on your mattress. You spend ⅓ of your life sleeping on your mattress and it is crucial to make sure it is a healthy one that does not off gas chemicals as you sleep.

Why is this so important? Your body is wired to detoxify when you sleep, but this process is impeded when you are breathing in toxins all night, every night with every breath. Chemicals are found in just about every mattress and manufacturers are not required to disclose components of their products. Here are some of the toxic chemicals you could be breathing as you sleep:

Petroleum-based chemicals: Polyurethane foam, the type used in many mattresses and other household upholstery, is derived from petroleum. Conventional polyurethane foam can off-gas—the term for what happens when volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, escape from the foam into the air. Off-gassing is responsible for that unpleasant “new mattress” smell and can also cause irritation in people with chemical sensitivities or respiratory conditions like asthma. The most common petrochemicals are ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, and xylene.

Chemical fire retardants: In 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued new federal guidelines to ensure that mattresses are able to withstand the required 30 minutes of exposure to an open flame. Mattress companies often use chemical treatments to meet these standards.  In a peer-reviewed research paper, the Green Science Policy Institute found that chemicals used as fire retardants tend to build up in the body and are associated with endocrine disruption, immunotoxicity, and negative effects on child development.

PBDEs: Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are another class of chemical flame retardants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PBDEs , which have been banned in the United States since 2005, have been linked to thyroid disruption and neuro-developmental toxicity in rats and mice. The EPA also notes that traces of PBDEs have been found in human tissue, blood, and breast milk.

Mattresses made in the United States are subject to strict safety regulations that prohibit the use of harmful or toxic chemicals in the production process (why we recommend Avocado). Foams of unknown origin may not be subject to the same health and safety standards.

How to avoid mattress chemicals:

If you’re concerned about mattress chemicals, choosing a mattress with organic components (or, if your budget permits, a fully organic mattress) is the surest way to avoid them. In addition to lowering your exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, organic ingredients also have fewer allergens.

Here’s what we looked for:

Wool: Wool is often used as a natural flame retardant. It’s also antibacterial and antimicrobial, resistant to dust mites, and hypoallergenic. Not only is wool better for the environment and your health than chemical fire barriers, but it’s also gentler on your skin.

Organic cotton: Like wool, organic cotton is hypoallergenic. It is grown without the use of chemical insecticides or synthetic fertilizers, so it doesn’t contaminate water systems with chemical runoff. Organic cotton is typically used for mattress covers since it’s soft and breathable, making it ideal for temperature control.

Natural latex: Latex is a natural material made from the sap of the rubber tree. Natural latex is hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and does not off-gas. It is also naturally dust mite resistant AND naturally fire-resistant. Not all latex is natural, however. There are synthetic latex mattresses, and this type of mattress is made from petroleum-based ingredients.

There are many companies going the organic route. But for the money, the quality and the company integrity, we recommend Avocado.  Avocado has a few different options and products. We recommend the model WITHOUT metal springs. Metal conducts electricity and in this electrified world, it is best to sleep without metal.

Take a look at Avocado mattress here. Don’t forget to get organic pillows, bedding and other products at Avocado. You and your family will be glad you did!

Sauna Space

Sweating is a great way to detox pollutants and chemicals out of your body.  You can work up a good sweat in two ways: exercise or by using a sauna.  Studies find that regular sauna users live much longer than those who don’t sauna.  A recent 2017 study says that regular sauna users (4-7x per week) had a 46% lower risk of high blood pressure! This was compared to people who use a sauna less than once per week. You can read the original article here.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to home sauna. You just need to source the best saunas that provide all the benefits and none of the risks. One risk is the off-gassing materials that intoxicate you as you are trying to detoxify. Another risk comes from electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by the power source in the sauna. EMF is a major source of health issues and high blood pressure and something we want to avoid. After extensive research we determined that Sauna Space is the best product available:

  1. It is very compact and can be stored easily
  2. Does not off-gas chemicals
  3. Does not produce significant EMF
  4. Is a healthy sauna experience!

Click here to find out more about Sauna Space. They have two models: The Luminati is for the budget conscious and the Faraday, their ultimate sauna. Both are fantastic options, and both are a significant investment. Personally though, I think YOU are worth the investment.  For overall health, sauna at least 4x per week for 30 minute sessions. I prefer to sauna in the late afternoon. I drink plenty of filtered water from our Pristine Hydro system and always replace my minerals with our daily multivitamin.

Sun Lamp by SPERTI:

Nothing is more important to health and wellness than quality sunshine. Those who get the most amount of sun, live the longest. Sunshine is shown to reduce heart attack, stroke, dementia, cancer risk and promote mental wellness. So many of you live in areas where the sun doesn’t shine for much of the year. This leads to serious health problems. I see people from all over the world and the majority come from cities and towns where winter is long, and the power of the sun cannot work its magic.

We want to provide a solution for those of you that cannot move location due to family, a job or you simply just love where you live. If it is possible, vacation in sunny climates frequently through the winter months so you can soak up the sun, increasing exposure little by little each day so as not to burn.

Our solution if you can’t move or go on frequent vacations, is the Sperti Vitamin D lamp. If you can’t take a vacation to the sun, bring the sun to you. Sperti makes the most popular vitamin D lamp on the market and for good reason. The lamp is amazing! The Fiji Sun Tanning Lamp by Sperti provides UVA and UVB exposure. Both of these frequencies are extremely beneficial to your health. The Sperti lamp provides UVA rays to increase nitric oxide, a vasodilator that opens blood vessels AND lowers blood pressure. It also provides UVB rays to help the body make Vitamin D. This lamp is helpful for people who are either unable to efficiently absorb vitamin D from dietary sources or prefer to obtain Vitamin D from a source which mimics the sun in that capacity when effective sunlight is not available.

The Sperti sunlamp called the Fiji Sun Tanning Lamp is:

  • FDA cleared
  • Safe at-home use
  • Face and body tanner
  • 15 minute sessions
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • 7 year product warranty
  • Two pairs of UV blocking eyewear

You can learn more about the lamp on their website just by clicking this link. Instructions for use come with the Sperti. Start slow and gradually build up to 15 minute sessions. Sunshine is your friend, and your skin is a solar panel. Give your skin and your body what it needs. Buy a Sperti Sun Lamp

Austin Air Purifier:

Air pollution is linked to just about every disease. Staying inside certainly isn’t the answer! Indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor, believe it or not. Outdoor air is polluted from vehicles, factories, farming, fires and much more. Indoor air toxins are just as sinister, and maybe even more so, given the standard airtight hermetically sealed homes.

Where are these indoor contaminants coming from? Here are the likely offenders:

  • VOCs from new paint, new flooring, and new furniture
  • Cleaning products
  • Mold mycotoxins
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Natural gas
  • Radon
  • And 187 more according to the EPA

These chemicals lead to plenty of health problems from AFIB to cancer to neurological disease.

If you know me, you know that I love the outdoors. Getting my family outside often is a priority and key to health. It is so important, when you are inside, to make sure your air is as pure as possible. This means you must get an air purifier.  Air purifiers are proven to lower inflammation according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Anything that lowers inflammation naturally is likely to help lower disease risk.

You can fix your indoor air with the Austin Air Purifier. It is consistently rated as the best air purifier available. We have 3 running full time in our home and one in the office. Even Chuck in our shipping department has one in the warehouse (his adult children work with us and he wants the best in health for them).

Don’t waste another minute in the poison and get an Austin Air purifier today.

Pristine Hydro Water Filter

How often do you think about the water you drink? We need this critical source of sustenance but don’t often give much thought to the quality of the water. The fact that we need to consider the quality is a sad state of affairs. After all, millions of years went by and the water was perfect. Whether from a spring or a running stream, our water was pure. It simply contained: H2O, minerals, and beneficial microbes. Today, the state of our water supply is quite different, and our health suffers because of it.

What is in our water that is so toxic?

The list of harmful pollutants in our water is long and includes references to toxicology, pharmacology, microbiology, metallurgy and inorganic chemistry. Sounds nasty, right? It is.

Pesticides, phthalates, parabens, plastics and pharmaceuticals are in the water system. And that is only the “P” toxins. Don’t forget about mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and other elements including radioactive ones that do not belong in our bodies. Dangerous microbes such as parasites, bacteria and viruses may also be present. And last, but not least, chemicals like volatile organic compounds and perfluorocarbons (Teflon!) are pervasive in our water supply.

Given the above, it is quite clear you cannot drink from the tap or even consider water that is not highly filtered. If you are on a well, we advise you to test for the above. We recommend using a company called My Tap Score. They have a few options to test your water for over 100 different contaminants. Learn more about My Tap Score here.

There are a few options, but my best recommendation is Pristine Hydro.  Reverse osmosis removes just about everything, except for some gasses. It removes all minerals and leaves dead water. It is cheaper, but not the best choice.  Countertop filters like Berkey etc. can reduce toxin level, but again, leave the water void of the good stuff. If you drink bottled water, it must be in glass and even the best waters are contaminated. Recent evidence found high PFAS in Topo Chico. Best in class here is Pellegrino in glass.

We have used the Pristine Hydro system for over 5 years. Many of our patients have bought it as well. It has a 6 step purification process then adds back minerals, oxygen and structure to approximate a mountain stream. The added magnesium, potassium, and calcium help to support a healthy heart rhythm. The fact that the other toxins are removed also helps AFIB and water from the Pristine Hydro system tastes great.

You can read more and purchase a system by clicking here.

Xtrema Healthy Cookware

When it comes to health and wellness, we need to look at all possible causes of disease. Science tells us that toxins in our environment are a major contributor to sickness. These toxins come from the air, the water and the soil. They also come from our cookware.  You put effort into buying high quality nutritious food to support your health. Have you considered what you cook it in? The cookware we use to make our food can be highly toxic. Teflon is known to everyone as a cancer-causing agent and was the subject of an excellent recent film called Dark Waters. But other chemicals in cookware may be just as dangerous as Teflon and include toxic metals and man-made chemicals like PFOA, a known carcinogen.

Toxic metals interfere with potassium and magnesium leading to AFIB. Stainless steel cookware usually contains tin, nickel and aluminum. These metals get into your food and into your body where they do not belong.

Cast iron is loaded with…wait for it…iron. And iron overload is a problem for so many people. Iron can be inflammatory and may raise ferritin levels. High ferritin is linked to high blood pressure according to this study.

We have found the best cookware at Xtrema.  Xtrema Cookware is high quality ceramic and the only company I trust for my family. We love their products, and they are totally affordable. Ceramic products including those from Xtrema are not as durable as cast iron or steel, but fortunately, replacing a broken piece is not cost prohibitive. Check out their cookware here.

PACT: The Ultimate in Organic Clothing

Do you eat organic food but wear toxic clothing? In short, the chemicals in clothing, just as in anything else, can raise your disease risk.  Cotton is a heavily sprayed crop (think Roundup) and these chemicals permeate the clothes even after processing. The clothes are also contaminated with bleach, formaldehyde, VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), ammonia and more. If it says wrinkle free, won’t shrink, flame or stain resistant, waterproof, cling-free and more, run for the hills. These perks may be more convenient, but it is negatively impacting your health. Children are particularly susceptible as the ratio of toxins to body weight is even higher and their brains and bodies are still developing.

Do you remember the toxic uniforms for the American Airlines employees? Many people ended up in the hospital from exposure to the chemicals. They suffered with autoimmune reactions, rashes and some life-threatening illnesses.

It is time to go organic with your clothing as much as possible for the whole family. Finding undergarments, socks, and sweats are easy when you shop at PactPACT Clothing sells the organic cotton products we love because they are organic and stylish.  They have everything from workout wear to casual everyday clothing to undergarments to maternity. All their clothing is made from organic cotton.

Not only will you be helping to reduce AFIB as we know toxins contribute to it, but you will also be contributing to better health overall for yourself and those who hug you!  Better for your health, your family’s health and better for the environment.

Food Sources: Highest Quality

Humans are hunter-gatherers, always have been and always will be. Sourcing the highest quality food is of the utmost importance. And just in case you don’t hunt or fish, I have two suggestions of food companies that do it right.  Crowd Cow and Vital Choice both source the healthiest foods in the world. Better for you and your family, better for the animal and better for the planet.

SEAFOOD: Omega-3 from wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and shellfish is one of the BEST strategies to keep your blood pressure in check. Seafood eaters are the healthiest people on the planet and seafood is proven to help lower AFIB risk and stroke risk. And for seafood, the choice is Vital Choice. The wild salmon from Vital Choice is out of this world! If you are looking for the best seafood including wild salmon, lobster, crab, and more, check out Vital Choice by clicking here.

MEATS: Meat such as beef, pork and poultry are fantastic for health as long as they come from grass-fed, ethically raised farm animals. Crowd Cow does just that.  I bought my Thanksgiving turkey from Crowd Cow and it was fantastic! Crowd Cow has a really cool program – you can shop from dozens of farms that have all kinds of fantastic food. Just click here and start your search for grass-fed beef, lamb, pork and poultry.

I will warn you ahead of time. Products from Crowd Cow and Vital Choice are more expensive than the big box grocery stories. But as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. What you spend on food you will save on healthcare and prescriptions.  You will reap the rewards that do not have monetary value such as more energy, more quality time with family, a strong immune system and living without the fear of becoming ill!

And I think YOU are worth it. The Wolfson’s buy most of our seafood and meats from these companies.

Red Light Therapy:

Do you feel a sense of awe when viewing a sunset or a sunrise? I think we experience that feeling in order to reap the health benefits of the red light wavelength. Nature is amazing and we don’t just live in it, we are part of it.

The red light wavelength penetrates the skin and fuels the mitochondria to make ATP. This energy currency helps our body to function normally.  We recommend getting outside often to harness the sun’s energy. But many people live in climates where outdoor activities are a little more difficult. In addition, clothing inhibits red light. That is why we recommend red light therapy.

There are 3 ways to get red light therapy:

  1. Low-level laser: Devices of this sort are typically in the doctor’s office, as they are very expensive. We have one in our office and found great success for blood pressure. But to be effective, frequent use is recommended, so the laser is not practical for everyone.
  2. Red light device- Many companies have stepped up to provide home red light kits. Our trusted brand is Mito Red. You can read more on their website including frequency and duration of exposure. There is zero risk to this product, only benefits. You stand in front of the light and experience the benefits to as much skin as possible. Your eyes too!
  3. Vie Light- We talk a lot about nitric oxide and its importance in preventing AFIB and stroke as it relaxes the blood vessels and allows for smooth blood flow. Photobiomodulation (PBM) leads to an elevation in NO concentration. PBM uses red light to influence health, wellness and normal blood pressure.

The VieLight 633 takes advantage of the thin mucosal layer inside the nose. This allows for easy access to circulating blood.

We have used the Vielight 633 with tremendous success and no risk. Protocols are built into the product. Again, no risk, only benefits. Great way to crank up nitric oxide and lower blood pressure. Buy your VieLight here.

Testing:

If you are concerned about the health of a loved one, get them the help they need with one of our state-of-the-art test kits, the information could help save a life.

Leaky Gut/Wheat Zoomer:

Wheat Zoomer: for the detection of wheat and gluten-related disorders, intestinal permeability, celiac disease, and gluten-related autoimmunity. You can find Wheat Zoomer here.

Triple Toxin Test: Mold Mycotoxins, Toxic Metals, and Environmental Toxins

The Vibrant Environmental test is urine-based and screens for environmental toxins which when absorbed, inhaled, or ingested, can cause acute or chronic toxic overload which may manifest in a variety of biological organ, tissue, and cellular-level systems. Environmental toxins are cancer-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors, both human-made and naturally occurring.

The Vibrant Mycotoxins test is a urine-based assay for 31 of the most common mycotoxins produced by molds to which humans are exposed.

The Vibrant Heavy Metals test is also urine-based and screens for 20 of the most common heavy metals known to accumulate and cause adverse health effects in the human body.

These tests together assess the most comprehensive potential for total toxic load. Click here to purchase.

Micronutrient Test

Micronutrient test: tests the intracellular and extracellular vitamins and minerals.

Intracellular tests for cellular nutrient absorption deficiency. Identifies essential micronutrient absorption deficiencies which cause or increase the risk of chronic disease. The intracellular information provides us with a long-term nutritional status of the previous 4-6 months.

Extracellular tests identify baseline nutritional deficiencies. The extracellular detects higher than normal levels of vitamins and minerals in your blood which prevents uncontrolled supplementation, unnecessary spending on supplements and provides a short-term nutritional status of the last few days.

You can find the Micronutrient test here.

We will find a local lab and all tests include a review with a Wolfson health coach.

For more information, check out TheDrsWolfson.com/tests

Vibrant Blue Essential Oils

Essential oils can help support circulation therefore heart health.  They can help to restore our nervous system and deliver healing properties and act on systems of the body that control our physiological state, both physical and emotional.  [1] 

Essential oils can effectively work to prevent and treat many cardiac related conditions due to their unique abilities to lower stress, activate cholinergic and vagal reflexes, and provide high antioxidant potency to combat oxidative stress.  The relaxing effects are often mediated by an increase in nitric oxide synthesis imperative for arterial health and natural vasodilation.

Our favorite blend for hypertension is their Circulation Blend and our favorite blend to support the parasympathetic nervous system is Parasympathetic Blend (can be used in conjunction with Circulation Blend). The Parasympathetic blend works to boost mood, stimulate the vagus nerve reflex, improve digestion, and relieve anxiety and nervousness – all essential aspects of normalizing blood pressure.

Purchase the above and other Vibrant Blue Essential Oils here.

Heart Health Book: The Paleo Cardiologist

My book, The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the perfect choice for someone you care about. Over 200 pages and 300 references. Amazon best-seller, but you don’t need to buy it on Amazon. You can get my book for FREE at FreeHeartBook.com. Just put in the name and address of where you want it to go.

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