In late 1996, I had a carotid sonogram as part of a general health workup. Although I was symptom free, I have a lousy family history. Three of my grandparents died of vascular disease (56, 56, and 63) and both of my parents had cardiovascular disease. My mother died of an MI at 62.
At the time of this exam, I was 51 and had gone through extensive EDTA chelation therapy for heavy metal toxicity and life extension. Since there was no baseline before the carotid scan, we’ll never know how much or if any improvement had come from the chelation.
The result of the ‘96 test showed 12% occlusion on the left side, and 14% occlusion on the right with 24% occlusion at the fork on the right. These atherosclerosis lesions were very apparent, showing up as long, bumpy, irregular white ridges on the computer scan of the carotids.
My doctor at the time said that this wasn’t enough occlusion to be clinically important, but that he wanted to keep an eye on it to make sure that it wasn’t progressing.
At that time I was already on an aggressive life-extension program, including diet, exercise, and megavitamin intake (well, the conventional docs call it “megavitamin,” but to me it just seems like reasonable intake).
Over the intervening 18 months, I only changed four things that could reasonably be expected to have had an effect on atherosclerosis plaques in place:
1. I went on the Sears “zone” diet (loosely) aiming to take macronutrients in a 30-30-40 ratio (protein, fat, carbohydrates). This was a fairly relaxed dietary change.
2. Based on a Linus Pauling recommendation for atherosclerosis, I added three 500 mg lysine tablets to each meal’s supplements (I was already taking 10 to 13 grams of vitamin C per day, Pauling’s other recommendation).
Why not? Cheap, simple, and almost no chance of toxicity — and who wants to bet he’s smarter than Linus Pauling?
3. I went on an aggressive anti-homocysteine program (last 12 months only) adding folic acid, B6, and trimethyl glycine to each meal’s supplements, and a sub lingual B12 dot morning and evening.
4. I went on Serrapeptase, two 5 mg tablets on an empty stomach upon arising and again upon retiring.
Here are some things I did NOT do:
1. I continued to eat red meats more or less as I wanted to — maybe 2 to 3 times a week.
2. I made no attempt to avoid cholesterol (high cholesterol is, I suspect, a symptom of vascular disease, not a cause).
3. I made no attempt to avoid natural fats in my diet. Although I prefer olive oil, I eat butter and cook with lard or other natural saturated fats. I DO NOT eat synthetically hydrogenated fats, avoiding all margarines, Crisco and similar shortenings, and anything with “partially hydrogenated” on the label.
This June (1998) I went for a second carotid scan after a change of health plans and doctors. The results were completely clear on both sides. No signs of any plaque, not even streaking.
Now, I am aware that it’s impossible to ascribe cause and contribution in a single case history. And it’s probable that everything I did, including the years of chelation before the first test, made a contribution to my remarkable (well, I think complete regression in 18 months is remarkable) result. But I strongly suspect that the Big Thing in my program was the Serrapeptase. Certainly the Sears diet, the lysine and the anti-homocysteine measures could be expected to contribute to halting the progress of disease. But I cannot imagine how anything but the Serrapeptase could have so quickly and dramatically removed the atherosclerotic plaques.
Some disclaimers. I am not a physician. I have presented a personal case history as honestly and completely as I can. In no way is this a recommendation of anything for anybody. I take no responsibility for anything that happens to anybody who tries all or part of my program with or without advice of a physician. In other words, this is what I did for me, your mileage may vary, and your health is your responsibility to screw up or improve on your own. But if I were giving advice, I’d say to talk to your physician before launching into any big change. (Of course, if your doctor becomes horrified at the thought that you might have an actual idea concerning your own health, maybe you should have a talk with yourself about the type of physician you’ve picked.)
Finally, a note for any conventional physician who might be reading this and tich tiching over my playing doctor on myself. You have a point. No one should be his own lawyer or physician, not even someone who’s degreed in the subject. And I confess that (even though I always try to work with a longevity doc) it can get lonely out here trying to decide what’s best for my own health. But when I consider the alternatives you guys offer me — neck surgery or expensive cholesterol-lowering drugs with ugly side effects — I like my program. I sure got better results.
AB, Southern California
Serrapeptase Clears Up White Spots & Makes Skin Soft Again
For 10 years my arms, legs and face had white spots that would bleed if I picked them off. Dr. Kelley thought it could be Uremic Frost, which is usually caused by kidney failure. My kidney’s seemed to be fine, but the spots did look like uric acid crystals (needlelike crystals of sodium uric acid that contribute to kidney stones and gout). It seemed I had developed white spots on my skin instead of developing kidney stones or gout.
I first noticed the spots in 1994 after switching to Gold Stake mineral capsules, which are inorganic. I had taken chelated (inorganic minerals bonded to a protein) minerals since 1961 (to prevent osteoporosis), but a friend recommended Gold Stake. When I stopped taking Gold Stake the spots went away, but a few months later they came back. After stopping the Gold Stake minerals I had gone back to taking my regular chelated mineral tablets. Then, in 2000, I switched to Water Oz liquid, angstrom size minerals and the spots began to disappear.
By March of this year (2004), the spots had disappeared from my face and arms, but were still on my legs. That’s when I began taking Serrapeptase tablets, the enzyme that eats away at the cocoon of the Chinese silkworm and eventually allows it to fly away as a butterfly. Taken by you and I, in synthetic-tablet form, it attacks dead tissue, eating it up (not harming our living tissue) and also blocks chemicals that produce inflammatory responses.
After 3 months of taking 2 Serrapeptase tablets 2-3 times a day the spots completely disappeared! Now, for a month, I’ve just been taking 1 tablet 2 times a day and the spots have not returned. I’m taking it for my arteries and, as a bonus; I have soft skin again!