Heart Attacks in Sports
All athletes must undergo regular physical examinations. How is it possible that their lives could end so abruptly, when these physical exams failed to pick up even the slightest hint of a potential problem?
In the absence of trauma, no-one simply ‘drops dead’ when their heart functions normally. ‘Normally’ is the key word. Our concept of the word is defined by the tools that we have for assessing the heart and its performance. Nonetheless, the most important quality of the heart has remained unrecognized, and therefore, no tools were developed for assessing or monitoring it. That quality is the heart pulse, also known as the electrical rhythm of the heart, or briefly, heart rhythm.
This heart pulse is NOT the number of heart beats per minute. It is a measure of the electrical output of the heart. The numerical value of a ‘normal’ heart is ‘12.’ It should yield this number when pulsed three times in quick succession. No-one has ever died a natural death when the heart rhythm pulsed ’12,’ and no athlete should ever be allowed on the pitch, court, floor, track, ice rink or a wrestling ring when their heart pulse is less than ‘twelve.’ It would take a skilled trainer as much time to pulse the players’ hearts as it takes the entire team to pass through the locker room door in a single file, one player at a time. There are shortcuts that enable a trainer to know in a blink of an eye if there is anyone in the locker room or any other location where the players are assembled who is at risk because of a low heart pulse.
The only known way to determine the electrical rhythm of the heart is through limbic muscle testing and pulsing. In spite of our advanced technology, there are still no devices that are able to replace muscle testing and pulsing, and yet these are skills that everybody can master with a little practice. Muscle testing and pulsing are not new. They have been around since the early sixties. William James said that “a new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial until finally it becomes what everybody knows.” Perhaps this is the time for ‘everybody to know.’
It is possible to assess the electrical rhythm of the heart of an athlete, musician, actor or any other participant or performer while watching them live or on television (live, pre-recorded or replayed) and be able fix it promptly with a command, as long as the underlying cause is metaphysical or secondary to something else (like drugs or an adrenalin spike).
Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers, said that “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” That attitude in sports, winning at all cost, led many athletes to push themselves beyond their natural abilities. Wanting to be ‘all that you can be’ is commendable, but wanting to be ‘all which you are not’ is calamitous. What training and exercise could not do, science did in the form of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
As performance-enhancing drugs became the rage, they came with a heavy price. They accelerate the aging process, interfere with calcium metabolism, with adrenal and hypothalamus functions and compromise the immune system, not to mention the consequences of sharing needles. It soon became a platform for ignorant do-gooders and politicians looking for an agenda. Given the right to choose and the universal rule of cause and effect, it is absurd that athletes who were looking to go beyond that which they were naturally endowed with are now pointing fingers at others for their choices.
Competition means adrenalin spikes, the sudden release of large amounts of adrenalin. Football tackles, like the impact caused by car accidents or falling from heights generate adrenalin spikes. When observing the 'victims' face, it becomes contorted at the time of impact. It is clearly visible in instant replays of football tackles. This is known as heart shock, and it causes the heart rhythm to drop. In many cases it remains low and it must be corrected to prevent a heart attack. Adrenalin motivates the heart to generate energy. Too much adrenalin makes the heart generate too much energy, which makes muscles contract with too much force, ultimately wearing them out and making them weak. The heart is also a muscle, and it too pays the price. Adrenalin is the main factor in aging. Caffeine stimulates the adrenals to secrete more adrenalin, increasing the energy production of the heart. When we wake up in the morning this energy boost is beneficial. If this boost continues excessively, the muscles of the heart will tire and wear out. All athletes have their personal limits. These limits can be determined by limbic muscle testing and pulsing. The most important aspect of this testing is determining the electrical rhythm of the heart. Athletes push themselves past the human limits. “No pain--no gain.” They learn to compete and train despite their aches and pains. In order to do so they resort to medication. They have to do it because ‘business is business,’ and they need to compete, whether due to the business end of professional sports, or to keep from ‘losing their spot’. Pharmaceutical pain killers, muscle relaxers and some anti-inflammatory medications have two things in common: they lower heart rhythm, and they are addicting. The pharmaceutical companies know this. It is a means to an end, and today’s healthcare system is a major part of it. It is a choice, and it comes with consequences. Dire consequences. Drop-dead consequences, but easy to fix consequences. If you cannot detect it, you cannot identify it, and if you cannot identify it you cannot treat it or fix it. It is time for all coaches and trainers to learn limbic muscle testing and pulsing.
Professional wrestling has been one of the biggest generators of drop-dead-before-their-time statistics. The professional wrestlers of today are required to be superior athletes, agile acrobats, well-conditioned with an amazing sense of timing and be skilled thespians. They must have microphone skills and learn to entertain and react with the audience. The show is scripted and rehearsed, with villains and heroes and pre-determined outcomes, and they must make it look real. Everybody plays a part. The nature of the business requires the wrestlers to wrestle almost every day. It is an emotionally and physically a high-stress business. The bumps the wrestlers take are very real and very painful. With no time to relax or recover they cannot perform without medication. Medications are addicting, and with it the need for stronger medications or narcotics to handle their pain or to relax. Marijuana lowers the heart rhythm fifty percent (to ‘6’) and cocaine lowers it to ‘3.’ Most pain killers and muscle relaxers lower heart rhythm to ‘4.’ When the heart rhythm is low it also iterferes with sleep. The absence of REM sleep slows down the recovery time from injuries, and taking sleep medication compounds the problem. When the heart rhythm drops to ‘4’ and remains there day after day, the heart quits with no warning, and cannot be started again.
There are many nutritional supplements on the market that can strengthen the heart and the adrenals with no side effects. They are readily available and no prescription is needed. For non-vegetarians, three ounces of cooked beef heart per week is also beneficial in helping the heart recover. They are safe and effective. Adrenal supplements can reverse the effects of steroids on the adrenals and restore them to normal function. With muscle testing it is possible to evaluate, at will, each organ and what serves it best. Furthermore, each person can learn to muscle-test himself (or herself).
"Anything can cause anything. You can't fix it if you don't know what it is."