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How NOT to Die Young - Part 4

Atrial Fibrillation is a serious heart conditions where the electrical signal between the upper and lower chambers of your heart are NOT communicating properly.

I have personal experience with this disease, having been in persistent Atrial Fibrillation (afib) for 6 years over a decade ago.

People like myself, who are in persistent afib often cannot resolve the problem without a surgical intervention - called ablation - where heart tissue is literally burned in order to "remodel" the electrical pathways. Many people who have afib and an ablation revert to afib just a few years after the procedure. Why? Surgery seldom touches on the root cause. Therefore the process(es) that led to the afib, in the first place, are still active.

I had "mild" Lyme disease that was likely the cause of the condition. I pre-treated and treated myself with anti-infective for 18 months prior to the procedure. Consequently, here I am, 10 years later in normal (sinus) rhythm. The analytics we developed to test your physiology (blood) is very accurate at determining the cause(s) of afib. And, when we do this testing (or chronic disease temperature 55 biomarker panel), coupled to the risk assessment, we are able to reduce your risks of afib. Our team also has experience with mild afib cases. We have rectified the irregular heart rhythms in many people. Thus the approach we use is both preventative and can reverse cases of afib.

It is also really important to get your health "right" BEFORE any surgeries so you will repair and recover well.


Here is a story about afib shared by the wife of a client with whom we are just starting to work.

Loving the Chronic Disease Support Discussions, especially cholesterol presentations. I worked in that area before statin drugs were introduced into the market and have followed the evolution and increasing popularity of statins. As lipid levels seem to contribute to several conditions, I decided to check my husband's lipid levels (he has afib). The most recent result is LDL of 80, which pleases his doctors. He has his records in a spreadsheet going back to 2005, so there’s a lot of history available (engineer training).

One LDL level was 40 (Yikes!).

Only once was it above 100. He developed aFib a couple of years ago, and while I was listening to the presentation I started googling lipids and aFib. (This is why I am not on video) Guess what! There appears to be a relationship. Attached is the meta-analysis published in 2020. Here is the link to the publication:

The title of the article is:

Lipid levels and risk of new‐onset atrial fibrillation: A systematic review and dose‐response meta‐analysis

Here is the abstract:

Lipid levels are closely associated with health, but whether lipid levels are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) remains controversial. We thought that blood lipid levels may influence new‐onset AF. Here, we used a meta‐analysis to examine the overall association between lipid levels and new‐onset AF. PubMed and EMBASE databases were searched up to 20 December 2019. We conducted a systematic review and quantitative meta‐analysis of prospective studies to clarify the association between lipid levels and the risk of new‐onset AF.

Higher levels of TC, LDL‐C, and HDL‐C were associated with lower risk of new‐onset AF. TG levels were not associated with new‐onset AF in all subjects.


More from our client's wife:

The dose-response curves between TC and aFib (Figure 1 supporting information) and LDL and AFib (Figure 2 supporting information) are similar to other conditions you presented.

I found two other publications (2019 and 2017) supporting low lipid levels and aFib. Interesting that they are studies from China and Korea, not the USA or Europe. I will forward those as well when I can comment on them. (she is sending me these later...)


What drives afib? Chronic stealth infection in my, and probably many other cases.

If you are not testing, you are guessing.

From Harvard Medical School press:

Cholesterol is essential for human health. It is the building block of steroid hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol and the male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and the estrogens. Cholesterol is also an essential component of the membranes that surround all human cells. More than simply holding cells together, these membranes have a crucial role in regulating cell function and allowing chemicals to pass into and out of cells.

Statins lower your TC and LDL - molecules critical to repair and recovery. If you do have an infectious process, tissue is being destroyed. Not everyone will get afib or some other condition. Those that don't arguably have good repair and recovery that keeps their tissue ahead of the wear and tear process caused by life and exacerbated by infection.


Here is the final video on "How NOT to Die Young" - part 4. Please watch this video. All 4 parts, with this being part 4, discuss repair and recovery with focus on how important cholesterol is to your cellular health.

Hint: In youtube you can increase the playback speed by up to 2 times.... to get through it more quickly. You can change the speed under by clicking on the "settings" (gear" menu.


I'm offering 3 months of my services - unlimited - for the price of my 3h offering. You can start this program today to help you through the holidays and it will be good through March.

What you get: Unlimited time with myself or my wife (health and life coach) - or both (we have very different skills).

How it works:

  • Take or retake the Chronic Disease Assessment

  • Review your current treatment plan and labs

  • Schedule weekly sessions (15 minutes or more) (consistency)

  • Sign up for the Chronic Disease Support program and get 10% off labs and other tests.

  • Have a healthy longevity!


It's not too late to join the chronic disease support program. I'll send any newbies a link to past presentations....

Stay Well

Thomas J. Lewis, Ph.D.

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