Cause of side effects and health complications clarified
According to the standards of the World Health Organization, calcium channel blockers are essential medications for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Generating global sales of 6 billion USD, these medications are ranking among the 10 most commonly prescribed drugs in the USA and in most other countries.
Typically, calcium channel blockers are prescribed for hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, angina pectoris and other heart diseases. However, serious side effects occur regularly with their use. In many cases, these side effects are affecting the cardiovascular system itself.
Regardless of this, the market for calcium channel blockers has been steadily growing for more than 50 years! Millions of patients worldwide take this type of cardiovascular drug on a daily basis, thus following their doctor‘s advice. And with the use of these drugs, new health problems emerge, making it a profitable business for the pharmaceutical industry.
Recent studies from naturopathic research have now uncovered the causes of an elevated cardiovascular risk through the use of calcium channel blockers.
In summary: In all these common diseases, the administration of calcium channel blockers merely leads to the improvement of symptoms, i.e. the patient’s impression, but not to the elimination of the underlying causes of the diseases.
For half a century, a group of drugs has been on the market, widely used in the field of cardiology: calcium channel blockers, also referred to as calcium antagonists or calcium blockers. Calcium channel blockers rank among the world’s 10 most important drug groups. Their range of application extends from high blood pressure to cardiac arrhythmia, angina pectoris and other heart diseases. One of the largest suppliers on this gigantic market is the company Bayer.
What are the characteristics of calcium channel blockers?
Basically, calcium channel blockers are drugs that block a channel or an entrance located on the external layer of specific body cells that is used by substances to get into the cells’ interior. About 50 years ago, it was accidentally discovered that this drug group can prevent the calcium molecule from using this entrance and entering the cell. From then on, based on this discovery, these drugs were named calcium channel blockers. If, instead of calcium, the essential vitamin C had been measured 50 years ago, today these drugs would possibly be called vitamin C channel blockers.
Calcium channel blockers also prevent vitamin C from entering cells
How calcium channel blockers work in detail
Like most other pharmaceutical products, calcium blockers are not intended to heal a disease, but simply to alleviate its symptoms. This is done as follows:
The calcium atom (a charged atom is called an ion) is a regulating element for the function of numerous cells, including the cells of the heart and the artery walls. Under normal conditions, most calcium ions are located outside the cells. In order to induce a specific cell function, such as the conduction of electrical signals by the heart muscle cells that make the heart beat, tiny channels open in the walls of these cells, thus allowing a rapid influx of calcium.
The function of calcium channel blockers is to slow the influx of calcium ions and, by doing so, to inhibit the relevant cell function. This has the following effects:
The influx of calcium into the electrical heart muscle cells is reduced, thereby slowing down the heartbeat.
High blood pressure:
An excessive cardiac pumping action is mistakenly still considered to be the main cause of high blood pressure. Therefore, hypertensive patients are treated with calcium channel blockers in order to reduce the influx of calcium ions into cells that are responsible for the contraction of the heart muscle, thereby aiming at a reduction of the cardiac pumping action as a whole.
Angina pectoris and coronary heart disease:
Calcium blockers are used in patients with these conditions to relax the muscle cells of the artery walls and, thereby, to slightly improve blood circulation. Since the primary cause of coronary heart disease is an impairment and narrowing of the artery wall caused by long-term micronutrient deficiencies, the use of calcium antagonists merely alleviates symptoms associated with this disease.