Blockages in carotid arteries can lead to brain damage

If your car has a clogged fuel line, your engine isn't going to get the gas it needs -- and you're going to be sitting by the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck.

Your body isn't a car. But in some ways, it's not all that different.

You've got a fuel line, too. It's your arteries, and if they get clogged... well... you're going to be waiting for an ambulance instead of a tow truck as you suffer from a heart attack or stroke.

And the damage doesn't end there.

Your brain accounts for about 3 percent of your body weight, but it uses 20 percent of your body's oxygen, which is delivered via your blood (along with all the nutrients and everything else it needs).

The "fuel line" that pumps it all to your brain are the carotid arteries in your neck -- the same artery vampires are always trying to sink their fangs into in the movies.

As the plaque builds up in that artery, the diameter shrinks. As it shrinks, your brain gets less of what it needs. And if you lose 50 percent of that diameter due to plaque, you could suffer from problems with thinking, memory and motor function, even if you don't suffer from a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study.

Blockages in your arteries are also a risk factor for more serious cognitive problems -- including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The safest and best way to clear blockages from your arteries -- especially your carotid arteries -- is with chelation therapy.

Chelation removes the toxins that have been building up in your blood, pulls dangerous metals out of your body and breaks up the blockages all at once.

A 1991 study found that EDTA chelation therapy is highly effective at reducing the blockages that mark carotid stenosis, but that's not all it can do. Other studies have shown that chelation can also protect the heart, prevent stroke and even help keep dementia at bay.

Avoid "fast" chelation and any supposed at-home treatments that claim to mimic chelation. The one form of treatment backed by solid research is traditional chelation, which will need to be performed over a number of sessions under the care of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

I should know; this is one of my specialties. And if you're in Southern California, I can run some tests that can help determine whether chelation is right for you.

Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.

Not in the area? I'm also available by phone, and can talk you through every step of the way. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.