Randy Holmes got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. He flushed the toilet and to his horror, it began to back up and leak all over the floor. He rushed to the linen closet, grabbed some towels, raced back into the bathroom, slipped in the puddle, and hit his head on his antique cast iron bathtub. Randy died because of a clogged toilet.
Clogs kill thousands of people in the U.S. every year. Clogged hearts and clogged heads account for over 700 thousand deaths annually. Thousands more survive these clogs and struggle with the lingering symptoms afterward.
Please forgive the nonmedical term, clog, to describe the above conditions, but that’s really what they are. People just might be able to better identify with what’s going on with their body in plumbing terms. In fact, I recently became interested in an article on the Internet about nanotherapeutics. There was even a Drano ad on the page, bragging that they have a Drano product for every kind of clog. Wouldn’t that be nice if it were true?
But learning more about nanotechnology will make us realize that so much is possible because of recent advancements in this field. Here, elements in the atomic scale are utilized, and this technology now makes it possible to use nanotherapeutics in treating clogs in arteries or veins. Most of us are aware that such clogs are the reasons why heart attacks and strokes occur. With the use of nanotechnology, nanotherapeutics, which can easily dissolve life-threatening clots, are released directly to a clog in an artery.
Clogs in blood vessels cause heart attacks and strokes. Heart attacks, also known as myocardial infarction or coronary failure, bring about damage to the heart due to reduced or lack of blood flow. A stroke, on the other hand, should not be confused with a heart attack. When a person suffers a stroke, this means that there was no or reduced blood flow to his brain, which then led to brain damage. For the last 50 years, doctors have campaigned against high cholesterol in an effort to reduce the threat of clogs. In the medical world, the formation of blockage or cholesterol-containing plaques in major blood vessels is known as atherosclerosis. What experts haven’t told us, even though I think they should have because it would surely scare more people into compliance, was that watching your cholesterol through diet and drugs only reduces the speed at which your blood vessels continue to clog. Now, even with the high tech products and advanced technology available to physicians, your doctor won’t still be able to recommend or prescribe any medication that reverses the clogging that already exists. It would be like a Drano product that won’t make your sink drain faster; it will just drain slowly–for a while.
In all fairness, Dr. Oz and Dr. Dean Ornish claim to have a diet and lifestyle that will gradually improve circulation and lessen clogs. However, their recommendations are so restrictive that even the most disciplined monk might complain. Not all individuals have ruthless self-discipline or maybe the resources to follow a rigid diet regime.
Clog research for the rest of us continues to be a priority in the medical community. Companies instinctively know that people want a Drano-type product for their clogs. Until that day, cardiologists, by their own admission, will continue to be plumbers with plungers and catheters to unclog our arteries.