Heart Disease Linked to Thiamine Deficiency
Furosemide (also known as Lasix) is a drug commonly used with congestive heart failure (CHF) patients when there is edema (excessive fluid build-up)present.
Although this treatment is quite effective for eliminating the edema, there is an interesting side effect that medical doctors disregard despite the research from their own medical journals.
Lasix depletes thiamine, the very vitamin known to be lacking in CHF patients in the first place!!
Why then don’t medical doctors have their patients take therapeutic dosages of thiamine?
This deficiency isn’t limited to only adults with heart conditions. The same thiamine deficiency was also found in children with congenital heart disease (also see Heart Disease).
Children with Congenital Heart Disease
A study done in 2000 and published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition aimed to determine if the thiamine deficiency was due to malnutrition “common in children with congenital heart disease” or if the deficiency was due to loop diuretics such as Lasix.
The results left the scientists puzzled.
Since the diuretics only make the thiamine deficiency worse, it does not account for the development of the deficiency in the first place. The study claims that malnutrition doesn’t explain the thiamine deficiency either.
This is where I have questions:
- Why can’t the medical establishment reevaluate its position on nutritional requirements?
- Why the lack of interest of subclinical nutritional deficiencies resulting in health conditions?
- Why is there no research being done with regard to the countless chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis and the likelihood of nutritional depletion?
Despite the great success of thiamine therapy with heart patients, vitamin depleting drugs continue to remain status quo.
If that isn’t malpractice and an example of quackery, I don’t know what is!
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