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Love Your Heart - February 2022

Health, Longevity, and Happiness with Optimal Functioning of Your Heart and Circulation

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Penticton, BC

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Complimentary and alternative (CAM) approaches to heart and circulatory health have proven themselves to be effective in both treating and reversing heart disease. Although often drugs and/or heart surgery are required to correct genetic defects, long-standing atherosclerosis, valve problems, heart rhythm abnormalities etc., proven natural therapies are useful in augmenting these treatments and often can prevent the need for more invasive, health harming drugs or surgery.

As A Naturopathic Physician I have trained for 7 years to become a doctor and am certified to practice medicine in BC. Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) have specialized training in the use of natural and safe, non-invasive techniques for the prevention and treatment of illness. My particular area of expertise is in the treatment of chronic degenerative disorders such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These conditions cause more suffering and death to human beings than all other illnesses combined.

I have identified five critical steps in the management and prevention of heart related illnesses. These lifestyle factors are easily assimilated into most people’s lives with little trouble. They are safe, holistic and will improve health and vitality, as well as drastically reducing one’s risk of developing severe illness. These steps are as follows:

  1. Mental/Emotional Fitness
  2. Diet
  3. Supplementation
  4. Exercise
  5. Chelation

1. Mental/Emotional Fitness

Without emotional balance the other components of the program will not work. In order to take charge of your health you will need to be in the right frame of mind and have your emotional house in order, It takes courage and determination to change. Addictions, unresolved issues, negative feelings, unhealthy habits etc. all block the changes necessary for optimal health to occur. Facing our fears, quieting the mind to allow positive healing energy to flow, meditation, self-nurturing behaviours, positive affirmations, and feeling a sense of gratitude for all aspects of our existence – these are the essential tools for healing and awakening to optimal health and wellness.

2. Diet

/> So much has been learned about diet and nutrition over the past 30 years, it is simply mind boggling. Yet, we are more confused than ever! This is due to competing interests for grocery and supplement dollars and the perpetuation of erroneous myths which motivate buyers to invest in unhealthy, expensive foods. What we know for sure is that not everyone benefits from the same diet; whole, local, organic, unprocessed food is best; refined foods, particularly refined grains and processed fats and oils are very harmful to our health; food additives and sugar substitutes are also very harmful to health; and, we need good fats, lean protein, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to stay healthy.

3. Supplementation

To supplement or not to supplement, this is the question?! There is ample research and evidence to indicate that focused supplementation offers superior protection to diet alone. This is especially true today since our diet is compromised in so many ways and population studies indicate wide spread deficiencies. Certain minerals, vitamins, herbs, amino acids, oils, and other specific nutrients have proven to improve heart and circulatory health significantly as well as decreasing risks of heart attack and stroke. It is important to be evaluated by a Naturopathic Physician and have a supplement protocol tailored specifically to your needs, rather than guessing and spending money on questionable supplements.


Exercise is a vital part of conditioning and maintaining a healthy heart and vascular system. Research shows that moderate exercise reduces death from all causes by one-third. It is interesting to note that high levels of exercise did not significantly change the mortality rate from moderate levels of exercise. Moderate exercise is defined by at least 30 minutes a day of light to moderate intensity activities such as walking, gardening, biking, home repairs etc. Find activities that you enjoy and that increase your metabolic rate to the point that you are sweating lightly and breathing heavier but still able to maintain a conversation. See OK In Health's Fitness Page.


This is a cornerstone to optimal heart and circulatory health in anyone who has increased risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, a strong family history of heart disease, or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This well researched and proven therapy consists of intravenous infusions of EDTA, vitamins, and minerals which have the combined effect of softening and strengthening the arteries, decreasing levels of atherosclerosis, and significantly decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, chelation removes toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, aluminum, and mercury form bodily tissues. These metals are ubiquitous in our environment and found in almost everyone today. They contribute greatly to heart disease, neurological disease, inflammatory diseases, and all chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr. Tamara BrowneDr. Tamara's Bio: Dr. Tamara Browne - Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Browne graduated from Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine, Seattle, Wa., in 1996 and has had an active general family Naturopathic practice in the South Okanagan area ever since. Her current practice is called The Okanagan Chelation Center, and is located at 101-1040 Main Street Okanagan Falls BC, V0H 1R4. She specializes in heart disease prevention & treatment, Chelation & metal detoxification, vitamin & mineral injections, lab testing, pain management techniques, chronic disease management, prevention, nutrition, herbal medicine, constitutional homeopathy, weight loss, & women's health. To contact Dr. Browne - Ph. 250-497-6681. Dr. Browne has a column called ' Naturopathic Corner ' and has written for OK In Health since June 2009. - Dr. Tamara Browne Website - Email

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