STROKES – Lifestyle Modification & Natural Medicine can Prevent Strokes


One stroke always follows another stroke but strokes can be prevented.

How common is a stroke?

  • It is the third most common cause of death in SA.
  • ⅔ of all patients are older than 65 years of age.
  • ¼ of all patients are younger than 45 years of age.
  • 20% of SA will be a stroke or heart patient before age 60.


The brain

  • The most delicate organ in the body – without the brain or parts thereof the body cannot function.
  • 100 billion cells in brain.
  • Each area has a function and brain is very dependant on O2 and CHO (carbohydrates).
  • The above is transported by blood via the big arteries.
  • When these arteries get blocked, oxygen does not get to the cells and they die within 3 minutes.
  • When brain cells die they don’t get replaced.
  • Dead brain cells secrete toxic substances which can be dangerous to neighboring cells.


What happens when you have a stroke?

  • Strokes occur when blood flow is cut off to a certain area in the brain because of ischemia or when hemorrhage takes place and bleeding does damage to the brain.
  • The area that is cut off determines which parts of the body will be affected.
  • Left sided strokes affect the right side and vice versa.
  • Stokes on the right side of the brain can cause lameness of left arm, leg and can affect left side of face.


Immediate treatment is necessary

  • Scary is that the majority of patients only seek help 24h after the stroke.
  • The first 3-6 hours are the most important part of treatment.
  • Modern medicine can dissolve the blood clot or rescue neighboring cells if acted within 3-6 hours.


The big five symptoms – watch out for

  • Sudden tiredness or num feeling in face, arm or leg on one or both sides of the body.
  • Loss of vision or double vision.
  • Difficulty in speech or understanding what people say.
  • Sudden severe headaches without a particular cause.
  • Unexplainable dizziness or tendency to fall.


Other symptoms

  • Not able to walk.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Loss of control over bladder and intestines.
  • Unconsciousness or fainting.



The above symptoms can come and go.  This can happen because the clot has dissolved and blood supply has been restored to a specific area.   In 60% of cases these symptoms are warning signs of a massive stroke that is to follow.



  • Blood thinning agents like: Warfarin; Omega 3&6; Vit E
  • Cholesterol lowering drugs – conventional or natural.
  • Supplements like folic acid 0,8mg; vitamin C 2000-3000mg; vitamin E 200-400IU; vitamin A 5000IU; Melatonin 3-10mg === daily dosages of each.
  • One stroke follows another stroke – and the follow ups are worse.  The correct treatment can prevent future attacks – discuss with physician.
  • Garlic – reduce strokes and heart attacks with 30%.
  • Potassium – 3500mg per day – eat lots of vegetables and fruit daily.
  • Super antioxidants: alpha-lipoic acid, grapeseed extract and Coenzyme Q10.
  • Nattokinase 100mg – take one to two capsules daily to clean the arteries and improve blood flow.


Risk factors for strokes

Controllable factors

  • High blood pressure – 78% men and 65% women with high BP are obese.
  • Heart diseases like heart valve problems, arrhythmias and coronary heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol – high risk of coronary artery disease
  • Low cholesterol – increase risk for strokes – latest research in Japan
  • High homocysteine levels – if you reduce your H-levels from 16 to 6 – you will reduce your stroke risk by 75%.
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Arthrosclerosis
  • Ischemia
  • High transfat diets
  • Inactivity – exercise reduce strokes with 50%
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Habit forming drugs like cocaine and heroine
  • Synthetic Estrogen and oral contraceptives


Ideal test scores for cardiovascular health

  High risk Medium risk Healthy
Cholesterol <3.1 & >8.5mmol/l >6.2mmol/l 4.9-5.5mmol/l
Cholesterol/HDL >8:1 >5:1 <3.5 : 1
Blood pressure >140/90 > 130/85 <125/80
Pulse >85 <85 <70
Homocysteine >15 6<H<15 <6
Fibrinogen <3g/l
C-reactive <2.0mg/l
Apolipoprotein B < 0.9G/L
LDLSF (yellow top)
LDL size is graded into 5 categories ranging from large to small: A1; AI; I; IB; B:   LDL-B is associated with a three fold increase of risk of ischaemic heart disease (small is bad / large less dangerous.


Uncontrollable factors

  • Family history of strokes
  • Age
  • Men
  • Race – more strokes amongst blacks



  • Get to hospital ASAP
  • Stroke patients require intense observation for first 24 hours.  Bed rest, oxygen and IV medication are part of main stream approach.
  • High BP and arrhythmias will also be attended too.
  • Exercise – will start as soon as you can as part of rehab.
  • Rehab can takes months and people from the following disciplines will also be used like: Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
  • Physiotherapy will help strengthen the weakened muscles so that you can get along.
  • Occupational therapy will help you to eat and to look after yourself.
  • Speech therapy will assist the patient to swallow, speak and how to understanding words.
  • Treatment will continue till the end.


In a nut shell – after the stroke back at home

  • Exercise – it will reduce strokes with 50%
  • Normalise blood pressure and loose weight if necessary
  • Diet – 3 extra portions of fruit or vegetables will reduce strokes with 22% and garlic will reduce heart attacks and strokes with 30%.
  • Supplements – daily dosage of – multivitamins and multiminerals; aspirin 100mg; vitamin E 400IU; antioxidants like Coenzyme Q10; vitamin C 2000mg  and Omega 3 1200-2400mg.



  1. New Optimum Nutrition Bible – Patrick Holford
  2. Prescription Alternatives – Earl Mindell
  3. Natural medicine  – Beth Maceoin
  4. Herbal Medicine  – expanded commission E Monographs
  5. Genesende Voeding  – Dr Willem Serfontein
  6. Gesondheid vir `n leeftyd – Dr Christiaan




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