One other point is that about the time I was diagnosed with AFIB I was also put on a blood pressure medication Lisinopril which is an ACE inhibitor.
Then a couple of months ago I took my normal one hour walk and was able to walk with very limited pain for the first time in over a year. I then remembered that I had forgotten to take my Lisinopril, so I quit it and haven't taken any since then (with my doctor's knowledge). Then, in putting 2 and 2 together I recognized that my horrible bouts with AFIB had started when I was put on Lisinopril. My doctor denied that Lisinopril had anything to do with AFIB, but I know better. I know that it contributed to the severity of it.
Bottom line for me is that I am convinced that kelp/iodine cured my AFIB. In the past few weeks I've even tried to induce it by eating breads or drinking diet colas, and nothing adverse has happened. (I am diabetic and am on the Virginia Mason diet which is a maximum of 15 carbohydrates per meal, so bread wasn't a big part of my diet anyway.)
Incidentally, when I learned that I had AFIB and I felt it starting, I would drink an ounce or two of apple cider vinegar, and that would sometimes stop it. I got onto ACV when I learned that it helped control blood Sugar levels, and because my AFIB was often associated with BS triggering carbohydrates, I tried this and it often (but not always) worked for me. Sometimes I'd have to take 3 or 4 ounces of ACV before it did any good. I'd drink an ounce or more straight, and wash it down with water. Once I got used to this, it wasn't difficult to ingest.
Another thing, I joined an AFIB group on Yahoo. You can do a search for it within Yahoo groups. I learned a tremendous amount there about AFIB, passed on a couple of things abut my experiences, and others remarked that theirs too was brought on by carbohydrates and a couple of people also mentioned that the ACV helped them too.
Here is a link to a connection between Iodine and AFIB (part way down the
Another link to a possible Iodine AFIB connection (summary only) where you will find the statement: "CONCLUSION: Thyroid function should be evaluated in all patients older than 40 years of age with AF. The benefits of iodine supplementation are great, but more attention should be paid to the complications of iodine repletion, including thyrotoxicosis and its frequent accompaniment, AF."
I saw some of that in my original search and also in the link you gave to your other support group. In my original quest I think that not knowing what would or wouldn't work I chalked up both lodoral and Lugol's as rather expensive, so went as close as I could to a natural source. If I were able to eat kelp, I'd do so directly, but it's not on my list. I live by the salt water and know that people in the area harvest it, and it's available in many Asian stores in the area. So, I went the kelp pill route.
This is off topic, but I feel I simply have to mention it..... From what I gather, you didn't experience afib until your return from your tour in the Middle East. I don't know your level of spiritual interest, and by spiritual I mean you as spirit - not religion. I have been practicing meditation for more than 25 years. Not the cross legged variety, but the kind where you sit quietly, turn within, activate your energy system including chakras, and clear that out. In those years I've hit loads of "gunk" relative to childhood experiences, combat (Korea), air disaster (I survived by parachute), and the most aggravating of all regarding the fourth or heart chakra, relationships. This past year I've done a lot of work on that fourth chakra level and have cleaned stuff out of there. How much of a factor that has been regarding afib, I just don't know, but I do know that one of my ex's (I have two) was/is very capable of disrupting that area of my reality and I've done a lot of healing on that level. (I'm sure she will say the same of me. We are both into spiritual healing activities.) I also do and have done spiritual healing (I see there's and energy healing on CureZone and that's what I'm referring to) and had it done on me. Not everything is totally physical, and the physical and spiritual can work together. Just some thoughts.
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