I am so sorry to hear that! I wish you all the best.
There is hope. I am certain we have heard of case histories with improved heart function, in time.
I would like to offer you advice, but I am more well meaning, than knowledgeable about this specific issue.
You want the best medical advice possible. Why not consider joining the Fuhrman website, and ask Dr. Fuhrman what his advice is? He is a very knowledgeable board certified physician. You can post detailed and lengthy medical questions. You have been following your present doctor's advice for many years, and you paid a great deal of money for it. Why not invest $200 in advice from the best source?
Excess phosphorus in our blood stream, is a risk factor for heart and kidney disease.(1)
Excess phosphorus immediately impairs endothelial function. Nitric Oxide production is reduced, and vasodilation is inhibited. This means the arteries become less elastic.
In the free full article, the first paragraph references research that excess blood phosphorus, induces differentiation of smooth muscle cells in the artery wall, to become osteoblast-like cells, and deposit calcium in the artery walls!!
Where do we get phosphorus from? Surprisingly, we get phosphorus from cola (including diet cola) and meats, that are injected with Phosphorus, to make the meat more plump and tender.(2). The phosphorus is not listed in the ingredients.
Here are 2 powerful videos about kidney function and animal protein. Watch both.
If plant based diets help treat kidney disease, imagine how helpful they are for preventing kidney disease. Also, the kidneys mirror the health of all of our arteries, capillaries and veins, including heart, brain, sex organs, and everything.
Re: "!1 % seems to me to be insignificant....that is so little as to be of no importance.Thats the way I see it so the jury is still out as far as vit D supplenmentation goes."
OMG !!! You want vitamin D to confer immortality? You want a 90% reduction in mortality? You want it to prevent all accidents, reverse all cancers, prevent all suicides, prevent all food poisoning, prevent all diseases, regardless of all risk factors, such as obesity, high cholesterol level, hypertension, hereditary factors, etc. If someone is overeating continuously, never exercising, never sleeping, all he has to do is say "No problem. I take vitamin D."
Oh, please forgive me. I'll calm down. Let me just catch my breath and pop a few Valium... OK, jc, thanks for helping me make sure the old ticker can still take it.
Actually 11% is huge, in my opinion. That says that way more than 11% are fairly seriously deficient in vitamin D. If you are not deficient in D, taking more will not help you. There is a controversy whether taking vitamin D supplements would be harmful because, of course, excess vitamin D, at some point, is highly toxic.
Actually, we should all take the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test. 30 to 50 g/ml is perfect. If you read low, most people respond properly if they take 1000 D3 for every 10 nm/ml low that they are. In other words, if you read 20, take 1000 IU of D3. Take it daily for 3 months, for the blood level to equilibrate. Then take another test. When you reach the right level, you know the supplement level you should take. Most people need 2000 IU of D3 daily, to be ideal, when eating lots of veggies. A few people need much more.
The fact that D3 reduces total mortality and D2 does not, is also huge.
For those reading, please NOTE CAREFULLY that like all things, more is not necessarily better. You don't want to take an excess of Vitamin D supplements, which is highly toxic. A blood test is how to be sure. If someone does not want to take a blood test, 2000 IU of D3 is a safe level, where nobody will get too much, and most people will have enough.
Also, for those reading, sunlight does not work for me. I got excess sunlight (1 hr daily at noon), but still seriously deficient in D by blood test.
I answered last week, but the reply didn't "stick".
Here's roughly what I said:
Is this what you read?
Br J Dermatol. 2011 Jan;164(1):154-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2010.10057.x. Epub 2010 Nov 29. Tomato paste rich in lycopene protects against cutaneous photodamage in humans in vivo: a randomized controlled trial. Rizwan M1, Rodriguez-Blanco I, Harbottle A, Birch-Machin MA, Watson RE, Rhodes LE.
This is a somewhat technical article, about reduced sunlight skin damage, including less DNA damage, from Lycopene in tomato paste.
Conclusion: Tomato paste containing lycopene provides protection against acute and potentially longer-term aspects of photodamage.