My Daddy’s Heart

February 9, 2012

in BLOGS,Heart Health

 
February is American Heart Month so it is a fitting month to tell my Daddy’s heart story.  (You’ll notice I say ‘Daddy’ a lot in this article, but that is what I called him, “Daddy.”)
 
His heart condition first showed up when I was a baby. He was a small farmer/rancher in northeastern New Mexico. One day he needed to load a sick cow into a trailer. The cow was too sick to make an effort on her own so my Daddy some way picked her up enough to get her into the trailer. After that Daddy had issues with his heart.
 
 
The doctor told him it might help to move to a lower altitude so my parents had a big sale and sold most of their belongings except for what would fit in the small trailer they towed with their car. We moved to a ranch near Midland, TX but my Daddy just really did not like that area of Texas so after 3 months we moved to northern Idaho.
 
My parents used the money from their New Mexico sale and purchased a small farm with dairy cattle. They milked 10 to 12 cows by hand 2 times a day, farmed enough alfalfa to feed the cows, and my Daddy drove the local children to the nearby one-room school house. He also sold milk and cream to the little local country store.  He delivered the milk and cream when he drove the neighborhood children to school in the canvas covered back of his pickup truck.   I remember riding with Daddy in the front of the pickup truck on those trips. When we were at the little country store I would beg Daddy for an ice cream cone! 
 
 
  • I was only about 4 years old at the time.
 
During our time in Idaho, Daddy got a stiff neck that was absolutely miserable. Mama finally convinced him to go to a chiropractor for an adjustment. It took some convincing because Daddy believed that chiropractors were quacks and could even kill you. He finally agreed to go and let the chiropractor adjust his neck to relieve the pain.
 
Much to Daddy’s surprise, the chiropractor gave him relief from the neck pain for a short period of time. When the neck pain came back, he went back to the chiropractor for more relief. The chiropractor told Daddy he needed a back adjustment and he believed the back adjustment would help his heart condition.
 
By then the chiropractor had gained Daddy’s trust so Daddy allowed him to give a full back adjustment. Lo and behold, Daddy’s heart condition improved and as long as he kept his back aligned and adjusted he was not bothered again until much later in life.
 
After about 1 ½ years in Idaho and with Daddy’s heart now better, my parents once again sold all their belongings except for what fit in a small stock trailer. We left the cold long winters and headed back to Daddy’s beloved New Mexico and the ranch work he loved.
 
When Daddy was in his early 70’s his heart started giving him problems again.  The doctor wanted to put a pacemaker in his chest to regulate his heart beat. 
 
  • At this time in my life I was starting to learn more about nutrition and its affect on health.  I was in my early 40’s.
 
I had heard about a combination of natural foods that were good for the heart so I sent the recipe to my parents.
 
They went to the health food store and purchased wheat germ, lecithin granules, and brewer’s yeast. They mixed it together and Daddy started eating a good serving of the mixture every morning along with his cooked prunes before his breakfast of hot biscuits, peanut butter, eggs, and bacon.
 
 After a few months he went back to the doctor. The doctor checked him, couldn’t find anything wrong with his heart, and told him to keep doing whatever he had been doing because it was working.
 
  • Meanwhile I continued to learn more about nutritional supplements and how they apply to certain health conditions such as the heart. Now I was about 45 years old …….
 
When Daddy was about 75 years old he started having trouble with his heart again. It was then that the doctors determined that he probably had rheumatic fever as a child and it had damaged a heart valve. He never did have a heart attack but mainly had an irregular heart beat which caused him to be very weak.
 
 
Daddy had always been a very active man working on his ranch taking care of at least 100 head of cows, riding horses, and doing all the other necessary chores on his small ranch. He ended up with congestive heart failure and could not do his work on the ranch. At that point he finally agreed to open heart surgery to replace the valve that was not functioning properly. His doctor also was expecting he would need to do several bypass procedures as well.
 
My husband and I scheduled our vacation so our family could spend time with my Daddy before the open heart surgery. When we arrived in New Mexico Daddy was so weak he could barely walk across the room without being totally drained. This was how we found him.
 
Prior to leaving California I had packed the quality supplements I had learned to trust that were excellent for heart health. I knew it might be in vain because Daddy had previously refused to take any supplements I had suggested to him. However he had told me on the phone that he wished there was another way other than surgery!
 
When we arrived at the New Mexico ranch I told my mother that I had brought the supplements. She said Daddy would probably not take them but I could ask him anyway.
 
That evening after supper at the kitchen table I was trying to muster up the courage to share with Daddy what I had learned about supplements and the heart when Mama spoke up and said, “Pat has something to talk to you about.” Well, that was my open door.
 
I reminded him that he was wishing there was another way to fix his heart other than surgery. I told him I could not guarantee the supplement heart program would help but I knew it would not hurt him. I even told him exactly what it would cost and the large amounts he would need to take before going on a maintenance level. He listened intently but then just went to bed.
 
The next morning at the breakfast table he said, “Well, Pat, I think I’m ready to give it a try.”
 
Daddy started on the heart program that day. Three days later Daddy said he was going to go get the mail, about a 75 yard distance. He got back to the house, sat down in his chair, and said, “Well I got all the way back to the cattle guard (right by the house) before I realized I was supposed to be tired, and sure enough I was!” My husband and I looked at each other with both of us thinking, “Is he already noticing a difference or does he just think he does?”
 
We only had a one week vacation scheduled so had to head back to California the next day. When we got home, I made a safe arrival call to my parents. My Daddy said, “I called and cancelled my heart surgery today because I walked a mile this morning!” He had been on the heart program for only one week at that time.
 
By 2 weeks he was able to walk 2 miles a day.  His doctor told him to keep doing what he was doing and maybe they would consider a valve replacement surgery at a later date if necessary.
 
The heart program he took daily was:
He stayed on this program for about 8 weeks and then gradually decreased amounts to a maintenance level.
 
Daddy was feeling so well on the heart nutritional supplement program, he decided to try chelation therapy (without my knowledge.) It was a therapy that gave supplements intravenously. The chelation therapist insisted that he stop the program he was on and use only their program. After only 3 chelation therapy treatments he was back to the weakened condition just like he was with the congestive heart failure.
 
At that point Daddy stopped the chelation therapy and got back on the heart program I had suggested for him. He soon recovered and stayed on the program for one year. He was healthy enough at that time to have the heart valve replacement surgery at age 77. The cardiologist was amazed at how clear his arteries were and that he did not require more than one tiny almost unnecessary bypass.
 
The heart surgery was in the middle of July and by the end of August, he was back out riding his horses once again working on his ranch.
 
 
Daddy stayed on the basic heart program for the rest of his life. He passed away of a staph infection from a botched intestinal surgery about 3 weeks prior to his 88th birthday. His heart was strong until the end. We were so thankful he was able to have 11 more years of quality life living and working on the ranch he loved.
 
 
 
Valentine’s Day is a good time to think about how we can take care of each other’s Hearts. So take care of your Heart so you can take care of others!
 
 
Pat Moon
 
 

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Pat has been married to the same man for over 50 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 7 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and the past 26 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and others.  Her goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible and slow the aging process.  The products Pat personally uses are featured at www.bestrealhealth.gnld.net.

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1 Anita February 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

Such a beautiful story. I just lost my Dad and he was only 68 ..what I would have given to have had him another 20 years. Bless you!

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2 Helena Bowers February 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you for sharing such a personal and inspiring story Pat. I would choose nutrition and supplements over pharmaceuticals any day!

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3 Carl Mason-Liebenberg February 9, 2013 at 7:24 am

I just love this story…You may or may not know,but as a result of chemo treatments in my mid 20's, I have Congestive Heart Failure…it does not have me though! II am now 45, traing HARD in the  and living well!! Nutrition (including these natural supplements) and fitness are truly powerful provisions. So glad you helped your father see this and gave him these 11 years…and so glad you share this with us today!!

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4 Pat Moon February 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Carl, I did not know about your heart issues as a result of chemo.. that is very frustrating to hear.. but I am so happy to hear that you are working hard at rebuilding your health including your heart. I am so thankful I was able to share with my dad so he could continue doing what he loved. I love to share his story in hopes that someone else can also overcome.

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5 Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com February 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

My gosh, what a wonderful story, Pat – not only the huge success of the various approaches your daddy took to maintain his heart health, but your love for him. Sounds like you had a lovely childhood, too! Thanks for sharing the healing power of nutritional supplements.

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6 Pat Moon February 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Lisa, thank you so much for your supporting comment. I love sharing the things I have learned over the years about the healing power of great nutrition as well as nutritional supplements. I definitely experienced things during my childhood living on ranch that few have exposure to today.

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7 Liz Bigger February 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

What a great story!  Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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8 Pat Moon February 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Liz, thanks for taking the time to read my daddy’s story. I enjoy sharing.

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9 Lisa Birnesser February 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thank you for sharing your story, Pat. Your Daddy must have been an extraordinary man. I truly believe in the efficacy of nutrition, supplements and essential oil use for good health!

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10 Pat Moon February 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hi Lisa, you are very welcome. Yes, my Daddy was an extraordinary man. When he did pass away from a staff infection unrelated to his heart 3 weeks prior to his 88th birthday, his little church was overflowing with friends and family.. they overflowed to the outside and all attached rooms.. standing room only. He was a role model for many young men in the ranching community.

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11 Moira Hutchison February 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

What a wonderful story – thanks so much for sharing such wonderful heart health information.  Proper nourishment is so important to good health.

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12 Pat Moon February 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Moira, I do hope you were able to learn new information about heart health. Thanks for reading my blog.

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13 Marie Leslie February 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

Great story, Pat. I can relate much too it. My mother also suffered from congestive heart failure due to rheumatic fever. Unlike your father, despite a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition she did have to have surgery and have heart valves replaced.  What a blessing that we have access to both top-notch medical care and great nutrition in this day and age.

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14 Pat Moon February 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Marie, yes it truly is a blessing that we have such great medical care as well as nutritional information available. How did your mother do after her heart surgery? My dad did have to have a valve replaced but sailed thru the surgery after taking the supplements and building his health up and we got to keep him for over 10 years after the surgery.

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15 Cathy Taughinbaugh February 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Great article. Nutrition can make all the difference. So glad that your father was able to enjoy a long life. Be well.

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16 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Cathy, I appreciate your comment and support. Yes, nutrition can make a difference in the quality of our life. I am very thankful my father was able to enjoy his later years and be active until the very end. You stay well also.

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17 MamaRed February 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

What a wonderful way to share both the love for your daddy and the tools/supplements used to extend his life. 

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18 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Thanks, MamaRed. I love sharing about the family I love as well as the supplements I believe are the best in the world.

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19 Meryl Hershey Beck February 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Pat–I loved reading your story about your Daddy! My dad is 94, has had congestive heart failure for many years (20+). I wish he'd listen to my ideas about nutritional supplements. He said that if the doctor tells him to take something he will; otherwise, forget it. Oh well. He is amazing and his cardiologist only wants to see him every 6 months.

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20 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Meryl, it sounds like your dad is quite an amazing man. Sometimes people can be so stubborn about things as simple as good nutrition but our society is programmed to only listen to the medical doctors so much of the time. The medical doctors have their place and I highly respect them but I do wish they would be more proactive in supporting alternative medicine and what many of us have learned about good common sense nutrition. We are currently facing some challenges with my husband’s heart but most of his issues are caused by stress.. I am currently working on an article on how we are dealing with these current challenges. Thankfully he is very open to good food and supplements. Enjoy your dad while you have him.. it is very special to have them at age 94.

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21 Gorana February 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Just a wonderful story Pat! I totally believe that what we eat has a HUGE impact on health. I enjoyed reading about your Daddy!

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22 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed my Daddy’s story and you are right, what we eat has a big impact on our overall health.

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23 Norma Doiron @Start, Grow or Strengthen Your Business Online February 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

When you give the body the nutrition it craves, it becomes a healing machine…!  Great post.

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24 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Norma, you are right, our bodies can be a wonderful healing machine when we give it good nutrition to work with.

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25 Sherie February 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

How lucky was your Dad to have you looking out for him and offering him those great alternatives? I am a firm believer in the body's ability to heal itself, in certain circumstances, and with the proper tools. 

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26 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Sherie, thanks for reading my Dad’s story. As I said to Aimee, it took some convincing to get him to accept my suggestions but once he started feeling better, there was no turning back for him.

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27 Aimee February 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

How wonderful that you were able to help your father live so long. And that he listened to you! With everything so many of us in the health and wellness field learn, nothing is more rewarding than when we can help those we love.

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28 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Hi Aimee, it wasn’t necessarily easy to convince my dad to take supplements (I believe my mother had a lot to do with it.) It was very rewarding though to see him go from not being able to do his ranch work to being able to do it again until less than 2 weeks before he passed away.

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29 Lorrie February 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

A lovely story that touched my heart. I am so glad your dad was able to enjoy so much in life, especially as a farmer which is hard work for the healthiest of us all.

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30 Pat Moon February 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Lorrie, yes my dad had a very full and rich life. He loved working with cattle and horses. It seemed to all of us looking on that he lived his dream.

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31 denny hagel February 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Such an inspiring story Pat! Thank you so much for sharing with us how we can achieve optimum healthy in ways other than what is traditionally seen as the only way. Great article!:)

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32 Pat Moon February 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Denny, I always enjoy sharing great success stories like ‘My Daddy’s Heart’. Thanks for reading it.

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33 pat February 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

I sure enjoyed your story.  We have had similar results with natural supplements.  Now if the whole rest of the world would just listen to all of us who have these great products we could save the health care system a lot of money in unnecessary surgeries and a lot of people unnecessary suffering.

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34 Pat Moon February 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi Pat, I’m glad you enjoyed “My Daddy’s Heart” story. It is a good feeling to have a part in making life’s rich with health. We have to keep on, keeping on when sharing health.

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35 Tamarah February 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

That was such a personal and wonderful story.  I loved reading of your dad's journey from skeptic to believer that there are alternative methods to healing the body.  I love all the resources I have to keep my body, mind and spirit healthy.  Thank you and Happy Valentines day!

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36 Pat Moon February 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Tamarah, I’m so happy you enjoyed my Daddy’s Heart story. I am also so thankful for all the resources we have available to us for staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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37 MarVeena Meek February 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thank you Pat for sharing thhis story about your Daddy!
I am a total believer in using food/suppliments as our medicine.
Thanks for the heart-recipe too! I will save that one for sure.
Blessings
MarVeena

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38 Pat Moon February 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hi MarVeena, I’m happy you will be able to use the heart-recipe. Your comment is appreciated.

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39 Claudia Looi February 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Pat, I really love reading this story about an  overcomer, adventurous and special man you called Daddy. Great testimony on the importance of nutritional supplements as well.

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40 Pat Moon February 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Claudia, so happy you stopped by and read my Daddy’s Heart story. Yes, he was an overcomer, adventurous, and special man. Quality nutritional supplements are certainly important to fill in the gaps in our diets.

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41 Kim Wende February 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I too agree that nutrition can help your health. I really enjoyed reading your post Pat as I grew up in New Mexico and could relate to what you were talking about. I grew up in the country also and have had horses for over 30 years.

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42 Pat Moon February 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hi Kim, Thanks for visiting my site and reading my blog. How interesting that you grew up in New Mexico and also in the country! It is always fun to meet someone who has related backgrounds. I’m going to take a visit to your site.

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43 Anastasiya Day February 12, 2012 at 3:45 am

Great post Pat! I agree with Cat: and I believe too that nutrition can help most any health condition far better than medicine. Thanks for sharing this article with us! 

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44 Pat Moon February 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

Yes, Anastasiya, nutrition plays a huge roll in your health. There are times medicine will actually cure a health condition but for the most part medicine basically covers up the symptoms thus causing you not to be responsible for your diet and nutritional intake. Thanks for the comment.

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45 Cat Ebeling February 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Very good article! I truly believe that nutrition can help most any health condition far better than medicine.

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46 Pat Moon February 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

Cat, you are correct. Nutrition is so important in most every health condition. Quality supplemental nutrition helps fill the gaps in your diet. Thanks for the comment!

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