Heart Disease
                               # 1 cause of death in 2005

"But half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal or low cholesterol" said, Dr. Paul Ridker of Harvard-affiliated
Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston,"
"Infective endocarditis is a devastating, progressive and frequently fatal
heart disease usually caused by bacterial pathogens. It was first identified in the nineteenth century and has changed
beyond all recognition due to evolution of the disease itself and developments in modern healthcare such as
open-heart surgery, antibiotics and new medical imaging techniques." ""In spite of these medical advances, infective
endocarditis is still evolving and we are seeing new patterns of the disease and its complications. Despite all our
improvements in health care, the death rate has been virtually unchanged for the last 20 years, and now seems to be
rising again," said cardiologist Dr Bernard Prendergast from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK."

Below are a few disease causing microorganisms studies show cause heart disease as well as Synthetic
Organic Contaminants,  including pesticides & herbicides

10 microorganisms are listed by EPA as
primary pathogens in sludge biosolids
5 microorganisms are
coliform which EPA claims will not cause disease.
Many
bacteria also cause necrotizing infections -- flesh eating bacteria

1.   Diseases of heart (heart disease)                                         

"Enteroviruses, especially Coxsackie B viruses (CBVs), are responsible for approximately 50% of cases of viral
myocarditis." "The results showed that 50 (31.25%) serum samples from acute myocarditis patients and two (1.4%)
samples from the controls were positive for enterovirus." "For water and wastewater samples enteroviruses were
present in
63.8% and 8.3% for intake and outlet of water treatment plants and, 66.6% and 47.2% for intake
and outlet of wastewater treatment plants
, respectively."

Bacteria
1. Actinobacillus -- fatal mitral endocarditis with focal embolic nephritis
and embolic disturbances in the spleen, the
meninges and the skin
--
Aerococcus spp -- endocarditis
2.
Campylobacter jejuni -- endocarditis
3.
Cardiobacterium -- culture-negative endocarditis
4.
Corynebacterium -- endocarditis
Coxiella -- endocarditis
5. Eikenella corrodens --
culture-negative endocarditis
6.
E. coli  -- endocarditis  (coliform)
EPA lists as Primary
Pathogen in sludge biosolids
7.  Enterococcus --  endocarditis,
8.
EUBACTERIUM: -- endocarditis
9.
Flavobacterium -- endocarditis
10.
Fusobacterium -- Venous thrombosis of the internal jugular vein
 frequently occurs in association with an
 upper-respiratory-tract infection
11.
Haemophilus species -- culture-negative endocarditis
12.
Hafnia alvei -- prosthetic endocarditis    (coliform)
13. Kingella kingae -- culture-negative endocarditis -- native
  and prosthetic valves
14.
Klebsiella -- endocarditis    (coliform)
13.  Legionella --- pericarditis
14.
Morganella -- pericarditis   (coliform)
15. Peptococcus saccharolyticus --  Endocarditis
16.
Propionibacterium -- endocarditis
17.
Rothia --  endocarditis
18.
Salmonella -- endocarditis.-- pericarditis, (coliform)
EPA lists as Primary
Pathogen in sludge biosolids
19.  Serratia  -- fatal heart infection.     (coliform)
20. Staphylococcus -- mycotic aneurysms
21.
Streptobacillus moniliformis -- endocarditis
22.
Streptococcus -- mycotic aneurysms -- endocarditis --
23.  
Veillonella -- pathogen of heart -- endocarditis

Viruses
24. Coxsackieviruses -- myocarditis,-- pericarditis
 EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids
25. Echovirus -- heart
 EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids
26. Enteroviruses: --
 EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids
27. Poliovirus --  carditis,
 EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids
28. Reovirus --- acute myocarditis -- hydropericardium -- pericarditis

Worms
29. Taenia -- myositis, and myocarditis
    EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids
30. Toxocariasis--Visceral larva migrans -- heart infection
    EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids
31. Trichinosis Myalgias -- myocarditis,
    EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids

Fungus
32.
Aspergillus
     EPA lists as Primary Pathogen in sludge biosolids


Synthetic Organic Contaminants,  including pesticides & herbicides


Atrazine  
Short-term:
EPA has found atrazine to potentially cause the following health effects when people are exposed to it
at levels above the MCL for relatively short periods of time:
congestion of heart, lungs and kidneys; low blood
pressure; muscle spasms; weight loss; damage to adrenal glands.
Long-term: Atrazine has the potential to cause the following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels above the
MCL: weight loss,
cardiovascular damage, retinal and some muscle degeneration; cancer.

Chlordane
Long-term: Chlordane has the potential to cause the following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels above the
MCL: damage to liver, kidneys,
heart, lungs, spleen and adrenal glands; cancer.

Ethylene dibromide
Long-term:
EDB has the potential to cause the following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels above the MCL:
damage to the respiratory system, nervous system, liver,
heart, and kidneys; cancer.

Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
Short-term: EPA has found HEX to potentially cause the following health effects when people are exposed to it at
levels above the MCL for relatively short periods of time: gastrointestinal distress; damage to liver, kidneys and
heart.

Methoxychlor  
Short-term
: EPA has found methoxychlor to potentially cause the following health effects when people are exposed
to it at levels above the MCL for relatively short periods of time: central nervous system depression, diarrhea, and
damage to liver, kidney and
heart tissue.
Long-term:
Methoxychlor has the potential to cause the following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels above
the MCL: damage to liver, kidney and
heart tissue; retards growth.

Back to deaths
endocarditis --- symptoms may occur for
months before the endocarditis results in
blockage of an artery or damages heart
valves and thus makes the diagnosis clear to
doctors. -- Arteries may become blocked if
accumulations of bacteria and blood clots
on the valves (called vegetations) break
loose (becoming emboli), travel through the
bloodstream to other parts of the body, and
lodge in an artery, blocking it --
Blockage of
an artery to the brain can cause a stroke,
and blockage of an artery to the heart can
cause a heart attack

Myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle)
caused by a bacterial, viral, or other infection
can damage all or part of the heart muscle,
impairing its pumping ability.
Dilated cardiomyopathy also may be caused
by an acute inflammation of the heart muscle
(myocarditis) due to a viral infection.  
Occasionally, dilated cardiomyopathy results
from a bacterial infection.

Acute
pericarditis is inflammation of the
pericardium that begins suddenly, is often
painful, and causes fluid and blood
components such as fibrin, red blood cells,
and white blood cells to pour into the
pericardial space.