Preventing Heart Disease and Improving Cardiovascular Health w/ Water by Thomas Cowan, MD

by Mike Mutzel




About Thomas Cowan, MD

Thomas Cowan, MD, has studied and written about many subjects in medicine, including nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine, and herbal medicine. He is the author of Cancer and the New Biology of Water; Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness; and Human Heart, Cosmic Heart; principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing; and coauthor (with Sally Fallon) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts (the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly magazine), has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and is the cofounder of two family businesses, Dr. Cowan’s Garden ( and Human Heart, Cosmic Heart ( He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith.

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Show Notes

04:38 Filtering your water leaves water unstructured and demineralized. It needs to be remineralized and placed in a vortex to be restructured.

06:45 It is believed, from Descarte, that the muscular structure of the heart contracts and propels the blood around your body.

08:05 In the 1920s Rudolph Steiner said that one of the most important things that humans need to understand for our evolution is that the heart does not pump the blood.

10:00 Branko Furst writes that the heart cannot be the pressure device. The blood moves of its own accord.

12:15 Blood is the same speed as it enters and exits the heart. It goes slower as it proceeds through the arteries until it gets to the capillaries where it stops, shimmies and gets going again.

16:07 Your heart does not have the force you would need to push blood 3 times around the earth. If you put your blood vessels end to end, they would encircle the earth 3 times. Blood is sticky and full of stuff.

16:33 Blood exits the left ventricle through the aortic arch. The left ventricle pushes the blood through the arch, up and then down to the rest of the body. During the push, the aortic arch bends in, not straighten, as one would assume, from high pressure.

20:07 The motive for movement is at the level of the capillaries. A body wide pumping system is a more effective design.

03:39 There are 4 phases of water. The water in cells is in a gel phase. Gel water/structure/exclusion zone water is made with a hydrophilic surface (it could be a protein). The interaction of the protein surface and the water will form a layer of gel next to the hydrophilic surface.

24:46 The gel layer of your cells is always negatively charged, which means it has separated the charges. There are positive charges in the water inside the cell. The positive ions/protons repel each other and start the water flowing. If you put it in a lead box, it stops flowing and the gel stops forming. When you shine sunlight on it, it starts flowing again. If you take it out of the lead box and place it on the earth, the energy from the earth starts it flowing again.

26:50 Water cannot go up a tube more than 33 feet before the pressure of the weight of the water is too heavy. Trees are taller than 33 feet.

27:30 Xylem tubes in plants are lined with hydrophilic proteins that separate the charges and push the positive ions in the middle. It will flow up to 500 feet as long as it is not broken. Xylem tubes in plants shift fluid using the same method as your body uses to move blood up your veins.

28:20 A vein is a thin walled tube with hydrophilic surfaces that creates a gel layer. You will have charged tubes when you are exposed to sunlight, good food, earth energy, and human/animal touch.

29:12 Muscle contraction in the legs is not a primary mover, though it is a contributor.

30:24 Your heart stops the blood. Incoming flow hits the cavity of the left ventricle which contains a valve. The heart holds the blood back a few milliseconds, converts the laminar flow into a vortex. The entering blood expands the walls, providing positive pressure on one side and negative pressure on the other, like a vacuum on the far side of the valve. It then sends the blood on its way and the walls contract.

32:12 Your heart participates in the movement of the blood, but not because of a pushing of the walls. Movement comes from the movement of the blood. It is a passive expansion.

33:07 The heart is like a hydraulic ram. A hydraulic ram is place in fast moving water. You make a gate in an expandable tank. Pressure is built up on one side. When the pressure has built up, the gate opens and water is sent to where it is directed.

33:45 The efficiency of the hydraulic ram is about 70%. Only 70% comes out each cycle. A pump must always work at 100% efficiency. The efficiency of the heart is 70%.

35:06 Congestive heart failure is when the blood stops moving forward and only a small percentage comes out.

35:17 Since the heart is not pumping, the problem in congestive heart failure is insufficient flow. Insufficient flow narrows blood vessels to increase the flow.

36:22 Hypertension and hypertrophy are not the disease, they are the compensation response and therapy. If you have failure of circulation, you need to narrow the veins to get pressure. This is why your body creates hypertension. It is a dangerous therapy.

37:24 We don’t have better outcomes treating cardiac flow problems/congestive heart failure than we did 50 years ago. This is because we don’t understand where the flow comes from.

37:50 Flow is increased with sunlight, direct contact with the earth, good diet, and increased exercise.

38:50 Earthing/grounding causes you to absorb negative ions, a sort of energy source.

39:42 We have proteins in our blood and the vessel. When they have an energy source, they unfold, react with the water in your blood and form gel to line the blood vessel. The gel separates the charges and creates flow.

41:44 Our ability to make gels is destabilized by the insults of modern life: air travel, cell towers, poor protein consumption, poor diet, aluminum, injected heavy metals, glyphosate, and especially EMF exposure.

42:54 The vortex of blood created by your heart is like a tornado. Vortex is the creative form of life. Your blood returns to your heart in a laminar or flat flow. It does not have much momentum or creativity/life force.

44:12 We ignore life force in today’s science.  A living being is a combination of substance and life force, which works through form and works through water. There is no life form without water. Definition of life: substance plus water raised up into a form, the etheric body. .

50:41 Any plant takes water and structures it. Carefully extracting the fluid from the cells of a plant, you get it in a structured form. Energy and the negative charge comes from the structure.

53:55 The structuring of water occurs naturally through the interaction of blood vessels and the natural energy sources that are freely available to us.

54:48 The flow through a hydrophilic tube increases when you place your hand upon it.

57:50 The foods that doctors say create heart disease were eaten in abundance back in the days when there was no heart disease.

01:04:11 The traditional way to eat vegetables is wild and perennial. Dr. Cowan grows about 20 different perennial vegetables.  Wild and perennial vegetables concentrate nutrients.

01:06:02 The best book on food ever written is Nourishing Traditions. Start there.

01:06:36 Your heart is your personality. People who get a heart transplant sometimes take on the personality of the person who donated the heart.

01:16:42 Dr. Cowan’s favorite morning activity is going right out to the garden and spending hours there.

01:18:18 Dr. Cowan’s desert island nutrient is eggs.

01:18:58 Dr. Cowan’s elevator pitch is that any form of coercion (ie: going to school, paying taxes, getting vaccinated) is the opposite of freedom.   

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