Dr. Cynthia Thaik is a heart doctor that practices with her heart. She delivers security and peace of mind to her clients by orchestrating behavioral and mindset shifts to evoke lasting transformational changes in their health, well-being, vitality, energy, and creativity. She manages two successful cardiology clinics and is the founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center focused on health, nutrition, weight loss, and detoxification.
CureJoy, talks to her on the huge success of her bestseller, “The Vibrant Heart”, and why people connected so well with the thoughts presented in her book.
Q. Why is knowledge about heart care more critical in today’s world?
The heart is the most vital organ in the body . . . its very function is necessary to sustain life and yet a healthy heart is a gift that is often taken for granted. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States and the world, despite the fact that it is both preventable and controllable. In the United States, one in four women will die of heart disease compared with one in thirty who will die of breast cancer.
Since 1984, the death rate from heart disease in women has exceeded that of men. Despite these stark statistics, people have not been moved to action. Diabetes and obesity are on the rise in the modern Western societies, and according to the New England Journal of Medicine, our younger generation has a shorter projected life expectancy than their parents. We need to look beyond mere physical health and give equal attention and awareness to having a spiritually vibrant heart.
Q. What, according to you, are the factors for deteriorating health levels?
Major risk factors for heart disease are hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes (high blood sugar), high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease and smoking. Closely tied to these risk factors are obesity, metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea. I believe the root cause of all these health issue is our high stress lifestyle and our reliance on processed foods at the expense of whole food plant based nutrients. If we can learn to get back to nature, we will solve many of our health issues.
Q. Is there a holistic approach to heart care?
A physician can give the patient medication to lower the blood pressure or blood sugar, but this does nothing to change the underlying medical issue. The only person who has the power to heal is the individual. It is imperative that the patient takes on the responsibility for self directed care. A holistic approach to heart care would centered on:
- proper nutrition, with intake of whole food plant based nutrients,
- regular sustained physical activity,
- detoxification from environmental and ingested toxins, including process foods, dairy, and animal proteins,
- detoxification from mental stress, self doubt, judgement, limiting beliefs,
- practice mindfulness, personal responsibility, meditation, and other spiritual practices.
- lean into love, gratitude, trust and forgiveness
Q. Curejoy congratulates you on the launch and huge success of your new book “Your Vibrant Heart”. Is it focused towards prevention or cure?
Prevention, treatment and cure! The book covers all aspects of the heart, from development and function to diseases. It covers the presentation and manifestation of heart disease, the various risk factors for heart disease and its prevention and treatment. But equally important, if not more important than physical heart health, is tending to the emotional heart, the mental heart and the spiritual heart.
The heart is the seat of life and many cultures believe that the heart is the thinking center of the mind. We know that there are more electromagnetic signals in the heart than the brain and the heart is closely tied to our immune system. To achieve vibrant health, one needs a vibrant heart. This book will show you the way.
Q. Does your book touch on the psychological and spiritual aspects of heart care?
This is the most important part of the book and half of the book is devoted to addressing the psychological and spiritual aspects of the heart. In order to have a spiritually vibrant heart, it is vital that the individual takes a whole life approach to health and healing. It is important that the individual can visualize and create in his mind screen the perfect life, the perfect health, and the perfect state of mind he or she will desire.