2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are over with the Pittsburgh Penguins returning to the top again. But what does this year’s result mean for now and for the past and future? It is the purpose of this final installment of this year’s series of predictions to clarify and make sense of it all…

The Winner Of The 2016 Stanley Cup Tournament Is...

It is my sad duty to announce that the winner of the 2016 Stanley Cup actually ended in a tie between the Coronary Heart Disease team and the World Health Care Industry team which has been concealing a cure for coronary heart disease for at least two decades. The way that coronary heart disease was allowed to significantly affect this year’s NHL playoffs is a disgrace that only people like myself who have been cured of this dreadful scourge years ago without any open heart surgery know. I have published three articles on this blog so far about how this killer has recently significantly affected hockey and I hope to publish more to make as many readers as possible aware of what is really going on. First this disease forced the unnecessary retirement of Pittsburgh Penguin Pascal Dupuis. It followed up that success by forcing Tampa Bay star forward Steve Stamkos to accept unnecessary surgery to remove blood clots, the same problem that forced Dupuis’s retirement. Stamkos never appeared in the playoffs until the desperate game 7 with Pittsburgh when he probably still should have been kept out. Finally the world’s worst killer struck again in the Final by killing living legend Gordie Howe with a series a strokes over the past three years. The joy of the Final is now clouded over.

And all the while a cure existed that I took eight years ago and which others took before me and which thousands more have discovered after me. The chelation remedy which I and thousands of others have taken that has saved our lives is officially condemned by governmental bodies like the FDA and Health Canada to be “alternative medicine” which means that it can never be legally prescribed by state doctors or Heart Associations. To get it, a person has to have the courage to fly in the face of official denunciation and ridicule, to have the courage to be one’s own doctor and buy it directly over the Internet, or to try the privately established chelation clinics and get the heart plaque removed under a doctor’s supervision. Pascal Dupuis would still be playing; Steve Stamkos would not have missed a single playoff game; and Gordie Howe would still be alive. That is the triumph of coronary heart disease and the corrupt health care industry. Step forward and collect the Stanley Cup. This year it is rightfully yours.

Team At The Top

Who else but the Pittsburgh Penguins who have returned to their projected future after floundering in the wilderness for the past seven years. Pittsburgh owes its return to the top to goaltender Matt Murray who replaced the erratic Marc Andre Fleury and to coach Mike Sullivan who stressed defensive commitment to which the entire team including star players Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin dedicated themselves. Suddenly after being lost for so long Pittsburgh is back and if they continue to get the same goaltending and defensive commitment, they are going to be very hard to dethrone.

The Real Conn Smythe Winner

With all due respect to Sidney Crosby, the real Conn Smythe Trophy winner of this year’s playoffs was his goaltender Matt Murray and Crosby would be the first to say so. The big difference between this Pittsburgh team and the chokers who succeeded the champions of 2009 was the improved defensive play of the team and that starts with Murray in goal. As soon as Murray was installed as the starting goaltender instead of the erratic Marc Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh roared down the finish of the regular season and never looked back. Coach Mike Sullivan’s one attempt at bringing back Fleury resulted in an overtime loss against Tampa Bay and he never gave the matter any consideration again.

Players Who Made A Breakthrough

The 2016 playoffs marked the emergence of Matt Murray, Martin Jones, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Brent Burns, John Tavares, and T. J. Oshie.

Teams On The Way Up

Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers all showed that if the right off season moves are made, they have the potential to advance farther than they did in this year’s playoffs.

Spinning Wheels Stuck In The Mud Of The Same Old Round

The Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild remain mired in the same old first or second rounds. Minnesota seems to think that by acquiring Ryan Suter and Zach Parise to escape missing the playoffs altogether is also enough to be a true Stanley Cup contender instead of upgrading its talent still further. Washington with  the same old Ovechkin-Backstrom-Orpik core that it has had for nearly a decade probably needs a good shakeup and fresh blood. Also Anaheim’s first round defeat was a severe setback that cost coach Bruce Boudreau his job.

See Ya

1. Brooks Orpik’s play was a significant reason why Washington suffered its usual first or second round choke. Three direct or indirect Orpik actions led to situations in which Pittsburgh took full advantage. Should Washington give him one last chance out of loyal service over the years or is time to give him a gold watch and bid adieu?

2. After years of trying to give away his job by his erratic playoff play, particularly a horrible series against the Philadelphia Flyers which may have been the worst goaltending performance for an entire playoff series that I have ever seen, Pittsburgh Penguin goaltender Marc Andre Fleury finally succeeded in watching his backup, Matt Murray take his job from him. Pittsburgh will no longer keep Fleury with his large contract and erratic playoff play. The one game coach Mike Sullivan allowed him to start saw him give up his usual 4+ goals including the overtime winner to Tampa Bay. The only question is which teams still believe in Fleury to give him a chance to start his career again?

Deja Vu

Coach Peter DeBoer took the underdog New Jersey Devils all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and lost. Then he took the underdog San Jose Sharks all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and lost.

Where Do We Go From Here?

It is going to be a difficult off season for the San Jose Sharks. On the one hand, they made significant breakthroughs by getting all the way to the Stanley Cup Final where they had never been before. On the other hand, they were outclassed by Pittsburgh. The offense that was getting contributions from almost everybody was almost completely shut down and when that happened, Martin Jones, their goaltender of the future was not enough. How much longer do they continue with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau despite their wonderful contributions this year? What will it take and what do they need to get them over the top? Next year might see a returned Chicago and a retooled Los Angeles. And if Dallas, St. Louis, and Nashville make the right off season moves, they could be significantly improved next year. Returning to the Stanley Cup Final will not be easy for the Sharks. In some ways, they had win this year while they had the chance. It is not easy to see and find an answer for what they need.

Partly Over A Hump

The San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, and New York Islanders all got through rounds where they usually lose or choke. They did not win the big one but it was progress.

Marriage Made In Heaven – Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

Bruce Boudreau was fired by both the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks because in the playoffs his teams were able to beat equal or lesser teams than themselves but could never beat true Stanley Cup contenders like the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. Now Boudreau gets to be coach of the wheel-spinning Minnesota Wild, a team that can beat lesser teams like Colorado but always loses to true contenders like Chicago and Los Angeles. One can hardly wait to see the result.

Will They Return?

Chicago and Los Angeles were alternating as Stanley Cup Champion the past four years. It was supposed to be Los Angeles’s turn to win the Cup this year but they were put out quickly in the first round by the inspired San Jose Sharks. Will some inspired off season retooling bring back the Kings and the Blackhawks? It will not take much to return these teams to glory status.

Most Anguished Defeat

When Pittsburgh closed out the Washington Capitals 4-2, it left one the worst chokers in the NHL along with Minnesota stuck behind its mound. To add salt to its wounds, the San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders made playoff progress by getting through the rounds where they usually lose or choke. Washington won the President’s Trophy by a country mile but to show real progress they HAD to get to at least the Eastern Conference Final. Alexander Ovechkin, once Sidney Crosby’s main rival still has never played in a Conference Final, let alone contend for the Stanley Cup. His international Russian team Olympic record is just as dismal. He has loads of individual trophies and honors but his team record is horrible. He is the successor to Marcel Dionne who had a similar career. What is even more galling is that Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom outplayed their rivals Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and got an outstanding effort from T. J. Oshie and it still was not enough. Brooks Orpik played like a bonehead and Braden Holtby failed to deliver difference-making goaltending. The coming off season in Washington is going to be critical about where they go from here.

The 50-50 Team

The Nashville Predators made progress when they beat superior opponent Anaheim to win their first ever 7 game series. Nashville was ready for that game 7 but when the same situation came up again against San Jose, they were shamefully shut out, causing goaltender Pekka Rinne to smash his stick in frustration at his team’s lack of preparedness.

Best Team Not In The Playoffs

The Boston Bruins were the only team that had a plus goal differential and somehow did not qualify for the playoffs while the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Redwings who had minus goal differentials did.

The What If Playoff Series

What if Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop did not get injured?
What if Tampa Bay captain Steve Stamkos had been given the same “alternative medicine” that removes coronary heart disease blockages that I took to save my life, instead of being operated on to remove blood clots that kept him out of the playoffs until Tampa Bay’s final game?
What if the NHL started trying “alternative medicine” instead of always towing the government line set by the FDA and Health Canada?
What if the corrupt health care industry had been exposed for what it is?
Would Tampa Bay have beaten Pittsburgh?

Best NHL Playoff Feud

You can bet the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be steaming after losing the Eastern Conference Final because their number one goaltender and best forward were out with injuries. Currently Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay are the best teams in the Eastern Conference and this was only round 2 of the Crosby-Malkin era which is now squared 1-1. There will probably be many more Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay playoff match-ups in the immediate future so each team will get to know each other very well in the coming years.

You Should Have Been Here – Where Are You?

With all the high draft choices that have been nurtured and stockpiled for over half a decade, the Edmonton Oilers should have been a Stanley Cup contender – long ago. In a year when Canada did not ice a single playoff team and despite the acquisition of Connor McDavid, the alleged heir to Sidney Crosby on Canada’s Golden Hockey Chain that stretches back to Maurice Richard, Edmonton never even threatened to make the playoffs. Instead they finished near the bottom of the league as they usually do. There is some undiagnosed rot eating away at this team and until it is properly investigated and removed, Edmonton will remain a joke.

Hurry Up And Make It 8

For the first time since 1970, Canada did not have a single team in the playoffs. The odds are stacked against them 23-7 and this result may occur many more times in the future. So Canada is praying that the NHL opens the door for Quebec to join in the near future.

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Pascal Dupuis Did NOT Have To Retire Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, I told how I had beaten coronary heart disease with the help of a chelation remedy – literally within hours. If this works – and the fact that I am still alive should be proof enough – why has the remedy not been recognized?

Very early when I began to do research on the Internet about the chelation remedy, I became aware that there was a lot of hatred against it. The most famous advocate of using this type of medicine was double-Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling (above top right). Typical of the hatred that I found were several websites created solely to denounce Pauling for advocating chelation. These websites use scare tactics to discourage people from taking their own life into their hands and trusting themselves with their own health. (This is done with other remedies besides chelation as well.) In them, the doctor is like a god-like figure, never to be disputed or questioned. Usually there is a declaration absolving him of all responsibility if patients decide to try something on their own, and another sentence suggesting “guilt” if somebody does try it. While I do not recommend ignoring a medical professional’s advice, my experience proves that there are choices that do work for various illnesses that established medicine refuses to recognize.

And many “interest groups” have good reason to hate the chelation remedy or any cure for coronary heart disease. It almost goes without saying that heart surgeons will not like chelation. The most frequent operations that they perform are the bypass and the stent. The chelation remedy would make these kinds of operations a rare occurrence. The high death rate that coronary heart disease causes means that the chelation remedy is unlikely to win any friends in the funeral business either. Also companies that make foods that are cholesterol-free will not welcome a remedy that solves cholesterol problems by removing it completely from the body.

But the worst haters are probably the pharmaceutical companies. When patients have conventional heart surgery, as a consequence, on average, they have to take 12 medications sometimes rising to as many as 30. There has been recent data released and it was found that in the United States alone, $75 billion is spent yearly on heart medication. How many medications do I take since the chelation remedy rid me of coronary heart disease? Zero! I only take CoQ10 regularly because of my heart failure, and the chelation remedy once or twice a year. If the chelation remedy is recognized, it is goodbye to 30 unnecessary medications and $75 billion in annual profits.

So how is the chelation remedy being blocked from official recognition? Through the clinical trial system where even murder is used to discredit it. In recent centuries, people have come to practice the “scientific method” as a way of believing in things. Experiments are conducted and have to be successfully replicated and verified before it can be said that things “work” or are “believable”. The clinical trial system operates on this basis. At its best, the clinical trial system can detect and prevent quack medicines like thalidomide and other “bad” medicine from reaching the public. At its worst, it can also keep valid cures from reaching them too.

A few years ago, a clinical trial was arranged for a chelation remedy under the name of “TACT”, but right away it seemed that its opponents went out of their way to make sure that it was discredited. A clinical trial should be as brief as possible and not take very long, but for some reason TACT went on for well-over a half decade and cost far more money than it should have. One way of discrediting a potential medical product is to claim that it can do more than its makers intended it to do. The chelation remedy is supposed to be treatment for coronary heart disease and nothing more, but somehow a claim was made that chelation benefits autistic children. While it would be fairly straight forward and easy to prove that chelation benefits coronary heart disease patients by doing a follow-up angiogram like what occurred in my case, it is far more difficult to prove that chelation benefits autistic children.

Despite the warning that the chelation remedy is not recommended for children, experiments were carried out in America where two young autistic children were given the remedy and promptly died. The opponents of chelation got what they were looking for and TACT was cancelled and a fearful warning was issued about this “dangerous” drug. Of course the chelation remedy is powerful medicine and has to be respected. But that is no different than any other drug. There are explicit instructions from the company about what is a safe level and warnings not to exceed it, along with the warning about who can take it. If the chelation remedy is dangerous and cannot be recognized, why are sleeping pills also not recognized? More people commit suicide with them than the chelation remedy could ever come close to.

Today the chelation remedy is officially classified as “alternative medicine” and will not be recommended by doctors of conventional medicine or Heart Associations. If heart and stroke patients want to try it, they are on their own and have to do the research and have the courage to fly in face of official denunciation and scare tactics like I did.

And since the NHL and ever other professional and amateur sports organization complies with official government stances on medicine, the chelation remedy is never used. If Dupuis wants to cure himself and get back playing in the NHL, he is on his own. He can buy the product over the Internet like I did (bottom left) or go to a professional chelation clinic and get his clots removed under a doctor’s supervision (bottom right). Then he would have to be tested for heart failure.

This cunning fraud is not just confined to coronary heart disease. I have heard that shiatsu massage properly given can cure hay fever permanently and other allergies. But like the chelation remedy, shiatsu massage is not recognized as a cure and is also classified as “alternative medicine”. There are probably other “alternative medicines” for other diseases that are not recognized as well.

A few years ago, there was survey done in Canada in which 37% of those questioned said they would consider “alternative medicine” instead of official conventional medicine to cure their illnesses. And this figure is growing. Some day there will be a breakthrough and the chelation remedy will be recognized for the cure it is. But for now NHL players like Dupuis (top left)  have to either end their careers or do the research and have the courage to take a chance like I did to keep on playing and living.

Pascal Dupuis Did NOT Have To Retire Part 1

While NHL fans are awaiting the outcome of the Conference Finals and whether or not there will be NHL expansion, I must find other topics of interest. One seemingly trivial topic that did not attract much notice was the retirement of Pittsburgh Penguin, Pascal Dupuis (above top left) due to recurring blood clots. Dupuis is also Pittsburgh’s choice this year for the Bill Masterton Trophy. But this story is not trivial and can affect every figure in sports, and everybody else all over the planet.

Blood clots are also significantly affecting the Penguins current opponents in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Star Lightning forward Steve Stamkos (above top right)  has not played a single playoff game since recovering from surgery for the removal of a blood clot in his neck. As for Dupuis, he has tried to come back several times but has finally given up for good. Too bad he – and the Penguins, the Lightning and the NHL – does not know the truth, that only an insider like myself found out – the hard way.

 
Blood clots are a form of coronary heart disease (sometimes popularly called “hardening of the arteries”). This disease is the worst killer in North America – even more than cancer – and probably in the world. Over 10,000 Canadians die each year. In the United States it is probably hideous Holocaust numbers. It can strike anyone (and mammals and birds) at any time of life. It has killed or maimed too many notable sports figures to count, Dupuis, Johnny Unitas, Ron Lancaster, Bobby Ackles, – and most tragically for hockey, top New York Rangers draft pick Alexei Cherepanov in 2008, aged only 19 (above bottom left).

Coronary heart disease can cause death and serious health problems in several ways. If too much heart plaque concentrates around the heart area, it can cause a heart attack, sometimes fatally. If the concentration occurs in the brain, the result is a stroke. Then there are the various “minor” health problems like Dupuis’s and Stamkos’s clots.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with coronary heart disease after various tests showed that I had a blockage of unknown size and unknown location somewhere around my heart. I was scheduled for an angiogram (where a long tube with a mini-camera is inserted into an artery to hunt for the blockage) two months later and given a box of nitroglycerin to carry at all times in case the worst should occur. Once the blockage was found I would probably be scheduled for some form of open heart surgery, probably a bypass or stent operation, if I was fortunate enough to live that long.

Fortunately I lived in the age of the Internet and was able to take action of my own. First I thought that since it was 2008, was the composition of heart plaque known? Through research on the Internet I discovered this was true. I then thought, “If the composition of heart plaque is known, why doesn’t somebody invent some kind of drug or remedy to remove it without anybody having to go through open heart surgery?” So on a whim I typed “stuff to remove heart plaque” into the Internet search engine and to my amazement, up came several websites claiming they had products to do just that.

I had two reactions; on one hand I had hope again and rejoiced because this was offering me an alternative to open heart surgery or death; on the other I was cynical, skeptical, and suspicious because no doctor had told me about such products and this might only be people telling me what I wanted to hear. After all, coronary heart disease is officially classified as “incurable”.

But the chance to be cured was too good to be ignored, especially when compared with the two alternatives, death or heart surgery. So I spent over a month doing research on the Internet about these products. There was a lot of hatred and scare tactics on the Internet, though significantly NOT by people who had used the product. I visited the companies’ websites, viewed forums by people who had used these products, found out possible side effects, learned whatever I could and in the end I asked myself what was the worst that could happen if I tried one of them.

There were four restrictions about taking this product and none applied to me. It was not recommended for children nor for pregnant women, and it was not recommended for people with either liver or kidney disease. The only side effect was diarrhea. So the worst that could happen to me was that I would stay the same, have a bad case of diarrhea, and waste $180 (including the price of shipping) plus another dollar to buy a jug of distilled water to mix the remedy. But what if it worked?

I have wasted money in worse ways so I decided to try one. It came from Minnesota and arrived by special courier four days later. It was a six week program, requiring me to take the remedy six times a day at different intervals, gradually being reduced to four times a day.

To make a long story short, I cynically took my six doses that first day and then retired to bed. I did not feel any better but when I woke up 4½ hours later, everything had changed. I now could feel blood flow around my heart that I could not feel before. It was 16½ hours after I had taken my first dose. And it was only now that I truly began to believe that this remedy was doing what it promised to do: remove heart plaque from my body.

Two weeks later was my angiogram and it confirmed what I believed; the tube with the camera could not find anything to operate on. I had beaten coronary heart disease without open heart surgery.   Eight years later I am still alive and have no more chest pains.

So what is this stuff and how does it work? To understand what had happened, people have to know two things; the difference between veins and arteries and capillaries; and the composition of heart plaque. The walls of veins have only two layers while arteries and capillaries have three. This is why most blockages occur in the latter.

Heart plaque is composed of two substances, cholesterol and minerals. If somebody were to pour a gallon of pure cholesterol down a completely clean artery, nothing would stick and everything would be converted into urine. But because humans, mammals, and birds eat, breathe, and absorb minerals, some of them stick to the walls of arteries and capillaries. Then when cholesterol is absorbed, it in turn sticks to the minerals – not to the walls of the blood vessels – forming heart plaque.

The remedy I took is called a chelation remedy (above bottom right) – chelation meaning to purify. In effect it is an acid. It goes into the circulatory system where it dissolves the bond between the minerals and the wall of the blood vessels and sweeps them away. Since the cholesterol has nothing more to stick to, it too gets swept away and everything gets safely converted into urine by the kidneys.

Chelation has been around since the 1950s, when it was used to remove toxic mineral buildup in miners. There are two ways of doing it, either buying it over the Internet like I did and being my own doctor, or (if a patient does not trust himself/herself) going to a special chelation clinic (there are lots of these clinics around the world) and getting the plaque removed under a doctor’s supervision. But this is more expensive. There are many videos about chelation on You Tube.

So Pascal Dupuis and Steve Stamkos could get rid of their blood clots by the chelation remedy and be playing again. Of course the plaque will return again over time but by taking the remedy at regular intervals for the rest of their lives, they will never get into the danger zone again. And chelation has another huge advantage over open heart surgery. Surgery only gets rid of the plaque around the heart area while the chelation remedy gets rid of it from the entire body. So not only are people protected from heart attacks, they are also protected from strokes in the brain and blood clots anywhere else.

Unfortunately in my case, while my angiogram confirmed I no longer had coronary heart disease, the first disease had caused a second disease, heart failure, which is damage to the heart itself. This occurred because the effort of my heart to pump the blood when the blood vessels were clogged strained the heart’s muscles. (There have been developments concerning this disease but that merits a separate article.) So if Dupuis were to be allowed to return, he would also have to be cleared for heart failure as well.

So if a cure for coronary heart disease exists why do not doctors prescribe it? Why do so few people know about it? Why are scare tactics being used to discourage people from trying it? The answer is in part 2.

Next: Why No Cure?