The Milano Mutation — Final Solution to Atherosclerosis Within Reach?

Like a clogged drain, scientists may have discovered a liquid Drano for arteries.
Like a clogged drain, scientists may have discovered a liquid Drano for arteries.

It’s called the Milano Mutation and we’re willing to bet you don’t know anything about it.  This discovery a few decades back puzzled the scientific and medical community.  It all began back in 1980 when a man of middle age in Milano went in for a checkup and was flagged as a high-risk for heart disease problems based on the level of high blood tryglyceride.  This is the so-called “bad cholesterol” we all hear about all the time today from doctors and screamed to us from supposedly “heart-healthy” products.  Even more disturbing was a really low level of HDL, the so-called “good cholesterol.”  Of course, that is a recipe for disaster, so doctors watched the man closely.

Not only did the man have no heart problems, but his arteries remained sparkling clear.  Scientists eventually determined that a gene mutation caused the Italian man and some people in that area of the world to have a super-effective protection for atherosclerosis (the hardening and blocking of the arteries by buildup) right there built into their own bodies.  So, as is so often the case, the solution to the problem is found naturally-occurring.  Now scientists have been tinkering around with this for three decades, and now, it is being reported that they are close to having a means to create it and use it as a treatment option.  Scientists have referred to the potential treatment as a “Liquid Drano” for the arteries.

That is, of course, great news.  So, what’s the conspiracy?  Well, technically there isn’t one.  This is just another one of those times that we like to publish stories that illustrate that despite all of the wonderful advancements in science and medicine, there is still so much that is not known.  Before this discovery, it was generally accepted that the arteries took a very long time to become clogged and therefore, any positive treatments would take a very long time to reverse it.  But new treatments being used experimentally from the Milano Mutation had astounding results, reversing atherosclerosis in just six months, leaving the arteries almost as if it had never happened.  And once again, this is not a miracle of modern medicine.  The solution was found in human beings walking around in Italy that already possessed it.  The modern medical miracle is that they have the knowledge and technology to be able to utilize it and hopefully make it available to everyone that needs it in the future.

But heart disease is big business.  Like cancer and other things, there are a lot of people out there that thrive on this industry.  Would you be surprised if this treatment never sees the light of day?  We wouldn’t.  But it’s comforting to know that it’s out there.  At least someone, somewhere is claiming victory over this modern nemesis.