Dear AFibbers, I am ged 49 years and have had AF (lone/paroxysmal) for about 5 years now with it steadily getting worse and increasing in frequency untill I have an attack about once every two months. Each attack putting me on the ground barely able to breath and lasting about 18 hours in total. I may even get AF attacks each month or less sometimes but on average it seems to be about every couple of months. The slightest exhertion or emotional stress would often precipitate it although it also just appeared out of the blue sometimes. These attacks are very debilitating and left me tired for days. Doctors at the hospital recommended I take sotalol and warfarin for life but I think the sotalol either made the AF worse or added new arrhythmias so I declined after a few days. It's strange how my AF changed for the worse after I started sotalol. It was beginning to get pretty bad when I read about a contaminant found in poultry eggs called LASALOCID which is a highly toxic antibiotic that farmers feed to poultry and cattle. I read in the news that two percent of eggs are contaminated with this toxic crap that is known (animal experiments have shown this) to induce rapid beats and arrhythmia leading to death. I'm not saying that it is the only cause or the single cause of my AF as I would think that there must be co-factors or else everyone would be dropping like flies with af. No, but I have discovered after a year long experiment where I cut out eggs, beef, milk and cheese that I haven't had a single AF episode lasting longer than about 30 seconds. I used to consume about 2 eggs most days. That would be about 50 eggs each month or so, maybe every 6 weeks. In that time if two percent of eggs are contaminated (that is 1 in 50 eggs) then I would be expected to have come across just such a poisoned egg. Well I was getting a severe AF attack every couple of months at that time. Another factor to be aware of is that lasalocid lingers in the body also so it's not all as simple as correlating an attack on the day you ate the poisoned egg. Anyhow, I quit eggs, beef, milk and cheese 14 months ago and I haven't had a single serious attack of AF in all that time. I even started jogging again these past 9 months ( a real nono as it easily triggered af) without any attacks. I'm not saying this information will cure you but it might help you. I'm only writing this because I know just how distressing AF can be and because it would not be right for me to with hold my preliminary findings any longer. I still get micro-bursts of AF lasting abvout 30 seconds every day and I don't know what the cause is but the biggies are gone now and it may be because I have eliminated aspects of diet that are known to be contaminated with that toxic crap lasalocid. You are welcome to email me for clarification if there is anything you dont understand in this message. This message is not medical advice and neither do I advocate you alter your diet without consulting your doctor. Some of you may want to think about it though or talk to someone about it. PS. BBC world service reported today (Dec 15 2003) that lasalocid is increasingly becoming a worry for the authorities as a contaminant in poultry and eggs. Apparently the levels detected are becoming highly significant in some batches though they didn't say how much. They are worried because they know this crap lasalocid is highly toxic to heart muscle.