Heart heath, cardiovascular health, is of primary concern as heart disease is the number one cause of death according to the CDC. This, despite the ever escalating use of statin drugs.
It is suggested by many that putting all of our attention on cholesterol is an error, that heart disease has a number of underlying causes of which high cholesterol may only play a small part.
The Cholesterol Myth
According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, “Most people are under the suspicion that cholesterol causes heart disease and that is a big myth...the conspiracy runs miles deep” states Sinatra. He continues, “lowering LDL does not have the impact we think it does”, and he points out that, “we need cholesterol for many reasons: it forms steroid hormones, in skin it converts sunlight to Vitamin D, cholesterol lubricates the skin, helps neurotransmitter function in the brain, it carries CoQ10, Vitamin E, lipoprotein, and binds harmful mercury.
Cholesterol is your friend, not your foe. Cholesterol is only an enemy when you have chronic inflammation in the body—when it is oxidized”.
Dr. Sinatra looks at coronary disease as an inflammatory problem and believes statins are effective only in middle age men, primarily due to their anti-inflammatory effect. He tells his patients to avoid “inflamed blood” or “toxic blood syndrome.” Dr. Sinatra explains to his patients that inflamed blood has the consistency of red ketchup, whereas normal blood is more like red wine. When the blood is thinned, it is more like wine and the risks of CVD are significantly lowered.
Dr. Sinatra was inspired to write his book, The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology, after learning from Dr. Jim Roberts, another
cardiologist, about the missing link f or ATP production—ribose. Dr. Sinatra said “At that point in my life, I absolutely became a
cellular metabolic cardiologist—a biochemical cardiologist. I needed to get the word out.”
Dr. Sinatra’s philosophy is to treat heart disease at the cellular level so that “patients have a better quality of life, their suffering is
eased and they have increased longevity as well.” In his book, Dr. Sinatra tells doctors and patients how to increase ATP production
with CoQ10, L-carnitine, and ribose to help prevent heart disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and Syndrome X. An updated
version of the book, Metabolic Cardiology: The Sinatra Solution, is coming out in April 2008 and includes current information on
the preferred forms of CoQ10, carnitine, ribose, and has a revised author’s preface.
Dr. Sinatra explains that heart disease is much more than an oxygen-deficit disorder, it is an ATP deficit. “99.9% of cardiologists
in this country don’t even think about ATP,” says Sinatra. He explains that the heart has 5,000 mitochondria per cell. Further, Sinatra says, “A sick heart either has faulty metabolism of ATP or is leaking ATP out of the precious mitochondria. The way to fix
patients with diastolic dysfunction, mitral valve prolapse, long standing hypertension, valvular disease, coronary artery disease, or
cardiomyopathy is to treat with ATP supporting nutrients. That is why I wrote the book”.
Most people know ATP provides us with chemical energy, but it is also vital to repair and restore cells. When ATP decreases it
causes a malfunction of the electrical potential in the cells. Dr Sinatra says, “this is the key to metabolic cardiology”. It becomes
necessary to replenish ATP and the best way to accomplish this is to fuel up on the precursors to ATP – he calls them the
his patients include vitamins E and C, alpha lipoic acid and other broad spectrum nutritional support.
For health cellular function choose from the selection of Ribose, Carnitine, Magnesium and CoQ10 products.
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