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You and Your Heart - Part I 
In This Issue
Heart Disease - Nutritional and Herbal Support
Congestive Heart Failure
Multi-Vitamins Slash heart attack risk
CoQ10 and Congestive Heart Failure
Hawthorn Herb for Heart Health
Sodium Intake vs. Health
Vitamin C, Omega 3 cut heart disease risk
Magnesium reduces sudden heart failure risk
Vitamin D Deficiency and Increased Risk of Heart Disease
Legislation and Legal Issues
BPH drugs - FDA Safety Alert
A Survey
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June 11, 2011

Many of my clients are seniors and they often have cardiac problems.  Most of them are unaware that there are many nutrients that are critical to support good heart health, and I often find them  deficient in many of these critical nutrients.  


In this newsletter (and the next one) I discuss some common heart problems and the nutrients that are most important.  


IMPORTANT: Men with BPH who are being treated with 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, (Avodart, Jalyn, Proscar, Propecia, etc.) please be sure to read the recent FDA warning at the bottom of this newsletter.   

Heart Disease: Nutritional & Herbal Support
Heart disease is a chronic illness, brought about by years of poor diet and lifestyle and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Study after study confirms the benefits of supplementation with vitamins and minerals, as well as specific supplementation with targeted nutrients and herbs for supporting good heart health.  
Heart Disease - Congestive Heart Failure 
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Congestive heart failure is a long-term chronic heart condition caused by many years of poor diet and lifestyle. It comes on gradually and has few symptoms until it have progressed significantly. Improving your diet and lifestyle can go a long way to reducing your need for aggressive medical procedures and drugs.
Multi-Vitamins - Slash heart attack risk by 41% and boost immune function

The heart requires a constant supply of energy and nutrients to function optimally. Specific nutrients such as vitamin C are critical to build collagen and provide elasticity to the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Magnesium helps maintain electrical activity and reduces blood pressure so the muscle can beat efficiently. When we are deficient in these nutrients over time, heart function declines and risk of a heart attack rises quickly..  


Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and Congestive Heart Failure

CoQ10 is a simple molecule essential for the normal function of specific enzyme systems in our cells, an particularly critical for proper heart operation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it became clear that patients suffering from congestive heart failure had measurable deficiency of CoQ10 in both blood and heart muscle, and that the degree of deficiency correlated with the severity of heart failure. Aging and statin medications deplete CoQ10 and achieving optimal blood levels of CoQ10 may be an important strategy for safeguarding cardiac health.     

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Review of Hawthorn Herb Supports Use for Heart Health
Recent scientific studies have shown that hawthorn increases coronary blood flow and improves myocardial metabolism, thus allowing the heart to function with less oxygen. It is a safe herb, excellent for both prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease when used on a regular basis. It may take several months of continuous use to see  improvements.

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Belgian study assesses sodium consumption vs. health outcome.

Reducing salt intake has been touted for many years as a way to prevent high blood pressure and heart problems.  But this meta study confirms what I said in my heart nutrition article above - that it is not too much salt that is the problem, but deficiencies in many other nutrients, particularly potassium and magnesium that cause heart problems. Thus, as confirmed by this meta study, reducing salt intake usually has very little permanent effect.


Vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acids cut death risk from cardiovascular disease.
A new study led by Japanese researchers suggests high intake of vitamin C may help women reduce death risk from cardiovascular disease.The study, published in the April 21, 2011 issue of Stroke, showed women who had the highest intake of vitamin C were less likely to die from stroke, coronary heart disease, and total cardiovascular disease.

Magnesium reduces sudden heart failure risk

Increased intakes of magnesium-rich foods are associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, says new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

New Studies Show Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Increased Risk of Heart Disease.
Researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, presented new studies at the American College of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific session.  The studies build on the researchers' previous work linking low levels of vitamin D to an increased risk for heart disease.

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Legislation and Legal Issue - High Fructose Corn Syrup  

Well, if you have not heard about the latest "trash" coming from the food industry, here it is.

The Corn Refiners Association has put in a petition to the FDA to change the name for high fructose corn syrup to simply "corn sugar".  And, of course, we the unenlightened citizens will immediately be fooled into thinking that it is a wonderful "new and improved" health additive for our foods. 

Wow! Isn't fooling the public wonderful? We all know that high fructose corn syrup is one of those additives that is a major player helping create the epidemic of childhood diabetes and obesity that we are currently seeing.  But then, if the name is changed to "corn sugar" that all goes away doesn't it?
Please take action to oppose this ridiculous assault on your intelligence!  The left link below goes directly to the FDA's site where you can make your voice heard.  The right link is to a detailed story about this.

IMPORTANT NOTE:   The government site will be down for routine maintenance from midnight Saturday June 11, 2011 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday June 12, 2011 (times are EDT).

FDA Safety Alert on Drugs Used to Treat BPH and Urinary Retention

Many men with enlarged prostates (BPH) and urinary retention are being treated with drugs that are in a class known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.  This includes the drugs finasteride and dutasteride which are  marketed under the brand-names Proscar, Propecia, Avodart, and Jalyn. Several studies have noted that the use of this class of drugs can increase risk of being diagnosed with a more serious form of prostate cancer (high-grade prostate cancer).  Click the FDA Safety Alert link below for more info. 

There are many natural products that have action in the body similar to these drugs without the attendant side effects.  For more information, feel free to call me, or click the link below to view the prostate health products page on my website.


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A Survey

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