Coenzyme Q-10 and Weakness

Last week I saw a patient at the local hospital who was in her early 80’s. A very alert and delightful person who had had an episode of increased total body weakness and when she presented at the ER she was found to have a cardiac arrhythmia, specifically bradycardia or a slow heart rate. She was, of course, admitted for complete cardiac workup. Ultimately, a pacemaker was surgically placed. I was consulted to see if she needed a rehabilitation course to strengthen her enough to get her back into her own home at an independent level of function. After reviewing her chart, I noticed that she had been placed on a cholesterol reducing drug, a statin for the past several months. Now to explain why this is relevant I need to tell you that all statin drugs not only block …

The Great Statin Drug Push

Recently I admitted a patient to the rehab hospital where I work. This is an interesting but unfortunate story.  It was a 79 year old man who has been very active and still working. It started with a heart attack. Because it happened in a public venue, EMS quickly responded and took him to the ER. The routine workup in the ER included an x-ray of the chest. They found a 5 cm. mass in the lung. Sadly, it was inoperable and a tumor type that responds poorly to chemo therapy. He did get some XRT or radiation therapy which relieved some of the pain in the ribs and back where the tumor was invading, but the ultimate outcome was understood by doctors and family to be grave. The oncologist told the family that he had a few months only. …

Ignorant Therapist

My PhD degree is in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. I approach medicine from that perspective. I even do consults and talks around the world that are exclusively Neuropharmacology, Biochemistry and Regenerative science. I emphasize the scientific evidence for the role of specific chemicals in stem cell stimulation and regeneration and how this can rein in and even prevent and reverse specific degenerative processes like neurodegenerative diseases and osteoporosis and non-healing bones and wounds. This often involves utilizing combinations of supplements. However, “supplements” has the connotation of being “unimportant” and not really “medicine”. The situation described in the self-explanatory letter below is an example of this where a physical therapist told a multiple sclerosis patient that I was just going to give her a bunch of vitamins when she comes to her appointment with me. READ THIS: April 13, 2017 Dear …