Minding Your P's and Q's

Minding Your P's and Q's!

by Mitch Booth

Let’s take a trip back to 1993 when Love Whole Foods was in the Trails Shopping Center. A good customer, Charlie, came in with his wife. He exercised five days a week and ate a balanced diet. He was taking a new drug Mevacor, one of the first cholesterol lowering drugs and as a result was experiencing serious side effects: no energy (not like him) and debilitating leg pains. I asked if the symptoms went away when he stopped taking the drug. He said that they did. What did the doctor say? Since his Father and brother died of heart attacks, he needed to lower his cholesterol levels. I told him I had just read a medical newsletter that talked about that specific drug. Dr. Julian Whitaker M.D.’s, Healthy Healing (8/1993—come in and I’ll show you my copy), which spoke about a hidden side effect, that Charles was experiencing, but was not listed in the drug PDR. This statin, (go to drugs.com/Mevacor), causes a major drop in the liver production of COQ10.

What is CoQ10 you ask? It is a natural fat-soluble nutrient present in virtually every human cell which is why it is also called Ubiquinone, (existing everywhere in human life). CoQ10 is vital to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This energy rich compound is used by our cell’s mitochondria, (the cells power plant), to run every metabolic process our body expresses. No ATP equals no energy for the heart, the brain, and the gut. Dr. Whitaker was not only concerned that the statins are so toxic to the liver, that a six month blood draw/ workup, to check the liver health, is required. He was more concerned with the long term effects, not just on quality of life, but especially for cognitive function. This is because our brains require huge amounts of uninterrupted energy to regulate, integrate and coordinate ongoing nerve transmission 24/7, 365 days a year.

To preserve neural integrity, Dr. Whitaker recommended taking a split dose of 100mg of CoQ10. Twenty-two years later, he now prescribes 300mg. So what happened to Charles? Sadly, his wife told me he died of a heart attack at age 57. When I asked her if he took the recommended CoQ10 along with magnesium, fish oil, and B vitamins, she responded with, “his Doctor felt that all he needed was to lower his LDL cholesterol to 130, which he did.”

Now let’s fast forward to the 2008 issue of UCLA’s American Heart Journal (vol. 157, pages 111-117) in a comprehensive nationwide study of 136,905 hospitalized, heart attack victims; 75 percent had an LDL count of 130mg/dl, (the so called safe range… just like my friend Charles had). If you want more clarity on whether cholesterol is bad, read my article called, Good Cholesterol vs Bad Choices (12-20-2013).

It’s November 5, 1994 (the year Charles passed away) and President Ronald Reagan announces that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I do not know how many of you remember when you were made aware of this life robbing disease, but for me…it was that moment. From obscurity, the CDC now estimates that over one third of Americans, over the age of 85, are affected. As of 2015, nearly 5.3 million Americans are battling this disease.

Heart disease has many valid modalities, which can effectively reverse it’s the progression. This includes many drugs that don’t affect CoQ10 production. There are currently no drug treatments that have effectively stemmed the progression or reversed the ravages of Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Duane Graveline, M.D., from Titusville, Florida., is not just another media doctor. He was a NASA Apollo astronaut, a USAF Flight Surgeon, and a Family Practice Physician. As a Board Certified M.D. and an astronaut, in top physical shape, his experience with statin drugs is particularly alarming, especially as it relates to cognitive function. It began when he was prescribed Lipitor, (a popular statin) and ended when he experienced severe cognitive impairment. This lead him to write, Lipitor: Thief of Memory, and his newest book, The Dark Side of Statins. (www. spacedoc.com/articles).

In his first book, he describes how he regained his mental faculties by supplementing CoQ10 (200mg–300mg) a day, Omega 6 EFA (coconut oil and evening primrose oil), Vitamin D3 and Vitamin E succinate. In his latest book, he reveals a new tool to stem the mitochondrial DNA damage caused by the statins. Statins are unique in their inhibition of CoQ10 synthesis making mitochondrial damage all but inevitable. To stem this process he has employed a newly isolated biochemical that is now becoming available after fifteen years of research: Pyrroloquinoline Quinone or BioPQQ. A cousin of CoQ10, BioPQQ has been shown to be vital for those whose mitochondrial cells have been damaged by long term statin use and who present cognitive dysfunction, permanent myopathy, or peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Graveline’s premise is simple: “The more functional mitochondrial energy you have in your cells, the greater your overall health and longevity.”

Foods like egg yolks, natto (fermented organic soybeans) celery, parsley, papaya, and kiwi fruit help however, we may not eat these foods—certainly not every day.

Enter Natural Factors in Canada. They are making this vitalizing biochemical available in capsule form as discussed in Graveline’s research. Like CoQ10, BioPQQ has powerful antioxidant properties but when it is elevated to 20mg/day, the evidence shows that BioPQQ actually stimulates mitochondrial genesis-regeneration! Think how a child has boundless energy and then compare to the slow shuffle of the senior citizen—the difference is their mitochondrial integrity. Now Natural Factors, has come up with another innovation. Their new PQQ-10 product has the Graveline’s 20mg of PQQ combined with their successful CoQ10 at 200mg per soft gel.

Now that will get your Ps & Qs cooking to produce optimal cognitive/heart health as well as whole body vitalization!

Peggy Van Cleef