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I have a high LPA of over 85. This was diagnosed about 2 years ago. My doctor put me on niacin. The LPA came down to 45 over a one year period. However, I’m very discouraged as in the past year, the LPA has failed to come down further even after increasing the niacin. My doctor does not have any further suggestions.
Niacin reduces the production of lipoprotein A (Lp(a)) in the liver. By doing this, the lipoprotein level will go down. However, until you repair the endothelium of the vascular wall, the liver will always receive a signal to produce Lp(a). As a result, the niacin is a symptomatic approach and not addressing the root cause. The best way to bring down the Lp(a) to optimum level (under 14 mg/dl) is by the use of a cocktail of lysine, proline, vitamin C, ascorbyl palmitate, bioflavonoids, and some pine bark extract. This particular cocktail will reduce the endotheilial damage. When the edothelium’s health is improved, the liver will not need to make lipoprotein A as a repair mechanism serrogate. Therefore, the Lp(a) will normalize nicely.
I read an excerpt from your web page on adrenal insufficiency. I am a senior year biochem student and I would like to do research in the area of endocrinology. I wanted to know your thoughts on how to best restore proper adrenal function - especially when excess androgens are produced due to alternate pathway. Do you think that it is best to utilize pregnenolone solely or would you use this in conjunction with progesterone and natural hydrocortisone. DHEA would be less preferable since symptoms of hyperandrogenism are often present ( hirsutism, scalp hair loss, acne, etc..). I have noticed in women that this is often the symptom presentation associated with adrenal insufficiency. I appreciate any thoughts that you might have.
best way to restore proper adrenal function is to give it the raw
materials for it to decide on its own how much to assimilate into
the various hormones ( each of which have a negative feedback system).
What are these items ? They include glandulars, lysine, proline, vitamin
C, vitamin B5, all in quite a high dose. If you expect to get well
with nutrients, you have to understand that nutrients are nontoxic
and not very strong, so more is needed for health challenges. External
introduction of DHEA, pregnenolone, progesterone, and natural cortisol
will help short term, and can be used effectively to adjunct
the adrenal recovery program ( which normally
will take 6-12 months). It takes a long time to deplete the adrenal
glands, and it will take some time to recoup, so to say. Women do
react differently to the hormonals compare to man, esp the DHEA as
you have noticed. Adrenal recovery therefore
requires 3 major factors to be done concurrently:
With ref to gum disease which can be related to bad breath. A dentist recommended Ii use a mouth wash which contained 'Thymol' as the first active ingredient. Listerine and some of the drug co. knock offs seem to have it under their house label. i have concluded it does make a significant difference over the alcohol and flavor types. Also, Ii have always read that CoQ10 at a high mg dosage (I use 100 mg) is effective in preventing gum disease and personally I have always found those 'little round between the teeth brushes' to be helpful in the on going battle. yes, it's an issue for me that I continually work on as I am now 71. And have been told that it seems to go with the terrain. Of course the pay off is no dentures. I'm healthy and happy. But I do spend most of my waking hours on body and mind maintance. And no one seems to mention that aspect of getting old.
There is no question dental health is the number cause of infection in our body. If you keep your mouth clean, the chances of your getting heart attack (yes, studies are showing that now) is much decreased. Especially critical is the removal of root canals and mercury almagams which serves as pockets of infection and reduce immunity respectively. These are all scientifically proven .
The best mouth wash is actually diluted hydrogen peroxide, and yes, CoQ is excellent for gum health. I also recommend you take some activated carbon and swish it around your mouth with some water and that will absorb all the toxin in the mouth. When you then swallow it, it will help to chelate the metals from the gi track.
All 3 things above cost pennies a day and works fantastic. Give it
a try. Keeping
healthy need not be expansive if you know how.
safe is melatonin to use?
Melatonin is perhaps one of the safest nutrient. Your body makes it too so it is not foreign to your internal system. You cannot kill someone with high dose melatonin. Its been tried. The normal over the counter dose is 1-3 mg. I routinely use upwards of 50mg for many of my cancer patients. Melatonin is much more than a sleeping pill. There are different forms, and depending on what you use it for, you should choose the right form, and also make sure that that it is pure. Impurities can cause problems in high dose.
As I am sure you are aware , there are a lot of very popular diets around at the moment that promote burning fat as a fuel source as apposed to glucose . I understand that of of the aims in your web pages advice control of blood sugar. Especially if glucose tolerance or sugar addictions are an issue. I would very much appreciate your opinion, concerning this type of diet as a "alternative cure" for blood sugar problems and whether or not you recommend it.
fat as a fuel source is always better than
burning glucose. Most of
us through the years have trained our body to burn glucose,
and thus the
body breakdown with resulting diabetes,
lipid abnormalities, just to name a
few. Sugar addiction takes 2-3 years to overcome for most,
and I encourage
sugar balancing to help in this respect. Aside from controlling sugar
balance, changing the body's fuel source from sugar to fat
should be the
ultimate aim (good fat, mind you) provided that the body of the person
typed to accept fat as the source. Many people do well on
complex carbo as primary source of fuel and will do poorly
on fat as well,
especially those of Type B blood and relaxed personality (type B
personality). This is in contrast to Type O blood type and
Type A personality who do well on high
good fat (monounsaturated fat such as olive oil for non-high heat
use, and coconut oil (saturated fat) for high