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Optimum Health: A Natural Lifesaving Prescription for Your Body and Mind par [Sinatra, Stephen T.]
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Nutritional Healing for the Year 2001


My gradual transition toward nutritional/metabolic healing started in the early 1980s with my own personal use of vitamin and mineral supplements. However, it was not until 1984 that I began to prescribe vitamin and mineral support to my patients. Two years later I began to use low doses of coenzyme Qin my practice. I administered it to patients about to undergo coronary artery bypass surgery and to patients who suffered from heart failure. I also prescribed 10 mg of coenzyme Q three times daily as a nutritional support for patients going on the "heart/lung" machine during cardiac surgery. Since 1986, I have become increasingly comfortable integrating complementary approaches with traditional Western medicine to facilitate healing.

I now have tremendous confidence recommending coenzyme Q in doses of 360 to 400 mg to treat my most difficult cases of congestive heart failure. I have noticed that as I have become more comfortable using nutritional support systems, many patients have become more confident as well. Frequently, many of my cardiac patients would request that I treat them for other health problems. As a board-certified cardiologist, I lacked confidence in treating illnesses outside my own area of specialty. But I observed many "accidental cures" occurring over the years. For example, when I was treating arthritic cardiac patients, coincidentally many of them reported their arthritic symptoms improved on my treatment plan--a plan that integrated various diets, herbal remedies, and nutritional support systems.

My patients have always been my best teachers. I learn from them every day. When a phytonutrient relieves symptoms in one patient, I then feel more confident recommending it to others with similar symptom constellations. One thing I am sure about is that natural foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients have the potential to reduce or eliminate symptoms, much like prescription drugs; and they do not have the side effects of pharmacotherapy. Because of my experience in treating thousands of patients, listening to them discussing their symptoms, and witnessing their recoveries, I have grown to feel quite comfortable recommending phytonutrients even for ailments outside the field of cardiology.

In addition to my personal and clinical experience, my knowledge base in nutritional supplemental healing expanded during the research for two books I have authored on the subject. When patients ask me to help them with heart disease, depression, sexual dysfunction, psoriasis, constipation, prostate problems, and even cancer, I feel confident in my recommendations.

In this section of the book, I will offer you some of the insights I have obtained from my experience in treating these patients. With rare exceptions, I only prescribe herbs, vitamins, and minerals that I have taken myself. In fact, over the last twenty-five years I have seldom recommended complementary strategies to patients that I have not experienced myself, including psychotherapy, myofascial therapy, deep tissue massage, cranial/sacral therapy, martial arts, herbal remedies, vitamins, and even chelation therapy. Because of my firsthand experience with these healing modalities, I can offer you insights into many of the more common maladies that affect not only cardiac patients, but also most of us in general. Let's start with depression and fatigue.

Depression and Fatigue

Not a day goes by in my office that I fail to meet someone who is fatigued, tired, listless, or just lacking in energy. I often hear complaints such as "Doc, I just don't have my usual spark." Many of these people are mildly depressed, lacking that "bounce in their step." This is my remedy:

1. B vitamin support including folic acid, B-6, B-1, B-2, B-12, and biotin. Take at least 40 mg of vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6; 40 mcg of B-12 and 300 mcg of biotin. Take pantothenic acid, 50 to 250 mg daily.

2. Coenzyme Q, 60 mg after each meal.

3. L-tyrosine, 2 grams one to two times daily. (Do not exceed 4 grams daily.) Tyrosine is an essential amino acid that gets into the brain easily, passing the blood-brain barrier. Once absorbed by the brain, tyrosine is a precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. These two neurotransmitters are directly dependent upon dietary tyrosine. Supplementing tyrosine should increase these active neurogenic transmitters in the body. Please note that tyrosine should not be taken in the presence of antipsychotic medications (usually prescribed by physicians) or in the presence of malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

4. Ginkgo biloba, 40 mg three times daily.

5. Saint-John's-wort, 300 mg three times daily. Saint-John's-wort is an herbal remedy for depression. Hypericin, the active ingredient, causes an inhibition of serotonin re-uptake. It has been nicknamed "herbal Prozac."

Nutrients for the aging brain-- "I can't remember . . . "

Although memory loss is not an inevitable consequence of aging, it is a fact that the average brain loses about 10 percent of its mass as we approach our golden years. Many of my older patients tell me, "I can't remember this," or "I can't recall that." However, memory problems affect all of us. Each of us knows the frustration of being unable to retrieve or recall a needed piece of information. Because stress and depression affect memory, it is important to consider the nutritional support suggestions I recommended in the fatigue and depression section of this chapter. In addition to those suggestions, I would recommend the following nutrients for the "aging brain":

1. Eat foods high in DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) such as sardines and anchovies, or take 100 mg of DMAE daily.

2. Take at least 30 mg of lipoic acid daily. (Lipoic acid, like L-tyrosine and Pycnogenol, can cross the blood-brain barrier to protect cellular membranes from oxidation. As a polypeptide, lipoic acid is also a chelator of excess iron, copper, and other toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, and lead. (Because lipoic acid also increases glutathione levels, it has antioxidant potential.)

3. Pycnogenol, 30-60 mg three times a day.

4. Phosphatidylserine, 30 mg one to two times a day. (Phosphatidylserine protects brain cell membranes.)

Most of these nutritionals, including L-tyrosine, B vitamins, and ginkgo, can be purchased in health food stores.

Nutritional Support for Prostate Health

As a cardiologist, I treat many men over the age of fifty. Many of these men have prostate problems as well. While lecturing to the prostate support group at Manchester Memorial Hospital, I was amazed at how many younger men (in their forties) had prostate problems, including cancer. Diet is one of the best ways to protect against prostate cancer. Throughout this book I have been praising the healing capabilities of soybean products. Soybeans contain isoflavones rich in natural phytoestrogens. Extensive research has shown that these compounds have many protective benefits, reducing the incidence of prostate cancer in study populations. There is also experimental evidence that phytoestrogens also protect against colon cancer. Not only do soy products protect the circulatory system, but the phytoestrogen effect of genistin found in soybeans protects against the bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. For men, these phytoestrogens are especially important in reducing the incidence of prostate cancer. It is noteworthy that Japanese men, whose diet is low in fat and high in soy products, have a low incidence of prostate cancer.

Another nutrient associated with the prevention of prostate cancer is lycopene. Lycopene is a protective carotenoid responsible for the red color in tomatoes. Several studies have observed a direct association between increased consumption of tomatoes and a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer. When it comes to prostate health, men should consider the nutritional protection found in tomatoes and tomato sauces, as well as the many soy products I have discussed in previous sections of this book.

However, there are specific herbs and nutritionals that are also useful in prostate healing. In addition to the low saturated fat, lycopene, and a soy-enriched diet, I recommend the following for prostate health:

1. Avoid alcohol and nicotine.

2. Take natural vitamin/mineral preparations including folic acid, vitamin E, zinc, and mixed carotenoids, including beta carotene and lycopene.

3. Take saw palmetto, 160 mg to 320 mg daily, for an enlarged prostate. Saw palmetto is a safe, cost-effective natural alternative for treating BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy). Clinical studies, such as that described in Michael Murray'sThe Healing Power of Herbs, have determined that it is as effective--if not more effective--than the widely prescribed drug called Proscar. Saw palmetto attacks BPH by reducing levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is the active form of testosterone, the major culprit causing enlargement of the prostate gland. Saw palmetto also blocks the action of 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Increased 5-alpha reductase activity and high levels of DHT appear to be major contributors to BPH.

4. Pygeum africanum, 50 to 75 mg per day. Pygeum africanum is a nontoxic tree native to Africa. Its medicinal properties are derived from the bark of the trunk. It is particularly effective in reducing the size of the prostate gland and in enhancing prostatic secretions.

5. Stinging nettles, 150 mg daily, may help to increase urine flow.

6. GLAs (gamma linolenic acids), 2,000 to 3,000 mg daily (in the form of evening primrose oil, borage oil, or black currant oil).


Whether the result of an enlarged prostate or sexual dysfunction, men of all ages may experience impotence. The following suggestions have ...

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"Dr. Stephen Sinatra is my kind of doctor! He integrates the best of  conventional and alternative medicine practices."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Packed with the latest research and resources, Optimum Health is an easy-to-follow prescription for well-being that epitomizes the new approach to natural health and integrative medicine.  Dr.  Sinatra is a beacon of knowledge, common sense, and compassion."
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and A Woman's Book of Life

"One of the best, most comprehensive books I have seen on how to stay healthy.  I highly recommend it."
--Jean Carper, author of Miracle Cures

"Dr.  Sinatra is an insightful and innovative cardiologist who has written a very important book.  Optimum Health is designed to be used for healing.  Many will be enriched by it."
--Julian Whitaker, M.D., author of Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Healing

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"Optimum Health" by Stephen Sinatra, M.D., is an very readable examination of our western lifestyle in search of the root causes of some of the most persistent and problematic ailments we face. Dr. Sinatra analyzes, with the use of empirical evidence and recent medical research, some of the ways that specific behaviorial factors may cause or prevent health problems in humans. More importantly, he outlines what steps we can take to help insure better health for ourselves. Most importantly these are steps we can take without major expenses are changes that are difficult to maintain.



We are what we eat, and Dr. Sinatra never seems to lose sight of that fact. In many of his books, including this one, he details a healthy diet, though in this book he explains why it is healthy more than in some of his other volumes, which leads him into a discussion of Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements and more.

Dr. Sinatra takes hold of specific issues, like "good fat" and "bad fat", and makes a chapter about it, clarifying the 'whats-what' about fats -- very critical to our health that we understand this stuff. He also suggests specific modifications in diet, excercise and specific nutrition, that may have health benefits, without sacrifice.


The above are just a few examples of the types of topics that are examined with specific applications to our better health in mind. It is particularly satisfying to get this type of information and advice from a cardiologist trained in western allopathic medicine, just like most doctors in this country. In essence, if Dr. Sinatra can utilize 'blended medicine' in his pr

Dr. Sinatra delves into the means by which specific ailments, such as arthritis, heart disease, high cholesterol and others, can be treated with foods, nutritional supplements and a change in diet. He also includes a lucid description of Vitamins, Minerals and other supplements, from the standpoint of their use for maintaining or improving human health.


Real good stuff and easily read and enjoyed by almost anybody. Dr. Sinatra has written a number books in the field that include, "Naturally lowering your blood pressure - in just 6 weeks" , and others. I have read, "How To Lower Your Blood Pressure In 6 Weeks" - and it has helped me to safely utilize some non-drug alternatives to augment the extensive use of anti-hypertension drugs that I have lived with for decades. This book is similar, but it has a much broader focus, making it more important and useful to a greater number of people.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 How to stay healthy and live longer. 31 octobre 2002
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Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a board-certified cardiologist who has thoroughly researched the true causes of the diseases which plague modern Americans, including various forms of heart disease plus cancer and various degenerative diseases. He has discovered that most of these diseases are caused by faulty eating habits and lack of certain essential nutrients. This excellent book discusses these and other factors in highly-readable terms. If you read this book and implement the simple factors which it recommends you can improve your health and add healthy years to your life. That seems very worthwhile to me. I hope that it does to you too.
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