Cardiovascular Health

Framingham Data Link High Omegas with Better Midlife Brain Health

By Erik Goldman

New data from the third generation of the Framingham Heart Study indicate that higher red blood cell Omega-3 concentrations correlate with healthier brain structure and better cognitive function in midlife. The study also suggests that the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on the brain are mediated, to some degree by apolipoprotein-E (APOE) genotype. “In multivariable […]

The Transformative Benefits of Nicotinamide Riboside and NAD+: Targeting a Root Cause of Aging

By Erik Goldman

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “At the biological level, aging results from the impact of the accumulation of a wide variety of molecular and cellular damage over time.” Age-related functional decline occurs from exposure to physiological and metabolic stressors that cause subsequent epigenetic changes. Overall health depends, in large part, on cellular resilience […]

Bacillopeptidase F: Its Impact on Metabolic Syndrome Disorder

By Erik Goldman

Metabolic disorders, especially overweight and obesity, diabetes, and dyslipidemia are some of the most common illnesses all over the world, carrying a high burden of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In this free webinar, renowned integrative physician Fred Pescatore, MD, will share the science on a soy-derived fibrinolytic enzyme called Bacillopeptidase F, which is shown to […]

Processed Foods & Energy Drinks: A Public Health Emergency

By Chad Larson, NMD, DC, and Mark R. Engelman, MD, Contributing Writers

Highly processed foods and energy drinks do more harm than good—and Americans have a huge appetite for them. That’s bad news for the future health of the country.  According to a new analysis of data from nearly 41,000 US adults, consumption of ultra-processed foods rose markedly from 2001 to 2018, accounting for nearly 60% of […]

Glycocalyx Restoration is Key for Lowering CVD Risk

By Erik Goldman

Repair of the endothelial glycocalyx is a vital element in the restoration of cardiovascular health, according to Mark Houston, MD, director of the Hypertension Institute at Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville. The endothelial glycocalyx (EGX) —literally “sugar coating” in Greek—is a very thin gel-like layer that lines the luminal surface of the blood vessels. It […]

In Memoriam: Stephen Sinatra, MD

By Erik Goldman

We at Holistic Primary Care are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Stephen Sinatra, on Father’s Day 2022, just four months shy of his 76th birthday. A trailblazer in the field of metabolic cardiology, Dr. Sinatra was an exemplary physician, healer, and teacher. Though trained in the conventional biomedical paradigm, he realized early […]

Dropping (Uric) Acid with Dr. David Perlmutter

By Kristen Schepker

Conventional medical wisdom holds that uric acid is a harmless, inert form of metabolic waste, and most physicians were trained to see it as a “trivial, incidental byproduct of our normal biology.” But contemporary research reveals that this compound is “anything but meaningless or unworthy of our attention,” says neurologist David Perlmutter, MD. In his […]

Assessing Early Stage Cardiovascular Damage

By Charles K. Bens, PhD, Contributing Writer

A number of assessment tools can be used to determine if a patient is at risk of myocardial damage caused by cardiometabolic disease and/or COVID infection. Many of these tests also reflect the general dysfunction of cellular metabolism that underlies a host of chronic conditions. Vitamin D3 Level: There are so many good reasons to […]

Ten Nutraceuticals for Repairing Cardiovascular Damage

By Charles K. Bens, PhD, Contributing Writer

Emerging research is challenging the long-held belief that tissue damage following myocardial infarction is permanent and irreversible. For decades, the conventional medical view has been that damaged myocardium cannot regenerate, owing to the fact that heart cells are not as readily replaced as are other cells in the body. Several research teams around the world, […]

All Choked Up: Harvesting the Health Benefits of Artichokes

By Sally LaMont, ND, LAc, Contributing Writer

Artichokes are the edible flower buds of a thistle plant called Cynara scolymus. The botanical name derives from a Greek myth about Zeus, who fell in love with a beautiful woman named Cynara. The story goes that Zeus was visiting his brother Poseidon one day on a small Aegean island, when he came upon the […]