Quick Order Page for ProArgi-9 Plus!

I’d like you to know about the new Quick Order Page for ProArgi-9 Plus. This page provides one central location to order this “remarkable” and unique product. It’s available to my existing customers and to those considering ProArgi-9 Plus. This short video tutorial will show you how to quickly and effectively use this page.

ProArgi-9 Plus is the nutritional supplement at the heart of the High Desert Heart Institute study. This study has had a profound impact on the method of treatment for the patients at the High Desert Heart Institute.

ProArgi-9 Plus is the product created by Dr. J. Joseph Prendergast. Dr. Joe (as he prefers to call himself) has used this L-arginine / L-citrulline supplement with other heart healthy ingredients to benefit over 7,000 patients of which 80% are diabetics. For those who have followed his advice on how to use this supplement, Dr. Joe made the following recent statement:

. . . 80% of the people have diabetes and in 17 years we have had no problems with strokes, no problems with heart attacks, I’ve not even had any admissions in 17 years. So this is a striking example in how we can use this product for real power for health. . . “

If you’re interested in ordering ProArgi-9 Plus then please click on Quick Order Page for ProArgi-9 Plus.” Once on the page I would ask you to Bookmark it so that you can conveniently return to it whenever you need to.

Additionally, if you watched the video you know that we are close to releasing our first information module “Help with Pain from Sickle Cell Anemia!” Our goal is to have this information platform up on the internet sometime between March 31st and April 15th. When it becomes live we will announce it here and provide you with a link to this platform.

Our next information module will be “Help with Complications from Diabetes!” We hope to have this one completed by the end of May. Please feel free to share the information with family and friends.

Together we can work to save a million lives!

Dan Hammer

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years.
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam. The information contained in this article about ProArgi-9 Plus has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

High Desert Heart Institute – Angelo Cici Interview!

High Desert Heart InstituteThe High Desert Heart Institute Study was conducted in July of 2009. This study was the most comprehensive human clinical trial ever conducted on a nutritional supplement. This study included 33 high risk congestive heart failure patients.

Prior to the start of the study 60% of them were on a heart transplant list. All participants were pharmacologically and medically managed to the maximum. Each participant was given 2 scoops of ProArgi-9 Plus in the morning and 2 scoops in the evening for 90 days. ProArgi-9 Plus incorporates an integrative L-arginine / L-citrulline combination with other heart healthy ingredients. It is designed to help the endothelial cells that line all of your cardiovascular system function optimally so that they can properly produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is the master signaling molecule of the cardiovascular system.

The Outcome of The High Desert Heart Institute Study was “Remarkable!”

All patients were removed from the heart transplant list. All patients were able to eliminate or greatly reduce the drugs they were taking. All patients were able to recover normal lives.

One of those patients is Angelo Cici. Prior to the start of this study Angelo experienced renal failure, congestive heart failure and a pacemaker failure all at the same time. Life saving surgery kept Angelo alive. After being released from the hospital, Angelo continued to relapse and need medical attention. Usually after 4 to 5 days at home he would end up with a medical challenge that required Angelo to go back to the hospital. This pattern kept repeating itself over and over and over again.

Not wanting to be a burden to his wife, and not wanting to exhaust their life savings on medical expenses, Angelo made the difficult decision to pull out all of the IVs and go home to die. It was at this point that Angelo was invited into a clinical study that had just been started at the High Desert Heart Institute.

It’s with great honor and pleasure that I’m able to bring you an extensive video interview with Angelo Cici. This interview was conducted by John Hewlett of the ComoCardio Institute. It’s a fascinating look at how a man’s life was not just saved but returned to a vibrant and healthy life. Enjoy the 2-part video and I’ll have some short comments to make after you’ve watched it.

Angelo Cici Interview – Part 1  

Angelo Cici Interview – Part 2

There are a couple of comments I’d like to make:

  • The data collected for this study is being prepared for publication. This data and the results seen in this study will have a significant impact on how treatment programs are viewed for a wide range of cardiovascular issues. But the most significant part of this groundbreaking study is the impact it had on the health and wellness of its participants. Angelo feels his life was not just saved but given a level wellness and passion that he had not seen for a very long time.
  • During the video interview it was mentioned that there were 35 participants for this study. In most of the written literature you will see 33 participants. Originally, the study started with 35 participants but two dropped out. One because they received a heart transplant and the other because they could not be compliant with the study’s protocols.
  • John Hewlett and Angelo Cici are very passionate about what ProArgi-9 Plus has done for them personally. I absolutely believe in this product and have witnessed its amazing ability to improve the cardiovascular health of people. With that said we are not doctors and we would never want to replace your physician or doctor. Instead, we want to work with you and your health care provider to make sure this is right for you. If you or your health care provider have any questions, then please email me or call me. My contact information is:

dan@agingnomore.com

630-936-8079

  • I will do my best to provide you and your health care provider with the information you need to make the best decision for you. Our goal is to help as many people as possible see significant improvements in their cardiovascular system so that they can enjoy a higher quality of life.
  • Because of the ten-minute time limitation for YouTube videos I had to trim a small portion of the video out and divide it into 2 parts. Those wanting to see the complete interview without any editing can purchase it directly from the ComoCardio Institute. The original DVD also includes a segment with Angelo’s medical assistants. Click on High Desert Heart Institute – Nurses Interview! to see the rest of the information.

For those wanting more information about this study please click on High Desert Heart Institute! Dr. Siva Arunasalam, the Founder and Director of the High Desert Heart Institute, also gave a recent video interview with John Hewlett. You can see that interview by clicking on Dr. Siva Interview!

To purchase the ProArgi-9 Plus product or to gain additional information about how this product helps in various cardiovascular issues, please click on Quick Order Page for ProArgi-9 Plus!

I will continue to post additional information about the High Desert Heart Institute Study as it becomes available. Another good source of information about this study is the ComoCardio Institute.

Together we can work to save a million lives!

Dan Hammer

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years.
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam. The information contained in this article about the High Desert Heart Institute has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

High Desert Heart Institute – Nurses Interview!

High Desert Heart InstituteMore and more information is being released about the High Desert Heart Institute study, the most comprehensive human clinical trial ever conducted on a nutritional supplement. It involved 33 high risk congestive heart failure patients at the High Desert Heart Institute. The patients’ ages ranged from 43 to 90 and 60% of them were on a heart transplant list. All patients were pharmacologically and medically managed to the maximum so that there was nothing further that could be done for them.

The nutrition supplement used for this groundbreaking clinical trial was ProArgi-9 Plus. This product uses an integrative L-arginine and L-citrulline combination with other heart and cardiovascular healthy ingredients. Patients were given 2 scoops in the morning and 2 scoops in the evening.

The Results Of The High Desert Heart Institute Study Were Remarkable!

By the end of the 90 day study all patients were removed from the heart transplant list. All had recovered normal lives and were no longer candidates for heart transplants. All were able to either completely eliminate or greatly reduce the drugs they were taking.

The following video contains a short overview of this study, a short audio interview with Dr. Siva Arunasalam (the Founder and Director of the High Desert Heart Institute), and a short exchange between John Hewlett and two of the medical assistants who directly interacted with the patients of this study.

Please watch this video. I’ll have some short comments to make after you’ve seen it.

There were four items that stood out for me in this video:

Item 1 – All patients were able to eliminate or greatly reduce the drugs they were taking. The ProArgi-9 Plus made a significant difference in their lives and their cardiovascular system.

Item 2 – The verbal responses of the two medical assistants. Stacy said, “. . . they’re having a life again . . .” Jeanna said, “. . . to have their lives changed around . . .” Isn’t this beautiful. To help people live lives in wellness rather than sickness.

Item 3 – Over 7,000 points of data where collected making this the most comprehensive human trial ever conducted on a nutritional supplement. Here’s the list of tests performed:

  • Complete Metabolic Panels
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Hemoglobin 90 Day Test
  • Full Lipid Panel
  • Vitamin D3 Levels
  • Microalbumin Test
  • Plac Test
  • Liver Function Tests
  • B-Naturetic Peptide Levels
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Echocardiogram
  • Cardio Dynamic Analysis
  • 6 Minute Walk Test
  • Coronary Calcium Scores
  • Coronary CT Scans
  • Angio IV Contrast
  • Ankle Brachial Index
  • Cardio Pulsewave Analysis
  • Doppler Echo
  • Blood Oxygen Saturation Levels

Item 4 – This video is just the “tip of the iceberg” of information that will be coming from this study. The “remarkable” results have already impacted the treatment protocols at the High Desert Heart Institute! When this study is finally published it will have a significant effect on how treatment programs are viewed for a wide range of cardiovascular issues.

You may have noticed in the above video that there was a reference to one of the patients of this study. His name is Angelo Cici. I edited his interview with John Hewlett into a separate video and blog post. To watch this interview please click on High Desert Heart Institute – Angelo Cici Interview!

For those wanting more information about this study please click on High Desert Heart Institute!

Dr. Siva Arunasalam, the Founder and Director of the High Desert Heart Institute, also gave a recent video interview with John Hewlett. You can see that interview by clicking on Dr. Siva Interview!

To purchase the ProArgi-9 Plus product or to gain additional information about how this product helps in various cardiovascular issues, please click on Quick Order Page for ProArgi-9 Plus!

I will continue to post additional information about the High Desert Heart Institute Study as it becomes available. Another good source of information about this study is the ComoCardio Institute.

Together we can work to save a million lives!

Dan Hammer

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years.
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam. The information contained in this article about the High Desert Heart Institute study has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

11 Action Steps on How to Prevent a Stroke!

StrokeMany people look at a stroke as a brain problem.  In reality it’s a cardiovascular problem that can have deadly consequences.  For Americans, stroke is the number one cause of adult disability.  Thus, learning how to prevent a stroke will have a positive impact on decreasing its harmful effect on our community.

As pointed out in a previous article, it’s estimated that 750,000 Americans will experience a stroke this year.  Of this number, 160,000 will die.  The rest will forever have their lives changed in significant and profound ways.

For our African American friends, they are twice as likely to die from a stroke as Caucasians. The rate of having their first stroke is almost doubled.  One half of all African American women will die from either a stroke or heart disease.  For those with sickle cell anemia, 11% will have experienced a stroke by the age of 20.

All of this is pretty depressing until you understand that, according to the National Stroke Association,

“… 80% of strokes are preventable!”

Everyone is at risk for a stroke but everyone also has the power to reduce this risk.  This article will empower you with 11 action steps to help you learn how to prevent a stroke.  So, let’s get started.

Risk Factors For Stroke:  Uncontrollable vs. Controllable!

There are some uncontrollable risk factors for stroke like:  age, gender, race, family history and a previous stroke or TIA. Now, before we examine how to prevent a stroke, I would like to make some observations about two of these uncontrollable risk factors.

  • Age. Although you have no control over your chronological age, you do have the ability to reduce your biological age. One of my readers recently shared with me that he has been making some gradual changes in his eating and exercise habits.  These changes have resulted in him losing over 10 pounds.  He now has greater energy and stamina for his daily work activities as well as his recreational endeavors.  Even though his chronological age will keep moving forward, he has begun the process of improving his biological age.  Each person has the ability to make positive lifestyle changes that can significantly improve their overall health and wellness while reducing their risk for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.  The key is to concentrate on improving the health of your endothelial cells and their ability to produce nitric oxide.
  • Family History. If someone in your family has had a stroke, then you are at a higher risk for a stroke.  Part of this could be genetics.  Part of your family history could be lifestyle.  You have no control over the genetics but you certainly have control over your lifestyle. You have the power to change the eating, drinking, smoking, and lifestyle choices that contributed to your family member’s stroke.  The 11 action steps in this article will help you break this cycle.

Even though there are 5 uncontrollable risk factors, the good news is that there are 8 controllable risk factors that give you a high degree of control; control that can help you learn how to prevent a stroke!  They are:

  • Control High Blood Pressure.
  • Control Heart Disease especially Artial Fibrillation.
  • Stop Smoking.
  • Control Alcohol Consumption.
  • Control Your Cholesterol.
  • Control Your Diabetes.
  • Control Your Weight Through Diet, Exercise, and Nutrition.
  • Check for Other Circulatory Problems.

I talk about these 8 controllable risk factors in the article “African Americans and Stroke!” We will also take them up in the following 11 steps.

11 Steps That May Reduce Your Stroke Risk!

These 11 steps will help you learn how to prevent a stroke. Some of these steps will be pretty clear and easy to implement.  Others will require you to make a lifestyle choice.  It’s our daily choices that end up determining our overall health.

Step 1 – Go See A Qualified Physician. If you do not know what your blood pressure reading is, what your cholesterol level is, or where your blood sugar level is at, then you must get these benchmarks measured as soon as possible.  These are the big three in learning how to prevent a stroke. Also, have your physician check your heart and circulatory system especially the carotid arteries.

Step 2 – Make Sure Your Blood Pressure is under 120/80. Anything over 120/80 is of concern and anything over 140/90 is a red flag to take action. It’s the #1 risk factor for a stroke because high blood pressure increases your stroke risk 4-6 times.  This makes learning how to control your blood pressure a critical factor in learning how to prevent a stroke.

Step 3 – Make Sure Your Cholesterol Level is under 200. Anything over 200 is of concern and anything over 240 is a red flag to take action.

Step 4 – Make Sure You Are Not A Diabetic. Diabetes is not something to play around with.  Not only does it increase your risk for stroke but it also affects so many other organs in your body.  Most of the damage is due to oxidative stress on the endothelial cells and the resulting poor blood flow to the organs.

Step 5 – Control Your Weight. If you’re overweight by 30 pounds or more, then you need to make some positive changes in your eating patterns.  I’m not talking about going on a diet.  Diets don’t work! Most people have dieted their way to their current overweight condition.  The article “The Secret to Weight Loss! can assist you in implementing some simple keys; keys that can make a major impact on your weight and overall health.  Additionally, by controlling your weight you can also help lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol level, and better control your blood sugar.

Step 6 – Increase Your Fiber Intake! At best the typical American is only getting 50% of the needed fiber in their diet.  Proper fiber intake may reduce 3 of the risks for stroke:  cholesterol, diabetes, and overweight/obesity. This step is so important that I have prepared a special article entitled, “Fiber and Cholesterol Reduction!” There is also a guide entitled, “Fiber, Cholesterol and Other Heath Benefits!” This guide identifies foods that will add more fiber to your diet.  This is an important step in learning how to prevent stroke.

Step 7 – Increase Your Water Intake. Proper water intake is fundamental to good health and proper weight management.  Use this simple rule of thumb.   You need 8 ounce of water for every 15 pounds of body weight. Coke, coffee, and other doctored beverages don’t count.  Only pure water!

Step 8 – Stop Smoking! You know this is a nasty habit.  Not only does smoking affect your lungs but it also affects your heart, pulmonary arteries, liver and several other systems.  Once you stop smoking, your risk from this activity will drop significantly within two years.

If you’re a woman over 30 who smokes and takes high-estrogen birth-control pills your risk for a stroke is 22 times more likely than the average non-smoker!

Step 9 – Learn STR. Smile, Talk, Raise could save your life and the life of a loved one!  I’ve designed a special “Stroke Warning Sign – The STR Poster!” that you can download and print off. Share it with family, friends, and neighbors.  Ask your barber, hair stylist, and local merchant to display it in a prominent place for as many as possible to see.  Please help educate our entire community. Together our quick response could be the difference between life or death, permanent disability or significant recovery.

Step 10 – Utilize Integrative L-arginine / L-citrulline Supplementation. Your endothelial cells line all of your cardiovascular system.  They have a total surface volume equal to approximately 4 tennis courts.  They also have a tremendous influence over the health of the cardiovascular system.  Unfortunately, your endothelial cells are damaged by oxidative stresses caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar levels.  This damage reduces their ability to properly produce nitric oxide which is critical to cardiovascular health.

By using a proven L-arginine / L-citrulline supplement you can help prevent and reverse this oxidative stress to the endothelial cells.  You can also improve their ability to produce nitric oxide which is the master signaling molecule of the cardiovascular system.  This is extremely important for the African American community.

Genetic research has uncovered a significant genetic variance that directly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in many people of African descent.  African Americans produce too much of an enzyme called arginase.  In the bloodstream, arginase destroys the amino acid L-Arginine so that it’s no longer available for the production of nitric oxide. This can lead to weakened or damaged blood vessels and significantly increase the risk for heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.

I recommend ProArgi-9 Plus since it has been clinical shown to improve the cardiovascular system and help to heal and reverse the damage to the endothelial cells allowing them to properly produce nitric oxide.

Step 11 – Control Your Alcohol Consumption. For most, moderate drinking doesn’t affect their risk for stroke.  “Moderate” drinking means limiting your alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day.  By definition, a “moderate” drink is 1.5 oz. of hard liquor, 4 oz. of wine, or 12 oz. of beer.  However, drinking more than 2 drinks per day may increase your stroke risk by 50%.

Conclusion

I hope these 11 Steps will be a direct benefit in helping you learn how to prevent a stroke. I’ve given you some very specific steps.  These steps can start you on the path towards reducing your risk for stroke while improving your overall health and wellness.  As you continue to read articles and gain information, you will be learning how to make other positive changes in your life.

Together we can work to save a million lives!

Dan Hammer

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology.  He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years.
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information contained in this article about stroke has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

Dr. J. Joseph Prendergast Video!

Dr. Joseph PrendergastI came across this short but very interesting video of Dr. J. Joseph Prendergast.  For those who don’t know Dr. Joe (as he prefers to call himself), he is the product formulator of ProArgi-9 Plus.  Dr. Joe is Board Certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He is an expert in integrative L-arginine therapy and has been using this type of therapy in his practice since 1991.

Due to family heredity Dr. Joe was diagnosed at the age of 37 with severe atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. It was estimated that he had the cardiovascular system of an 80 year old individual.  This led him on a quest to find a solution to his health problem.  Using cutting edge research from Dr. John Cooke and Nobel Prize winning science from Dr. Louis Ignarro and others, Dr. Joe began to work on L-arginine / L-citrulline formulations; formulations that would positively impact the health of the endothelial cells and their ability to repair themselves and produce Nitric Oxide.

The results not only benefited Dr. Joe, by reversing his atherosclerosis, but also his patient population of diabetics who had been suffering from cardiovascular issues.  Prior to his discoveries on how to effectively use L-arginine and L-citrulline, Dr. Joe use to refer many of his patients for by-pass surgery.  Since becoming an expert in integrative L-arginine therapy this has changed dramatically.  In fact, Dr. Joe makes the following statement in this video:

“. . . 80% of the people have diabetes and in 17 years we have had no problems with strokes, no problems with heart attacks, I’ve not even had any admissions in 17 years.  So this is a striking example in how we can use this product for real power for health. . . “

I would ask you to think about that.  Over the last 17 years Dr. Joe has had no admissions to the hospital for cardiovascular disease.  This is remarkable when you consider that most of his patients are diabetics.  It was so remarkable that the American Diabetes Association awarded Dr. Joe the Father of the Year award for 2008.

Please click on ProArgi-9 Plus below to view this video!

Please Note:  This link takes a couple of seconds to load.  Once it loads you have to click on the “play button” for it to start.  It then takes a couple of seconds to play.  Please be patient for what Dr. Joe has to say is well worth waiting for!

ProArgi-9 Plus Small Size

Thank you for taking the time to watch this short but powerful video.  I’d like to leave you with one important question:

How would your life change if you where one of Dr. Joe’s patients, especially if you’re a diabetic?

I’ll let you answer that question privately.  I want to thank Dr. Joet for taking his personal health challenge, combining it with cutting edge vascular research, Nobel Prize winning science, and proven clinical results to create ProArgi-9 Plus. A product that has helped both him and thousands of others improve their health.

Together we can work to save a million lives!

Dan Hammer

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology.  He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years.
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information contained in this article about Dr. Joseph Prendergast has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

Sickle Cell Disease – 14 Helpful Steps!

African American Doctor 2Sickle cell disease primarily affects people of African, African American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian Indian ancestry. There is also a growing segment in the Latino-American population particularly those of Caribbean, Central American, and South American ancestry that are affect by this disease.  In the United States one out of every 400 births has this disease.  The most common type of sickle cell disease is sickle cell anemia.  In my companion article “African Americans and Sickle Cell Anemia” I covered a lot of material about the cause and symptoms of this disease.  

This article will provide you with 14 helpful steps in managing this disease.  Plus, new research confirms the importance of proper nitric oxide production in helping to reduce the painful symptoms of sickle cell anemia. 

Brief Overview of Sickle Cell Disease! 

Sickle cell disease is caused by a genetic change in the hemoglobin portion of the red blood cell.  Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein inside the red blood cell.  Normal red blood cells are oval and flexible.  Red blood cells in sickle cell disease have a tendency to reshape themselves into rod-like structures that resemble the curved blade of a sickle; thus, the term sickle cell.  

Sickle cells have a much shorter life span than normal red blood cells.  This results in chronic anemia and reduced oxygen to the tissues of the body.  In addition, sickle cells are less flexible than normal red blood cells.  This presents a problem.  They become trapped in the small blood vessels preventing blood flow to the body’s tissues and organs.  This compromises the delivery of oxygen and usually results in pain and potential damage to the associated tissues and organs. 

Recent Research – The Importance of Nitric Oxide! 

Researchers at Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently discovered one of the keys to the cause of pain in sickle cell disease.  Their findings were reported in the January 31, 2005 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Their research showed that when normal red blood cells move through the arteries they release a signaling molecule that tells the arterial walls to expand.  The signaling molecule is nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide causes the smooth muscle in the wall of the blood vessel to relax.  This helps to open up the blood vessel allowing the red blood cells to pass through it.  

The researchers at Duke University discovered that when red blood cells distort to their sickle shape, the walls of the arteries don’t expand.  This distorted shape of the sickle cells, combined with the fact that they tend to clump together, ends up blocking blood flow through these small arteries and capillaries.  The Duke researchers also noted that as the blood pulses, the walls of the arteries didn’t expand like they do when normal red blood cells are present. 

Their research also noted that the degree of nitric oxide deficiency directly correlated with symptom severity for those with sickle cell disease.  This means that the less nitric oxide produced the greater the pain.  The Duke/HHMI study found that when nitric oxide was administered to people with sickle cell anemia their symptoms were relieved.  One of the conclusions from this study was that abnormal nitric oxide processing may be the real cause of sickle cell circulatory restrictions.  In addition to the Duke/HHMI study, several other studies have demonstrated that when nitric oxide is administrated to people with sickle cell anemia their symptoms are greatly reduced.         

1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine! 

In 1998 the Nobel Prize in Medicine was award to three American researchers.  Part of what came out of their research was that the primary pathway for creating nitric oxide in the body came from an essential amino acid called L-arginine.  L-arginine is called an essential amino acid because your body cannot produce it.  It must be brought into your body through your diet.  L-arginine is found in foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, meat, and other proteins.  In fact, L-arginine is considered one of the most important molecules ever discovered.  Columbia University refers to L-arginine as the “MAGIC BULLET” for the cardiovascular system.  

Genetic Polymorphism and the Importance of L-citrulline! 

Unfortunately, there is a genetic polymorphism common to the African-American community.  Many African-Americans produce too much of an enzyme called arginase.  In the bloodstream, arginase destroys L-arginine so that it is no longer available for the production of nitric oxide.  This compounds the problem of not have a sufficient supply of nitric oxide available to help relax the small arterial walls.  This is especially important when the red blood cells change into their sickle form. 

Fortunately, there is an amino acid that your body can convert to L-arginine to help bypass the arginase enzyme.  It is L-citrulline.  A recent paper (January 18, 2010) entitled Potential utility of full-spectrum antioxidant therapy, citrulline, and dietary nitrate in the management of sickle cell disease by MF McCarty discussed this very issue.  Here is a brief but important quote from this paper: 

“Suboptimal endothelial arginine levels, reflecting increased plasma arginase activity and elevated ADMA, contribute to the loss of NO bioactivity in sickle cell disease; supplementation with the arginine precursor citrulline may ameliorate this defect.” 

This means that proper dietary supplementation using the amino acid L-citrulline can help the body bypass the destructive effects of the enzyme arginase so that proper nitric oxide production can be restored.  Since nitric oxide regulates the muscle tone of blood vessels this becomes extremely important in preventing blockages.  Additionally, nitric oxide prevents blood platelet cells from grouping together in a clot which also helps to prevent blockages in the blood vessels. 

14 Steps to Help Those with Sickle Cell Disease!

Understanding the past and most current research will help to chart a plan of action to help those who suffer from sickle cell disease.  The following 14 steps will help in this process.  However, please remember that these steps are for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding this or any medical condition.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.  If you think you may have a medical emergency, always call your doctor or 911 immediately. 

Step 1 – Proper hydration.  It’s estimated that 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration.  This will affect blood flow so getting the proper amount of water on a daily basis is critically important.  And, it must be pure water!  Pop, coffee, diet soda, alcohol, or other doctored beverages do not count.  Your body must replace 2-3 quarts of water everyday.  As a rule of thumb, for every 15 lbs of weight, you need 8 ounces (1 cup) of water.   

Step 2 – Stay warm.  Cold reduces blood flow because capillaries constrict.  If you live in a cold environment, then take extra precaution to keep your extremities, especially fingers and toes, properly protected.  

Step 3 – Avoid high altitudes.  Geographic locations with high elevations should be avoided due to the reduce level of oxygen in the atmosphere.

Step 4 – Exercise.  Intense exercise should be avoided but mild to moderate aerobic exercise can be a benefit.  Exercise improves blood flow.  Research has shown that blood flow across the endothelial cells will stimulate nitric oxide production.  Additionally, exercise will produce collateral capillary beds that can aid in providing alternative pathways for blood flow when an arterial pathway becomes blocked.  Collateral capillary beds are extremely important for those with sickle cell disease.  However, before starting an exercise program, you should always consult your physician.  

Step 5 – L-arginine supplementation.  The body utilizes L-arginine to create nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide is necessary for the proper function of the cardiovascular system especially in the control of the elasticity of the arterial walls.  

Now, before you go out and start buying L-arginine supplements you need to be aware of the dark side of this amino acid.  L-arginine ingested in its pure form tastes terrible.  By itself, L-arginine can have some serious side effects.  Because L-arginine can have negative side effects it must be properly formulated if it is to have a positive impact on helping the body create nitric oxide.  It is critical that the company and the person who formulates an L-arginine product have both experience and clinical documentation to its effectiveness.

From my experience, the best L-arginine supplement comes from Synergy WorldWide.  Their product, ProArgi-9 Plus, was developed by Dr. Joe Prendergast who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism.  Dr. Prendergast is an expert in integrative L-arginine therapy and has been using it in his practice since 1991.  As a precaution, you should discuss this with both your physician and pharmacist especially if you are on any type of medication. 

Step 6 – L-citrulline supplementation.  This step is as important as step number 5 and maybe even more important.  Usually L-arginine provides a 30 minute to 2 hour window of improved nitric oxide production.  By supplementing with L-citrulline that window of improved nitric oxide production increases to 24 to 36 hours.  When properly combined with L-arginine and other important heart healthy ingredients, this dramatically improves the endothelial cells ability to properly produce nitric oxide, the master signaling molecule for the cardiovascular system.  This is an important component in ProArgi-9 Plus

Step 7 – Rest.  It’s important to get adequate rest since stress can have a negative effect on your overall health and wellness as well as lowering your immune system. 

Step 8 – Support your immune system.  There is so much that could be said in this area.  Increasing your consumption of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables would be an important first step.  Daily consumption of at least 500 mg of vitamin C would help both the immune system and liver function.  

Step 9 – Support your liver.  Again, there is so much that could be said in this area.  Adequate amounts of green leafy vegetables with proper water intake are two good first steps to help the liver.  Taking 500 mg of vitamin C will help increase the rate of synthesis of glutathione which is a major component in liver detoxification. 

Step 10 – Avoid people with colds and flu.  Try not to place yourself in situations that allow for infections to occur.  This may require you to use a mask if your work or school environment is compromised with illness issues. 

Step 11 – Immunizations.  Stay up-to-date with the proper immunizations.  Work with your health care provider to set up a schedule so that all the proper steps are taken to stay on top of this area. 

Step 12 – Folic acid supplementation.  Folic acid is a necessary component for the production of red blood cells.  The recommended daily amount for adults is 400 micrograms and 600 micrograms in pregnancy.  If you are thinking about taking a larger amount, then you should discuss this with both your physician and pharmacist.  This is an important component in ProArgi-9 Plus.

Step 13 – Support groups.  Because of the emotional challenges that come with sickle cell disease it always helps to find a support group to share frustrations, challenges, hopes, and successes. 

Step 14 – Family planning.  Due to the genetic nature of sickle cell disease, it’s always helpful to discuss options with a family practitioner who has experience in genetic counseling.  

Because of the genetic nature of sickle cell disease there is no pill to cure it.  This can leave individuals and family members feeling helpless in their battle against the symptoms of this disease.  That’s why it’s important to discuss these 14 steps with a qualified physician.  Together you can develop a plan of action; one that will empower you to have better control over the symptoms of sickle cell disease. 

Together we can work to save a million lives! 

Dan Hammer 

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology.  He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years. 
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information contain in this article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

Dr. Siva Interview!

Dr. Siva ArunasalamOn Saturday, January 23, 2010 Dr. Siva Arunasalam, the Founder and Director of the High Desert Heart Institute gave his first public presentation of the groundbreaking results from the High Desert Heart Institute Study.  This study evaluated the effects of the nutritional supplement ProArgi-9 Plus on the health of 33 congestive heart failure patients.  The results of the study were “remarkable” in how a proper L-arginine and L-citrulline combination, with other heart healthy ingredients, can make positive changes in the cardiovascular system. 

During the weekend event, John Hewlett of the ComoCardio Institute conducted a 15 minute video interview with Dr. Siva.  While this video is posted on the ComoCardio website, I wanted to share it with my audience.  

John Hewlett conducts a wonderful interview that shows a gifted health practitioner who is dedicated to finding methods that can enhance the health of his patience so that stent surgeries can be avoided.     

Please click on “ProArgi-9 Plus” below to view this interview! 

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(Please note:  Once you click on the arrow to start the video please give it 10-15 seconds to load properly.)

Video Index – I’ve also indexed the video to help you navigate to the sections that would best address your interests.  

0:01 to 2:00               Introduction and Dr. Siva’s educational background

2:01 to 3:37               Next stages in cardiac intervention with L-arginine

3:38 to 5:05               Why cardiologists don’t use L-arginine intervention

5:06 to 6:02               Dr. Siva’s specialty in angioplasty and stents

6:03 to 7:25               ProArgi-9 Plus study results

7:26 to 8:56               Discussion about Vitamin K concerns

8:57 to 9:45               Discussion about stents and bypass surgery conflicts

9:46 to 10:41             Discussion about Synergy WorldWide’s involvement

10:42 to 11:43           What can these results do to help people

11:44 to 12:24           Benefits to pulmonary hypertension

12:25 to 13:35           Improvements to renal and organ function

13:36 to 14:15           Observations about neuropathy improvements

14:16 to 14:51           Closing comments

Again, I want to thank John Hewlett of the ComoCardio Institute and Dr. Siva of the High Desert Heart Institute for this interview.  The information is both helpful and enlightening. 

Together we can work to save a million lives! 

Dan Hammer 

Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology.  He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicagoland area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years. 
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information contain in this article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

Nitric Oxide and Blood Pressure!

Blood PressureUnderstanding nitric oxide and blood pressure and the role that nitric oxide plays in helping you maintain a normal blood pressure is critical to good cardiovascular health and your overall wellness.  It is one of the reasons why most doctors and nurses will take your blood pressure every time you visit them. They are checking to make sure that your blood pressure has not increased to place you in the high blood pressure or hypertension category.  (Note: If you would like more information about the dynamics of blood pressure then please read my article “Blood Pressure Overview!”)

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension Can Be Deadly!

It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans have hypertension.  Their risk for having a stroke is seven times greater than those who have a normal blood pressure.  According to the Framingham Heart Study, 50% of all people who had their first heart attack and 66% of people who had their first stroke had blood pressure readings above 160/95 mmHg.

It’s also interesting to note that in the Framingham Heart Study two thirds of the participants who started out with normal blood pressure ended up developing hypertension.  Of the top five reasons why people visit their doctors, hypertension is either number one or number two. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 700,000 deaths per year have a hypertension component.

Because you cannot feel high blood pressure it is sometimes referred to as the “Silent but Deadly Disease!” Although it doesn’t typically produce outward signs, high blood pressure can cause major internal damage by injuring the endothelial cells that line the circulatory system.  This damage impairs the body’s ability to naturally produce Nitric Oxide.  It usually leads to inflammation of the arteries which is followed by atherosclerosis and plaque formations.  Hypertension can also enlarge the heart, damage the kidneys, and trigger a heart attack or stroke.

If you do not know what your blood pressure reading is or if you have not had it measured in the last 6 months, then visit your doctor’s office or your local pharmacy and have your blood pressure measured by a qualified health practitioner.  It’s that important!

Nitric Oxide and Blood Pressure – Effective Treatment thru Nitric Oxide!

The typical treatment program for most people with high blood pressure can be a combination of diet, exercise, stress management techniques, and medication.  For many who opt for the medication route, it’s estimated that 26% still do not have their hypertension under control. Since many medications also have some form of side effect it can be a frustrating journey trying to get your blood pressure under control.

Enhancing the body’s ability to produce Nitric Oxide is seldom considered yet Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine Dr. Louis Ignarro makes the following statement regarding nitric oxide and blood pressure:

“More effective than any other factor in the body, nitric oxide can dilate the smooth muscle of the blood vessels.  With this dilation, the vessels can relax and allow blood to flow easily through them – and quite possibly lower the blood pressure.”

Nitric Oxide is produced by many cells in the body for various functions.  Its production by the endothelial cells is critical for proper blood flow.  The endothelial cells produce Nitric Oxide from the amino acid L-arginine by the enzymatic action of Nitric Oxide Synthase or NOS. The human genome contains 3 different genes for the encoding of NOS:

  • nNOS (Type 1) – found in neurons
  • iNOS (Type 2) – found in macrophages
  • eNOS (Type 3) – found in the endothelial cells

In healthy blood vessels, Nitric Oxide is continually being produced by eNOS.  The activity of eNOS is calcium and calmodulin dependent.  Plus, there are two fundamental pathways for the stimulation of eNOS:

  1. Shearing forces of the blood flow on the endothelial cells causes a release of calcium to activate eNOS.  Thus, with each heart beat (systole) the endothelial cells of the blood vessels release a puff of Nitric Oxide.
  2. Endothelial receptors are stimulated by a variety of molecules (acetylcholine, bradykinin, adenosine, etc.) to stimulate calcium release to activate eNOS for the production of Nitric Oxide.

Once produced Nitric Oxide diffuses freely across cell membranes to relax the smooth muscles in the wall of the arterioles.  This causes the arterioles to relax to permit the surge of blood to easily pass through it.

It is interesting to note that in mice studies, where the genes for NOS have been disabled hypertension results.

Nitric Oxide and Blood Pressure – 4 Important Keys to Consider!

I’ve given you a lot of information in this blog post about nitric oxide and blood pressure.  The following 4 keys will help you understand how to produce more Nitric Oxide naturally to aid in blood pressure control.

Key 1 – Exercise! You will note from above that increases in blood flow will stimulate Nitric Oxide formation.  Exercise increases blood flow.  It is usually one of the recommendations given to people with hypertension to help them lower their blood pressure.  A simple walking program can be very effective.  As a precaution, if you are not currently exercising then talk with a qualified health professional before starting an exercise program.

Key 2 – Vitamin D3! Calcium is needed for the NOS enzymes to work properly to product Nitric Oxide.  Vitamin D3 has long been known to aid in calcium absorption.  New research shows that D3 also plays a role in healthy cardiovascular function and supports healthy inflammatory response.

Key 3 – Diet! I’m not talking about going on a diet although this can help overweight people who have hypertension.  Instead I’m referring to the type of diet most Americans consume which is refined flour, animal protein and high intake of dark colas.  This is an acidic diet which leaches calcium from your system to affect the efficiency of the eNOS enzymes to produce Nitric Oxide.  To help you understand this process, please see my article “The Acid Alkaline Balance: Does Your Body’s pH Cause Cancer and Other Diseases? Part 1”

Key 4 – L-Arginine! You body uses this amino acid to produce Nitric Oxide.  Most people’s diets are insufficient in the amount of L-arginine needed to properly support Nitric Oxide production.  Supplementation with a good L-arginine product can be beneficial.  I recommend ProArgi-9 Plus. It contains 5 grams of pharmaceutical grade L-arginine with other ingredients to aid in Nitric Oxide production while helping to repair the endothelial cells.  Additionally, this product has a large number of clinical studies (like the High Desert Heart Institute Study) to support its effectiveness.

There are multiple ways to help your body naturally produce more Nitric Oxide.  If you are currently on hypertension medication and decide to use a Nitric Oxide protocol to help you get your blood pressure under control, then work with your health care professional so that adjustments can be properly made.

Together we can work to save a million lives by helping people understand the important relationship between nitric oxide and blood pressure!

Dan Hammer

The information contained in this blog is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information about nitric oxide and blood pressure has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

Update on the Groundbreaking Heart Disease Study!

Nurse2This is an update on the groundbreaking heart disease study that occurred at the High Desert Heart Institute located in Victorville, California.  The participants were patients who were in the Congestive Heart Failure Unit.  Each participant was “at the maximum of pharmacological and medical management.”  Although the results have not yet been published, the following 18 minute interview with Dan SwinDell is remarkable.  In it he talks about how this groundbreaking study came about, how medically challenged the participants were, the exact protocol used for taking ProArgi-9 Plus, and some general trending statements about the results of the study.

Click Here to Listen to Dan SwinDell Provide Further Details About This Groundbreaking Heart Disease Study at the High Desert Heart Institute!

I found it extremely interesting that Dr. Siva Arunasalam, the Founder and Director of the High Desert Heart Institute, is now using a ProArgi-9 Plus protocol in treating patients at the institute.  As new information is released about this study, I will make sure that the readers of this blog will get the full details.

If you’re interested in how effective this clinical study was then listen to Angelo Cici’s testimony and how this clinical study saved his life!

Together we can save a million lives!

Dan Hammer

The information contained in this blog is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information contain in this blogging website has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

Liz’s Heart Disease Testimony!

NurseHeart disease can take many different forms.  For Liz Cassitas, a mom and cardiac care nurse, is took the form of bradycardia.  Bradycardia is a slow heart rate usually defined as less than 60 beats per minute.  A heart rate less than 60 beats per minute is not unusual for highly trained athletes but it is unusual for normal adults. 

Liz had an extremely low heart rate and was put into the cardiac care unit at the same hospital at which she works.  Although it was recommended that she have a pacemaker put in to regulate her heart beat, Liz refused.  After being released from the hospital a neighbor of hers recommended a product called ProArgi-9 Plus.  This is the product that is at the heart of the groundbreaking study just recently completed at the High Desert Heart Institute.

The following 14 minute interview is Liz Cassitas sharing her testimony and how the ProArgi-9 Plus helped to address several health issues:

Click Here to Listen as Liz Cassitas Shares Her Emotional Testimony!

Liz’s testimony is a powerful story of what can happen when the endothelial cells are properly nourished so that they can produce Nitric Oxide which is the master signaling molecule of the cardiovascular system.  If you watched the American Health Journal’s feature on Dr. Louis Ignarro he points out that when you improve the blood flow to your organs, thru proper Nitric Oxide production, they respond favorably. 

It’s what Liz experienced.  Her heart rate returned to normal, her bowel movements returned to normal, her cholesterol levels returned to normal, her arthritis become a non-issue, and she lost 28 pounds.  Not only was Liz able to get off many of her medications but she saw a huge savings in her pocketbook.  It positively changed her life and her health.  As I always caution, if you decide to become proactive with your health by implementing natural supplements, then work with a qualified medical professional.

Together we can work to save a million lives! 

Dan Hammer

The information contained in this blog is for general information purposes only and never as a substitute for professional medical advice or medical exam.  The information contain in this blogging website has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.