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#A-91 Congestive Heart Failure

This mysterious disease is on the rise. As coronary heart disease declines, heart failure is becoming ever more common. Do you know what causes heart failure and how to prevent it? We will find out what drugs are most effective and which ones don’t really help very much. Surprisingly, many patients are not getting the best treatment. Guests: Carla Sueta, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and Director of Cardiology Clinics. Rob Califf, MD, is Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research and Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I had to cajole my doctor into testing me for the big three deficiencies related to CHF: thiamine, selenium and carnitine. The testing is usually not done because everyone feels that people in the industrialized world don’t have deficiencies (?)!!!!! Also, I looked for and found a protein deficiency, which in my case was indicated by extremely low cholesterol. In any case, here’s what helped me: reading my own bloodwork (very important), carnitine, Bruce Wests protocol, continuing to research, etc.

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