Reader Interest Survey: What Health Topics Do You Care About?

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

Over the last several decades as a cardiologist, my patients have been my best teachers. They’ve taught me – among other things – that we’re not just treating numbers, we’re treating people…holistic, complicated human beings. It’s all interconnected… body, mind, emotions and even spirit. While I’m not treating patients anymore, I want to help people like you. Everyone’s got their own set of challenges and circumstances. Please take a moment to share with me what health topics are most relevant to you because your health is my commitment.

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  1. Angela

    on December 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    i was just diagnosed with elevated cortisol level. How do u lower it?


  2. Lena

    on December 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    My daughter, grandson, and I are all suffering with heartburn. Doctor’s all say antacids, but they don’t help.

  3. Lida Krieger

    on December 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    For those of us who can no longer do strenuous exercises due to age-related infirmities what exercises can you suggest that will keep us fit and healthy
    What tests are advisable to make sure that we are not headed for catastrophic events
    What are acceptable numbers for total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and blood pressure for those of us over age 70
    At what age to stop colonoscopies, mammograms, pap smears
    How to improve gut health so that overall health is improved

  4. Bill Grunert

    on December 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Lida has a nice list of issues that are on the minds (or should be) of all of us on the “north side of 70”. I would had a couple more, namely:
    What is your recommendation on the regular use of probiotics? What is the effective dosage level?
    At what age to stop PSA testing for men?
    What is your opinion on the need for periodic screening tests for such things as: Carotid artery blockage; Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD); abdominal aneurism; and bone density.

  5. Kathy Sanders

    on December 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I suffer with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) which sometimes leaves me feeling exhausted after being exposed to WiFi/EMF in city areas and where people are using their smartphones. I’ve managed after 2-1/2 years battle to get rid of smart meters (only with medical letter though which most people can’t get due to lack of awareness by GP’s) and other electronic componented meters (which replaced the smart meters), now have fully mechanical analogue meters which has helped.
    EMF exposure includes heart palpitations among other symptoms. This is a topic which is very important in this day and age with Wifi devices / Towers most everywhere and most people being exposed 24/7. If not already, would you please get in touch with ES-UK News, Brian Steen and help raise awareness of this huge problem, including for those who have heart conditions which can be aggravated by WiFi/EMF? Thank you, I have seen your letter to a school about this problem.
    Kind Regards
    Kathy Sanders
    (New Zealand)

  6. Mildred Kanning

    on December 28, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    What supplements are most helpful (and in what strengths) for severe episodic Atrial Fibrillation attacks that quickly go into congestive heart failure?

  7. Linda DelForge

    on December 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Keep giving ideas for lowering blood pressure without drugs. I do many Supplements but still require drugs.
    How can one treat tachycardia naturally? Intermittent Afib?

  8. Evelyn Hanover

    on December 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Lida Kreiger asked all the questions I would like answered. Where will you be addressing these questions? I clicked reply and nothing happened.

  9. Ann

    on December 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I would like to express my deepest appreciation of, and gratitude for, all the helpful information Dr Sinatra has and is giving to me through his emails. His insight into the Human condition and manner in which his articles are written is nothing short of totally superb. Dr. Sinatra is a shining light for all those persons involved in the care of others. His detailed explanations of medical matters, I find, are easily understood and goes a long way to empowering one in talking with their Doctor. Thank you so much Dr Sinatra for being prepared to make a difference for the betterment of people’s lives by reaching out and telling ‘How it Is.’
    Yours sincerely,

  10. Sue Brown

    on December 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    What product do you recommend to effectively boost HGH in someone over 50 years of age? Also, what is the best way to eliminate toxins from the body?

  11. Séamus R.

    on December 29, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I live in Ireland. My age is 76. Active. Play golf and do the bicycle in the Gym several days weekly. I’m an AFib patient since 2007.
    I’m only on one prescriptive med – 11.5 mil Metocor twice daily. I take supplements including 600 mil Bergamet twice daily.
    I take Krill Oil. Ginkgo Biloba and Curcumin with BioPerine.
    Stopped taking any food (junk) containing sugar several years ago and my weight dropped from 76kg to 72kg!
    All my bloods are exceptionally good and include the Cholesterol ratios.
    No processed foods in our (My Wife and me) house.
    No more ‘Sweet Poison’ junk in our house and it has paid off in better health for my Wife and me.
    We make our own ‘no flour’ bread containing Porridge Oatlets, Full fat Greek Yogurt, Egg, various seeds, Honey, Crushed Walnuts.
    I can post the recipe – if allowed – if anyone is interested. Processed Bread is Junk!

  12. Johanne Møldrup

    on December 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    What can be done to repair a worn-out nervous system?
    And the overwhelming fatigue after years of cronic stress? (Adreal fatigue). What about “stimulating” supplements, liquorice, gensing a. o.? Coffee ?
    What are the causes ofeczema, atrophic, and psoriasis, and what can be done?

  13. HeartMD Editor

    on December 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Please do post your recipe, Seamus! Just no product or brand name endorsements, thanks.)

  14. HeartMD Editor

    on December 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Ann – Best of health and happiness!

  15. HeartMD Editor

    on December 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments – keep ’em coming!

  16. Mary Patterson

    on December 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you for any help or advise you can give Dr. Sinatra. I have had two heart attacks 15 years apart.
    don’t want another. Take blood thinner, Brilinta, Metoprolol er25 mg and Losartan. baby aspirin.


    on January 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm


  18. Bette

    on January 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Please talk more about medications — which to avoid at all costs, which to consider, which are truly helpful — and then the interactions between these meds. Every drug has side effects — tell us about them!

    I believe we, as a society, are hugely over-medicated and we are beginning to pay the toll for believing drugs are the panacea for what ails us.

  19. DIANE T.

    on January 5, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    After receiving an upper GI series exam, I was diagnosed with GERD. I have been on Omeprazole, 25 mg. for about 10 years
    now. I visit with my gastroenterologist every year as I have bouts of diarrhea. Bicarbonate soda, pepto bismol and antacids are carried on the go. Now recently, he tme to try to wend off of the omeprazole as these drugs are new and long term effects have not been documented but it does cause diarrhea down and then. I went to a natural health store and was told to take aloe vera juice, pills call Pearls, Apple cider vinegar (but to make sure I dilute it and sip with a straw as it will remove the enamel off of my teeth, eat slowly, drink lots of water and also eat apples after a meal. Please, is there something out there that I do not know about. I am worried about the long term effects of this drug.

  20. Dave

    on January 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Over the last few years, I have been suffering from kidney disease brought on by high blood pressure and gout. I take 3 medications for high blood pressure, and have tried both vegetarian and paleo diets with varying levels of success. In addition, I lose weight easily, and must consume as many calories as possible to maintain it, which forces me to eat saltier foods. Do you have any suggestions regarding my diet? I’ve tried several types of fish, however, all of them make me swell. Oils do the same. Thank you for your help.

  21. Joan S.

    on January 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I want to know which supplements are compatable with the medicine I take. Eliquis & sotilol are the two… Pharmacys are not to helpful. They see one ingredient & immediately say don’t take it.
    My dr is well versed in nutrition, but showed him your catalog & he said, i would spend to much & it won’t do that much good.
    Thank you….

  22. Margaret M.

    on January 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Good Day Dr Sinatra !! No matter who I write to – – I can NOT get an answer !! I am 86, was in VERY good health till 80 when a Primary care Dr said MY Cholestoral was too high !! Put me on 20 Mg of Pravachol & 2-3 months later 40 Mg !! Every 3 mo, when I went for blood-work I said, “SOMETHING IS WRONG” as the tingling & pain started – – from my ankles (gradually) to my knees !! She paid NO attention to what I said & so for a year & 1/2 I took that pill !! (Price wise) she changed it to LIPATOR & MORE things began to happen – – loosing my hair, in gobs, pain around my ribs, & I could NOT get on my knees or “squat” down. Months later I had Triple-By-Pass !! That Dr put me on ZOCOR “&” ZETIA (together) & then – – tingling & numbness in my hands/ fingers, back muscles hurting, NO bladder control & “weeping” ears & trouble “understanding” when someone talks to me. I was told I had “NERVE DAMAGE !! Do YOU have any answers or suggestions ?? For 16 years “I” have been suffering & NO ONE wants to hear it or help me. I would appreciate an answer of some kind, PLEASE !!

  23. Norine B.

    on January 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I have been diagnosed with polycythemia Vera and told there is no cure!
    Is there any thing that wouldn’t help with symptoms ?

    Thank you for any help you could give.

  24. jean slocum

    on January 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Would like info on how to gain weight. The only source I have found is Bastyr Naturopathic College. Would like this info to be available to the public.

  25. Mary

    on January 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I gave a family history of strikes so naturally I am very concerned about my health. I am currently on Losartan for hypertension. Unfortunately i also have white coat hypertension, the minute I stepped into the doctor’s office, my bp went up 20 points. I am 68 years old. My weight is fine, dropped almost 20 pounds in a few years since I cut out bread (now only sprouted grain flourless bread which I eat judiciously) and pasta and sugar. I was on statin a few years back fir a short time but decided to change my diet to more vegetables, less fat, and now my cholesterol is great. My triglycerides dropped almost 100 points. Lately I had felt that sometimes I feel my heart racing, I was just doing normal household chores like taking the trash out or doing dishes. Even though it doesn’t last a long time, I was worried. Could it be Afib? My primary physician thinks it’s all in my head. I had a echo stress test and my heart is fine. I am going to have a heart monitor for 24 hours next week. Hopefully it will shed some light on this.

  26. lewis g.

    on January 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    my heart doctor at first told me i would need a pacemeter because of my ekg, but not right away. now he just send my for tests , for my lungs , the lung doc. told me a just had calcium deposit. the heart docter was upset for all he could find. i now belive the heartdoctor wants to keep me as his patient forever. i asked him about the pacemeter, he wants to have more tests done, one i have to the hospital.

  27. Carla B.

    on January 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I watched you some years ago on a Christian health show, and you recommended 5 supplements that you had turned people completely around with, even people that were on a transplant list. I believe it was : d-ribose, magnesium, omegas, coq10 and L cartine ? i recently went thru a rough period of a fib and got beat up pretty bad, but God is Good, i have gone from 10 % injection fraction to 20-25 % and want to keep improving. are these above what you recommend and in what doses.? I believe the report of the Lord, but the word says to do all you can do to stand and then stand, so here i am standing…….!! I have a pacemaker/defib now and they burn the v node. am doing great and want to keep improving.

  28. Arlene

    on January 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    My triglycerides are high although I’m taking 10 mg of Atorvastatin. What should I do?

  29. Richard K.

    on January 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    My cardiologist wrote in my record that I have “Chronic (long term) Sistolic Heart Failure” and told me to come back in one year. I’m
    a few days away from my 93rd birthday ! ! !

    He failed to tell me what I should do meanwhile ! ! !

  30. Jim

    on January 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I am 69 years old, 5’11” tall, weigh only 130-135 lbs. Five years ago, I had a heart attack and, because it took me 90 minutes to get into surgery, my ejection fraction is now between 60 and 65%. I walk and work outdoors quite a bit. My doctor is somewhat worried about my inability to gain back some weight. I have always been thin, carrying only about 145-150 lbs up to the age of around 60. Then my weight slowly increased to 170/175 prior to the heart attack. Yes, I did have a small spare tire around my waist, but I have always been active.

    My question is this: how do I safely gain weight, particularly when I do need to exercise and keep a reasonably good diet (I do eat some meat and sweets)? I am sure many others have a similar situation. However, doctors never seem to address it.

    Fyi, my doctor has allowed me some leeway in my diet because of the weight issue and my good test readings (test gamut in league with Cleveland Clinic). Oh yes, I have had a life-long irritable bowel condition which has been much more stable in recent years, probably due to my dietary changes.
    Many thanks for your consideration and comments.

  31. Dee B.

    on January 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I have been taking 2 puffs daily of symbicort and now find that I cannot go off of it because of adrenal insufficiency. I would like to start taking natural supplements so I can reduce at least one puff of symbicort daily but don’t know how to monitor it. Could you please give me some guidelines on how to get started? My doctor doesn’t have any ideas. We have purchased many products from you for a number of years and have had great success so I hope you can help me. I have reoccurring bronchitis, have been in the hospital with pneumonia and septis and can’t seem to get my immune system so that it is strong. I am 84 years old.

  32. Peter C.

    on January 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I have mitochondrial damage to my legs due to statin drugs. You had a protocol in your discontinued newsletter to help this. It has helped a lot. I can now walk over a block before I have to stop and let the mitochondria in my legs recharge. I had been restricted to about twenty feet. Do you have any updates to that protocol? Thanks.

  33. Tomas V.

    on January 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I was diagnosed with mild COPD almost three years now and it seems it flares up during the cold season. I have been reading articles about this kind of health issue and it appears that there is no cure for it. Is there no hope for a cure and just wait and suffer? I am also on high blood pressure medicine maintenance. My blood cholesterol is elevated according to my primary physician and insisted that I take statin drugs to lower it but I refuse since I also read that statin is bad for the body.

  34. Jane Haskell

    on January 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Are any of these comments and questions being addressed? These people need answers and others have the same problems and would benefit from an answer. I know that I asked a question back in November and just now got a reply that Dr. Sinatra was no longer seeing patients. I already knew that. I only submitted a question because the website had a place for questions. I think that most people are confused because the only cardiologists and primary care doctors available to them are the ones who are not integrative and tend to just put them on medications and then ignore them when they have side effects or questions. This is what they learned in medical school. The doctors that make the most sense are those like Dr. Sinatra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Oz and Dr. Steven Masley. They think outside the box. Unfortunately, we cannot get appointments with them let alone ask a question and get an answer. They are obviously too busy. I would even pay for an email or website answer!

  35. HeartMD Editor

    on January 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you all so much for taking our survey and for your comments! We will do our best to answer them through any of the following:
    (1) replies linking you to articles or reader Q&A we already have that address your concerns
    (2) new articles that address one, some or all of your concerns
    (3) new reader Q&A that addresses one, some or all of your concerns
    (4) direct comment response.
    Thanks and here’s to a happy and healthy 2017!

  36. Everett H.

    on January 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I have had two rounds of head and neck cancer first time was in lymph nodes right side and tonsils had neck surgery to remove the lymph gland cancer and removed my tonsils, then chemo with platinum and radiation treatments that was 2009, then in Jan 2016 cancer came back on my tongue, had chemo and radiation treatments again now I have peg tube in stomach and feed myself with Jevity 1.5. The chemo and radiation has stiffened my epiglottis so I can’t swallow very well, it has ruined my saliva glands,my hearing and ability to eat all pills have to be kind that will disolve and put in peg tube. Do you have any suggestions on any supplements I could take that would help I also have low blood pressure and take depression and anxiety medications xanax,mirtzapine,and sertaline, I am slowly weaning off xanax and would like to get off others too

  37. Roy H.

    on January 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    On Plavix -had -3-by-pass in Aug 26. Not taking my supplements as I were because I’m afraid of bleeding to death. My diabetic neuropathy is creeping up on me in my feet and hands. I was taking ALA , primrose oil, and acetyl-l-carnitine. I read your article on fish oil and started to take . First day nose gushed. Taking metoprolol, plavix, tamsulosin, Lipitor, betapace. Any help?

  38. Antonia Gentry

    on January 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    What drug is best for a repaired Thoracic Aneuyms.

  39. Johanne Møldrup

    on January 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Evening meal, and at what time?
    Which foods would you suggest for peaceful digestion and a good night’s sleep?
    Vegetables – raw or cooked?
    legums – cooked or sprouts?
    Fish and meat?
    Eggs, cheese, other milk products?
    Oil – seeds, nuts, grains,?
    Fruit – which ones?

  40. HeartMD Editor

    on January 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Carla,

    Glad to hear you are continuing to improve!

    The supplements you are referring to are called Dr. Sinatra’s “Awesome Foursome.” They are the foundation of his Metabolic Cardiology Approach. Please see the articles below for more info. You can also check out his book – The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology – here in our bookstore.

    Metabolic Cardiology Basics
    The Awesome Foursome
    Types of Arrhythmias

    Best of health!

  41. HeartMD Editor

    on January 26, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Margaret,

    I can understand your frustration and confusion regarding cholesterol and the side effects associated with statin drugs.

    I the article “Rethinking Statins” Dr. Sinatra highlights a June, 2011 warning from the FDA regarding the risk of increased muscle pain and weakness from large doses of statin drugs. He also mentions in the articles “Statins” & “Types of Cholesterol” that amnesia and other mental deficits (including memory loss) can occur when taking statin drugs.

    You can also refer to Dr. Sinatra’s book “The Great Cholesterol Myth” for more information on the cholesterol and statin controversy – please find it here in our bookstore.

    You may want to have your cholesterol measured with one of the preferred methods described in this article – you can discuss them with your doctor and perhaps reevaluate your cholesterol situation.

  42. HeartMD Editor

    on January 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Hi Everett,

    I’m sorry but We can’t make any specific supplement recommendations for you.

    However, you may benefit from connecting with an integrative doctor who would be able to guide you. Dr. Sinatra’s Top Docs List is a great place to start looking. Some doctors can do phone consultations if they are not close to you as well.

  43. HeartMD Editor

    on January 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Hi Peter,

    I think you may be referring to Dr. Sinatra’s use of the “Awesome Foursome” to recharge energy deficient cells. The use of these supplements is the cornerstone of his Metabolic Cardiology approach. There are no new updates, but for reference, here is an article describing the supplements. His book The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology (which you can see in our bookstore) details each of the four supplements in the Awesome Foursome and provides a wealth of knowledge on their function.

  44. HeartMD Editor

    on January 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Hi Joan,

    Unfortunately, we can’t make any specific supplement recommendations for you.

    However, you may benefit from connecting with an integrative doctor who would be able to help guide you. Dr. Sinatra’s Top Docs List is a great place to start looking. Some doctors can do phone consultations if they are not close to you as well.

  45. HeartMD Editor

    on January 27, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Lida,

    Thank you for your reply – these are all great questions you have.

    Here are some articles that address the topics you are interested in:

    Exercise for Seniors
    Protect Yourself With These Heart Health Tests
    Important Health Tests for Women
    Health Checks for Men Over 50
    VAP Test Discontinued! Test Your Cholesterol Particle Size With These Alternatives (its not how much cholesterol, but what kind)
    What Are Triglycerides
    Be Good to Your Bacterial Buddies – Your Health Depends on It!
    A Healthy Gut for a Healthy You
    Breast Cancer Awareness (discusses mammograms)

  46. Donna mcmillin

    on March 18, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I fell 20 months ago. Suffered inner ear damage. On left side of head. Numbness virtego etc. nothing has helped. Have a pacemaker. Can I use my myopulse machine. And how would I treat. So thankful for any help. Just ordered your product. Thank you so much. I am a list esthetician. Donna Mcmillin

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