So you've had a heart scan…. now what?

You have had your heart scan by either referring yourself for a scan or you were referred by your another health care provider.  I have found that many medical providers do not know how to read these scans.

There are common medications that he repeated often such as:
1.      Calcified plaque does not rupture so do not worry about it (calcified plaque can rupture especially if it is mixed plaque and the point of the scan to track progression of disease and make sure your treatments are working)

Allergy Treatment: Natural Alternatives to Shots, Antihistamines and Steroids

Breaking news for those affected by allergy or mold in the greater Denver and Boulder area: A new type of immunotherapy is now available. The recent flooding has given rise to more indoor mold problems than ever before. Mold can hide behind walls which adds to the problem. Mold can be toxic to people and animals as well as cause allergy symptoms. Bottom line: people can get sick and allergies can get worse.

Key naturopathic treatments for multiple sclerosis

Vitamin B12 deficiency and elevated homocysteine

  • Multiple Sclerosis Associated With Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Reynolds, E.H., et al, Archives of Neurology, August 1991;48:808- 811.
  • Serum Homocysteine Levels and Multiple Sclerosis, Rio, J., et al, Archives of Neurology, December 1994;51:1181

Vitamin D 

  • Multiple Sclerosis and Vitamin D: An Update, VanAmerongen BM, Dijkstra CD, et al, Eur J Clin Nutr, 2004:1-15

Testosterone and its Role in Cardiovascular Protection

Testosterone protects against heart attacks and may even help reverse atherosclerosis in men (Zmuda, et al., 1997).  Low testosterone is associated with and contributes to metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke (Haffner, Karhapaa, Mykkanen, & Laakso, 1994; Khaw, et al., 2007; Oh, Barrett-Connor, Wedick, & Wingard, 2002; van den Beld, et al., 2003). Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are bad things to have if you're trying to avoid a heart attack. If “your gut is larger than your butt” you probably have metabolic syndrome.

Tips for a Better Brain

Dr. Steve Parcell

Supplements: (once results are achieved lower doses can be taken)

  1. High dose multivitamin mineral (all the B vits plus minerals)
  2. DHA 300 mg
  3. CoQ10 100 mg to 300 mg
  4. Alpha lipoic acid timed release 200-300 mg
  5. N acetyl cysteine 600 mg/day
  6. Phospatidylserine 100 mg
  7. Vinpocitine 5mg twice a day (do not take if on blood thinner)
  8. Vitamin D 400 iu to 10,000 depending on blood levels


What is Chelation Therapy and What is the Scientific Basis for its Use?

What is EDTA chelation therapy?
In medicine, chelation is used to rid the body of excess or toxic metals such as lead or calcium (as in hypercalcemia). For example, a person who has lead poisoning may be given chelation therapy in order to bind and remove excess lead from the body before it can cause damage. In the case of EDTA chelation therapy, the substance that binds and removes metals and minerals is EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), a synthetic, or man-made, amino acid that is delivered intravenously (through the veins).

Regular cholesterol tests can fall short, here's why

Steve Parcell, ND
Lipoproteins are a better measure of risk, and lipoprotein testing represents a new era in preventive cardiology. Just measuring LDL and treating it (while still somewhat effective) may not be enough for ultimate heart attack prevention, because it does not reflect lipoprotein size, density, or particle number.

LDL and HDL are just not enough when it comes to evaluating your risk of a heart attack. This is particularly true if the small, dense LDL particle number is elevated. From here on I will refer to LDL particle number as LDL-P.

What you might not know about fish oil

Evidence is accumulating supporting a better effect from DHA over EPA. DHA is more effective at lowering blood pressure and improving endothelial function. It is more effective for raising HDL and decreasing platelet adhesion and aggregation. Both EPA and DHA decrease fasting TG by approximately 14-35% depending on the TG levels and dose of EPA/DHA used. DHA is more effective for altering lipoprotein size because it is a more potent inhibitor of cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) activity, an enzyme involved in lipoprotein particle size.

Statins and Cognition

Steve Parcell, ND
Statins are either mainly lipophilic (fat loving) or hydrophillic (water loving). Those that have the least amount of blood brain barrier permeability include pravastatin, rosuvastatin and atorvastatin. 26% of cholesterol in humans is found in the brain. Studies indicate there is more benefit than risk when it comes to taking statins and even some improvement in patients with dementia. Just to be safe take one with the least blood brain barrier permeability as noted above. I take atorvastatin (lipitor) along with other cardioprotective nutracueticals

Simvistatin (Zocor) maybe not so good for athletes

Steve Parcell, ND

Sometimes I like to cut and paste the abstract. I consider this important news and plan to discuss it with a number of my patients on simvaststin.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Apr 10. pii: S0735-1097(13)01403-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2013.02.074. [Epub ahead of print]
Simvastatin impairs exercise training adaptations.

Division of Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.



Determine if simvastatin impairs exercise training adaptations.


Patients with celiac disease more likely to develop atherosclerosis

Patients with celiac disease may be more likely to develop early atherosclerosis, but a gluten-free diet has the potential to mitigate this increased risk, according to recent results. In a pilot study, researchers assessed the risk for atherosclerosis in 20 adults with celiac disease, at diagnosis and after 6 to 8 months of a gluten-free diet with mucosal recovery. Evaluated factors included total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, C-reactive protein (CRP), folate, vitamin B12, triglycerides and homocysteine.