Sussan and Leslie Kenton, on one hand, and Dr. Max Gerson and Dr. Roger Moore, on another have a familiar common ring. Susan and Leslie are sisters and co-authors of two books: RAW ENERGY and THE NEW RAW ENERGY. Their books advocate the consumption of raw fruit and vegetables juices for radiant health and, in particular, the health of muscles. They say it improves physical endurance and athletic performance. What is the magic wand in these juice? It is POTASSIUM, one of the body’s electrolytes. Dr. Max Gerson was a young German medical doctor who gave the world THE GERSON THERAPY for the cure of practically all diseases, including cancer. (See internet). His health was so ravaged by migraine he often missed work for two weeks in a month until a Bavarian hospital attendant informed him that fruits and vegetables juices were the migraine remedies in his native Bavarian. Gerson tried it, and his migraine disappeared to his amazement. This encouraged him to study the chemical composition of fruits and vegetables juices. His findings revealed a large amount of Potassium in both. Before his death, Dr. Gerson propounded the hypothesis that potassium resides in the cells, sodium outside the cells in the interstitial fluid which surrounds the cells. Sodium tries to enter the cells, potassium pushes it out, creating an electrical circuit which brings oxygen and nutrients in and takes waste and poisons out. These movements are powered by a sodium batteries which run sodium/potassium pumps in all the cells. The more Potassium the body has, the more powerful the sodium battery and the more active the Sodium/Potassium pump. If a car battery is flat, the engine may start with difficulty or fail to roll. The sodium battery and Sodium/Potassium pumps, pump like wise.
Dr. Gerson reasoned that, a state of potassium deficiency would make Sodium gain easy access into the cell, and, since there would be a flat battery and weak pump, Sodium would not be easily expelled. The cell would become water logged and faced with death. To survive, the cell would change its lifestyle from an oxidative (oxygen-using) cell, to a fermentative (non-oxygen using) cell, and this would be the beginning of growths (uterus fibroids and other tumours for example cancer as well. With these principles in his healing protocols which emphasized the consumption of fruit and vegetable juices, Dr. Gerson was not only able to re-activate fat sodium batteries and re-activate sodium/potassium pumps, he was able to cure some cases of cancer that had been treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy in hospitals to no avail, and given up by other medical doctors.
Dr. Roger Moore carried out extensive experiments which are featured in the book THE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SOLUTION…….. THE K FACTOR (K is the chemical symbol of potassium). He concluded that in hypertension, Sodium is not always the culprit but a deficiency of potassium. He, therefore, concluded that, in primary hypertension, drugs should be avoided in the lowering of blood pressure. For he found that, in many cases, the consumption of potassium rich foods did the job excellently. So, welcome to the world of potassium healing powers in many disease conditions, in particular in the health of the heart and the cardiovascular system.
We are advised in www.in.webind.com: “Potassium plays a role in every heartbeat. A hundred thousand times a day, it helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood through your body. It also helps your muscles to move your nerves to work and your kidney to filter blood. The best way to get enough potassium is to eat fruits and vegetables. It is also in daily products, whole grains, meat and fish. Other great source include potatoes, tomatoes, avocado fresh fruits like bananas, oranges and strawberries. Orange juice, dry fruits like raisins, apricots, prunes and dated spinach, beans and peas. Potassium doesn’t treat or prevent heart disease. But getting enough potassium can help the heart in several ways better blood pressure. In a study of people with high blood pressure, taking potassium supplements lowered systolic blood pressure by about eight points. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and fat free or low fat dairy foods can help cut systolic blood pressure by more than 10points in people with high blood pressure. You shouldn’t take your potassium pills unless your doctor recommends it “there is no direct link between potassium and cholesterol. But many diets that lower cholesterol are also high in potassium. So when you get enough potassium, you will probably eat more fruits and vegies which are low in saturated fats and cholesterol. This will lower your cholesterol levels and lower your chances of developing heart disease”.
For people with heart rhythm problems, the website says: “Potassium enables your heart to beat. So if you have heart rhythm problems, potassium may be the key. When it comes to heart failure, potassium would be required to help control the electrical balance in the heart as described in the sodium battery and the sodium/potassium pumps. It also supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and the building of muscles. The website says “low potassium levels can cause muscle weakness and heart rhythm disturbances”. This is scary as the heart, like the uterus, is a bunch of muscles. If the heart muscles become weak, so will all parts of the body. A weak uterine muscle would be unable to hold a fetus or protect itself, and this may be a cause of endometrial conditions and uterine fibroids. This is no reason, however, to overdo potassium as an excess of it “can cause dangerous heart irregularities and even sudden death”
Co Q10 (Ubiquinol)
We cannot talk about this crucial heart nutrient without talking about Dr. Karl Folkers who has devoted almost his entire research life of over 50 years to the study of this life elixir for the heart. Working with medical doctors, he has used Co Enzyme Q10 in breast cancer therapy and achieved cures. The story of CoQ10 began about 1954 in Great Britain when Professor R.A Mortan and his colleagues investigated a fat-soluble substance which helps cells in our bodies to produces energy was found in all animal cells. It was present in the intestine of horses, livers of rats and various organs in pigs. But the researchers had no clue about what it was. Then, in 1957 at the University of Wisconsin, Professor Frederick Crane, a biochemist, who was studying how energy was produced in the cells, noted yellow crystals in a test tube in materials taken from the heart of some cattle which had been kept for a study. He concluded that these strange crystals were quinones. It was a surprising discovery because, in those days, researchers thought only plants had quinones. The story has since changed. It is now known that quinones are present in all cells and help the production of energy in these cells. Dr. Crane wished to confirm his finding and sent samples of the yellow crystals to Dr. Karl Folkers, also a biochemist. Dr. Folkers confirmed the crystals were quinones. Quinone exists in three forms: fully oxidized ubiquinone, (C0Q), radical semi quinone (COQh) and fully reduced Ubiquinol (CoQH2). Dr. Folkers and Dr. E. Wolf reported their discovery to the scientific community in 1958. But Dr. Frederick Crane is given till this day the honour of the discovery of this molecule, and Dr. R. A. Mortan had the honour of proposing Ubiquinone as the molecules name.
In the world market today, this product is sold either as Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol. Ubiquinone is cheaper and has to be converted by the body to Ubiquinol for efficient use. In that process, energy is expended and wastes occur. I use UBIQUINOL as a food supplement. From the 1960s Ubiquinone was used chemically as Co Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) either to improve cell energy output or as an antioxidant. In Japan, Professor Yamamura is credited to be the first physician to prescribed COQ10 for chronic heart patients. By 1972, Dr. Grian Paolo Littarru, working with Dr. Karl Folkers, showed the scientific community that heart disease patients had low levels of COQ10. By 1974, a Japanese company made the first commercially produced COQ10 structurally akin to that made by human body, thereby ushering in an era of widespread use of this substances clinically world-wide. A Nobel Price Award went to Dr. Peter Mitchell, an English biochemist, who explained the role COQ10 plays in the electron transport chain. He had also explained COQ10 role in the “pumping of protons across the inner mitochondrial membrane in living organism, producing in the end, ATP, from which the cells release energy.”
In the first COQ10 double-blind experiment of its effects on heart disease, Dr. Langsjoen showed statistically that this substance was effective as a heart ailment therapy. That year, his son, Dr. Langsjoen’s Son, Peter Langsjoen, as a cardiologist became a COQ10 researcher. We learn more of him from www.q10facts.com which says: “Dr. Karl Folkers realized very early on that COQ10 was very important for cells production of energy, he foresaw COQ10’s importance in the prevention of disease. He called COQ10 the essential bio-nutrient. He was very often critical of commercial Q10 products, especially those in powder form that did not have a good absorption rate. He recommended COQ10 dissolves in oils. At the end of his life, Dr. Folkers received many awards and prices for his research in various substances, including Q10.
In one international study, chronic heart failure patients were found to reduce their chances of dying by 43 percent when they took 100mg COQ10 three times a day along with their conventional medicine heart medications. The reduced death rate risk compared with those with the risk ratios of those patients who took only drugs for their conditions. Against patients who were on placebo medication, the drugs and COQ10 patients were found to reduce by 42 percent their risk of dying from other conditions. In www.newwithviews.com the story is told of how Dr. James Howen Stane gave COQ10 to cancer patients with outstanding results, and of how Dr. Karl Folkers popularized the use of this energy booster. The website reports: “Dr. Karl Folkers, Ph.D., was employed by Merc where he discovered Vitamin B12 and learned how to make a synthetic version of it that sold all over the world ending pernicious anaemia. He was considered for a Nobel Prize but he did not win this honour. He had become very interested in COQ10 which Merc could not pursue because it was not patentable as a natural substance. Dr. Folkers had learnt that COQ10 was able to slow the progression of muscular dystrophy. After leaving Merc, he took a position as a Professor at the University of Taxas in about 1965. COQ10 is found in every cell in the body. Animal species have exhibited a direct correlation between COQ10 levels and longevity. The use of Statin drugs produces significant falls in COQ blood levels which may be the reason for the rising incidence of heart failure as Statin drugs are widely used in the U.S to lower cholesterol. Administration of COQ10 improves energy output by the mitochondrial of the cell. This improved energy output from COQ10 therapy has proven to be quite valuable in treating neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and strokes. While at the University of Texas, Dr. Folkers encourages a cardiologist, Dr. Peter Langsjoen, to use COQ10 to treat congestive heart failure with wonderful results. Dr. Langsjoen stated “the clinical experience with COQ10 is nothing short of dramatic. It is reasonable to believe that the entire field of medicine should be re-evaluated in light of this growing knowledge.”
Some patients at the University of Texas with heart failure received COQ10 but this therapy did not become adopted as a standard approach by conventional physicians. Dr. Folkers followed the course of six patients, who had cancer, who were taking COQ10 for congestive heart failure until 1993. Four of them had lung cancer and two had breast cancer. All six experienced remission of cancer to be due to COQ10 therapy. Dr. Folkers recommended the use of 500 milligrammes of COQ daily with in patients with malignances “DR. Folkers began to raise money to pursue his dream of using COQ10 to treat malignancies. Folkers persuaded one of his financial bakers, who has developed small cell carcinoma of the lungs with widespread metastasis, to try COQ10 by pointing out that COQ10 would do no harm and it might help. His oncologist had advised him he has less than a year to live. He began to feel better and had no signs of metastases one year later. Fifteen years after the cancer diagnosis, he remained well and free of metastases. The only therapy he received was COQ10. In 1980, Dr. Folkers founded a trial of COQ10 for breast cancer conducted by Dr. Kund Lockwood in Denmark. Dr. Lockwood treated two patients with breast cancer, one with 300mg of COQ10 daily and the other with 360mg daily. Both recovered. “Dr. William Judy of Bradenton, received funding from Dr. Folkers to treat prostate cancer with COQ10. Cancer of the prostate is typically hormone dependent at its onset and is effectively treated then by hormone inhibition. However, after two to five years, becomes independent of hormone therapy and no amount of hormone inhibition at that stage is beneficial. Dr. Judy found 30 patients with hormone independent prostate cancer and treated them with 500mg of CO Enzyme Q10 daily. Fourteen of the 15 who had no metastases to bone or lung proceeded to have their PSA return to normal. of the 15 patients who did have metastases to bone and lung when they started COQ10, eight saw their PSA results return to normal, suggesting improvement. Dr. Judy then treated six patients with prostate cancer and elevated PSA values with COQ10 and all six had their elevated PSA values return to normal after 120 days of COQ10 therapy.”
We can go on and on. But one last word. Dr. Judy suggest that to make COQ10 soft gels become better absorbed, it should be dissolved in hot tea to which a teaspoon of coconut oil should be added since its absorption takes place in a fat medium.
This is a COQ10 take away from www.pws.org.av/coqidm.html.: “Here is one example of the benefits of COQ10 supplementation in a child with pws who has both a chrompsone 15 abnormality and a complex II and II environment. This child, for the first six months of life, did not cry nor move and was fed via a NG tube. Within three days of starting COQ10 supplementation, the child began to develop sucking reflexes and move arms, hands, legs, and feet. With continued COQ10 supplementation, standing and walking occurred between eight and twelve months. Today after three years of COQ10 supplementation, in the absence of any nutritional, hormonal or drug intervention, this child has normal physical and mental development speech patterns, physical skills, and Cognitive functions are in the normal range for the age level.