Even Mainstream Lauds Coenzyme Q10

Mainstream media publications, in this case Harper’s Bazaar and Reader’s Digest, are finally beginning to acknowledge the benefits of supplements such as CoQ10.  Of course, regular readers of AFP have long been clued in to the advantages—and necessity, given the current state of un-health-care in America—of supporting our own wellness, naturally.

By James Spounias

Mainstream media outlets have historically had a bias against anything not made by Big Pharma, but in a refreshingly candid article in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, a women’s fashion and style magazine, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) was promoted, as one of five noteworthy supplements.

CoQ10 is present in food, including red meat, plants, and fish, but in levels insufficient to help treat chronic and deadly health conditions.

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Harper’s cited research by Michale Barber, M.D., chief medical officer of Better Life Carolinas in Charleston, S.C., who pointed out CoQ10’s unique ability to support mitochondria, basically the battery pack in your body’s cells.

“CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant that helps mitochondria . . . stay charged, giving you energy and fueling your daily functions,” reported Harper’s Bazaar. “CoQ10 also aids in repairing telomeres and helps your heart—which is loaded with mitochondria—function at optimal levels. Your skin will also likely benefit; expect an improvement in wrinkles and firmness. Pop 200 milligrams per day, Barber says.”

Reader’s Digest also promoted CoQ10 on its website:

Coenzyme Q10 has two main roles in the body, first as an important player in the creation of energy within mitochondria, the energy powerhouse of cells. The second role of coenzyme Q10 is as an antioxidant, protecting all cell membranes, including those of the mitochondria, from being damaged by free radicals. Deficiency signs may include fatigue, muscle ache and pain, and gum disease.

Coenzyme Q10 has been thoroughly researched since the 1970s, particularly with respect to its role in protecting against heart disease. One study showed that patients taking coenzyme Q10 prior to heart surgery had a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time. Other heart-related conditions where coenzyme Q10 has been shown to be useful include high blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, mitral valve prolapse, and congestive heart failure. If you are taking statins, ask your doctor if it might be worth taking coenzyme Q10. Statins are often prescribed to lower cholesterol levels, because they inhibit an enzyme involved in the synthesis of cholesterol. Unfortunately, this same enzyme is involved in the synthesis of coenzyme Q10 in the body. This explains why muscle pain, muscle soreness, and fatigue, which are commonly caused by statins, can be relieved by coenzyme Q10.

Coenzyme Q10 is also recommended for gum disease, with improvement noticed in as short a time as one week. In one small study a supplement of coenzyme Q10 was found to alleviate symptoms of tinnitus in patients who initially had low levels of coenzyme Q10 in their blood.

The mainstream media isn’t alone.

Studies published in medical journals, which can be accessed on “PubMed.gov,” have found CoQ10 offers impressive benefits. A recent look showed that after taking CoQ10 “inflammatory markers” were reduced and fertility was improved. In animal models, dangerous toxins were blunted.

Of course, these studies are by no means definitive, and more, larger-scale studies must be conducted to validate the findings before any true “causation” can be established.

While “antioxidants” get much attention, the most important aspect of CoQ10’s ability to help so many different health situations rests in its ability to help create energy within the mitochondria.

So noteworthy is recent research, one study, in the Oct. 2016 Annals of Translational Medicine journal, bears an unusually blunt headline: “Statins barely touch the heart but bite the kidneys after cardiac surgery. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in the dock?”

In the article, lead author Patrick M. Honore, M.D., Ph.D., with the intensive care unit at Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel in Belgium, wrote: “A recent systematic review and meta- analysis showed that prophylactic CoQ10 therapy in patients undergoing cardiac surgery . . . was safe and associated with less need for inotropic support and a lower incidence of ventricular but not atrial arrhythmias.

Interestingly, patients with heart failure developed less atrial fibrillation when given continuous CoQ10 treatment.”

Honore praised statins (even though other researchers don’t), but nonetheless pointed out that in some cases statin therapy is quite dangerous, and preventable harms could perhaps be achieved by taking coenzyme Q10: “The main culprit behind this failure might be statin-induced depletion of CoQ10 stores perturbing bio-energetic kidney homeostasis.”

Kidney homeostasis refers to the balance your kidneys provide in maintaining blood volume, among other things.

Honore called for “high quality” studies to verify whether CoQ10 has a place in helping prevent organ damage by statins.

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That is not all of the good news about CoQ10.

According to the results of a multi-center, randomized, double-blind trial presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s Heart Failure 2013 Congress, CoQ10 decreases all-cause mortality by half. It is the first proven treatment to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade and should be added to standard care, according to lead author, Professor Svend Aage Mortensen from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mortensen added: “Other heart failure medications block rather than enhance cellular processes and may have side effects. Supplementation with CoQ10, which is a natural and safe substance, corrects a deficiency in the body and blocks the vicious metabolic cycle in chronic heart failure called the energy starved heart.”

Patients with ischaemic heart disease that use statins could also benefit from CoQ10 supplementation. Ischaemic heart disease results when arteries to the heart narrow and restrict blood flow, which often leads to heart attacks.

“We have no controlled trials demonstrating that statin therapy plus CoQ10 improves mortality more than statins alone,” said Mortensen. “But statins reduce CoQ10, and circulating CoQ10 prevents the oxidation of LDL effectively, so I think ischaemic patients should supplement statin therapy with CoQ10.”

It’s not easy to know if the truth about CoQ10 is breaking through the matrix, or whether this promotion is a warmup to have it made into a costly prescription “drug.” If it is the latter, we could expect Big Pharma to use the lowest quality Chinese manufacturer, unlike CocoQ-10™, which not only uses Japanese manufactured CoQ10 but also organic coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides in a soft-gel.

Either way, though, CoQ10’s role as a valuable supplement is becoming mainstream.

FULL DISCLOSURE: In the interest of disclosure, this writer is associated with Carotec Inc., a company which sells CocoQ-10™, a Coenzyme Q10 nutritional supplement advertised in American Free Press. Nonetheless, even I am pleasantly surprised at the mainstream promotion of CoQ10, as well as the sharply worded studies from establishment science researchers highlighting its benefits.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.

Doctor Warns World About ‘Toxic Burden’

One doctor has come forward to risk the wrath of the medical-industrial complex and the establishment by blasting toxic additives that have been added to vaccines.

By James Spounias

There are some cracks in the medical-industrial complex, and one of the most electric issues facing medicine today is the matter of vaccinations, discussion of which can result in heated conversations akin to religious fervor.

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Dr. Daniel Neides, a medical doctor associated with the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, got himself into hot water by writing a column on vaccinations that says, in part:

How can you call it preservative-free, yet still put a preservative in it? And worse yet, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Yet, here we are, being lined up like cattle and injected with an unsafe product. Within 12 hours of receiving the vaccine, I was in bed feeling miserable and missed two days of work with a terrible cough and body aches.

My anger actually stems from a constant toxic burden that is contributing to the chronic disease epidemic. And yet the government continues to talk out of both sides of its mouth. We want our citizens to be healthy and take full advantage of the best healthcare system in the world (so we think), yet we don’t treat our bodies with the love and attention they deserve.

Our air, water, and food supplies are completely compromised, and so it is time for us to take matters into our own hands.

We live in a toxic soup. There are over 80,000 chemicals used in various industries countrywide. There are over 2,000 new chemicals being introduced annually. We breathe in these chemicals through exhaust, eat them in our processed foods (just look at the labels that have 20 or 30 ingredients, and good luck pronouncing their names), textiles (clothing, bedding, furniture), and personal care products, including make-up, deodorant, shampoos, and soaps.

Toxins accumulate in our fat cells if they are not eliminated and interrupt normal bodily functions. Your body should be a finely tuned machine with all of the organ systems working in concert together. But when toxins disrupt normal function, problems can occur.

Those problems include cancers, auto-immune diseases, neurologic problems like autism, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease, and the most prevalent chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Neides is not “anti-vaccine,” even though the comments in his article did get him into trouble with the high priests of medicine, who simply do not allow any dissent on the controversy.

The “toxic burden” has been written about repeatedly by this writer and many others—who have been ignored or dismissed as cranks—for a long time.

Will the fact we are dying because of toxic burden, among other preventable causes, force public outcry to bring light to how pollution affects us and lead to a concrete plan to minimize toxins and detoxify us all? Or will we continue to ignore the issue, to our own peril, and get caught in the tangled web of manufactured distractions of no consequence?

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.

We Told You So: Antibiotic Resistance & the Food Supply

Two decades ago, health pioneers warned the world about the deadly effects of overuse of antibiotics. In the past few years, we have seen allopathic medications creating bacteria that are completely resistant to all forms of medicine known to doctors. Are we seeing a new age where otherwise healthy people will die of once-common ailments?

By James Spounias

Antibiotic resistance is in the news again, but there’s nothing new about this pervasive problem. In the Feb. 26, 2001 edition of The Spotlight, Tom Valentine warned about the danger of  antibiotics in America’s food supply, predicting that “antibiotic ‘wonders’ may be turning into a terrible health catastrophe, as greed and abuse provoke a serious ‘counter-revolution’ by pathogenic bacteria. Today virtually every public health institution is wary that antimicrobial resistance is a problem of ‘growing urgency.’ ”

The galling aspect of Valentine’s story was that antibiotics were not used for the health of animals but rather to fatten them up so they will fetch more money. The fatter the animal, the more money big agriculture gets, health be damned.

Valentine chastised big agriculture, big pharma, and do-nothing federal agencies for allowing this practice, without any concern for the health and welfare of the American people.

Valentine quoted the Union of Concerned Scientists, who issued a stern warning: “Tetracycline, penicillin, erythromycin, and other antimicrobials that are important in human use are used extensively in the absence of disease for nontherapeutic purposes in today’s livestock production. Cattle, swine, and poultry are routinely given antimicrobials throughout much of their lives.”

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While the prospect of antibiotic resistance has been reported for a long time, alarm bells should now be ringing loudly, not just every time someone is said to have died of “antibiotic” resistance.

Is it any surprise that big agriculture, big pharma, and government ignore the obvious except when they desire to promote some other agenda?

Sixteen years after Valentine’s Spotlight article, National Public Radio (NPR) reported, on Dec. 22, 2016, that more antibiotics are being used in agriculture, in spite of the marketing pitches of restaurants and food companies pledging to sell animal products with minimal or no antibiotics.

NPR reported: “The FDA and other public health agencies have been pushing farmers to rely less on these drugs. Heavy use of antibiotics both in human medicine and in agriculture has led to the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, complicating the task of treating many infections.”

Let’s get this straight: State and federal agencies have conducted SWAT team raids on raw-food providers, vitamin sellers, and medical professionals practicing alternative medicine, but somehow can’t “push” farmers (i.e., big agriculture) to use fewer or no antibiotics, which they know are putting the nation’s health at risk?

Such wimpy sentiment would be comical were the health of Americans not in peril. One case in September 2016, involving the death of a Reno, Nev. woman, who passed away due to antibiotic resistance, received national attention, but not without an agenda.

The unnamed woman’s case was reported in the Jan. 13 Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which noted that the patient had Klebsiella pneumoniae, a bug that is often implicated in urinary tract infections and is in a class of bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which is considered highly resistant.

Doctors in Reno stated the patient’s infection was resistant to 14 different antibiotics, and samples sent to the CDC in Atlanta showed resistance to 26 antibiotics.

Dr. Alexander Kallen of the CDC stated: “I think it’s concerning. We have relied for so long on just newer and newer antibiotics. But obviously, the bugs can often [develop resistance] faster than we can make new ones.”

With all due respect, “newer and newer antibiotics” are not the solution, as we in the sane health movement have been warning for decades.


It’s also worth noting that because the patient had traveled to India and received medical care there, the CDC’s handwringing involved mention of the need to find out where patients had traveled and whether they’ve been hospitalized abroad.

How curious, given the fact that antibiotic resistance is anything but a “foreign” problem.

The unstated agenda of keeping more extensive track of Americans via microchips or other high-tech means will be seeded into the subconscious part of American “memory” as necessary to thwart the spread of superbugs.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.