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The Arginine Solution: The First Guide to America's New Cardio-Enhancing Supplement Hardcover – March 1, 1999
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From Library Journal
Arginine is an amino acid that is present in food and, when broken down by the body, produces nitric oxide. Biofeedback expert Fried and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons internist Merrell discuss how arginine, taken as a daily supplement, can work to prevent or reduce cardiovascular disease and enhance healing. Chapters explain how arginine helps the circulatory system, lowers blood pressure, prevents atherosclerosis, enhances sexuality, and strengthens the immune system. Pertinent, extensive medical references (almost 40 pages) are included. Readers are warned to consult their physicians, and cautions are issued for contraindications. A thought-provoking book that will be a good addition to alternative health collections.AJanet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Robert Fried, Ph.D., is the director of the Stress and Biofeedback Clinic at the Albert Ellis Institute, New York City. He is also a senior professor of biopsychology at Hunter College, CUNY.
Woodson C. Merrell, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University School, an executive director of Beth-Israel-St.Luke's-Roosevelt Hospitals' new center of Integrative Medicine, and a board member of New York State's Office of Professional Medical Conduct. He also maintains a private practice in Manhattan.
James Thornton has contributed to The Physician and Sports Medicine and Men's Journal. He received a 1998 National Magazine Award for his health writing, and his articles have been published in magazines and newspapers around the world.
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If you're serious about reversing heart (artery) disease, read Matthias Rath's excellent Why Aminals Don't Get Heart Attacks, but People Do. Short answer: they manufacture Vitamin C in their liver, and we don't. (Except for other high-order primates, and notably guinea pigs, which don't either.) We have to take 5-10 grams per day to make up for our limitation, and a whole lot more when we're sick or poisoned.
The Nitric Oxide story hit the front pages in 1998, when three doctors were awarded the Nobel Prize for their research into this molecule produced by the body, that helps blood flow and relaxes and enlarges blood vessels, and in doing so reduces blood pressure. Check out [...] and look under the Medicine prize winners for 1998 announcing the Awards to Robert Furchgott, Louis Ignarro and Ferid Murad for their discoveries concerning "nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system". The research done by these doctors led to the development of a range of drugs like Viagra which fundamentally increase the levels of Nitric Oxide in the blood stream.
Dr Louis Ignarro who shared the Nobel Prize also wrote a book called 'NO More Heart Disease' which explains how Nitric Oxide can prevent Heart Disease and Strokes, and helps with male erectile dysfunction. His was the first book that I read on Nitric Oxide, but I found it a bit hyper on the subject, although still a very interesting read. The Arginine Solution, the book that we are reviewing here, provides more depth on this subject.
I did note that some researchers at John Hopkins Medicine working with mice found that the enzymes that make Nitric Oxide could protect the heart from damage caused by heart attack or high blood pressure. However they also found that the enzymes could cause overgrowth and enlargement of heart muscle tissue which could promote heart failure. I'm not sure how comparable mice are to humans, but there are a lot of people taking the amino acid L-Arginine and there haven't been any concerns reported to date.
In summary, I am very pleased I got this book.
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