Dr. Bryan C. Donohue, M.D., F.A.C.C.Chief, Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh
How To Stay Healthy and OUT of the Doctor's Office
In the old days, doctors would recommend an apple a day. Today, the recommendation is similar, but it involves grapes.
"In the world of mainstream healthcare, there are two kinds of people - sick people, and healthy people," said Dr. Bryan C. Donohue, M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief, Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside Hospital. "Sick people get treated, and if you're not sick, you must be healthy. However, that's not really true.
In reality, it's more like there are people who are sick, and the rest are going to be sick at some point. The fact is, there is a vast segment of the population who aren't necessarily sick, but they aren't necessarily healthy, either. They just don't feel good. They suffer from non-specific symptoms like headaches, chronic low level pain, fatigue and lack of energy. They don't bother seeing the doctor because they can't take the time off from one of their two to three jobs, or they can't afford the fees. So they allow the symptoms to persist. These are the people I believe can benefit from a daily dose of a nutrient called resveratrol, which is an extract from red wine grapes that research has shown effective in boosting energy, aiding the immune system, helping weight loss and more. The National Cancer Institute is even researching its effectiveness in the prevention and treatment of cancer."
"There is an abundance of very well done basic preclinical science to suggest a central role for resveratrol to reduce inflammation and potentially have a role in cancer and heart disease prevention and treatment," Dr. Donohue said. "The funding by the National Cancer Institute of studies to examine the potential benefits of resveratrol among cancer patients points out the importance of this intriguing molecule. Important early stage clinical trials are now under way examining resveratrol's effectiveness among patients with heart disease, cancer, dementia and a host of other modern plagues."
Dr. Bryan Donohue is the Chief of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside Hospital, President and Founder, Donohue Cardiology Associates and has been a Medical Director at the Cardiac Cath Lab, UPMC. He graduated from Georgetown Medical School 30 years ago, and has authored and co-authored more than 20 medical research articles about angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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