Cardiac Support; Heart Health; Folic Acid

There are areas of the body that aren’t really all that visible that are terribly, terribly important to maintain. If you don’t maintain these areas, nothing else matters. The first one that comes to mind would be the heart. We’re talking about the first signs of heart attack and what kind of scans can we do to see the little plaques and so on and so forth, all of which is really wonderful if your job is to put stents in peoples’ heart. What can you do to actually reverse the plaquing in the arteries? What can you do to prevent or to undo the damage that’s been done?

Actually there are things you can do that are surprisingly easy, inexpensive, and have very few, if any, side-effects. But these methods are often ignored. One of which, is the use of high dose folic acid.

What’s folic acid? It’s a B vitamin, sometimes known as B9. It’s present in food in very, very modest amounts. When taken in large amounts–large amount being 5,000 micrograms or more–It actually reverses the plaquing in the arteries. You can see it. You can measure it. It takes about six weeks before it becomes measurable.

I had my parents on this stuff for years. What else does folic acid do in high concentration or high dosage? It’s been shown to reduce the risk, or forestall, the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Why? Probably because of the calcification in the microvascular tree is reversed. The joke is that most people get about 400 micrograms of folic acid in their multivitamins. You need 5,000 to start. One thousand micrograms is a prescription item. When you get to the 5,000 micrograms, it’s over the counter, if that makes any sense to you. It absolutely defies logic. The 1,000 microgram tablets cost about $18 to 20 bucks a month. We have the 5,000 microgram capsules for three dollars a month, which is truly amazing. What’s the worst thing that this is going do? Actually the worst thing it’s going to do is make you healthier.

High dose folic acid is something that can be done, and should be done. It’s easy. It’s very cheap. If you want to read more, go to the National Library of Medicine.

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David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.