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Mitochondrial Resuscitation Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy A massive amount of accumulated research is showing that the major defect in almost all disease is in the area of mitochondrial oxidation. Mitochondria are tiny yet numerous units within cells which conduct the business of energy production to run the rest of the body. They make the high energy molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is used as fuel for a wide variety of processes from fighting infections to lifting weights. When athletes train for strenuous events what they are actually doing is conditioning their mitochondria to produce more energy and to divide, producing larger numbers of mitochondria.

When cells are exposed to viruses or pharmaceutical agents the ability of mitochondria to carry out their duties is compromised. When this kind of exposure is prolonged, disease appears. The type of disease which appears depends on your own constitution and where your unique weak points are located in your genome (endowment of genes).

Fibromyalgia and the chronic fatigue syndrome are examples of diseases caused by mitochondrial exhaustion and the treatment of these once mysterious illnesses is now straightforward. One supplies all the essential elements for the mitochondria to get on with their job of producing ATP. This is treatment is best accomplished by doctors who practice nutritional medicine.

The exciting part of this approach to illness is the opportunities it offers for therapy. If the problem of a disease is exhaustion of mitochondria, then the solution to that disease should be the resuscitation of mitochondria. This is accomplished by providing all the intermediate nutrients required by mitochondria to rehabilitate themselves. These are not vitamins in the ordinary sense of the word because, in the healthy person they are synthesized in the body. However, in illness these nutrients become "vitamin-like," or as they say in medical biochemistry, they are "conditional nutrients."

Most diseases can be thought of as at least having a component of mitochondrial exhaustion and therefore this approach should be of value to in the treatment of just about all diseases.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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