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RN Patient Advocates, PLC, opened the door to independent, nurse-based patient advocacy in 2002. We are a national community of specially prepared, qualified and experience clinical RNs. Our Mission is to Empower People in Their Healthcare through Advocacy, Education, and Guidance Through the Healthcare System.

Have you or any of your family or friends ever experienced problems in the healthcare system? 12 million patients are misdiagnosed each year (Institute of Medicine, 2015) indicating that it might be true for many of us. RN Patient Advocates help you be safe in the system and also, how to do this for yourself!

 

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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA

“The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA

“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA

“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA!  If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you!  Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long

“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course!  It is truly intensive but so worth it!  I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can.  All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” —  Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor, www.healthcareadvisornan.com

Importance of Observation

Coenzyme Q10! Have you heard of this wonderful antioxidant that our bodies produce? We produce less as we age and so need to understand what role this plays in our health.

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natural-energy-orb Tori Hudson, ND, a nationally acclaimed teacher and clinician, explains “Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of those nutrients that just keeps surprising you- with it’s diversity, it’s benefits, safety, and research. It is widely found in nature where it is synthesized in humans, animals, plants and microbes.  An essential component of the mitochondria(the energy producing unit of each cell of our body), CoQ10 is involved in the manufacture of ATP, which is similar to the energy a spark plug provides in a car engine. The cells of our body need that initial spark provided by CoQ10, in order to function.” 

It improves energy production in every cell of our bodies and is one of our most effective antioxidants.  Without sufficient ATP production in our cells, we are prone to illness, increasing fatigue and more rapid aging.

*As our bodies age, we produce less CoQ10 and we become more susceptible to chronic illness.

heart_working_outWhat conditions can be helped with CoQ10?

  • Cardiac conditions:  the breadth and depth of the role of CoQ10 on cardiac disorders is impressive – improving several markers of cardiac output (directly related to cardiac function and wellness).  Cardiomyopathy (degeneration of the heart muscle) responds well to CoQ10 as does congestive heart failure (CHF).  In fact, in the largest study, of 2,664 patients with CHF, 78 percent of the patients receiving a daily dose of 50 mg to 150 mg per day, had 63 percent or more improvements in their clinical signs and symptoms after 3 months.  It also can help lower blood pressure and reduce the incidence of angina.
  • Diabetes:  CoQ10 can increase insulin production, improve glucose utilization and reduce fasting blood sugar levels
  • Immune system dysfunction:  Dr. Hudson explains “Chronic infections, chronic diseases reflecting impaired immunity such as heart disease, thyroiditis, cancers and allergies reflect tissues and cells with altered immune function which are highly energy-dependent.”  CoQ10 increases energy production which directly improves the immune function
  • Cancer:  free radical formation is implicated in the development of cancer.  As a leading antioxidant, CoQ10 directly reduces free radical formation.  Also, CoQ10 can be very helpful in recovering from some chemo drug treatments
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  • Gum disease:  CoQ10 improves periodontal health
  • Brain health:  research is increasingly demonstrating the critical role of CoQ10 in healthy brain functioning, particularly as we agebrain_head_blue

What can alter CoQ10 production besides aging?  The statin class of cholesterol lowering drugs all reduce production of CoQ10.  Supplementing with CoQ10 could be very helpful;  ask your health care provider or look it up! And here . . . 

Do you need CoQ10?  

Learn more here. . .

And here . . .  Alleviating congestive heart failure with CoQ10

 

Can fish oil actually increase your risk of prostate cancer? A new study raises the issue. Let’s take a look…

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red_questionmark_gold_manStudies are published about cancer and its causes all the time.  What one must do is evaluate the study for validity.  The most recent study published on the potential link between omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) and prostate cancer suggests that higher levels of these fatty acids raise the risk for prostate cancer.  Unfortunately, the media grabbed the headlines and drew conclusions that were erroneous.

Why?  Well, the study used data from a previous research project that had different goals, calling into question the validity of comparing the data.  This new study did not prove cause and effect, merely correlation of some data.

Mark Hyman, MD, a leading researcher and clinical practitioner, explains “What we can be sure of is that association does not prove cause and effect. If this had been an intervention design study, where half the participants got fish oil and half didn’t and they were followed for 20 years to see if they got prostate cancer, then you can say pretty definitively that they are connected. Bottom line, this type of study does not prove cause and effect. If I did a study on sunrise and humans waking up, I would find 100% correlation, but that doesn’t mean that the sun came up because you woke up. Correlation, yes; causation, no.”

fish-oilWhat about men who have really high intake and levels of omega 3 fatty acids?  Some of the highest levels can be found in Japanese men. They certainly eat their fair share of fatty fish and have done so for generations! The Japanese (and other fish-loving cultures) have been studied many times to test this hypothesis, and guess what? Males in Japan, while having some of the highest levels of EPA and DHA, also have some of the lowest rates of prostate cancer.

Bottom line:  do not rush to conclusions based on headlines.  Take a closer look at the underlying science presented.  To do this, you can always call an RN Patient Advocate who will help you learn the real story.

You can learn more about the facts of this issue here. . .

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