Discussions that mention potassium

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As all of us know, we have been repeatedly told FM doesn't kill. However,
some days it just some day makes you wish it would. Well, there is some
interesting information below that MAY suggest that FM might put us at higher risk of more life threatening diseases; e.g., heart attack and cancer. Please note this research has NOT confirmed it. The research is related to ATP impact regarding heart attack and cancer. This post presents my meandering thoughts about the possible seque since we know there is an ATP connection to FM connection. In 1989 two Swedish doctors, A. Bengtsson and K.G. Henriksson, reported in "The Muscle in Fibromyalgia: A Review of Swedish Studies"--Journal of Rheumatology 16, supplement 19 (1989); 144-49. that they found a 22% reduction in the level of ATP in muscle biopsies taken from fibromyalgia patients.

So, I went digging online, and found an interesting 3/29/04 Mayo Clinic
Research Article. Again, nothing that references FM. But, it does state,the
following:

"Research team leader Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., a specialist in cardiac
biology, describes the work as groundbreaking because it reveals critical
molecular mechanisms which may in turn point to possible new treatments for
heart failure. Very little is known about stress tolerance of the heart in health
and disease," says Dr. Terzic. This discovery opens a new field of investigation in cardiovascular medicine as we uncover how and why the heart becomes vulnerable to stress........The new finding shows ATP-sensitive potassium channels can work as defensive barriers, and if they are defective they cannot properly sense the body's state of stress. When this happens, they fail to decode the metabolic signals that synchronize the flow of potassium and calcium. "

While the above Mayo Clinic article does not mention FM, it may be relevant
interest to us because of research work in 1989. Two Swedish doctors,
A. Bengtsson and K.G. Henriksson, found a 22% reduction in the level of ATP in muscle biopsies taken from fibromyalgia patients; reported in "The Muscle in Fibromyalgia: A Review of Swedish Studies"--Journal of Rheumatology 16,
supplement 19 (1989); 144-49. (Oxford Journals)

Of additional interest is that my acupuncture doctor (an M.D., Internist who
specializes in oncology) cautioned me that because I have FM, I am at greater risk of cancer. I have never heard that before. She stated this information has not yet made its way to the public, but is known among doctors who work in oncology. So, I went research digging again. I found an article in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, Vol. 92, No. 4, 290-291, February 16, 2000, pp 290-291 (Oxford Journals)

"Is ATP (Adenosine 5'-Triphosphate), like STPĀ®, a Performance-Enhancing Additive for the Tanks of Cancer Patients?" By Aminah Jatoi, Charles L. Loprinzi, Jeffrey Sloan, Richard M. Goldberg. This article does not state reduced levels of ATP make one more vulnerable to cancer, but it does state that increased levels of ATP benefit cancer patients in their recovery. This study involved a medical procedure of *ATP infusions*. I did not know such a procedure exists.

The ATP Infusion Process is quite interesting, and I am wondering if it is a therapy might benefit those of us with FM since it is KNOWN that we have an ATP deficiency. Or, is the reason we don't know about this option that the big pharmaceuticals just making too money on selling us pain, sleep, and other coping aides??? Just a thought, and something to look into:)