Carnitine uptake studies in cultured skin fibroblastsA urine test for impaired carnitine metabolism
ORDoes trial supplementation with carnitine
then these little patients will likely go on to die from 'Idiopathic' or 'Congenital' heart failure.
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Selenium Deficiency in Pediatric Cardiomyopathy
Selenium deficiency is another cause of so called Congenital Heart Failure that doctors simply don't look for and therefore never find. But selenium deficiency leading to heart failure is actually quite common in parts of the world that have low selenium in the soil. In fact, its name is Keshan Disease after the area in China with low selenium where it was first identified.
And while doctors in areas with low selenium levels are trained to look for this problem, doctors elsewhere are simply not aware of this problem and mainly believe that a patient in a first world hospital could never have a nutritional deficiency be the cause of their life-threatening symptoms.
But many researchers believe that low selenium levels are much more common than previously thought and may be contributing to immune system problems and heart disease in adults. But in children, this unrecognized problem may be causing many cases of lethal congenital heart failure.
Selenium is one of these nutrients that people just KNOW that they MUST be getting enough of, even though they eat almost no foods that contain selenium. So, in our nutritionally poor society where breakfast cereals and white bread are common meals, it's easy to see how newborn infants could be so selenium-poor that they get congenital heart failure soon after birth.
"Selenium deficiency is much more common in small infants than is generally realized but the clinical significance in neonates is poorly understood."
Selenium deficiency in low birth weight neonates: an unrecognized problem
The above study states that 'the clinical significance [of low selenium levels] is poorly understood.' But the clinical significance is that these children get HEART FAILURE from low selenium! Other studies show that pregnant women get lower and lower selenium levels as their pregnancies progress and that infants' selenium levels at birth continue to drop for the first 3 months of life.
These findings should make every clinician who works with infants with Congenital Heart Failure want to check these babies for selenium deficiency- sadly, few doctors even consider it and these children suffer because of it.
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Unfortunately, none of our advanced medical techniques account for nutritional deficiencies and therefore these super simple problems are not looked for and therefore not found. Vitamin D, Carnitine, Selenium and Coq10 are absolutely vital nutrients for the heart health of infants. Because no one can possible believe that infants in the western world are deficient in ANYTHING- kids are dying in the most advanced countries in the world for lack of VITAMINS with their doctors completely unaware of these simple to remedy problems.
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