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Three Heart Attacks By 29:

A Physician’s Personal Drama
By: Dr. John V. Cappello, D.O., and M.B.A.

“Once near death and in fearful pain, a young man turned to nutrition for help. 
He improved enough to survive the rigors of medical school.”

Meet Dr. John V. Cappello, D.O., and M.B.A.
Dr. John Cappello

 My grandfather had a heart attack when he was in his 60’s. My father had one when he was in his 40’s. I was only 29. It couldn’t happen to me, I thought. But it did happen. On June 25, 1970, I suddenly awakened about 2 a.m. with a crushing pain in my chest.

I was having some serious business problems at the time and I was eating poorly – lots of fatty and fried foods – and drinking more alcohol than I should have. What’s more, I was not getting the exercise and rest I needed. The total stress of this situation was apparently too much for my body’s weakest link – the heart.

At first, when it hit, I didn’t know what was happening. I thought that if I could just move my bowels the pain would go away. (I learned later that this is a common symptom with heart attacks.) I was wrong. Even a bottle of citrate of magnesia did not help and the pain lasted until 4 a.m. With great relief, I went back to bed for a few hours and woke up at 7 a.m. to go to the office.

There were no recurrences for the next few days. Then on June 29 it started again; I was having an early morning snack in the company’s coffee shop when I felt the pressure building on my chest; this time the pain radiated down both arms to my fingertips. I waited about a half-hour conversing with friends, not being able to sit still, before I decided to go to a physician. After all, I had never been sick, so I did not know what I was experiencing.

Another “great” experience awaited me as I got into my car to drive the 20 miles home. The power steering in my new Buick had failed. The car handled like a Mack truck and, as I look back on it, I sure wasn’t doing myself much good. Mother Nature wasn’t on my side either; the mercury hit 96 degrees that day and, with Philadelphia area humidity, the perspiration was just pouring off my body.

After a tortuous half-hour drive, I finally made it to the local hospital. Curiously, the pain started to relent as I walked into the emergency room. When I told the emergency room nurse what had happened to me, I was immediately seen by the physician, who set me up for an EKG. Five minutes later, I got the bad news.

“You have had a heart attack,” the emergency room physician told me. “So, we are going to have to keep you in the hospital for a couple of weeks.” A few tears came to my eyes as I thought of my father and grandfather and how I had seen their activities greatly curtailed after their heart attacks. But, just as quickly as these thoughts came to mind, I promised myself that this would not and could not happen to me.

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I was taken right to the intensive care unit. There I had what was unquestionably the most frightening experience of my life. In the middle of the night, I was awakened with the most severe pain I had ever had. It was chest pain so excruciating that I cried out for help. I learned later that the damage to my heart muscle was extending, or in medical terms, additional heart tissue was undergoing “infarction.” The nurse was not permitted to give me anything for the pain until she reached my physician, who ordered a stronger painkiller.

Heart Medicine – a Life Sentence

The rest of my hospital stay and initial recovery was laborious. But, somehow, I got to the point where I became an outpatient and was put on my daily dosages of “heart medicine.”

• Coumadin – and anticoagulant also known (in error) as a “blood thinner.”
• Sublingual Nitroglycerin – thought to dilate coronary blood vessels.
• Nitrobid – a long-acting nitroglycerin.
• Valium – an anti-anxiety agent.

Still, I was never totally free from chest discomfort. Anxious thoughts or a hard day’s effort would cause that old tingling feeling in my chest and arms.

My physician, who had done such a valiant job in helping me overcome the acute stage of my illness, was of little help in my efforts to rehabilitate myself.

“John,” he said, “even if you jump into the African jungle on a parachute and live with the natives, make sure you bring a good supply of the medications you are taking.” He made no mention of diet or supplements, which were discussed in the lay press. Nor did he question my habits and lifestyle, which I knew must be changed. But I did not know what or how to change and needed guidance, I realized then that perhaps his acute care training was what I needed to get me over the initial hump, but now to further improve I must seek other avenues.

Discovering Medicine and Nutrition

It was during this four-year search (1970-1974) THAT I DECIDED TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A PHYSICIAN BUT I DID NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THE RED TAPE. Now somehow the hassle of preadmission testing, letters of recommendation, interviews and waiting did not seem to matter. Fortunately, I had completed all of the necessary pre-med courses, so I was not confronted with that roadblock. And my reasoning to further pursue medicine as a career was further spurred as I felt sure my background in laboratory research would be of great assistance in uncovering the answer to improving my own health as well as the health of others. Eventually I was accepted at a well-known Philadelphia school of medicine for September, 1974—the class of 1978.

 Luckily, the summer before I started school, I came across a book by Naura Hayden.   In it, Adelle Davis was discussed and a couple of her books—including “Let’s Get Well” and “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit”— were mentioned. I eagerly read these books and a new world was opened up to me. What I found particularly interesting was the research on vitamin C, the different vitamins of the B complex and anti-stress studies. At last, I had some leads to work with.

Be Smart! Keep Your Heart Healthy!

While I studied the various aspects of medicine and the human body at school, I devoted practically all of my spare time to studying human nutrition. My body became a laboratory.

And as I studied and experimented, I realized that I was overfed the wrong foods and essentially undernourished to cope with the demands I was placing on my body.

Gradually, over six months’ time, I weaned myself from all of my heart medication by following much of the nutritional advice I uncovered during my research. Of course, this approach is not for everyone. I was pursuing a career in medicine and by this time was quite sure about what I was doing. I don’t want to leave the impression that the average person who has a serious medical problem should try to go it 100 percent alone.  

But what a difference some of these health-oriented changes made for me!

My typical day began at 5 a.m. and I was home at around 9 p.m. A few hours of studying usually took me to bed around midnight. If there was an exam the next day, I could easily be up to 2 or 3 a.m.

Somehow I did it without chest pain or discomfort. Before, if I tried to keep such hours, my body would cry “Uncle.”

Now I was building endurance and each month saw further improvement.

During the course of my journey to better health I also discovered PREVENTION.  I guess I kind of identified with this magazine since its founder also had health problems and was looking for a better way. The inspiration of others with an active interest in preventive medicine helped to spur me along the way.

Many people have asked what the regimen I used consisted of.
These were the main nutrients during the initial phase of my personal program.

• Brewer’s yeast with calcium and magnesium.
• Lecithin
• Corn oil

Also included as supplements were:

• Pantothenic acid
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• B Complex
• Magnesium oxide

Here is the way I started and my reasoning at the time:

Brewer’s yeast is a known source for balanced B vitamins. This balanced source is important because during illness the need for all B vitamins seems to increase.If you increase one and not the others, you may cause a B vitamin imbalance. I started with a half teaspoon of brewer’s yeast the first week, then built up slowly to two heaping teaspoonful’s per day over a four week period.

I used Lecithin to aid in the transportation of fat and cholesterol in my bloodstream.  Many of the hardening of the arteries cases I researched were typified by increased ratios of cholesterol to fat in the bloodstream. While experimentally unconfirmed, the premise I work with is that lecithin can conceivably help restore a proper fat/cholesterol balance.

Corn oil is a natural source of linoleicm acid, and essential fatty acid also known as Vitamin F. It is believed that Vitamin F helps reduce the amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood.

Depending upon what I had in stock, would use either eight ounces low fat skim milk or fresh orange juice as a base. Then using a blender, I’d add two teaspoons each of brewer’s yeast, lecithin and corn oil; and whip it up into a healthful froth.

After my one-two-three blend I would then take the following supplements: Pantothenic acid, 100 mg. and vitamin C, 500 mg. My studies revealed that both are stored in the adrenal gland and are known requirements in stress related diseases.

• Vitamin E, 300 international units. This appears to act as an antioxidant by reducing the need for oxygen in the heart muscle.
• Multivitamin with B complex. One of these was taken as an added safety factor.
• Magnesium oxide, 250 mg. was taken since magnesium is found in the muscle tissue and is involved in many energy-producing reactions in the body.
• In addition, my lifestyle was drastically altered.  I sharply cut down on refined sugar and animal fat. And instead, switched to a diet high in whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit in season.

Because of these and other lifestyle changes, I no longer need to stick as closely to my crisis regimen. Under especially stressful conditions, though, I usually go back to some variation of my initial formula with rather good personal results.

Today I am living a very active life. I exercise every morning, work about 14 hours a day as an intern and am making plans to set up my preventive medicine practice. Still, I find time to enjoy my family and read PREVENTION regularly as well as a number of other medical and nutritional journals.

Over 30 years have gone by since I wrote the article above.
While I still stand by the routine outlined above to improve anyone’s cardiac condition, a good deal has changed in my life. I practiced as a Board Certified Family Practitioner as well as fostered Preventive Medicine in all my years of medical practice. However, over work and seeing 60 patients a day in a Rural
Health Care Center took its toll on my nervous system and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2000.  This caused me to retire at the age of 59 with unrelenting tremors.

Having kept up such a busy practice for all of those years I got a little behind in the nutritional research area.  So I used my “retirement” time to pursue research on advances in the nutritional field.
Once again, I did not wish to “buy in” to the conventional medical wisdom that what I had was not reversible, and all I had to look forward was further physical decline and what M.D.s are famous for (More Drugs) in these situations.
I uncovered that there was a new category of supplement called stem cell nutrition that actually could increase a person’s own adult stem cells from his or her own bone marrow. 
It is nothing unnatural and has nothing to do with the controversy of stem cells from an embryo. 
Likewise, I discovered that those in the best cardio health have the highest circulating adult stem cells.  There were even articles in the literature demonstrating how adult stem cells could help over 70 health issues.

Over a five year period, I took apart all of the stem cell improving formulations and designed one that had more active ingredients and started taking it myself in 2005. Within six months all of my PD symptoms were gone. In addition, joint pain I had started to develop gradually subsided. Even more amazing to me personally was that the “floaters” in my eyes that are usually precursors to cataracts started to disappear after a year on the product I developed.
My stamina increased and I was feeling as well as I did when I was in my early 40s. Obviously these are “unusual” results by any standard of evaluation.   
I truly knew at that point I could not keep these personal findings to myself.  To go back to practice and reach 1000 to 2000 patients just did not seem fair to the rest of those with health issues and who possibly could never learn about this new natural health science.

I filed and received a U.S. Patent for this health innovation plus started a company known as Emergent Health Corp that is publicly traded under the ticker EMGE.

To make the product more available and affordable, I had it formulated into a MultiVitamin-
MultiMineral Formulation with the addition of the special stem cell nutrition component we call Vita-Stim Powered™ Concentrate.
That part of our company is called JDI International and the feedback from people who are using this product has been most gratifying.
Obviously, we cannot make any claims to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Plus nothing in this article has been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. But what we can say is most adults do need to take a Multivitamin as even The Journal of the American Medical Association has indicated in a 2002 article that most people cannot obtain their minimum daily requirements from the food they eat. And if people obtain “unusual” results, all we can do is be happy for them! 
Dr. John V. Cappello, D.O., and M.B.A.    

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Reprinted with permission of Prevention Magazine 

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