SOURCE: Bioenergy, Inc.

May 18, 2006 16:38 ET

Renowned Cardiothoracic Surgeon Calls Ribose Results "Astounding"

Pioneering Beating Heart Doc Uses Nutraceutical Supplement to Rebuild the Energy Supply of the Heart Prior to Bypass Surgery

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 18, 2006 -- Even though he has performed the highest percentage of Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (also called Off Pump CABG) procedures of any doctor in the U.S. since 1990, Dr. David Perkowski was still looking for improvement. Treating his patients with D-Ribose (CORvalen™) before surgery proved to be just what the doctor ordered, as a paper being presented to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego May 19-24 shows.

"We did a controlled study with two groups of our off-pump patients with one group using ribose and one not using ribose," explains Dr. Perkowski, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Saddleback Memorial in Laguna Hills, California. "In the ribose group we saw a post-operative improvement in cardiac index 55-percent higher than the non-treated group (36% vs. 23.2% respectively), which is quite astounding. An improved cardiac index means the heart is able to pump more blood to the body with each heartbeat. With the ribose supplementation the heart can recruit energy more effectively, helping it to simply pump better. So now we are using the ribose in most of our patients. This data is very important in real-world cardiac surgery, and it's exciting!"

While Dr. Perkowski's report to the American Thoracic Society involves data from 68 ribose-treated patients, he has now collected data from over 100 patients, with similarly favorable results.

"Our patients are frequently elderly and have had coronary disease for a long time," continues Dr. Perkowski. "Sometimes their hearts can contract quite well, but they can't fully relax. What the ribose use allows us to do is help the heart relax so it can fill with blood more effectively for the next heartbeat. With the administration of ribose, the entire ventricle works better, and recovers in a shorter period of time. Ribose allows the operation to proceed in a much easier fashion."

All this occurs after just a few doses of a five-carbon sugar that is found in every cell of the human body. If it is so simple, yet so effective, why doesn't the world know about it?

"Understanding what ribose does in the heart takes a good understanding of biochemistry and what is happening with the body at the cellular level," states Dr. Perkowski. "In my specific case, to do beating heart surgery we really had to investigate what was going on within the cell when it was normal and when it was damaged. We found the most important step in all of these enzymatic systems is the production of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. It's the energy currency of the cell and provides the power all cells need to function. So whatever can be done to aid or improve that process is going to be important for that cell, and ribose has been proven to significantly accelerate energy synthesis and recovery. It's hard to believe it can be so effective, so quickly, but we've got the data to prove it."

So what does Dr. Perkowski see for the future of ribose supplementation?

"Ribose today is a like beating heart surgery was 10 or 15 years ago. Nobody thought back then we could do it, and now we can successfully operate on 98-percent of all first-time coronary bypass patients without having to use the heart-lung machine. I believe we will have a similar success story with ribose."

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