In this health video you will learn how ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is being used as a treatment for fibromyalgia and fatigue.
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Raena Morgan: Hi, I'm Raena Morgan with iHealthTube and we're visiting with Dr. Rapaport. Dr. Rapaport, let's address, we've talked about lack of energy let's address things like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, please. Dr. Eli Rapaport: Two extremely important indications that have a 75% overlap. Fibromyalgia has to do mostly with the lack of function of skeletal muscles. And what we have talked in applies to fibromyalgia and there has been in the past, attempts of utilization of ATP in several formulizations, to overcome fibromyalgia. Some of them met with success actually. Raena Morgan: With fatigue? Dr. Eli Rapaport: For reasons that we have discusses before namely stimulation of blood flow, enhanced disposal of oxygen into the skeletal muscles, enhanced disposal of nutrients, mainly glucose into skeletal muscles, build up of glycogen, there may be meant of formulation of ATP inside the skeletal muscles, which produces the mechanical energy of the skeletal muscles without the need for oxygen and the improvement in the disposal of glucose into skeletal muscles by stimulation of the expression of GLUT 4, the major transporter of skeletal muscles for glucose. So all these factors undoubtedly, significantly would affect fibromyalgia. Now, another aspect about chronic fatigue syndrome that has not paid much attention to and these two indications, though they are extremely common, relatively speaking those are not met by the medical establishment with the figures that they should be. Chronic fatigue syndrome has to do with chemical toxicity and in addition deterioration of liver function. Raena Morgan: Okay. Dr. Eli Rapaport: ATP that stimulates the improvement in intracellular ATP also improves liver function. Raena Morgan: Okay. Dr. Eli Rapaport: This is something that's well established. Raena Morgan: And with fibromyalgia, there is a build up of like lactic acid and ammonia, and so ATP helps remove those toxins? Dr. Eli Rapaport: As I mentioned before, ATP is now an approved drug in France and goes under the brand name of Atepadene, and it's approved for the indication of sub-acute low back pain it's also called lumbago. And the mechanism is the stimulation of removal of waste products along with enhanced disposal of nutrients, oxygen, and glucose into the muscles. Raena Morgan: Okay, well, thank you, Dr. Rappaport.