Our BLS family was saddened by the sudden passing of one of the giants in the world of functional medicine: integrative cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.  

A conventionally trained cardiologist, and once chief of cardiology at Connecticut’s Manchester Memorial Hospital, Dr. Sinatra discovered natural healing and became a widely trusted and admired proponent of integrating nutrition, mind-body medicine and other alternative therapies. He authored more than 20 books, published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers, and wrote hundreds of blogs and articles on natural approaches to cardiology. 

Dr. Sinatra dedicated his life to protecting and healing the hearts of others. His “Awesome Foursome” of heart health nutrients consisted of CoQ10, magnesium, L-Carnitine and D-Ribose. 

He once wrote that the Awesome Foursome, “individually and collectively help increase energy, or ATP, production in your body by supporting mitochondria within cells.” 

Dr. Sinatra’s advocacy was largely responsible for putting D-Ribose on the map, and he included its benefits frequently in his books and articles, both in relation to heart health as well as sport nutrition. We will always be grateful for his advocacy and his extensive contributions to our collective knowledge of functional medicine.

“He was such a gracious, kind, generous, spirited human,” remembers Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, who co-authored “The Great Cholesterol Myth” with Dr. Sinatra.

We celebrate Dr. Sinatra’s many contributions and his trailblazing accomplishments. BLS extends our sincere condolences to his loved ones and his many, many friends. He will be missed.