The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

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Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research ...

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Overview

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

The Great Cholesterol Myth reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including:
Inflammation
Fibrinogen
Triglycerides
Homocysteine
Belly fat
Triglyceride to HCL ratios
High glycemic levels

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth.

MYTHS  VS. FACTS
Myth–High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.

Myth–High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack.
Fact–There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.
 
Myth–Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
Fact–There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.
 
Myth–Statin drugs are safe.
Fact–Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.
 
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly.
Fact–Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.
 
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol.
Fact–Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.
 
Myth–Saturated fat is dangerous.
Fact–Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.
 
Myth–The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan.
Fact–Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.
 
Myth–A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease.
Fact–Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.
 
Myth–Fat is bad for your health.
Fact–Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.
 
Myth–There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Fact–This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.
 
Myth–Cholesterol causes heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or “bb shot” LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.
 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Anyone skeptical of the notion that there is more to heart disease than ‘cut your fat, take a statin drug’ would be well served by reading this book.”  -William Davis, M.D., best-selling author of Wheat Belly

“How is it that more people are on statin drugs and aggressive pharmaceutical interventions than ever before and yet cardiovascular disease remains one of the most pervasive killers in Western society? The authors present the real causes of heart disease and practical solutions to both preventing and treating it.” - Robb Wolf, best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

“The Great Cholesterol Myth finally sheds light on the true story, why millions are being harmed by statin drugs and how to really prevent heart disease. Everyone with heart disease, on a statin, or with a family history of heart disease must read this book. And if your doctor recommends a statin, read this book first!” - Mark Hyman, M.D., best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“Doctors Bowden and Sinatra have done us all a great service by busting the cholesterol myth and all the misinformation out there about heart disease. This book is a must-read!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D., best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
 
"The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D., goes far beyond the standard information and advice for anyone worried about heart disease. The style is breezy and easy to read, but the information is solid and will surprise many readers. A must for anyone who needs to combat heart problems." - Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling authors of The People's Pharmacy
 
 “The simplistic view that dietary and serum cholesterol are the primary causes of heart disease and heart attack is no longer tenable. Doctors Sinatra and Bowden provide all of us with a persuasive, fact-based interpretation and vision of the true role of cholesterol in cardiovascular illnesses.” - Mark Houston M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.H., F.A.C.N., Director, Hypertension Institute, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN, and author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease
 
“The Great Cholesterol Myth is a remarkable book that will revolutionize the way in which heart disease is prevented, detected, and treated in this country.” - Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., best-selling author of The Fat Flush Plan
 
“This book clearly explains the tragic and harmful cholesterol and statin myths, and gives readers insight into those factors that really do promote a healthy heart.”  – Peter H. Langsjoen, M.D., F.A.C.C.

“The authors have done their homework, and rather than rotely ‘following the leader.’ They have dug into the extensive research and correlated it with their wide clinical experience to reveal the truth. This book can save many lives, including your own!” - Hyla Cass, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
 
“Thanks to the extensive scientific evidence provided by Bowden and Sinatra, the truth about cholesterol will hopefully end the utter madness that has plagued our society for far too long. Don’t even think about taking another statin drug, cutting your fat and cholesterol intake, or other ‘heart-healthy’ measures until you read The Great Cholesterol Myth.”  --Jimmy Moore, author of Livin’ La Vida Low Carb and A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Your Cholesterol Test Results
 
“This powerful new book will help the cholesterol test get the rest it deserves.” — Alan Christianson, N.M.D., co-author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease
 
"If you want to know the truth about cholesterol, and what you absolutely must do to improve your heart health, this is the book for you. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra reveal the facts in a compelling and insightful way. This invaluable book belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about the truth in medicine and healing." --Daniel Amen, M.D., CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc., Author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
 
“Got high cholesterol or heart disease? Get this book!” --Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! and From Fatigued to Fantastic!
 
“Finally! This timely book, written by the eminently qualified dream team of Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, exposes and unravels the great American cholesterol scam. Statin drugs sell in the U.S. for over $30 billion per year, but do they really prevent heart disease? No!  This ‘must read’ book will tell you how to really prevent heart disease and live a longer, healthier, leaner, fuller life.” --Dean Raffelock, D.C., Dipl. Ac., D.A.A.I.M., D.I.B.A.K., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N., author of A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health
 “The book you’re holding is dangerous, and may even upset you. That’s because everything you know about cholesterol is probably wrong. Doctors Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra provide both the science to vindicate this unfairly demonized molecule and a plan of action so you can attain optimal health.” - JJ Virgin, best-selling author of The Virgin Diet 

“Full of useful facts, backed up by the research literature, this book is entertaining and accessible to just about anybody who cares about their health. A must-read for those who are worried about their cholesterol levels and on the fence with statin therapy.” - Stephanie Seneff, B.S., M.S., E.E., Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Increasingly, doctors are questioning assertions that cholesterol is responsible for arterial disease, and that effective management requires lowering of cholesterol levels, especially with statins. At the same time, the noxious properties of the latter are being appreciated. It is therefore timely that Bowden and Sinatra provide this very readable explanation of why they think the way they do. Many readers will be persuaded.”  - Hywel Davies, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., former Chief of Cardiology at the Denver VA Hospital

“Jonny Bowden, along with Dr. Stephen Sinatra, demonstrates with compelling logic backed by scientific studies, that doctors are doing more harm than good by prescribing statins as if they were after-dinner mints, with the false hope that a lower cholesterol level will prevent heart disease when underlying inflammation and oxidative stress are the real root causes of heart disease.” - Todd LePine M.D., The UltraWellness Center
 
“Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra do an outstanding job providing a deep dive into all the causes of heart disease, while clarifying the role cholesterol plays. I would encourage this book to be required reading for all health science students, nutritionists, and physicians who treat patients!” - Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc., Vice President of Nutrition and Education, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
“If you’re concerned about your cholesterol level and are thinking of taking a statin drug, this book is a must read! It will change the way you think about heart disease—and it may save your life!”  - Prudence Hall, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, The Hall Center
 
“Be ready to be surprised, entertained, and to become healthy.” - Larry McCleary, M. D., best-selling author of Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly
 
“This book is well written with excellent scientific references and from extremely knowledgeable authors. Read this book so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision before you treat your high cholesterol!” - Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women
 “Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra set the record straight on decades of bad science [and] put forth a far better solution about the true culprits that rob you of longevity: processed carbohydrates, insufficient vegetables, excess omega 6, too many trans fats. Masterly, readable, and life-altering.” - Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure 

From the Publisher

“Full of useful facts, backed up by the research literature, this book is entertaining and accessible to just about anybody who cares about their health. A must-read for those who are worried about their cholesterol levels and on the fence with statin therapy.” - Stephanie Seneff, B.S., M.S., E.E., Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Increasingly, doctors are questioning assertions that cholesterol is responsible for arterial disease, and that effective management requires lowering of cholesterol levels, especially with statins. At the same time, the noxious properties of the latter are being appreciated. It is therefore timely that Bowden and Sinatra provide this very readable explanation of why they think the way they do. Many readers will be persuaded.”  - Hywel Davies, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., former Chief of Cardiology at the Denver VA Hospital

“Jonny Bowden, along with Dr. Stephen Sinatra, demonstrates with compelling logic backed by scientific studies, that doctors are doing more harm than good by prescribing statins as if they were after-dinner mints, with the false hope that a lower cholesterol level will prevent heart disease when underlying inflammation and oxidative stress are the real root causes of heart disease.” - Todd LePine M.D., The UltraWellness Center
 
“Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra do an outstanding job providing a deep dive into all the causes of heart disease, while clarifying the role cholesterol plays. I would encourage this book to be required reading for all health science students, nutritionists, and physicians who treat patients!” - Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc., Vice President of Nutrition and Education, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
“If you’re concerned about your cholesterol level and are thinking of taking a statin drug, this book is a must read! It will change the way you think about heart disease—and it may save your life!”  - Prudence Hall, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, The Hall Center
 
“Be ready to be surprised, entertained, and to become healthy.” - Larry McCleary, M. D., best-selling author of Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly
 
“This book is well written with excellent scientific references and from extremely knowledgeable authors. Read this book so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision before you treat your high cholesterol!” - Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women
 “Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra set the record straight on decades of bad science [and] put forth a far better solution about the true culprits that rob you of longevity: processed carbohydrates, insufficient vegetables, excess omega 6, too many trans fats. Masterly, readable, and life-altering.” - Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure 

“Anyone skeptical of the notion that there is more to heart disease than ‘cut your fat, take a statin drug’ would be well served by reading this book.”  -William Davis, M.D., best-selling author of Wheat Belly

“How is it that more people are on statin drugs and aggressive pharmaceutical interventions than ever before and yet cardiovascular disease remains one of the most pervasive killers in Western society? The authors present the real causes of heart disease and practical solutions to both preventing and treating it.” - Robb Wolf, best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

“The Great Cholesterol Myth finally sheds light on the true story, why millions are being harmed by statin drugs and how to really prevent heart disease. Everyone with heart disease, on a statin, or with a family history of heart disease must read this book. And if your doctor recommends a statin, read this book first!” - Mark Hyman, M.D., best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“Doctors Bowden and Sinatra have done us all a great service by busting the cholesterol myth and all the misinformation out there about heart disease. This book is a must-read!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D., best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
 
"The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D., goes far beyond the standard information and advice for anyone worried about heart disease. The style is breezy and easy to read, but the information is solid and will surprise many readers. A must for anyone who needs to combat heart problems." - Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling authors of The People's Pharmacy
 
 “The simplistic view that dietary and serum cholesterol are the primary causes of heart disease and heart attack is no longer tenable. Doctors Sinatra and Bowden provide all of us with a persuasive, fact-based interpretation and vision of the true role of cholesterol in cardiovascular illnesses.” - Mark Houston M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.H., F.A.C.N., Director, Hypertension Institute, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN, and author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease
 
“The Great Cholesterol Myth is a remarkable book that will revolutionize the way in which heart disease is prevented, detected, and treated in this country.” - Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., best-selling author of The Fat Flush Plan
 
“This book clearly explains the tragic and harmful cholesterol and statin myths, and gives readers insight into those factors that really do promote a healthy heart.”  – Peter H. Langsjoen, M.D., F.A.C.C.

“The authors have done their homework, and rather than rotely ‘following the leader.’ They have dug into the extensive research and correlated it with their wide clinical experience to reveal the truth. This book can save many lives, including your own!” - Hyla Cass, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
 
“Thanks to the extensive scientific evidence provided by Bowden and Sinatra, the truth about cholesterol will hopefully end the utter madness that has plagued our society for far too long. Don’t even think about taking another statin drug, cutting your fat and cholesterol intake, or other ‘heart-healthy’ measures until you read The Great Cholesterol Myth.”  --Jimmy Moore, author of Livin’ La Vida Low Carb and A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Your Cholesterol Test Results
 
“This powerful new book will help the cholesterol test get the rest it deserves.” — Alan Christianson, N.M.D., co-author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease
 
"If you want to know the truth about cholesterol, and what you absolutely must do to improve your heart health, this is the book for you. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra reveal the facts in a compelling and insightful way. This invaluable book belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about the truth in medicine and healing." --Daniel Amen, M.D., CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc., Author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
 
“Got high cholesterol or heart disease? Get this book!” --Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! and From Fatigued to Fantastic!
 
“Finally! This timely book, written by the eminently qualified dream team of Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, exposes and unravels the great American cholesterol scam. Statin drugs sell in the U.S. for over $30 billion per year, but do they really prevent heart disease? No!  This ‘must read’ book will tell you how to really prevent heart disease and live a longer, healthier, leaner, fuller life.” --Dean Raffelock, D.C., Dipl. Ac., D.A.A.I.M., D.I.B.A.K., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N., author of A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health
 “The book you’re holding is dangerous, and may even upset you. That’s because everything you know about cholesterol is probably wrong. Doctors Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra provide both the science to vindicate this unfairly demonized molecule and a plan of action so you can attain optimal health.” - JJ Virgin, best-selling author of The Virgin Diet 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592335213
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 30,367
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition, and health. He is a board-certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in psychology and the author of twelve books on health, healing, food, and longevity, including three best-sellers, The Great Cholesterol Myth (coauthored with Stephen T. Sinatra), The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and Living Low Carb. A frequent guest on television and radio, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition, weight loss, and longevity. He is the nutrition editor for Pilates Style and is a regular contributor to Clean Eating, Better Nutrition, and Total Health Online.
He has contributed to articles for dozens of print and online publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, GQ, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Allure, Men’s Heath, Prevention, InStyle, Natural Health, and many other publications. He appears regularly as an expert on ABC-TV Los Angeles. He is a member of the American College of Nutrition and the American Society for Nutrition. He lives in the Topanga Canyon section of Southern California with his dogs, Lucy and Emily. Follow him at www.jonnybowden.com and @jonnybowden.
 
Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T., is a board-certified cardiologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth (coauthored with Jonny Bowden), The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever, Reverse Heart Disease Now, and Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks. Certified as a bioenergetic psychotherapist and nutrition and antiaging specialist, Dr. Sinatra integrates psychological, nutraceutical, and electroceutical therapies in the matrix of healing. He is the founder of www.heartmdinstitute.com, an informational website dedicated to promoting public awareness of integrative medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Nutrition. His websites include heartmdinstitute.com and drsinatra.com. 
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A Note on Materials

I have a studio full of art supplies I rarely use. In the end, I prefer to work with a fairly small list. With a few exceptions, the following is all you will need to do the projects in this book:

- Mechanical pencil
- Ultra Fine-Point Sharpie (permanent marker)
- Ballpoint pen
- White paint pen
- Watercolors
- #12 round watercolor brush
- Soft vine charcoal
- White gesso
- White acrylic ink
- Colored pencils
- Markers (any kind)
- 1 or 2 light grey Copic markers (or something similar)

I work in small 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch (14 x 14 cm) sketchbooks, on white card stock from the office supply store, #140 hot-press watercolored paper, or wood.

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Table of Contents


Foreword

Chapter One: Why You Should Be Skeptical of Cholesterol as an Indicator of Heart Disease

Chapter Two: “Cholesterol Is Harmless!”

Chapter Three: Inflammation: The True Cause of Heart Disease

Chapter Four: Sugar: The Real Demon in the Diet

Chapter Five: The Truth about Fat: It’s Not What You Think

Chapter Six: The Statin Scam

Chapter Seven: Help Your Heart with These Supplements

Chapter Eight: Stress: The Silent Killer

Chapter Nine: Putting It All Together—A Simple and Easy Blueprint for a Healthy Heart—and Life!

Glossary

Endnotes

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    This book is real eye opener and one of the best books that I ha

    This book is real eye opener and one of the best books that I have read this year. As a person that struggled with my weight and with a family history of heart attacks and strokes, I needed this book in my life and I am glad that I have it. I also would recommend my other favorite book this year, "The Hungry Chick Dieting Solution." I found out about it here on BN and I am so glad that I did. It made me rethink a lot of my food choices. I was skeptical at first seeing it mentioned in a review, but here I am doing it too. But, the book is good and even better than even that, I am actually losing weight.  

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Have read this book and it has backed up my belief that medicati

    Have read this book and it has backed up my belief that medications like Crestor and Lipitor cause more problems than solving them. I've always had an argument with my cardiologist that Crestor was causing me nothing but muscle pain but all he did was ignore me and tell me I had to take it. Sure enough it is coming out that these medications really don't do women any good and even my friends who are men tell me that even they suffer the same issues I have. I'm taking this book with me I'm off to have another "discussion" with my Dr. If I can't make any headway with him, well I guess it's time to say good-bye and find someone else who will listen to my concerns.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    This isn't just a book for people taking care of their heart. Bu

    This isn't just a book for people taking care of their heart. But if you main goal is to do that, you need this book to put you in the HONEST DIRECTION of helping yourself. I spent 5 years doing what the doctors say and thank goodness I didn't totally listen to them. Cholesterol is NOT the variable you should be looking at.And "Danger Will Robinson" on statins. It's amazing, you can apply this information in so many ways. It s a must read for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Amazing Information!

    This book debunks all the crazy myths about cholesterol and its relationship to heart disease. It's a must read for all those who are being prescribed statins. Glad I read the book first.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Excellent book

    Huge amount of exceedingly useful information in this book. Very well worth having.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    "High cholesterol and saturated fat are the major causes o


    "High cholesterol and saturated fat are the major causes of heart disease." That statement has been a medical article of faith for many years. According to the authors of this book, it is also very wrong.

    There are several different types of "good" and "bad" cholesterol (some "good" cholesterol is bad for the body, and some "bad" cholesterol is good for the body), so a single number for good and bad cholesterol each is rather worthless. People with really low cholesterol numbers can easily get heart disease, and those with really high cholesterol numbers can live their entire lives without one bit of heart disease. Why do some native cultures, who practically live on saturated fat, have little or no heart disease?

    The real cause of heart disease is chronic inflammation, which comes from damage caused by free radicals (the book explains everything). Sugar is much more harmful to your heart than fat. It contributes to inflammation in the walls of your arteries. It increases the amount of insulin in your blood, which increases cholesterol and raises your blood pressure. It also raises your level of triglycerides, which is a much better indicator of heart disease than cholesterol.

    What is the problem with statin drugs, the usual treatment for heart disease? Their benefits have been extremely exaggerated. The brain depends on cholesterol to function normally. A common (but under-reported) side effect of statin drugs is sexual dysfunction. Most doctors dismiss complaints of side effects from statin drugs, and don't report them to the FDA. The only people who should take statin drugs are middle-age men with documented coronary artery disease.

    The book mentions tests that are much better indicators than cholesterol of heart problems. Ask your doctor to order them. Get rid of sugar, soda, processed carbohydrates and trans fats from your diet. Eat more vegetables, berries, nuts, beans and dark chocolate. If you can add only one supplement to your diet, make it Coenzyme Q10.

    This book easily reaches the level of Must read, especially for anyone on a statin drug. It is an eye-opener that will give the reader plenty to discuss with their doctor at their next appointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    The research backs it up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    I read the book and immediately had a heart attack the next day.

    I read the book and immediately had a heart attack the next day... Not very helpful in my opinion.

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Elizabeth

    (I joined just now) *waves back*

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Jenny

    A sixteen year old girl walked in. Hi. Im jenny. May i join. I... dont know who my godly parent is... i was an orphan sinc as long as i can remember.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    TripleCrossing00

    I turn and shrug, walking away slowly. "I still beleive it."

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Artemis

    Thank you.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Celeste

    A girl with flowing dark brown hair and silvery eyes walked in. She wore a dark blue toga wih silver trimmimgs. Slung across her back was a silver bow, and on her hip was a slender sword."I am the daughter of Selene, the moon goddess. In which cabin would l live?"

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Xino

    Xino is 5'2 and has red skin with words wrtten on his chest and forearms everywhere. He has a crush on on o the two girls here.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Quartzstar

    Ok. Plz tell all cats there to move her plz!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Moonclan Leader's Den

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    Posted April 17, 2013

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    Posted April 6, 2013

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    Posted September 9, 2013

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