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Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

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by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

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Are you confused by what your cholesterol levels really say about your health? Don't you wish someone could just spell it out in simple English and tell you what, if anything, you need to do to improve your heart and overall health? That's precisely what Cholesterol Clarity is designed to do. Jimmy Moore, a prolific and highly respected health blogger and podcaster,


Are you confused by what your cholesterol levels really say about your health? Don't you wish someone could just spell it out in simple English and tell you what, if anything, you need to do to improve your heart and overall health? That's precisely what Cholesterol Clarity is designed to do. Jimmy Moore, a prolific and highly respected health blogger and podcaster, interviewed 28 of the world's top health experts from various fields to give you the complete lowdown on cholesterol. He and his co-author, family practitioner and researcher Dr. Eric Westman, have broken down this critical information for you to know what is most important and what is not.

Within the pages of this book you'll learn invaluable lessons, including:
- Why your LDL-C and total cholesterol numbers may not be as important in determining your health as your doctor may think
- The undeniable negative role chronic inflammation plays in your health
- Why cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don't necessarily solve your heart health concerns
- Why your doctor should be testing for LDL particles and particle size
- Why HDL and triglycerides are far more predictive of health concerns than LDL-C and total cholesterol
- Why consuming saturated fat is good and why carbohydrates are detrimental to attaining the best cholesterol numbers
- Why there is a growing number of physicians, researchers and nutritionists who believe treating cholesterol numbers is virtually irrelevant.

You won't find this kind of comprehensive, cutting-edge, expert-driven cholesterol information all in one place anywhere else. Did you know, for instance, that you don't have to eat a low-fat diet, take a statin drug, or eat more of the so-called "healthy" whole grains to get your cholesterol levels where they need to be? Learn what really works from the best experts on the subject. Cholesterol Clarity will not only tell you what your LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and other key cholesterol markers really mean, but it will arm you with what you can do nutritionally to become as optimally healthy as you can possibly be!

Featured Experts: Dr. William Davis, Dr. Ronald Krauss, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. Duane Graveline, Dr. Jonny Bowden, Dr. Chris Masterjohn, Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, Dr. John Briffa, Dr. Thomas Dayspring, Dr. Fred Pescatore, Gary Taubes and over a dozen more!

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Meet the Author

My name is Jimmy Moore and I'm the dude behind the wildly popular online health blog and podcast called "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb." On January 1, 2004, I was a morbidly obese 410-pound man on a one-way ticket to an early grave who decided to take back control of my own health thanks to the Atkins diet by going on to lose 180 pounds that year coming off of three prescription medications. Although it wasn't an easy road, I am grateful I found the healthy low-carb lifestyle because it gave me my health and life back again.

As 2005 rolled around and people began to take notice of my very noticeable weight loss, they wanted to know how I did it. After probably telling my Atkins low-carb weight loss success story at least a bazillion times, I finally said I would create a blog to talk about it--and so I did in April 2005. Today, the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog boasts 250,000 monthly readers and counting. In 2006, I became the host of one of the biggest layperson-led nutritional health podcasts on iTunes called "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" featuring interviews with all the top experts in the world of diet, fitness and health. That podcast airs Mondays-Wednesdays has 700+ episodes and continues to attract new listeners in droves. I have two other podcasts--"Ask The Low-Carb Experts" and "Low-Carb Conversations With Jimmy Moore & Friends"--you might want to check out as well!

These days I am super-passionate about helping empower people just like you to be in charge of your own health decisions and to stop abdicating that role to the so-called health experts who may or may not be giving you good advice. Educate yourself and be the boss of your own body and health. You can find out more about what all is happening with me at LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com. Feel free to e-mail me anytime at . THANK YOU again for being here and I look forward to getting to know you and helping you become that happy, healthy, and fit person you were always meant to be.

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Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read if you are on the journey to better health, explaining the cholesterol mystery in a language everyone can understand. It's not just about the three numbers (LDL, HDL, Total). There are more important indicators such as inflammation and the actual size of the cholesterol molecules. I am more informed and better able to discuss my test results with my doctor and make better decisions.
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Lipidking More than 1 year ago
I am a Board Certified Internist and have passed the Lipidology Boards of the National Lipid association. I think this book is important because it gets half of it right. Kudos for promoting LDL-P, CAC and CIMT. Jimmie has not yet gotten a CIMT. He also did not publish his HDL-P of 30.7. As he writes, it is about the particles not the cholesterol. His high HDL-C is meaningless as he has a small amount of HDL particles loaded with cholesterol. This has no bearing on the functionality of his HDL-P. ref. below: " It has also been demonstrated that small, dense, spherical HDL particles are more effective in mediating the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, and anti-infective properties of HDL." "Importantly, the cholesterol content itself of HDL particles is not atheroprotective. Thus, HDL-C should not be considered a surrogate marker of HDL functionality." "Unlike LDL cholesterol, HDL-C appears not to be associated with varying levels of cardiovascular risk nor to have a causal role in the atherosclerotic disease process." "In the current issue of Circulation, Mora et al14 present further data highlighting the potential clinical distinction between cholesterol- and particle-based measures of HDL. In an analysis of 10886 patients from the JUPITER study (Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention: An Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin), the authors reported that the on-treatment concentration of HDL particles, as measured by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, was inversely associated with adverse cardiovascular events both in patients given placebo and in rosuvastatin-treated patients. This contrasts with a previous report by this group in which HDL-C was found to not be significantly associated with cardiovascular events in the statin-treated group" My major concern with the book is that in patients with elevated LDL-P greater than 1,000 and with positive CAC (coronary arterial calcium done with CT scan) and/or a positive CIMT (carotid intimal media thickness by Ultrasound) are told to treat the plaque with (page 164) magnesium, co-enzyme Q, resveratrol, curcumin, vitamin D, vitamin C, and citrus bergamot (Dr. Bowden). Chelation therapy (Dr Fred Pescatore) p 165. On page 163 a chapter is titled "The Risks from Statins outweighs the absolute risks of having a heart attack." However in the chapter Dr Ravnskov says "there is a minuscule increase of two percentage points in your survival." No matter how he couches it, he says there is decrease of mortality on statins. Thus a patient with a calcium score above zero and/or a CIMT of 75% tile has found out he has sub-clinical plaque. A vulnerable plaque can rupture and cause sudden coronary death. There are 100,000 sudden coronary deaths a year with 50% of those people having death as the first sign of the disease. The best way to regress the plaque and reduce the inflammation is by getting the LDL-P less than 750. At least Jimmie could advise a wax matrix over the counter niacin at the low dose of 1,000 mg. Then Zetia is a good non-statin alternative to add on if the LDL-P goal is not reached. Finally this anti-statin crowd needs to consider to break the lowest dose of atorvastatin in half and take 5 mg. If they think the statin is affecting them, they can take atorvastatin 5 mg every other day. Then follow the CiMT every two years. Circulation Sept 10,2013 Nicholls and Puri Circulation Sept 10, 2013 Rosenson et. al.