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The Great Cholesterol Myth

Myth When I was invited to co-author a book with Dr. Jonny Bowden—a leading nutritionist who knows my position on statin therapy and the over-treating of cholesterol numbers instead of people—I jumped at the opportunity to spread this message even wider. Our new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

In my thirty-plus years of practicing medicine, here are some of the biggest heart health myths I've discovered with my patients—and how to avoid them. * Thinking “vitamins will protect me.” A lot of people think they can eat anything they want as long as they take nutritional supplements. I remember…

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For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

…The Great Cholesterol Myth know that sugar, not fats (including saturated fats), is the real demon in heart disease. But putting that advice into action for heart-healthy eating can be challenging, which is why my co-author Dr. Jonny Bowden and I created The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook. This is Your…

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Calcium: No Longer the Lone Ranger in Bone Health

…answer was all about how much calcium we’re getting. I was dumbfounded to learn that’s a myth! So, when considering prevention of osteoporosis, let’s look at what we now know about the calcium myth in fracture prevention. Not only has recent research muddied the water in terms of how much and…

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4 Foods for Depression

…heart. Eat as many as six per week, and don’t worry about the notion that eggs contribute to the formation of LDL cholesterol. That’s an unfounded myth. Food for Depression #2: Include 4–5 oz. protein with every meal to stimulate steady production of tryptophan, a building block of serotonin. My top…

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Is a Low-Fat Vegetarian Diet Healthy for Your Heart?

…that total cholesterol is the biological marker for developing heart disease. As many of you know from reading my newest book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, I’ve debunked the long-held theory that hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) is a disease. I also pointed out the dangers of statin drugs and…

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Facing Osteoporosis

…turns out that that simple recommendation was sorely lacking. As we are now learning, the relationship between calcium and fracture risk may be a myth! Truth is, most of us women don’t REALLY take our bone health seriously until we’re well into our fifties. I know I never gave it too much thought…

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Information About Eggs & Heart Health

…cardiologists. That’s because people had the notion that eggs contribute to the formation of LDL “bad” cholesterol—but that’s an unfounded myth. The truth is that eggs are an excellent protein-rich choice for breakfast, or any meal of the day for that matter. They’re also an excellent mood…

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New Research: Saturated Fats CAN Be Part of Heart-Healthy Diet

…coconut and avocado—are some of the best source of saturated fats. In fact, choosing smart is one of the reasons I co-authored The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook. The present study conducted at the University of Cambridge also looked at omega-6 oils, trans-fats, and fish oil. As expected, trans-fats—which…

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The Health Perks of Yoga & An Invite to Kripalu 2013

…instructor, will also be contributing to the workshop. During this weekend I will also be sharing insights from my latest book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease—and the Statin-Free Plan That Will. We will also explore the phenomenology around the…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

…that many of my patients didn’t share until they get beyond their hesitation or embarrassment to talk about their love life. But let me dispel this myth. Intimacy can be very good for your heart and can have a major impact in healing your heart and restoring your vitality. In fact, I’m convinced that…

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Are Airport Security Scanners Safe?

…Exposure From Airport Security Scanners? Recently, when I was headed to the airport for a television shoot to promote my book The Great Cholesterol Myth, I did my usual side step at the security checkpoint in order to opt for the “pat down” instead of walking through the scanner. As I did, the airport…

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The Blood Lipids Ratio to Watch

…considered a good ratio, but I don’t like to see a blood lipids ratio that’s over 5. (Learn more about this ratio in my new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease—and the Statin-Free Plan That Will, available at www.amazon.com and other book retailers…

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The Best CoQ10 Supplement to Take

…increased their CoQ10 intake. It was that noticeable! Now it’s your turn: Do you take a CoQ10 supplement? You May Also Be Interested In: * Heart Myth Debunked: Saturated Fat Isn’t the Enemy * A Powerful Metabolism-Booster from Green Tea

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…conference at the annual meeting of the American College of Nutrition. I was on hand to present my take on another hot potato: the great cholesterol myth, but I stayed an extra day to attend the full symposium on the benefits of vitamins. What makes the issue so confusing is that the research on the benefits…

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Much of What Passes for High Cholesterol is Harmless

…some components of cholesterol and to raise others. Despite the great strides we’ve made in educating ourselves about cholesterol, a huge number of myths still abound. One of them is that what passes for “high cholesterol” is in fact harmless. Because your body makes more cholesterol on its own than…

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New Statin Medication Guidelines May Double Use

…based on an algorithm concept is, frankly, poor medicine. Doctors need to treat inpiduals with smart medicine—not guidelines, numbers and unproven myths and dogma. Now it's your turn: What do you think about these new statin medication guidelines? You May Also Be Interested In * Statins and Memory Loss…

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