The Great Cholesterol Myth

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Cholesterol
Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

The Great Cholesterol Myth

When I first came to Healthy Directions over seventeen years ago, what excited me most was the ability to get the latest cutting-edge heart research out to more people than I could ever reach in my clinical practice, including other doctors and healthcare professionals.

One of my top missions has been is to educate people on the true cause of heart disease, and it’s not cholesterol. Most doctors and cardiologists are still testing their patients’ cholesterol numbers and wearing out their prescription pads with orders for prescription-lowering statin drugs. Meanwhile the true cause of heart disease, inflammation, is still largely ignored.

The Great Cholesterol 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 was just released. In fact, some of you may have caught my interview about the book on The 700 Club . The airing helped  more people become aware of what’s really important when it comes to heart health.  

Here are just a few of the many facts Dr. Bowden and I shared in the book:

  • The hypothetical link between high levels of total cholesterol and heart disease has NEVER been proven. It’s a diagnosis conjured up to serve drug companies who want to sell cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

  • Recent studies suggest statin drugs are associated with a higher risk of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

Dr. Bowden and I agree that while Big Pharmacies are busy raking in over $31 billion annually by selling high-cholesterol drugs with terrible side effects to unknowing victims, their success is putting the American public’s health at risk.

Plus, all of this erroneous focus on high cholesterol is diverting research dollars away from the real cause of heart disease—inflammation

Chronic Inflammation and Heart Disease

Chronic inflammation is a major predictor of coronary artery disease. Studies show elevated levels of CRP (inflammation) puts you at twice the risk of dying from cardiovascular-related problems as those with high cholesterol. Your doctor can order a CRP blood test, and while results may vary by lab you generally want a reading below one.

Now it’s your turn: Has your doctor tested your inflammation levels? 

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