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

The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That WillHeart 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, IncludingInflammation Fibrinogen Triglycerides Homocysteine Belly Fat Triglyceride To HCL Ratios High Glycemic LevelsBestselling 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. Doc told me my LDL cholesterol was too high, so I went out and got this book and now I have stopped worrying about it.Hence the five stars.Actually, what I did was get Steven Sinatra s other book on the new cardiology, and Dwight Lundell s and some others, and then I went and got a CT heart scan, which gives you a beautifully detailed picture of what s going on in and around your heart.The results of the heart scan Zero So, screw this whole LDL number business, it s just a way for big pharma t Doc told me my LDL cholesterol was too high, so I went out and got this book and now I have stopped worrying about it.Hence the five stars.Actually, what I did was get Steven Sinatra s other book on the new cardiology, and Dwight Lundell s and some others, and then I went and got a CT heart scan, which gives you a beautifully detailed picture of what s going on in and around your heart.The results of the heart scan Zero So, screw this whole LDL number business, it s just a way for big pharma to make billions of dollars Doctors can basically go to hell for telling people to eat fat free garbage for a generation For the past 25 years I haven t been able to eat an egg without someone at my table pantomiming a heart attack Lard was so uncool as to be completely absent in American supermarkets That all changed when I moved to Spain in 2006 where people didn t get the memo about avoiding saturated fats like the plague This is about the third or fourth book that I have read on this topic all with this same conclu Doctors can basically go to hell for telling people to eat fat free garbage for a generation For the past 25 years I haven t been able to eat an egg without someone at my table pantomiming a heart attack Lard was so uncool as to be completely absent in American supermarkets That all changed when I moved to Spain in 2006 where people didn t get the memo about avoiding saturated fats like the plague This is about the third or fourth book that I have read on this topic all with this same conclusion cholesterol isn t the cause of heart disease, crappy trans fats are to a certain degree Before I started making my own mayonnaise a few years ago I wasn t completely sure just what this stuff was Mayonnaise was completely vilified in America and people were urged to use fat free mayonnaise substitutes I don t know what in the hell is in that Frankenstein concoction but real mayonnaise is olive oil, an egg, a little vinegar, and some salt How could that be poison If you are taking statin drugs you really need to read this book as well as a few others on this subject and probably find a new doctor.Even if all these books are wrong and I die of heart failure, it will be worth it to have been eating corn tortillas that I make with a good helping of lard I would say that my blood chorizo levels are off the charts, too Great book Everyone who has heart disease in their family should read this Basically the biggest thing I got out of the book was the 4 heart disease killers 1 Oxidation, 2 Inflammation, 3 Sugar, 4 Stress Big Pharma is pushing their statin drugs to lower your Cholesterol, but that isn t the problem. Its the high carbs and lifestyles that we live, and eating Fatty foods is fine. As a middle aged man, I went to the doctor a couple of years ago and he read the riot act at me My LDL was too high Rather than blindly accept his recommendation to take statins to lower my cholesterol numbers, I decided to research how to improve my health naturally without medications.This book adds much needed perspective to the question that many middle aged people ask themselves what do these cholesterol numbers really mean, and do I really need to take an expensive drug from Big Pha As a middle aged man, I went to the doctor a couple of years ago and he read the riot act at me My LDL was too high Rather than blindly accept his recommendation to take statins to lower my cholesterol numbers, I decided to research how to improve my health naturally without medications.This book adds much needed perspective to the question that many middle aged people ask themselves what do these cholesterol numbers really mean, and do I really need to take an expensive drug from Big Pharma to lower my cholesterol numbers Long story short, cholesterol is a passenger rather than a driver of cardiovascular disease Lower cholesterol via meds is a complete scam and likely counter productive.To be fair, these are pretty bold statements and I m not a MD or PhD or researcher But Bowden makes a pretty compelling case First and foremost, the author lays out the scam that Big Pharma is playing on all of us There is a critical difference between absolute and relative risk Suppose you track 100 middle aged men over 5 years Two of them will have a heart attack Now give those same 100 men a statin Only one will have a heart attack That s an amazing 50% reduction in heart attacks, right Wrong It s a 1% absolute reduction in risk The pharmaceutical companies promote the relative risk reduction because it sounds AMAZING and they make loads of money selling statins however, the absolute risk reduction is negligible given the side effects of statins Worse yet, the absolute risk of type 2 diabetes goes up 5% as I recall from the book when you take statins Do you really want to reduce your risk of heart disease by 1% and suffer all sorts of side effects including muscle pain, weakness, ED, andonly to increase your risk of diabetes by 5% Hell no Also worth bringing up in that LDL is a blanket term that covers both good LDL and dangerous high density LDL Without understanding the nature of the LDL in a particular person s blood, you have no idea of whether or not that LDL is healthy or unhealthy At the end of the day, LDL is a passenger If you have high triglycerides, low HDL, and other markers of cardiovascular metabolic disease, you need to attack the root cause inflammation The standard American diet high simple carbohydrates, vegetable oils, factory farmed meats and dairy is causing chronic inflammation and drives insulin resistance in the body.The answer is redonkulously simple eat real food Eat food that your great grandparents would ve recognized as food If it s in a box, has plastic wrapping, and so on, it is probably not food It s probably a food product.Three stars out of five The book expanded my knowledge of cholesterol and exposed the scam that Big Pharma is pulling on all of us, but it was a book that I was happy to put down in the end Lots of information and not quite as readable as I had hoped for The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra , exposes the great lie that cholesterol is bad Before reading this book, I did not know much about cholesterol, other than the fact that it was supposedly harmful, and that you had to go on a specific diet to keep your cholesterol levels low Noeggs, beef, or saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil Being a HUGE advocate of consuming high amounts of eggs and saturated fat, and knowing how they are greatly beneficial he The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra , exposes the great lie that cholesterol is bad Before reading this book, I did not know much about cholesterol, other than the fact that it was supposedly harmful, and that you had to go on a specific diet to keep your cholesterol levels low Noeggs, beef, or saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil Being a HUGE advocate of consuming high amounts of eggs and saturated fat, and knowing how they are greatly beneficial health wise, I did not have to study much about cholesterol to know that their hypothesis was very much fallacious But when talking to friends who were on the cholesterol diet, I did not have a convincing enough argument I realized that I needed to study up on it so that I can better help others Cholesterol is a very important molecule that each and every cell in our bodies makes Without cholesterol, we would die Our brain has high levels of cholesterol and is needed in order to retain our memory Cholesterol is also needed in order for our bodies to make vitamin D, sex hormones, and the acids needed for proper digestion Low levels of cholesterol are highly linked to depression, suicide, cancer, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, accidents, inflammation, infections, etc. The idea that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease, also known as the lipid hypothesis, is just that even today a hypothesis Scientists still have yet to prove that cholesterol is dangerous and leads to heart disease Eveninteresting, studies have shown that half of people who have been hospitalized because of a heart attack have normal levels of cholesterol, while half of those with high levels have very healthy hearts Dr Jonny Bowden, before becoming a nutritionist, began to change his stance regarding cholesterol when he was a personal trainer He noticed that his clients who followed the low fat diet were not losing much weight or getting any healthier When some of his clients started following the high fat and low carb diet, the results were remarkable Those clients had lost a lot of weight and were overall healthier than when they had begun This experience gave him a desire to study this subjectin depth Dr Bowden, along with co author and cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, came to several conclusions based on their findings and proven research Among those conclusions are the following 1 Heart Disease is not caused by saturated fat On the contrary, saturated fats coming from meat, coconut oil, eggs, and butter are all fats that help protect the heart Trans fats are really the culprits.2 The Cholesterol Diet increases the risk of heart disease As mentioned above, saturated fats protect the heart When we do not consume these foods, are bodies are at greater risk for heart disease as well as other severe health conditions 3 Lowering cholesterol does not lower the risk of heart disease According to the authors, cholesterol is a relatively minor player in heart disease and a poor predictor of heart attacks pg 31 They also mention that over 50% of people in the hospital who have had heart attacks have standard cholesterol levels 4 Sugar Causes Heart Disease Various studies in various countries show that sugar was the main culprit in heart disease Where sugar was not consumed in high amounts, heart disease was not prevalent Countries where their inhabitants consumed sugar in higher amounts had muchcases of heart disease Sugar lowers the body s immunity and therefore the body cannot fight inflammation, which leads to heart disease and other harmful conditions.5 Statins areharmful than helpful Cholesterol is not bad for you therefore, we do not need statins to lower cholesterol Statins also include many severe side effects such as memory loss, movement impairment, liver and skeletal muscle damage, sexual dysfunction, muscle pain, weakened immunity, and fatigue The body suffers from all these conditions just to supposedly prevent something that could possibly happen to the heart What sinteresting statin drugs deplete the body of CoQ10, a nutrient that is necessary for proper heart function 6 Stress causes heart disease A little stress is good for the body too much can be deadly Stress, when in conjunction with other risks to health such as pesticides or drugs can be fatal It can also slow down the recover process from illnesses or even inhibit recovery, putting extra strain on the heart and thus increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, etc So why would so many people lie about cholesterol The answer is pure greed Various pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and food conglomerates make money selling statins and other drugs and low fat and low cholesterol foods The statins in and of itself rack in over 30 billion yearly Imagine what would happen to those pharmaceutical corporations if the FDA announced that cholesterol is not so bad after all Not only do the authors expose the great lie about lowering cholesterol, they also have a section in the book on how to protect heart health naturally I found The Great Cholesterol Myth to be very informing, in depth, and written in a way that is easy to understand I am now able to supply proper evidence to my friends and family in exposing this harmful lie I am thankful for the opportunity I had to read this book and I hope that my knowledge of this subject will help others to become healthy and strong This review, along with many other health book reviews, can also be found on www.differentkindofliving.wordpress.com This is in part a debunking of the saturated fat misinformation as covered in other books This book addsspecific info on various cholesterol tests and then makes a whole bunch of claims about various nutritional supplements These claims seem a little fishy to me Some better books covering most of the same ground This is in part a debunking of the saturated fat misinformation as covered in other books This book addsspecific info on various cholesterol tests and then makes a whole bunch of claims about various nutritional supplements These claims seem a little fishy to me Some better books covering most of the same ground Authors explain how they believe inflammation from too much sugar is the bigger factor in heart disease than high cholesterol levels Well written and makes sense. Hmm, this is a troublesome book for me I agree wholeheartedly is that a pun with the message, but I had some issues with the format First, I ll say that the book uses a very casual, chatty tone the same one I adopt in my reviews, and I actually enjoyed that Unfortunately, it seems that that casual tone comes with some rather lackluster editing I noticed things like typos and sentences missing their periods Additionally, there s a long section on Dr Yudkin pg 66 that apparently refer Hmm, this is a troublesome book for me I agree wholeheartedly is that a pun with the message, but I had some issues with the format First, I ll say that the book uses a very casual, chatty tone the same one I adopt in my reviews, and I actually enjoyed that Unfortunately, it seems that that casual tone comes with some rather lackluster editing I noticed things like typos and sentences missing their periods Additionally, there s a long section on Dr Yudkin pg 66 that apparently references Gary Taubes with Taubes wrote even though Taubes hasn t been mentioned in pages and pages, and there s no footnote Speaking of Gary Taubes, if you ve read Good Calories Bad Calories or Why We Get Fat then much of the first part of the book is a retread, and I found that somewhat boring Last, any book of this sort should be read with a critical eye, but I find it hard to believe that a book that has been written primarily about the dangers of too much sugar, touts the recommendation of Put pomegranate juice in heavy rotation on your menu 4 to 8 ounces a day, or as often as you like WTF, book That s 31 36g of sugar PER SERVING 8 oz As I ve shared before, my goal for total sugar daily is 30g with 5g added sugar, which is about 3 servings of fruit you know, whole foods, not juice and one piece of 72% cacao chocolate Thanks for finding your readers a healthy replacement for their soda addiction Additionally, the book trashes processed meats, but fails to mention that you can find unprocessed versions My local supermarket, i.e not a specialty meats or wholefood store, sells uncured bacon, and the speciality stores sell uncured versions of lunch meat and breakfast sausage These are foods that are pretty limited in my diet anyway, but just in case there was someone out there crying over their bacon.I did find some information I plan to put into use I copied out the boxed information on pg 68 to tape to my bathroom mirror Given my love of cupcakes, I need a constant reminder of why nomming them destroys my health by the way, I halved my triglycerides number by going low carb, so yeah, my ratio of triglycerides to HDL to is 1.5 BA, right I bookmarked p 176, which is the mega quick breakdown of all the book s information, and I highlighted that processed carbs no no list on p 179 180, so I can reference it every time I m tempted to buy a box of crackers I also really appreciated the injunction against vegetable oils Yes, I know they re bad, but I don t think I previously made the connection that restaurant fried food, i.e food cooked in oil that has been reused dozens of times and therefore is likely unstable, is pretty much the poster child for poor heart health Finally a push for me to stop cheating with tortilla chips and curly fries I ll miss y all Overall, this was an excellent book, but there are a few issues that I hope will be addressed in future editions I m looking forward to discussing the overwhelming negative research about cholesterol lowering drugs in this book with the referral Physician, not my own, whom rushed to prescribe a Statin drug for me notwithstanding my referral to him for an ear problem For about the last 5 years, I ve been warning my Friends with elevated cholesterol to avoid Statins like the plague based on articles by healthcare professionals that I researched and discovered when I picked up on the horribly dangerous effec I m looking forward to discussing the overwhelming negative research about cholesterol lowering drugs in this book with the referral Physician, not my own, whom rushed to prescribe a Statin drug for me notwithstanding my referral to him for an ear problem For about the last 5 years, I ve been warning my Friends with elevated cholesterol to avoid Statins like the plague based on articles by healthcare professionals that I researched and discovered when I picked up on the horribly dangerous effects, not side effects, but regular effects of Statins.The research has been in for years The ignorance of GPs and the unwisdom of cardiologists who continue to buy into Big Pharma s con job about the wonders of Statins in preventing cardiac disease is almost unbelievable..if it were not horribly real.Their denial of facts, or their lack of time to read them, nonetheless, is condemning thousands of trusting people to death in North America alone.You can read the short statements about why you might be wise to get the information this book will give you in a short article Cardiologists Ignore Facts at It s by a Toronto based physician, Gifford Jones M.D His inexpensive, easy to use alternative available at your local health food store is explained in FAQ re Medi C Plus at.Enjoy learning the truth and be wellGaryFPatton 2013 07 13 gfp 42 This books sets out a compelling idea that high cholesterol is neither an indicator of heart disease, nor is it necessarily bad for you Backed by studies, the authors present lots of evidence that sugar not fat is the bd guy when it comes to heart disease Though they aren t the first to point fingers at sugar and how horrible it is, when all the studies are laid out, They could be right I learnedabout the role of cholesterol in the body, why it s important, and how it got vilanized, an This books sets out a compelling idea that high cholesterol is neither an indicator of heart disease, nor is it necessarily bad for you Backed by studies, the authors present lots of evidence that sugar not fat is the bd guy when it comes to heart disease Though they aren t the first to point fingers at sugar and how horrible it is, when all the studies are laid out, They could be right I learnedabout the role of cholesterol in the body, why it s important, and how it got vilanized, and even now, doctors don t want to let go of outdated notions Way too many people are on statin drugs to lower cholesterol, yet the same numbers of people still die of heart disease The downside of this book was the conversational tone with the reader, phrases such as Let me repeat that and Are your eyes glazed over yet made me feel like the authors had their ideal reader figured out and it wasn t me Also, the dietary recommendations seemed expensive and somewhat unreasonable How does one eat cherries two times a week when they re only in season a few months during the summer, and was that sour or sweet cherries But Omega 3 oils are high on the list of good foods, and poegranate juice and dark chocolate And any book that promotes good dark chocolate is okay in my book