Cholesterol Wars: Diet vs. Statins

Health Alert 113 A new study proves that a cholesterol-lowering diet is just as good at lowering cholesterol and C-reactive protein levels (high levels indicate heart disease) as statin drugs. The new study proves that drugs aren’t necessary to reduce cholesterol. The right diet can lower cholesterol just as well. Today, I’ll tell you about that new study. And how …

With Drug Company Money …

Health Alert 35 Did you know that drug companies sponsor the studies that show benefits from their drugs? A case in point is Pfizer and its drug for lowering cholesterol, Lipitor. Pfizer funded a trial in which 20,000 patients took either Lipitor or a placebo regardless of their cholesterol levels. The Lipitor group experienced a lowering of their cardiac risk …

Stop Drug Overdoses

Health Alert 134 If you take a prescription drug there’s a good chance you take too much. The medical system of dosing commonly results in this error. It can make you fatigued, constipated, dizzy, weak and depressed. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) estimated that 125,000 die each year from doctor prescribed drugs. But did you know that …

Heart Attack Survival Guide

Health Alert 38 Heart attack! The term is so frightening most of us prefer not to think about it. And of course, prevention is the best strategy. But what do you do if you’ve already had a heart attack? My old college friend, Roland, recently had a heart attack. There are some very important lessons you can learn from his …

Had Your VAP Tested Yet?

Health Alert 45 Have you heard of VAP? You will. It’s a newly developed cholesterol test. It stands to make your total cholesterol number obsolete. Total blood cholesterol is not a very good predictor of heart attack or stroke. Many people with high cholesterols never have a heart problem and half of the people who have heart attacks have normal …

Another Drug Deal Gone Bad

Health Alert 48 The drugs in this story are not street drugs. This story is about best selling blood pressure medications. Doctors began using these drugs about 20 years ago. Drug companies said they were better and doctors believed them. Now, in light of a major study proving otherwise, the original evidence supporting their use seems to have disappeared. One …

Why Cast an Unbroken Arm?

Health Alert 154 Would you take a prescription drug you don’t need? Drug companies are marketing doctors to tell you just that. Pharmaceutical reps are passing studies to doctors that seem to say healthy adults should take a statin drug such as Lipitor. Pfizer generates billions of dollars on Lipitor every year. They then use those profits to sponsor studies …