Is Your Cholesterol Healthy?

Patients continuing to feel pressured by other doctors to take drugs for healthy cholesterols constantly surprise me. Statins are now the most prescribed class of drugs in history. The newest Crestor is the most dangerous of all. Today you’ll see how Crestor can actually harm your health. You’ll also learn how scientific studies prove you don’t need to have low …

Are We Winning the Battle?

Cancer has recently topped heart disease as the nation’s number one killer.(1) This seems to be good news for the fight against heart disease. But when you look a little closer, there’s little cause for celebration. The raw data shows the number of people with both cancer and heart disease is actually increasing, even though the rates of death are …

Why Are You Hearing About CRP Now?

Not too long ago, a patient asked me, “Dr. Sears, what do you think about this new risk factor for heart disease called” C – reactive protein’?” “It can be helpful to measure but it’s not really new. I’ve been measuring it for 15 years. Yours is nice and low were it should be. You’ve had it measured every year …

Lower Your Blood Pressure with 3 Easy Tips

Health Alert 163 If you have high blood pressure, it is important to lower it to within the normal range. I am not a fan, however, of lowering blood pressure with drugs. I consider drugs as a last alternative. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the millions of Americans taking blood pressure lowering drugs have never been offered effective alternatives. I’ve …

What Bill Clinton’s Doctors Missed

Health Alert 236 Dear Subscriber: For weeks the media called former President Bill Clinton’s emergency heart surgery a “wake up call for baby boomers.” They did an excellent job of bringing heart disease to the forefront of public attention.1 But once again reports focused on cholesterol as the culprit. So much so that viewers could have been misled to believe …

Ignore the Hype, Focus on the Cholesterol that Matters

Health Alert 164 Statin drugs to lower cholesterol have become the number one category of drug expense for America’s health insurers. They are also the most profitable drugs in history. That pays for a lot of propaganda. Every month you hear a new report of how more American’s should take more. They have sponsored studies suggesting that an ever expanding …

Will Drug Companies & The FDA Learn from Vioxx? It Doesn’t Look Like It…

Health Alert 237 Dear Subscriber: When Merck voluntarily recalled Vioxx on September 30th, 5 years and 105 million prescriptions after its debut, users were stunned. How could a drug billed as part of the new, “safer” generation of pain killers double your risk for heart attack and stroke? What’s more, why was it sold for so long? There were early …

Your Taxes and Drugs

Health Alert 167 Just in case you forgot, today is April 15th, tax day. Speaking of taxes, this year we have, in effect, a new drug tax. As if drug prices were not already high enough, we will soon be paying a new tax that will further maintain drug company prices. How inflated are prices? The popular blood pressure pill …

The Next FDA Earthquake

Health Alert 238 Dear Subscriber: Looks like the Vioxx disaster was only the first tremor in a major quake rumbling through the FDA. Now five more drugs are under fire over safety issues. Dr. David Graham, an FDA researcher, recently testified against the FDA in a Senate Finance Committee hearing. He said that we face what may be the single …

Cholesterol Drug Found to Be Lethal

Health Alert 175 A new statin drug, Crestor, has hit the market. Clever television campaigns are targeting people who have “high” cholesterol. What the ads don’t say is that a deadly condition called rhabdomyolysis is a potential side effect of Crestor. This condition was the reason the statin drug Baycol was taken off the market a few years back after …

Everything about Cholesterol – Wrong?

Health Alert 239 Dear Subscriber: Last time you read about five drugs that are coming under fire because of safety issues. One of those five is a statin drug called Crestor. Statin drugs have been linked to fatigue, kidney failure, muscle breakdown, and death. Yet they are the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. today. When it comes to …

Your Best Antioxidant Power Punch

Health Alert 178 Care to guess the natural food that has the highest concentration of antioxidants? It’s the humble blueberry. They help your body fight off certain cancers and heart disease. They can also fend-off memory loss, the most common cause of loss of vision and varicose veins. And, they are delicious. Today, you will learn about how eating blueberries …

Treat Inflammation, Not Cholesterol, For A Healthy Heart

Health Alert 240 Dear Subscriber: Every year, conventional doctors write more than 50 million prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering medications. That number will triple in the next few years in response to the stricter guidelines.1 This is a huge mistake. These drugs will not improve your health. It’s unfortunate what people are going through with statin drugs. Severe fatigue, depression, kidney failure, …

Who’s Teaching Your Doctor?

Health Alert 180 My office recently received a fax that worries me. It was an offer for an easy way to earn the education credits I need to renew my license to practice medicine. You may know that doctors are required to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits. But, did you know that drug companies are sponsoring this “education”? If …

The Miracle Heart Energizer

Health Alert 242 Dear Subscriber: A woman with high blood pressure came to see me. She was taking two blood pressure medications and a statin drug. She complained of constant fatigue and was also having trouble with her memory. When we tested her blood for a certain nutrient, we discovered it was lower than 95% of the population. After taking …

What TV Ads Aren’t Telling You about Crestor

Health Alert 189 A while back, I warned you about Crestor, the newest cholesterol-lowering drug advertised on TV. It has a deadly side effect called rhabdomyolysis (a terribly painful, degenerative muscle tissue condition). This is the same condition that caused Baycol to be withdrawn from the market in 2001, after a hailstorm of lawsuits. The dangerous side effects for patients …

Carnitine: What You Should Know

Health Alert 243 Dear Subscriber: If you could burn fat, improve your heart, and boost your energy by taking one pill would you do it? I’m not talking about a new a diet drug – or any other medication for that matter. Today I’ll tell you about the amino acid L-carnitine. * 7 Reasons to Take L-carnitine * L-carnitine plays …

The New Heart Cure

Health Alert 198 Heart disease kills 950,000 Americans every year. That number is so large it’s hard to grasp. Yet you may have no trouble relating to the aunt, grandfather, or coworker you’ve lost to a heart attack. For decades we’ve worked to eradicate heart disease – but to no avail. Heart disease remains our number one killer. This is …