I’m Not Done Yet

I’ve been saying that cholesterol is not the bad guy, that it doesn’t cause heart disease, for 15 years.
But I’m not done yet.
The reason I can’t let go of this is because the problem has actually gotten much worse, not better.
Seventy-five percent of the patients who come to me with heart disease are already on a statin drug when I see them.
My first job is to try and talk them out of taking them… they’re usually scared and think they’re going to die if they stop taking it.
The big drug makers love to run slick TV ads trying to convince you that lowering your LDL will protect you from heart disease. Doctors often further misinterpret the science and lead patients to believe that they have to lower their cholesterol with drugs or die of heart disease.

I’m Proud Of My High Cholesterol

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Cholesterol is what heart disease acts upon.
Cholesterol is a good thing. The more you have, the longer you’ll live.
In fact, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet did a study that looked at 724 people and followed them for 10 years. Researchers found that higher cholesterol meant a lower chance of dying from any cause.1
Cholesterol is a part of your body, and it’s a bad idea to declare war on a part of your body.
Unfortunately, many people who rely on mainstream medicine for health information haven’t gotten the message.
The way modern medicine treats cholesterol is the same as saying, “You have Alzheimer’s disease, let’s cut off your head.” It’s like if you come to me to have your bone mineral density measured, and I say, “We’ve found a problem with your bones. We have to take them out.”

Doctor STILL Hounding You About Cholesterol?

Walk into any doctor’s office with a cholesterol level over 300, and they’ll wheel you out on a stretcher, shove you in an ambulance, and rush you to the hospital.
But, let me tell you something about cholesterol: As long as your HDL is high enough, you’re at little to no risk of heart disease.
Even if your total cholesterol is 305…

This Is Your Brain on Margarine

There’s now another reason to avoid margarine. It can make you stupid.
According to researchers at the University of Auckland, children who ate margarine every day had significantly lower IQ scores by the age of three-and-a-half than those who did not.1
And children who were underweight at birth had scores that were even lower by the time they were seven.
The tragedy here is that margarine was sold to us as a “healthier” alternative to butter. In fact, it may be the unhealthiest “food” ever created…

Overlooked B-Vitamin Beats New Drug

Recently in the news there was an important report regarding the cholesterol-lowering drug ezetimibe – being marketed as Zetia.
A trial comparing the drug to niacin was halted mid-stream.
Why? Most likely because the result was not what they expected. It doesn’t improve HDL. It also increases the thickness of artery walls.

Turn Your Body into a Fat-Burning Furnace By Eating MORE Fat

Have you seen this ad for one of those fake butter spreads?
It features a 1950s family called the “Buttertons.” The mother serves the family entire sticks of butter shoved into baked potatoes. The voiceover says something like, “Back then we didn’t know much about cholesterol and saturated fats… Today, we know better.”
That means they’re telling you that you shouldn’t eat fat. It’s remarkable that this message is still dominant in the mainstream media.
The truth is we don’t eat a high fat diet. We eat less fat than our ancestors did. And yet we’re the ones with obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, clogged arteries and high blood pressure…

Want to Add Years to Your Life?

Have you seen RealAge, the online health quiz sensation? You may have heard about it from Dr. Oz on Oprah.
Here’s how it works…
You answer 150 questions about your personal life. Everything from health problems and medications to personal beliefs and sexual details. It gives you an idea of what you need to do to stay young, but his survey is flawed and it can take hours.