The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Why Lowering your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-- and the Statin-free Plan That Will

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Bestselling 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.


Heart 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, including:

- Inflammation

- Fibrinogen

- Triglycerides

- Homocysteine

- Belly fat

- Triglyceride to HCL ratios

- High glycemic levels

Bestselling 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.

MYTHS VS. FACTS

Myth–High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.
Myth–High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack.
Fact–There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.
Myth–Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
Fact–
There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.
Myth–Statin drugs are safe.
Fact–Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly.
Fact–Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol.
Fact–
Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.
Myth–Saturated fat is dangerous.
Fact–Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.
Myth–The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan.
Fact–Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.
Myth–A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease.
Fact–Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.
Myth–Fat is bad for your health.
Fact–Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.
Myth–There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Fact–This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.
Myth–Cholesterol causes heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or “bb shot” LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.


Heart 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, including:

- Inflammation

- Fibrinogen

- Triglycerides

- Homocysteine

- Belly fat

- Triglyceride to HCL ratios

- High glycemic levels

Bestselling 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.



Baker & Taylor
Argues that traditional disease protocols place an inappropriate focus on cholesterol and risky statin drugs, outlining a four-part program for minimizing heart disease risks that focuses on such risk factors as inflammation, high triglycerides and stomach fat. Original.

Baker
& Taylor

Contending that heart disease is not caused by cholesterol and saturated fat, presents a statin-free plan for preventing and managing heart disease that focuses on reducing sugar, inflammation, stress, and processed foods.

Publisher: Beverly, MA : Fair Winds Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781610586344
1610586344
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Sinatra, Stephen T.

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cjearl03
Oct 29, 2018

There are many books that discuss cholesterol, sugar, processed carbohydrates, etc., but this one does an excellent job of explaining it scientifically in a way that's easily understood. Many nutrition books that discuss cholesterol just skim the surface and don't really explain the "why", while other books written by lifelong researchers are difficult to understand without a degree in chemistry. This was an excellent middle ground.

The best part is that books like this clearly have no agenda other than informing people. The trouble in today's society is the companies with the deepest pockets are the ones that come out with research, advertisements, etc. that shape our opinions on food and our health. But when you get down to the "why", as these authors do, it becomes quite clear that we're often misinformed and really doing ourselves harm. Everyone should read this book.

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RDL
Jan 17, 2016

This book along with those from Ben Goldacre will make you wonder about the soundness of the physicians' prescriptions.

It certainly appears that institutions were setup to serve the employees and lobbying companies rather than the public.

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Maleis
Jan 15, 2013

Another book in the growing number of research articles and medical books denying that cholesterol is a good marker for predicting heart attacks. Well worth reading before you make up your mind on the topic

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