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 Will

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 repo

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  1. Jason Boehm | October 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm |
    391 of 413 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Busting Anti-Cholesterol Bias Once and for All, October 12, 2012
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    Jason Boehm (Chicago, IL) –

    This review is from: The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will (Paperback)
    As a Certified Nutrition Specialist, I sometimes have clients gasp when I recommend they choose eggs over cereal for breakfast or include shrimp in their protein intake. “But… the cholesterol!” they shriek.

    Anti-cholesterol bias and misinformation runs rampant, even in this supposedly enlightened era when studies show dietary cholesterol has little to do with blood cholesterol and people are fearlessly eating egg yolks again.

    Thankfully we have this wonderful, meticulously researched new book from Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra that dispels those myths. Despite the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry and many doctors’ determination to put anyone with even slightly elevated cholesterol on statins, the evidence suggests otherwise:

    Cholesterol levels do not accurately predict heart attacks.
    In fact, half of heart attacks occur to people with normal cholesterol levels.
    And half the people with higher cholesterol actually have healthy hearts.

    Why aren’t we getting this information from the mainstream media, which persist in demonizing cholesterol for heart disease and numerous other health issues?

    In The Great Cholesterol Myth, Drs. Bowden and Sinatra provide a compelling case to stop fearing cholesterol. They also discuss other culprits your doctor probably isn’t telling you about that can contribute to heart disease.

    They won’t leave you hanging. They’ve also provided a simple yet comprehensive dietary and lifestyle action plan that helps you take the right steps to prevent heart disease. You don’t have to succumb to your doctor’s well-intended but wildly outdated recommendation to take statins and eat a low-fat diet.

    Whether you struggle with high cholesterol or just want to knock the wind out of any so-called expert who argues you should avoid cholesterol, you must read The Great Cholesterol Myth.

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  2. Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man | October 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm |
    250 of 265 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dr. Jonny Bowden Explains Why Lowering Cholesterol With Statins Is Foolish, October 31, 2012
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    Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Man (Spartanburg, SC) –
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    This review is from: The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will (Paperback)

    Nationally-known weight loss, nutritional health expert and bestselling author Dr. Jonny Bowden has been providing quality health information for years in a series of bestselling books. But as a big fan of his work, I do believe he has now offered his most significant contribution to date with the release of THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL MYTH. We all know how devastating heart disease has become in recent years which is why people tend to take the cholesterol message so seriously. But Dr. Bowden asks the question, “Why are we treating numbers rather than treating heart disease?” It seems that some simple changes he and his cardiologist co-author Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggest in this book would do a lot more to turn this tidal wave around than the continual push for statin drugs to artificially lower cholesterol–and to what end?

    After his publisher wanted him to write a book about lowering cholesterol for improving heart health, Dr. Bowden had to convince them that emerging new lipid science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease. He spent months sharing with them in paper after paper that the standard prescriptions for lowering cholesterol like the outdated high-carb, low-fat diets combined with those dubious statin medications that produce some truly horrific (and under-reported!) side effects are not only ineffective but are actually making heart disease WORSE! Doh!

    The medical profession has been duped by the pharmaceutical companies who have made hand-over-fist money to the tune $31 billion annually selling Lipitor, Crestor and all these other so-called cholesterol-lowering drugs. No, it’s not a conspiracy theory that made this happen, but it will take some courageous people like Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra to challenge the status quo, ask medical professionals the hard questions about why they obsess over cholesterol numbers, the role statin drug companies have played in perpetuating this lie, how people can truly improve their heart health naturally and so much more. If you’ve got “high cholesterol” and are worried about what it means to your cardiovascular health, then you need to READ THIS BOOK and see what the authors have to share about it. THIS BOOK COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

    Here are a few concepts you’ll read about in THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL MYTH:

    - Cholesterol is the basis of all dietary recommendations
    - It’s been “woven into the fabric of what’s healthy”
    - Deeply-entrenched “accepted dogma” is very difficult to change
    - All the leading medical organizations are pushing the dogma
    - This isn’t the first cholesterol skeptic book to be written
    - Doctors aren’t treating patients, they’re treating numbers
    - High cholesterol is not a disease or heart disease risk factor
    - There’s a campaign to convince parents to give kids statins
    - Cholesterol is necessary for so many bodily functions
    - The important distinction between the various kinds of LDL
    - The “good” and “bad” cholesterol idea is about 20 years old
    - There are multiple types of LDL and HDL
    - LDL Pattern A looks like a cotton ball and is “harmless”
    - LDL Pattern B is the “angry” kind that leads to plaque
    - You need to know which kind of LDL you have
    - When you eat saturated fat, LDL Pattern A goes up (A GOOD THING!)
    - You need to get a particle size test conducted to know
    - Get an NMR Lipoprofile Test from Liposcience to test LDL particles
    - Both LDL particle size and LDL particle number are important
    - If LDL is mostly the large, fluffy kind, you’re doing well
    - Doctors tend to put patients with “high cholesterol” on statins
    - Framingham heart study shows longevity comes from high cholesterol
    - His comparison of the VHS format war with fat vs. sugar
    - Anti-fat lobby had “better PR” and “behind-the-scenes manipulation”
    - John Yudkin was warning people that sugar was the danger
    - Over 50% of heart disease admissions have normal cholesterol
    - Side effects of statins have been grossly underreported
    - 65% doctors do not report the side effects of their patients
    - Worrying about cholesterol can contribute to heart disease risk
    - Inflammation, stress and others contribute to heart disease
    - When you worry about anything, the higher your cholesterol
    - We have “medicalized” everything that aren’t really problems
    - High cholesterol and heart disease are not the same thing
    - Let’s treat disease, not risk factors
    - High blood pressure is a very serious heart health marker
    - Inflammation is “the heart of heart disease”
    - Red meat should always be grass-fed whenever possible
    - The concept of “play” lowers stress, cholesterol and more
    - Stress makes every disease worse than it would otherwise be
    - Stress raises cortisol, blood pressure, inflammation
    - Stress management is a critical part of heart…

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  3. Spencer Nadolsky D.O. | October 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm |
    121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A book my fellow physicians should read, December 2, 2012
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    This review is from: The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will (Paperback)
    As a current family medicine resident physician who is interested in lifestyle before medications, I really loved this book. Why?

    1. This wasn’t a sensationalized anti-statin book that went off of anecdotes from alternative practitioners. This was well-written by one of my favorite authors Jonny Bowden along with Dr. Sinatra (cardiologist) who picked apart the real evidence and put it in plain practical language. Most books don’t look at the various trials, they basically just say “statins are bad.” Most books will ignore the benefits of statins but this one laid it out for both sides of the coin (good and bad). Referencing the actual trials made me give this book 5 stars because I am on the front-lines speaking with other internists, family practitioners, and cardiologists and I need to know the specific information to be able to discuss why or why not a patient should be placed on a statin. This book goes into all of that, which I already knew, however the analogies and practicality helped me develop ways to speak about the subject much more clearly.

    2. Up to date – the only thing I would have changed would have been the new findings of particle numbers still being important like particle size, but for the most part this book hit the newest advancements of cardiovascular testing.

    3. It gives actionable tasks to lower your cardiovascular risk RIGHT NOW. Hell I think all of my patients would benefit from reading this book. Unfortunately most would not… but I will definitely offer it.

    4. Reading and understanding this book will give you more information about cardiovascular disease than the average physician knows. I can say this because I am surrounded by them. It is true I promise.

    Dr. Spencer Nadolsky
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