- February 1st, 2014
“Jim” was a patient of mine years back. He had come to me for holistic advice on heart health—his doctors were recommending statin drugs to control his cholesterol, even though he’d never had a heart attack. As an integrative physician, I occasionally prescribe certain pharmaceuticals when the patient and I feel it’s necessary.What you need to know about statins and cholesterolBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- September 1st, 2013
High triglycerides and oxidized LDL are way bigger risk factors for heart disease than total cholesterol. If you’ve read my book The Great Cholesterol Myth, you know that, already. That said, many folks—and many doctors—remain concerned when cholesterol goes too high.What you need to knowBy Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”
Western medicine has migrated toward specialization and prescriptions drugs—this leads us to missing the forest for the trees. Women’s medicine is full of “symptom masking and medicine stacking.” Statin use to lower cholesterol is just one more example of this less-than-ideal approach to women’s healthcare.
Western medicine has migrated toward specialization and prescriptions drugs—this leads us to missing the forest for the trees. omen’s medicine is full of “symptom masking and medicine stacking.” Statin use to lower cholesterol is just one more example of this less-than-ideal approach to women’s healthcare.
- March 1st, 2013
Editor’s note: Recently our sister journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (ATHM), convened a roundtable discussion featuring four leaders in complementary medicine. Stephen Sinatra, MD, is America’s top integrative cardiologist and a best-selling author.What does the science say?By Adam Swenson
- March 1st, 2013
Last year, cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and I came together to write a book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan That Will.Trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to prevent obesity by cutting out lettuce. Surprised? Read on.By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”
- January 1st, 2013
The actual relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is complex, a moving target.Uncovering the true lurking killer behind heart diseaseBy Adam Swenson
- February 1st, 2009
The notion that high cholesterol causes heart disease has allowed doctors to write millions of prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins that can reduce the risk of it. That seemingly indisputable notion has long suffered from an inconvenient fact: Half the people who have a heart attack don’t have high cholesterol.What you need to know before you fill that prescriptionBy Erin Quinn
- February 1st, 2008
Ever since the 1950s, when the Framingham Heart Study established a correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks, doctors have focused on lowering cholesterol as a way to prevent heart disease. For years they’ve told us to accomplish this by eating a low-fat diet and exercising and, if that failed, by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.A new wave of doctors is relvolutionizing the way Western medicine prevents and treats heart disease. Here's what you need to know to keep your heart healthy for many beats to come.By James Keough