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Heart Disease

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Skeptical of the New Cholesterol Guidelines


I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the leading heart organizations in the U.S. have released updated treatment guidelines for cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins). The changes include discarding the specific numerical targets that have been used to monitor treatment for decades and recommending a statin for everyone with a 10-year risk of heart attack or stroke of 7.5% or higher, as determined by a new risk calculator. The new guidelines have received a lot of media… Read More

The Roundup


Here is The Roundup, Edition 17, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Last week, a British cardiologist wrote an editorial in BMJ entitled “Saturated fat is not the major issue” that was picked up by the mainstream media. In this editorial, the author argues that the advice that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has, paradoxically, increased our… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Naturally

Senior couple on cycle ride

This is the final article in the Diet-Heart Myth series I’ve been writing over the past several weeks. If you missed the previous articles, you can find them on the special report page for heart disease. Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Heart disease is no exception. According to the INTERHEART study, which examined cardiovascular risk factors in 51 countries, 9 out of the 10 strongest risk factors… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: Statins Don’t Save Lives in People Without Heart Disease


To read more about heart disease and cholesterol, check out the special report page. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. In the first article in this series, I explained the evidence suggesting that eating cholesterol and saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease. In the second article, I explained it’s not the amount of cholesterol in your blood that drives heart disease risk, but the number of LDL particles. In… Read More

RHR: Early Evidence For Meat Consumption, The Cholesterol Controversy, and Additional Magnesium Sources


In this episode I discuss a couple of interesting recent studies, and answer some questions. Enjoy! In this episode, we cover: 1:35 What Chris ate for breakfast 6:27 Early evidence for meat consumption 18:33 Solving the cholesterol controversy 38:22 More details from Chris’s daily routine (and more treadmill desk) 44:00 Additional sources of magnesium 48:35 When should I stop breastfeeding? 52:49 What to do about anxiety during pregnancy Links We Discuss: Oldowan hunting behaviors at… Read More

Choline and TMAO: Eggs Still Don’t Cause Heart Disease


A recent study by published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has proposed a new link between eggs and coronary heart disease (CHD) that doesn’t involve cholesterol. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stanley Hazen, showed that dietary choline—a nutrient found largely in eggs, beef liver and other animal foods—is metabolized by bacteria in our gut and then converted by the liver into TMAO. They demonstrated this with a “choline challenge”: feeding… Read More