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Heart Disease

RHR: Heart Attacks and Red Meat—Correlation or Causation?

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People who eat red meat are engaging in unhealthy behaviors that have led to their gut flora being screwed up in the first place. Those could include eating fewer fruits and vegetables, eating less soluble fiber, fermentable fibers in general, eating more processed and refined flour, and eating more sugar and industrial seed oils. And wouldn’t you know it; we do have studies that show that the average person who eats more red meat—we’re not… Read More

What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Statin Drug Trials

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I just read a fantastic article by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick about how deceptive and misleading media reporting on statin drug trials can be. Dr. Kendrick uses the Heart Protection Study (HPS) as an example. From the press release for the study: “In this trial, 10 thousand people were on a statin. If now, an extra 10 million high-risk people worldwide go onto statin treatment, this would save about 50,000 lives each year—that’s a thousand a… Read More

RHR: Can Vitamin K2 Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?

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Vitamin K2 is a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention in the mainstream media, but we’ve definitely talked about it before on the show, and I’ve written some articles about it.  Most of what I’ve learned about Vitamin K2, I’ve learned from Chris Masterjohn.  So I want to give him big props right up front, because a lot of this material that we’re going to talk about comes from articles he’s written and discussions… Read More

The 3-Step Process to Determining Your Ideal Carbohydrate Intake

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This is a guest post written by staff nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD. Click here to read her blog or join her newsletter! There’s been a lot of talk about the right amount of carbohydrates to eat lately. Laura Schoenfeld started us off with her article about the possible detriments of eating a low-carbohydrate diet for too long, and Chris Kresser followed this up with his discussion of the common misconceptions people tend to have about… Read More

RHR: Does your diet affect your cholesterol level?

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Today’s topic and today’s big question is, if dietary fat and cholesterol don’t raise cholesterol levels, why do total cholesterol levels drop after you stop eating those foods? That’s a really good question, and for all of the discussion about this topic, this is actually how I got started in blogging and writing. Way back in the Healthy Skeptic days, I started writing articles about the relationship between cholesterol and saturated fat and heart disease.… Read More

How (and Why) To Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the most important risk factor for premature death, accounting for half of all deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and 13.5 percent of all deaths each year. It affects 26 percent of the population worldwide, and one-third of the population in the U.S. Nine in ten Americans are expected to develop high blood pressure by the age of sixty-five. With this in mind, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that keeping… Read More