RHR: The Gut-Heart Connection

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It shouldn’t surprise us that there is a strong connection between gut health and heart health. In fact, there are a wide range of connections. Which ones are significant? And which one gets more attention in the media than it should?

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 49, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

RHR: How Your Lipoprotein(a) Level Affects Your Risk of Heart Disease

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The production of Lp(a) is controlled by a specific gene. So if you have a mutated version of that gene, then it can lead to higher Lp(a) levels. There are other genetic relationships, but Lp(a) is pretty strongly genetically determined. You could be doing everything right, frustratingly, and still have a relatively high Lp(a) level. The thing to understand is that Lp(a), in studies, has been associated with high risk of cardiovascular disease and heart… Read More

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