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"I call Jimmy Moore 'A Great Connector.' He is one of those people who has the exquisite ability to connect with many people and experts, ask them pointed and sometimes difficult questions, consider each carefully, then reach a logical conclusion. In Cholesterol Clarity, he provides an incredibly rich and deep consideration of this 'cholesterol is bad' message we hear repeated so often. I predict that readers will emerge from reading this book enlightened, empowered, and with a renewed appreciation for just how much we can achieve when we ask the right questions. Jimmy Moore has not written a book; he has created a milestone."—William Davis, MD, author of the New York Times best-selling book Wheat Belly

About the Author

Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss success enabled him to come off of prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the energetic personality behind the uber-popular Livin' La Vida Low-Carb blog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show. He has interviewed well over 700 of the world's top health experts and dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible so they can make the right decisions about their health. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they can often be found playing Frisbee golf in their front yard. Learn more about Jimmy and his work at:

Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke Health Enterprise and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internist who combines clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence. He is currently President-Elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a Fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is coeditor of Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials and coauthor of The New Atkins for a New You. When he is not working in the clinic, he enjoys taking ballroom dancing classes.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608386
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hey Amazonians, Amazonites, Amazonistas (whatever you want to be called)...what's going on? My name is Jimmy Moore and I'm the dude behind the wildly popular online health blog and podcast called "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb." On January 1, 2004, I was a morbidly obese 410-pound man on a one-way ticket to an early grave who decided to take back control of my own health thanks to the Atkins diet by going on to lose 180 pounds that year coming off of three prescription medications. Although it wasn't an easy road, I am grateful I found the healthy low-carb lifestyle because it gave me my health and life back again.

As 2005 rolled around and people began to take notice of my very noticeable weight loss, they wanted to know how I did it. After probably telling my Atkins low-carb weight loss success story at least a bazillion times, I finally said I would create a blog to talk about it--and so I did in April 2005. Today, the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog boasts 250,000 monthly readers and counting. In 2006, I became the host of one of the biggest layperson-led nutritional health podcasts on iTunes called "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" featuring interviews with all the top experts in the world of diet, fitness and health. That podcast airs Mondays-Wednesdays has 700+ episodes and continues to attract new listeners in droves. I have two other podcasts--"Ask The Low-Carb Experts" and "Low-Carb Conversations With Jimmy Moore & Friends"--you might want to check out as well!

These days I am super-passionate about helping empower people just like you to be in charge of your own health decisions and to stop abdicating that role to the so-called health experts who may or may not be giving you good advice. Educate yourself and be the boss of your own body and health. You can find out more about what all is happening with me at Feel free to e-mail me anytime at THANK YOU again for being here and I look forward to getting to know you and helping you become that happy, healthy, and fit person you were always meant to be.

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126 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Laposky on September 2, 2013
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Just finished reading Cholesterol Clarity. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a family physician and must admit felt a little beat up at times as I read it. I have only recently begun to question some of the sacred cows of medicine including how we treat patients with elevated cholesterol. I have read many of the books by the experts in this book and appreciated how Jimmy was able to organize their comments with his to make such a readable and educational book. I don't feel that the material will be over the head of most people and will feel comfortable in recommending it to my patients.
Dave Laposky MD
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Brian Edwards on September 8, 2013
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I am a Board Certified Internist and I passed the Lipids boards from the National Lipid Association. After reading Gary Taubes book Why We Get Fat? I became a convert to low carbohydrate high fat and high protein diet i.e. Atkins.
I believe Cholesterol Clarity is a good and important book because this subject needs discussion. Major kudos for:
1- Promoting LDL-P. Jimmies was 3451
2- Promoting CAC or CT heart calcium scores. Jimmies was zero
3- Promoting CIMT Jimmie needs to get one
4- Discussing Ancel Keys, the McGovern Gov't panel, and Dean Ornesh.
5- Using Dr. Thomas Dayspring as one of the experts quoted. He is a National Lipidologist.
6- Dr Ronald Krauss advising statins P 70

I listed major quotes that I agree with or give a reason why I don't.
p 166 Siri-Tarino "getting a CIMT can give you an actual measure of atherosclerosis"
p 165 "Consider getting a CT heart calcium scan"
p 151 Dayspring on "type, quality and number of lipoparticles on whether the dump truck will invade wall"
P 137 Dayspring on Tim Russert
p 117 Dayspring quote on TG/HDL ratio
p 110 Jaminet "The most common cause of high triglycerides is eating too many carbs"
p 109 Davis "Having Triglyceride of 150 is complete nonsense Aiming for 50 is more like it"
p 99 LDL-P "your insurance company may not pay for it, but I promise these tests are worth the cost"
P 97 Dayspring "least accurate way estimating your atherogenic risk on a cholesterol panel would be Total Cholesterol or LDL-C"
p 89 "Studies on high fat have always been done in conjunction with a high carb diet."
My note: Not True, Jimmie misses Gardner Trial [...
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126 of 150 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on August 27, 2013
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The evidence continues to accumulate that cholesterol is not the villain it is made out to be, but is actually part of your body's defense system against the real killers: chronic inflammation, the lack of good, natural fats, and stress. Dr. Dwight Lundell, one of the 29 experts interviewed by author Jimmy Moore in Cholesterol Clarity, noted that in the absence of inflammation, "Cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended."

Mark Sisson, another contributor, said, "Cholesterol is one of the most important molecules in the human body: we would die very quickly without it. It's an integral part of cell membranes. It's involved in the creation of vitamin D and in the formation of many important sex hormones, it is necessary for the production of bile, which is critical to our ability to emulsify and digest fats." Jimmy Moore points out another of its many health benefits, "Cholesterol is a major line of defense when your immune system comes under attack. So lowering cholesterol levels artificially with drugs could make you more susceptible to germs or bacteria, wreaking havoc on your health." Cholesterol is also essential for proper brain function, as the brain contains more cholesterol than any organ in the body. Both estrogen and testosterone are made out of cholesterol (is it a coincidence that the same companies that sell statins sell Viagra and Cialis?).

Here is a eye-opening quote from Dr. Malcolm Kendrick: "There is absolutely no correlation between saturated fat intake, cholesterol levels, and heart disease. The most accurate research looking at this issue in different countries is the MONICA (Monitoring of Trends and Determinants in Cardiovascular Disease) study that started in the mid-1980s and is run by the World Health Organization.
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Widely-held beliefs, many of them propagated by "official" agencies like the FDA, USDA, American Heart Association, Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, American Diabetes Association, etc., are crumbling under the scrutiny of informed people uninfluenced by the pharmaceutical industry, agribusiness, or the excessive profiteering ways of modern "healthcare."

In Cholesterol Clarity, Jimmy Moore, along with the help of a couple of dozen other vocal critics of the Lipid Hypothesis, systematically take apart the flawed logic often used to justify a $23 billion per year statin drug industry. He exposes the overly-simplistic thinking and the "research" used to prop up this example of how far wrong medical care can go when richly funded. Jimmy shows how the fiction that "cholesterol causes heart disease" belongs with other fairy tales like "Cut your fat and saturated fat for heart health" and "Fat makes you fat."

We live in a time when the messages in health have been distorted by bad science and biases introduced by corporate interests that stand to gain from a campaign of half-truths. In his characteristically genuine and straightforward style, Jimmy helps the reader understand how to navigate the real arguments behind heart disease risk unemcumbered by self-serving financial interests.
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