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"...I could see that Brill took a common sense approach with examples and fairly easy-to-follow ideas...Recommended:Yes." --

"...It's easy to understand, interesting to read and makes sense. Good Cooking recommends this book!" --, Chef John V.

"...based on solid science and can help people lower their LDL cholesterol or enhance the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering medication. Recommended." --

"...for anyone who is focused on the goal of reducing his or her cholesterol...this could be an ideal choice." --

"Cholesterol Down takes the guesswork out of finding that perfect reference book for those looking to lower their cholesterol." -- Dayna Boyer,

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Cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and stroke) is the number one killer of Americans, responsible for more deaths than all forms of cancer, diabetes, accidents and lung diseases combined. We are all at risk yet whether or not you get heart disease is largely under your control. Take action to lower your risk by learning and tracking your "bad" LDL cholesterol. Follow the CHOLESTEROL DOWN plan and start to bring your cholesterol down today!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307339114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307339119
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A leading diet and nutrition author, lifestyle-interventionist, researcher, educator and life-changing speaker.

Holds master's degrees in both nutrition and exercise physiology and a doctorate in exercise physiology; registered dietitian; certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Wellcoaches, Inc.

An expert in the field of health, wellness and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Published in noted scientific journals including:
* The International Journal of Sport Nutrition
* The International Journal of Obesity.

Published and quoted in leading lay publications including:
* Shape
* Prevention
* Men's Health
* First for Women
* Woman's World and others

Nutrition consultant for leading firms such as American Express.

Has conducted health seminars for notable companies such as:
* Goldman Sachs
* AON Insurance
* Deloitte and Touche
* Miami VA Hospital and more

A former adjunct professor at:
* Florida International University
* The University of Miami

Guest nutrition expert for the nationally televised show The Balancing Act (Lifetime).

Director of Nutrition for Fitness Together, Inc., the world's largest wellness organization. She is highly involved with the American Heart Association Go Red movement.

Dr. Brill's book, Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 foods, 8 weeks to Reversing Heart Disease (Three Rivers Press) was published in February, 2011.

Her new book: Blood Pressure Down is due out May 2013.

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470 of 485 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty on February 17, 2007
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I have a personal interest in this particular subject so I was pleased to be asked to read and review "Cholesterol Down," a book which definitely should be read by anyone with a current cholesterol problem and, for that matter, by anyone in the younger set who wants to prevent such a problem from occurring in his or her future. If I had had this information many decades ago, I probably could have prevented or at least delayed the coronary problems I am now fighting. After my first heart attack five years ago, I had to face the fact that some extraordinary changes were necessary and at the top of that list was diet. I was placed on a "Mediterranean" diet which is very similar to the diet which Dr. Brill recommends in her book.

Dr. Brill suggests ten simple steps to lower one's cholesterol without resorting to prescription drugs. I am all in favor of that because nothing disturbs me more within the medical area of my life than the taking of prescription drugs. I try to avoid that sort of thing like the plague. I much prefer to utilize "natural" remedies whenever and wherever possible. So far I've been fairly successful, having to take only one prescription medication (an anti-clotting drug) and only because I have found no comparable natural remedy.

This book is divided into two parts plus an appendix. The first part of the book provides the reader with information about cholesterol and heart disease, basically the scientific foundations upon which Dr. Brill's ten-step plan is based. This can be read first but it is not necessary. I read the second part first, which actually describes the ten-step cholesterol down plan, because I was specifically interested in reviewing what the author suggests; one can always go back to the scientific rationale later.
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201 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jadon on September 28, 2008
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Book Review: Cholesterol Down by Dr. Janet Brill

Cholesterol Down is for the 105 million Americans who have high cholesterol. The author, Dr. Janet Brill, a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and certified wellness coach has spent years counseling patients on cardiovascular disease prevention, researching, and writing on the subject of cholesterol. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Obesity and the International Journal of Sport Nutrition.

Cholesterol Down provides readers with the information they need regarding cholesterol -- what it is and how it works both for and against the body. It is significantly endorsed by Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres, the National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She states, "The simple, consistent, and inexpensive lifestyle therapy outlined in her {Dr. Janet Brill's} Cholesterol Down Plan could be the most important investment you make in your future health." Dr. Brill explains LDL, the bad portion of cholesterol, and offers an effective combination therapy of foods, scientifically based, that are as effective as statins. Besides lowering LDL, the following ten-step program also offers further health benefits.

First, eat 1 cup of oatmeal every day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends three whole-grain servings daily. This is linked to reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, some cancers, lower blood pressure, and improved bowel movement. Oatmeal lowers LDL, may raise HDL--the good portion of cholesterol, and studies show that the more consumed, the greater the benefit.

Second, eat a handful of almonds daily, approximately 30.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Tom Bruce on November 25, 2007
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The book promises "10 Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol" and it delivers. The first section of this book deals with what cholesterol is and what it does, and as this reader-friendly author suggests, "If science is not your cup of tea, simply cut to Part II." Part II is the meat of the book, listing the ten simple - and they are - steps to lowering your cholesterol. Not only simple, but affordable, too - much more so than prescribed medicine. With each step, the good Doctor explains how each process helps us reach our medical goal, gives the medical proof that exists for each, presents case histories, and lists further options and tips on how to additionally simplify each step. Yet, if you're not into the medical jargon, this section of the book is formated so you can skip over much of the material presented and get the basic information you need in a few short paragraphs. She does make it easy. The third and final section of the book offers charts to help you follow this course, if you're into such regimentation. There are also a few dozen healthful recipes, few of which appealed to me. Now here's the bonus part: as Brill explains, each of these steps will also help in lowering blood pressure, aiding diabetics, fighting obesity, forestalling aging, even stopping hair loss. So, if you suffer from any of these ills and more, you can't go wrong with this basic recipe for good health. After five weeks on this regimen, my cholesterol numbers were back to normal. The one problem I found with this diet, it was almost too much to eat. Well, not too much, but very filling. I have followed a modified version of the plan, mainly keeping in the oatmeal and heart-friendly orange juice, and my numbers continue to be where they should be months later.
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