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The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Sinatra , Jonny Bowden
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Book Description

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

The Great Cholesterol Myth reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including:

- Inflammation

- Fibrinogen

- Triglycerides

- Homocysteine

- Belly fat

- Triglyceride to HCL ratios

- High glycemic levels

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth.

Editorial Reviews


""Anyone skeptical of the notion that there is more to heart disease than 'cut your fat, take a statin drug' would be well served by [listening to] this book."" ---William Davis, M.D.

About the Author

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is the author or coauthor of many books on health and nutrition, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb, and The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth. Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist and certified psychotherapist and the author of books including Reverse Heart Disease Now and Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks.

George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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  • File Size: 2479 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592335217
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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316 of 331 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Busting Anti-Cholesterol Bias Once and for All October 12, 2012
As a Certified Nutrition Specialist, I sometimes have clients gasp when I recommend they choose eggs over cereal for breakfast or include shrimp in their protein intake. "But... the cholesterol!" they shriek.

Anti-cholesterol bias and misinformation runs rampant, even in this supposedly enlightened era when studies show dietary cholesterol has little to do with blood cholesterol and people are fearlessly eating egg yolks again.

Thankfully we have this wonderful, meticulously researched new book from Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra that dispels those myths. Despite the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry and many doctors' determination to put anyone with even slightly elevated cholesterol on statins, the evidence suggests otherwise:

Cholesterol levels do not accurately predict heart attacks.
In fact, half of heart attacks occur to people with normal cholesterol levels.
And half the people with higher cholesterol actually have healthy hearts.

Why aren't we getting this information from the mainstream media, which persist in demonizing cholesterol for heart disease and numerous other health issues?

In The Great Cholesterol Myth, Drs. Bowden and Sinatra provide a compelling case to stop fearing cholesterol. They also discuss other culprits your doctor probably isn't telling you about that can contribute to heart disease.

They won't leave you hanging. They've also provided a simple yet comprehensive dietary and lifestyle action plan that helps you take the right steps to prevent heart disease. You don't have to succumb to your doctor's well-intended but wildly outdated recommendation to take statins and eat a low-fat diet.

Whether you struggle with high cholesterol or just want to knock the wind out of any so-called expert who argues you should avoid cholesterol, you must read The Great Cholesterol Myth.
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209 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Statins ? Read This and Have Informed Concent !! October 19, 2012
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The book, The Great Cholesterol Myth is a useful contribution exposing the lipid hypothesis of heart disease for what it is, an unproven theory grounded in propaganda, not science. For those of you who demand authors with ' proper ' credentials, you will be satisfied . Bowden has a Ph.D and is a clinical nutritionists, and Sinatra is a M.D. . The book is an easy read,making the subject easy to grasp for the non specialists with many basic concepts well defined in kind of a folksy writing style. If you have read other books on this subject, you can skim over these areas.

The first two chapters deal with why cholesterol levels are not a good indicator of heat disease, and the history of how animal fats became demonized, including the pseudo science of Ansel Keys's epidemiology studies and, the politics of McGovern's Committee On Nutrition, etc. .

Chapter 3 expounds on how chronic inflammation is likely to cause heart disease and the beneficial roles of the various forms of cholesterol.

Chapter 4 deals with Sugar and its destructive role in human physiology. There is a discussion on insulin resistance and its ramifications. There is no discussion of the hormone that fat produces, Leptin which Byron Richards in his book Mastering Leptin states that leptin resistance is a major contributing factor to insulin resistance and by extension would be a major factor in heart disease.

Chapter 5 is a great discussion on Fat, and why saturated fat is not the boogie man we have brainwashed into believing it is. They clearly explain the differences between various fats without overwhelming the reader in chemistry.
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195 of 208 people found the following review helpful
Nationally-known weight loss, nutritional health expert and bestselling author Dr. Jonny Bowden has been providing quality health information for years in a series of bestselling books. But as a big fan of his work, I do believe he has now offered his most significant contribution to date with the release of THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL MYTH. We all know how devastating heart disease has become in recent years which is why people tend to take the cholesterol message so seriously. But Dr. Bowden asks the question, "Why are we treating numbers rather than treating heart disease?" It seems that some simple changes he and his cardiologist co-author Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggest in this book would do a lot more to turn this tidal wave around than the continual push for statin drugs to artificially lower cholesterol--and to what end?

After his publisher wanted him to write a book about lowering cholesterol for improving heart health, Dr. Bowden had to convince them that emerging new lipid science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease. He spent months sharing with them in paper after paper that the standard prescriptions for lowering cholesterol like the outdated high-carb, low-fat diets combined with those dubious statin medications that produce some truly horrific (and under-reported!) side effects are not only ineffective but are actually making heart disease WORSE! Doh!

The medical profession has been duped by the pharmaceutical companies who have made hand-over-fist money to the tune $31 billion annually selling Lipitor, Crestor and all these other so-called cholesterol-lowering drugs. No, it's not a conspiracy theory that made this happen, but it will take some courageous people like Dr. Bowden and Dr.
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Published 15 hours ago by frugal
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so-o-o happy to have a physician like Dr
very well written book. Combines a little humor with well documented conclusions about cholesterol and many other
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Published 3 days ago by dan peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars This book provides clear, concise information regarding cholesterol...
This book provides clear, concise information regarding cholesterol and the push to use statins by the medical community and big pharma. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Stormy evening
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
What an extremely and informative read. Well researched and a real groundbreaker. So unconventional and contrary to the popular beliefs about cholesterol. I loved it.
Published 6 days ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Delivery
This book came very quickly and at a good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information written for the lay person unaccustomed to...
Full of useful information written for the lay person unaccustomed to medical language. Very easy to read and has been so helpful to me. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Patti T
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most important book you will ever read.
Illuminates some very important health issues, including how deceptive drug companies can be.
For some people, this book could be a life safer. Read more
Published 7 days ago by G. McKay
5.0 out of 5 stars really good book with thorough information
I read a lot of this type of book so many of the things the authors talked about I know, but I learned so much that I didn't know too. Really enjoyed this book.
Published 7 days ago by Cindy Slevin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Eyeopener!
Everyone should read this so they know exactly what's what and why. We need to educate ourselves so that strong drugs, with terrible side affects, are less needed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by LindaK
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctors need to know.
If you want to know what the latest findings are for your health, read this. It will shoot down a lot of what you had been told and what you thought was true. Read more
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