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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: 2325 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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367 of 388 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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234 of 248 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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144 of 153 people found the following review helpful
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This is a pretty good book, but it has some serious flaws.

Flaw #1: The authors seem not to understand epidemiology (and neither do most of the reviewers on this site.)
For example: the authors write that half of heart attacks occur to people with normal cholesterol levels, and that
half the people with higher cholesterol actually have healthy hearts; they then argue that these numbers mean that cholesterol is not a predictor of coronary artery disease. They have it wrong. Suppose, for example, a population of 100,000, in whom the prevalence of increased cholesterol is 17%, and the death rate from coronary artery disease is 126/100,000 per year. If the authors assertion that half of the CAD victims have normal cholesterol, then it's 63 CAD deaths in a population of 83,000 normals and 63 deaths in a population of 17,000 hypercholesterolemics: so, elevated cholesterol carries 5x the risk of death by CAD.

Flaw #2: The "science" in the book is often very bad, indeed. The authors assert that without cholesterol, life could not exist; this is true for all animals I know of, but not of prokaryotes and some other organisms; many plants do synthesize small amounts of cholesterol, but could likely get along just fine with other phytosterols. The authors' description of the behavior of electrons (and electron pairs) and of free radicals is so awful as to not even be wrong. The authors refer to platelets as one type of "red blood cell"--which is so absurd that any careful editor, let alone a scientist, ought to have caught and corrected it.

Flaw #3: The authors tend to cherry-pick among intervention studies and among the results within studies. But this is done by lots of people, and the authors rightly excoriate others who have done so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This book contains some new information
I flipped through this book and thought that I have read all of this before and know about how the body needs cholesterol. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by papajoe
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INFORMATIVE
I already have this book. I bought it for a friend...I think everyone even THINKING of taking statins should read it.
Published 18 hours ago by B Isola
5.0 out of 5 stars Important book.
Important information for anyone who has been forced into thinking they need to lower their cholesterol.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHOLESTEROL MYTH !!!
OUTSTANDINGLY CLEAR !!! Give a copy to your doctor as I did. It tells the medical truth about inflammation being the heart problem and NOT Cholesterol !!! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Warren E. Greenwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Very impressed with the research that was put into this book. While it can be a very DRY read, it does seem to offer back-up to the claims made. Read more
Published 2 days ago by N.Edrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditch the stains and change your diet
As someone who had an unexpected heart attack at age 77, this book is an eye opener. After having two stents put into my heart, I was put on statins. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tanya K. Metaksa
5.0 out of 5 stars I was convinced to stop taking statin drugs!
I bought the Kindle version over a yr. ago & knew eventually that I wanted the book version as well. I was totally convinced I wanted to stop taking statin drugs. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mary Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
After reading this book I bought several copies for friends and relatives.
Published 5 days ago by noname
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An eye opener for sure!
Published 5 days ago by Isabel Perlinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you really care about your health and preventing...
I would recommend this book to everyone.
The information in this book provides a clear path to total health and well being
Published 6 days ago by Wanda Bryant
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