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Robert E. Kowalski a medical journalist for more than thirty-five years, devised this program for his own cholesterol problem when all else failed. He lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060564601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060564605
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book deserves many more than five stars! Millions of people will lead longer, healthier, and more productive lives from following the advice here.
In the last 15 years, knowledge about how to reduce heart disease has made major strides. This book is the best source I have seen about what has been learned, and how to apply it to help yourself and those you love. You will probably find it helpful to bring your copy along to see your physician because many primary care physicians will not be up-to-date with the latest findings in some areas, such as the use of supplements.
If you liked Mr. Kowalski's first program for controlling cholesterol, originally published in 1987, you will adore this book. When asking himself what had changed he noted, "Why, practically everything is new!" Mr. Kowalski reviews in detail the strengths and weaknesses of that program, describes the research that has been conducted on cardiovascular health since then, and shows you other risks in addition to cholesterol that must be addressed. He also debunks pseudo-science about cholesterol control.
What impressed me the most is that Mr. Kowalski's old and new programs have worked perfectly for him. Here is a man who had his first heart attack at age 35 and double bypass. He had a second heart attack at 41, followed by a quadruple bypass. In the foreword, cardiac surgeon Dr. Jack Sternlieb describes how the most rigorous tests of Mr. Kowalski's heart and arteries show that it has no blockages as of 1999. Without this program, Mr. Kowalski would probably have needed another bypass operation several years ago. His family record of heart disease is not a good one, and he probably has a genetic tendency to problems in this area. Mr.
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This is truly and excellent book. A well-written, practical guide for lowering your cholesterol.

I am an MD and my cholesterol "before" was TOTAL: 278, LDL 188, HDL 36, TRIGS. 221. I followed his program, and after just under the 8 weeks, TOTAL 204, LDL 119, HDL 50, TRIGS 147.

Most of what he says makes lots of sense and is backed up by lots of good, solid, medical eveidence. Honestly, I was skeptical of some of what he said, and pulled up the primary journal references, and reviewed, and the evidence was indeed quite good. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE REGARDING NIACIN IN GENERAL AND ENDURACIN IN PARTICULAR!!! Don't miss that last point. This really could save your life and obviate need for statins and other things, which are not necessarily medically evil as some seem to think, but are really not the best for most, as Kowalski points out. BUT, I do think he under-plays the fact that statins probably are best for those with very high LDL, especially, if they cannot reach target LDL level with niacin---but niaicin could help need less statin.

Now, why not 5 stars? 1) Despite being based on good solid evidence, his book is till a bit too anecdotal "me" "the docs I've spoken with", etc.

2) Some things he says are scientifcally a bit suspect---"I've only heard thousands of satisfied people over 20 years"---well that itself is what we call reporting bias---those who tried and failed or had other complaints are very unlikely to write to the author unless they have a real axe to grind. So I would not go in thinking this has a 100% success rate!

Similarly he keeps saying things around studies like " those who started with the highest levels had the biggest changes." We call this "regressiion to the mean".
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Format: Hardcover
I've been reading a lot lately about heart disease, and "The New 8-Week Cholesterol Cure" gives a complete run down of how to care for your heart (against cholesterol) and tells you why you're doing it. It also tells you what not to do, either because it's bad for you or because some other advice you may have received is a wive's tale.
In plain, friendly language, Kowalski tells us what causes problems with the heart and how to find out if you're in trouble by asking for certain tests. He explains what these tests mean and what is considered normal/risky/dangerous.
And, of course, he tells us what to do. There is much more to it than eating low fat, Kowalski explains. He tells you what fats you should be eating and what fats not to. He gives other very specific recommendations on what to eat, supplements, and exercise. All of these recommendations are backed up with medical research studies or explanations of why it works. Kowalski gives encouraging statistics and benchmarks on how much people in the past have improved by following certain recommendations.
In my recent flurry of reading up on heart disease, much of what Kowalski has to say is in line with the latest research. There are even a few tips that I hadn't read about before, like a cholesterol-blocking plant sterol and, for those who want beef, special breeds of cattle that produce very low fat beef that is still tender.
Kowalski even makes short recommendations on mental factors that can be heart harmful.
The one pitfall in this book (and the reason why I didn't give it five stars) is the diet recommendations for weight loss. In a rare departure from the rest of the book, I don't think Kowalski supports this chapter is very well by citing medical research or scientific fact.
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