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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Jonny Bowden Explains Why Lowering Cholesterol With Statins Is Foolish, October 31, 2012
This review is from: The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will (Paperback)
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spent months sharing with them in paper after paper that the standard prescriptions for lowering cholesterol like the outdated high-carb, low-fat diets combined with those dubious statin medications that produce some truly horrific (and under-reported!)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. Sinatra to challenge the status quo, ask medical professionals the hard questions about why they obsess over cholesterol numbers, the role statin drug companies have played in perpetuating this lie, how people can truly improve their heart health naturally and so much more. If you've got "high cholesterol" and are worried about what it means to your cardiovascular health, then you need to READ THIS BOOK and see what the authors have to share about it. THIS BOOK COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Here are a few concepts you'll read about in THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL MYTH:

- Cholesterol is the basis of all dietary recommendations
- It's been "woven into the fabric of what's healthy"
- Deeply-entrenched "accepted dogma" is very difficult to change
- All the leading medical organizations are pushing the dogma
- This isn't the first cholesterol skeptic book to be written
- Doctors aren't treating patients, they're treating numbers
- High cholesterol is not a disease or heart disease risk factor
- There's a campaign to convince parents to give kids statins
- Cholesterol is necessary for so many bodily functions
- The important distinction between the various kinds of LDL
- The "good" and "bad" cholesterol idea is about 20 years old
- There are multiple types of LDL and HDL
- LDL Pattern A looks like a cotton ball and is "harmless"
- LDL Pattern B is the "angry" kind that leads to plaque
- You need to know which kind of LDL you have
- When you eat saturated fat, LDL Pattern A goes up (A GOOD THING!)
- You need to get a particle size test conducted to know
- Get an NMR Lipoprofile Test from Liposcience to test LDL particles
- Both LDL particle size and LDL particle number are important
- If LDL is mostly the large, fluffy kind, you're doing well
- Doctors tend to put patients with "high cholesterol" on statins
- Framingham heart study shows longevity comes from high cholesterol
- His comparison of the VHS format war with fat vs. sugar
- Anti-fat lobby had "better PR" and "behind-the-scenes manipulation"
- John Yudkin was warning people that sugar was the danger
- Over 50% of heart disease admissions have normal cholesterol
- Side effects of statins have been grossly underreported
- 65% doctors do not report the side effects of their patients
- Worrying about cholesterol can contribute to heart disease risk
- Inflammation, stress and others contribute to heart disease
- When you worry about anything, the higher your cholesterol
- We have "medicalized" everything that aren't really problems
- High cholesterol and heart disease are not the same thing
- Let's treat disease, not risk factors
- High blood pressure is a very serious heart health marker
- Inflammation is "the heart of heart disease"
- Red meat should always be grass-fed whenever possible
- The concept of "play" lowers stress, cholesterol and more
- Stress makes every disease worse than it would otherwise be
- Stress raises cortisol, blood pressure, inflammation
- Stress management is a critical part of heart health
- Write down your 5 favorite things and that's what you do

If you or someone you care about is concerned about getting heart disease, then you owe it to yourself to read what Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra share in this book.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2012 6:06:52 AM PDT
Thanks Jimmy! Excellent review. And what a timely addition to the literature on cholesterol. You would think it's be a no-brainer that the status quo has to change when our heart disease morbidity and mortality are only going up, despite the $31 billion a year statin industry. Unfortunately, neither doctors nor patients want to admit they've been doing it wrong for so many years. And for heavens sake, don't even think about changing the infernal food pyramid or the RDA's of ANYTHING! If things don't change soon, we're going to low-fat/low-cholesterol/stain our society into early graves.

Can't wait to read this book!

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 9:43:59 AM PST
Kathy Edens says:
Aw Kim, you hit the nail on the head with your comment. Patients aren't treated, numbers are. I recently had a huge panel of blood tests done (thank God for Blue Cross) and even though some numbers came back well within normal range, my doctor said he still wanted the numbers lower. For example, when I had cholesterol of 220 I was told it should be under 200. When it got down into the 190s, I was told it really should be under 175. This is similar to a football player reaching the goal lline only to have the officials move it back another 20 yards. Fortunately, my doctor hasn't yet recommended medication but it seems that the medical and pharmacuetical community conspire to make it so patients can never reach proper goals without medication. Doctors can't agree among themselves what is good. Cardiologists recommend low-fat, low cholesterol. Colon guys say high fiber with grains. Endocrinologists say use sugar substitutes but now my internal med doctor says no sugar or sugar substitutes at all. The food pyramid calls for lots of grains but other doctors say no grains. Who ever came up with the awful BMI doesn't consider anyone's muscle mass when calculating the obesity number and had Michael Jordan and Cal Ripkin Jr. as obese. If we start eating high fat and ignore cholesterol counts in food and 5 years down the road we have heart disease, the doctor will surely say "what were you thinking eating all that fat?"If the doctors can't agree how is a simple layperson like me supposed to know what is right?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 8:10:28 PM PST
love2workout says:
Now that Dr Oz is on Dr Sinatra's side, the drug companies will go wild. Love it!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 12:57:21 PM PST
my Dr. recommended a satin drug for me when my cholesterol level was 202. After using the drug for about one week, I began to feel weak, shaky, and generally sick. I looked like I l had been ill for weeks. I threw the drugs in the trash, but at my next Dr. visit, my Dr. suggested a different satin drug with the effect being the same as the former prescription satin drug. I have stopped taking satin. I have just ordered Dr Sinatra's book and look forward to a different approach to health.The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 6:56:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2012 7:02:19 PM PST
Warren Green says:

Dr. Oz is also on Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's side. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease & [ASIN:B005K23S20 Forks Over Knives]]

Also, Jimmy Moore has a bit of a credibility problem in promoting of a low-carb diet for weight-loss.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 5:01:00 AM PST
No, I always tell people to find what works for them, follow it exactly and then keep doing it for the rest of their lives. It's whacked out vegans like Esselstyn and Oz who don't extend that same courtesy. And incidentally, low-carb living is much more beneficial to health than simply "for weight-loss" as you suggest. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 2:22:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2013 2:25:03 PM PST
garzascreek says:
Actually, if you get an opportunity to see the Dr. Oz segment with the authors you might change your opinion (about him not returning the same courtesy). It was perhaps the most fair hearing on a national stage the authors will ever get. They came fully armed for a street fight and at the closing as the camera cut away they were profusely thanking him for the exposure.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 5:17:56 AM PST
Yes, I'm having a bit of a problem reconciling Esslstyn's very strict plant based, no oil approach which works, with this one that I imagine works also. Dr. Ornish's plan works and he's more forgiving than Esselystn. How can all these plans work? I'm looking for the common denominator. My tryglicerides to HDL level stayed the same (under 2) when my cholesterol was high, went on a mostly plant based diet and got fantastic overal numbers but my trygliceride/HDL ratio stayed exactly the same. That ratio is the imortant one according to this book and in both instances I should be jumping for joy. So..???

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 5:19:54 AM PST
It just goes to show the vilification of cholesterol and fat was dead wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2013 7:20:59 AM PDT
I was sorry to see the terrible way Mr. Moore was treated by Dr. McDougall on his podcast. It was hard to listen to!
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