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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (November 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608447480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608447480
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan G. Ravagni on March 8, 2011
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reviewed by Susan Ravagni, Author of I'm Just a Girl and book reviewer for BookPleasures.

Put down that piece of bacon! Wait, wrong book. Go ahead and pick up the bacon. Have a piece of toast with real butter on it too. Cholesterol might not be the culprit of heart disease after all, just the convenient whipping boy.

Have you ever heard the words, "A new study has found that..." and then there's some new food you have to stop eating? Yup. All the time, right? It seems the medical community is intent on taking away every single, gosh-darn food we enjoy, every drink we love to drink. Pleasure be gone!

But Dr. Ernest Curtis says not so fast. He takes a look at what some of these landmark studies really say. Some of it might surprise you.

First, Dr. Curtis orients the reader to heart disease and the underlying nemesis - the deadly plaque formation in coronary arteries. Straight off he made me sit up and take notice. Being in the medical field, it has been drummed into my head that somehow that stealthy little molecule (cholesterol) seeps into coronary artery walls and wreaks havoc. Not so, the good doctor claims. Plaque formation and its subsequent destabilization is a process that, while not completely understood, has little to do with cholesterol. Cholesterol seems to be just an innocent bystander. Who'd a thought?

Actually, Dr. Ernest insinuates, the pharmaceutical companies are more likely at the base of this "delusional" paradigm. Cholesterol-lowering medications are a multi-million, if not billion, dollar industry. They fund the studies. That should make anyone suspicious.

Next, Dr.
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I am writing this review as being in full agreement with all the other reviewers. Many thanks to Dr. Curtis for writing a sober, professional treatise about this issue (and avoiding the word "conspiracy" in the title). It is good to hear the common sense approach to the epidemiological studies as presented by a respectable physician. Unfortunately my physician, as well as others, will not accept responsibility for their patients refusal to take statins, I assume, to avoid any sort of libel should the patient develop cardio-vascular problems in the future. As a result, I have not been to a doctor as regularly as I should (to check for other problems) because of their insistence that I need to take these drugs. My physician recommended statin therapy 20 years ago. After a period of about two years, and the recommendation to go to 80 milligrams from 40, since my total cholesterol wasn't low enough (below 120), I developed muscle aches which prevented me from engaging in any physical work. The response from my physician was to switch to another brand (Zocor instead of Lipitor - same ingredient?). I gave myself a few months to "dry out" of the old medication, and followed his recommendation. Again the problems returned. Again I complained. He felt my complaints weren't justifiable since the blood test that measures excess liver enzyme was always negative.

I am 65 years old and have a total cholesterol level of approximately 300 since they started the "numbers" game , and have no other health issues. I eat well, exercise regularly, and have the right weight for my size. I have been off statins for two years, and have substituted salmon oil and a daily aspirin.
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Ernest N. Curtis, MD has taken the cholesterol bull by the horns and wrestled him down to size. In this timely, very well written book he has brought to the public's attention that cholesterol is not the demon that both health and medical magazines and the pharmaceutical companies have postured it to be. The pleasure of reading this book is not solely the 'inside information' about a much abused subject of cholesterol being the cause of myocardial infarctions (though his arguments are well presented by the intelligence of sharing the research papers that first signaled panic about his naturally occurring substance, and without bias, showing the reader that the information is simply not complete enough to cause the compulsive media blast for special diet and anti-cholesterol drugs): what makes this book so valuable is the amount of medical information Curtis shares about the cardiovascular system of our bodies - information presented in a manner that the lay person can easily understand it but challenging enough that medical students and doctors can use it in their dealings with patient education.

In Dr. Curtis' gently informative manner he describes the etiology of plaque formation as being within the walls of arteries and not as deposits in the lumen of arteries - the apparent reason for diets to reduce the amount of cholesterol consumed and thus reduce the amount available to further deposit on the linings of arteries. He backs up his statements by revisiting old articles and discussing new data about cholesterol that somehow has been buried in the climbing use of the various forms of anti-cholesterol drugs - the statins.
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