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  • New Statin Guidelines: Everyone 40 and Older Should Be Considered for the Drug Therapy

    11/15/2016 11:54:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 92 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 13 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Sunday issued new guidance for the use of cholesterol-busting statin drugs. The report greatly expands the universe of people who should be screened to see if they need the medication to everyone over age 40 regardless of whether they have a history of cardiovascular disease. The recommendations also support the position of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, which in 2013 radically shifted their advice from suggesting that doctors focus on the level of a patient’s low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” to looking at a more comprehensive picture...
  • A Sugar Can Melt Away Cholesterol (Snort Febreze)

    05/18/2016 8:25:02 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Science News Magazine ^ | 5-18-2016 | S, Zimmer - Tina Hesman Saey
    Tina Hesman SaeyMay 16, 2016 A sugar that freshens air in rooms may also clean cholesterol out of hardened arteries. The sugar, cyclodextrin, removed cholesterol that had built up in the arteries of mice fed a high-fat diet, researchers report April 6 in Science Translational Medicine. The sugar enhances a natural cholesterol-removal process and persuades immune cells to soothe inflammation instead of provoking it, say immunologist Eicke Latz and colleagues. Cyclodextrin, more formally known as 2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin, is the active ingredient in the air freshener Febreze. It is also used in a wide variety of drugs; it helps make hormones, antifungal...
  • Advice from fitness Freepers (vanity)

    05/13/2016 7:48:37 AM PDT · by LYDIAONTARIO · 71 replies
    Self | 05/13/2016 | LydiaOntario
    Vanity question: just saw doctor, said my cholesterol and blood sugar sky high! Politically active does not count as exercise!!!! Who knew? Doc recommended exercise bike, the portable kind. Saw some on amazon in the $100 price range. Can anyone recommend good brand? Do not need bells and whistles, just durable and simple for senior woman to assemble and fit in car. Want to be fit enough for upcoming election!
  • Eggs and Heart Health

    05/02/2016 3:07:27 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 79 replies
    Dr. Perlmutter Website ^ | 5/2/16 | Dr. Perlmutter
    I don’t think there’s any more controversial food than eggs. By and large, the reason we have been told to avoid eating eggs is because they contain cholesterol, and indeed that’s true. A typical egg may contain as much as 200 mg of cholesterol. But does that mean we shouldn’t eat eggs? To answer this question, researchers in Finland conducted an extensive study in which they evaluated two parameters. First they looked at whether or not individuals developed coronary artery disease. In addition, they looked at a parameter called carotid intimal thickening. Basically this is a study, using ultrasound, that...
  • Pass the butter: The experts were all wrong

    04/19/2016 6:39:12 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 90 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | April 19, 2016 | Margaret Wente
    When I was a kid, the milkman came right to our back door. He brought us bright glass bottles of rich whole milk and thick sweet cream. We drank a lot of milk. Nobody had heard of skim. On weekends my dad cooked up breakfasts of eggs fried in butter, piles of bacon, delicious German sausages. For dinner, we had big chunks of fatty meat every night. That was in the 1950s. Nobody was fat, except for one lone girl at school who everybody picked on. Most kids ate like horses and were skinny as rakes. Then the experts came...
  • Obama remains in excellent health, lowers cholesterol level

    03/08/2016 2:47:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2016 5:08 PM EST | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama’s doctor says the president’s health remains excellent overall and that he has even improved from his last physical by lowering his cholesterol level and gaining muscle. Obama, 54, weighs in at 175 pounds, about five pounds less than from his last assessment in 2014. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president’s physician, says the “president continues to focus on healthy lifestyle choices.” …
  • Dietary Fat Is No Longer The Bad Guy, Or Why Does Anyone Listen to The Experts?

    10/16/2015 8:38:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/16/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    How’s this for the headline of a recent front page article in the Washington Post: “A thinning case that fat causes heart ills”? And, this is followed-up the very next day with “Congress questions the science behind dietary guidelines.” It seems to me that the government is finally beginning to walk back the disastrous low-fat dietary recommendations, that originated officially with the McGovern Committee (1977), but also bear the handiwork of physiologist/nutritionist Ancel Keys and rabid anti-fat nutritionist D. Mark Hegsted. Keys is celebrated for his Seven Countries study, which purported to show that saturated fat consumption was a big...
  • Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

    09/26/2015 6:30:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 125 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 | By LUCY JOHNSTON
    Fears are growing over the side effects of cholesterol-lowering pillsScientists have found the heart disease drug badly affects our stem cells, the internal medical system which repairs damage to our bodies and protects us from muscle and joint pain as well as memory loss. Last night experts warned patients to “think very carefully” before taking statins as a preventative medicine. A GP expert in the field said: “They just make many patients feel years older. Side effects mimic the ageing process.” The new research by scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans has reignited the debate about statin side effects which many doctors...
  • Statins: Still Overhyped After All These Years

    06/17/2015 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    In a rather self-serving review article entitled “A historical perspective on the discovery of statins,” Japanese biochemist Akira Endo hits all the conventional and PC notes in his 10-page (including references) trip down memory lane. From the get-go, in the abstract itself he tells us that… “Cholesterol is essential for the functioning of all human organs, but it is nevertheless the cause of coronary heart disease. Building on that knowledge, scientists and the pharmaceutical industry have successfully developed a remarkably effective class of drugs–the statins–that lower cholesterol levels in blood and reduce the frequency of heart attacks.” We would expect...
  • It's Time To Flush Federal Dietary Guidelines Down the Drain

    04/08/2015 4:40:24 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2015 | Staff
    Nutrition: As the federal government wrestles with how much meat and cholesterol it will recommend in its updated dietary guidelines, the public should be asking why the government is involved in this issue at all.
  • A big fat surprise for dietary dogma

    03/16/2015 1:22:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 76 replies
    The Globe and Mail [Canada] ^ | March 14, 2015 | Margaret Wente
    [SNIP....Poor Dad. He gave up all his favourite foods for nothing. It turns out that for most people, the cholesterol in the food you eat has little or no connection to the cholesterol in your blood, or to heart disease either. “There’s never been a single study that showed higher egg consumption is related to higher risk of heart disease,” Walter Willett, a nutrition scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, told New York Magazine recently. Last month, in an epic climbdown, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advice Committee, whose guidelines influence millions of people, finally dropped its recommendation to...
  • New US Diet Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar

    02/23/2015 7:05:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | HealthDay
    Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast. These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America's official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in 2010, the last time the guidelines were updated, dietitians say. "What's good about the report is that much of it is reinforcing what we saw...
  • Save Us From The Experts…Please!

    02/18/2015 8:59:25 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/18/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Last week, many newspapers ran some version of a Washington Post piece entitled “The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol.” Reporter Peter Whoriskey lavishes more than 1800 words on a story that is well-summarized in his first two paragraphs: The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption. The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago,...
  • The return of the egg? New dietary guidelines may downplay cholesterol risks

    02/11/2015 2:26:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    FOX News ^ | 02-11-2015 | Staff
    Eating a whole egg, yolks and all, has gotten a bad reputation over the years, but new dietary guidelines may send egg white-only omelets by the wayside. The recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which are now under review, are expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake. The most recent set of guidelines in 2010 recommended consuming less than 300 milligrams per day of dietary cholesterol, which is about the amount in one egg. In the coming weeks, the committee is expected to release the report for use by the Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments...
  • The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in your diet

    02/10/2015 11:13:59 AM PST · by jdege · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/10/2015 | Peter Whoriskey
    The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in your diet The nation's top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption. [...] The current U.S. guidelines call for restricting cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams daily. American adult men on average ingest about 340 milligrams of cholesterol a day, according to federal figures. That recommended figure of 300 milligrams, Eckel said, is "just one of those things that gets carried forward and carried forward even though the evidence...
  • Betrayal Of The Public Trust…And How To Fight Back

    02/05/2015 8:59:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/5/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Last week’s article, which detailed officialdom’s unrelenting war on e-cigarettes, generated plenty of e-mail and commentary–100 percent of which was favorable. Many commenters were truly dismayed how the public trust could be betrayed by money, egos, fanaticism, or a combination of the three. Others asked how they could fight back; more on that later. As to the California Department of Public Health, this farcical agency seems hell-bent on channeling Joseph Goebbels as it doubles down on the big lies introduced in its Protect Your Family From e-Cigarettes pamphlet discussed last week. A few days ago, it issued State Health Officer’s...
  • Sugar substance 'kills' good HDL cholesterol, new study finds

    09/03/2014 12:09:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 01 SEP 2014 | Provided by University of Warwick (UK)
    Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that 'good' cholesterol is turned 'bad' by a sugar-derived substance. The substance, methylglyoxal - MG, was found to damage 'good' HDL cholesterol, which removes excess levels of bad cholesterol from the body. Low levels of HDL, High Density Lipoprotein, are closely linked to heart disease, with increased levels of MG being common in the elderly and those with diabetes or kidney problems. Supported by funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in Nutrition and Diabetes, the researchers discovered that MG destabilises HDL and causes it to lose the properties which...
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • A $29-billion-dollar-a-year industry

    08/11/2014 12:15:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/14 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 1: My Spirit is Broken: Will the New Statin Guidelines Do More Harm Than Good? “You use them or you die.” This is what a doctor told Sulette Brown, a psychotherapist from Oklahoma, when she balked at taking statins, after she’d been rushed to the emergency room for a heart attack. Since that night, her life has changed in ways she could not have imagined.
  • TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.

    06/20/2014 11:12:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    DIET DOCTOR ^ | 06/20/2014
    Isn’t it pretty, the cover of the latest issue of TIME? TIME: The truth about fatTIME: Ending the war on fat The paradigm shift continues and the outdated fear of fat is on its way out faster and faster.You’d wish that some old-school fat phobics subscribed to the magazine. Unfortunately, I think this is hoping for too much, so I just emailed the cover to some of them.Some people will still spread low-fat margarine on their bread as long as they live, as an old habit. But most people will soon realize that not only does it taste bad, but...