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The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

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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, obs ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Fair Winds Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Doc told me my LDL cholesterol was too high, so I went out and got this book and now I have stopped worrying about it.

Hence the five stars.

Actually, what I did was get Steven Sinatra's other book on the new cardiology, and Dwight Lundell's and some others, and then I went and got a CT heart scan, which gives you a beautifully detailed picture of what's going on in and around your heart.

The results of the heart scan? Zero. So, screw this whole LDL number business, it's just a way for big pharma t
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Great book... Everyone who has heart disease in their family should read this. Basically the biggest thing I got out of the book was the 4 heart disease killers 1. Oxidation, 2 Inflammation, 3. Sugar, 4. Stress. Big-Pharma is pushing their statin drugs to lower your Cholesterol, but that isn't the problem.. Its the high-carbs and lifestyles that we live, and eating Fatty foods is fine.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra , exposes the great lie that cholesterol is bad. Before reading this book, I did not know much about cholesterol, other than the fact that it was supposedly harmful, and that you had to go on a specific diet to keep your cholesterol levels low. No more eggs, beef, or saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil. Being a HUGE advocate of consuming high amounts of eggs and saturated fat, and knowing how they are greatly beneficial he ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Doctors can basically go to hell for telling people to eat fat-free garbage for a generation. For the past 25 years I haven't been able to eat an egg without someone at my table pantomiming a heart attack. Lard was so uncool as to be completely absent in American supermarkets. That all changed when I moved to Spain in 2006 where people didn’t get the memo about avoiding saturated fats like the plague. This is about the third or fourth book that I have read on this topic all with this same conclu ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gary Patton
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

I'm looking forward to discussing the overwhelming negative research about cholesterol lowering drugs in this book with the referral Physician, not my own, whom rushed to prescribe a Statin drug for me notwithstanding my referral to him for an ear problem.

For about the last 5 years, I've been warning my Friends with elevated cholesterol to avoid Statins like the plague based on articles by healthcare professionals that I researched and discovered when I picked up on the horribly dangerous effec
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Having learned the opposite of what they preached throughout my life, I am now thoroughly confused. Makes me want to dive headfirst into the clinical trials (whoooo nerd life) and look at the data myself. Recommended reading and will probably kickstart a health investigation of your own.
Sheryl Valentine
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
With so many people on statin drugs in the United States, this book is a must read! The public has been duped!
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Authors explain how they believe inflammation from too much sugar is the bigger factor in heart disease than high cholesterol levels. Well written and makes sense.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
My mom has high level of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. After reading her report, I did what every average person will do. I looked up the Internet and found a lot of contradictory information. I picked up this book because of the title and the number of good reviews it has got.

Like I did, if you have a preconceived notion of "cholesterol is evil and fat is the major cause of heart attack", this book is for you. It goes into basics of cholesterol and its usefulness. It convinces the reader t
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hmm, this is a troublesome book for me. I agree wholeheartedly (is that a pun?) with the message, but I had some issues with the format. First, I'll say that the book uses a very casual, chatty tone--the same one I adopt in my reviews, and I actually enjoyed that. Unfortunately, it seems that that casual tone comes with some rather lackluster editing. I noticed things like typos and sentences missing their periods. Additionally, there's a long section on Dr. Yudkin (pg. 66) that apparently refer ...more
Mary Kolk
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I read this book in December of 2012 on my Kindle. This was a must read book for everyone especially those people who are on a statin drug! Jonny Bowden, Ph.D and Dr. Sinatra spell it out for us as to why it is not safe to be on statins. I know this from my own experience - my husband was on statins for as long as we can remember. His doctor changed him to a new statin in the Fall of 2011. My husband is a diabetic. His blood sugars began to rise and we couldn't figure out what was going on. Then ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"High cholesterol and saturated fat are the major causes of heart disease." That statement has been a medical article of faith for many years. According to the authors of this book, it is also very wrong.

There are several different types of "good" and "bad" cholesterol (some "good" cholesterol is bad for the body, and some "bad" cholesterol is good for the body), so a single number for good and bad cholesterol each is rather worthless. People with really low cholesterol numbers can easily get he
Lydia Ojuka
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I bought it because Im a Gary Taubes fan, I read both his best sellers "good calories, bad calories" and "why we get fat" after reading his NYT article "what if its all been a big fat lie"
BUT...I keep running into people who still blame dietary (mostly saturdated) fat and cholesterol as the bad guys. (so frustrating)

Would you believe that all of the following statements are ALL myths?

High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease (its not)
High cholesterol is a predictor of he
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Great Cholesterol Myth is an easy to read volume that gives an up-to-date analysis of the latest science regarding the causes of heart disease. Showing how outdated the notions of cholesterol as a major cause of heart disease and that dietary fat is to blame are major themes of the book. Instead, the book explains how sugar and refined carbohydrates are major contributors from diet to heart disease.

The book also covers the major causes of heart disease, namely, inflammation, oxidation, sugar
Stella Fouts
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Those of you who are taking statins to reduce/maintain your cholesterol levels owe it to yourselves to read this book AND do your own research on statins. It seems we've been led to the pharmaceutical alter by false promises. After years of statins being subscribed to millions of people whose cholesterol numbers are what the drug companies (and the doctors they've influenced) say will cause them to have a heart attack or a stroke, the numbers are finally in. Manipulating cholesterol numbers with ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, health
This books sets out a compelling idea--that high cholesterol is neither an indicator of heart disease, nor is it necessarily bad for you. Backed by studies, the authors present lots of evidence that sugar not fat is the bd guy when it comes to heart disease. Though they aren't the first to point fingers at sugar and how horrible it is, when all the studies are laid out, They could be right. I learned more about the role of cholesterol in the body, why it's important, and how it got vilanized, an ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've always wondered why the medical profession keeps changing what they considered to be a "normal" cholesterol level. First, there was one number. Then there was "good" and "bad" cholesterol. And all the while not really knowing what is a normal cholesterol level, they have been prescribing medication to millions of people to lower cholesterol. This book provides a lot of background on how all this misinformation started. There is also a lot of science explaining heart functions, cholesterol, ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. If you, like me, have seen your LDL Cholesterol spike and your Doc wants to put you on statin drugs, you need TWO copies of this book minimum: one to read and then one to give to your Doc with a note that says "Read this book or I will find a new Doctor who will!"
My father and both grandfathers died of heart attack. My mother and both grandmothers died of stroke. I got serious about cleaning up my act over 30 years ago. First, I became an exercise fanatic. Then I quit smoking, qu
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to-books
This is a good introduction to the alternative (aka the counter current AHA and USDA guidelines) theory of cholesterol and its relevancy in CVD. Also, in the same vein of alternative hypothesis, the authors casted doubt of the statin as the first line therapy and prevention for CVD. The science is sound and consistent with other more scholarly works by Phinney and Volek, the tone is more vernacular and casual which renders it appropriate for a first-time encounter to this topic. Given the curren ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is yet another nail in the coffin of that old diet-heart philosophy that blames elevated blood cholesterol (caused supposedly by saturated fat) for heart disease. There are no studies that have ever actually supported this theory, which is why I refer to it as a philosophy.

The reason lowering your cholesterol won't prevent heart disease is that cholesterol doesn't cause or even contribute to heart disease.

Unfortunately, it will likely take years for the mindset of health experts to move ou
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in health or who thinks their low-fat diet is helping them
Shelves: food, food-health
This book was great. I have heard bits and pieces of this information elsewhere, but it was great to hear how the myth of cholesterol and health got started, and to know that it started with bad science. It was also fascinating to hear that there never has been any good study showing that eating fat or cholesterol is bad for you.

It also really helped me start eating better. It is hard to get through a chapter on all the ways sugar is terrible for you and keep eating it.

I listened to this on audi
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are worried about heart disease in your family, this book is a must. You will learn something new on every page- high LDL can be good?, statins cause more problems than they fix? sugar is the real cause of heart disease? the old LDL/HDL blood tests don't tell you whether you are at risk for a heart attack? Truly, it blew my mind that all of the conventional things I learned about heart disease were wrong. I am bummed about sugar though. The book also contains a list of recommended supplem ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
This book was really helpful in connecting more dots between diabetes, heart disease, and statin drugs. Basic message: give up sugar, carbs, and statin drugs if you're concerned with heart disease, diabetes, and/or stress. Other recommendations include certain supplements and diet changes like NO BREAD!

Statin anti-cholesterol drugs, though anti-inflammatory, can make you dumber by reducing cholesterol because we need cholesterol to make brain cells!! In fact, your body needs cholesterol so much
Mark Lofquist
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
still reading. amazing that all dietary recommendation and health advice from your DR comes from one lame study of middle aged men who already had one heart attack. if that's you then lower your dietary cholesterol, if you don't have that exact background then do the opposite.

sadly it can't even be proven that dietary cholesterol affect blood serum cholesterol. every cell in our body can use cholesterol. it is the repairman of our body. limiting it is like limiting firemen in an effort to reduc
Jason Voegele
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be just low carb apologism like what you might read from, say, Gary Taubes, but it turned out to be a much more balanced book than I thought. The authors do a great job of showing why cholesterol is not a dietary evil nor a harbinger of imminent heart disease. More important, they discuss in great depth the much more likely culprits: inflammation, oxidative damage, stress, and excess sugar. This is an important and informative boo ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
My rating would be 4.5 stars if I that were possible. I think this the best introductory book on this subject. There is a good range of content and it is well explained for the level of reader it is targeting. But the authors assume their readers do not want a lot of detailed science. That may be true for many readers. I prefer a more serious tone and lots of scientific detail. I would love to see the authors put out a more scholarly book.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cholesterol is needed by every cell in the body! 25% of the cholesterol that the body makes is used by the brain! Who knew?! This is an important substance for our health and only a very minor player in heart disease and not a good indicator of heart disease. If I had any fear about the high fat, moderate protein, low (no) carbs diet that I'm doing, I definitely don't now. I found this book to be well written, very informative and entertaining as well. I highly recommend it.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a MUST read for anyone taking statins or having high cholesterol. Based on numerous studies, the authors outline the real causes of heart attacks and suggest ways to reduce a person's risk factors. The authors also wrote a cookbook with lots of ideas. Some of the recipe ingredients are not readily available, ie rye flakes. Other recipes are time-consuming to prepare. The bottom line -- heart disease can be prevented by following many of their guidelines.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book does a phenomenal job of describing what actually causes heart disease: inflammation, sugar, oxidation and stress. It also gives a great story instead of a boring study of how cholesterol actually became the bad guy in our diet. It explains with substantial studies how that idea needs to be squashed.

Read this book especially if a loved one is on statin(lipitor). It will make want flush it down the toilet!
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Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “THE ROGUE NUTRITIONIST” is a board-certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in psychology and the best-selling author of thirteen books including “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth”, “Living Low Carb”, and “The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth”. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS and Dr. Oz’s XM Radio and television shows as ...more
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“And more and more studies and reports were coming out demonstrating that the real initiators of damage in the arteries were oxidation and inflammation, with cholesterol more or less in the role of innocent bystander. Oxidation and inflammation, along with sugar and stress (more on that in chapters 4 and 8), were clearly what aged the human body the most.” 1 likes
“Low-fat had become the new mantra of the times, something we like to call the “Snackwell Phenomenon.” Food companies rushed to create low-fat versions of every food imaginable, all marketed as “heart-healthy,” with no cholesterol. (No one seemed to notice that manufacturers replaced the missing fat with tons of sugar and processed carbs, both of which are far more dangerous to our hearts than fat ever was.)” 1 likes
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