Cholesterol

Managing your cholesterol levels is critical to maintaining good cardiovascular health. There are good and bad types of cholesterol. Lifestyle and diet changes can help balance your good and bad cholesterol levels.

Are these cholesterol drugs worth the cost?

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Two new cholesterol drugs, FDA-approved in 2015, promised big—to just maybe put an end to LDL “bad” cholesterol-related heart disease and heart attack fatalities. As always, I compared Big Pharma’s “solutions” to nature’s home-grown gifts. Two years of testing and study recently gave us scorecards. Mission accomplished? Not at all…but sort of. It gets complicated […]

Natural Cholesterol Control

Once, there was just cholesterol. It was believed to make you fat and cause heart attacks, so everyone tried to get rid of it. Now, we know there’s both good and bad cholesterol, so everyone wants less bad, and more good. So how does one accomplish this? Well, there are two kinds of solutions: the […]

The Best Way to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

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Let’s be clear about one thing straight up: when it comes to heart disease, cholesterol isn’t your biggest problem. Don’t get me wrong—eventually, cholesterol can cause blockages, which lead to strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis, or other problems. Too much cholesterol in your body is very dangerous. But my point is simply this: If you are […]

Lipid Panel: Total Cholesterol

Free Book Excerpt: Your Blood Never Lies by James LaValle
An excerpt from the book, “Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life” by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND. Read additional excerpts or buy the whole book. Cholesterol has received a lot of negative attention in the past decade. The word alone stirs up images of a […]

Lipid Panel: HDL Cholesterol

Free Book Excerpt: Your Blood Never Lies by James LaValle
An excerpt from the book, “Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life” by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND. Read additional excerpts or buy the whole book. HDL CHOLESTEROL The “good” cholesterol in your body is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol. It’s highly desirable to have an […]

Lipid Panel: LDL Cholesterol

Free Book Excerpt: Your Blood Never Lies by James LaValle
An excerpt from the book, “Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life” by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND. Read additional excerpts or buy the whole book. LDL CHOLESTEROL Known as the “bad” cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs, carry the majority of cholesterol in the body (about […]

Bergamot: Health Oil

bergamot fruit and oil
When nature’s gifts and our endless human curiosity meet up, great things happen. Today’s star is the citrus fruit bergamot. So many health benefits from so little of its essential oil! Imagine that distant day in sunny Bergamo, Italy… “Marcello, what is this unknown fruit?” “Hmmm…he seems both a lemon and an orange.” “Such a […]

Carotid Arteries Risk

Many vitally important parts of your body are hidden deep inside you. Many more are too tiny to see without sophisticated imaging technology. Today’s two subjects are as easy to see as the nose on your face. In fact, they’re on both sides of your nose—running right up the outside of your neck. Your carotid […]

Supplements to Take with Statins

The drugs known as statins—the most widely prescribed drugs in the US—stake their claim to fame on their ability to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. That’s the kind that gunks up your arteries and increases your risk of congestive heart failure and heart attack, among other bad situations. Lowered LDL is a good outcome for many […]

Avoid Dangerous Cholesterol Drugs

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Another day, another potentially dangerous drug is foisted on the American public. This time, it’s a new type of cholesterol medicine called alirocumab. And, despite limited study, an FDA advisory committee overwhelmingly recommended the drug for use in the general public. This, despite the fact that the effects of alirocumab are little known, and may […]