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.

Healthy Cooking Oils

woman cooking at stove with oil
Food is my favorite medicine and my favorite drug, all at the same time. That’s why I tell my patients to cook for themselves as often as possible—with healthy cooking oils, used properly! You don’t have to eat at home every day. But if you have weight management problems, or a chronic health issue, like […]

Cholesterol is a Critical Nutrient

Older couple hiking
Cholesterol kills—everyone knows that, right? Americans A patient I’ll call Bruce came to my office after his twin brother suffered a heart attack. His brother survived, but Bruce had been with him when it happened and saw how close his brother came to losing his life. As a result, Bruce was very motivated and determined […]

Statin Myths and Real Heart Attack Prevention

Man eating an apple
Big Pharma wants you to take statins. Actually, they’d like all older adults to take these controversial, cholesterol-lowering drugs — whether or not they need them! And the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology both agree.  Which makes me wonder, what is wrong with these people? According to new guidelines, age is the […]

Natural Statins: How to Lower Cholesterol Levels

Man staring at a plate full of pills
If you’re taking statin drugs to control cholesterol, you need to read this. From talking to patients, I’ve discovered that many people consider statins to be “miracle” drugs that allow them to eat anything they please without worrying about consequences. No wonder statins are the top selling prescription drugs in the country, with nearly half […]

Apple Walnut Oatmeal

Bowl of oatmeal with apples and walnuts
Serves 3 Time to prepare: 15 minutes Breakfast is so important that I’m always searching for tasty, nutritious recipes to make sure my family starts the day right. This oatmeal is loaded with ingredients known for their cholesterol-fighting abilities, including oats, walnuts, and apples. Plus it’s quick and easy to make. You can use additional […]

High Cholesterol or Low CoQ10: Gene’s Story

Couple reading the newspaper
When I first met Gene in my office, I could see right away that he was suffering from heart failure. He was so weak he could barely stand up, and his legs and feet were badly swollen. When I asked how he was feeling, he complained that his heart felt like it was going to […]

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat: A Simple Healthy Guide

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
Judging by the questions I’m getting from my patients and readers, there’s some confusion about fat, particularly the saturated variety. I’m not surprised. There are so many myths when it comes to fat, even doctors sometimes have a hard time sorting it all out. That’s really a shame. Getting the right kind of fat is […]

Gerald’s Surprising Cholesterol Discovery

“I was talking to my wife one evening when my left arm started feeling strangely wooden, like it was numb. Then my wife mentioned her sister, Debra, and I thought to myself, ‘Who the heck is she talking about?’ “As soon as I asked my wife, ‘Debra who?’ I knew something was wrong. She looked […]

Phyllis’ Experience with High Cholesterol

Phyllis was a successful family-practice attorney who was proud of the fact that she had built her own thriving practice from nothing. But over the years, her devotion to work led to a slow deterioration of her health. The most obvious sign was that her cholesterol levels rose steadily. Eventually, when her blood work revealed […]