The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

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

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ISBN: 9781592335213
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
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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, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

The Great Cholesterol Myth reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including:
Inflammation
Fibrinogen
Triglycerides
Homocysteine
Belly fat
Triglyceride to HCL ratios
High glycemic levels

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth.

MYTHS  VS. FACTS
Myth–High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.

Myth–High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack.
Fact–There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.
 
Myth–Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
Fact–There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.
 
Myth–Statin drugs are safe.
Fact–Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.
 
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly.
Fact–Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.
 
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol.
Fact–Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.
 
Myth–Saturated fat is dangerous.
Fact–Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.
 
Myth–The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan.
Fact–Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.
 
Myth–A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease.
Fact–Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.
 
Myth–Fat is bad for your health.
Fact–Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.
 
Myth–There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Fact–This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.
 
Myth–Cholesterol causes heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or “bb shot” LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.
 

Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., a board-certified nutritionist with a master's degree in psychology, is a nationally known expert on nutrition, weight loss, and health. He is the author of several best-selling titles, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, and The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy. He is the nutrition editor for Pilates Style, a contributing editor for Clean Eating, and a columnist for Better Nutrition. His work has been featured in dozens of national publications (print and online) including The New York Times, Forbes, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Self, Fitness, Allure, Essence, Men's Health, Weight Watchers, Prevention, Woman's World, Fitness, Natural Health, and Shape. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA. Visit www.jonnybowden.com.

Stephen Sinatra, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist, educator, and author who created the Manchester, CT-based Heart MD Institute (www.heartmdinstitute.com) as an educational platform focused on prevention and proactive lifestyle changes to live a healthier life. He is the author of Reverse Heart Disease Now, The Sinatra Solution, Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks, and Heart Sense for Women. He has also contributed to several prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Heart Disease, CT Medicine, and the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

Format: Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9781592335213
Size: 8 in x 9 in / 203 mm x 229 mm
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See the authors discuss their book on The Dr. Oz Show
What if everything you knew about cholesterol was wrong? We've always been told that cholesterol leads to heart disease but cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and nutritionist Jonny Bowden say that's wrong. Sinatra and Bowden are authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth . They claim cholesterol doesn't clog arteries, cause heart disease ­ or even matter! Could they be right? See their conversation with Dr. Oz on this controversial topic.
Foreword

Chapter One: Why You Should Be Skeptical of Cholesterol as an Indicator of Heart Disease

Chapter Two: “Cholesterol Is Harmless!”

Chapter Three: Inflammation: The True Cause of Heart Disease

Chapter Four: Sugar: The Real Demon in the Diet

Chapter Five: The Truth about Fat: It’s Not What You Think

Chapter Six: The Statin Scam

Chapter Seven: Help Your Heart with These Supplements

Chapter Eight: Stress: The Silent Killer

Chapter Nine: Putting It All Together—A Simple and Easy Blueprint for a Healthy Heart—and Life!

Glossary

Endnotes

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

Index
"With more than 15 books to his credit, the man knows how to balance hormones with how you eat, and he's got the formula for weight management. His latest book? The Great Cholesterol Myth, due this fall and co-authored with Dr. Stephen Sinatra. Did you know that cholesterol is the precursor to your sex hormones? Yes, indeed. Lower your cholesterol, and you lower your sex hormones."- Sara Gottfried, MD
www.Huffington Post.com
Putting the situation bluntly is author Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., aka "The Rogue Nutritionist," and scientific advisory board member at Barlean's, Ferndale, WA. He states, "We're finding that cholesterol is a very bad predictor of heart disease-half the people who have heart attacks have perfectly normal cholesterol and half the people with ‘elevated' cholesterol have perfectly healthy hearts." - Whole Foods Magazine
“The simplistic view that dietary and serum cholesterol are the primary causes of heart disease and heart attack is no longer tenable. Doctors Sinatra and Bowden provide all of us with a persuasive, fact-based interpretation and vision of the true role of cholesterol in cardiovascular illnesses.” - Mark Houston M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.H., F.A.C.N., Director, Hypertension Institute, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN, and author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease

“Full of useful facts, backed up by the research literature, this book is entertaining and accessible to just about anybody who cares about their health. A must-read for those who are worried about their cholesterol levels and on the fence with statin therapy.” - Stephanie Seneff, B.S., M.S., E.E., PH.D., Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Increasingly, doctors are questioning assertions that cholesterol is responsible for arterial disease, and that effective management requires lowering of cholesterol levels, especially with statins. At the same time, the noxious properties of the latter are being appreciated. It is therefore timely that Bowden and Sinatra provide this very readable explanation of why they think the way they do. Many readers will be persuaded.” - Hywel Dames, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., former Chief of Cardiology at the Denver VA Hospital

“Johnny Bowden, along with Dr. Steven Sinatra, demonstrates with compelling logic backed by scientific studies, that doctors are doing more harm than good by prescribing statins as if they were after-dinner mints, with the false hope that a lower cholesterol level will prevent heart disease when underlying inflammation and oxidative stress are the real root causes of heart disease.” - Todd Lepine M.D., The UltraWellness Center

“Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra do an outstanding job providing a deep dive into all the causes of heart disease, while clarifying the role cholesterol plays. I would encourage this book to be required reading for all health science students, nutritionists, and physicians who treat patients!” - Colette Heimowitz, M.SC., Vice President of Nutrition and Education, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.

“If you’re concerned about your cholesterol level and are thinking of taking a statin drug, this book is a must read! It will change the way you think about heart disease—and it may save your life!” - Pudence Hall, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, The Hall Center

“Be ready to be surprised, entertained, and to become healthy.” - Larry McCleary, M. D., best-selling author of Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly

“This book is well written with excellent scientific references and from extremely knowledgeable authors. Read this book so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision before you treat your high cholesterol!” - Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women

“Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra set the record straight on decades of bad science [and] put forth a far better solution about the true culprits that rob you of longevity: processed carbohydrates, insufficient vegetables, excess omega 6, too many trans fats. Masterly, readable, and life-altering.” - Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure

“ The authors have done their homework, and rather than rotely ‘following the leader.’ They have dug into the extensive research and correlated it with their wide clinical experience to reveal the truth. This book can save many lives, including your own!” - Hyla Cass, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health

“Thanks to the extensive scientific evidence provided by Bowden and Sinatra, the truth about cholesterol will hopefully end the utter madness that has plagued our society for far too long. Don’t even think about taking another statin drug, cutting your fat and cholesterol intake, or other ‘heart-healthy’ measures until you read The Great Cholesterol Myth.”  - Jimmy Moore, author of Livin’ La Vida Low Carb and A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Your Cholesterol Test Results

“This powerful new book will help the cholesterol test get the rest it deserves.” - Alan Christianson, N.M.D., co-author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease

“Doctors Bowden and Sinatra have done us all a great service by busting the cholesterol myth and all the misinformation out there about heart disease. This book is a must-read!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D., best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“If you want to know the truth about cholesterol, and what you absolutely must do to improve your heart health, this is the book for you. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra reveal the facts in a compelling and insightful way. This invaluable book belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about the truth in medicine and healing.” - Daniel Aen, M.D., CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc., Author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age

“Got high cholesterol or heart disease? Get this book!” - Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! and From Fatigued to Fantastic!

“Finally! This timely book, written by the eminently qualified dream team of Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, exposes and unravels the great American cholesterol scam. Statin drugs sell in the U.S. for over $30 billion per year, but do they really prevent heart disease? No!  This ‘must read’ book will tell you how to really prevent heart disease and live a longer, healthier, leaner, fuller life.” - Dean Raffelock, D.C., DIPL. AC., D.A.A.I.M., D.I.B.A.K., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N., author of A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

“The book you’re holding is dangerous, and may even upset you. That’s because everything you know about cholesterol is probably wrong. Doctors Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra provide both the science to vindicate this unfairly demonized molecule and a plan of action so you can attain optimal health.” - JJ Virgin, best-selling author of The Virgin Diet
"The book intersperses interesting anecdotes with hard data. It offers a compelling critique of the mainstream approach cardiovascular disease along with practical advice. ..If you have heart disease or are concerned about ending up with it, you just might want to pick up a copy for yourself, and for your doctor." - Michael Tennent, NewAmerican
“Anyone skeptical of the notion that there is more to heart disease than ‘cut your fat, take a statin drug’ would be well served by reading this book.”  -William Davis, M.D., best-selling author of Wheat Belly
“How is it that more people are on statin drugs and aggressive pharmaceutical interventions than ever before and yet cardiovascular disease remains one of the most pervasive killers in Western society? The authors present the real causes of heart disease and practical solutions to both preventing and treating it.” - Robb Wolf, best-selling author of The Paleo Solution
“The Great Cholesterol Myth finally sheds light on the true story, why millions are being harmed by statin drugs and how to really prevent heart disease. Everyone with heart disease, on a statin, or with a family history of heart disease must read this book. And if your doctor recommends a statin, read this book first!” - Mark Hyman, M.D., best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution“Doctors Bowden and Sinatra have done us all a great service by busting the cholesterol myth and all the misinformation out there about heart disease. This book is a must-read!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D., best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause "The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D., goes far beyond the standard information and advice for anyone worried about heart disease. The style is breezy and easy to read, but the information is solid and will surprise many readers. A must for anyone who needs to combat heart problems." - Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling authors of The People's Pharmacy  “The simplistic view that dietary and serum cholesterol are the primary causes of heart disease and heart attack is no longer tenable. Doctors Sinatra and Bowden provide all of us with a persuasive, fact-based interpretation and vision of the true role of cholesterol in cardiovascular illnesses.” - Mark Houston M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.H., F.A.C.N., Director, Hypertension Institute, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN, and author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease “The Great Cholesterol Myth is a remarkable book that will revolutionize the way in which heart disease is prevented, detected, and treated in this country.” - Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., best-selling author of The Fat Flush Plan “This book clearly explains the tragic and harmful cholesterol and statin myths, and gives readers insight into those factors that really do promote a healthy heart.”  – Peter H. Langsjoen, M.D., F.A.C.C.
“The authors have done their homework, and rather than rotely ‘following the leader.’ They have dug into the extensive research and correlated it with their wide clinical experience to reveal the truth. This book can save many lives, including your own!” - Hyla Cass, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health “Thanks to the extensive scientific evidence provided by Bowden and Sinatra, the truth about cholesterol will hopefully end the utter madness that has plagued our society for far too long. Don’t even think about taking another statin drug, cutting your fat and cholesterol intake, or other ‘heart-healthy’ measures until you read The Great Cholesterol Myth.”  --Jimmy Moore, author of Livin’ La Vida Low Carb and A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Your Cholesterol Test Results “This powerful new book will help the cholesterol test get the rest it deserves.” — Alan Christianson, N.M.D., co-author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease "If you want to know the truth about cholesterol, and what you absolutely must do to improve your heart health, this is the book for you. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra reveal the facts in a compelling and insightful way. This invaluable book belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about the truth in medicine and healing." --Daniel Amen, M.D., CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc., Author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age “Got high cholesterol or heart disease? Get this book!” --Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! and From Fatigued to Fantastic! “Finally! This timely book, written by the eminently qualified dream team of Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, exposes and unravels the great American cholesterol scam. Statin drugs sell in the U.S. for over $30 billion per year, but do they really prevent heart disease? No!  This ‘must read’ book will tell you how to really prevent heart disease and live a longer, healthier, leaner, fuller life.” --Dean Raffelock, D.C., Dipl. Ac., D.A.A.I.M., D.I.B.A.K., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N., author of A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health “The book you’re holding is dangerous, and may even upset you. That’s because everything you know about cholesterol is probably wrong. Doctors Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra provide both the science to vindicate this unfairly demonized molecule and a plan of action so you can attain optimal health.” - JJ Virgin, best-selling author of The Virgin Diet 
“Full of useful facts, backed up by the research literature, this book is entertaining and accessible to just about anybody who cares about their health. A must-read for those who are worried about their cholesterol levels and on the fence with statin therapy.” - Stephanie Seneff, B.S., M.S., E.E., Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Increasingly, doctors are questioning assertions that cholesterol is responsible for arterial disease, and that effective management requires lowering of cholesterol levels, especially with statins. At the same time, the noxious properties of the latter are being appreciated. It is therefore timely that Bowden and Sinatra provide this very readable explanation of why they think the way they do. Many readers will be persuaded.”  - Hywel Davies, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., former Chief of Cardiology at the Denver VA Hospital
“Jonny Bowden, along with Dr. Stephen Sinatra, demonstrates with compelling logic backed by scientific studies, that doctors are doing more harm than good by prescribing statins as if they were after-dinner mints, with the false hope that a lower cholesterol level will prevent heart disease when underlying inflammation and oxidative stress are the real root causes of heart disease.” - Todd LePine M.D., The UltraWellness Center “Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra do an outstanding job providing a deep dive into all the causes of heart disease, while clarifying the role cholesterol plays. I would encourage this book to be required reading for all health science students, nutritionists, and physicians who treat patients!” - Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc., Vice President of Nutrition and Education, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.“If you’re concerned about your cholesterol level and are thinking of taking a statin drug, this book is a must read! It will change the way you think about heart disease—and it may save your life!”  - Prudence Hall, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, The Hall Center “Be ready to be surprised, entertained, and to become healthy.” - Larry McCleary, M. D., best-selling author of Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly “This book is well written with excellent scientific references and from extremely knowledgeable authors. Read this book so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision before you treat your high cholesterol!” - Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women
 “Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra set the record straight on decades of bad science [and] put forth a far better solution about the true culprits that rob you of longevity: processed carbohydrates, insufficient vegetables, excess omega 6, too many trans fats. Masterly, readable, and life-altering.” - Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure 
February 17, 2014
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, co-author of The Great Cholesterol Myth and The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook for Fair Winds Press wrote a recent article on healthy eating for BoomerBrief.com. Read his article, "Foods to Keep Your Heart Healthy After 50," here. Read More.
August 23, 2013
Do you associate high fat, high protein diets with high cholesterol? You shouldn't, says cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of "The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Sinatra discussed the best foods for your heart and your health. Read More.
June 28, 2013
Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, appeared on a couple of national shows recently to talk about cholesterol in relation to actor James Gandolfini's tragic death. Bowden was a guest on the Joan Hamburg Show on WOR Radio in New York on June 21 and Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel on June 24. Read More.
April 9, 2013
If you think that lowering your cholesterol will protect you from a heart attack, think again. The co-author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., answers some of the most common questions about this vital substanceand sets the record straight about how to really protect your heart in a recent interview with WellBella.com Read More.
April 9, 2013
American health and fitness expert Jonny Bowden calls it the Great Cholesterol Myth. For the last 30 years, we've been told that high cholesterol causes heart disease. But that "boneheaded dietary advice," says Bowden, has contributed to an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease that's unprecedented in human history. Read More.
March 11, 2013
Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth and other books for Fair Winds Press, was one of the experts quoted in a story in the April edition of More Magazine. Read More.
March 4, 2013
Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth, appeared on The Doctors TV show to discuss their book. Read More.
February 6, 2013
Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, is featured in the cover story of Natural Solutions Magazine in March. According to Bowden, who is also known as "The Rogue Nutritionist", trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to prevent obesity by cutting out lettuce. Read More.
January 28, 2013
Family Circle Magazine's February issue features Dr. Jonny Bowden and eight surprising facts about heart disease. The article is based on information from The Great Cholesterol Myth, the new book by Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra. Read More.
December 11, 2012
What if everything you knew about cholesterol was wrong? We've always been told that cholesterol leads to heart disease but cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and nutritionist Jonny Bowden tell Dr. Oz that's wrong. Read More.
December 10, 2012
The Dr. Oz Show will feature The Great Cholesterol Myth on December 11 and December 18. Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, authors of our new best-selling book, will be appear to talk about their book. Check your local listings for showtimes. Read More.
November 8, 2012
Belief in the Great Cholesterol Myth has caused us to take our eye off the ball when it comes to preventing heart disease, says Jonny Bowden, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. He writes in the Huffington Post that belief in the Great Cholesterol Myth has caused us to neglect the real causes of heart disease while obsessively focused on an innocuous molecule that's essential for life and has only a minor role in heart disease. Read More.
October 23, 2012
In the fight for better health, Americans view cholesterol as Public Enemy No. 1. Doctors tell us to stay away from food high in saturated fat, like butter, eggs and meat because it's responsible for heart disease. But what if that's wrong? Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist who's been practicing for over 30 years and the author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, thinks it's wrong. Read More.
October 8, 2012
Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra, authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth, will appear on The 700 Club on October 18. Read More.