Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Learn more about how Cholesterol and Triglycerides affect your Autonomic System and what you can do to help your body stay healthy.

There is No Single Best Diet for Everyone

It is generally accepted science that over the last several thousand years, humans thrived equally well on diets ranging from pure vegetarian (people with origins in Asia or Far East cultures) to essentially meat-only diets (people with origins in northern cold climates such as the Inuit) with most ancient cultures subsisting on a mixed vegetarian-carnivore …

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More Confusion: Is Red Meat Really That Bad?

Too Much Advice I was asked recently about the repeated news from Harvard’s Public Health Department that eating red meat, especially processed red meat (i.e., sausages and salami) is bad for one’s health. The constant stream of conflicting headlines is causing confusion of the general public. First you have to understand the source. The Harvard …

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Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Causes Heart Disease

Dr. Dwight Lundell Prevent Disease Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:58 CST We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, …

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In Older Adults, A Higher Cholesterol Level Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Death

Yes that’s correct; it’s not a typo! A recent study has demonstrated that a higher total cholesterol level is associated with a lower risk of death from cancer and non-cardiovascular (heart attacks and stroke) disease in older healthy adults (over 55 years of age). Researchers studied 5750 older people (age range, 55–99). At the beginning …

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Niacin Supplement Doesn’t Prevent Heart Disease

A recent NIH study assessing the effectiveness of Niaspan (a niacin supplement used to decrease triglycerides and raise HDL cholesterol) was terminated early because of concerns it may actually be harming patients.  This also puts into question whether Tricor, another triglyceride lowering agent actuallys prevents heart disease. I follow a simple rule with patients when …

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Mummies and Atherosclerosis

A Brief Overview of Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is a process of chronic inflammation of the cells lining the arterial walls.  Overtime, scar-like tissue builds up with some deposition of calcium and small dense cholesterol molecules in the tissue.  Ultimately, the inflamed atherosclerotic lesion can rupture, a blood clot suddenly forms and an individual will experience a heart …

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Low Fat Dieting Can Increase Heart Disease in Women

The Study The Women’s Health Initiative was a massive study launched in 1991 to evaluate the health benefits for women if they ate less fat in their diet. This is one of the largest nutritional studies ever done. The study involved almost 50,000 women, some of who were placed on a low-fat, high fruit, vegetable …

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Mobile Phone Apps

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Does Your Abdomen Stick Out Too Far?

If it does, don’t think you’re alone.  Many Americans are dealing with the same thing.  Patients complain about it to me all the time.  What you may be experiencing is an accumulation of fat within the abdominal cavity (called intra abdominal fat).  And your body may be abnormally storing fat there because the carbohydrates (sugar and starches) in your …

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High Cholesterol Is A Problem for Kids Too!

A federal health report says 20% of U.S. children and teens have abnormal lipid levels, an indication of too much bad cholesterol, too little good cholesterol or high triglycerides.  These abnormal levels can raise the risk for heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Reseachers have found that children and …

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A Reply To Comments About ‘Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease’

My recent post,  Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease has generated numerous e-mails and comments that seem to focus on the connection between our dietary cholesterol intake and the fact that vascular plaques that lead to arterial blockage also contain cholesterol. One read wrote, “If dietary fat intake doesn’t lead to increased cholesterol …

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Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease

Ever since 1953 when a physiologist named Ancel Keys, Ph.D. compared fat intake and deaths from heart disease in seven countries including the U.S., the American medical establishment has clung to an unproven belief that saturated fat was evil. But in 1957, Jacob Yerushalmy, Ph.D. established this research was false and that Keys was guilty of only …

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How Much Fish Oil Should I Take And Why?

Many patients I see  in my practice are taking fish oil supplements and don’t really understand why they are beneficial  but just that everyone seems to recommend taking them. Fish and certain plant and nut oils are common natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  Fatty acids are special molecules that have a wide array of …

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Are You At Risk For A Heart Attack or Diabetes Because of Insulin Resistance?

What is Insulin Resistance? Insulin is a hormone. It helps your body move sugar from the blood stream into the muscles and the liver where the sugar is used as fuel or converted into fatty acids that are later moved into the fat cells and are stored as energy there. In some people, a condition …

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Does Insulin Resistance Have Any Symptoms and What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

What are the Symptoms of Insulin Resistance? People may have Insulin Resistance for several years without noticing anything.  But in many individuals, Insulin Resistance causes a wide variety of common symptoms we often attribute to other medical circumstances. These symptoms often occur because of an imbalance of your autonomic nervous system. Common symptoms from autonomic …

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How Tortilla Chips Make Us Fat

The caloric density of foods that we’re exposed to has also changed dramatically in the last few decades.  The more manufacturers process the food, the greater the caloric density the food product often obtains. For example, let’s look at the number of calories per pound of corn and corn products: Fresh Corn – 490 calories …

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Why Full-Fat Salad Dressing is Better For You

Research performed by Melody Brown (see research article), demonstrates that after ingestion of the salads with fat-free salad dressing, the appearance of a variety of vitamins (carotene, ß-carotene, and lycopene) in the blood stream was very low.  Reduced-fat salad dressing resulted in a slight but small increase in vitamin levels. Full-fat salad dressing resulted in …

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Learn How to Interpret Your Cholesterol and Triglyceride Lab results

Triglycerides Healthy Range = Less than 150. Triglycerides are fats composed of fatty acids and glycerol. Triglycerides combine with proteins to form particles called lipoproteins that transport fats through the bloodstream. These lipoproteins carry triglycerides from the liver to other parts of the body that need this energy source. Triglycerides then return to the liver …

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Cholesterol and Heart Attack Risk

What are we dealing with here? For years traditional medicine has been dealing with these common medical complications as separate entities and for good reason. Treating each condition seemed to reduce the patient’s risk of more complications in the future. With our limited understanding, we knew treating elevated blood pressure resulted in fewer strokes and …

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