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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with... (Read More)
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Q. Ever since I went on a low carb diet in 1964 (before Atkins) I have used only whole milk. When the government began advocating a low-fat diet, Americans became obese, because when you remove the fat from a product... (Read More)
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Nutrition experts have egg on their faces. For years, public health policy has been to discourage consumption of saturated fat--or most any fat at all. The diet-heart hypothesis got its start in the 1950s. Ancel Keys, PhD, and his colleagues... (Read More)
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Q. I'm so confused about eggs. First we were told to avoid them because of the cholesterol. Then I read that eggs are not harmful. In fact, the suggestion was that pancakes and cold cereal are less healthful for breakfast.... (Read More)
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If you are not confused and maybe even exasperated over all the flip-flops over food in recent months, we would be amazed. The latest head-spinning headline appeared in the New York Times this week: "Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease... (Read More)
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Epidemiologists have just questioned the validity of standard dietary advice to avoid saturated fat for the sake of heart health. Over the last several decades, nutrition experts, dietitians and cardiologists have been warning Americans to cut back on sat fat... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that Concord grape juice will lower cholesterol and alleviate joint pain. Do you know anything about that? A. Concord grape juice contains antioxidants that improve blood vessel flexibility (American Journal of Hypertension, Jan. 2014). Other... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot tolerate them. A. Red yeast rice naturally contains a low dose of various statin compounds and has been shown to lower cholesterol... (Read More)
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Type 2 diabetes increases the chance than an older person will encounter cognitive difficulties. Researchers had hoped that lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in such patients would reduce the likelihood of mental decline. The goal of the ACCORD trial was... (Read More)
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Q.  Several years ago my doctor prescribed 20 mg of Lipitor. Since then doctors have gradually raised the dose till I am now on 80 mg of generic atorvastatin. Initially I experienced calf cramps that I could eventually stretch out.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband takes Coumadin (warfarin) for atrial fibrillation. We recently began taking a mixture of honey and cinnamon. Does cinnamon interact with Coumadin? He also has hypertension and takes medication for that. Does he need to discuss this with... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column in my local newspaper, the San Antonio Express-News, and enjoy it very much.  I've read some very interesting remedies. Yesterday your column was on foods such as cinnamon to help lower cholesterol. I've been eating cinnamon... (Read More)
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Ask most health professionals about the most valuable thing you can do for good health and you're likely to be told to exercise. Regular physical activity is good for the heart, the brain and the body as a whole. It... (Read More)
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When the panel of experts for the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced their new Cardiovascular Risk Guidelines on November 12th, they ignited a firestorm of controversy. Almost immediately, the public questioned the integrity of the... (Read More)
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No one could be blamed for feeling that the health headlines are causing whiplash. For decades Americans were told to avoid butter and use margarine on their bread instead. The FDA has just done an about-face with a proposal to... (Read More)
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Q. Now that I am on Crestor, would it be OK if I eat eggs? I have been avoiding them for years because my cholesterol was high. My doctor is also suggesting a low-carb diet because my blood sugar is... (Read More)
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Next to cholesterol, the main dietary demon is saturated fat. For several decades the American public has been warned that sat-fat will clog coronary arteries and lead to heart attacks. Foods that have been targeted include butter, egg yolk, meat,... (Read More)
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