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When the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced its new guidelines for prescribing statin drugs to prevent heart disease, they were greeted as a big advance. Before long, though, analysts began to question whether they would really help those who need them most, or whether the guidelines would lead to significant overprescribing. We talk with cardiologist Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic to get his take on this big controversy.

For the past several decades, most people have been warned not to eat too many nuts. These high-fat snacks would be bad for the blood vessels, according to conventional wisdom. But evidence from thousands of health professionals suggests that people who eat nuts several times a week live longer healthier lives than those who avoid them. Are these data believable? How should we approach nutrition flip-flops?

Cold and flu season has begun. What are the best ways to cope with seasonal respiratory infections? We’ll offer our favorite home remedies (including chicken soup!) and welcome yours.

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Guests: Steven Nissen, MD, is chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the co-author, with Mark Gillinov, MD, of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need.

Christopher Gardner, PhD, is Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. The photo is of Dr. Gardner. His delicious Gypsy Soup recipe can be found in our book, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy. 

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is Director of Fellowship for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has served as Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements–Botanicals Expert Committee and on the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her website is www.drlowdog.com

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  1. KL

    Great post. I don’t agree with the fiber though. High fiber is for horses, cows, goats, gorillas…incidentally all with those big bellies to accommodate such stuff as well as large feces volume, and some with gas. Low fiber is for dogs, cats, wolves, coyotes…incidentally all who have slim bellies, scanty feces and no gas (if not fed man made corn based diets). I am not so convinced that humans are supposed to eat that much fiber and have bellies like gorillas. We are not fermentation vats.

  2. Robert Dixon DC

    Very, very few people need a dangerous statin. Cholesterol, while easily measured, is not the issue. Triglycerides are the storage form of glucose which is elevated in many people, the result of junky starch (a disaccharide in the diet). Your liver will manufacture 9 times the amount of cholesterol than occurs in the diet. The brain, NS, androgens and more are composed of cholesterol. The body thinks very highly of cholesterol. It’s also a good place to stash fat soluble toxic material.
    Much of the Syndrome X is adaptive physiology, not disease. Poor lipid digestion, bunged-up gall bladders, decreased stomach acid B-Vitamin and other lipotrophic factors deficiency and insufficient dietary fiber are at the root. Garbage in…garbage out. You will eventually find out the role toxicity plays in this.
    The banks aren’t the only ones running big scams.

  3. ASJ

    I find it interesting that the caller that said she hasn’t had a cold in 2 years since eliminating gluten attributes that to washing her hands more often. While I’m sure that washing your hands helps keep germs away I would think that not eating gluten would be the primary reason she hasn’t had a cold. 80-90% of your immune system in in your gut so eliminating a food that keeps your body busy attacking itself instead of other germs could possibly be the case.

  4. Bill Treat

    I agree with CSG above – Happened upon Dr. Esselstyne on YouTube last night, having been diagnosed 2 days ago w/ “congestive” heart failure. VERY encouraging to see documented evidence of RECOVERY from even severe conditions.

  5. pp

    Cold remedy: When we first get a twinge that might be a cold, we gargle with a mixture of half & half cider vinegar and water. Also swab the nose with it. Then mix up an Ester-C drink to give a jolt of Vitamin C. We thank the Lord for no full blown colds for several years.

  6. Steve

    I have read that consumption of nuts can contribute to kidney stones. Is that true?
    Thank you for your excellent programming.

  7. CSG

    Regular listener to your show. Your 12/7/13 show discussed the new cholesterol guidelines and eating of nuts. Inviting Dr Caldwell Esselstyne to your show would provide a researchers’ and clinicians’ perspective who has cured people with heart disease using in his long range study/practice using a vegan diet with no oils, nuts etc. His opinion on the Mediterraen diet is an eye opener.

  8. C M W

    Thank you–I so appreciate your radio program.

  9. PTC

    Great show. I found the discussion of cardiac risk rating and use of statins interesting. I was not surprised, but found it disappointing, by the lack of attention from the recommending panel to disclose their conflicts of interest with the drug manufacturers. Medicine is rife with these conflicts of interest. They are particularly glaring in oncology. Dr. Nissen did a good job of putting the recommendations into perspective.

  10. Steve

    I have read that eating nuts can contribute to kidney stones. Is that true?

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