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Listen to Dr. DuBroff Discuss the Cholesterol Hypothesis

Dr. Robert DuBroff, cardiologist and lipidologist, tells why he thinks we need to look again at the cholesterol hypothesis and re-evaluate statins.

We spoke with cardiologist and lipidologist Robert DuBroff, MD, a few months ago about his take on the cholesterol hypothesis. Since that time, he has retired from his position as associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

You may have heard part of his interview in Show 1053: How to Have a Healthy Heart. We thought, however, that you might want to listen to more of our discussion with him. So we are offering the full interview for those who are interested.

You’ll learn who might benefit from seeing a lipidologist. Dr. DuBroff describes the history of how cholesterol got to be considered the main driver of heart disease and why he doesn’t think the cholesterol hypothesis has been proven.

We talk about studies of heart-healthy diets and discuss the implications of the ACCELERATE trial of a new medication, evacetrapib. Perhaps statins have benefits besides their ability to lower cholesterol; Dr. DuBroff also talks about some potential side effects of statins. How should these be weighed against their benefits? What are the most critical elements of a lifestyle that can help you keep your heart healthy?

We invite you to let us know what you think about this interview in the comments below.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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