By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 24 Comments
    New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Nee…

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) created a risk calculator that tells physicians and patients when someone should take a statin-type cholesterol-loweri…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2017 10 Comments
    Should a Flip Flop on Saturated Fat Freak You Ou…

    We've been told for decades that saturated fat clogs coronary arteries. Butter, cheese and ice cream are supposed to be the enemies of a heart-healthy diet. But three cardiologists challenge the conve…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Afford Repatha to Crush Your Cholesterol…

    Two years ago, the FDA approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine. It sends "bad" LDL cholesterol into the basement, lowering it even more than potent statin drugs. But at the time, the FDA …

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Use Cinnamon to Lower Your Cholesterol

    Most people who don't have diabetes don't worry about keeping their blood sugar under control, at least not until the doctor points out that it's been creeping up into the range of pre-diabetes. Chole…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2017 8 Comments
    Does the New Cholesterol Drug Repatha Save Lives…

    The results are finally in on an eagerly anticipated trial of a new cholesterol-lowering medicine. Many cardiologists are happy with the results, calling the drug a breakthrough. But others are disapp…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 22 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    Regular exercise is considered essential for good health. The benefits include weight control, diabetes prevention, blood sugar management, blood lipid control, improved mood, better sleep and a reduc…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2017 29 Comments
    Why Didn’t Statins Protect Dad from Clogge…

    Most cardiologists take it as absolute fact that cholesterol is a bad actor in the heart disease saga. They believe that LDL cholesterol in particular is responsible for causing clogged coronary arter…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Hot Pepper Lovers Live Longer So Fire Up Your Ta…

    Ok, I admit it. I cannot be neutral about this topic since I am a confirmed "chile-head." I love hot peppers. I'm not the only one. Salsa sales are soaring. The market for hot sauce swelled more than …

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 11 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    How important is exercise for overall health? Researchers report that exercise reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat and depression (British Journal of Sports Medicine, June, 2015)…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 27 Comments
    Doctors Deeply Divided Over the Value of Statins

    Should you be taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medication like atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor) or simvastatin (Zocor)? Some patients have been "fired" by …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 3 Comments
    Are There Toxins in Your Drinking Water?

    Your drinking water might be contaminated without your knowledge. Harvard researchers have identified dangerous compounds in the PFAS class in the drinking water of 6 million Americans. These chemical…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2016 7 Comments
    Should the “Salt Is Safe” Heretics B…

    Modern medicine likes to think of itself as scientific, driven by data. But when new evidence disputes old dogma public health leaders might wish for the old days when dissenters were dealt with harsh…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2016 13 Comments
    Does Everyone Over 65 Need Statins to Lower Chol…

    Many doctors are now following recommendations set out by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. People over 65 with perfect cholesterol numbers, normal blood pressur…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2016 19 Comments
    Should You Shun Saturated Fat to Prevent A Heart…

    Do you worry about your cholesterol levels? Have you followed the nutrition advice of the American Heart Association to ban butter, embrace margarine, avoid eggs and use vegetable oil as your cooking …

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2016 12 Comments
    Eggs are Exonerated in Finnish Heart Study

    For more than five decades Americans have been told that cholesterol causes heart disease. That's why nutrition experts, cardiologists and family practice physicians advised their patients to limit eg…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2016 17 Comments
    Atorvastatin Lowers Cholesterol but Raises Blood…

    As many as 40 million people may be taking statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs daily in the U.S. Although medications like atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, and rosuvastatin can b…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 1 Comments
    Best Choices Is Back in Stock

    We are happy to announce that our book, Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy, is now back in stock at the People's Pharmacy store. This 524-page volume is our most comprehensive publication and is …

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2015 35 Comments
    Statins Are NOT a Magic Bullet for Longer Life

    Current guidelines from heart experts insist that virtually every man over the age of 63 and every woman over 70 should be on statin-type cholesterol lowering drugs, regardless of risk factors. What …

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 3 Comments
    Berberine Lowers Blood Sugar AND Cholesterol

    Q. I have looked into berberine and think it may be a winner. Have you researched it? I am taking it for pre-diabetes and my wife is considering it for lowering cholesterol. Some studies I found equat…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2014 14 Comments
    How to Eat Your Way to Lower Cholesterol

    Doctors frequently tell their patients with elevated cholesterol levels to change their diet. The problem is that people rarely get specific details about what to eat. They are told what not to eat. T…

    By: Terry Graedon May 26, 2014 1 Comments
    Which Dietary Changes Can Lower LDL Cholesterol …

    Q. I'd like to learn more about natural ways to lower LDL cholesterol. I can't take niacin or statins because my liver enzymes are elevated. My doctor and I are concerned that my LDL has been rising. …

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2014 24 Comments
    Should Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Be Sold Over The C…

    According to the Wall Street Journal (March 3, 2014), Lipitor brought in roughly $13 billion for Pfizer in 2006. That was during the drug's heyday. This cholesterol-lowering statin-type medication mad…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2014 12 Comments
    Does Red Yeast Rice for Lowering Cholesterol Hav…

    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 b…

    By: Joe Graedon February 17, 2014 4 Comments
    Fenofibrate Side Effects, Interactions & Co…

    Q. You responded to a patient who was worried that his blood pressure may have gone up because of Trilipix (fenofibric acid) to lower cholesterol. Please be cautious when you tell someone a medication…

    By: Terry Graedon November 17, 2013 3 Comments
    How to Make Sense of the Confusion Surrounding C…

    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 ab…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2013 118 Comments
    Will New Heart Guidelines Put You on a Statin?

    According to The American Heart Association and The American College of Cardiology, 33 million Americans should now be on statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. That means about twice as many people …

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2013 11 Comments
    Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

    Psyllium fiber has become a household name, especially in the brand name formulations where it is found: Konsyl, Metamucil, Nature's Way Psyllium, and dozens more. From the 1930s to the 1960s a produc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2013 7 Comments
    Will Red Yeast Rice Lower Cholesterol?

    Q. What are the pros and cons of taking a supplement like red yeast rice to help lower LDL cholesterol? Are there side effects? Is it safer than prescribed medication such as atorvastatin? A. Red yeas…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2011 13 Comments
    Can Cholesterol Levels Go TOO Low?

    We have been told for more than 50 years that cholesterol is our enemy--that it causes heart attacks and strokes and the lower it is the healthier we are. But some physicians are beginning to question…

    By: Terry Graedon November 17, 2011 9 Comments
    No Difference Between Statin Drugs

    The statin smackdown contest between Crestor and Lipitor is a draw. At least that is the conclusion of a new study that pitted high doses of both cholesterol-lowering drugs. Over a thousand patients w…

    By: Terry Graedon November 17, 2011 5 Comments
    Cheese Better Than Butter for Cholesterol

    Doctors have been warning their patients to avoid high fat dairy products like butter and cheese. The fear has been that these high-fat foods would raise cholesterol levels which would increase the ri…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2011 7 Comments
    Dietary Portfolio Lowers Cholesterol

    Diet can lower cholesterol, but the standard low-fat regimen that has been recommended for decades is not the most effective approach. New research from Canada shows that a vegetarian diet containing …

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2011 1 Comments
    Is Lipitor Safe Enough to Go OTC?

    One of the most successful drugs in the history of the pharmaceutical industry is poised to lose its patent this November. That means cheaper generic copycats will soon become available. One way that …

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2011 24 Comments
    Should Lipitor Be Sold Over The Counter?

    Let's get one thing straight from the get-go. We love the idea of self care. The more tools and treatments people have to take care of themselves the better. Running to the doctor for every ache and p…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2011 1 Comments
    Green Tea to Cut Cholesterol

    Green tea has also been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties. Compounds in green tea known as catechins are thought to be especially beneficial. Animal and cellular studies have demonstrated …

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2011 6 Comments
    Fibrate Use Increasing in U.S.

    Although statins dominate the cholesterol-lowering drug marketplace, they are not the only medications that lower lipids. Another category of medicines called fibrates are also prescribed quite freque…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2011 6 Comments
    Eggs Have Lowered Cholesterol Content

    People who have been avoiding eggs because of their high cholesterol content may be cheered to learn that eggs have lost cholesterol over the past decade. Instead of 215 mg per large egg, there are no…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2010 4 Comments
    Breakfast for Better Health

    Grandma always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Now a study from Australia suggests that she was right. In 1985 school children were polled to find out which kids ate breakfast a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2010 25 Comments
    Doctors and Statins

    Few medications have captivated physicians more than statins. It is estimated that anywhere from 20 million to 40 million Americans now take drugs like Crestor, Lipitor, lovastatin, pravastatin or sim…