By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 1 Comments
    Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

    We have long suspected that taking care of your heart health with exercise, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, stress management and social interaction could also benefit your brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 26 Comments
    When Is High LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

    You have probably heard that high LDL cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. That is the reason doctors prescribe medication to lower cholesterol. Most people imagine this is most important f…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2018 33 Comments
    Can Statins Cause Myositis? | Irreversible Muscl…

    The FDA has listed myositis as a potential side effect of some statins. We suspect that if you asked many physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists what myositis is, they w…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2018 10 Comments
    How Safe and Effective Are Your Medicines? You M…

    Before a physician prescribes a medication, she should know exactly how safe and effective it is. And before a patient swallows any pill he should also know precisely how safe and effective it is. You…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 50 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Myositis? A Devastating Muscle …

    For years we have been receiving tragic stories from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to our website. They reported a debilitating myositis muscle condition after taking statins…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 25 Comments
    Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

    Cholesterol is only one of numerous risk factors for heart disease. However, physicians can't do much about some of your other risk factors, such as your family history. They can prescribe medications…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2018 34 Comments
    Old Data Behind Statin Guidelines Led to Serious…

    In 2013 the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new statin guidelines for physicians. The recommendations were based on the Heart Risk Calculator. Doct…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 11 Comments
    Can Atorvastatin Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

    Tens of millions of American men take a statin every day: atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin, to name just a few. Do drugs like atorvastatin cause erectile dysfunction…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 54 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 200 million prescriptions…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 19 Comments
    Atorvastatin Side Effects — Is Psoriasis O…

    Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. At last count, over 100 million prescriptions were dispensed annually  in the U.S. (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Instit…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 53 Comments
    Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol…

    Have you ever heard of blackseed oil? We didn't think so. It has not gotten the attention that turmeric has. The first we became aware of this dietary supplement was from an integrative oncologist, Dr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 23 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There's a new cholesterol-lowering medicine making waves. Many health professionals are convinced that there is no such thing as too low a golf score or a cholesterol level. They are right about golf,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

    Do you know someone who swallows a handful of pills with breakfast? A parent perhaps, or a good friend? Maybe you worry that you are taking too many medicines. Have you ever bothered to actually count…

    By: Joe Graedon October 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Control Cholesterol Naturally?

    Let's not arm wrestle about the cholesterol theory of heart disease. Most cardiologists believe LDL cholesterol is the culprit behind clogged coronary arteries. But there are other cardiologists who h…

    By: Joe Graedon October 9, 2017 0 Comments
    Can You Combine Red Yeast Rice with  Atorvastat…

    Some people believe in what we call the "lottle" principal. If a little is good then a "lottle" must be better. This is especially true when it comes to "natural" remedies. Red yeast rice (RYR) has be…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Crestor AKA Rosuvastatin Cause Cataracts?

    Statins like atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin are prescribed in huge quantities. We estimate that over 34 million Americans are taking such cholesterol-lowering drugs every day. Many health …

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2017 10 Comments
    What Should Patients Do When Doctors Fight?

    When doctors disagree in public, it drive patients crazy. Most people assume that their health professionals know what the best treatment is for any given ailment. But on some matters there is surpris…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2017 53 Comments
    Will Stopping Statins Kill People?

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have been controversial for decades. Atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor) and similar meds have made tens of…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 29 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 16 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 9 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 23 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 49 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 28 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 13 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 32 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 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 29 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. …