The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

by Jonny Bowden, Stephen Sinatra


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Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols—with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol—have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

The Great Cholesterol Myth reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including:
Belly fat
Triglyceride to HCL ratios
High glycemic levels

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth.

Myth–High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.

Myth–High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack.
Fact–There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.
Myth–Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
Fact–There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.
Myth–Statin drugs are safe.
Fact–Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly.
Fact–Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.
Myth–Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol.
Fact–Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.
Myth–Saturated fat is dangerous.
Fact–Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.
Myth–The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan.
Fact–Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.
Myth–A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease.
Fact–Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.
Myth–Fat is bad for your health.
Fact–Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.
Myth–There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Fact–This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.
Myth–Cholesterol causes heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or “bb shot” LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592335213
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., (Woodland Hills, CA) also known as The Nutrition Myth Buster, is a nationally known, board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS and has contributed to articles in the New York Times, Forbes, the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Heath, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications. He is a popular speaker who presents at both academic and consumer events all over the world.

Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of fifteen books, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, The Healthiest Meals on Earth,  Smart Fat (with Steven Masley, M.D.), and the controversial best-seller, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will (with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD). 

Stephen Sinatra, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist, educator, and author who created the Manchester, CT-based Heart MD Institute ( as an educational platform focused on prevention and proactive lifestyle changes to live a healthier life. He is the author of Reverse Heart Disease Now, The Sinatra Solution, Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks, and Heart Sense for Women. He has also contributed to several prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Heart Disease, CT Medicine, and the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

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A Note on Materials

I have a studio full of art supplies I rarely use. In the end, I prefer to work with a fairly small list. With a few exceptions, the following is all you will need to do the projects in this book:

- Mechanical pencil
- Ultra Fine-Point Sharpie (permanent marker)
- Ballpoint pen
- White paint pen
- Watercolors
- #12 round watercolor brush
- Soft vine charcoal
- White gesso
- White acrylic ink
- Colored pencils
- Markers (any kind)
- 1 or 2 light grey Copic markers (or something similar)

I work in small 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch (14 x 14 cm) sketchbooks, on white card stock from the office supply store, #140 hot-press watercolored paper, or wood.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Why You Should Be Skeptical of Cholesterol as an Indicator of Heart Disease

Chapter Two: “Cholesterol Is Harmless!”

Chapter Three: Inflammation: The True Cause of Heart Disease

Chapter Four: Sugar: The Real Demon in the Diet

Chapter Five: The Truth about Fat: It’s Not What You Think

Chapter Six: The Statin Scam

Chapter Seven: Help Your Heart with These Supplements

Chapter Eight: Stress: The Silent Killer

Chapter Nine: Putting It All Together—A Simple and Easy Blueprint for a Healthy Heart—and Life!



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The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is real eye opener and one of the best books that I have read this year. As a person that struggled with my weight and with a family history of heart attacks and strokes, I needed this book in my life and I am glad that I have it. I also would recommend my other favorite book this year, "The Hungry Chick Dieting Solution." I found out about it here on BN and I am so glad that I did. It made me rethink a lot of my food choices. I was skeptical at first seeing it mentioned in a review, but here I am doing it too. But, the book is good and even better than even that, I am actually losing weight.  
Loves2Readalot27 More than 1 year ago
Have read this book and it has backed up my belief that medications like Crestor and Lipitor cause more problems than solving them. I've always had an argument with my cardiologist that Crestor was causing me nothing but muscle pain but all he did was ignore me and tell me I had to take it. Sure enough it is coming out that these medications really don't do women any good and even my friends who are men tell me that even they suffer the same issues I have. I'm taking this book with me I'm off to have another "discussion" with my Dr. If I can't make any headway with him, well I guess it's time to say good-bye and find someone else who will listen to my concerns.
plappen More than 1 year ago
"High cholesterol and saturated fat are the major causes of heart disease." That statement has been a medical article of faith for many years. According to the authors of this book, it is also very wrong. There are several different types of "good" and "bad" cholesterol (some "good" cholesterol is bad for the body, and some "bad" cholesterol is good for the body), so a single number for good and bad cholesterol each is rather worthless. People with really low cholesterol numbers can easily get heart disease, and those with really high cholesterol numbers can live their entire lives without one bit of heart disease. Why do some native cultures, who practically live on saturated fat, have little or no heart disease? The real cause of heart disease is chronic inflammation, which comes from damage caused by free radicals (the book explains everything). Sugar is much more harmful to your heart than fat. It contributes to inflammation in the walls of your arteries. It increases the amount of insulin in your blood, which increases cholesterol and raises your blood pressure. It also raises your level of triglycerides, which is a much better indicator of heart disease than cholesterol. What is the problem with statin drugs, the usual treatment for heart disease? Their benefits have been extremely exaggerated. The brain depends on cholesterol to function normally. A common (but under-reported) side effect of statin drugs is sexual dysfunction. Most doctors dismiss complaints of side effects from statin drugs, and don't report them to the FDA. The only people who should take statin drugs are middle-age men with documented coronary artery disease. The book mentions tests that are much better indicators than cholesterol of heart problems. Ask your doctor to order them. Get rid of sugar, soda, processed carbohydrates and trans fats from your diet. Eat more vegetables, berries, nuts, beans and dark chocolate. If you can add only one supplement to your diet, make it Coenzyme Q10. This book easily reaches the level of Must read, especially for anyone on a statin drug. It is an eye-opener that will give the reader plenty to discuss with their doctor at their next appointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book debunks all the crazy myths about cholesterol and its relationship to heart disease. It's a must read for all those who are being prescribed statins. Glad I read the book first.
momgoose More than 1 year ago
Huge amount of exceedingly useful information in this book. Very well worth having.
kneadahand More than 1 year ago
This isn't just a book for people taking care of their heart. But if you main goal is to do that, you need this book to put you in the HONEST DIRECTION of helping yourself. I spent 5 years doing what the doctors say and thank goodness I didn't totally listen to them. Cholesterol is NOT the variable you should be looking at.And "Danger Will Robinson" on statins. It's amazing, you can apply this information in so many ways. It s a must read for everyone.
Icanread24 More than 1 year ago
The author coveres what I always suspected that drug companies manipulate the government and the doctors. This book goes through almost every medical study and analyzes the stats on what is really happening in your body and what it means. It easy to understand and scary that so many people are taking these pills with some serious side effects. You need to read this and learn the real truth about cholesterol. It is actually good for you as long as you are healthy. Buy a copy for your doctor too.
ShawnM More than 1 year ago
Read this book now, even if you are a skeptic.
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Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book and immediately had a heart attack the next day... Not very helpful in my opinion.