374 – The Great Cholesterol Myth with Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease

This is the dirty little secret that the pharmaceutical statin manufacturers don’t want you to know. If you do not have heart disease, statin drugs are of no benefit, and they come with a huge risk of side effects. It has been said that statin drugs can actually increase your risk because of their adverse effects on CoQ10 levels. Remember that statin drugs exert their effect on cholesterol by interfering with liver function. This is not a good thing. Statin drugs have only been proven to be beneficial in men who have had previous heart attacks. I know that may be hard to believe but that’s what the studies reveal.

Dr. Sinatra’s book The Great Cholesterol Myth provides the foundation for you to positively and proactively support your heart. Drugs do not help your heart become healthier. Nutrition and lifestyle are the keys to healthy cardiovascular function. You should also consider Dr. Sinatra’s previous book Metabolic Cardiology. Together, these books will change your life. If you want to understand your heart and your risk for heart disease, these books are among the best resources I know.

Here are some of the important considerations:

  • Are you taking the right nutrients to support your cardiovascular health? Listen to the previous interview on Metabolic Cardiology.
  • Are statin drugs appropriate for you? Statin drugs have only been shown to help middle aged men with previous heart attack issues.
  • If you are on statin drugs, are you replacing the nutrients lost because of the drugs?
  • Drugs only manage heart disease, they do not cure. Nutrients don’t cure heart disease, nutrients nourish the heart. Without the proper nutrients your heart cannot function normally.
  • Always keep in mind that it is the body that does the healing.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness.

His expertise is grounded in more than 30 years of clinical practice, research, and study beginning as an attending physician at Manchester Memorial Hospital (Eastern Connecticut Health Network). His career there included nine years as chief of cardiology, 18 years as director of medical education, seven years as director of echocardiography, three years as director of cardiac rehabilitation, and one year as director of the weight reducing program. In 1987, Dr. Sinatra founded the New England Heart Center. Through it, he became a well-known advocate of combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies.

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