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Statins for Everybody? A Closer Look at the New Statin Guidelines.

spilled_pillsIf you’ve been following the news, it’s likely that you’ve seen the controversy raging about the new statin guidelines for cardiovascular health, risk, and treatment.

In short, the new guidelines have changed dramatically, moving away from using LDL as the key measure of CV health, and instead focusing on age, lifestyle, race, and other factors to determine who is most at risk. What’s alarming to many is that the new recommendations make millions more people eligible for long-term preventive treatment with statins. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

HDL 146 and TG 39 on a High-Fat Diet? How Ben Greenfield Does It (and More).

Ben Greenfield Tri RunningJoin Ben Greenfield—sports nutritionist, coach, and Ironman triathlete—as he shares his tips on using blood work for maximum health and performance in a short video walkthrough. Smart and methodical, his advice and methods will get you to Superman-status in no time. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Cholesterol: We’ve Been Wrong All Along

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If you’ve spent any time thinking about your cholesterol, you know the basics: LDL is bad. HDL is good. But beyond that glib distinction, numerous studies and real-world outcomes show that we still have much to discuss.

For many years, we’ve known that cholesterol plays a key role in cardiovascular health. No one will argue against the fact that high cholesterol is associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. But as science advances, so does our understanding of cholesterol and how it affects the body. What we’ve thought about cholesterol for decades may have been incorrect, requiring us—along with researchers and healthcare professionals—to rethink our position and take an unbiased look at new data.   Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Cholesterol Is Not the Enemy—FREE Webcast with Dr. Spencer Nadolsky

dr_spencer_nadolsky Check out this free webcast by WellnessFX practitioner Spender Nadolsky!

In this webcast, you’ll learn the truth about cholesterol and its effects on heart health, brain health, fitness, and longevity, and we’ll discuss the role that inflammation, lipoproteins, and insulin resistance play in heart disease.

Dr. Nadolsky is a physician who prescribes evidence-based lifestyle changes before medication, with a focus on weight loss and cholesterol management.

Besides his work as a family medicine resident physician and weight-loss coach, Dr. Nadolsky is a fitness buff and dedicated biohacker whose creative self-experiments reveal surprising things about our commonly held beliefs about diet and wellness.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Take A Deeper Look—Two Biomarkers of Inflammation

inflammation_diagramWhen the immune system is working properly, inflammation plays a key role in the defending the body against infection and injury. It’s is the first line of defense against viruses and bacteria and works to prevent the invaders from further damage. But when inflammation persists without this type of threat, it becomes a drain on your system. Many of your body’s functions are affected by this overheating effect, and it has a particularly strong correlation with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

3 Ways You Can Reduce Inflammation for Better Health

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When you’ve been injured or have an infection, your body will likely respond with an increase in C-reactive protein, also known as CRP. Let’s take a closer look at why.

Zooming into the blood on a microscopic level, when there’s injury or infection, or if there’s anything in your bloodstream that’s not supposed to be there, macrophages will show up in droves. Macrophages are specialized white blood cells that chase, chomp down, and destroy foreign substances, cancer cells, and infectious bacteria. (See a macrophage in action here—after giving chase, it finally engulfs the invaders at :19 This is a good thing. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.