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About Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Inflammation as a cause of chronic diseases is described and defined.  The roles of cytokines and brown fat are explained.  A lifestyle that includes exercise, stress reduction, sleep, weight management, and a healthy diet is a powerful antidote. Cholesterol is a marker of inflammation, not the cause of it. Addendum: This is an excellent review...

All About Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki present everything you need to know about cholesterol. What it is, what the fractions mean, what they predict, and what we can do to deal with elevated levels. Statins, how they work, what they do, and their side effects are reviewed. The role of inflammation, oxidized cholesterol, and why it should not be lowered too much are explained....

Angina

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Angina is the pain caused by insufficient blood flow to an area of the heart. While this is not lethal in itself, it can be very painful and disabling, and is also a warning that there is at least one blood vessel that is severely blocked and in danger of closing off entirely. A myocardial infarction may be impending. Dr. Saputo recommends the following...

Antipsychotic Drug Abuse in Children

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed in one of three visits make to psychiatrists in the US and it is on the rise. Ninety percent of all prescriptions are off label and are used for conditions such as ADHD for which they are not approved by the FDA. These drugs that include Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Abilify, and Geodon are associated with weight gain and a...

Are Statins Castrating Men?

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2015
In an editorial published in GreenMedInfo.com, Sayer Ji reviewed an article published in the July 2014 issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology on the effects of 10 mg of Lipitor after 5 months of treatment in 17 normal men with normal cholesterol values. They found major abnormalities in both sperm morphology and function as well as in the seminal...

Aspirin for MI: Is it the Best Choice?

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Side effects of aspirin outweigh the benefits for preventing heart attacks and strokes. GI bleeds are the major serious complications, but hemorrhagic stroke and retinal bleeds are also associated problems. It also causes leaky gut syndrome. There are natural alternatives for aspirin that include fish oil, nattokinase, lumbrokinase, digestive enzymes that...

Assessing Arteriosclerosis

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
Risk factors for heart disease should be assessed depending on each person's family history and lifestyle. The tests used also vary with each individual's particular situation. This disease is generally preventable.      

At What Age Should Children be Screened for Cholesterol?

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
  There are no studies defining when kids should be screened for cholesterol, yet there are accepted standards published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published in the journal, Pediatrics, proclaiming that kids should be screened beginning at age 2 according to the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The reasoning for this...

Belly Fat is Dangerous in People with a Normal Weight

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Even people with a normal weight who have excess belly fat are at 2.75 times the risk for cardiovascular death and 2.1 times the risk of all cause mortality according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Information from the NHANES study showed that an abnormal waist to hip ratio is a powerful predictive statistic. Abdominal fat is correlated with the...

Benefits of Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Without cholesterol we could not survive. Low levels are dangerous and too often we overdo statin usage. What we need to know about cholesterol to make intelligent decisions about how to manage it are discussed. Inflammation is considered.        

Can Statins Prevent Breast Cancer?

submitted by: admin on 07/16/2014
An article published in the December 2013 issue of the journal, Science, done on one million people over 14 years found an association between having high cholesterol and the incidence of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer was increased 1.64 times.  While this sounds impressive, when you take a careful look, it is interesting but far from...

Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Cholesterol is related to but not the direct cause of arteriosclerosis, heart disease, and strokes. We cannot live without cholesterol, we must have it to make cell membranes, vitamin D, many hormones, and bile salts. Yet it is related to heart disease. In general, the higher the cholesterol the worse the risk for heart disease. But it is not the total that is...

Cholesterol (Audio)

submitted by: admin on 09/13/2013
You cannot live without cholesterol because it is important for healthy cell membranes, making vitamin D, and many hormones we need. The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL must be considered. Statins are blatantly overused today and the power and value of lifestyle is underappreciated.

Cholesterol and Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Understanding what cholesterol and its fractions mean is reviewed. How cholesterol is related to plaque formation is reviewed. The importance of cholesterol in making vitamin D, hormones, and health cell membranes is highlighted. When cholesterol crystalizes it expands in volume by 50% and helps explain why plaques rupture and lead to clotted blood vessels. Further,...

Cholesterol and Statins

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki review cholesterol metabolism and point out why it is critical to have in our bodies. Statins interfere with the synthesis of both cholesterol and co-enzyme Q10 and have a wide range of serious side effects that are reviewed.      

Cholesterol Confusion with Len Saputo, MD

submitted by: admin on 03/28/2017
  Cholesterol is related to but not the direct cause of arteriosclerosis, heart disease, or strokes. We cannot live without cholesterol; we must have it to make cell membranes, vitamin D, many hormones, many neurotransmitters, and bile salts. Yet it is related to heart disease. In general, the higher the cholesterol the worse the risk for heart disease....

Cholesterol Drug Combinations

submitted by: admin on 03/28/2017
How low should cholesterol be lowered? Vytorin is a drug that contains both Zocor and Zetia and lowers cholesterol very powerfully. Most cardiologists believed this is really beneficial because the risk for heart attack goes down substantially. However, when a study was done on this and looked at all cause mortality, it was probably slightly increased!  Cholesterol...

Cholesterol Fractions: What Do They Mean?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and their interrelationships and differences are discussed so that a fundamental understanding of what cholesterol is and what the ratios of the various subcategories means. High total cholesterol is not necessarily a dangerous thing...it is the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL that is the most predictive factor. The value and dangers...

Cholesterol Health Assessment

submitted by: admin on 04/21/2015
In this Health Assessment you will learn more about what cholesterol is, why we need it, what its fractions mean, the safety of conventional statin treatment, nutritional therapies, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, how to treat abnormal cholesterol values, and who should use which strategies.       Take our Cholesterol...

Cholesterol Reduction: Nutritional Support Protocol

submitted by: admin on 04/18/2015
Cholesterol management is a high priority in today's medical care, especially for secondary prevention (meaning you have had a heart attack, stroke, or other major arteriosclerotic event). Because of the extensive side effects of statin drugs, they are not recommended for primary prevention in today's mainstream protocols. While mainstream medicine relies...