Monthly Archives: July 2007

The processed food battlefield

If you have any remaining doubts that the processed food industry is a cutthroat, go-for-the-jugular, organized effort to extract every possible penny from your pocket, even at the expense of health, take a gander at a quote from Marion Nestle’s … Continue reading

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Heart Scan debate

A few years back when the book form of Track Your Plaque was first released, I did a bunch of radio and interviews to raise awareness of the book and of CT heart scanning in general. I’d forgotten about this … Continue reading

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Break the addiction

“But, doc, I can’t lose my cereal! Pretzels–you’ve got to be kidding me! I eat ‘em every night! I can’t do it. I’ll be hungry all the time!” This is a discussion I have every day. The usual suspect: A … Continue reading

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Are we done here?

Les’ doctor consulted me because his CT heart scan score had increased 40% from 893 to 1259 over 18 months. Judging by his appearance, Les was a 59-year old guy trapped somewhere in the 1980s. The only reason he’d undergone … Continue reading

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Wheat belly

You’ve heard of “beer bellies,” the protuberant, sagging abdomen of someone who drinks excessive quantities of beer. How about “wheat belly”? That’s the same protuberant, sagging abdomen that develops when you overindulge in processed wheat products like pretzels, crackers, breads, … Continue reading

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If health won’t motivate them, maybe money will

As part of our ongoing effort to educate everyone about the value of heart scans and how they can serve to start a program of heart disease prevention (or elimination), we occasionally distribute press releases on one facet of this … Continue reading

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What role calcium supplements?

A frequent question in the Track Your Plaque program is whether taking calcium supplements to reduce risk for osteoporosis adds to calcium in arteries and raises CT heart scan scores. No, calcium supplementation does not add to coronary calcium. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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“Heart scans” are not always heart scans

Beware of the media reports now being issued that warn that “CT heart scans” pose a risk for cancer. One report can be viewed at This was triggered by a Columbia University study of risk for cancer based on … Continue reading

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Heavy traffic and heart scans

A German study just reported in Circulation showed a graded response of EBT heart scan scores and proximity to traffic. Living 50 meters (around 150 feet) from traffic increased the likelihood of a higher coronary calcium score by 63% compared … Continue reading

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Digging for the truth

I remain continually amazed how difficult it can be to gain an understanding of what is true and what is not true. I am particularly worried about the messages provided by agencies that stand to make enormous gains by persuading … Continue reading

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