Monthly Archives: July 2009

A niacin primer

A reader of Life Extension reminded me of a piece I wrote about niacin a couple of years back. Anyone desiring a primer on how and why to use niacin to correct lipid and lipoprotein patterns might find this useful. … Continue reading

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What would life be like . . . ?

What if coronary heart disease could be prevented–no eliminated–applying methods that were accessible, easy, and cheap? What if coronary heart disease and, thereby, angina, heart attack, sudden cardiac death, ventricular tachycardia, heart failure, and the cerebrovascular equivalent, stroke, could be … Continue reading

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Thyroid correction: The woeful prevailing standard

Rich has been taking Synthroid or levothyroxine for many years. When Rich came to my office for continuing management 10 years after his bypass surgery, I checked his thyroid panel: TSH 7.44 uIU/L Free T4 1.88 ng/dl (Ref range 0.80-1.90 … Continue reading

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Launch of new Track Your Plaque newsletter: Cardiac Confidential

Track Your Plaque has just launched a new version of our newsletter. We call it Cardiac Confidential. Cardiac Confidential is meant to be a no-holds-barred, go-for-the-throat exposé of the world of heart disease. We will expose the dishonest, reveal what … Continue reading

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Thyroid: Be a perfectionist

If you’d like to reduce LDL cholesterol with nearly as much power as a statin drug, think thyroid. When thyroid is corrected to ideal levels, LDL cholesterol drops 20, 30, 40 mg/dl or more, depending on how poor thyroid function … Continue reading

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Nutrition Syllogism

What do you think of these chains of logic?Cyanide is a potent lethal poison; carbon monoxide is a less lethal poison. Therefore: plenty of carbon monoxide is good. Having uterine cancer is a bad thing. Having uterine fibroids is a … Continue reading

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Is pomegranate juice healthy?

Pomegranate juice, 8 oz: Sugars, total 31.50 g Sucrose 0.00 g Glucose (dextrose) 15.64 g Fructose 15.86 g In your quest to increase the flavonoids in your diet, do you overexpose yourself to fructose? Remember: Fructose increases LDL cholesterol, apoprotein … Continue reading

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Honeydew melon

Honeydew melon:Sugars, total 51.97 g Sucrose 15.87 g Glucose 17.15 g Fructose 18.94 g Because sucrose is half fructose (the other half is glucose), there are approximately 26 grams of fructose per one-half honeydew melon. Image courtesy Wikipedia

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Where do you find fructose?

Apple, 1 medium: Fructose 10.74 g Honey: Fructose 17.19 grams per 2 tablespoons Barbecue Sauce: HFCS number 1 ingredientIngredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Concentrated Tomato Juice (Water, Tomato Paste), Water, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Honey, Contains Less Than 2% … Continue reading

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Do heart scans cause cancer?

Another in a series of data extrapolations that attempt to predict long-term cancer risk from medical radiation exposure was published in the July 13, 2009 Archives of Internal Medicine, viewable here. Over the years, I’ve fussed about the radiation dose … Continue reading

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