Monthly Archives: September 2009

Nutrtional ignorance is not unique to the U.S.

Heart Scan Blog reader from Australia, Michaela, also a mother of a son with a complex congenital heart defect, wrote this series of e-mails to me. (Published with Michaela’s permission.) I’ve been reading the article, Valve disease and Vitamin D … Continue reading

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Eat cranberries

Most people already know that cranberries are useful for preventing urinary tract infections. Cranberries can also be useful for preventing other sorts of infections, such as dental cavities and stomach ulcers because of cranberry’s ability to block bacterial adhesion. Cranberries … Continue reading

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Procedures ‘R Us

Kay came to the office for an opinion. Over the past 8 months, she’d received a stent to the left anterior descending coronary artery and, during a separate procedure, a stent to the left subclavian artery. “My cardiologist was very … Continue reading

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Unexpected effects of a wheat-free diet

Wheat elimination continues to yield explosive and unexpected health benefits. I initially asked patients in the office to eliminate wheat because I wanted to help them reduce blood sugar and pre-diabetic tendencies. A patient would come to the office, for … Continue reading

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Is Lp(a) part of your legacy to your children?

If you have lipoprotein(a), Lp(a)–the most aggressive known cause of heart disease that no one has heard of–then you need to tell your children. Lp(a) is a “cleanly” inherited genetic pattern: If either parent has it, there’s a 50% chance … Continue reading

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Do “Heart Healthy” sterols cause heart disease?

The sterol question continues to pop up. Sterols are an ingredient widely added by food manufacturers that allows a “heart healthy” claim, since sterols have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (at least transiently). HOWEVER, sterols have also been implicated … Continue reading

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Why obese people can’t fast

Why do obese people claim it is impossible to fast? Most overweight people are terrified at the prospect of facing any period of time without ready access to food. Persuading them to begin a program of intermittent fasting is a … Continue reading

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Test your own thyroid

134 people responded to the latest Heart Scan Blog poll: When I ask my doctor to test my thyroid, he/she: Accommodates me without question 45 (33%) Questions why, but orders the tests 49 (36%) Refuses because you seem “healthy” 20 … Continue reading

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Trains, planes, and heart scans

A Heart Scan Blog reader posted the following question: It is not clear to me why getting a cardiac scan is the necessary first step, if in fact the next step would be to bring down small LDL particles which … Continue reading

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D2 and D3 are two different things

Helena posted this instructive comment in response to the Heart Scan Blog post, Weight loss and vitamin D. It illustrates the confusion common among physicians and pharmacists on the differences between D2 and D3. (Edited slightly for clarity.) Not many … Continue reading

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