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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2
July 12, 2017
I've been on statins for 23 years and would like to stop taking Crestor, but what can I do about my increasing calcium score? How nutritious is nutritional yeast, any downside to its consumption? Dr. H, how much vitamin D are you currently taking? I'm considering taking strontium for mild osteoporosis but I'm concerned about risks for heart problems, what are your thoughts? Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Are Statins Really Safe? Part 1
June 29, 2017
Dr. Peter Langsjoen, cardiologist and CoEnzyme Q10 researcher, weighs in on statin drugs; citing research, he argues that statistical deception has created the illusion that statins are safe and effective in preventing cardiovascular disease; He details the numerous side effects of statins, and suggests that even when symptoms are not obvious, cholesterol-lowering drugs may do the body irrevocable harm; Dr. Langsjoen shares new studies which suggest that statins may neutralize the artery-protecting benefits of vitamin K2; CoQ10 may reverse some of the adverse effects of statins, but it offers only partial protection; Dr. Langsjoen reprises the history of CoQ10’s use in treatment of heart conditions, and relates how the introduction of Ubiquinol has offered a potent new weapon against heart failure; How much CoQ10 or ubiquinol should patients with various conditions take? Testing blood levels of CoQ10, a technique that Dr. Langsjoen pioneered, can help inform clinicians whether patients are taking enough to enjoy its therapeutic benefits; New research soon to be unveiled will further our understanding of how CoQ10 helps the heart. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Are Statins Really Safe? Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Peter Langsjoen, cardiologist and CoEnzyme Q10 researcher, arguing that statistical deception has created the illusion that statins are safe and effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. Click HERE for part 1.



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Natural Cholesterol Lowering with Dr. Thomas Guilliams, Part 1
March 28, 2017
Is cholesterol that important? What are some of the adverse side effects of statins? Are they overprescribed? Is red yeast rice an acceptable alternative? What about other popular cholesterol-lowerers like niacin, policosanol, garlic, pantetheine, and guggulipids? Dr. Guilliams describes two “new kids on the block” for cholesterol management: berberine and bergamot. Do they provide additional benefits besides lowering cholesterol? Are there any side effects? Can they be safely taken with statins? What other supplements complement these agents for comprehensive cardiovascular prevention? Is lowering homocysteine still important? Click HERE for part 2.



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Integrative Cardiology, Part 1
January 24, 2017
Integrative Cardiology with Dr. Dennis Goodman. Dr. Goodman is a board-certified cardiologist who is Director of Integrative Medicine at New York University Hospital. He is well-versed in conventional medicine as well as natural modalities. Dr. Goodman discusses how advanced lipid profiles can be used to assess cardiovascular risk; additional information can be gleaned from non-invasive studies like EBT heart scans and carotid ultrasound. Should doctors rely on statins for prevention? Is the cholesterol hypothesis wrong? What’s the best diet for cardiovascular prevention? Dr. Goodman describes the cardiovascular benefits of magnesium and vitamin K2. He further recommends vitamin D, fish oil and coenzyme Q 10. He discusses the role of B vitamins in mitigating the risk posed by high homocysteine. Click HERE for part 2.



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Integrative Cardiology, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Dennis Goodman, a board-certified cardiologist who is Director of Integrative Medicine at New York University Hospital. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2
November 9, 2016
What supplements or modalities can help severe cervical disc disease? My husband can’t tolerate statins so he stopped taking them, is there any benefit in continuing CoQ10? I have high blood pressure and my mother has A-fib, can we take nicotinamide riboside? Do you have any recommendations for my 37-year old daughter with congestive heart failure? Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for May 14, Part 2
May 16, 2016
New criteria for statin prescribing vastly over-estimate those likely to benefit; Does the risk of air pollution outweigh the benefits of exercising in urban settings? Killer curry--Indian restaurant proprietor convicted of manslaughter; Unnecessary statin use in elderly cancer patients increases risk of pain four-fold; 6 months of supplementation with magnesium reverses arterial stiffness. Click HERE for part 1. Click HERE for articles and resources relating to this podcast episode.



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The Truth About Statins, Part 1
May 11, 2016
The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. Cardiologist Barbara Roberts, M.D. dishes on the exaggerated benefits and underplayed risks of statins. One in 4 U.S. adults aged 40-75 takes these cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dr. Roberts asserts that the American Heart Association, which wholeheartedly endorses statins, is merely a marketing arm of the pharmaceutical industry. Statin side effects include muscle aches, liver problems, cognitive decline, fatigue, cataracts, and a markedly higher risk of diabetes, especially in women. Reported benefits of statins are hyped with statistical manipulation and publication bias. Drugs that “halve the risk of heart problems” may only confer a 1% reduction in absolute risk with use over five years. Scores and sometimes hundreds of patients need to take statins unnecessarily with their accompanying side effects to save a single patient from heart attack or death. Yet, the indications for statin use have been extended to encompass millions more “at risk” Americans according to new, dubious criteria. Dr. Roberts argues that, while a small percentage of patients need statins, the vast majority of people can favorably impact their risk with a Mediterranean diet and exercise. For some groups, particularly older Americans and most women, statins are of minimal benefit and may be downright harmful. Studies show that low cholesterol is associated with higher risk of death among seniors—which is bad news for the new raft of PSK-9 lipid drugs currently under consideration for approval that lower cholesterol even more dramatically than statins. Click HERE for part 2.



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The Truth About Statins, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Cardiologist Barbara Roberts, M.D. about her book, The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. Click HERE for part 1.



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