Month: April 2014

Cholesterol Clarity

photoAfter re-reading this book I thought it deserved a special mention.


Anyone who has concerns about their cholesterol or wants to understand their cholesterol test numbers should read this book. Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman MD have a done fantastic job with this book.


The way in which this book is written makes it an easy read and I found it intriguing and hard to put down. The book addresses all the keys topics you need to know about cholesterol, why you need it and how to attain the best levels without the need for drugs and their unwanted side effects. In the book Jimmy and Eric assembled a 29 strong panel of experts who all add “Moments of Clarity” which just adds to the fantastic content of this book.


Unsurprisingly nutrition is at the core of bad cholesterol levels and unsurprisingly it is nutrition that that will make your cholesterol levels good. The stand out from this book is that the answer doesn’t have to be found at the bottom of a statin bottle.


It is time that we start understanding the huge importance nutrition has on our health and this book goes a long way in helping us regain control of our own health. If nothing more this book will help you engage in meaningful conversation with your Doctor about Cholesterol.


Here are just a few of my favourite parts of the book:


“In terms of heart health, cholesterol testing is 99 percent irrelevant because cholesterol is not what causes heart disease. Therefore who cares what your cholesterol level is? It is associated with heart disease but not the primary causal factor.” – Dr Dwight Lundell


“If you don’t have access to measuring your small LDL-P, the next best markers to look at are your triglycerides and HDL. You should bring these into line, and not according to the usual guidelines that you may see on your cholesterol panel. Having triglycerides of 150 is complete nonsense. Aiming for less than 50 is more like it. And with HDL, I’m not happy until we’re seeing about 50 or higher. Ideally, I prefer this number to be 70 to 80 or higher. If you have low triglycerides and high HDL, then it is possible you may have small LDL, but probably not a lot.” – Dr William Davis


“We have learned a tremendous about the effect of diet on blood cholesterol over the last ten to fifteen years. If a recommendation was created before that time and hasn’t changed, then it can’t be up-to-date. Most of what was predicted about what would happen with the low-carb, high-fat diet didn’t come true when the studies were finally done.” – Dr Eric Westman

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Fat Because You’re Lazy or Lazy Because You’re Fat???

More often than not overweight people are labelled as lazy and the cause of their weight problems is blamed on a sedentary lifestyle. Let’s flip this way of thinking on its head. Although this idea is not new by any means, what if becoming lazy is the result of becoming overweight? Rather than being lazy causing you to be overweight.

The idea of all calories being equal is wrong and if your diet is made of up of calories that cause you to store fat and put on weight then in turn you will become lazy. Talk about compounding the problem!

Let’s stop blaming our growing waist lines on a lack of energy and energise our lifestyle with some simple dietary change.

More evidence that supports the idea that we become lazy as a result of become fat:

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