cardiovascular health

  1. Polypill is the four-in-one drug you DON'T need

    The four-in-one drug that's four times as risky

    Some "researchers" should get out of the science business altogether and just start doing infomercials.

    Dr. Wald recently released a study for what I think is a little horror called the polypill, which combines three blood pressure meds with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.

    In his latest "study... in my opinion an absolute masterpiece of junk science...the doctor's managed to "conclude" that 94,000 heart attacks and strokes would be prevented in the U.K. each year if half of everyone over the age of 50 was given the polypill.

    I have a one-word response to that... but my editor will only let me use half of it: BULL.

    All the study really proved was that 12 weeks on the polypill can cut cholesterol and BP levels, which is about what you'd expect would happen when you give people cholesterol and BP meds.

    But that doesn't necessarily mean it prevents heart attacks and strokes.

    As I've told you time and again, I think those measures are practically meaningless when it comes to predicting outcomes.

    Yet despite the fact that the study was short and that a nurse at the British Heart Foundation said that "there are still many questions to answer before this...is prescribed by doctors" -- Prof. Wald is still making headlines and urging regulatory bodies to give the okay on his father's drug.

    Yes, HIS father's drug. You see, Wald's father -- Sir Nicholas Wald holds the patent for the polypill. And if EVERYONE starts to take it...well you do the math.

  2. Can vitamin D really hurt you?

    Sorting fact from fiction on vitamin D

    The clock is running out on 2011, but it looks like there's still time to squeeze in one last phony vitamin panic.

    In this one, researchers claim high levels of vitamin D will boost your risk of serious heart problems -- despite what their own study REALLY found: that LOW levels of the sunshine vitamin will up your odds of heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney failure, and diabetes.

    Of course, they didn't want to talk about any of that.

    Instead, the presentation at a recent American Heart Association meeting focused on the most freakish conclusion of the entire study: Patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin D -- 100 ng/ml or higher -- had a bump in the risk of atrial fibrillation.

    Why is it freakish? Because I've been called an extremist for recommending blood levels of HALF that -- 50 ng/ml -- and even people who live in the tropics and get constant sun exposure all day long generally hover at around 60 ng/ml.

    In other words, these just aren't optimal or even realistic levels of vitamin D3 -- and I'd bet that very few of the 132,000 participants in the new study actually fell into this category.

    We don't know for sure, because the researchers didn't actually break it down for us.

    We also don't know how many patients fell into the next-highest category, between 80 and 100 ng/ml, but I'd bet this was the next-smallest group -- yet these patients actually had the LOWEST A-fib risk of anyone in the study.

    That means we're supposed to believe that 100 ng/ml will prevent the condition -- but 101 ng/ml will cause it.

    PUH-leaze!

    Ignore the panic and take your vitamin D3. Not only are "high" levels safe, but studies have repeatedly found that the sunshine vitamin will boost everything from your cardiovascular health to your immune system.

    Winter is here, the sun is low -- and you need your D now more than ever.

  3. Why you're losing muscle right now

    Gents, I've been warning you for years now that the risks of low testosterone go far beyond a gun with no ammo -- and one new study after another is backing me up. The latest: Researchers have confirmed that seniors missing out on this critical hormone lose their muscle even faster than they lose their sex drive.
  4. Slash heart risk by 50 percent?

    The polypill pushers are at it again -- and this time, they say their all-in-one drug can slash the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent.
  5. Cleaner mouths lead to healthier hearts

    Yet another new study shows how dental health stretches from your mouth right down into your chest, because people who have the cleanest teeth have the lowest heart risk.

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