heart disease risk

  1. What red wine can't do

    Everyone knows that red wine is good for your heart. Studies have shown over and over again that a glass or two a day can lower your heart disease risk.

    But a new study found that it won't do a thing for your blood pressure.

    Shocking! How can something that's good for your heart NOT lower your blood pressure?!

    For starters, it's because blood pressure is a bogus marker of heart health that's long been over-hyped simply as a way of selling more blood-pressure-lowering drugs.

    But to add to that, this study is junk science of the worst kind.

    Believe it or not, the 61 men and women in the month-long study on how red wine affects blood pressure didn't drink a single glass of wine in the process.

    Instead, the volunteers were given daily servings of either a plain dairy drink, or one of two dairy drinks loaded with different amounts of the polyphenols found in red wine.

    At the start of the study, the volunteers all had hypertension, with average BP levels of 145/86. And after four weeks of dairy drinks, nothing had changed.

    But what'd they think would happen, some kind of blood pressure miracle?

    Bottom line: Whether red wine lowers your blood pressure numbers or not-who cares? Studies have shown that it can boost your heart health, strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, boost your brain health, reduce your cancer risk, help you sleep better, and can even help you live longer.

    I'll definitely drink to that.

  2. Punching holes in statin study

    Shenanigans!

    A new analysis finds major problems with the Big Pharma- funded study used to push statins on millions of healthy people -- including glaring financial conflicts, inconsistent data and a too-quick move to end the trial once they got the result they were looking for.

    And that adds up to a trial that could have been seriously biased, according to the new analysis.

    A company-funded trial... biased??? You don't say!

    Of course, I wasn't at all surprised to read in the Archives of Internal Medicine that nine of the 14 main researchers behind the infamous JUPITER trial had financial ties to AstraZeneca. That's the company that makes Crestor, the statin used in the study, and its money paid for this piece of... well, let's call it a piece of research.

    For now.

    What's more, the lead JUPITER researcher had a conflict so glaring he shouldn't have been allowed within a mile of this thing. The analysts say Harvard Medical School's Dr. Paul Ridker holds a patent that could earn him huge piles of cash once Crestor is put into wider use.

    And guess what? As a result of his study, Crestor is being put into wider use -- because the FDA has approved a dangerous scheme to give this cholesterol med to millions of healthy people with no hint of a cholesterol problem.

    But while the study found that Crestor might lower heart disease risk in these people, the researchers conveniently left out data showing that the drug didn't actually lower the rates of death by heart attack and stroke, according to the new analysis.

    Another new analysis in the same journal looked at 11 studies -- including JUPITER -- and found that statins didn't help "high-risk" patients with no signs of heart disease to live even a second longer.

    And of course, we don't know the long-term effects of Crestor in healthy patients -- because the researchers pulled the plug on JUPITER more than two years ahead of schedule.

    With so many obvious problems, this trial wasn't a piece of research.

    It was a piece of something else entirely.

  3. Height study comes up short

    A new study makes the ridiculous claim that short people have a higher heart risk. Is it true? Who cares! It's nonsense -- because your risk for heart disease is entirely within your control.
  4. Big News in the Diet Wars

    It turns out that the low-fat diet the so-called "experts" have been touting for decades has NO statistically significant affect on rates of heart disease, strokes or various common cancers, a new large-scale study has revealed.
  5. Staying Mentally Sharp with Testosterone

    You've heard me talking about a healthy man's need to maintain adequate testosterone levels - especially as we creep ever upward in age.
  6. Omege 3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

    As you know, I'm a big fan of Omega 3 fatty acids. They are among the very best forms of nourishment you can give your heart - significantly reducing the risk of stroke and heart …

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