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  1. Researchers botch HDL 'good' cholesterol study

    Bad research on good cholesterol

    One little flawed study comes along and finds that maybe HDL doesn't prevent heart problems, and suddenly everyone is down on the so-called "good" cholesterol.

    But once you see the details on this one, you'll wonder why anyone is even giving it the time of day -- because the study was botched from start to finish.

    The researchers didn't choose two groups of people with similar heart risk and then raise levels of HDL cholesterol in one of them.

    Nope. That's a little too much like work, since it can't be done with drugs and has to be done with diet.

    So instead, they just looked at a group of people with genetic factors that cause them to have higher-than-normal-HDL levels naturally. And it turned out these people had the same heart risks as everyone else.

    Big whoop -- this proves exactly nothing, because the notion that genetically high HDL levels automatically come with health benefits is flawed from the get-go.

    That same argument implies that someone with naturally high HDL levels can eat all the KFC they want -- and drink a quart of soda a day (Why not? You're genetically protected, right?) -- and have the same lower risk of heart problems as someone who earns their high HDL levels through a healthy diet.

    Cholesterol is good -- but it ain't THAT good!

    And when I say "cholesterol," I mean both HDL and LDL -- because despite what you've heard, there's no such thing as "good" and "bad."

    Forget trying to remember which is which and just focus on your TOTAL cholesterol. Keep it between 200 and 300, naturally, and you'll have nothing to worry about since those "high" levels can actually PROTECT your heart.

    If that's not enough, cholesterol can also prevent cancer, ward off dementia, boost your sex life and even slash your risk of dying.

    Want to learn more about the benefits of high cholesterol? Read this!

  2. The hip 'new' diet that can boost your health in weeks

    'Caveman' diet proven in new study

    I've never been accused of being trendy -- but a version of the same meat-based diet I've backed for decades is suddenly front-and-center.

    You and I know it best as low-carb, but these days, it's being called the "caveman" or "paleo" diet -- as if Fred Flintstone came up with the concept of fresh meats over processed junk.

    I really don't care what you call it, as long as you stick to it -- because the latest research shows that the "caveman" approach can turn your life around faster than you can say "yabba dabba doo."

    In just two weeks, volunteers who gave up processed foods and went "paleo" at the University of California, San Francisco, saw their triglycerides plunge by 30 points. They also lost weight, had better blood pressure, more energy and -- most importantly -- better blood sugar control.

    One of the volunteers, a CBS News reporter, dropped 30 pounds and went from being classified as pre-diabetic to perfectly normal in just seven weeks.

    You don't become pre-diabetic in seven weeks, folks. That takes years or even decades of unhealthy living -- and it was completely reversed in less than two months.

    Start today, and you could reach that point yourself before the Super Bowl.

    Having said all that, be careful which cave you enter. Because the caveman "rules" haven't been set in stone, and the advice out there is all over the place. In this study, for example, the dieters were told to stick to lean meats instead of the fatty cuts a true caveman would have fought and killed for.

    Naturally, LDL levels fell as a result. And while the researchers celebrated that, my readers know the real deal: You don't want LOW cholesterol -- you want your total cholesterol to be between 200 and 300.

    Get away from this "lean" nonsense and you can get there in no time.

    Want to know more? Read the September issue of my Douglass Report newsletter, where I had all the pros and cons on the "caveman" diet -- including the tweaks that will turn it from a near-miss into a direct hit.

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  3. Barking up the wrong tree on cholesterol

    Think statins have been a success? You ain't seen nothing yet: The drug industry is hatching a plan to get everyone -- and I mean everyone -- on not one, but TWO cholesterol meds. One to lower cholesterol... and one to raise it. You just can't make this stuff up!
  4. Sunny upsides of eggs

    Egg-eaters get a huge infusion of Omega-3s, protein, amino acids, and healthy fats. These vital substances boost not only your heart health, but also your musculature, joints and bones, and even mental functioning.
  5. 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.
  6. Good news from the land of brandy-wine

    Good news from the land of brandy-wine!

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