Statins – those ubiquitous drugs used to lower cholesterol levels – are big business! Over 20 million Americans are currently being treated with statin drugs at a cost that runs into billions of dollars every year. Some of my cardiologist friends are so convinced that statin drugs prevent death from heart attacks that they have said, only half-joking, that...

If you have been looking for natural approaches for lowering your cholesterol, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about plant stanols and sterols lately. Just what are plant stanols and sterols and why does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend them as a natural approach for lowering cholesterol? Stanols and sterols are natural substances found in plants...

More and more evidence continues to expose the dangers of statin drugs. Some of you may be familiar with some of the more common side effects such  memory loss, muscle weakness, and liver damage. But a new study on statin drugs show that these cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals pose other health risks as well. In a recent published analysis of data pooled from six clinical...