Thursday, September 30, 2010

High Cholesterol: What Does It Really Mean?

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Because coronary heart disease (CHD) is still the culprit of 50 percent of all deaths in America, the issue of cholesterol continues to loom large. Why? It’s simple — the higher ones cholesterol, the larger the chance that one will develop heart artery blockages or CHD. While the percentage of Americans with high cholesterol and those with CHD is lower than in decades past, there remains an extremely high percentage of people with one or both of these conditions. In 2007, approximately one in every six adults —16.3 percent of the U.S. adult population — had high total cholesterol. However, another statistic showed that about 21.5 percent of people said that their cholesterol had never been checked. It is important to realize that part of the reason that high cholesterol and CHD has become less prevalent is because of early detection of high cholesterol levels and the strategies adopted to reduce them. The key, then, is to know what your cholesterol profile is (ie. demand the simple blood test) and learn how to reduce your risks for heart disease.

Chicago Defender, Dr Dave Montgomery, 9/22/2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pharmacists May Help Detect High Cholesterol Levels

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Cholesterol Education Month, The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) would like to highlight the increasing role of the pharmacist in communities nationwide. In many areas, pharmacists are able to offer cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, as well as other detection and prevention services to help a patient manage their healthcare and get the most out the medications they may be taking. "Regular cholesterol screenings are an essential component of maintaining a healthy heart and lifestyle," stated APhA CEO and Executive Vice President Thomas Menighan. "Pharmacists are in an exceptional position to provide these vital services, as they practice among the general public on a daily basis. The pharmacist is able to listen to consumers, hear their needs and advise at-risk patients on services, screenings or further follow-up they may need from a healthcare provider." Heart disease is currently the number one killer of women and men in the United States. Each year, more than 1 million Americans have a heart attack and about a half million die from heart disease. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Allergies and Heart Disease Make Unhealthy Partners

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Common allergies that bring on wheezing, sneezing and watery eyes could be next to join the list of factors linked to heart disease, suggests a large new study. However, the researchers stress that the findings do not prove that allergies actually cause heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. To look for ties between common allergic symptoms and heart disease, Dr. Jongoh Kim of Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and colleagues analyzed data on more than 8,600 adults aged 20 or older who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 1988 and 1994. They found that common allergies and heart disease frequently paired up. Eighteen percent of the adults reported wheezing and 46 percent suffered bouts of a stuffy nose or itchy and watery eyes -- a combination of allergic symptoms known as rhinoconjunctivitis. Heart disease was present in 6 percent of the adults overall. It was found in 13 percent of wheezing cases, 5 percent of rhinoconjunctivitis cases and 4 percent of people without any allergic symptoms. After adjusting for other related factors, such as age and asthma, there was a 2.6-fold increased risk of heart disease with wheezing and a 40 percent increased risk with rhinoconjunctivitis, compared to no allergies. The association was mainly seen in women younger than age of 50. Kim suggests that the intermittent inflammation that comes with allergies may lead to the thickening of artery walls, and eventually heart disease. It could also be that some people simply carry genes that are linked to the development of both allergies and heart disease, Kim added.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Doctors Link Washington’s Heart Disease Rates to High Concentration of Golden Arches, Other Fast-Food Outlets

WASHINGTON - September 14 - A provocative fast-food commercial set in a morgue will air during The Daily Show and local news broadcasts Sept. 16. The ad, produced by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), takes aim at McDonald's high-fat menu, with the goal of drawing Washingtonians' attention to the city's high rates of heart disease deaths and its high density of fast-food restaurants. "Our city's addiction to Big Macs and other high-fat fast food is literally breaking our hearts," says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., PCRM's nutrition education director. "It's time to tackle the district's heart disease problem head-on. A moratorium on new fast-food restaurants could be a critically important step toward fighting this epidemic." A PCRM survey shows that Washington has more McDonald's, Burger King, and KFC outlets per square mile than eight other cities with similar population sizes. Offerings at these restaurants include high-fat, high-sodium products such as McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meal, which has 61 grams of fat and 1,650 milligrams of sodium.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

There's A Reason It's Called A SILENT KILLER!

Everyone has Cholesterol, its a Natural substance produced by the body. But it DOESN'T NEED TO CLOG the ARTERIES!!

There is new research out for people with High Cholesterol… thousands of people like you have systematically and effectively reversed their condition and yet few know . "Why?:
If everybody knew about it, pharmaceutical companies couldn't sell their life-long maintenance drugs anymore.
Pharmaceutical companies suppress this natural discovery that, without the use of medicine, is helping people cure their Cholesterol completely.
The body is designed to heal itself - naturally - provided it has what it needs to do its job.

In reality, Cholesterol is not the ‘disease’ at all. It is a "symptom" - an outward "signal" - of a damaged inner terrain that simply is too polluted, toxic, and acidic!
These pollutants, toxic and acidic wastes collect in the weakest parts of the body and start tearing the body's processes down.  Cholesterol drugs simply mask symptoms. They do not cure; actually they weaken your immune system only to make matters worse. 

BUT, the cure does not lie in medication and drugs… 

There are many alternative and NATURAL METHODS to reduce Cholesterol,
WITHOUT the deadly side effects. You only need to choose which method
you CAN AFFORD at this time, and GET WHAT YOU NEED TODAY! One person
in America DIES EVERY 34 Seconds from HEART DISEASE and Cholesterol is
the MAIN CULPRIT in creating this disease! Whatever method you can
afford, starting today will start you on the path to regaining that inner
balance you once had.