Why Cholesterol Is Only One Factor Of Heart Health

Episode 743 1h 7m


Many people still believe that eating cholesterol and fat, especially saturated fat, causes heart attacks and that taking statin drugs is the only way to reduce your risk of heart attacks, but now we know the science says otherwise. The good news is this: we have a lot more control than we originally thought when it comes to preventing and reversing heart disease.

In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Cindy Geyer, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, and Dr. Todd LePine about why we need to look beyond cholesterol levels to protect our hearts. Dr. Cindy Geyer received her bachelor of science and doctor of medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and is triple board certified in internal medicine, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine. She joined The UltraWellness Center in 2021 after practicing and serving as the medical director at Canyon Ranch for 23 years.

Dr. Aseem Malhotra is an NHS-trained consultant cardiologist and visiting professor of evidence-based medicine at the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health in Salvador, Brazil. He is a founding member of Action on Sugar. He is a pioneer of the lifestyle medicine movement in the UK and in 2018 was ranked by software company Onalytica as the number one doctor in the world influencing obesity thinking. Dr. Malhotra's first book, The Pioppi Diet, coauthored with Donal O'Neill, was an international bestseller, and his next book, The 21-Day Immunity Plan, was also a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller. His new book is A Statin-Free Life.

Dr. Todd LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. His areas of interest include optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.

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Ep. 743 - Why Cholesterol Is Only One Factor Of Heart Health