Tag Archives: heart disease

Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not? – commentary

Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not? – by Elizabeth O’Brien

New heart-disease guidelines leave doctors and patients confused about statins.

Elizabeth O’Brien

Many doctors and patients were surprised last November when two major medical groups upended one central element of the traditional approach to warding off heart disease. With the release of new guidelines, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology shifted away from the prior focus on “bad cholesterol”—and proposed changes to the way doctors prescribe statins, the highly successful cholesterol-fighting medications.

The guidelines recommend a more holistic approach, but some critics said they could greatly increase the number of patients taking statin medication. Now that the dust from the ensuing brouhaha has begun to settle, what should patients expect when they visit the doctor?   Continue reading

Helpful Tips for Sleeping Better – Dr. Mercola

Helpful Tips for Sleeping Better This Summer

Story at-a-glance

  • Nearly 41 million US adults are sleeping just six hours or less each night, which recent research has linked to an increased risk of chronic inflammation and heart disease in women
  • Men with restless legs syndrome have a 40 percent higher risk of total mortality. According to the researchers, one of several potential mechanisms that might account for this increased mortality risk is disturbed sleep
  • Sleeping pills have been linked to a wide variety of health hazards, including a nearly four-fold increase in the risk of death, along with a 35 percent increased risk of cancer
  • Tips for better sleep are discussed, including the critical elements of your sleeping sanctuary, when to exercise to promote sleep, foods and beverages to avoid before bedtime, and the effect of electronic gadgets
  • Using EFT and/or increasing your melatonin can usually offer help when nothing else seems to work      Continue reading