Well, a poached egg on a bed of watercress and rocket may be healthy, but it’s not quite on a part with toast and marmalade for deliciousness! On the other hand, my weight has dropped further. I realise that what I’ve lost has been mainly water (how else would you lose 3 lb in 4 days?) But the fact that my body was retaining that much fluid shows something was not right.
Today’s research is to track down the doctors who were interviewed in the ABC programme I mentioned yesterday. First we have Dr Stephen Sinatra MD who is, in his own words, “a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness.”
He seems to have a good professional background, having held various senior positions at Manchester Memorial Hospital, as well as setting up his own clinic. He ‘s published a number of populist science books but also has appeared in peer-reviewed publications. He argues that the key cause of heart disease is inflammation, and that statins are effective not because they reduce cholesterol, but because they have an anti-inflammatory effect. http://journals.lww.com/smajournalonline/toc/2003/03000
According to his website, “Cholesterol is not a serious risk factor for heart disease”.His treatment methods focus on reducing inflammation and maximizing the heart’s ability to produce and use energy. They include six therapies:
- Mind-Body Balance
Now I’m not entirely sure about earthing – no views one way or the other, but the other principles sound reasonable. Except I thought the body detoxified itself… The rest all seems good sense. I’m interested in the emphasis he places on stress. There’s also a lot of emphasis on supplements – he appears to run a sort of supplements supermarket. So, not sure how much is sound science and how much is good marketing…
The alternative/holistic tag seems designed to apply to the now-aging Woodstock generation – people like me!
Ah well, time for work. The message would seem to be don’t stop taking the statins yet… (But I would so love to eat some grapefruit…)