Evolocumab Are You Joking Me?

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Evolocumab, Are You Joking Me? by Jeffrey Dach MD Ralph is a 48 year old divorce lawyer who arrives in my office with a history of familial hypercholesterolemia.  Every lab panel since he was a kid showed a cholesterol of … Continue reading

Is Your Drug From the Medical Museum?

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Is Your Drug From the Medical Museum? If you are a curious tourist, visit the Medical Museum where you will be shocked with the sight of glass specimen jars filled with tissue samples.  There you will find relics of past … Continue reading

LDL Cholesterol Particle Size and Number What Gives ?

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LDL Particle Size and Particle Number, What Gives? Superiority of Calcium Score Ron is a 72 year old retired engineer, and has a total cholesterol of 174 which hasn’t changed over the seven years we have been following him. This … Continue reading

Cholesterol Levels and Atherosclerosis: Autopsy Studies Show No Correlation

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Cholesterol Levels and Atherosclerosis: Autopsy Studies Show No Correlation By Jeffrey Dach MD Drs William Ware (25) and Uffe Ravnskov(1) have both pointed out an inconvenient truth.  Many autopsy studies dating back to 1936 all show the same finding: cholesterol … Continue reading

Statin Denialism Internet Cult with Deadly Consequences

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Statin Denialism: an Internet Cult with Deadly Consequences An editorial by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steven Nissen (above image) appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week lamenting the problem of  “Statin Denialism” on the Internet.(1-2) Dr Steve Nissen’s editorial … Continue reading

Atherosclerosis How Does it Happen by Jeffrey Dach MD

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Atherosclerosis: How Does it Happen? Reversing Heart Disease Part Two – by Jeffrey Dach MD A Brief Review of Part I In part one, we discussed the Coronary Calcium Score, which is useful because it provides an estimate of total … Continue reading

Statins Reduce Peri-Operative Mortality Surely You Must Be Joking

Statins Reduce Peri-Operative Mortality, Surely You Must Be Joking Another Medical Hoax I was intrigued by Dr London’s report in December 2016 JAMA of decreased peri-operative mortality in statin users.(1)  This result does not seem immediately intuitive.  Statin drugs inhibit … Continue reading

Defending the Cholesterol Hypothesis in the Elderly

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Defending the Cholesterol Hypothesis in the Elderly by Jeffrey Dach MD Med Page Today ran an article by cardiologist Larry Husten, defending the cholesterol theory of heart disease entitled “Cholesterol Skeptics Launch Another Attack”. (1)(10)  Left Image Medpage Today Logo … Continue reading

Lipitor and The Dracula of Modern Technology

Lipitor and The Dracula of Modern Technology

Lipitor and The Dracula of Modern Technology by Jeffrey Dach MD Perhaps you have seen the Direct-to-Consumer TV and print advertisements with Robert Jarvik, the inventor of the Jarvik Heart, speaking on behalf of the Pfizer’s anti-cholesterol drug, Lipitor.  With … Continue reading

The Art of the Curb Side Cholesterol Consult by Jeffrey Dach MD

The Art of the Curb Side Consult by Jeffrey Dach MD In our neighborhood, we take the garbage cans out to the curb twice a week for the garbage pickup.  Although we grumble about the extra work, it’s a good … Continue reading

Does High Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease ?

Does High Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease ? by Jeffrey Dach MD  We live in a society which has an obsession with cholesterol levels. The reality is that our cholesterol level correlates very poorly (if at all) with risk for heart … Continue reading

Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Statin Drugs

Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Statin Drugs by Jeffrey Dach MD Left image: Red arrows: Heavily calcified coronary artery on CAT Scan. A Major Dogma of Mainstream Medicine One of the major dogmas of mainstream medicine is the miraculous benefit of statin … Continue reading

Statin Nation, The Movie

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Statin Nation, the Movie will inform you about cholesterol and cholesterol lowering drugs. First 13 minutes Statin Nation Exerpt 4 minutes segment Statin Nation Exerpt Statin Nation Exerpt… Dr. Paul J. Rosch Explains How Stress Affects the Heart Link to … Continue reading

A Neurosurgeon with a Painful Arm, Myositis from Statin and PPI Drugs

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A Neurosurgeon with a Painful Arm, Myositis from Statin and PPI Drugs by Jeffrey Dach MD Sam, a 67 year old retired neurosurgeon came to see me because of pain and weakness in his right arm over the past 6 … Continue reading