Best Practices for A Healthy Heart

Best Practices for A Healthy Heart

How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After It Starts

Book - 2012
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"This book acts as a guide to the "best practices" for optimal heart health, serving as a resource for patients diagnosed with or aiming to prevent heart disease. In it, Dr. Samaan provides advice on diet, supplements and alternative medicine, the effects of caffeine and alcohol, stress management, and more"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Experiment, c2012.
ISBN: 9781615190478
Branch Call Number: 616.1205 Samaan 06/2012
Characteristics: xv, 367 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jun 01, 2017

Don't waste your time on this book. It's basically support for business as usual and the current standard approach in cardiology, that at best slows progression of heart disease, but does little to stop its onward march -- let alone reverse it.
For example, when the author discusses artificial sweeteners - including aspartame, on the surface, she appears to be, "evidence based" in her discussion and gives the impression that this substance is probably ok for those who don't have PKU, since most studies suggest it does not cause harm. Had she looked a bit deeper, however, she might have considered that when you separate research on aspartame into two groups -- that sponsored by industry, and that sponsored by others -- the safe/not safe conclusions, pretty nearly split along the same lines! Caveat Emptor.
Similar, uncritical thinking and lack of awareness peppers almost everything in this book. If you really want sound science, rather than re-spouting of the widespread dogma that eventually leads its followers to drugs and surgery, these are much better books:
The End of Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell

Just for fun -- here are links to a few studies that do suggest Aspartame is NOT so safe. I can't help but wonder if the author was unable to locate any of these studies when she wrote her book, or else had some reason to disregard them. But I had wondered that over and over as I read much of this book:


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