. (wickett) Wed 23 Jun 10 12:02
Oh yes, I second that request whole-heartedly. This is a wonderfully informed and informative conversation.
Darya Pino (daryapino) Wed 23 Jun 10 14:23
Wow, that was the fastest 2 weeks ever. I'd be delighted to stick around a bit. After we finish up here, all of you are welcome to come join me here: http://www.formspring.me/daryapino Ask me anything!
Darya Pino (daryapino) Wed 23 Jun 10 14:28
On statins, yes, some people have serious side effects, particularly related to muscle problems. For the super healthy person with high total cholesterol, I would definitely stay off the Lipitor. But for others Lipitor is definitely the best choice. Everyone is different. As for niacin, it does not lower cholesterol but raises HDL cholesterol (more important in my opinion). Few drugs raise HDL, so this is helpful to many people. You can also get niacin by eating whole, intact grains.
Darya Pino (daryapino) Wed 23 Jun 10 14:36
@jmcarlin I think you have the absolute right attitude about sugar, and that is exactly how I feel. I don't mind sugar in my food if I know it is there and I enjoy it. But sneaky sugar makes me angry, and real food doesn't need it. Added sugar is to mask the bad taste of fake food. @gail I doubt adding fiber while drinking will help anything, but I haven't seen any data on this. Also, it is true that food calories have a bigger impact after alcohol consumption, so yes, the less wedding cake the better :) Drinking has other benefits, so it isn't all bad. For instance, alcohol raises good HDL cholesterol about as much as exercise. It also prevents clotting and can prevent heart attack/stroke. Too much alcohol is of course a problem. It damages the liver and has been associated with breast cancer (though this effect is removed with adequate B vitamins). The current recommendation is one glass/day for females and 2 for males. That is wine, beer or spirits (though watch the sugary cocktails).
Darya Pino (daryapino) Wed 23 Jun 10 14:40
@debunix I wouldn't use psyllium and don't recommend it. Enjoy your treats in moderation and eat plenty of veggies, beans and grains the rest of the time. You'll be fine :) @loris Here is my review of Good Calories, Bad Calories http://summertomato.com/book-review-good-calories-bad-calories/
those Andropovian bongs (rik) Wed 23 Jun 10 14:49
"On statins, yes, some people have serious side effects, particularly related to muscle problems." My wife is having bad muscle problems. Cutting the statins ended the pain. She's now more than a little conflicted. Live longer, but be in pain for much of it?
Darya Pino (daryapino) Wed 23 Jun 10 14:56
@rik How much does your wife focus on diet? A potentially delicious way to solve cholesterol problems....
Julie Sherman (julieswn) Wed 23 Jun 10 15:18
Darya, I think it is interesting that you found Good Calories, Bad Calories hard to get into. I found it completely engrossing and even took it to read on a plane flight. And I am not a scientist or a nutritionist. I really loved his clarity and research. Mileage varies, as they say. Thank you for the clarification on niacin and thank you for sticking around for a while.
those Andropovian bongs (rik) Wed 23 Jun 10 15:45
Darya, my wife is a very considerate eater, and consciously watches her colesteral intake. We're going to be talking about cutting way back on the statins and keeping watch on her numbers. One thing that doesn't help, psychologically is that our doctors are younger than our children. They know a staggering amount of information but they don't have all that much experience. We suspect that the statin scrip was the automatic response to her age, because her numbers weren't that far out of line. We're on Kaiser, and the doctors are all so young.
Sharon Lynne Fisher (slf) Wed 23 Jun 10 16:02
My doctor is advising red yeast rice, fish oil, and psyllium.
Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 23 Jun 10 16:43
What is red yeast rice?
descend into a fractal hell of meta-truthiness (jmcarlin) Wed 23 Jun 10 18:32
> What is red yeast rice? Statin without the processing and without known dosage. Red yeast rice contains naturally-occurring substances called monacolins. Monocolins, particularly one called lovastatin http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/redyeastrice.htm
Marika Wertheimer (peony) Wed 23 Jun 10 19:14
I have also read Good Calories Bad Calories and I was fascinated as well. I found it to be a great read for anyone interested in nutrition. The research review he did was incredible and some things he writes about are not only interesting but inspiring. He also lays out quite clearly how bad science gets perpetuated and good science becomes invisible when large scale money interests are involved, such as big agro and big pharma.
David Gans (tnf) Thu 24 Jun 10 10:02
RT @summertomato: RT @foodwishes: If you're a tomato plant, you do *not* want to be born in San Francisco. / Oakland, on the other hand... (Y'all should follow summertomato on twitter!)
Darya Pino (daryapino) Thu 24 Jun 10 10:44
@rik To control cholesterol, your wife doesn't need to worry about her cholesterol intake. Instead she should worry about sugar and processed foods, and be sure to get enough plant oils. Here's a video where I explain the difference between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol: http://summertomato.com/cholesterol-explained/ And here are some tips for improving blood cholesterol: http://summertomato.com/how-to-raise-your-hdl-cholesterol/ She should also probably read Good Calories, Bad Calories that we were discussing earlier. Another fantastic health book is Eat, Drink and Be Healthy by Walter Willett. That one is my favorite, easy to read and very accurate.
Darya Pino (daryapino) Thu 24 Jun 10 10:44
Warning to anyone who braves following me on Twitter, I have the sense of humor of a 12 yr old boy....
David Gans (tnf) Thu 24 Jun 10 11:35
And she likes sports. But I filter for that stuff :^)
Darya Pino (daryapino) Thu 24 Jun 10 11:53
But you have to admit, the after parties are pretty cool ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UQSM5jo72k
(fom) Thu 24 Jun 10 15:16
Darya, I hope you stay around here for a while.
Darya Pino (daryapino) Thu 24 Jun 10 18:08
I'm happy to hang around a few more days. But seriously you should all feel free to ask me anything at http://www.formspring.me/daryapino whenever you have a question. This has been a blast :)
paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Thu 24 Jun 10 19:33
Maybe if we ask questions at the blog we'll get blog posts in reply. I have more questions now than when I started. Thank you so much for participating here, Darya. And hope you are able to complete your not-quite-indentured servitude soon!
We're carrot people. (unkljohn) Fri 25 Jun 10 09:54
Great videos all! Thanks for all the great info, Darya.
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 25 Jun 10 10:23
Wonderful discussion. Thanks all!
descend into a fractal hell of meta-truthiness (jmcarlin) Fri 25 Jun 10 11:41
I'm now following you on twitter.
therese (therese) Sun 27 Jun 10 16:54
Thank you so much! I'm following you, too.
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