Latest by William Davis, M.D.

With Mercury and Pesticides, Is Fish Oil Safe?

Fish has given fish oil a bad name. Because questions have been raised over mercury and pesticide residues in fish when eaten, some people have been reluctant to add fish oil supplements to their health regimen. But they shouldn’t be. There is no que...

Are You Afraid of Fish Oil?

Imagine you just learned that olive oil was good for your health (which it is, of course. I’m just using olive oil as an example to make a point.) Would you then take a capsule or two every day? I hope not. You’d probably pour it liberally on salads, ...

High Cholesterol and Holiday Indulgences

Maggie had been doing well on her prevention program, enjoying enviable cholesterol levels. In fact, Maggie had nearly been within the intensive targets we use to tip the odds in favor of completely shutting off, even reversing, coronary plaque. I ca...

Thiazide Diuretics: A First-line Mistake?

Thiazide diuretics, like hydrochlorothiazide and chlorthalidone, are extremely popular medications, often regarded as first-line agents in treatment of blood pressure. When someone is first diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), they are ...

Testosterone for Heart Health?

What role does testosterone play? Just how important is testosterone for preventing heart disease in men? Just 20 years ago, this question wouldn’t have even been asked. Traditional teaching was that, because men develop heart disease earlier than fe...

The JUPITER Study: Should everybody take Crestor?

The JUPITER study has been the subject of countless headlines reporting the unprecedented reduction in heart attacks with the cholesterol drug, Crestor ®. The study has received gushing pronouncements of the inestimable value of statins by my cardiol...

Reduce LDL Naturally

In this, the third post on the “Rule of 60,” we now turn to ways to reduce LDL cholesterol towards 60 mg/dl. Of course, the standard reflexive response of most doctors when dealing with LDL cholesterol is to have you “cut the fats” and take a statin ...

Raise HDL Naturally

In my last two posts (see: Reduce Triglycerides Naturally & Why Take Fish Oil if You Take a Statin Drug?), I discussed how, in my program for reversal of heart disease, we follow what I call the “Rule of 60”: LDL 60 mg/dl, HDL 60 mg/dl, triglycer...

Reduce Triglycerides Naturally

In my last post, I discussed how, in my program for reversal of heart disease, we follow what I call the "Rule of 60": LDL 60 mg/dl, HDL 60 mg/dl, triglycerides 60 mg/dl, or 60:60:60. We do this in order to achieve greater control over hea...

Why Take Fish Oil If You Take a Statin Drug?

Several months ago, I had asked Maureen to add fish oil to her heart disease prevention regimen. “My primary doctor said that I should stop taking fish oil. He say’s that I don’t need it because I take a cholesterol drug. He says that the cholesterol ...