Latest by William Davis, M.D.

Low HDL May Increase Risk for Depression and Stress

Funny thing: When people come to the office or hospital and have cholesterol panels drawn, if the situation is unhappy─e.g., stress at home, financial struggles, or hospitalization (usually an unhappy occasion)─HDL cholesterols drop, sometimes pr...

What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Lipoprotein(a)

Lipoprotein(a), or lp(a), is the number one most aggressive cause for heart disease and coronary plaque known. Lp(a) can account for heart attacks in men in their 40s, women in their 50s. Whenever you hear about families in which heart attacks occur ...

The Wheat-free Life: Breakfast

When trying to lose weight or correct many of the adverse consequences of years of heavy carbohydrate eating, breakfast seems to be the toughest meal of the day for many people. I think it’s because the quest for sweet has dominated the American brea...

The Wheat-free FAQ

The wheat-free concept I’ve articulated has proven enormously effective at: Reducing blood sugar─often converting pre-diabetics and even diabetics into non-pre-diabetics or non-diabetics. Weight loss─20, 30, 50 lbs is not uncommon. Reducing chole...

Whole Grains, Half Truths: Real-life Results of the Wheat-free Diet

TV ads, media conversations, magazine articles, even advice from the American Heart Association and USDA (a la Food Pyramid) all agree: eat more whole grains, get more fiber. What happens when you follow the advice to add more and more whole grains t...

Foods Worse than Table Sugar? You Don't Want to Know

You don’t need a nutritionist to tell you that sugar isn’t good for you. Sugar raises blood sugar, reduces HDL cholesterol, skyrockets triglycerides, triggers abnormal insulin surges, makes us hungry. It also converts the less-harmful large LDL parti...

Vitamin D Heart Health FAQ

The excitement over the health benefits of vitamin D have, not unexpectedly, generated lots and lots of questions about how, why, and when to best use it. Let’s review some of the most frequent questions and answers about vitamin D. Now, please keep ...

Japanese Fish Oil Study: More Omega-3, Fewer Heart Problems

Yet another study has been released that clinches the principal-perhaps the only-reason why the Japanese have so much less heart disease than Americans. The Japanese experience only one third of the heart attacks of Americans, and Japan occupies the ...

Triglycerides, Mistreated and Misunderstood: Learn Why

What is a desirable level for triglycerides? It depends on who you ask. Ask those adhering to the Adult Treatment Panel (ATP-III), the "official" set of guidelines followed by most primary care physicians, and they will say "150 mg/dl...

Lipoprotein Testing: Why it's So Important and Where You Can Get it Done

Lipoprotein testing is one useful solution that more confidently uncovers causes for heart disease.