Latest by William Davis, M.D.

Erectile dysfunction"”Red flag for heart disease?

As far apart as they seem, erectile dysfunction (ED) and heart disease all too frequently go together. Where you find one, you’ll often find the other. In fact, ED, formerly known as “impotence,” is so closely tied to heart disease that it should ran...

Which source of fiber is good or bad?

Ray had the usual protuberant belly overhanging his beltline of someone who was over-reliant on processed starches, particularly wheat and other foods that raise blood sugar. After all, he ran a sandwich bakery. He sheepishly admitted that he ate the ...

Does Fish Oil Raise Cholesterol?

Katie had an LDL of 87 mg/dl, HDL of 48 mg/dl, triglycerides of 201 mg/dl. By conventional standards, not too bad. Reading about the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, Katie added fish oil. With the preparation she bought, 4000 mg per day ...

Will the real omega-3 please stand up?

Walking the supermarket aisles, you may have noticed lately that many products are now sporting “omega-3s” on the label. Omega-3 fatty acids serve a number of important health purposes, including reduction in heart attack and stroke, reduction of tri...

It's not the LDL cholesterol, stupid!

The recent fuss with the Enhance Study that failed to demonstrate a difference in carotid plaque with Vytorin ® (simvastatin and Zetia ®) vs. simvastatin alone has raised some serious questions about LDL cholesterol. Some have argued that statin drug...

Carotid ultrasound: a test for heart disease?

If you wanted to find out whether you had hidden heart disease, just how would you go about it? Carotid ultrasound is test that some individuals advocate as an indirect means of detecting hidden heart disease. While not perfect, it can be an interest...

Weight loss or niacin: Which is better?

As I discussed in my last blog post, niacin can be a useful vitamin and nutritional supplement to correct many causes of heart disease. But, there is an alternative. Take a look: Niacin (vitamin B3): Raises HDL and shifts HDL towards the healthier an...

Vitamin K2: Newest heart-healthy supplement?

Contrary to prevailing opinion among many cardiologists, there is an emerging notion that coronary calcification is an active process, a true part of the disease. For years, calcium in arteries was regarded as a consequence of age, a marker for “sene...

Niacin: Myths and Facts

For a simple, available treatment that can dramatically reduce risk for heart attack, niacin has suffered more than its share of knocks, insults, and undeserved criticisms. Is it deserved? Does this simple nutritional supplement, B vitamin, and compo...

Vitamin D and Octogenarians

Roger practically bounced in his chair, vibrating with energy. “I haven’t felt like this in years I can work around the yard all day and still have energy left over. It must be the vitamin D!” Roger’s wife rolled her eyes, though with a twinkle and a ...