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Kilmer S. McCully , Martha McCully
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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (24 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060929731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060929732
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Argues that a diet low in vitamin B causes heart disease, challenges commonly-held misconceptions regarding causes of heart disease, and suggests recipes and exercise routines to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. McCully has written, in simple prose, an easily understood summary of his years of original research. His perseverence in the face of hostility and underhanded back-biting has been amazing. And the results can help us all. Several years ago, I was at a scientific meeting at which the data on cholesterol were reviewed: it turns out that the medical establishment forgot, in its misbegotten war on cholesterol, that it has a crucial function in neurotransmitter synthesis. Lowering cholesterol below YOUR personal set-point will lower serotonin, increasing depression, accident rates, and weakening impulse control. So the case is even stronger than Dr. McCully indicates. Read his book -- and eat wisely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars missing one important piece of info 6 Mar 1999
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just did a quick read mar 99, and there is one very important nutrient that is not even mentioned that is more powerful than any of the b vitamins mentioned(folate, b12,b6) for lowering blood homocysteine levels. it is called TMG, or trimethylglycine, derived from sugar beets, which is CHEAP, and available at only a few health food stores. don't bother to ask your doctor about it; they are in the stone age WRT knowledge about nutrition, and they haven't even heard of homocysteine yet! there is a huge database of clinical support that shows just how powerful TMG is. TMG is a methyl-group donor, which degrades to DMG when it has donated one methyl group to homocysteine to render it harmless. it acts in DAYS to bring down the blood homocysteine level. dr. mccully deserves the nobel prize in medicine for his research and discovery, yet the establishment that ignored and ostracized him for so long will no doubt see to it that he either never receives it, or, like peyton rous, who received the nobel prize in 1966 for the cancer-causing virus he discovered in 1911(!),gets it very, very late. the homocysteine level test IS available, but must be specifically ordered by the physician. so you will have to find one who knows how important it is. rather strange, is it not, that a compound that the body(liver)makes for so many uses could possibly ever have been classified as a health hazard! i guess drug companies think that their totally non-natural drugs are better for you. the ridiculously simple experiment that was conducted years ago should have put to rest the cholesterol-as-villain myth--patients who had high cholesterol were given no diet or lifestyle changes, except that they were given vitamin c, at about 400-1000 mg/day, if i remember. guess what? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE 29 April 2013
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Why would an 8 year-old boy die of a stroke? How could he have died the way the enfeebled elderly do? Yet an 8 year-old boy had just suffered that fate.

This curious case was written up in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1933. The pathologist observed that the arteries to the child's brain looked like arteriosclerosis usually found in the elderly.

What was going on?

Dr Kilmer McCully was working at the time at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Coincidently, the 1933 case had been published from his department. He decided to take a closer look at this case. McCully's study of it confirmed that the boy indeed had arteriosclerosis in many arteries throughout his young body.

But he also found something else that puzzled him - an absence of cholesterol!

He concluded that the child had a disease called homocystinuria. A few months later he came across another case of homocystinuria in a 2 month old infant. There was no mention of arteriosclerosis in the autopsy. McCully went and investigated this case. He found that, just as in the first case, the infant had arteriosclerosis.

After making this discovery he says:

"I barely slept for two weeks. I became very excited because my analysis of these two cases ... Proved that the amino acid homocysteine was causing arteriosclerosis by directly damaging the cells and tissues of the arteries. Since one case resulted from a lack of vitamin B6 and the other from a deficiency in B12 and folic acid, I could pinpoint the one constant - a high level of homocysteine in the blood - as the factor resonsible for the arteriosclerosis."

In 1969 he first proposed the homocysteine theory of heart disease. Too much homocysteine in the blood will result in arterial damage.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly stimulating. 1 July 2004
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Another book in the many that advocate the benefits of taking antioxidants, and regretfully, not a particularly stimulating read either.
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145 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could save your life. 18 Aug 2002
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
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For the past few decades we have been told a dogma that has recently been shown by research to be not true: that the major cause of heart disease is cholesterol. Because of this erroneous dogma, many Americans have significantly reduced their consumption of healthy foods -- such as eggs -- simply because they contain cholesterol, and eaten unhealthy foods rich in sugar because they don't contain cholesterol. The surprising truth is that cholesterol is not a bad substance to be avoided but rather is an important biochemical which is essential for human health. Cholesterol is so essential that our bodies actually manufacture it; in fact, humans typically manufacture 3 to 4 times more cholesterol than we get from food. Well, if cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, what is? The answer is that the two major causes of the arterial blockage which can lead to heart attacks are free radicals (which can be combatted by antioxidants such as vitamin C, Vitamin E, and selenium) and homocysteine. Homocysteine is a natural substance which is formed from metabolism of the amino acid methionine. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid can keep the concentration of homocysteine in our bodies low enough to be safe. But if we are deficienct in these essential vitamins -- as many people are -- the level of homocysteine in our blood rises dangerously and can induce the formation of arterial plaque which blocks the arteries and leads to heart attacks. High levels of homocysteine are far more dangerous than high cholesterol levels. In this book the man who discovered this fact, Dr. Kilmer McCully, discusses in readable terms the importance of keeping homocysteine levels low and dispells the myth that foods containing cholesterol -- many of which are quite good for us -- are dangerous. You need to know and understand this new paradigm if you want to preserve your health and protect yourself from heart attacks. As a research chemist, I can't recommend this important book too highly.
71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-health without cholesterol fear -a best read! 2 Jan 2004
By eddie vos - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives easy, doable and simple prevention solutions to heart disease, including increasing B vitamins that lower a natural blood-vessel toxin we all -without exception- make, homocysteine.
Dr. McCully discovered the vital role of this molecule in heart disease [now with roles in over 100 diseases] but his insistence that it is NOT cholesterol or fat that cause bad arteries got him fired from and black listed and disgraced by Harvard University, in 1978 -only to be re-offered a professorship 25 years later [he graciously accepted].
Four new studies about homocysteine now appear daily and a Nobel Prize for single handedly discovering, proving and popularizing such toxic player and risk-factor in health should be in the works.. He now shares that life-long body of wisdom with the public. The good news is that ANYONE can lower his/her homocysteine with a high strength multi-B vitamin pill, the only therapy. Easy to read and well edited, this is the FIRST book you should read, and as a bonus, it will make you feel better about cholesterol.
Heh, any heart-health book with a high nutrient but high cholesterol recipe for chicken-liver spread with egg and butter deserves notice. Not only that -McCully was as right then as he is now, it is a lack of micronutrients that is so dangerous, and this includes omega-3 oil and the '"B" healthy' B vitamins.
This book is as vital for your doctor or cardiologist and buying them a copy too may be one of the smartest things you could do. Their life is a hard one with the drug-interests dominating much of the landscape. They should appreciate scientifically sound data about non-toxic non-drug nutritional prevention options, and it is here that Dr. McCully filled in much of the puzzle picture.
I add my voice to the very first reviewer, Dr. Willett, Chair of Harvard's Nutrition Department, in warmly recommending this important yet easy to read book, Eddie Vos Sutton Qc Canada [...] E-mail: vos@health-heart.org
65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars missing one important piece of info 6 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
just did a quick read mar 99, and there is one very important nutrient that is not even mentioned that is more powerful than any of the b vitamins mentioned(folate, b12,b6) for lowering blood homocysteine levels. it is called TMG, or trimethylglycine, derived from sugar beets, which is CHEAP, and available at only a few health food stores. don't bother to ask your doctor about it; they are in the stone age WRT knowledge about nutrition, and they haven't even heard of homocysteine yet! there is a huge database of clinical support that shows just how powerful TMG is. TMG is a methyl-group donor, which degrades to DMG when it has donated one methyl group to homocysteine to render it harmless. it acts in DAYS to bring down the blood homocysteine level. dr. mccully deserves the nobel prize in medicine for his research and discovery, yet the establishment that ignored and ostracized him for so long will no doubt see to it that he either never receives it, or, like peyton rous, who received the nobel prize in 1966 for the cancer-causing virus he discovered in 1911(!),gets it very, very late. the homocysteine level test IS available, but must be specifically ordered by the physician. so you will have to find one who knows how important it is. rather strange, is it not, that a compound that the body(liver)makes for so many uses could possibly ever have been classified as a health hazard! i guess drug companies think that their totally non-natural drugs are better for you. the ridiculously simple experiment that was conducted years ago should have put to rest the cholesterol-as-villain myth--patients who had high cholesterol were given no diet or lifestyle changes, except that they were given vitamin c, at about 400-1000 mg/day, if i remember. guess what? their cholesterol plummetted.why? because in addition to all its other uses in the body, cholesterol is a first-line ANTI-OXIDANT, and so the body produces more of it when the diet is low in the main ones(a, beta-carotene, c,e, selenium). so within days of the body being helped out, the liver throttles back its cholesterol production! sea-changes in any discipline take decades, if not centuries, to come around. hopefully, within a few years, blood tests for homocysteine will be as routine as the WBC or RBC tests are now.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear presentation of ESSENTIAL new scientific findings. 14 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dr. McCully has written, in simple prose, an easily understood summary of his years of original research. His perseverence in the face of hostility and underhanded back-biting has been amazing. And the results can help us all. Several years ago, I was at a scientific meeting at which the data on cholesterol were reviewed: it turns out that the medical establishment forgot, in its misbegotten war on cholesterol, that it has a crucial function in neurotransmitter synthesis. Lowering cholesterol below YOUR personal set-point will lower serotonin, increasing depression, accident rates, and weakening impulse control. So the case is even stronger than Dr. McCully indicates. Read his book -- and eat wisely.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting expose of the cholesterol fallacy 9 Nov 2003
By Brian Reginald Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Along with Ravnskov's "Cholesterol Myths" I would rate this as vital reading for anyone interested in their health. It's books like these that have convinced me to take my health into my own hands and largely ignore doctors, governments, the food industry and others who have vested interests and reputations riding on the back of the failed Lipid Hypothesis. McCully is one of those who has dared to oppose the "Cholesterol Police". His description of how he was treated, despite having conclusive evidence, angered and shocked me. It illustrates clearly that many so called scientists are not following the Scientific Method at all. They need to remember that you don't do experiements to prove your favourite theory is right, but to expose the truth, no matter what that turns out to be.
Ignore the reader from Columbia, MD USA. High blood cholesterol has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with causing heart disease (see Ravnskov). People with low levels are just as likely to get CHD as those with elevated cholesterol. However, heart disease patients have high levels because Cholesterol repairs damage to the body - other factors (Homocystene, Lp(a), free radicals and so on) are the real cause, so the body attempts a repair by increasing cholesterol levels. So a high blood level is just a symptom, not the cause.
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