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The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will
by Jonny Bowden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but its informality and commercial interests of the authors mar its credibility, 3 Feb 2013
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There's some decent enough science in here with references to back up their claims. It dismisses the long held opinions on cholesterol and fats being the problem so is anti-sugar, largely anti-statin and fits with the more modern trend toward inflammation caused by stress and refined carbs as the main catalyst in heart disease. It's good pop-science but my 2 main gripes are that it's often informal to a fault with the use of phrases like "pissed-off-ness" and the supplement recommendations in Chapter 7. The slang talk takes away from the seriousness of the whole subject of heart disease and I also question Johnny Bowden's importance in this book. Steven Sinatra is the guy who appears to be more qualified and informed; Bowden is just a sidekick. Chapter 7's supplement recommendations range from good but with possibly unpleasant sides (Niacin) to potentially good (CoQ10) to questionable (D-Ribose, Nattokinase and Lumbrokinase) to just untenable (Curcurmin). What is a further let-down is that when you Google both the authors, their websites are as glossy, commercial and hyped as that of scores of "quack" diet authors. Although I am not suggesting either are, it's just disappointing to see that Dr Sinatra's website is heavily concerned with flogging you the very supplements they recommend in the book under Dr Sinatra's own brand; "TRIPLE your weight loss power! Lose up to 30 lbs in 90 days, Reduce Body fat Percentage, Burn Calories Faster", all with his special Omega-3 oil capsules. Bowden's is not much better. One of his claims to fame is that he was "recently selected by Greatist as one of The Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness alongside Michelle Obama, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta!" I would be gutted to be mentioned in the same breath as Dr Oz, the man who is to general medicine what Sarah Palin is to politics. Disappointing.
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The Great Cholesterol Con
The Great Cholesterol Con
by Malcolm Kendrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener on the real causes of heart disease., 12 Jun 2012
A really terrific book and one that becomes more and more interesting as the pages go on. The statistics are clear and his arguments powerful. Never does he assume to know everything; he hasn't the arrogance of Big Pharma and the physicians to whom they bung cash to prescribe their Statins. No, he has a lot more integrity and courage than that. This is the real star turn in the book. The guy is independent; a maverick. He holds no loyalty to Big Pharma and so his freedom to speak without fear of losing perks from the drug companies and reps makes for a fascinating read. It's really when you're at around the last third of the book do the hypotheses and statistics become very clever indeed. The whole stress and social dislocation hypothesis blew me away. In my opinion, it's genius. It'll take me another read over it again to pull out all the hypotheses and statistics and understanding of cardiovascular functions so I can fully comprehend everything. If you're interested in knowing more about the whole lipid hypothesis and why the evidence for it doesn't stack up, buy this book first.

Ant


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Limited Edition (PC DVD)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark game., 25 Nov 2007
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No doubt in 10 years or so I will be mocked for saying this, but it is hard for me to imagine in my lifetime games getting any better than San Andreas. No other game is as non-linear, as open-ended, as polished, as immaculately produced as GTA:SA. It sets a benchmark WAY beyond any game that has come before. The atmosphere created by the movie-quality voice acting, the camera direction, the awesome soundtracks, the A-List voice actors, the humor, the storyline and the immense playing field and variation has not been matched by any game, past or present. The PC game market is dominated by endless similar First Person Shooters. I am sick of them. They are contrived, clichéd and formulaic. I don't care whether it's Half Life 2 or Call of Duty 4 or any other highly ranked PC game. They all follow the same FPS production rules and I tire of them easily. With San Andreas, months of my life were swallowed up in pursuit of playing the finest game ever to surface. I'm not really a big gamer. I get bored with the same old, same old but I found GTA:SA jaw-dropping. I was fixated, engrossed and utterly addicted. I can't heap enough praise onto SA for it blew me away in terms of it's sheer size and inspired production. I was sucked in, hook, line and sinker into the world of SA. It's better than movies, soap operas, television and other, lesser games. It's the finest game ever produced. Buy it and shelve the next 3 months of your life. You won't regret it.


Kaddish
Kaddish
Offered by Sons Of Pluto
Price: 13.79

1 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious & Self Indulgent, 17 Feb 2005
This review is from: Kaddish (Audio CD)
This is a sort of rock cum orchestra package that is as unlistenable as it is infuriating. Inaccessable and incomprehensible to the vast majority of people, this self-indulgent experimental epic is maddeningly pompous. Records like this are favoured only by simpering eggheads who consider themselves to be some kind of self-appointed musical intelligenstia. It reeks pretense and looms from your speakers with a stifling gloom. The tracklist reads like a Nathan Barley DJ set and should be enough to set alarm bells ringing. Avoid.
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