Heart Risk Evaluations Recommended Reading List
is an abundance of excellent reading material available on various aspects of
heart risk. The list below mentions
some of these, but is not intended to be all inclusive.
Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing
Heart Disease, Dean Ornish, M.D., Random House.
Dr. Ornish's world-renowned heart program.
A well-written, balanced, effective and comprehensive book.
The McDougall Program For a Healthy Heart,
John A. McDougall, M.D., Dutton. Another
excellent overall heart health book. Very
well laid out, easy to follow. Comprehensive
Good Fat, Bad Fat: Lower Your
Cholesterol & Reduce Your Odds of a Heart Attack, William P. Castelli,
M.D. and Glen C. Griffin, M.D., Fisher Books.
When William Castelli speaks the heart industry listens!
Dr. Castelli is the long-time medical director of the famed Framingham
Heart Study. This book contains
many nuggets of insight, and has a very easy-to-grasp method for keeping
cholesterol levels low.
The Stanford Life Plan For a Healthy
Heart, Helen Cassidy Page, John Speer Schroeder, M.D., Tara Coghlin Dickson,
M.S., R.D., Chronicle Books. Another
excellent, comprehensive, well-rounded book.
The dietary plan is easy to grasp, balanced and reasonable.
Conquering Heart Disease, Harvey B. Simon, M.D, Little Brown and Company. An excellent work from this Harvard Medical School doctor. Provides a solid basic foundation in heart health, including causes of heart disease and a thorough breakdown of the major risk factors. Dr. Simon's work is accurate, clear, straightforward and educational.
Syndrome X, Jack Challem, Burt
Berkson, M.D., Ph.D., Melissa Diane Smith, John Wiley & Sons. This book
nicely describes the occurrence where insulin resistance or carbohydrate
processing disorders cause many serious heart-related health problems.
Among these are high cholesterol, low "healthy" HDL, high
triglycerides, high blood pressure, rising fasting glucose levels and a tendency
to put on body fat, especially in the upper body.
These can all occur even in the presence of a low fat, low cholesterol
diet, and especially where many refined carbohydrates are consumed.
Doctors are paying increasing attention to this syndrome now in the early
The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart
Program, Richard Heller, Rachael F. Heller, Frederic J. Vagnini, Random
House. This book is one of a series
by the Hellers concerning carbohydrate addiction, which is very closely related,
if not identical, to the Syndrome X factor mentioned above.
The author's own web site describes this condition well: "Too much
insulin results in too strong an impulse to eat, too often, and a body that too
readily stores food in the form of fat."
If this sounds like you, both this book and Syndrome X may be very
helpful. The series of Carbohydrate Addict's books are well arranged
and medically sound.
The Glucose Revolution, Jennie Brand
Miller, Thomas M.S. Wolever, Stephen Colagiuri.
Another book that well describes carbohydrate addiction and insulin
resistance. Contains glycemic index
(how the body's sugar-handling system reacts to various foods) and many
low-glycemic recipes. Solid
Eating Well for Optimum Health,
Andrew Weil, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Dr. Weil's series of books, including this, his newest, offer excellent,
well-balanced, medical and nutritional information.
Dr. Weil avoids extremes, and in doing so presents his nutritional ideas
Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites,
The Moosewood Collective, Random House. Primarily
a heart-healthy cookbook. Many
recipes in the book are both excellent and easy to prepare, each containing a
nutritional breakdown for those on strict low-fat diets.
Fitness For Dummies,
Suzanne Schloshberg, Liz Neporet, IDG Books Worldwide.
Very well organized and written. One
of the best all-around books on exercise and fitness.
Contrary to title, definitely not written for (or by) dummies.
Prevention, a monthly periodical with wide distribution, does an
excellent job educating the public concerning important health issues.
There is a heart-health related article in virtually every issue.
Prevention avoids fads and extremes, providing a wealth of the most
current balanced research available. Very
There are many excellent heart health books,
such as those by authors Robert Kowalski, Harvey Simon, Julian Whitaker, Kenneth
Cooper, Terry Shintani, and others. You
can find all of these publications in your local bookstore, library, or on the
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