SOURCE: Herbal Pharmacist

November 22, 2010 11:00 ET

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Herbal Pharmacist David Foreman Uncovers Four Simple Strategies to Beating Cardiovascular Disease Without a Script

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - November 22, 2010) - Ask any pharmacist what the number one most prescribed drug is and the answer will be cholesterol lowering statin drugs. This is the adversary of Dave Foreman's new book to be released in early 2011. The author and radio host known nationwide as the "Herbal Pharmacist" says statins should rarely be prescribed and can deplete the body of critical nutrients. Foreman's book will address four simple strategies to avoid statins altogether.

The increase of statin use is predicted to rev up considerably in 2011. Right now, more than 20 million people in the United States take statins, but by next year the full patent for Pfizer's Lipitor will expire, making the drug more affordable and accessible. Additionally, the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is expected to release new guidelines that may recommend statins for younger people as a preventative measure for cardiovascular disease.

"There's no reason at all that statins should be prescribed as a preventative measure for cardiovascular disease and really shouldn't be prescribed to most people with elevated cholesterol," says Foreman who starts his book tour in January. "Statins significantly deplete the body's natural production of CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10), which in turn dramatically increases your risk of heart attacks."

Adding to the over-prescription problem is another anticipated NCEP move to lower the treatment bar for statin use enabling millions of lower-risk Americans to be eligible for the medication. Statins frequently involve other health complications including liver damage.

"Cardiovascular disease is deadly and very serious but prevention is simple," says Foreman. "It all comes down to what you eat, what you do and where your heart is focused."

Foreman's book, "Pillars of Health: Heart Disease" (Three, January 2011) addresses four strategies to prevent and combat cardiovascular problems. Nutrition is a key component. Eliminating sodium, sugar and sodas for example and then supplementing with fish oil, calcium, magnesium and combination supplements like Sytrinol (made from natural citrus and palm fruit), that has been clinically proven to significantly lower total cholesterol by 30 percent and triglycerides by 34 percent (www.sytrinol.com).

The other two strategies involve exercise and spirituality. Foreman says losing as little as 10 pounds can be significant to your heart. And if you have an active prayer life, science proves you will be best poised to beat all odds against most diseases.

"It really comes down to the motivations of your heart," says Foreman. "Negativity, guilt and greed cannot be cured with a pill. If you are eating right, supplementing and exercising you're 75 percent there. Sooner or later most people realize they cannot fix everything on their own so having an active prayer life completes the circle for optimum health."

Foreman will be signing books and speaking at select Vitamin Shoppe stores throughout the country. For tour dates and locations visit: www.herbalpharmacist.com.

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