Cholesterol Down: Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in Four Weeks--Without Prescription Drugs

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Take Control of Your Cholesterol— Without Drugs

If you are one of the nearly 100 million Americans struggling with high cholesterol, then Dr. Janet Brill offers you a revolutionary new plan for taking control of your health—without the risks of statin drugs. With Dr. Brill’s breakthrough Cholesterol Down Plan, you simply add nine “miracle foods” to your regular diet and thirty minutes of walking to your daily routine. That’s all. This straightforward and easy-to-follow program can lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by as much as 47 percent in just four weeks.

Cholesterol Down explains Dr. Brill’s ten-point plan as well as the science behind it. You’ll learn how each miracle food affects LDL cholesterol and how the foods work together for maximum effect, as well as:

• How eating whole grains helps reduce LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream
• Why antioxidants keep plaque from building up in your arteries
• How certain steps change the structure of LDL cholesterol particles (and why it’s best for them to be large and fluffy)
• Why walking just thirty minutes a day lowers “bad” cholesterol and cuts dangerous belly fat

With everything you need to stay focused on the plan, including a daily checklist, a six-month chart for racking LDL cholesterol changes, tools for assessing your risk level for cardiovascular disease, sample weekly menus, and even heart-healthy recipes, Cholesterol Down is the safe and effective alternative or complement to statin drugs.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews:

  • HIghly recommended...
    Yes, Cholesterol Down is definitely a must read for anyone, not only those with high cholesterol or those on statin drugs. Heart disease is a major cause of death in the US, and prevention is so important! The very simple steps Dr. Brill outlines in this book can be incorporated into one's life, just like that...simply.

    The sound scientific background for these steps is explained very clearly, too, helpful for anyone wondering the "how" and "why" of this plan.
    There's no "hype" here, just a proven plan to improve your health.
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  • Helpful information
    When my husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol, I wanted to help him
    tackle the problem. This book gives 10 pretty doable recommendations for
    how to lower cholesterol. They are the same suggestions that our
    dietician gave him. Although, she also suggested fish oil supplements in
    addition. The best part of the book is the detailed explanation as to
    why all these suggestions work. The science behind why almonds, apples and oatmeal help pull cholesterol from your bloodstream really helped
    my husband buy into making the changes. Good luck....more info
  • Easy to Follow
    I think anyone could follow the concepts in this book. The first part gives a lesson on cholesterol that is in depth without being complicated. It then zeros in on just the LDL and gives good reasons why.
    I especially like that most of the book then focuses in on specifics of what you should eat. She also gives easy recipes. I tried the Black beans and Rice,; it was easy and tasty. crockpot oatmeal sounds interesting too, I plan on trying it!...more info
  • Good for what ails you
    The book promises "10 Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol" and it delivers. The first section of this book deals with what cholesterol is and what it does, and as this reader-friendly author suggests, "If science is not your cup of tea, simply cut to Part II." Part II is the meat of the book, listing the ten simple - and they are - steps to lowering your cholesterol. Not only simple, but affordable, too - much more so than prescribed medicine. With each step, the good Doctor explains how each process helps us reach our medical goal, gives the medical proof that exists for each, presents case histories, and lists further options and tips on how to additionally simplify each step. Yet, if you're not into the medical jargon, this section of the book is formated so you can skip over much of the material presented and get the basic information you need in a few short paragraphs. She does make it easy. The third and final section of the book offers charts to help you follow this course, if you're into such regimentation. There are also a few dozen healthful recipes, few of which appealed to me. Now here's the bonus part: as Brill explains, each of these steps will also help in lowering blood pressure, aiding diabetics, fighting obesity, forestalling aging, even stopping hair loss. So, if you suffer from any of these ills and more, you can't go wrong with this basic recipe for good health. After five weeks on this regimen, my cholesterol numbers were back to normal. The one problem I found with this diet, it was almost too much to eat. Well, not too much, but very filling. I have followed a modified version of the plan, mainly keeping in the oatmeal and heart-friendly orange juice, and my numbers continue to be where they should be months later. ...more info
  • By Martha L. Wilson and James C. S. Wood
    Dr. Brill's book is a well-organized, easy to read and informative book that imparts her enthusiasm and passion for the subject. Her style of presentation makes the book a fast read as well as a quick and easy reference as one attempts to incorporate her suggestions into daily routines....more info
  • It works!
    I purchased this book about 6 weeks ago. My doctor wanted me to start statin drugs, but I did not want to after reading information in this book. I have been following the 10 simple steps. If you are organized it is easy to follow the dietary recommendations, which are very filling. Yesterday, I went to a free cholesterol screening for overall cholesterol. My total, non-fasting, cholesterol was 172, a whopping 72 points lower than my total in February. This is encouraging and I will continue following the 10 simple steps. Good luck!...more info
  • Great book, highly recommended
    Cholesterol Down is a well written book that outlines 10 crucial steps to lowering cholesterol without resorting to medications. As a registered dietitian I have already put 4 clients on this program with great results. The book explains the science behind the recommendations in an easy to read, interesting format. This book is for people willing to make a permanent lifestyle change and are determined to avoid medications and the side effects that come with it. I highly recommend this book for people with high cholesterol as well as healthcare professionals looking for alternative ways to treat high cholesterol. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about how to lower cholesterol naturally. ...more info
  • Informative and Inspirational
    I liked the way "Cholesterol Down" breaks down complex medical and nutrition information into easy to understand language, and also, provides suggestions to follow to lower ones LDL cholesterol. As a registered dietitian, I found "Cholesterol Down" great for those interested in a framework and tools to work with for diet and lifestyle changes, backed with real life stories and websites. I recommend Janet Bond Brill's book "Cholesterol Down," as a resource in deciding what changes you'd like to make before taking cholesterol lowering prescription medications.
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  • A must read for anyone who has high cholesterol or even a history of CVD in the family
    I enjoyed the book. It is simple and easy to understand and implement, although it covers plenty of detailed explanations. The book is a great complement to the statins or may be used as a first line therapy. It is great for both professionals and the patients. The menus and recipes are well planned and organized. Cholesterol Down is complete, simple and easy to implement. A must read for anyone who has high cholesterol or even a history of CVD in the family.
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  • Discuss this diet with your doctor first!
    This is a well written book that really teaches the reader how to lower their cholesterol. The book fully explains why each of the 10 foods were chosen and backs it up with research. I have just started the program and the foods (oatmeal, almonds, beans, apples, etc.) are simple to eat and taste great.

    I look forward to my cholesterol being lowered when I retest it in the spring. This is a must have book for anyone serious about lowering their cholesterol.

    Revision on Sept. 29, 2008:
    I've had to discontinue this diet, because I got really bad stomach pains that landed me in my doctor's office. If you do this diet, I recommend talking with your doctor first, as it is very difficult for your body to process all of this fiber. I now give this book a 1 star....more info
  • Good but can be hard to follow
    I gave this book to my mom who is trying to naturally reduce her cholesterol. Her doctor was really pressuring her to go on medication, but after following this plan, her cholesterol dropped enough that her doctor is not pushing the medication. It's working for her, but involves a little too much structure for me. ...more info
  • A Must-Read For Anyone Concerned About Their Health!
    Dr. Brill has written an exceptional book that provides such a wealth of informmation on how to decrease one's cholesterol, particularly LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, which is really key. As a registered dietitian/nutritionist, I can't say enough about the importance of realizing that heart disease is the # killer among women, as well as men, and that more women than men die from heart attacks every year. Dr. Brill so eloquently elucidates this and provides a wonderful review of cholesterol for nutritionists, and a comprehensive explanation of cholesterol for anyone interested in their health. Her 10-step plan is evidence-based, with a thorough review of the literature that physicians and other health care practitioners will appreciate as well. I'll definitely recommend it to my patients, and will keep it prominently displayed on my bookshelf. Thanks, Dr. Brill, for combining all of your expertise and personal experience to write this very important and helpful book! ...more info
  • Well worth your time and money
    Cholesterol Down should be required reading for anyone with high blood cholesterol. Dr. Janet Brill offers a comprehensive guide to lowering cholesterol without the use of medications - which the medical world is quick to prescribe, often without giving consideration to the safer, more natural approaches detailed in this book. (These approaches can also be beneficial to people who ARE on cholesterol-lowering medications and may help some lower their dose.) Dr. Brill puts responsibility in the hands of the reader and offers the tools for taking charge. What I like best about the book is its focus on what you CAN do and CAN have rather than on what you CAN'T have. Ideally, the 10 steps offered in this book should be combined with a diet that's low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. But often those steps aren't enough and/or they are the only ones emphasized for lowering blood cholesterol. As this book makes clear, there is so much more you can do. ...more info
  • Fabulous Book!!!
    A great book to get if you need to lower your cholesterol. Well written and easy to follow. Very informative....more info
  • Must Reading for Those Interested in Their Health
    I have a personal interest in this particular subject so I was pleased to be asked to read and review "Cholesterol Down," a book which definitely should be read by anyone with a current cholesterol problem and, for that matter, by anyone in the younger set who wants to prevent such a problem from occurring in his or her future. If I had had this information many decades ago, I probably could have prevented or at least delayed the coronary problems I am now fighting. After my first heart attack five years ago, I had to face the fact that some extraordinary changes were necessary and at the top of that list was diet. I was placed on a "Mediterranean" diet which is very similar to the diet which Dr. Brill recommends in her book.

    Dr. Brill suggests ten simple steps to lower one's cholesterol without resorting to prescription drugs. I am all in favor of that because nothing disturbs me more within the medical area of my life than the taking of prescription drugs. I try to avoid that sort of thing like the plague. I much prefer to utilize "natural" remedies whenever and wherever possible. So far I've been fairly successful, having to take only one prescription medication (an anti-clotting drug) and only because I have found no comparable natural remedy.

    This book is divided into two parts plus an appendix. The first part of the book provides the reader with information about cholesterol and heart disease, basically the scientific foundations upon which Dr. Brill's ten-step plan is based. This can be read first but it is not necessary. I read the second part first, which actually describes the ten-step cholesterol down plan, because I was specifically interested in reviewing what the author suggests; one can always go back to the scientific rationale later. Additionally, in the appendix, Dr. Brill provides some valuable aids such as a daily checklist, progress chart, a sample meal and exercise plans, some heart-healthy recipes (very important!), and a way of determining one's risk of heart disease. But for those fighting heart disease or wanting to try to prevent that scourge, it is the ten-step program that is the "heart" of the book (sorry for the pun!).

    Now, I'm going to briefly review the ten steps Dr. Brill recommends and add a personal touch to each one. If my getting personal bothers you, then this is the time to stop reading this review, purchase the book for yourself, and read your way to healthy living.

    Step One: Eat oatmeal. I am so glad that she favors this because that is exactly what I've been doing for the past five years. Actually I eat a double-helping six mornings a week (I'm a big guy and one helping just doesn't do the job). On Sundays, by the way, my cardiologist permits me to have a breakfast of two eggs, hashbrowns (cooked in Canola oil), and lean chicken. But the oatmeal is essential and I have it with a tablespoon of milled flaxseed, a handful of raisins, a touch of cinnamon (allegedly helps to control blood sugar), and some no-fat milk.

    Step Two: Eat almonds. I have not been doing this; it's the first I've heard about it. Based on the science behind this recommendation, however, I have to give it serious consideration.

    Step Three: Eat flaxseeds. OK, no problem here. I am getting flaxseed with my oatmeal and also with some other items I eat every day, including the whole grain breads and deserts I bake. I am sold on the flaxseed situation and would recommend it to everyone. It's a great way to get the essential omega-3 fatty acids so necessary to human life.

    Step Four: Take Metamucil. Well, I've never taken Metamucil in my life. And, to be honest, I have some personal concerns about this recommendation. Dr. Brill does, to be sure, present the science behind this suggestion, but I'm going to have to really think about this one. I've always looked upon Metamucil as a remedy for those with constipation problems and (thank the fates!) that is a problem I don't have to concern myself with, at least for now. But I will think about this recommendation, even though I don't intend to implement it immediately.

    Step Five: Eat beans. Absolutely no problem. I make my own bean and vegetable soup (using 16 different beans and, yes, made from scratch!) and eat a healthy helping every night at dinner. This is a definite must if you're serious about your cardiac health.

    Step Six: Eat apples. This should be no surprise to anyone. From an early age, I was forced to memorize the proverb "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." And so it apparently does. Since I was so indoctrinated from childhood with this prescription, I have pretty much abided by it. Fortunately I love apples.

    Step Seven: Eat margarine with phytosterols. No problem here. I use one of the newer products which are heart-healthy and has been approved by my cardiologist. Anyway, I was never particularly devoted to butter or traditional margarine.

    Step Eight: Eat soy protein. I normally get a certain amount of this in many of my meals. I admit to not getting the amount that Dr. Brill recommends. I have some concerns about the amount she suggests, especially since I've been reading some scientific reports lately that are critical of consuming large amounts of soy protein, particularly for those of the male gender. For the present, I'll confine myself to the amount I am currently getting.

    Step Nine: Eat garlic. Ah! -- music to my ears. I love garlic. I love the taste of garlic. I love the smell of garlic. I use garlic all the time in much of my cooking. I also take a garlic supplement. If there is a true "wonder drug" in nature, I will vote for garlic to assume that status. It is my favorite herb and I think the science clearly supports its beneficial properties, not only for cardiovascular disease but for prevention of cancer as well. I am happy that Dr. Brill recommends garlic to her readers. (But why is it number nine instead of number one?)

    Step Ten: Walk. Again, no problem. I either walk thirty or more minutes a day (weather permitting) or I do thirty minutes of aerobic exercises at home. This is easier for me to practice, of course, because I'm from a generation that didn't spend much time sitting on the couch. We were outside playing, roughhousing, and physically active (pre-TV-computer-video games, of course).

    So, considering that I have implemented or regularly practice seven out of the ten steps Dr. Brill recommends, I will give myself an "A-minus" or, at least, a "B-plus." Furthermore, I intend to keep my copy of this book on my kitchen bookshelf and use it as a continual reference about and a constant reminder of what I ought to be doing to maintain my own health. "Cholesterol Down" is a great self-help book and highly recommended....more info
  • Cholesterol Control
    Great book. It is so easy to follow the 10 steps that I feel like I am in control of my cholesterol. Now I focus on what foods are effective in raising the good cholesterol rather than avoiding all the bad foods. It is a much more positive approach to controlling your diet....more info
  • Good but ...
    The book is extremely well written, very clear and "down to earth", with explanations easily understandable. As to the "diet, it is extremely well balanced but somewhat complicated to follow because of the various daily amounts of "must". ...more info
  • HOW TO EAT for high cholesterol
    Cholesterol Down is a comprehensive, yet easy to read guide on how to eat to lower total and LDL cholesterol. Dr. Janet Bond Brill has provided detailed information about heart disease and how it develops as well the 10 tools (9 foods plus exercise) that will help lower cholesterol levels and decrease risk of developing heart disease. The book provides facts that are backed up by research studies, with references provided so readers know where to look for more information if they are interested. The "10 Simple Steps" provide guidance on how to add cholesterol lowering foods and exercise into your daily routine. These recommendations go well beyond the typical low fat diet guidelines and promote what you can eat, rather than what you can't. This is very helpful for people who may be confused about treatment options when they learn of high cholesterol levels. In addition, the two weeks of menus,corresponding recipes, and practical tips on how to include the various foods are excellent resources for a motivated person who wants to try a food and exercise based treatment for high cholesterol. Happy reading!...more info
  • Amazing Results

    On 11/30/2007 my total cholesterol was 220, LDL 166, HDL 43, and triglycerides 53. My Doctor recommended that I start Lipitor. Before staring Lipitor I researched the drug and side effects and decided that there must be a better way. Today 2/5/2008 after using the "Cholesterol Down" recomendations since 12/15/2007 my cholesterol total is 134, LDL 91, HDL, 31, triglycerides 58. This is an amazing turn around. I did not use the Metamucil as recommended because I was prescribed a blood pressure med at the same time. The concern was that the Metamucil would bind to the blood pressure medication and limit its benefit. I am thrilled and have thanked Janet Brill for showing me the way without drugs. Let me tell you however that you must be dedicated to the diet. It worked for me.

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  • Up with Cholesterol Down

    Genre: Nonfiction

    Title: Cholesterol Down

    Author: Janet Bond Brill

    Publisher: Three Rivers Press

    ISBN: 978-0-307-33911-9

    Pages: 316

    Price: $13.95

    Cholesterol is a health problem often regulated with prescription drugs that can have potentially unpleasant side-effects. Janet Bond Brill provides an alternative with a
    drug-free plan to lower your LDL cholesterol to acceptable levels in just "ten simple steps." Cholesterol Down offers an excellent substitute to taking medication while promoting a sensible, healthy lifestyle.

    Brill developed an easy-to-follow strategy for changing your diet and increasing fitness in just four weeks. And not only does she provide a game plan for achieving positive results, she explains the reasoning for her methods along the way.

    Spawned by the death of her father from a heart attack, and her own high cholesterol problem, Brill felt compelled to take action. Using her expertise in nutrition and exercise, she set out to create a way to obtain better health. Fortunately, Brill's success prompted her to share her good fortune with us.

    This very readable book will help you lower your LDL cholesterol, attain a healthier existence, and receive a bit of useful knowledge in the process.

    Conclusion: Great Read

    Reviewer: Gene Berger, MUSE Reviews
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  • mostly satisfied
    book arrived on time and in pretty good condition. many pages were slightly crumpled due to what seemed like very light water damage, but no big deal. would order from them again....more info
  • a must-have for anyone wanting to lower cholesterol without medication
    As a dietitian, I've always been a believer in using food first to lower cholesterol levels (or maintain healthy cholesterol levels). Dr. Brill recommends adding 9 foods to your diet, all which have been proven as cholesterol-lowering foods- and she doesn't forget to add in exercise as a key component to any choleterol improvement plan.

    Cholesterol down is well-researched, eloquently written, and most importantly provides readers with straightforward, proven ways to lower cholesterol through foods, as well as exercise. This book is a must have for anyone with high cholesterol (or even those with a family history of high cholesterol).
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  • Excellent book - Drop of 70 pts in my total cholesterol!
    This book is an excellent read with practical, easy to follow diet changes. My cholesterol went from 257 to 187 in 3 months time. In addition to reading this book, I used recipes from the American Heart Assoc. cookbook, excersized almost every day, and read the "8 Week Cholesterol Cure" book. This book has helped me understand how to change my life for the better, giving me to information to understand why I needed various diet adjustments....more info
  • Cholesterol Down
    This book can be quickly scanned for the information that you need, or you can read it fully and understand the underlying principles. It is a "do" book and not a "don't" book: so is really quite palatable....more info


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