EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS TO CHOLESTEROL CLARITY

Through Jimmy's podcasts, he has had the privilege and honor of interviewing hundreds of the best and brightest experts on a number of important health-related topics. Therefore, when he decided to write this book, Jimmy knew exactly who to call for the latest cholesterol information and advice. It gives us great pleasure to introduce to you these twenty-nine experts from around the world. You will find their quotes throughout the book, in sections labeled “Moment of Clarity."


Cassie Bjork, RD
Bjork is a registered, licensed dietitian and health coach who goes by the name “Dietitian Cassie.” She is passionate about helping people establish a balanced lifestyle through real, whole food and exercise. Bjork focuses on debunking diet rumors, myths, and fads, and teaches how to eat healthy by breaking down research-based material into practical forms that can be implemented by anyone. She is the co-host of the weekly iTunes health podcast Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends. Learn more about Bjork at DietitianCassie.com



Philip Blair, MD
Colonel Blair (U.S. Army Retired) is a family physician providing disease management for small business employees in several states. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, attend- ed the University of Miami School of Medicine, and trained as an Army family physician. After medical assignments in three continents and the Gulf War, he delivered primary care above the Arctic Circle, on Kodiak Island, and in Newfoundland. In 2002 he became vice president for disease management at Innovative Health Strategies, where he developed a highly successful interventional approach to chronic kidney disease that has saved employers over $24 million. In 2011 he formed his own company, Pro Health Advisor, providing disease management strategies that substantially improve health in over 75 percent of patients with heart or kidney disease, diabetes, obe- sity, and metabolic syndrome. In 2012, he met and collaborated with Dr. Duane Graveline, speaking out publically regarding the adverse effects of statin drugs and their abuse in anticholesterol therapy. Learn more about Dr. Blair at SpaceDoc.com/Philip_Blair_MD_Bio

Jonny Bowden, PhD
Dr. Bowden is the coauthor (with cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra) of the best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease (and the Statin-Free Plan That Will). Known as “The Rogue Nutritionist,”™ he was recently voted one of the hundred most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com. Dr. Bowden is a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition, a board-certified nutritionist, and the best-selling author of thirteen books on health. He is a frequent guest on television and radio, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, NBC, and CBS. He is a past member of the editorial advisory board of Men’s Health magazine, nutrition editor for Pilates Style, and a regular contributor to Clean Eating Magazine, Better Nutrition Magazine, and Total Health Online. Addition- ally, Dr. Bowden has contributed to articles for dozens of print and online publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time, and GQ. He appears regularly as an expert on ABC-TV Los Ange- les and serves on the scientific advisory board of several companies in the natural products industry. Learn more about Dr. Bowden at JonnyBowden.com

John Briffa, BSc, MB, BS
Dr. Briffa is a practicing doctor, author, and international speaker in the UK and a leading expert in nutrition and wellness. He is a former columnist for the Daily Mail and the Observer, and a regular contributor to the Times of London. He speaks to and facilitates programs geared to optimizing wellness, effectiveness, and sustainability for organizations in Europe and North America, and is a regular guest on radio and TV. He has authored eight books, including the best-selling Escape the Diet Trap. Learn more about Dr. Briffa at DrBriffa.com




Dominic D’Agostino, PhD
Dr. D’Agostino is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and teaches neuropharmacology, hyperbaric medicine, medical biochemistry, and nutrition physiology. His research focuses on developing and testing ketogenic diets, calorie restriction diets, ketone esters, and ketone supplements to induce nutritional/therapeutic ketosis. These metabolic therapies can be used to treat a wide variety of disorders linked pathophysiologically to metabolic dysregulation. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Department of Defense (DoD), and private foundations working to treat and cure metabolic diseases, neurological diseases, and cancer. Learn more about Dr. D’Agostino at DominicDagostino.com


William Davis, MD
Dr. Davis is a cardiologist and author of the New York Times best-selling Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, the book that first exposed the dangers of genetically altered, high-yield wheat in the 1970s. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, with internship and residency training in internal medicine at Ohio State University Hospitals, a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State University, and advanced angioplasty training at Metro Health Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, where he subsequently served as director of the cardiovascular fellowship and assistant professor of medicine. He presently practices cardiology in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Learn more about Dr. Davis at WheatBellyBlog.com

Thomas Dayspring, MD
Dr. Dayspring, the director of cardiovascular education for the Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology in Richmond, Virginia, is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the National Lipid Association (NLA), and is certified in lipidology and menopausal medicine by the North American Menopause Society. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey– New Jersey Medical School. Prior to moving to Virginia, he practiced medicine in New Jersey for thirty-seven years. Dr. Dayspring has lectured far and wide on atherothrombosis, lipoprotein, and vascular biology, lipoprotein testing, and gender differences in heart disease. He has given over four thousand domestic and international lectures, including over five hundred continuing medical education (CME) programs over the last fifteen years. He is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. He was the recipient of the NLA’s prestigious President’s Award in 2011 for contributions to the field of clinical lipidology. Learn more about Dr. Dayspring at FHIT.org

David Diamond, PhD
Dr. Diamond is a neuroscientist in the Departments of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology at the University of South Florida, and a career scientist at the Tampa Veterans Administration Hospital. His areas of research interest include the neurobiology of learning and memory; the influence of stress on brain and behavior; animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder; the neurobiology of forgotten baby syndrome; and nutrition and health. The issue of cholesterol is personal to Dr. Diamond, who grappled with excessively high triglycerides for many years before figuring out how to achieve normal levels through nutrition. Learn more about Dr. Diamond at Psychology.USF.edu/faculty/diamond



Dr. Ron Ehrlich, BDS, FACNEM
Dr. Ehrlich, one of Australia’s leading holistic dentists, founded the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre in Sydney, Australia in 1983. He is a Fellow and board member of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and is currently chairman of the organization’s Advocacy and Policy Committee. Dr. Ehrlich is also cofounder and a board member of Nourishing Australia, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing and educating people about the critical importance of nourishing our soils, plants, animals, people, communities, and, ultimately, our planet, and inspiring them to take steps to do so. Nourishing Australia brings together holistic farm management and holistic healthcare in a soil-to-plate approach. While maintaining his clinical practice in Sydney, Dr. Ehrlich is a frequent guest speaker, regularly appears in the news media, and runs workshops for the public and health professionals on health and wellness from a unique oral health perspective. He currently cohosts a weekly podcast on iTunes called The Good Doctors—Healthcare Unplugged. Learn more about Dr. Ehrlich at DrRonEhrlich.com

Jeffry N. Gerber, MD
Dr. Gerber is a board-certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor.” He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness, and prevention. Frustrated with spiraling healthcare costs related to the treatment of diseases like diabetes, atherosclerosis, and heart disease (just to name a few), Dr. Gerber has been focusing on prevention and treatment programs using low-carb, high-fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleo, and Primal diets for the overweight and obese. He maintains a database of patients and demonstrates the benefits of these types of diets by looking at their weight loss and improved cardio-metabolic markers. Redefining what healthy nutrition means is one of his primary goals. Dr. Gerber speaks frequently about these important issues to patients, the community, and other healthcare professionals. Learn more about Dr. Gerber at DenversDietDoctor.com

David Gillespie
Gillespie is a Brisbane, Australia–based attorney who found that cutting out sugar from his diet reversed a lifetime of diet failure. He lost 88 pounds within eighteen months without being on a diet or exercising more: All he did was cut out sugar. Even better, the weight has stayed off for the last decade. Gillespie’s experience inspired him to write Sweet Poison, a book that explores the science and danger of sugar addiction and consumption. He followed that up with The Sweet Poison Quit Plan, a step-by-step guide to cutting out sugar from your diet. In recent years, Gillespie has released Big Fat Lies and Toxic Oils; both focus on the healthy role of fat in the diet and the connection between omega-6 fats and heart disease. Learn more about Gillespie at SweetPoison.com.au



Duane Graveline, MD
Dr. Graveline received his medical degree from the University of Vermont, interned at Walter Reed Army Hospital, and earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Assigned to the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory as a research scientist, he was designated National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) flight controller for the Mercury and Gemini programs in 1962. In May 1965, he was selected as one of NASA’s six scientist-astronauts. He left NASA and spent the next twenty-five years in family medical practice, taking a six-month leave in 1982 to return to NASA as chief of medical operations for the Kennedy Space Center. After retiring from medical practice, he experienced two transient global amnesia episodes after taking Lipitor, which his NASA doctors had prescribed for high cholesterol. More than a decade of research into the side effects of statins has followed. He is the author of four books on cholesterol and the side effects of statins: Lipitor, Thief of Memory; Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol; The Statin Damage Crisis; and The Dark Side of Statins. Learn more about Dr. Graveline at SpaceDoc.com

Paul Jaminet, PhD
Dr. Jaminet was an astrophysicist at the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before becoming a software entrepreneur during the Internet boom. He now provides strategic advice to entrepreneurial companies. Dr. Jaminet’s efforts to overcome a chronic illness led him and his wife, Shou-Ching, to a seven- year research effort to refine and improve the Paleo diet, culminating in the publication of Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat. Since its publication, hundreds of Perfect Health Diet readers have cured themselves of chronic diseases, lost weight, and improved their health, mood, and overall well-being. Dr. Jaminet serves as an editor of the Ancestral Health Society’s Journal of Evolution and Health. Learn more about Paul Jaminet at PerfectHealthDiet.com



Malcolm Kendrick, MD
Dr. Kendrick graduated from medical school in Aberdeen, Scotland and is now a general practitioner in England. He has a special interest in the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and has published articles in many journals, including the British Medical Journal. He set up the online educational system for the European Society of Cardiology, and established the first website for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK. Dr. Kendrick has published widely on many subjects, and was elected to Who’s Who in 2009 for his work in the area of cardiovascular medicine. He is the author of the best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Con. He lectures widely on a range of medical topics, and is a member of the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS), a group of scientists and researchers who share the belief that cholesterol does not cause cardiovascular disease. Learn more about Dr. Kendrick at DrMalcolmKendrick.org

Ronald Krauss, MD
Dr. Krauss is senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California (UC) at San Francisco and in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UC Berkeley, and guest senior scientist in the Department of Genome Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University with honors. Dr. Krauss is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism, and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the Ameri- can Society of Nutrition and the American Heart Association (AHA), and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Atherosclerosis Society. He has served on the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults; was the founding chair of the AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism; and is a national spokesperson for the AHA. He has published over four hundred research articles and reviews on genetic, dietary, and drug effects on plasma lipoproteins and coronary artery disease. In recent years, Dr. Krauss’s work has focused on the interactions of genes with dietary and drug treatments that affect metabolic phenotypes and cardiovascular disease risk. Learn more about Dr. Krauss at CHORI.org/Principal_Investigators/Krauss_Ronald/krauss_overview.html

Fred Kummerow, PhD
Dr. Kummerow was born on October 4, 1914, in Berlin, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States when he was nine years old, settling in Milwaukee. Dr. Kummerow attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was awarded his bachelor’s in chemistry and PhD in biochemistry. From 1943 to 1945, at Clemson University in South Carolina, he worked on fortifying corn grits with niacin and iron to prevent pellagra. After resolving the pellagra crisis, he moved on to Kansas State University at Manhattan, before joining the staff of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1950. During his long career at the University of Illinois, he has worked tirelessly to find a cause and a cure for heart disease. Learn more about Dr. Kummerow at FSHN.illinois.edu

Dwight C. Lundell, MD
Dr. Lundell has practiced cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for over twenty-five years and was a pioneer in “off-pump” heart surgery, which reduced surgical complications and recovery times. He is in the Beating Heart Hall of Fame and has been listed in Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors issue for ten years. As a recognized leader in his field, Dr. Lundell has consulted and advised for a variety of leading medical device manufacturers. In 2005, he recognized that heart disease was largely preventable and that the focus on cholesterol was misguided. He closed his surgical practice to refocus the rest of his career on educating people about the true causes of heart disease. Dr. Lundell has written two books—The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie—and lectures and writes about heart disease and proper human nutrition. Learn more about Dr. Lundell at TheCureForHeartDisease.net



Robert Lustig, MD
Dr. Lustig is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California–San Francisco (UCSF). He is a neuroendocrinologist who conducts research into and offers clinical care for patients with obesity and diabetes. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University. He is the author of many academic works, and of the 2013 book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease inspired by his “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” video lecture that went viral with nearly four million views on YouTube. Dr. Lustig is also president of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a think tank devoted to improving our food supply. Learn more about Dr. Lustig at profiles.ucsf.edu/robert.lustig

Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Dr. Masterjohn is the creator of a website called Cholesterol and Health, dedicated to extolling the benefits of nutrient-dense, cholesterol-rich whole foods and to elucidating the many fascinating roles that cholesterol plays in the body. He has authored several peer- reviewed publications focusing on fat-soluble vitamins, blood lipids, fatty liver disease, and heart disease. He has a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut and currently works as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, where he is studying interactions between vitamins A, D, and K. His contribution to this book represents his own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the position of the University of Illinois. Learn more about Dr. Masterjohn at Cholesterol-And-Health.com




Donald Miller, MD
Dr. Miller is a professor of surgery and former chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School, did his heart surgery training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, then moved to Seattle and joined the surgical faculty at the University of Washington (UW) in 1975. He currently directs the cardiothoracic surgery program at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he teaches UW cardiothoracic surgery residents how to perform heart surgery. Dr. Miller has researched and written articles on saturated fat, vitamin D, iodine, fluoride, and selenium, all published on LewRockwell.com. He has also written two books on heart surgery, The Practice of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery and Atlas of Cardiac Surgery. A third, Heart in Hand, is about the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer and his life as a heart surgeon. Learn more about Dr. Miller at DonaldMiller.com


Rakesh “Rocky” Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is the owner of Arizona Sun Family Medicine, PC, and is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology-zoology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Patel completed his family medicine residency program in 1998 at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Michigan, where he served as the chief resident. He has been in private practice since 1998 with a primary clinical focus on the early detection and prevention of diabetes and heart disease. Learn more about Dr. Patel at AZPrevention.com





Fred Pescatore, MD
Dr. Pescatore is a traditionally trained physician who practices nutritional medicine. He is internationally recognized as a health, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is the author of the New York Times best- selling book The Hamptons Diet, as well as the number-one best-selling children’s health book, Feed Your Kids Well. Dr. Pescatore’s other books include: Thin for Good, The Allergy and Asthma Cure, The Hamptons Diet Cookbook, and Boost Your Health with Bacteria. Learn more about Dr. Pescatore at DrPescatore.com







Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
Dr. Ravnskov is an independent Danish researcher, a member of various international scientific organizations, and a former private medical practitioner in Sweden. In recent years he has gained notoriety for questioning the scientific consensus regarding the lipid hypothesis. He is a member of the free panel of the journal of the Swedish Medical Association (the medical journal Läkartidningen), the International Science Oversight Board, and the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, and he is the spokesman for THINCS, the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics. He is the author of three books on the subject of cholesterol, including The Cholesterol Myths, Ignore the Awkward: How the Cholesterol Myths are Kept Alive, and Fat and Cholesterol Are Good for You. Learn more about Dr. Ravnskov at Ravnskov.nu/Cholesterol.htm



Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Dr. Seneff is a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a bachelor’s degree from MIT in biology with a minor in food and nutrition, and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, also from MIT. She is the first author of several papers on theories proposing that a low-micronutrient, high-carbohydrate diet contributes to metabolic syndrome and to Alzheimer’s disease, and that sulfur deficiency, environmental toxins, and insufficient exposure to sunlight play a crucial role in many modern conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and autism. She is a regular contributor to workshops hosted by the Weston A. Price Foundation, which recently honored her with the “Scientific Integrity” award. Learn more about Stephanie Seneff at people.csail.MIT.edu/seneff


Cate Shanahan, MD
Dr. Shanahan is a family physician and national authority on longevity and nutrition. Trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell, she has two decades of experience examining the effects of industrial ingredients on individuals and across generations as they interfere with metabolism, genetic expression, joint function, brain health, and skeletal development. She is the author of two books: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food and Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating. She designed the Los Angeles Lakers’ new diet, and, for the benefit of adults and children everywhere, is working to make well-sourced foods cooler than sugary sports drinks. Learn more about Dr. Shanahan at DrCate.com


Ken Sikaris, BSc, MBBS, FRCPA, FAACB, FFSc
Dr. Sikaris is a science and medicine graduate of Melbourne University in Australia. He also trained as a medical specialist in chemical pathology before taking his first position as director of chemical pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, which included supervising a specialized lipid (cholesterol) laboratory. He has also been involved in lipid research and practiced in a lipid clinic. For the last twenty years he has worked in private pathology companies and supervises the blood testing of thousands of patients every day. He currently works with Sonic Healthcare, the third largest pathology company in the world, where he is clinical support services director. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at Melbourne University. Learn more about Dr. Sikaris at MPS.com.au/about-us/pathologists/pr-list/dr-ken-sikaris.aspx



Patty Siri-Tarino, PhD
Dr. Siri-Tarino is associate staff scientist and program director of the Family Heart and Nutrition Center at Children’s Hospital Oakland & Research Center Oakland. She is interested in bringing nutritional research to the community and empowering people through education and skills training, including mindfulness and meditation, to live happily and well. Her research expertise is in the mechanisms underlying the dyslipidemia associated with insulin resistance and obesity. Dr. Siri-Tarino has designed and conducted clinical trials evaluating dietary and pharmacological modulators of lipid profiles. Most recently, she coauthored several publications reevaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Siri- Tarino holds a BS in biology and German area studies from Tufts University, an MS in epidemiology from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in nutrition from Columbia University. Learn more about Dr. Siri-Tarino at CHORI.org

Mark Sisson
Mark Sisson is a leading authority in the low-carb movement, as well as an expert in evolution-based health, fitness, and nutrition. A noted researcher, author, and lecturer, he has dedicated his personal and professional life to offering sustainable solutions for health, wellness, and weight loss. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller The Primal Blueprint. He is also the founder and CEO of Primal Nutrition, Inc., a provider of health education materials and lifestyle-enhancing nutritional supplements. Sisson attended Williams College, where he received a BA degree with a major in biology. As an elite endurance athlete, he finished fifth in the 1980 USA National Marathon Championships (2:18:01) and fourth in the 1982 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Learn more about Mark Sisson at MarksDailyApple.com

Gary Taubes
Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the only print journalist so recognized. Gary is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Good Calories Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It exposing the story about how we have been misled about diet, weight loss and health. Gary is also the co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSi), a non-profit 501(c) (3) whose purpose is to facilitate and fund rigorous, well-controlled experiments targeted at resolving unambiguously many of the outstanding nutrition controversies—to answer the question definitively of what constitutes a healthy diet. Learn more about Gary Taubes at GaryTaubes.com 



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