Cheese is not going to kill you. Promise.

Terrific take down of G.W.U. physician, Neal Barnard. Barnard, like many academics, wants to control what people do and advance his own religion -- veganism -- without trying even a little bit to be intellectually honest about what he is…

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Simple Life Changes Can Prevent Heart Disease – New York Times

A very useful essay. Remember, too, that what is good for the heart is good for all other body systems as well. There are important lessons to be learned. These results should encourage us that genetics do not determine everything…

Cardiorespiratory fitness greatly reduces risk of sudden cardiac death

Maintaining a high level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is strongly protective against sudden cardiac death (SCD). The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) run by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX is one of the most important and meaningful data sets…

Sex Differences in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and All-Cause Mortality – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Love studies like this, in which people were actually tested for an objective measure of fitness and then followed over time to see who died first. The upshot? Fitness lowers the risk of mortality. The higher level of METs you…

High Exercise Capacity Attenuates the Risk of Early Mortality After a First Myocardial Infarction – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Fascinating study of the impact of aerobic fitness on surviving a first heart attack. Notice that the people with a higher risk of death were not obese. The 28-day EM rate was 10.6% overall, and 13.9%, 10.7%, 6.9%, and 6.0%…

Aerobic Interval Training Reduces the Burden of Atrial Fibrillation in the Short Term: A Randomized Trial

A big boost for the value of interval training even in people already diagnosed with the heart ailment known as atrial fibrillation, which is a major risk factor for stroke and heart failure. Conclusions—AIT for 12 weeks reduces the time…