Cholesterol Myths: Hotze Health & Wellness Center Sets the Record Straight

Comments: 0 | September 26th, 2011

HOUSTON (September 22, 2011) — In honor of National Cholesterol Education Month, Hotze Health & Wellness Center (HHWC) is encouraging both men and women to take a proactive role in healthy aging, specifically heart disease prevention. HHWC is advocating effective measures to prevent heart attacks and is shedding new light on cholesterol myths and the dangers of cholesterol-lowering (statin) drugs.

Conventional medicine teaches individuals that the cause of heart disease is diet, high cholesterol, heredity and smoking.  However, one-third of those who had heart attacks did not have the usual risk factors such as high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease, and only 40 percent of this same population had high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Steven F. Hotze, M.D., founder and CEO of HHWC, explains that heart attacks are caused by coronary artery disease, a blockage of the arteries in the heart.

“Everyone including conventional physicians is fixated on lowering high cholesterol levels, but in truth high cholesterol is not the underlying cause, said Dr. Hotze. While Americans are focused on a quick fix to lower cholesterol levels, the real killer is overlooked. The cause of heart disease is inflammation and damage that causes weakness in the blood vessels.”

The key is to prevent or heal damage naturally before lipoprotein cholesterol is sent in to patch up tearing that occurs in the artery walls.

Six Ways to Prevent Coronary Artery Disease:

  • Natural thyroid hormone supplementation: Hypothyroidism increases risk for coronary artery disease as seen in the 2008 Hunt study.
  • Testosterone supplementation in men.
  • Progesterone and estrogen supplementation in women.
  • Eliminating toxins from the body.
  • Vitamins & minerals:
    • Selenium: A natural detoxifier
    • Fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to maintaining cell membranes throughout the body; they also are known for their heart protective benefits.
    • Magnesium: Powerful anecdote to arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat).
    • CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 supports cardiovascular health and increases circulation.
    • Vitamin D: May reduce inflammation; it has been shown to help control blood pressure and prevent artery damage.
    • Vitamin C: Crucial to every system in the body, specifically your heart. It also has been shown to neutralize damaging free radicals.
  • Decreasing prescription drug use. Avoid taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Common complications of statin drugs include liver toxicity, muscle aches, declining memory and stroke.
    • Viox: Anti-inflammatory drug. Although it did decrease the pain caused by arthritis, it also increased the rate of coronary artery disease.
    • Vitorin: A drug to lower cholesterol; findings showed it accelerated blockage of the arteries in the heart.

For additional information on HHWC, visit: To learn more about the dangers of cholesterol-lowering drugs, listen to Dr. Graveline on podcast as he shares his experience with amnesia from taking Lipitor.

About Hotze Health & Wellness Center:

Hotze Health & Wellness Center is leading the Revolution in Wellness™ care by changing the way women and men are treated in mid-life through the use of biologically identical hormones. Founded in 1989 by Steven F. Hotze, M.D., the Center has successfully treated more than 20,000 patients. In an effort to help patients obtain and maintain life-long health and wellness, physicians and registered nurses on staff address the root cause of symptoms, and correct health ailments naturally rather than merely masking symptoms with drugs. For more information, visit,, and on Facebook:

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Written By: STEVEN F. HOTZE, M.D.

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International, LLC.

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