New research shows that red rice yeast extract, at a dose of 600 mg 2x day, is much more effective at preventing heart attacks than the cholesterol lowering medication lovastatin (one of the biggest selling drugs in the world). Interestingly, red rice yeast contains a naturally occurring form of the medication lovastatin, at a lower dose, along with other active plant compounds. Though this natural product is safer, cheaper, and far more effective than the medication, the FDA has made it illegal to sell in the US, and most products advertised as red rice yeast may not have any of the active component.
Article in Medscape (free registration required).
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.