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The first commercially sold statin hit the market in September 1987. Since then, statin drugs have become the most profitable, biggest-selling class of pharmaceutical medications ever. As you can imagine, they have made Big Pharma BILLIONS of dollars in profits year after year.

That’s why pharmaceutical companies have kept a vital secret from the billions of people taking statins for nearly fifty years:

Statins only reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, or death by 0.1-0.2 percent, and they may even INCREASE your risk of dying, especially if you’re over 75!

Another thing Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know is that there are numerous things you can do to lower cholesterol naturally without the dangerous side effects that go along with taking a statin like:

  • Muscle damage
  • Liver damage
  • Diabetes
  • And, oh yes, DEATH!

The good news is that you can control cholesterol naturally to reduce cardiovascular disease. It starts with the NHD’s philosophy of Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well. 

Here are some proven and effective ways to get you back to living your best, heart-healthy life–free of statins.


Getting back on track starts with eating the right foods. Throughout the years, you’ve probably been told to cut out fat to maintain a healthy heart and low cholesterol. We now know that’s not true.

Our ancestors didn’t count calories or trim the fat from the prey they killed before bringing it back to their families to eat and survive. Instead, they were eating natural, organic food living and growing all around them. That’s where you can start.

Integrating some basic healthy eating principles into your daily life will yield massive results as your cholesterol will normalize and your heart will become healthy.

First and foremost, the most nutritious and heart-healthy foods are organic, grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood and fish.

Regardless of what type of diet you follow, paleo, vegan, or vegetarian, ensure that your foods are organic and pesticide-free.

In addition, following these basic guidelines will help keep cholesterol regulated and your heart healthy: 

  • Eat whole, organic, non-GMO foods.
  • Eat only poultry and eggs from organic, pasture-raised animals.
  • Consume organ meat from only pasture-raised animals 1-2 times per week.
  • Avoid all processed foods from a box or can.
  • Cook with organic fats like extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil.
  • Eat unprocessed raw, organic nuts.
  • Buy only fresh, ORGANIC vegetables.
  • Use raw, unfiltered honey or organic maple syrup for sweeteners, and use them sparingly!


You can eat the right things, but you won’t achieve a healthy heart and normal cholesterol if you’re not incorporating movement into your lifestyle. Regular exercise can do incredible things for your body and mind.

At NHD, we believe that a clear, stress-free mindset leads to a healthy heart, and exercise is one of the best interventions to achieve those results. Stress increases chronic inflammation, one of the main drivers of increased cholesterol and atherosclerosis. 

Increasing physical activity can target inflammation and stress to normalize cholesterol and set you on a path to a stronger heart.


It is not normal to have trouble falling asleep or to wake up three to four times throughout the night. People who suffer from chronic insomnia are surprised and sometimes shocked by that fact.

Sleep is critical to helping your body heal and regenerate, and when you’re not getting enough, your body ends up in a state of chronic inflammation. Studies show that lack of sleep leads to chronic inflammation and abnormal lipid ratios and is a significant driver behind atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, rather than asking your doctor for a prescription sleep aid, try these tips for a great night’s sleep:

  • Go to sleep soon after sundown.
  • Use incandescent bulbs rather than fluorescent or LED lights.
  • Don’t eat after sundown.
  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark.
  • Turn off your phone when you go to bed and set an alarm clock instead

Remember, our ancestors (and even our parents and grandparents) lived their entire lives without a cell phone next to them all night. You can do it too!

Go outside and enjoy the sunshine

There wouldn’t be life without sunshine, and statistics show that people who live closer to the sun live longer than those who live farther away. It’s incredible how doctors and the media tell us to shield ourselves from the sun at all costs or risk an early death.

Nothing could be further from the truth! The sun has more power to heal than any prescription from a physician.  Unfortunately, many people are vitamin D deficient due to sunscreen, clothing, and office work, sometimes from sunup to sundown.

When our skin is exposed to the sun, we produce vitamin D, a potent hormone that reduces inflammation, inhibits arterial plaque build-up, supports bone health, and improves the immune system. 

Even if you have a job that keeps you inside sitting at a desk all day, you can commit to spending more time outside in the sun. Eat lunch or walk outside when you get up to stretch your legs. You can also become a weekend sunbathing warrior and soak up the sun on a Saturday bike ride or a Sunday morning jog.

The sun is a simple, natural way to improve your cholesterol and your heart health, and it is available to everyone, free of charge. Enjoy it!


The Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well strategies are free and accessible to everyone who wants to make the necessary changes to improve their heart health.

Supplements can only add to the healthy lifestyle you adopt, but sometimes you may still have deficiencies and need something to give your heart a boost.

When managing cholesterol naturally and free of statins, the safest, most effective product available to supplement an organic diet and heart-healthy lifestyle is Optilipid. It is a non-GMO product and can be safely used with any diet and treatments you receive with no additives.

Optilipid contains only natural ingredients, including:

  • Silymarin (from milk thistle extract)
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract
  • Curcumin
  • Ginger Root
  • Gelatin and water (for cap shell)
  • Medium Chain Triglycerides
  • Silica (for flow)

Optilipid is a viable alternative to statin medications, particularly when paired with the recommended natural alternative interventions included in the Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well philosophy we embrace at Natural Heart Doctor.

Next Steps

When you’re ready to ditch the statins and seek the diet and lifestyle that will lead you to normal cholesterol and a resilient heart, the Natural Heart Doctor staff can guide you into the next phase of your journey.

We will assess your cholesterol with our Advanced Cardiac Panel to provide us with your baseline lipid levels. We also encourage you to take advantage of a complimentary 20-minute health consultation with an experienced NHD health coach.

We can’t wait to help you through the journey and transformation from living the statin lie to living your best life filled with healthy, organic food, physical activity, and sunshine!


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He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

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About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

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Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

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About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

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As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.


Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

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IV Therapy

We use specially formulated natural vitamins and minerals that are injected into a vein to prevent or treat dehydration. Ideal for people in Arizona.

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Stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being with acupuncture at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Cardio Tests

We use the most advanced testing in the world to assess heart health and to identify the root cause of your health issues.

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Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.