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THE HEART REVOLUTION; by Kilmer McCully and Martha McCully; Harper Audio, abridged nonfiction, two cassettes, length: 3 hours, $18. Read by Kilmer McCully. Available in bookstores or by calling (800) 331-3761.

May 17, 1999|ROCHELLE O'GORMAN

When Kilmer McCully was pursuing his revolutionary theories on heart disease in the 1970s, his work was considered so controversial it cost him his jobs at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital. Two decades later, his ideas concerning heart disease and homocysteine levels in our blood have been proved correct. According to McCully, cholesterol is a symptom of heart disease, not the culprit, while the amino acid homocysteine does the real damage. The antidote is food rich in B vitamins and folic acid.

The audio makes interesting points and is presented sensibly but does become rather dry as it progresses. However, this is not so technical that the average listener will have trouble grasping it. The book contains recipes not included in the audio, but little else is missing. McCully has a pleasant voice and is a strong speaker, as his enunciation and pronunciation are perfect. He is a little laid-back, but not enough to put you to sleep.

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