You are what you eat! In no area could this be more true than the relationship between our diets and cardiovascular disease. The great myth, however, is that the risk is associated with our cholesterol intake. The real risk has to do with diets that have excessive calories, poor quality fats rather than too much fat, unhealthy carbohydrates, and inadequate fiber. Programs for our patients with cardiovascular disease are augmented by expanding the lens beyond diet to include attention to key variables of stress, exercise, and exposure to toxins. We are often able to help our patients get off their medications for cholesterol and blood pressure.