In this health video you will learn how a positive attitude lowers stress levels.
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Lyle Hurd: We are glad to be back with Robert Kowalski, author of "The New 8-Week Cholesterol Cure" which is now available in Paperback. We've talked about a number of things that have to do with maintaining cholesterol levels and what they should be. Tell us a little bit about what attitude has to do with it and also what your attitude towards the people around you could do for them and helping them in their everyday life? Robert Kowalski: No question, I think attitude has everything to do with health in general, heart health in particular. In my own case, I really believe that my children saved my life, when that doctor told me I was going to need a second bypass surgery at age 41 and my kids were just little, my daughter was still in pre-school, my son in first grade and he told me that there was a chance of dying on the table. Wow, that was my moment of epiphany, my attitude suddenly changed. All of a sudden that fatty cut of steak wasn't as important anymore. And I started focusing on what I could do to save my own life so that I could stick around to raise those kids and not leave them without a daddy. That was my motivation, that was my attitudinal change and no matter who you are; there are lots of reasons to stay healthy, fit and alive. Lyle Hurd: Well, stress tends to be the main motivating factor in most peoples lives today. Do you find by looking at the fact that the cup is more than half full attitude really is very helpful, not only that but it helps you and your relationships with other people and when you can give someone else the opportunity to feel good about themselves that really comes back to you as well? Robert Kowalski: I'm not going to deny that I have made a few dollars off of the sales of nine books in the past 20 years "The Original 8 Week Cholesterol Cure" was on the New York Times best seller list for 115 weeks straight, 24 languages, 35 countries. You know what, I could have quit back then. I will tell you what kept me going was the fact that from virtually day one, after the book came out, I started getting every single week a sheaf of letters from people, all over the country and all over the world. They would send me their lab reports, they would show me letters they got from their doctors saying how did you do that? Way to go, that sort of thing. People telling me thank you for helping to save their lives. You talk about attitude change, I started off saving my life to raise the kids but now I realized, hey I am sharing this with the world. What a wonderful kind of a feeling and I have interviewed people in high places and ultimately that comes down to being the biggest motivator in their lives. The feeling that they are really doing something for someone else. Ask anyone, you don't have to write a best-selling book, ask anyone who does volunteer work at the hospital, with under privileged children, with foster grandparents programs, big brother programs, volunteering at a school; it's a simple, simple thing to volunteer at a school. To read books to kids, all those kinds of things that we can do to share with others. Lyle Hurd: Has this or was this one of the major things that precipitated you beginning your newsletter? Robert Kowalski: Oh, there is no question about that. That in combination with the idea that I drove my editor absolutely nuts with that first book, because every week I would say I have got one more thing that I need you to change, because there would have been one more article that I have read that I wanted to get that into the book. So I kept doing that until literally the moment the book went to press and that was the end of it. But I realized, you know what by the time the book is on the shelves, it will be obsolete. It will be obsolete, and so I thought oh, wait a second. Once again I called the editor and I said oh I need one more page in the book and that is how the newsletter began. Announcing that if you want it, at the very end of the book I said if you would like t