The New 8-Week Cholesterol Cure is a 1987 health book by Robert Kowalski, who wrote it as a personal recollection about dealing with cholesterol issues. Kowalski wrote the book after having two coronary bypass surgeries and a heart attack. He created the program in the book after he made a change in his diet, and the book is sometimes credited with popularizing a health food. Kowalski published three other books in the 8-Week Cholesterol Cure series as well as The Blood Pressure Cure: 8 Weeks to Lower Blood Pressure with Prescription Drugs, which dealt with blood pressure. In October 1988 was filed by 16 plaintiffs against Kowalski and Harper & Row.
In the book Kowalski writes about his experiences with cholesterol and uses it to help recommend changes that they can use to improve their cholesterol. It includes information about cholesterol and what foods can eat to cholesterol, as well as vitamins can assist in this process. He also recommends exercise and emphasizes the use of niacin as a cure for cholesterol.
The book became a bestseller after its release in 1987 and was one of the top selling books of 1988, selling so much that Harper & Row opted to postpone its paperback release. It remained on the New York Times Bestsellers List for over 100 weeks and has since been republished in multiple editions, including an audiobook version. Jerrold Winter criticized the work in his 2012 book True Nutrition, True Fitness, noting that niacin has been used by doctors after other methods that it is “quite possible that, as a result of reading his book, more will be harmed by the drug than helped. “