Friday, October 3, 2014

The Cholesterol Myths - Ravnskov

. . . that cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals? 
. . . that your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat? 
. . . that this production increases when you eat only small amounts of cholesterol and decreases when you eat large amounts? 
. . . that the  “prudent” diet, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, cannot lower your cholesterol more than a small percentage? 
. . . that the only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs? 
. . . that the cholesterol-lowering drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life?
. . . that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, do lower heart-disease mortality a little, but this is because of effects other than cholesterol lowering? Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer. 
…that you may become aggressive or suicidal if you lower your cholesterol too much? 
…that polyunsaturated fatty acids, those which are claimed to prevent heart attacks, stimulate infections and cancer in rats? 
…that if you eat too much polyunsaturated oil you will age faster than normal? You will see this on the outside as wrinkled skin. You can’t see the effects of premature aging on the inside of your body, but you will certainly feel them. 
…that people whose blood cholesterol is low  become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high? 
…that more than thirty studies of more than 150,000 individuals have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more saturated fat or less polyunsaturated oil than other people? 
…that old people with high cholesterol live longer than old people with low cholesterol? 
…that high cholesterol protects against infections? 
…that many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades but proponents of the diet-heart hypothesis never tell them to the public? 
…that the diet-heart idea and the cholesterol campaign create immense prosperity for researchers, doctors, drug producers and the food industry?

"Dr. Ravnskovs contention is that the diet-heart idea is built on sand. He leads us through the history of the concept in an interesting and readable way. His writing clearly demonstrates the enormous depth and range of his reading on this subject. Step by step he examines the evidence for the diet-heart idea, and step by step he shows us how that evidence may be flawed and contradicted by other research that is rarely acknowledged and quoted."

 ~ Michael Gurr, PhD

Terrific response to Uffe Ravnskov's offer to view “The Cholesterol Myths” at 
Read the complete article here.