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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake; Updated edition edition (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546107
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[The Great Cholesterol Con] will save you a lot of heartache—LITERALLY!"  —

About the Author

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick has contributed to numerous medical journals on the topic of coronary heart disease and currently runs a general practice.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Melchior Meijer on Feb. 6 2007
Format: Paperback
Despite monumental efforts, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of disability and death in many countries. The Great Cholesterol Con by the British physician Dr Malcolm Kendrick will be a very discomforting piece of literature for many of his learned colleagues. For in this groundbreaking work, Dr Kendrick shows painfully clearly that the medical establishment has been chasing the wrong enemy for over four decades, while the real villain has been staring them right into their faces.

In the first chapters, Dr Kendrick uses plain textbook biochemistry to show that there is no such thing as a `cholesterol level', that there is no thinkable way for the bogyman LDL to cause arterial plaque, that the idea that the `good' HDL could reverse plaques by breaking out incorporated LDL is a perfect example of magic thinking and that the ingestion of saturated fat can not have any influence at all on the amount of any lipoprotein floating around in the blood stream. He presents statistics from the WHO ("Not the pop band, but the World Health Organisation") that show that countries with the lowest saturated fat intake invariably have a much higher cardiovascular heart disease mortality than the countries with the highest saturated fat intake.

After describing in detail why statin therapy probably does more harm than good in the general population, Dr Kendrick explains the observation that people with inherited super high LDL levels (familial hypercholesteraemia or FH) indeed do have a substantially increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. In the land of FH, children aged ten die of massive heart attacks (although others live happily to be 104...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. French on April 7 2010
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This is the book to read when your doctor tells you your cholesterol is high. It is absolutley critical that you read this book before you agree to take statins or go on a low fat diet to correct your cholesterol levels. Kendrick has done his homework--the book is full of scientific studies--and you need to know the results. Cholesterol is NOT the killer we were led to believe. Statins do NOT help most men and do NOT help any women at all (in fact, they have serious side effects). The dietary fat = cholesterol = heart attack hypothesis (and it IS a hypothesis, not a fact) is completely wrong and not backed up by any scientific studies. If you read this and are hedging, wondering, "How could so many experts be wrong?", consider the following story as reported by Kendrick:

"In 1988, the Surgeon Generals office decided to gather together all the evidence linking saturated fat to heart disease...Eleven years later, the project was killed."

Why? Kendrik explains that, in eleven years, the S.G's office could not find a shred of evidence to back up the hypothesis, and so shut the project down citing "additional expertise and staff resources" as the reason. That should tell you what a shaky foundation rests under the food pyramid, the low fat bandwagon, and the cholesterol = heart disease myth.

My only complaints about this book are some editing problems (errors and typos) and the lack of an index or bibliography. The information, however, is rock solid.

For more reading on the subject, try:

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2012
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This book explains that the cholesterol hypothesis is well and truly dead! It has been disproven, comprehensively. The current obsession with cholesterol levels and avoiding saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet is utterly misguided.

This book was very convincing on this point but if you'd like a far more in depth explanation and history I'd highly recommend 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' by Gary Taubes. This book is also impeccably referenced and argued.
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