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The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It Paperback – Oct 1 2008
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"[The Great Cholesterol Con] will save you a lot of heartacheLITERALLY!" Examiner.com
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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"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
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A no nonsense, tell it like it is, book. A must read for anyone wishing to improve their chances of living a long and healthy life.Published 6 months ago by Brian
For people who have been told not to eat that steak anymore. For people who's doctor insists they start a station drug. For people who think they don't need to exercise.Published 13 months ago by Fourkidsneedmoney
Provides a much greater insight into what cholesterol is really about and its relationship to your health.Published 15 months ago by kate
Excellent information and must read for everyone. Level of detail provided and the studies listed make for compelling argument about the real cause of heart diseasePublished 18 months ago by Shariq Zameer
WOW!!! You will be amazed and VERY angry at the same time as Dr. Kendrick explains fully and proves empirically and ipso-facto that the cholesterol scare is one of the biggest con... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charles-Phillipe Bernard
This really is a book everyone should read. Lots of good info in there and it really makes you think twice.Published on Aug. 10 2013 by Barbara E. Dunford
Again, like so many boks on heallth debates, one must keep in mind the author earns money by writing it. This book has a lot of statistics worth looking at.Published on July 30 2013 by Ms. B
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