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Ignore the awkward! How the cholesterol myths are kept alive [Kindle Edition]

Uffe Ravnskov
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Book Description

The cholesterol campaign is the greatest medical scandal in modern time. If you have read the author's previous books ´The Cholesteol Myths´ (out of print) or 'Fat and Cholesterol are GOOD for You', you should know that for certain. For instance, according to more than 25 scientific studies old people with high cholesterol live the longest. Another shocking fact is that the authors of a recent American study of more than 130,000 patients with acute myocardial infarction found that on average, their cholesterol was lower than normally. Their finding has already been confirmed by others. What they also found was that three years later, mortality was twice as high among those whose cholesterol was the lowest. Their conclusion? We must lower cholesterol even more! But there is much, much more. The author's aim with this book is to show how prominent scientists have turned white into black by ignoring all conflicting observations; by twisting and exaggerating trivial findings; by citing studies with opposing results in a way to make them look supportive; and by ignoring or scorning the work of critical scientists. Those who have not read his previous books may not quite understand the width of these misleading processes. He has therefore included a short and simplified review of the most obvious contradictions to the cholesterol hypothesis. At the end he presents what he and his colleague Kilmer McCully think is the real cause, here told in a more simple way than in his previous book.

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About the Author

The author is a Swedish MD and an experienced scientist himself. He has published more than 100 scientific papers about cholesterol and fats, and has received two international awards for his 'Original Contributions in the Field of Medical Scepticism' and for 'Independent Thinking in Natural Sciences and Medicine'. He is a member of the editorial board of Cholesterol and of Journal of Lipids, and is the founder and spokesman for THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, an organization that includes about one hundred doctors and scientist from all over the world.

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  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453759409
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (December 1, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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The book is the latest by a doctor who has done more than anyone else in the world to show the fallacy of Cholesterol Phobia.

He hi-lights the fact that there are no studies showing that avoiding saturated fat and cholesterol is beneficial. In fact, there are many studies showing that dietary replacements may make health worse. Interestingly, people in the low blood-cholesterol groups in most studies die first, and often from diseases with long periods of suffering.

He makes an irrefutable case that that many with drug, food, research or other financial interests ignore and suppress the global evidence.

He shreds the cholesterol-lowering statin studies and illustrates the soft science, the soft endpoints and the conflicts of interests that are the rule in these trials. Give this book to your doctor if he/she wants to put you on a drug to lower your cholesterol. A worthwhile investment especially if you read the book first.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for folks with high cholesterol !!! November 7, 2010
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I have read Dr Ravnskov's other books "The Cholesterol Myths" and "Fat and Cholesterol are good for you" which are OUTSTANDING and this one is also.He does a very good job explaining how we are mislead by the medical community into believing we are sick and need to be treated just because we have elevated cholesterol.It is astonishing to me that after reading this very well organized book how anyone could believe in the cholesterol theory but the medical community sure does.He adds a little humor from time to time also.This book is not Dr Ravnskov's opinion but a careful and lengthy summary of many scientific articles the author has taken the time to read and sort through.This process alone must have taken years to perform.He presents all the evidence much like a court prosecutor and lets you the jury decide if cholesterol is guilty of causing heart attacks.I know I would decide not guilty.It is very important for people like Ravnskov,Kendrick,McCully and THINCS to keep the pressure on the medical community and try to expose the many fallacies and falsehoods that are kept alive by drug companies and the medical community as a whole.The message is being heard because my doctor just retired and his replacement tried to statinize me and when I told him no he said there is a lot of negative publicity about statins these days but don't believe them, people who take statins live longer than people who do not.More and more articles are being written about the hazards of statins and I think things will change.This is a must read book with new information not contained in his last book.I highly recommend it!!!!!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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If I should meet a person, that by doctors have been told to take pills against too high Cholesterol number, I will advice the person to read this, the latest book, from Uffe Ravnskov. Because this book is the newest concerning the biggest failure in medicine history, and contains nearly all about Cholesterol, compressed down into a small book.

In February 2 years ago, on my initiative, I and my wife went to the expensive RAM hospital, here I Chiang Mai, where all foreigners come, just to have a control of our health, most by measuring the blood. The result showed that my wife, here from Thailand, had the total of Cholesterol on 279, and mine only 196. And for that the doctor wanted my wife to start on pills, something like Statin, and besides other treatments in the hospital, to get the Cholesterol down under 200. And this treatment was started.

When I was in high school, back in the start of sixties, we in the news read and heard more and more about that it was bad to eat fat or eggs, and that this and having a Cholesterol number higher than 200 was the reason to that too many people died by heart attack. First years later we were told how the distribution between the god and the bad parts of the Cholesterol should be, I se that when looking in my old hospital journals.

But in Denmark, especially after my engineering education, I've received much science writings about, among other, that Asia is the place on Earth where people take most pills, and besides that the more pills that are taken the sooner the bacteria will chance, so that the pills by time will be ineffective. And besides nearly all pills have side effect, some very dad.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Awkward January 25, 2011
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This is must read book! The drug companies are literally killing us in the name of profit for them and their shareholders. The author goes over countless "studies" and how they were flawed. He provides the actual study names so you can look them up for yourself. The drug companies will spin their information anyway they can to get you to believe them. My doctor couldn't understand why I didn't want to take a statin and this explained it to him. He has began taking his other patients off statins also. You will want to share this information with everyone you know. And they need to know for their own good health.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done by Dr. Ravnskov.. August 22, 2011
By rbdeli
I've read Dr. Uffe Ravnskov's other two books; Cholesterol Myths and Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You.

Having had a doctor try to put me on a Lipitor Prescription 10 years ago, I was fortunate to have discovered Dr. Ravnskov's research. I was obsessed with Fat and Cholesterol until discovering it is all just a bad myth. Since then, I've actually increased my intake of fat and cholesterol. Ten years later, I feel better than ever and could care less what my LDL, HDL, etc..are.

It looks like reviewer, D.M., not only Ignores the Awkward, but has completely ignored Dr. Ravnksov's book altogether. He recites and regurgitates all of the very same lies and misleading garbage that Dr. Uffe Ravnskov successfully refutes in all three of his books. His attempt to mislead serves as the perfect example of what the book says: Ignore the Awkward (Just keep repeating the same mistaken propaganda and exaggerations)

Ignore the Awkward is a great and truthful book, but you DO have to read it.
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Uffe Ravnskov was born 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated in 1961 from the University of Copenhagen with an M.D, but has worked most of his time as a clinician and a researcher in Sweden, where he got his PhD from the University of Lund. He has published more than 100 papers and letters critical of the cholesterol campaign; most of them in major medical journals. Honoured by the Skrabanek Award 1999 given by Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland for original contributions in the field of medical skepticism, and by the 2007 Leo-Huss-Walin Prize for Independent Thinking in Natural Sciences And Medicine. He is a member of the editorial board of two medical journals and is the creator and spokesman of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (, an organization that includes more than 100 researchers and other university graduates from all over the world. More details about Uffe Ravnskov are available on

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