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Fat and Cholesterol Don't Cause Heart Attacks and Statins are Not The Solution Paperback – September 16, 2016
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About the Author
Paul J. Rosch, MA, MD, FACP is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Chairman of the Board of The American Institute of Stress and Honorary Vice President of the International Stress Management Association. He did his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins, and has a Workers Compensation subspecialty rating in cardiology, endocrinology and metabolism. In 1993, he began devoting a series of sessions on the fallacies of the lipid and diet-heart hypotheses at the annual Montreux International Congress on Stress that featured leading authorities from all over the world. This was long before the advent of THINCS and he was unaware of Uffe Ravnskov's contributions at the time. Dr. Rosch is a Fellow and Life Member of The American College of Physicians, and has served as President of the New York State Society of Internal Medicine, President of the Pavlovian Society and Expert Consultant on Stress to the United States Centers for Disease Control. He has been the recipient of numerous honors here and abroad, including the Outstanding Physician's Award of the New York State Medical Society, the Innovation Award of The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, and The I.M. Sechenov Memorial Medal from The Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.
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- no study has ever found a correlation between cholesterol level and degree of atherosclerosis
- elevated cholesterol does not predict cardiovascular disease in women or elderly people
- low cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary disease in Russians
- no cholesterol-lowering trial has shown an association between degree of cholesterol-lowering and clinical outcome
There's much more in this richly detailed book, including several theories on what really causes heart disease, such as infection or blood clotting. (I learned that tooth-scaling is associated with 30% lower risk of heart attack, for example.)
The book is suitable for those who want to get at this issue in great depth.
There is a bit of overlap between authors... but it's useful to get the same info from different perspectives.
This book has leading edge info on sulfation of cholesterol which is hard to obtain.
I've been wondering for years about sulfation... now finally it's starting to come together.
The book is a good summary of why cholesterol is unlikely to be the problem... including Duane Gravelind's (NASA spacedoc) own experience.
Duane has manually done counts of statin side effects using the FDA database because he wasn't allowed access to more advanced tools.
His hard work has put better numbers to the statin problem and he has clarified many of the relevant pathways.
This was one of his last collaborations before his recent death from the cumulative side effects of statins.
This book points out not only that feeding rabbits saturated fat is not a reasonable model for what occurs in humans but that many of the early trials used hydrogenated vegetable oils (turned polyunsaturated vegetable oils into saturated fats) to prove that saturated fats are bad for us. We know that trans fats (produced in hydrogenation of vegetable oils) cause heart disease... so why this crucial distinction has eluded so many researchers is perplexing. Originally the link between trans fats and heart disease was disputed which may explain some of the early confusion. This book joins the dots in this area nicely... and is the first to do so this clearly.
Palm oil is the one area where the book may not have looked carefully enough at the evidence .
Palm oil has 13x the amount of Beta carotene (vitA) as a carrot.
It has all 8 types of vitamin E.
We know that many of these vitamins survive frying... even multiple times.
We also know that the level of aldehydes is very low in saturated fats compared to unsaturated fats.
Yet the research suggests palm oil causes heart disease?
In most studies the researchers don't clearly identify what kind of palm oil is being used.
It is not unusual for palm oil to be hydrogenated despite the fact that it is already ~70% saturated fat (30% unsaturated).
It is rare for research to be carried out on unprocessed palm oil... most of it is clarified (at the very least).
Thus the conclusions are surprising and it would be nice if the authors addressed some of these potential confounding factors?
Much of this book naturally follows on from Mary Enig's work on fats... and much of her work seems to have influenced many of the authors.
RIP Mary Enig
One thing missing from the book is any mention of aldehydes.
These have come up as a problem in polyunsaturated oils when subjected to high temperatures (frying).
At high temperatures the level of aldehydes is ~200x greater in polyunsaturated fats than saturated fats.
Aldehydes are linked to disease processes in the body.
This seems like something worthy of a mention?
Adding a chapter to address this issue would be a good idea.
Critques of cholesterol trials raise some interesting problems with analyses including using old data in preference to newer data.
Studies after 2005 were required to disclose more data... and have somehow often been ignored in analyses.
This is counter-intuitive... and suggests a problem.
Additional problems exist with disclosure of data... as the conclusions of many researchers cannot be checked unless they release data.
There is no requirement to release a lot of data... so many researchers don't.
The book is well referenced so you can easily check where the info is coming from.
The language is often quite technical (some authors write as if they were writing for journals)... which may put off less technically proficient readers?
The editor could simplify some of the more convoluted sentences?
If you're interested in this area then this is an up-to-date summary of what is going on.
The only reason it gets 4 stars is that there are quite a few typo's in the book andt could use a bit of editing.
The style of each author is different and the editor hasn't tried to unify the styles for the book.
This makes it a bit annoying as some authors are very easy to follow... and some are not.
A couple of authors are not native english speakers and the editor ought to have corrected some of their grammar... as it makes them a bit hard to understand.
Likewise the use of abbreviations was annoying when the abbreviation did not include the full term somewhere early in the piece.
Given that most of us are not experts in this field it's also useful to repeat the full abbreviation a few times through the text.
This is especially useful when multiple abbreviations are being used... as you have a tendency to remember some and forget others.
Despite the problems with grammar the foreign language authors add depth to the book... and it is much better because of their contribution.
It is nice to hear the perspective of the Japanese and the Eastern Europeans... not just the English speaking countries.
Please put some diagrams in the book?
We would love to see what the molecules look like.
This was one of the frustrations with the book.
Most people would gladly pay more for diagrams (a picture is worth a thousand words)?
These quibbles are all fixable in a second edition.
I liked this book a lot despite the quibbles.
Thanks for writing such an interesting compilation of information.
Rosch's text should be widely circulated to the public,but especially to primary care physicians and cardiologists who continue to recommend metabolic poisons to inappropriately lower cholesterol.