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Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You Paperback – January 26, 2009
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...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 cho¬leste¬rol than you eat?
...that the internal production increases when you eat only small amounts of cholesterol and decreases when you eat large amounts?
...that heart patients haven't eaten more saturated fat than other people?
...that stroke patients have eaten less?
...that people with low cholesterol become just as athero¬sclerotic as people with high?
...that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for women?
...that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for old people although by far most heart attacks occur after age 65?
...that many of the cholesterol-lowering drugs are dan¬gerous to your health and may shorten your life?
...that the cholesterol campaign creates immense pros¬perity for resear¬chers, doctors, medical journals, drug producers and the food industry?
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- Publisher : GB Publishing (January 26, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 244 pages
- ISBN-10 : 919755538X
- ISBN-13 : 978-9197555388
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.55 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #436,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book identifies a lack of scientific information supporting a role of cholesterol and dietary fat in heart disease, and argues that fat and cholesterol are active components of our immune system and therefore, "good for you." The most interesting part of this book is, however, the authors hypothesis about what really causes heart disease. While his hypothesis is not new, he does a good job of explaining, in simple terms, how bacterial/viral infection might cause heart disease. He concludes his hypothesis by explaining how it fits with our current understanding of heart disease, its symptoms, and the available research.
Two areas not covered by the book, and that neatly dovetail with the authors hypothesis, is the potential role of dietary sugar in heart disease and how the anti-inflammatory role of statin drugs may be responsible for some of the positive effects identified for this group of compounds.
When I was told by my doctor, that my cholesterol was slightly high, I got a second opinion. My doctor had told me to cut out almost all saturated fat, and have my cholesterol rechecked in one year. If it was still high, she would put me on statins. No way was I giving up favorite food, which is butter without a fight. The second opinion, by my chiropractor, who also has a three year degree in nutrition, told me my cholesterol levels were well within the normal range. He informed me that the medically acceptable cholesterol levels are dangerously low, which this book's author also shows.
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The fact that scientists and even governments (USA), have hidden the true facts relating to cholesterol/diet/heart; Scientific studies and clinical/population health reviews; that is that cholesterol and so called 'high' cholesterol levels are not responsible for heart disease and further fat in the diet is similarly not responsible for the rise in cholesterol levels or heart disease.
The industry which has grown up around the cholesterol/fats fairytale make an enormous amount of profit from this fairy tale. They are keen to keep their gravy train running; they have a lot at stake. Statins were the FIRST BILLION DOLLAR drug; they now bring in a revenue of more than 40billion dollars a year for the Pharmaceutical companies. Statins are too profitable, to allow the truth to out.
Statins have serious side effects and actually cause heart disease. In women there is no evidence of Statins being beneficial and in men there is a SLIGHT benefit for men who have already experienced some hheart related crisis, such as previous heart attack. The main benefit in those cases relates to the ANTI-INFLAMMATORY effect Statins are known to have rather than the cholesterol lowering effect. However, this anti-inflammatory benefit can be aquired by other means; by other means with less serious or no side effects what so ever.
Remember that 25% of people who have a heart attack have raised cholesterol levels. That is 75% have normal or low levels of cholesterol. These figures could be used to argue that low cholesterol is associated with heart disease rather than the otherway around!
Statins are known to lower cholesterol levels, but in doing so they also lower dolichols and CoQ10. So for example many people complain of muscle weakness symptoms when using Statins. Remember that your heart is tTHE most important muscle in your body if you want to survive. Statins are a known cause of heart failure, as this muscle begins to fail it cannot pump so efectively or efficiently, the blood around your body.
One criticism, (if indeed that is what it is),I would raise about this book and most others is that they don't highlight or mention the very strong association of rising cholesterol with hypothyroidism.
When thyroid hormone is either in low levels or for some reason is prevented from doing it s job at the cellular level there is a known rise in cholesterol levels.
Further, there is a very strong association of hypothyroidism with heart disease. Now, before anyone draws the conclusion that what I am saying is that hypothyroidism causes high blood cholesterol levels and in turn this causes the higher levels of heart disease in hypothyroid patients; I AM NOT saying that.
Hypothyroids also suffer a rise in homocysteine levels due to poor gastric function; they tend to have chronic inflammation around the body; measured as C-Reactive Protein or CRP. They are also more prone to infection/allergies and have a slow heart rate and sluggish blood flow as well as rather more sticky blood than those who do not have hypothyroidism. I believe these and other factors associated with hypothyroidism are likely to cause higher rates of heart disease in this population.
Those factors (above), are recognised as strong factors associated with heart disease,(cholesterol is a bystanders; such as spectators at a race track, if the car vears off the road the spectators are caught up in the accident, but they were not the cause of the accident).
So anyone who is suffering hypothyroidism, or anyone who has a history of heart disease or considers they are at risk of heart disease for other reasons, they should have at least their homocystein, ferritin and CRP levels checked regularly. These are better indicators of risk of heart disease than cholesterol levels.
Going back to the book Ravnskov makes this book easy reading and yet he explores in details scientific papers. His skill is doing so in a way easily understood by those who are not scientists or medically trained.
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ for anyone who has any concerns regarding their heart health and their cholesterol levels.
It astounds me how we are all so "brainwashed" about our health, and have been for decades, telling us what we can and cannot eat, how saturated fat is bad for us, low fat is good for us, starchy refined carbohydrate foods are good for us, bla bla, and so on.
This book and others on the same topics written by various authors should be given to all GP's, Nutritionists, health care workers and LISTENED TO, and acted upon.
It is extremely sad and at the same time terrifying that GP's, Nutritionists and health care professionals do not have a clue about how we are brainwashed that cholesterol is our enemy, statins our saviour, because of course they are just as brainwashed as everyone else, and it takes a very brave person to speak out and stand up to these falsehoods.
This book can be picked up and delved into quite easily without having to read from front to back, sections are short, to the point and very clear explanations. It has an index, a plus point, and easy to read references.
The only down side to this book is the price, rather expensive, though I'm glad I made the purchase.