Cholesterol denialism

Today’s shot of common sense comes from Prof. Tom Noakes via Independent Online (Zimbabwe)

“It is time to admit that the [lipid hypothesis] has failed. We need to adopt an open mind if we are ever to discover the real cause [or causes] of the current global epidemic of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease, all of which are likely caused by the same factors.”

Noakes, I’m in full agreement with you.

Here’s other selections from the article.

In 1900 when most Americans cooked in lard and ate a diet full of butter and dairy produce, pork and saturated fat in meat (but low in sugar and processed foods), heart disease was so rare that their most famous cardiologist, Dr Paul Dudley White, encountered his first case only in the 1920s (although the disease has since been described in grain-eating Egyptian mummies). Today in a nation that has replaced animal fats and dairy with “healthy” carbohydrates, heart disease, like obesity and diabetes, is rampant.

The first shock to [the lipid hypothesis] came in a meta-analysis in 2000 when Mike Pignone et al showed that although statin tablets reduced heart attacks they did not cut overall mortality. So you might not die of a heart attack, but you wouldn’t live any longer.

The second shock was when Jeppeson et al showed in 2001 that half of all heart attacks happen to people with normal cholesterol.

In my book I point out that there’s absolutely no correlation between cholesterol and heart and disease.

The answer came initially from a study by Paul Ridker in 1998 showing that men with inflammation in their arteries were at much higher risk of heart attacks than other men.

Yes! Yes, bullseye!

But if inflammation was causing heart attacks, why were statin tablets that lowered cholesterol so useful?

I know why…

Cholesterol denialism, yes please! The various cardiologists are trying to compare Aids with cholesterol which is likely to confuse the public further. Cholesterol is an important chemical made by the body which performs various important roles such as a precursor to oestrogen and testosterone. We don’t need Aids but certainly need cholesterol.

If ‘various cardiologists’ are trying to compared AIDS with cholesterol, well, B.S. with B.S. is perhaps fair enough.

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