Cholesterol and seasons

In my book Prescribing Sunshine… I argue that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. New research indicates more erosion of the cholesterol hypothesis.

“Researchers prospectively evaluated the lipid profiles of 227,359 individuals who had health check-ups in primary care centers in the city of Campinas, Brazil, between 2008 and 2010. In this analysis—the largest study to date to evaluate cholesterol levels by season—data reveal that low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol increased an average of 7mg/dL during the winter compared to summer. Researchers say this moderate, but significant, increase in LDL cholesterol was enough to result in an 8 percent overall increase in the prevalence of high cholesterol during the winter.”

“The shorter days of winter also mean less sun exposure and subsequently lower concentrations of vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to improve the ratio of bad to good cholesterol.”

The argument then is this: is it the high cholesterol or the low vitamin D which is problematic?




“Cured” HIV baby

Few people will have failed to catch the story yesterday that doctors seemingly cured a baby of HIV. However, as a subscriber to the dissident position, my view is somewhat consonant with the following paragraph from this article.

“Other scientists, however, are still sceptical of drawing too many conclusions over this one case. They would, for instance, like to see more hard detail in a properly peer-reviewed paper that responds to serious questions, such as whether the baby was truly infected with HIV in the first place.”


Rising vitamin D prescriptions in the UK

The latest blog post from Sunlight Scientific (a UK blog on vitamin D which looks set to be promising when populated with more posts) shares some promising news about vitamin D prescribing in the UK. I don’t want to steal the thunder from the blog so I’ll direct you straight to it here.

Within the month I plan to start recording the audiobook version of Prescribing Sunshine… I had planned to start it earlier but a lot of things kept me occupied recently. It should be available via Amazon, Audible and iTunes before Summer end.