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Did you know?
1. Cholesterol is not a
deadly poison. It is a substance that is vital to the cells of all
mammals. There is no such thing as “good” or
“bad” cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity
and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A
high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect an
unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent.
2. A high
blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus, coronary
heart disease, but many studies have shown that people whose blood
cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose
cholesterol is high.
3. Your body produces three to four
times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol
increases when you eat little cholesterol, and decreases when you eat
more cholesterol. This explains why the “prudent” diet
cannot lower cholesterol more than, on average, a few per cent.
/>4. There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in
the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. More than twenty
studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven't eaten
more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis
at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.
5. The only effective
way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but cholesterol-lowering drugs
have not been shown to reduce either heart mortality or total mortality.
On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may
shorten your life.
6. Statins, the new cholesterol-lowering
drugs, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but this is due to
mechanisms other than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also
stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the
heart and the brain, and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to
children with malformations more severe than those seen after
7. Many of these facts have been presented in
scientific journals and books for decades, but are rarely told to the
public by the proponents of the diet-heart idea.
reason why doctors, scientists and the public have been misled into
believing that elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart
disease and will shorten your life is because opposing and disagreeing
results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific
9. People with high cholesterol live the longest. This
fact emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding
of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at
Yale University, who reported that old people with low cholesterol died
twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with high
cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore
his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, but it is not an
exception. Most studies of old people have shown that high cholesterol
is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Eleven studies of old
people found that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for coronary
heart disease. Seven studies found that high cholesterol did not predict
all-cause mortality either. More than 90 percent of those who die from a
heart attack or a stroke have passed the age of 65. High cholesterol is
not a risk factor for heart attack for women, nor for a number of other
population groups. High cholesterol is a risk factor for less than five
percent of those who die from a heart attack.
Uffe Ravnskov MD PhD has published over 100 scientific papers critical
of the cholesterol campaign, proposing new hypotheses and also
contending that “the successful dissemination of the diet-heart
idea is due to authors systematically ignoring or misquoting