The Great Cholesterol Hoax
or "Have your fat and eat it too."
(exerpts from Healthyself Newsletter)
Remember when butter was bad for you and margarine was the substitute spread of choice? Or when eggs and cheese were perceived as killers? Bacon? Forget about it! All those foods were loaded with cholesterol..artery pluggin', heart-stoppin' cholesterol.
It turns out that, for the most part, we were fed a crock of...butter, to be nice about it. To quote the Healthyself newsletter:
"First of all, there was never really any sudden epidemic of heart disease (in the 1960s) relating to consuming excessive fatty foods. This was because fat consumption had been declining before and during this period of time.
"Second, of all the clinical trials, only a very few showed any direct link between eating fat and cholesterol and heart disease deaths. The majority did not show any correlation or connection. And the one that did was so trivial, it demonstrated that having high cholesterol would only increase your chances of heart disease by a little over one-tenth of one percent (.13%).
"Then the so-called "'scientific cholesterol experts" altered the data and took that small percentage and turned it into a large risk factor, making it look a lot worse than it really was.
"Third, the National Cholesterol Education Program was designed to turn people away from fat and was based solely on one study (an anti-cholesterol drug study, not a diet study) that showed no evidence that consuming fats in any way caused an increase in heart related deaths.
"And fourth, the cholesterol drug study that is quoted by the AHA demonstrated that, best case scenario, if you have high cholesterol and take cholesterol drugs, your life expectancy will increase by only 18 days." (emphasis added)
Question: Should I use cholesterol-lowering drugs?
There are a number of cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market today. All have adverse effects. For example, take the drug Probucol. Its known side effects are: gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, vomiting, bleeding, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, blurred vision, palpitations, chest pain, angioneurotic edema, abdominal pain, and lowered HDL.
So, your decision. If you have high cholesterol, what do you do? Do you switch to an incredibly bland, dull diet with the risk of those lovely side-effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs and maybe...just maybe...increase your life expectancy by the whopping total of 18 days, or do you keep doing what you've been doing?
Put some common sense to the problem. Are you really eating correctly? Do you honestly eat fresh fruits, vegetables and meats? (For the men reading this, it is not "fruits, vegetables OR meats", but "...AND meats"!) Have you REALLY stopped or cut way back on your intake of white sugar and white flour products? Evidence today is pointing at the sugars and carbohydrates ultimately being the culprit behind unhealthy cholesterol levels, not fat. Examine what you eat. Ask yourself if it is truly balanced or are you merely fooling yourself? Put together a plan or make an appointment to talk to us! We can start you down the correct path! Call 860-635-6913 or email Dr. Laura Nunno for more information.
For a real definitive look
at the cholesterol hoax, go to http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm for
more information. Here's a partial quote from
Dr. Ravnshov's site: "The idea that too much
animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous
to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth.
Here are some astonishing and frightening facts..."