Over twenty years ago I attended a presentation by a nutritional Doctor and he explained why cholesterol wasn’t such a big issue and that it was mostly about selling statins and low cholesterol foods, and that in some countries it barely rates as an issue.
Coming forward to the present there is so much more information available. Not just studies which are poorly constructed and don’t allow for factors which cause errors. Pharmaceutical companies have long been guilty of cherry picking those studies which align with the outcomes they want to support their drugs.
Interestingly enough most of the solid studies are coming out of Scandinavia and also at a time when all studies into a drug have to be considered not just the ones that suit the drug companies.
Now along comes an Irish engineer who had some health problems and wasn’t satisfied with the medical explanations he was receiving.
This fellow is an expert in solving complex engineering problems and has a particular ability to sort through studies and separate those which are properly conducted and those which are weak or inaccurate.
With respect to some of the cholesterol studies he said words to the effect that if they used such faulty data to build a bridge it would fall down. Yet this is the very data which has been used to promote a health problem and a class of drugs which have generated billions of dollars for the various pharmaceutical companies.
I don’t want this article to sound like a conspiracy theory, and I encourage you to do some research of your own and make your own mind up.
As a brief overview, firstly cholesterol is required by every cell in our bodies for us to live. If we eliminated it we would quickly die.
We have drugs called statins which lower the LDL (which is the bad cholesterol, even though technically LDL is a kind of packet which contains cholesterol and triglycerides) But we were told there was no way to raise the HDL (good cholesterol, just another packet with less cholesterol)
We were told that saturated fats raised our cholesterol, but the world’s leading researchers tell us now that is not the case. Eggs and butter are once again good foods.
We now know that a diet rich in good saturated fat and low in carbohydrates lowers blood fats and raises good cholesterol. Carbs actually pull more fats into the blood stream where they are oxidised and ultimately deposited into the artery walls.
The bottom line is eat healthy saturated fats but much less carbohydrate, which is the opposite of the government guidelines issued in the 1970’s as a result of faulty research. This guideline has now been described as the largest failed human dietary experiment in human history.
The bad news is that it still continues in circles which derive their information from past guidelines. My hope is that you will do your own research and don’t just trust your health in information which has failed us so badly.