Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Heart of the Matter (2 Parts: The Cholesterol Myth and the Cholesterol Drug War)

Australia's ABC 1 has a show called Catalyst - they recently ran a two-part show debunking the dietary-fat-and-cholesterol-will-kill-you myth. We have known for decades that this is not really true, but the medical establishment has been reluctant to update their thinking.

When Dr. Atkins first introduced his low-carb diet model in the 1970s, he did not distinguish between good fats and bad fats, and still his patients showed better lipid profiles than those on the high carbohydrate, low fat programs (Dr. Ornish). Over the years he refined his thinking on healthy fats and his program became even more effective.

Michael Eades, M.D. has been making the same argument for years as part of his "protein power" program. Likewise, Loren Cordain, the originator of the Paleo Diet, has also been advocating minimal carbs and more fats.

This two-part show looks at the evidence and it comes up lacking.

You can download the evidence for yourself from this excellent collection of papers.

Heart of the Matter, Part 1: Dietary Villains

Published on Oct 24, 2013 

Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine? For the last four decades we've been told that saturated fat clogs our arteries and high cholesterol causes heart disease. It has spawned a multi-billion dollar drug and food industry of "cholesterol free" products promising to lower our cholesterol and decrease our risk of heart disease.

But what if it all isn't true? What if it's never been proven that saturated fat causes heart disease?

For more information, extended interviews and original papers head here, Catalyst.

Heart of the Matter Part 2 Cholesterol Drug War

Published on Oct 28, 2013 

We've been told that medications to lower cholesterol can save lives. And now over 40 million worldwide take drugs to lower their cholesterol.

But what if the majority of these patients won't benefit from taking these pills?

And, what if drug companies are distorting the data to make cholesterol lowering medications seem more effective than they are?

In our second episode of Heart of the Matter airing on Thursday the 31st of October, Dr Maryanne Demasi puts the billion dollar drug industry under the microscope, and asks who really benefits from taking cholesterol lowering medication?

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