Free Talk: The Truth About Cholesterol

January 20, 2009 in Events, Classes & Groups, Heart Disease | View Comments


ATTN: Bay Area Healthy Skeptic readers!

I am once again offering my free public talk next week in Berkeley, CA which debunks the myth that cholesterol causes heart disease. We’ll also explore the true causes of heart disease as well as simple dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to protect yourself and your loved ones.

If you have family or friends that live in the area that might benefit from this information, please let them know about the talk.

Thursday, January 29th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Acupuncture & Integrated Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC Berkeley)
2550 Shattuck Avenue (at Blake)

10-minute walk south on Shattuck from Downtown Berkeley BART

510.666.8248 ext. 106

For over 50 years, the medical establishment has vigorously promoted the notion that high cholesterol is a primary risk factor for coronary heart disease, and that a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol causes heart disease. These hypotheses are widely accepted as fact by physicians and the general public alike, despite the overwhelming body of evidence that suggests otherwise.

During this two-hour talk, we’ll review scientific studies demonstrating that:

  1. High cholesterol is not the primary of cause heart disease..
  2. Diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol don’t cause heart disease.
  3. Consumption of so-called “heart healthy” vegetable oils is linked to heart disease, cancer and many other conditions.
  4. Statin drugs don’t reduce the risk of death for most people, and have dangerous side effects and complications.

You’ll also learn the latest theories on what causes heart disease and a truly “heart healthy” approach to diet and lifestyle that is supported by both modern science and centuries of traditional wisdom.

The presentation draws on more than 150 peer-reviewed studies published in major journals and the work of an impressive list of physicians, scientists and researchers who question the connection between cholesterol and heart disease.

  • Kristin Piacitelli

    This sounded like it was a great talk.  I wonder if I could find out more from another article you may have written?  I must admit I’ve heard so many conflicting things about cholesterol, it is the health topic that confuses me the most as an acupuncturist.  How much fat should we all be eating anyway??  I’d also love to understand this better from a chinese medicine perspective too if you have any insight on that?  This is a great site that I just discovered.  Thank you!

  • Chris

    Hi Kristin,

    Thanks for your comment and welcome to the blog. Are you local in the Bay Area? If so, you can sign up for email updates on the front page of my blog and you’ll be notified in the future when I offer that talk again. In the meantime, you can check out all of the articles I’ve written on cholesterol, selected offsite articles, and handouts from my cholesterol talk here.

    Reading through those articles should answer your questions – except for the TCM perspective. Look for a future article on that.

    In short, you should eat as much fat as you want, as long as it’s saturated. Avoid polyunsaturated omega-6 fat as much as possible, and eat a small amount (1.5-2% of total calories) of omega-3 polyunsaturated fat.

    Check out the Weston A. Price Foundation principles of healthy nutrition for more information.

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