Heart Disease / Cholesterol

single eggFor the last half century, 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 many physicians and the general public alike, despite the overwhelming body of evidence that suggests otherwise.

In the following articles, I review over fifty years of research demonstrating that:

  1. High cholesterol is not the primary cause of 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.

I also discuss 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.

Healthy Skeptic Articles

Healthy Skeptic Videos

Offsite Articles

  • What’s Wrong With ‘Politically Correct’ Nutrition?, Weston A. Price Foundation
  • The Soft Science of Dietary Fat, by Gary Taubes
  • The Skinny on Fats, by Sally Fallon & Mary Enig, Ph.D
  • The Oiling of America, by Mary Enig, Ph.D
  • High Cholesterol & Heart Disease: Myth or Truth?, by Chris Masterjohn

Websites

  • The Weston A. Price Foundation (excellent information about nutrition)
  • The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (group of physicians and researchers worldwide who challenge the “cholesterol-heart disease hypothesis
  • Cholesterol and Health (excellent, research-based website focused on debunking popular myths about cholesterol and heart disease)
  • Nourishing Our Children (must see for parents)
  • Wise Food Ways (see section on “where the wise foods are” for local food resources)
  • Eat Wild (for locating grass-fed meat and dairy products)
  • Real Milk (for health benefits of raw dairy products)

Books

  • The Cholesterol Myths, by Uffe Ravnskov M.D., Ph.D (written by a physician with a Ph.D in statistics; Dr. Ravnskov has been an independent researcher debunking the myths of cholesterol and saturated fat since the 70s)
  • The Great Cholesterol Con, by Anthony Colpo (*over 1400 references, but easy to read as well; highly recommended)
  • The Great Cholesterol Con, by Malcom Kendrick M.D. (lucid and humorous; a great introduction)
  • The Fluoride Deception, by Christopher Bryson (a lucid and well-researched analysis of the dangers of fluoride)
  • Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon (the “bible” of traditional, whole-foods nutrition; information & recipes)
  • Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition & Craft of Live-Culture Foods, by Sandor Katz (the best book on fermentation and live-culture foods I know of)
  • Full Moon Feast, by Jessica Prentice (an excellent introduction to the native nutrition lifestyle & a fantastic cookbook)

Handouts from cholesterol talk

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