The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
The lies of Ancel Keys live on.
The Cholesterol Myths systematically breaks down why cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, and how we got to where we are today. Written decades ago, it’s even more relevant today.
Ravnskov quotes Thoreau “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.” Cholesterol myths describes how a lack of scientific method, cherry picked data, faulty reasoning resulted in the myth that cholesterol causes CVD. When in fact cholesterol is the glue, not the cause. It is like WBCs causing infections.
What’s most intriguing to me is the process by which nonscientific statements create widespread change. It’s a snowball effect. The cholesterol Hydra. Creating such a massive negative impact on health.
As a physician, I’m always questioning what nonsense am I pushing to patients? Low fat milk for all kids, rice cereal from a box as a first food, or a magic pill? The Cholesterol Myths reminds be to not always follow nonsense, and question that which needs questioning.
After reading this, I don’t feel the need to check my lipid profile, again, ever. In fact, I won’t, because I really wouldn’t know what to do with the information. The Framingham Study authors should be ashamed of themselves. Now, excuse me while I go eat some eggs and sausages for breakfast.
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