The Great Cholesterol “Myth”

I have just finished reading a fascinating book called “The Great Cholesterol Myth” by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra. I can’t say it much better than this so I will let Jonny and Stephen to take it from here…..

“Heart disease is the #1 Killer today, however, traditional heart disease protocols have got it all wrong. Science is showing that cholesterol and saturated fat are not a direct path to heart disease and the standard prescription of low fat diets and statin drugs are contributing to a health crisis of monumental proportions”

This really is a great book and If you know anyone that is taking statins, I urge you to read this book and possibly make some changes. Please note, I didn’t say stop taking any prescriptive drugs or ignore your doctor. I am saying you should educate yourself by reading the book and maybe question certain things we are lead to believe

You can learn more about this topic in the book but for now, below are 8 myths of cholesterol from our well-respected friend, Jonny Bowden, also known as the rogue nutritionist.

Myth 1 – High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.

Fact – Cholesterol is a fairy insignificant player in heart disease.

Myth 2 – High cholesterol is a good predictor of heart disease.

Fact – High cholesterol is a lousy predictor of heart attacks. Half the people admitted to hospitals with heart disease have normal cholesterol, and plenty of people with elevated cholesterol have perfectly healthy hearts

Myth 3 – Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.

Fact – There is no data showing statins have any impact on longevity.

Myth 4 – Statin drugs are perfectly safe.

Fact – Statin drugs have significant side effects, including loss of memory and libido, muscle pain and fatigue, and approximately 65% of doctors don’t report those side effects.

Myth 5 – Statin drugs are appropriate for men, women, children and the elderly.

Fact – The only group in which statins have been shown to have even a modest effect is in middle-aged men who’ve already had a heart attack. If you’re not in that group, you have no business being on statins.

Myth 6 – Saturated fat is dangerous.

Fact – Saturated fat is mostly neutral and may even have some health benefits. Far more “dangerous” is sugar, high levels of omega-6 fat, low levels of omega-3’s and man-made trans fats. Recent peer-reviewed studies have shown association of saturated fat with heart disease

Myth 7 – The higher your cholesterol, the shorter your lifespan.

Fact – In the Framingham study, the people who actually lived the longest had the highest cholesterol.

Myth 8 – A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease.

Fact – Diets that substitute carbohydrates for saturated fat actually increase the risk of heart disease

Food for thought indeed.

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