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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Is LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol?

Published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Vol 10 No 3 Fall 2005

LDL cholesterol: "Bad cholesterol" or Bad science
Anthony Colpo

Quote from the paper:

For the last four decades, the mainstream medical establishment has maintained that elevated serum cholesterol levels are a primary instigator of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease (CHD). Millions of people worldwide have been convinced by extensive promotional campaigns that that the key to avoiding CHD is to reduce cholesterol levels by using lipid-lowering drugs and diets low in saturated fats. This campaign has produced billions in profits for drug companies and the manufacturers of low-fat food products.

The worlds current top-selling pharmaceutical, for example, is Pfizers cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin (Lipitor), which amassed $10.9 billion in sales in a single year, 2004.

While the war on cholesterol has proved to be extremely lucrative for the food and drug industries, it has delivered no benefit to public health. CHD is still the leading cause of death inWestern countries. While the number of deaths from CHD has indeed decreased since the late 1960s, total incidence of CHD has not declined.

If cholesterol reduction were effective in preventing CHD, then it would surely lower both fatal and nonfatal CHD. This has not happened. Modern medicine has made significant advances in extending the lives of those who have already had heart attacks, but it has failed to help people avoidCHD in the first place.

In addition, the relentless drive to steer people to low-fat, highcarbohydrate diets has been accompanied by a marked increase in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes. This increase has been so large that some predict the steady rise in life expectancy enjoyed by Americans during the last century may soon come to an end.

This paper can be accessed at:

The author concludes that: "The concept that "LDL" is bad cholesterol is a simplistic and scientifically untenable hypothesis. The inordinate focus on cholesterol, a perfectly natural substance that performs many crucial functions in the body, has taken and continues to take valuable resources and attention away from factors more closely related to heart disease.

Independent-thinking practitioners must look at the readily available evidence for themselves, instead of relying on the continual stream of anticholesterol propaganda emanating from health authorities.”

By doing so, they will quickly realize that the LDL hypothesis is aggressively promoted for reasons other than public health".

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