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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

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Low cholesterol and increased mortality in men and women

This post includes a summary of a study published in the Journal of Womens Health (Larchmt) 2004 Jan-Feb;13(1):41-53 and a recipe for butter chicken.

Study title and authors:                                                                                                        Books:
The Cholesterol HoaxWhy Eve is not Adam: prospective follow-up in 149650 women and men of cholesterol and other risk factors related to cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.
Ulmer H, Kelleher C, Diem G, Concin H.
Institute of Biostatistics and Documentation, Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.

This paper can be accessed at:

This study examined the relationship between cholesterol levels and death rates in 67,413 men and 82,237 women aged 20-95 years over a 15 year period.

The study found:
(a) In men, a low cholesterol level is significantly predictive of a higher risk of death at all ages.
(b) In women, a low cholesterol level is even more markedly significantly predictive of a higher risk of death over the age of 50.

This study reveals that low cholesterol is associated with increased death rates in both men and women.

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Recipe of the day

Butter Chicken
This recipe serves about 4 people.
                                                                                                                          Food Mall: Chicken
Avi Glatt Kosher Chicken Leg Quarters - 4.5LB.Ingredients:
2 x 2 tbsp of pastured, grass-fed butter
About 1 Kg chicken cut in chunks;
2 tsp garam masala;
2 tsp paprika;
2 tsp ground coriander;
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger;
1/4 tsp chili powder (adjust to taste);
1 cinnamon stick;
6 bruised cardamon pods;
1 can of tomato puree (you can easily puree your own tomatoes if they are meaty enough);
3/4 cup coconut milk;
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice;

1.Heat a pan, add the first 2 tbsp of butter and stir-fry the chicken chunks. You can cook them in 2 batches if your pan is too small.

2.Remove the chicken from the pan.

3.Put the second 2 tbsp of butter and slowly heat the spices for a minute or two until you can smell the aroma.

4.Put the chicken back in the pan and stir so you mix in all the spices with the chicken.

5.At this point, add the tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir from time to time.

6.Add the coconut milk and lemon juice and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.

7.Enjoy without guilt! Garnish with fresh herbs and a stick of cinnamon for extra fanciness points.

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