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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

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Statins increase the risk of prostate cancer

This post contains a synopsis of a study published in The Prostate 2011 Apr 7 and a recipe for bacon wrapped sweet potato fries with chipotle lime dip.

Study title and authors:
Statins increase the risk of prostate cancer: A population-based case-control study.
Chang CC, Ho SC, Chiu HF, Yang CY.
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.

This study can be accessed at:

Ignore the Awkward.: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive
The aim of the study was to investigate whether the use of statins was associated with prostate cancer risk. The study examined 388 prostate cancer cases and 1,552 controls.

The study results revealed:
(a) Those who used statins had a significant 55% increase in prostate cancer risk compared to those with no use of statins.
(b) Those who had the lowest statin dose had a 17% increase in prostate cancer risk compared to those with no use of statins.
(c) Those who had the highest statin dose had an 86% increase in prostate cancer risk compared to those with no use of statins.

To conclude: Statins increase the risk of prostate cancer and the higher the statin dose, the higher the risk of cancer.

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Recipe of the day

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Dip

Applewood Smoked Bacon - Thin Sliced
Food Mall: Bacon
◦2 sweet potatoes, cut into thick matchsticks
◦1 package bacon, don’t use thick cut
◦1/2 c mayo, using avocado oil
◦1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce
◦1 lime, juiced

Get your oven to 425°F. Soak the sweet potato matchsticks in a bowl of cold water for up to 6 hours. This removes a lot of the starch from the potato. When you remove the potatoes, you can visibly see white starch granules at the bottom of the bowl. Drain the water from the potatoes and pat dry.

Slice each piece of bacon in half, lengthwise. Wrap 1 strip of bacon around 1 matchstick sweet potato. Lay on a baking sheet. Repeat until all the bacon is gone. If you have left over sweet potatoes, toss ‘em on the pan too, they’ll cook beautifully in all the rendered bacon fat.

For the Dip:
In a food processor, pulse up the chipotle(s) and lime juice into the mayo.

Bake the fries for about 25 minutes on one side. You’re looking for browned bacon. Use some tongs to flip the fries over and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until browned.

Squeeze some lime juice on the fries. Serve hot and with the dip.

Bacon Wrapped Fries