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Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth Plus 100 Recipes.

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

The Great Cholesterol Myth Plus 100 Recipes reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including: Inflammation, Fibrinogen, Triglycerides, Homocysteine, Belly fat, Triglyceride to HCL ratios, High glycemic levels, and offers 100 recipies that will help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management. Then enjoy delicious, heart-healthy meals from nutritionist Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., N.D.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth Plus 100 Recipes.

MYTHS VS. FACTS

Myth: High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. Fact: Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.

Myth: High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack. Fact: There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.

Myth: Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life. Fact: There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.

Myth: Statin drugs are safe. Fact: Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.

Myth: Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly. Fact: Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.

Myth: Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol. Fact: Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.

Myth: Saturated fat is dangerous. Fact: Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.

Myth: The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan. Fact: Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.

Myth: A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease. Fact: Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.

Myth: Fat is bad for your health. Fact: Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.

Myth: There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Fact: This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.

Myth: Cholesterol causes heart disease. Fact: Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or "bb shot" LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.
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Please note: This is a Kindle version of Uffe Ravnskov´s first book in English.
The book cover is new, but the contents are the same.

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1. Cholesterol is not a deadly poison. It is a substance that is vital to the cells of all mammals. There is no such thing as “good” or “bad” cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect an unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent.

2. A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus, coronary heart disease, but many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.

3. Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol, and decreases when you eat more cholesterol. This explains why the “prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than, on average, a few per cent.

4. There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. More than twenty studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven't eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.

5. The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but cholesterol-lowering drugs have not been shown to reduce either heart mortality or total mortality. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.

6. Statins, the new cholesterol-lowering drugs, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but this is due to mechanisms other than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain, and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

7. Many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades, but are rarely told to the public by the proponents of the diet-heart idea.

8. The reason why doctors, scientists and the public have been misled into believing that elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and will shorten your life is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.

9. People with high cholesterol live the longest. This fact emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, but it is not an exception. Most studies of old people have shown that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Eleven studies of old people found that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Seven studies found that high cholesterol did not predict all-cause mortality either. More than 90 percent of those who die from a heart attack or a stroke have passed the age of 65. High cholesterol is not a risk factor for heart attack for women, nor for a number of other population groups. High cholesterol is a risk factor for less than five percent of those who die from a heart attack.

Since 1990, Uffe Ravnskov MD PhD has published over 100 scientific papers critical of the cholesterol campaign, proposing new hypotheses and also contending that “the successful dissemination of the diet-heart idea is due to authors systematically ignoring or misquoting (contradictory) studies.”
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