Statins are the so-called wonder drugs widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels and claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Believed to be completely safe and capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions, they are the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. In this ground-breaking work, GP Malcolm Kendrick exposes the truth behind the hype, revealing: high cholesterol levels don't cause heart disease; a high-fat diet - saturated or otherwise - does not affect blood cholesterol levels; and, the protection provided by statins is so small as to be not worth bothering about for most men and all women.
Statins have many more side affects than has been admitted and their advocates should be treated with scepticism due to their links with the drugs' manufacturers. Kendrick lambastes a powerful pharmaceutical industry and unquestioning medical profession, who, he claims, perpetuate the madcap concepts of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol and cholesterol levels to convince millions of people to spend billions of pounds on statins, thus creating an atmosphere of stress and anxiety - the real cause of fatal heart disease. With clarity and wit, "The Great Cholesterol Con" debunks our assumptions on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and diet. It is the invaluable guide for anyone who thought there was a miracle cure for heart disease, an appeal to common sense and a controversial and fascinating breakthrough that will set dynamite under the whole area.
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Hilarious Debunking of the "Heart Healthy Diet"
One of the best books on why high cholesterol blood levels are not the cause of heart disease, and how misleading modern medicine is in still promoting a low fat, hence high carbohydrate, diet. The best book so far about the harm done and uselessness in most patients of statin therapy, and why the pharmaceutical industry won't admit it, billions of dollars. Many people's health is being damaged by Statins, but the evidence, though piling up, is ignored.
On several occasions he would read the conclusion of a paper in a highly respected medical journal and contrast it with the study's actual results just presented, and then say,"To this I say, "BALLS!" (This is obviously a UK interjection meaning BS, but I had never heard the word used this way before. It reminded me of Monty Python, a bit.)
A Scottish accent (at least some kind of British accent) and a witty sarcasm, which is how Malcolm Kendrick wrote it.
I often laughed out loud. Other times I just shook my head in disbelief. For instance when he discussed why Scots have a much higher rate of heart disease than the French, though they eat a lot less fat. The French make a celebration of food, while the Scots consider the act of eating akin to filling up their gas tank of their car, something you'd rather not do, but is necessary. Thus the French have much less stress in their daily lives, as opposed to the Scots. Apparently Scottish food is horrible, and not generally a good way to lower stress, though it is appreciably lower in fat than French cuisine.
The medical profession of which I am a member, an MD, should be ashamed of the promotion of statins and low fat diets, which are promoting Diabetes, obesity, probably even Alzheimer's (see the book Grain Brain) and even more heart disease.
He doesn't just debunk the low fat diet, he gives reasons why some groups of people have a higher rate of heart disease. The real killer is stress, not fat in the diet. In fact it appears that the higher fat diets often are associated with less heart disease.
- David E. Haupt
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- Jennifer A. Stewart