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New Study: People Eating MORE Saturated Fat Get LESS Heart Disease

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This is fantastic. A new Dutch study followed 36,000 people and tried to find a connection between the amount of saturated fat they ate and the risk of heart disease.

This time there actually was a connection. People eating more saturated fat (like butter) got way less heart disease!

The Study in AJCN

This should be impossible

Obviously this is only a statistical trial so it does not prove cause and effect. It doesn’t prove that butter protects against heart disease. But it’s still another big nail in the coffin for the failed low-fat diet. Because it’s almost impossible to get a result like this if saturated fat was really dangerous.

Imagine doing a study and finding that smokers get way less lung cancer, and the more they smoke the less lung cancer they get. That would be weird. It would also never happen. Because unlike natural saturated fat, smoking is actually bad for you.

Here’s another fantastically awkward thing that would not happen if saturated fat were as bad as some people still think: Stunning: Saturated Fat and the European Paradox

And here’s yet another: The Real Association Between Butter and Heart Disease in Sweden

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Swap Statins for a Daily Apple to Improve Heart Health, Say Health Experts

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Daily cholesterol-lowering medications do more harm than good for more people, argue health experts. They should not be used routinely for people who do not already have heart disease, as the side effects outweigh the benefits:

The Telegraph: Swap Statins for a Daily Apple to Improve Heart Health, Say Health Experts

The article is based on a new debate in BMC Medical Journal. Note that the two people who argue for widespread medication with statins for healthy people both are on the payroll of Big Pharma.

Personally I’m not convinced by the apple argument though, I doubt it will make much of a difference. What really has been proven to protect against heart disease is a higher-fat Mediterranean diet with extra nuts or olive oil.

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Were the Ancient Egyptians Healthy, While Basing Their Diet on Wheat?


4.3 out of 5 stars5 star55%4 star25%3 star12%2 star5%1 star2%40 ratings1,743 viewsIs it healthy to live on a diet full of “healthy” whole grains, while eating no sugar or modern processed foods?

Let’s look at a well-known people who did exactly that. Above is a short segment from a presentation by Dr. Michael Eades at last year’s LCHF Convention. The ancient Egyptians basically ate what most modern nutritionists would consider a perfect diet. So what happened?

Unfortunately, in autopsied mummies there are signs of severe heart disease and some people even had weight issues… perhaps it’s not so healthy to base your diet on wheat?

Watch the full presentation

In the full presentation Dr. Eades also talks a lot about the origins of the low-carb diet. You can buy access to the entire LCHF convention for $49 dollars from the organizers. Or you can watch this talk on our member pages:

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Why Insulin Resistance Is GOOD

We’re always told that insulin resistance is the root cause of diabetes type 2. But that may be wrong. Insulin resistance could be a GOOD thing.

Dr. Fung explains it well in this insightful new post. Basically, insulin resistance is the way the cells protect themselves from excess insulin and glucose in the blood (the real problem):

Dr. Fung: Insulin Resistance is Good?

I love Dr. Fung’s take on inflammation in this post as well. It has bothered me for quite some time when people claim that inflammation is the cause of X (i.e. heart disease). Inflammation is usually a symptom of a problem, it’s the body’s default response to damage. The cause is something else.

In the case of heart disease the cause is damage to the interior of the blood vessels. This damage results in inflammation – but that’s just a symptom. The cause of the damage? Many things. High blood sugar. High blood pressure. Toxic chemicals (e.g. from smoking). And probably oxidized small dense LDL particles.

Excess bad carbs can be behind all these causes of heart disease, except perhaps smoking.

The thing is that we can’t solve the problem by attacking a symptom of the problem. Diabetes type 2 can’t be cured by targeting insulin resistance. Heart disease can’t be cured by targeting inflammation.

We need to take away the cause, which in many cases is eating too many bad carbs, too often (a normal Western diet).

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Doctor in the House – Watch Diabetes Reversed Using Low Carb on BBC, While Old-School Dietitians Freak Out

Do you want to see type 2 diabetes reversed on TV, using a low-carb approach? Here’s the first episode of Doctor in the House, a great new show on BBC with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Watch it above or on bbc.co.uk if you’re in the UK.

Dr. Chatterjee spends two months helping a family where the husband has out-of-control type 2 diabetes. The husband is a walking time bomb for a heart attack or worse.

The prescription? A low-carb diet, intermittent fasting (eating only allowed during 10 hours per day) and some high-intensity interval training. After a while they add 24-hour fasting a few times a week. It may be the best treatment available anywhere.

The result? A revelation. In just two months his blood sugar control improves massively, he’s already off most of his diabetes drugs and he has lost tons of weight. He feels fantastic.

Old-school dietitians freak out

Can you see how dangerous this must be? All that sudden health and weight loss? Danger is apparently what old-school British dietitians see. The British Dietetic Association immediately put out a press release:

BDA: BDA alarmed by controversial and potentially dangerous advice in BBC’s ‘Doctor in the House’

Amazingly this is not a joke and they probably do not realize how absurd they sound. Isn’t getting personalized advice based on cutting-edge science, via their own in-house doctor a good thing? Isn’t massively improved health – even being able to get off medications – a good thing?

Isn’t it perhaps even better than following obsolete guidelines via the Church of Dietetics, while staying sick and on drugs?

On the Coca-Cola payroll

On a more alarming note the British Dietetic Association may not just be behind on updating their knowledge. They’ve also had the bad judgement of getting on Coca-Cola’s payroll, accepting sugar money and even “collaborating” with Coca-Cola on education for dietitians (meaning they let Coca-Cola attempt to brainwash their dietitian members). On top of that they are sponsored by makers of sugary yogurts (Danone) and cereals loaded with sugar.

Would you believe dietary advice from a dietitian educated by Coca-Cola, or a Dietetic Organization on Coca-Cola’s and Big Sugar’s payroll?

I’d rather trust an honest doctor – who’s revolutionizing his patients’ health – instead.

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Surge in Number of UK Adults with Diabetes

The number of UK adults with diabetes has risen by more than 65% in a single decade, to 3.5 million people – a clear sign that something is completely wrong.

The Guardian: Surge in number of UK adults with diabetes

The British Heart Foundation is pouring another £3m into research on the link between diabetes and heart disease, as well as new treatments for the condition. They seem to be totally focused on the usual thing: more new drugs to reduce the damage of the disease.

Fortunately people do not have to wait for even more drugs to be available, as reversing type 2 diabetes is already possible.

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Major New Study: Getting Blood Pressure Below 120 Saves Lives – and Increases Risks

A new just-released study may transform the medical treatment of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is super common in the modern world – about a third of the adult US population have it, and another third have borderline high blood pressure. Only one third of the adult population have “normal” pressure (under 120/80). High blood pressure increases the risk of diseases like heart disease and stroke.

The most common treatment by far – and the only treatment that doctors have time for during a 10-minute consultation – is drugs. It’s not uncommon for people with high blood pressure to get one, two, four or even more drugs to take daily for controlling their blood pressure.

The question has been how aggressively to treat high blood pressure in people at risk of complications from it. Earlier studies has only proved a benefit from lowering blood pressure to below 140 systolic pressure. Studies targeting lower goals have been small and inconclusive.

This new big study – funded by the National Institute of Health and other government organizations (not the pharma industry) – compared a goal of below 120 to a goal of below 140. The results were so clear that the study was stopped in advance after 3.2 years.

The good news

Risk of premature death during the study dropped by about 1.2 percent in absolute numbers in the intensively treated group. In other words participants had a 1.2 percent greater chance of not dying during the study, due to taking more blood pressure lowering drugs. This is actually quite impressive. The risk of cardiovascular problems also dropped significantly.

The bad news

Lowering blood pressure this much required on average 3 drugs to be taken daily. Quite a few patients needed 4 or more drugs. All these drugs come with the risk of side effects.

Unfortunately the risk of serious side effects also increased – like the risk of ending up in the ER due to fainting from low blood pressure (risk up by 1.1 percent in absolute numbers) or having your kidneys damaged or totally give up on you (risk up by 1.3 percent).

The bottom line

Yes, it’s good for cardiovascular health to have a normal blood pressure. But aggressively lowering it with drugs always comes with side effects. These are not just about the serious things that makes you end up in the hospital. The more minor side effects are much more common. Feeling tired, lacking energy, gaining weight from beta-blockers, etc.

The really good news is that you can improve your blood pressure without 3, 4 or more daily drugs. And without any of the side effects. Here’s how:

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure

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Big Headlines about Statins

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Big headlines about statins in the UK yesterday. It may not be worth taking statins if you suffer annoying side effects, unless you think a few days of extra life is worth it.

Express.co.uk: Statins add a mere three days to life

I wrote about the study earlier last week:

The Terrifyingly Tiny Effect of Statin Drugs

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My Facebook Review of The American College of Cardiology

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Drinking just one soda a day is likely to significantly increase the risk of heart disease, as well as obesity and diabetes. This according to the latest review of available science, published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Yet the same organization that publishes this journal, the organization of 43,000 physicians and other cardiovascular professionals, is accepting millions of dollars from Coca-Cola, as a “partnership”.

This was revealed last week in Coca-Cola’s transparency report. The payments from 2010 total 3.2 million dollars, including a payment of $450,000 this year:

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Coca-Cola even brags on their website about the collaboration: Coca-Cola: Meet Our Partners: American College of Cardiology

I find this mindboggling and simply not acceptable, so I wrote a review on the ACC Facebook page. If you agree with me feel free to write your own review, or like mine so that it appears higher in the listing.

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Just One Can of Soda Daily “Can Increase Heart Attack Risk By A Third”

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Soda drinker?

Drinking soda likely increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease significantly. This according to a just published review of the available science, from Harvard School of Public Health.

The Telegraph: One can of fizzy drink daily ‘can increase heart attack risk by a third’

Of course the effect of soda drinking on heart disease is still mainly based on statistical data, so there’s a lot of uncertainty to the size of the effect. But anything that leads to obesity and diabetes likely increases the risk of heart disease too, so it makes perfect sense.

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