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Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong”


The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence:

BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions

Instead of worrying about saturated fats or cholesterol, the cardiologists advise people to eat “real food” (like a higher-fat Mediterranean diet), stop smoking and consider stress reduction and regular physical activity. See the image above.

Here’s the main message in the editorial by Dr. Aseem Malhotra and colleagues:

It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids and reducing dietary saturated fat.

Coronary artery disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and it can be reduced effectively by walking 22 minutes a day and eating real food.

The media is all over the message this morning. It gets criticism from some experts, and support from many others:

If you ask me the experts are likely to be right. It’s certainly time to stop obsessing about saturated fats and LDL cholesterol, as the link to heart disease in likely to be nonexistent and weak, respectively. If eating low-fat foods make you hungry and cause you to increase intake of sugar and refined carbs (as often happens) it may even be harmful.

Many experts are still stuck in an old failed paradigm, still fearing natural fats. It’s time to let it go. Fat is your friend.

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Top Heart Professor Advises Millions to Stop Taking Statins


Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don’t lower the risk of death, according to leading heart Professor Sherif Sultan. Furthermore, the side effects often outweigh any benefits:

Prof Sultan also highlighted studies showing a link with statins and increased risk of side effects including diabetes, cataracts, renal failure, liver failure, impotence, breast cancer, nerve damage, depression and muscle pains.

He said: “People are taking this drug to prevent a problem and creating a disaster.”

Express: Statins ‘Don’t Cut Heart Deaths Risk’ Says Leading Heart Professor

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Type 2 Diabetes Reversed Again


Here’s yet another proud patient of Dr. David Unwin. The 63-year-old man went low carb and practically reversed his type 2 diabetes, normalizing blood sugar, dramatically improved his cholesterol and lost 6 inches (15 cm) off his waist.

Of course he’s proud, and rightly so.

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Watch the Widowmaker Movie

4.4 out of 5 stars5 stars68%4 stars15%3 stars10%2 stars5%1 star1%60 ratings2,624 viewsMore than 700,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. For many of them, death is the first symptom of the disease. Could a simple heart scan have saved many of these lives?

The Widowmaker movie reveals that a hidden battle fought inside America’s medical establishment has pitted prevention against intervention, keeping scans in the shadows while cardiac surgeries soar. The primary cause could be profits, and not what would benefit patients more.

Featuring cardiologists, heart attack survivors and lawmakers, the Widomaker movie could change the way you think about heart disease – and it just might save your life.

You can watch the trailer of the movie above (transcript). The full movie is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

The Widowmaker

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Some Common Benefits of Eating Low Carb


A low-carb diet brings many benefits other than control of type 2 diabetes – such as reduced weight, improved cholesterol profile, lower blood pressure and better markers of liver health (as illustrated by Dr. David Unwin in the picture above).

His patients have clearly benefited greatly from eating real food with few carbohydrates. If you’re curious about how to reap the same benefits and more, then check out our videos and our guides below.

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Dr. Harcombe on the Tsimane Study and Why Carbs Are Not the Answer to Improved Heart Health


Should you eat like the Tsimane?

Is a high-carb diet and intense exercise the secret behind the “healthiest hearts in the world”? This is what the media reported after a study of the Tsimane people in the Bolivian Amazon:

The Guardian: Tsimané of the Bolivian Amazon have world’s healthiest hearts, says study

However, it’s impossible to know what in their lifestyle causes heart health. It’s an enormously common mistake to use imperfect food questionnaires and correlate them with health data, drawing big conclusions.

This kind of suggestive statistical correlation – even in the best case scenarios – has been shown to be wrong 80% of the time! And yet it’s treated as fact in the media.

This is basically the main reason that the whole nutrition field has been such a disaster zone for decades, with high-carb guidelines marking the start of the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

Here’s some sanity, as Dr. Zoe Harcombe analyses the study and what it actually proves:

Heart disease is a disease of civilisation and that’s pretty much it. Industrialised people can do some helpful things to minimise heart disease (don’t smoke, be active and live outdoors near the equator).

However, there is a world of difference between the lifestyle of remote tribal people and Wall Street bankers. If you think eating several hundred calories of even unrefined carbohydrates, without being active for approximately 6 hours a day, will help, even without addressing the numerous and significant other stresses and exposures of modern life, you’re in for a disappointment at best and diabetes at worst.

Dr. Zoe Harcombe: South American Tribe & Heart Disease

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No Lowering of Cardiovascular Death Rates, in Spite of Intensive Lipid Treatment


Does intensive drug treatment of cholesterol levels lower the risk of death, compared to less intensive treatment? Not according to a review of the science. The slide above was shown at the recent American College of Cardiology conference, as tweeted by a Yale cardiologist.

This is the same negative result as shown in the first hard endpoint trial of the super-hyped PCSK9 inhibitors. They did not stop any death from heart disease either, in fact the trend was in the opposite direction.

If even more drugs is not the answer, what is? Perhaps lifestyle modification to reduce metabolic risk factors like low HDL, elevated blood sugars, high blood pressure and excess weight? If so, low carb could be a good option.

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The End to Heart Disease Is Not Here


Imagine a new injectable drug that drops cholesterol to incredibly low levels. People thought it might result in a virtual immunity from heart disease, thus pricing them at an astonishing $14,000 per patient, per year.

There was only one problem – there was no proof that the drug actually did anything good except lowering cholesterol.

The new drug evolocumab, a PCSK9 inhibitor, has still been called a huge advancement in the battle against heart disease and stroke. This exclusively because of its ability to dramatically lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol. The question is whether this truly is a revolutionary advancement for people’s health – or not?

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BMJ Editor-in-Chief: Lessons From the Controversy Over Statins

Statin Tablet in Close Up

Are cholesterol-lowering statin drugs proven to be very safe and effective? Is it time to stop even debating this? Or is this just what the pharmaceutical industry wants you to believe?

Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal, has a strong point of view:

Questions about the evidence base for statins continue to emerge from many quarters: how strong is the evidence, how large is the benefit for individuals at lowest risk of heart disease, how well did the trials record common minor side-effects, how representative were the trials of women and the elderly, what was the effect of active run-in periods and composite endpoints, how does taking a statin affect a person’s diet and exercise patterns, why is there a discrepancy between the real-life experience of muscle pain and what was reported in the trials, why have the data for harms not yet been given the same levels of scrutiny as the data for benefits, and is cholesterol a reliable surrogate endpoint to guide prevention of cardiovascular disease?

So despite Horton and Collins and colleagues wanting to shut down the discussion and award themselves the final word, the debate about statins in primary prevention is alive and kicking. It is a debate that needs to be resolved as thoughtfully, objectively, and openly as possible, and not by eminence-based narrative reviews, however extensive, based on meta-analysis of data that only Collins, his fellow trialists, and industry sponsors have seen.
– Fiona Godlee

The Lancet: Lessons from the Controversy Over Statins

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“My Doctor Urged Me to Take Statins”

4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars93%4 stars1%3 stars0%2 stars0%1 star2%108 ratings1,973 viewsDavid Diamond’s doctor told him to go on statins because of high cholesterol. But David wanted to make sure that he knew the science before starting the medication. He started reading, and quickly realized that what we think we know about cholesterol, heart disease and statins is not quite right.

With his new knowledge, he became highly interested in the field and was able to make vast improvements – without ever taking medications.

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“My Doctor Urged Me to Take Statins!” – Dr. David Diamond

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