Don’t Give Up The Fat!

The rate of cardiovascular disease suffered by both rural and urban Chinese males is almost indistinguishable from the rate experienced by American males, while the rates…for both rural and urban Chinese women is significantly higher than those suffered by American females….The notion that the Chinese don’t have disease of the heart…is what we like to […]

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Finishing Up Cholesterol

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. –Albert Einstein When I say “finish up” of course I don’t mean that there’s nothing more to say. There’s always more that someone can say. Hence the continued existence of the Internet. And Alex Baldwin. In […]

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Knowledge, Not Numbers #2

…High cholesterol levels are really a symptom, not a cause of cardiovascular disease. Not understanding this fact, a lot of people take medicine to try to lower their LDL cholesterol levels artificially. Attempting to control through medication the enzymes that produce elevated cholesterol is analogous to playing pool with a rope. –Dr. Doug McGuff Let’s […]

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Knowledge, Not Numbers

A good decision is based on knowledge, not numbers. –Plato In the previous post we discussed some important foundational ideas when talking about cholesterol. Today we’ll start going into all this just a bit deeper, starting with what all those numbers mean and why I say that your total cholesterol number is meaningless for you, […]

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The Earth is Flat and Cholesterol Will Kill You

In scientific subjects, the natural remedy for dogmatism has been found in research. –Ronald Fisher One of the most pervasive myths out there is that having high cholesterol will give you heart disease, and that eating cholesterol gives you high cholesterol. Like all good myths, there is a kernel–a small kernel–of truth to this. But […]

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