The Cholesterol Myths
And More Information about Cholesterol.
By Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” and By Dr. Uffe Ravnskov
Arranged by Joan McDaniel July 12, 2012
Updated June 27, 2014
The current debate in the Medical world on cholesterol, is very complex and involved. I am a LPN Nurse, I am not educated in this subject, nor can I give any advice. I can only voice an opinion based on this research and other books I have read.
I have included two major articles: Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?
From the Coconut Research Center Newsletter
The other is Dr. Uffe Ravinskov’s The Cholesterol Myths
Coconut Research Center Newsletter E-Mail Edition Volume 2 Number 1
Ask Dr. Coconut TM
Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” answers your questions about coconut, diet, and nutrition.
Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?
This is the most often asked question I receive regarding coconut oil. This is a legitimate concern because we have been conditioned to believe that all saturated fats raise cholesterol. Since coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, it would stand to reason that it, too, would raise cholesterol.
The truth is, eating coconut oil will improve your cholesterol values and reduce your risk of heart disease. Many people, however, have expressed concern after having their blood cholesterol checked and finding that their total cholesterol has increased since they began using coconut oil. If coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease, why did their cholesterol levels rise?
I have found that people’s response varies when they start using coconut oil. In some people total cholesterol decreases, while in others it increases. But in either case, their HDL (good) cholesterol always increases. The rise in total cholesterol that some people experience is due mostly to an increase in good cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) improves, thus reducing their risk of heart disease.
It is an established fact that the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol. Total cholesterol, in fact, is misleading and is a poor risk indicator because it lumps together both LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Total cholesterol gives you no indication of how much is good and how much is bad. You can have high total cholesterol, but if a large percentage of it is made up of HDL, then your risk is low.
The Cholesterol Myths
|Dr. Uffe Ravnskov (born 1934) is a Danish independent researcher. He has criticized the research of Ancel Keys. He examined Keys data and found no correlation to back up Key’s finding. He is a member of various international scientific organizations, and a former private medical practitioner in Sweden.. In recent years he has gained international recognition for his research into numerous scientific studies, leading to the publication of a book which stated that the widely popularized Lipis Hypothesis is scientifically invalid. He has also authored The Cholesterol Myth , Fat and Cholesterol are Good for your and Ignore the Award.The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth.Click link for some astonishing and frightening facts|
http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm#a Fat and Cholesterol are GOOD for You!
Update June 26, 2014
Looks like someone is finally making some sense with nutrition NO mention of coconut oil but it is a good start.
Sketchy Research Got Us Eating Low Fat Diets — And It Could Be Killing Us
13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat
This is a review of a book titled Big Fat Surprise by Teicholz check out the book yourself here
This article originally appeared on Popular Science
End of Update
Here are the facts!
Click on the blue number if you want references to the scientific literature
1 Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things 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 also 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 much. 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. For instance, 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 neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.
6 The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms 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 laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.
9 The Benefits Of High Cholesterol