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The Cholesterol Myths

July 12, 2012

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

 Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD    (Who am I?)

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    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

  1. it’s the first time for me that I’m on Plavix and Lipotor…I’m very upset more of the drugs than the 2 stents in my arteries one in the main..the CT scan showed blockage of 80% in 2 arteries and the doctor wasn’t clear on the others but said …”they’re ok”. 80% is the number I’ve read continually is the cut off number so the doctors can put in stents…so the doctor that did the procedure actually stated in my case 80 %. He also stated that one day perhaps a By-Pass…this doctor and the ER doctor lacked bedside manners and misused “to tell the truth to patients”

    This happened so fast as all I did was to go to the doctors for having breathing problems with COPD,… upon leaving I mentioned lots of belching and the next thing I’m having a “procedure”…the nurses and doctor all said…”we don’t call it an operation, it’s a procedure”…sounded like text book answers or better yet robots.

    The doctors and nurses did not want to know about my pre existing condition…Radiculitis, another doctor said Fibromyalgia…nevertheless I actually felt no or little pain, more numb…then I fell in Februay of 2012 and have pain all over.
    they wanted to put me on blood pressure pills to lower my BP when my BP was very good….

    I’ve been lazy and eating junk for several years too much and always smoked.
    I quit smoking 3 months ago and now am working out physical and with a nutrionists…

    I’, aware that some drugs have a side effect of weak muscles…which I already have…(similiar to a short circuit)

    I’m 67, was always active , ate veggies and fruit and took vitamins and supplements, cook only with natural ingredients NO TV type food or dinners….perhpas thats why I’m not as bad as I should be.

    Questions: Can you get rid of plague in the arteries?
    6 The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering.
    so then statins are good for some things my case at least????

    • Boy oh Boy CJ
      I don’t know. I’m not a Dr. nor do I play one on TV. I’m an LPN that means I’m not a 4 year educated RN. To the best of my research I have found Doctors I seem to agree with that cholesterol does not have to be lowered nor do statin pills do anything except tax or add toxins to the liver. Your body needs cholesterol and trying to destroy it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Heart disease is caused by a diet void of nutrients and filled with sugar. Fruit is sugar, carb. convert to sugar. Hypertension is also cause by too much sugar in the blood stream. You have to do your own research I have read all the books I have listed in the reverence section and still have questions. But I am sure of the fact of too much sugar in the diet causes illness and insulin resistance which results in Diabetes .
      I am sorry for you health difficulties. At least you are trying to not go lock step with the Dr’s. I wrote this web site because people assume they are using natural when in fact it is plastic. Read about Kashi cereal. Fruit which I wrote on if not watched is too MUCH SUGAR.
      The use or the non use of statins is a personal choice you have to make . No one can tell you what to do on it. I found the best book about statins was Dr. Fife there are other good ones. You have to research this out yourself. I have just tried to provide you a list of what to read. I CAN NOT ADVICE YOU ABOUT ANYTHING. I am not qualified to do that.

      • Coconut oil is VERY good for your health.The Tokeluans of the Pacific Islands walk aronud with cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dl 300 mg/dl and have virtually NO CHD.FORGET cholesterol. Know your fasting blood sugar. THIS actually CAUSES CHD NOT cholesterol at all.The low saturated fat diet does NOT lower mycardial infarctiosn CHD mortality OR total mortality.AVOID polyunsaturated vegetable oils . Avoid UNsaturated fats . Canola , soy, corn ALL BAD. All of these oils have been found to INCREASE CHD in CLINICAL intervention trials . Saturated fat has NOT.COCONUT ND HEALTHY SATURATED ANIMAL FAT ARE GOODP.S. Did you know that out of the small amount of fats that comprise an atheroma, 80 PERCENT IS UNsaturated fat?That\’s right , the saturated fat our trusted guardians and health authorities claim to be bad accounts for ONLY 20 % of it Again 80 percent of the fats are UNsaturated fats

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