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Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels? Do you avoid eating fats and cholesterol, especially meat? - Part 2

Are you taking statin drugs to protect your heart?  Well, just maybe statin drugs are prescribed because they are a cash cow for the drug companies!

Not one of these trials shows the slightest evidence that men who ate low fat diets lived any longer or had fewer heart attacks than those who ate high fat diets.

More on the Framingham Heart Study.  As it turned out, the group of Framingham residents who developed heart disease and the group of Framingham residents who did not, had similar ranges of cholesterol levels.  In fact, the average cholesterol level of the heart disease group was only 11% higher than the group without heart disease.  Cardiovascular disease was commonly found in people with cholesterol levels as low as 150 mg/dl.  Low cholesterol, according to the Framingham Study, was hardly a guarantee of a healthy heart.

Thirty years of data from the Framingham Heart Study found that once men passed the age of 47, it did not make any difference whether their cholesterol was low or high.  After age 48, the men lived just as long or longer than those who had low cholesterol.

In 1992, forty-four years after the Framingham Study began, study director William Castelli, M.D. wrote an editorial to the Archives of Internal Medicine.  "In the Framingham Study, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person's serum cholesterol...we found that people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least, and were the most physically active".

The sixth trial of NIH funded trials, known as the Lipid Research Clinics Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (LRC-CPPT) was initiated in 1973.  It's worth mentioning the following comments by Dr. George Mann M.D., Associate Professor of Bio-Chemistry at Vanderbilt University College of Medicine and a participating researcher in the Framingham Heart Study was one of the doubters of the benefit of the low cholesterol.  The diet-heart idea is the "greatest scam" in the history of medicine, he said.  "Researchers have held repeated press conferences bragging about cataclysmic breakthroughs which the study directors' claim shows that lowering cholesterol lowers the frequency of coronary disease.  They have manipulated the data to reach the wrong conclusions."  Dr. Mann also declared that NIH managers "used Madison Avenue hype to sell this failed trial in the same way that the media people would sell an underarm deodorant."

Michel de Lorgeril, M.D., a French cardiologist and researcher at the prestigious National Center for Scientific Research, the largest public organization for scientific research in France, has authored dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals.  He was the lead researcher for the Lyon Diet Heart Study.  The following quotation comes from a paper he presented. 
We can summarize...in one sentence: Cholesterol is harmless".

Dr. John Yudkin, M.D., pointed out that there was a better and truer relationship between sugar consumption and heart disease.  "There is a sizeable minority -of which I am one- that believes coronary disease is not largely due to fat in the diet."  Three decades later, Dr. George Mann arrived at the same conclusion and assembled a distinguished group of scientists and doctors to study the evidence that fat and cholesterol cause heart disease, a concept he later called "the greatest health scam of the century".

Sugar is a far greater danger to your heart than fat ever was or will be.  Most medical experts have tried and convicted the wrong culprit.  Fat was innocent all the time.  It's sugar that's the true culprit of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many cancers.

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