Cholesterol has been a controversial topic for nearly two decades now and the debate shows no signs of winding down any time soon. Even among medical practitioners, widely divergent opinions exist as to “good” and “bad” cholesterol, appropriate levels, effective measurement and whether cholesterol-lowering medications may, in fact, do more harm than good.
Millions of people take daily statin drugs like Lipitor to reduce cholesterol; only blood pressure medication is prescribed more frequently.
Interestingly, the plot of John Grisham’s recent best seller “The Litigators” revolves around a lawsuit against the manufacturers of a cholesterol reducing drug with supposedly lethal side effects. While this particular story is fiction, the premise is completely plausible; there have been entirely too many real-life instances of drugs with sinister side effects and long-term consequences.
We’ve been indoctrinated with the belief that high cholesterol levels are dangerous to our health, and a significant risk factor for heart disease. For decades now, the nutrition community has promoted a “low fat” diet and demonized eggs, dairy, red meat and other “artery clogging” fats. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increasing dependence on vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and processed grains; all of which are now proving to be unhealthy alternatives. Ongoing studies are producing results which may refute previous assumptions of a link between saturated fats and heart disease.
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