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Lowering cholesterol by diet or drugs has not been shown to extend lifespan, Edward R. Pinckney, MD
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"f you have come to believe that you can ward off death from heart disease by altering the amount of cholesterol in your blood, whether by diet or by drugs, you are following a regime that still has no basis in fact," wrote Edward R. Pinckney, MD, editor of four medical journals and former co-editor of JAMA.
"Rather, you as a consumer, have been taken in by certain commercial interests and health groups who are more interested in your money than your life."
[This is an article written by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD, and is an excerpt from his book The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease.]
[Note: The book Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You is a shortened, simplified and updated version of Dr. Ravnskov's first book, "The Cholesterol Myths".] Lowering Cholesterol May Be Dangerous for Most People
Lowering Cholesterol May Be Dangerous for Most People notes Professor Oliver
Edward R. Pinckney is an editor of four medical journals and former co-editor of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In 1973, together with his wife, he published a book, called ”The Cholesterol Controversy” (97) which summarized all the inconsistencies of the cholesterol idea.
Dr. Pinckney describes all the factors that influence blood cholesterol in healthy people and how difficult it is to get a reliable measure of the cholesterol level because of the uncertainties of the analysis:
“The level of one’s blood cholesterol is, at best, nothing more than an extremely rough indication of a great many different disease conditions.
“At worst, it can be more the cause of stress and the diseases that stress brings on.
“To alter one’s life style as a consequence of this particular laboratory test may well cause more trouble than it could relieve.”
The start of chapter 1 in Pinckney´s book is worth citing:
“Your fear of dying—if you happen to be one of the great many people who suffer from this morbid preoccupation—may well have made you a victim of the cholesterol controversy.
“For, if you have come to believe that you can ward off death from heart disease by altering the amount of cholesterol in your blood, whether by diet or by drugs, you are following a regime that still has no basis in fact.
“Rather, you as a consumer, have been taken in by certain commercial interests and health groups who are more interested in your money than your life.”
Note: This article was published with Uffe Ravnskov’s approval.
It is posted on his website here
About the Author
About Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD is an independent investigator, and the President of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (http://www.THINCS.org).
He is also the author of several books, including:
Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You (2009)
Ignore the Awkward : How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive (2010)
The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease (2002)
Note: His book “Fat and Cholesterol are good for you is a shortened, simplified and updated version of his first book, “The Cholesterol Myths”.
Contact Info for Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, independent investigator
President of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics
Magle Stora Kyrkogata 9, 22350 Lund, Sweden
tel +46 46145022 or +46-702580416
More about the Author
More about Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Here is his biography from Amazon.com.
“Uffe Ravnskov was born 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated in 1961 from the University of Copenhagen with an M.D, but has worked most of his time as a clinician and a researcher in Sweden, where he got his PhD from the University of Lund.
“He has published more than 100 papers and letters critical of the cholesterol campaign; most of them in major medical journals. Honoured by the Skrabanek Award 1999 given by Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland for original contributions in the field of medical skepticism, and by the 2007 Leo-Huss-Walin Prize for Independent Thinking in Natural Sciences And Medicine.
“He is a member of the editorial board of two medical journals and is the creator and spokesman of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (http://www.thincs.org), an organization that includes more than 100 researchers and other university graduates from all over the world.
“More details about Uffe Ravnskov are available on http://www.ravnskov.nu/uffe”
About the Author on Wikipedia
About Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD on Wikipedia
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