Wanting to know about a healthy diet?  Fat chance you’ll get the truth

Sunday 15 February, 2015    


Time not to beat around the bush.

If you read Friday's letter you’ll know I challenged the profligate lies about consuming saturated fats being held up as fact.

For thirty years we have all been subject to experts telling us that we should eat processed margarines, low fat yoghurts and no cheese or butter if we wanted to live past fifty.

And now the BMJ article says this was a web of deceit, based upon flawed data and erroneous samples... or lies to me and you.

Today I want to continue my campaign against the selfsame experts and their crusade against lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Frankly, the attempts to reduce a naturally occurring compound in our bodies to unnatural and unsafe levels is just plain wrong.

And using this arbitrary measure as justification to bombard us with horrific and unproven drugs is verging on the insane.

The basis under which our GP’s believe they are doing good by doling out the meds is flawed.

Believe me, whilst it has taken three decades for the truth to come out about the safety of eating saturated fats you’ll have to wait even longer for the truth about cholesterol and cholesterol lowering drugs to be published.

The reason is money... lots of it.

So, today I want to challenge three statements:

1) High levels of dietary cholesterol leads to high blood cholesterol levels

2) High blood cholesterol levels leads to increased risk of heart disease

3) High cholesterol levels in blood are worse for us than high levels of sugar in our diet

I’ll also make no bones about the fact that I want you to challenge the need for statins and other cholesterol drugs being prescribed to you – and the fact that other proven but natural alternatives are not taken seriously when there is evidence that they can be highly effective against heart disease (by not just affecting cholesterol levels).

Why fats in diet fail to convert to cholesterol in blood

This is one of those medical myths from a time before rigorous science which just doesn’t hold true under modern scrutiny.

Over fifty years ago simple experiments drew a link between fat consumption and blood cholesterol levels, but failed to appreciate that 75% of this was actually made in the body’s own liver.

In fact, much of the fat and cholesterol we eat can’t be processed by the gut and is excreted.

Our own internal mechanisms control the amount of cholesterol we make, and if we do have a high fat diet the amount our bodies make actually reduces so that levels are maintained – much as they are for other key compounds in our body – a process known as homeostasis.

And before anyone starts to complain that not all cholesterol is the same, all the research shows that the ratios between good HDL and bad LDL types remains constant irrespective of intake(1).

You might feel that I have over simplified this and that other factors need to be taken into account, and that is true...

...but as we have recently seen many of these so-called facts have also been misrepresented, and on examination shown to be plain wrong.

Eating saturated fats might raise cholesterol levels but the effects are very short-term, and the body balances out in a matter of weeks(2) – unfortunately the drug companies seize upon any trials that support their claims and extrapolate them for their own benefit.

Just to satisfy anyone who still isn’t sure, here’s what one of the architects of the so-called diet-heart hypothesis stated recently by way of apology for his former beliefs:

“Dietary cholesterol has a limited effect in humans. Adding cholesterol to a cholesterol-free diet raises the blood level in humans, but when added to an unrestricted diet, it has a minimal effect.”  Ancel Keys

Cholesterol isn’t bad

Ok, from the start – a plain and simple truth - we would die without cholesterol in our body.

I feel it is important to make this point as there are those who would have us believe that this compound is the devil incarnate...conveniently forgetting that every cell membrane incorporates cholesterol in its structure, and many hormones are based upon it.

Knowing it is this important helps explain why our bodies go to the trouble of making it rather than hoping we come across it in what we eat.

It is clear that too many dietary experts take a far too simplistic view of the facts and become crusaders for the anti-cholesterol cause, with the pharma PR teams only too willing to feed them misrepresentative data to fuel their passions.

We should not allow ourselves to be caught up in this myopic charade.

Sugar is the true demon

Finally, the smoking gun isn’t a nice cream bun, a juicy steak or even a bag of chips... it’s the Starbucks coffee, the Kelloggs cornflakes or the Muller yoghurt.

Despite seeming to be innocent bystanders in damaging our hearts, these types of products loaded with sugar are the real killers.

Products which line our supermarket shelves and dominate TV advertising are the ones we should avoid...

...but do you hear governments asking for a ban? Are there eminent scientists producing reams of data to show that sugar is the world’s biggest health risk?

The answer, surprisingly, is yes but you need to know where to look because the big companies who control our media don’t allow them the airtime they need.

There are thousands of reports and scientific studies which show how damaging sugar is, but they get hidden away behind the last statins claim or the new wonder health drink... or even an attack on how people are gorging themselves rather than going to the gym.

You know this is what is happening because you see it every day.

Fat chance that anyone will help us – do it yourself

If you accept any of the three evidenced statements above you have to ask yourself whether statins are the answer.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are generated annually by thme for drug companies, yet in reality the only proven benefits they have had is for men over fifty that have had a heart attack already – everything else is conjecture.

Worryingly, this class of drug has been shown to cause serious side effects such as muscle damage, joint pain, increased aggression and liver and kidney damage to name but a few... and yet they are prescribed by the lorry load to lower blood cholesterol levels.

If you doubt whether these side effects are serious, ask yourself why the companies who make them are now investing billions of dollars in developing versions which they say have no side effects... even though they deny there are any to begin with!

Take a completely natural approach to a healthy heart – use Bergamet

Don’t wait for more big pharma lies to make the headlines, act now.

Yours, as always



(1) Djoussé, L., & Gaziano, J. M. (2009). Dietary cholesterol and coronary artery disease: a systematic review. Current atherosclerosis reports, 11(6), 418-422.
(2) Mensink, R. P., Zock, P. L., Kester, A. D., & Katan, M. B. (2003). Effects of dietary fatty acids and carbohydrates on the ratio of serum total to HDL cholesterol and on serum lipids and apolipoproteins: a meta-analysis of 60 controlled trials. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 77(5), 1146-1155.





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