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by Morley Evans
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, M.D. is a scientist. He understands statistics and how they are misused. He likes the Lyon Diet Heart Study because it was an honest scientific study. The entire body of "evidence" being promoted by the anti-cholesterol industry is dead wrong.
I am living proof of what Dr. Kendrick says. My cholesterol is 9.4 mmol/L. Before doctors lowered my cholesterol with Statins, tortured me for 8 years and nearly killed me, my cholesterol was 9.4 mmol/L. Read "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Dr. Kendrick. Why would anyone want to reduce cholesterol? ANSWER from Big Pharma: Because we make lots of money selling Statin drugs! We have made hundreds of billions, even trillions of dollars selling Statin drugs.
Here is a summary of the Lyon Diet Heart Study. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4655
These are a few points:
What is the Lyon Diet Heart Study?
This was a randomized, controlled trial with free-living subjects. Its goal was to test the effectiveness of a Mediterranean-type diet on the rate of coronary events in people who've had a first heart attack. The results suggest that a Mediterranean-style Step I diet may help reduce recurrent events in patients with heart disease.
What is a Mediterranean-style diet?
There's no one, typical "Mediterranean" diet. At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between these countries and also between regions within a country. Many differences in culture, ethnic background, religion, economy and agricultural production result in different diets. But the common Mediterranean dietary pattern has these characteristics:
• high in fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds
• includes olive oil as an important source of monounsaturated fat
• dairy products, fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, little red meat
• eggs consumed zero to four times weekly
• wine consumed in low to moderate amounts
What are the conclusions?
The Lyon Diet Heart Study showed the potential importance of a dietary pattern that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, and fish as well as alpha-linolenic acid. The findings from this study imply risk factors beyond lipids and lipoproteins (cholesterol) that have been our primary focus in secondary prevention. The fact that omega-3 fatty acids exert cardioprotective effects in several ways suggests that they could have accounted for the results that were observed. The reduction in coronary recurrence rates, even though lipid and lipoprotein risk factors were comparable, clearly points to other important risk factor changes as major influences in the development of CVD. There's a pressing need to identify these risk factor(s) and find effective treatment strategies.
Dr. Kendrick completely demolishes the hypothesis that lipids and lipoproteins ("cholesterol") have anything to do with atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Elevated cholesterol seems to protect one from stroke and cancer. As the American Heart Association concludes above, "There's a pressing need to identify these [other important risk factor changes] and find effective treatment strategies."
Indeed there is a need.