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The Great Cholesterol Con

- The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It
 Format: Audiobook, Kindle, Paperback  Author: Dr. Malcolm Kendrick  Category: Diet, Disease Prevention  Publisher: John Blake  Published: October 1, 2008  ISBN: 1844546101  ISBN: 978-1844546107  Pages: 238  Country: United States  Language: English  Dimension: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches  Item Weight: 7.1 ounces  Edition: Updated edition (October 1, 2008)  Audible  Amazon  Kindle  Apple Books  Walmart  Biblio  Thriftbooks

In “The Great Cholesterol Con,” GP Malcolm Kendrick challenges the prevailing narrative surrounding statins, the widely prescribed drugs purported to lower blood cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease. Kendrick’s groundbreaking work exposes the truth behind the hype, revealing several key points:

1. High cholesterol levels do not directly cause heart disease.
2. Contrary to popular belief, a high-fat diet, whether saturated or not, does not significantly affect blood cholesterol levels.
3. The protective benefits offered by statins are minimal and may not be worth pursuing for most men and all women.

Kendrick also highlights the extensive side effects associated with statins, which have been downplayed by their advocates, often with ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He criticizes both the industry and the medical profession for perpetuating the notions of “good” and “bad” cholesterol and promoting statin use on a massive scale, despite limited evidence of their effectiveness.

Furthermore, Kendrick argues that the stress and anxiety generated by the fear of heart disease, fueled by misinformation about cholesterol and statins, may be more detrimental to health than the conditions they aim to prevent.

With clarity and wit, “The Great Cholesterol Con” challenges conventional wisdom about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and diet. It serves as a valuable guide for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of heart disease prevention and sheds light on the controversies surrounding statin use.

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