What causes heart disease – part II

[By heart disease I mean, the development of atherosclerotic plaques in large arteries. Mainly the coronary arteries (supplying blood to the heart) and carotid arteries (supplying blood to the brain). This, I will refer to as Cardiovascular Disease CVD. Not entirely accurate, but language never is.] At this point, I am going to start at […]

Cholesterol goes up heart disease goes down

As readers of this blog will know well, I do not believe that cholesterol levels have anything to do with heart disease, which would more accurately called coronary artery disease (CAD) or coronary heart disease (CHD). This is not a view that is widely accepted in the medical community, nor in society as a whole. […]

The Cholesterol Myth [video] Part 2

Heart of the Matter | The Cholesterol Myth: Dietary Villains and Cholesterol Drug War. Thursday, 31 October 2013 on ABC 1 (Australia) Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine? For the last four decades we’ve been told that saturated fat clogs our arteries […]

The Cholesterol Myth [video] Part 1

The Cholesterol Myth: Dietary Villains and Cholesterol Drug War. Thursday 24 October on ABC 1 (Australia) Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine? For the last four decades we’ve been told that saturated fat clogs our arteries and high cholesterol causes heart disease. […]

Why saturated fat cannot raise cholesterol levels (LDL levels)

3rd July 2018 “Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.’ H.L. Mencken. Of all the flaws of the human mind, the number one must be the overwhelming desire to find simple, easy to understand answers – to everything. I […]

Diabetes Unpacked – a new book

Last year I was asked if I would contribute to a book on diabetes. Any money made from royalties would go to The Noakes Foundation in South Africa, a non-profit organisation which aims to advance understanding of the low carb high fat (LCHF) diet, in order to help people eat more healthily. Mainly in South […]

A Swiss Investment Bank gets it completely one hundred per cent right

[Yes, that’s right, a Swiss Investment Bank!] A kind reader of my blog pointed me at a report by Credit Suisse entitled ‘Fat, the New Health Paradigm.’ I suppose I half expected the usual. Saturated fat causes heart disease, cholesterol causes heart disease. ‘We are a respected bank, what the hell did you expect – […]

The dog that did not bark in the night

Some of you may have noticed this study, others may not. The amazing ‘wonderdrug’ trial proving that cholesterol lowering drugs have unparalleled benefits on preventing stroke. Here is just one headline from the Daily Express. A major newspaper in the UK. Statins slash stroke risk by 30 per cent: Millions more should be given drug, […]

Reality control

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” And yet the past, though of its nature […]

Immovable Object

I have not been blogging much recently. One of the reasons is that I have been involved with a group of doctors and professors who have been fighting against the latest guidelines on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease which were due to be announced in July. We have had, as I knew, precisely no effect. […]