This is one of the most important and ground-breaking health/scientific books I have read. It is particularly significant because it proves beyond a doubt that we have been deliberately, totally and utterly deceived in the last decades by the misleadingly interpreted scientific studies of researchers in the pocket of the medicinal industry, which capitalizes on skyrocketing sales of statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs).
The author examines a number of studies into the implications of high cholesterol and its relation to atherosclerosis (stiffening of the arteries), analyzes the results in detail and then tears the conclusions apart. It turns out that the studies/tests have been erroneously interpreted, unwanted results have been left out, the results arrived at and presented in the conclusion having only been those supporting the interests of the investigators.
In actual fact, despite what the researchers, doctors, drug producers and the food industry have been deceiving us for decades into believing, there is no etiological connection between high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. Older people with high cholesterol live longer than older people with low cholesterol. Those treated with statins may suffer fewer deaths from heart disease, but have a higher general mortality - they die more from cancer, for instance. Statins also cause memory loss, dementia, impotence, polyneuropathy, violent behaviour and mental disturbances.
LDL (the "bad" cholesterol - ha!) has useful and essential functions - for instance, it "binds and inactivates 90% of alfatoxin, one of the most toxic chemicals produced by the staphylococcus bacterias". It has a direct beneficial effect on the immune system - people with low LDL-cholesterol are shown to have a much lower number of white blood cells.
High LDL-cholesterol protects against allergy. Only half as many people with high LDL die from cancer - thus the high cancer mortality in those taking statins, which lower the LDL.
Another basic fact that is not generally known is that eating cholesterol does not increase your blood cholesterol. The author actually experimented on himself. When eating one egg per day, which he generally did, his cholesterol was 275 mg/dl. When he increased this amount to 8 per day, his cholesterol level decreased to 246 mg/dl. My own doctor recently informed me that my LDL was too high. This despite the fact that I eat only vegetables, a few eggs and a little fish - no meat or dairy products at all. I'm convinced that it is "too high" because I eat so little of it, and the body naturally rectifies matters. The doctor didn't want to hear about Ravnskov's book. Doctors generally don't like their patients to know more than they do on a given health subject!
Now, as regards saturated fat. The author informs us that the Masai people in Kenya consume nothing but meat, blood and milk, drinking half a gallon of milk a day. Their intake of animal fat is much higher than that of most Western people. But they don't die of heart disease, and their cholesterol is among the lowest measured in the world.
Moreover, studies have shown that patients with heart disease have not consumed more saturated fat than healthy people.
These are just a few highlights of the facts regarding cholesterol and saturated fats presented in this book.
The cholesterol myth having been demolished, the author tackles the matter of the real cause of atherosclerosis - inflammation, bacterial and virus infections, and an excess level of homocysteine in the blood.
In order to avoid an excess of homocysteine, it is necessary to make the conversion of methionine to cysteine more effective, and for this an adequate anount of B6, B12 and folic acid must be present. (Nice to get some useful information about how to avoid atherosclerosis, now we know lowering our cholesterol won't do the trick!)
The author is not the only one with these views about the fallacy of the dangers of high cholesterol. Many are in agreement with him and a separate chapter is devoted to listing the names of these other "brave researchers", as he terms them, and referring to their scientific studies in support of said views.
Though Ravnskov's native language is not English, and he makes numerous grammatical mistakes, he explains the whole thing clearly and concisely. This has been one of the most easily understood scientific books for me to read.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone interested in learning the truth about the matter in hand, thus enabling him- or herself to seize greater control of his/her own health.