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The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It [Kindle Edition]

Malcom Kendrick
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Statins are widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels and claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Believed to be completely safe and capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions, they are the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. In this groundbreaking book, GP Malcolm Kendrick exposes the truth behind the hype. He will change the way we think about cholesterol forever. Rubbishing the diet-heart hypothesis, in which clinical trials 'prove' that high cholesterol causes heart disease and a high-fat diet leads to heart disease, Kendrick lambastes a powerful pharmaceutical industry and unquestioning medical profession, who, he claims, perpetuate the madcap concepts of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol and cholesterol levels to convince millions of people to unnecessarily spend billions of pounds on statins. Clearly and comprehensively debunking assumptions on what constitute a healthy lifestyle and diet, "The Great Cholesterol Con" is the accessible, indispensable and absorbing case against statins and for a more common-sense approach to heart disease and general wellbeing. No more over-hyped miracle drugs; no more garlic, red wine, anti-oxidants, fruit or vegetables; even a vegetarian diet is rejected in this controversial yet authoritative critique of how we have been mislead over how food and drugs affect our coronary health. Here, for the first time, is the invaluable guide for anyone who though there was a miracle cure for heart disease, "The Great Cholesterol Con" is a fascinating breakthrough that will set dynamite under the whole area.

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"["The Great Cholesterol Con"] will save you a lot of heartache--LITERALLY!"

About the Author

Dr Kendrick is a GP in Macclesfield. He writes for Pulse magazine in the UK, and redflagsweekly, an on-line health magazine based in Canada. He has written technical papers on insulin resistance, and multiple sclerosis. He developed the educational website for the European Society of Cardiology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844546101
  • Publisher: John Blake; Updated edition edition (7 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGXQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Malcolm graduated in medicine and now lives and works in sunny Cheshire as a General Practitioner. He has always tried to question received wisdom where it seems flawed which, to him, seems to be all over the place. He wrote The Great Cholesterol Con as it became clear that the accepted ideas on diet, Cholesterol and heart disease were bunk. He has his own blog where he discusses a wide range of health issues. He tries to live according to his own philosophy on health which is simple. Enjoy life, enjoy friends and family, do a bit of exercise, and don't worry too much. There are few things that cannot be sorted by a twelve year old malt whisky.

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141 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now it all makes sense (at last)! 11 April 2010
Worried about your cholestrol levels based on annual medicals or check ups? Under pressure to start taking statins by your doctor? Sick of eating tofu and lettuce instead of steak?

You get my general drift and if like me in my late 50s you have been subject to such ongoing "medical best advice" for a number of years even though your cholestrol level is not going up but remains above those much quoted lower optimum levels, I strongly suggest that you do not do anything before reading this book.

Kendrick writes in a slightly sarcastic and amusing tone (think Jack Dee/John Cleese) and covers an incredible amount of detailed medical and biological research in a way that helps you through what could have been a very dry medical tome. Openly admitting where he does not know the answer or cannot prove it, he at the same time seems to do a pretty impresssive demolition job on the dietary theory being the root cause of cholestrol levels; the fallacy of certain cholestrol levels especially the good versus bad being that critical to your exposure to heart attacks; and, finally the many real dangers of long term use of statins. The latter has been sadly observed first hand on a relative who has now refused to ever use again given the impact on his memory and digestion and has immediately recovered considerably.

After many years of getting steadily healthier through more regular exercise and better diet (as a fact I feel and function much better than I ever did in my early 30s) this book almost reads like an affirmation to trust in your own instincts as to the quality of life you want to lead.
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170 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man on Waterloo Bridge 29 Mar. 2010
I have 'suffered' with high blood pressure for most of my life and I am 59 years of age. Truth is , I am not aware of it and I have been on medication #Nifedipine, Hydralazine and Bendrofluazide# to 'treat' my high bp for the last 13 years. I was told that I also had the beginnings of ischaemic heart disease which is a build up of plaque on the major arteries. I don't drink or smoke and my GP and the cardiologist have been trying to force me to take different variations of statins for the last 5 years , despite knowing that they make me very ill; they just kept on changing them. Now I just pretend I take them , but I don't ! I have been aware that the drug companies make billions from statins and that in the USA , children as young as 10 are being prescribed them and I have nursed a doubt for some time that my 'essential' bp was anything to do with anything other than stress and lack of exercise. This fantastic book - written in plain English but packed with accurate studies and easily checkable #by the reader# reference points , is a must in my opinion. It debunks the myth of heart disease and also exposes the medical profession as being as vulnerable to , shall we say, 'hospitality' as any British MP !In my opinion the GPs are being lazy and not checking overall mortality figures and just believing what the pharmaceutical reps tell them. Read this book and you will not be disappoined. It's written by a Scottish-British GP and I believe his version...he may not 100pc right , but I believe his analysis is more right than wrong. Chuck away the statins -especially if you are an older female; he proves they will kill you quicker than heart disease from mortality tables - and exercise and relax.

Meditate , not medicate ! A glass of red in the hand is worth two statins in la bouche !
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant overall 28 Jan. 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book explains that the cholesterol hypothesis is well and truly dead! It has been disproven, comprehensively. The current obsession with cholesterol levels and avoiding saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet is utterly misguided.

This book was very convincing on this point but if you'd like a far more in depth explanation and history I'd highly recommend 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' by Gary Taubes. This book is also impeccably referenced and argued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medical research made fun
Fascinating book, backed up with plenty of research interpreted in layman's terms. Makes you think about "going to work on an egg" and bacon butties are and always were... Read more
Published 1 day ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars The chemistry even though dumbed down was hard work in places
Having been a just in case Statin person for too many years this book makes eye opening reading ! The chemistry even though dumbed down was hard work in places.
Published 1 day ago by Nick Durant
4.0 out of 5 stars statins are probably a con !
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Published 2 days ago by Mr. S. Calderwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, well presented with all required research references given. It convinced me!
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Published 2 days ago by Avro707
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again his arguments make sense. And once again ...
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