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5.0 out of 5 stars Now it all makes sense (at last)!, 11 April 2010
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This review is from: The Great Cholesterol Con (Paperback)
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. Having undergone extensive medical examination over the last 10 years that stated they could not find anything wrong but the worrying high cholestrol levels kept leading to statins always being suggested, I at least feel vindicated.

As with the recently published research on eating 5+ daily helpings of fruit and vegetables not having the major impact previously supposed on preventing certain cancers, it may be becoming clearer the primacy of quality of life alongside taking personal accountability plus acceptance that your genes may have pre-determined your place in the lottery of life rather than drugs is what health care is about?
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2010 09:26:07 BDT
D. Procter says:
The idea that patients be allowed take personal accountabilty and make decisions in line with their own view of how they want to live their lives with the doctor simply supplying the medical information to enable them to do that is totally anathema to most doctors despite the fact that every competent adult patient is legally entitled to do exactly that. What's the difference between God and a doctor? God doesn't think he's a doctor.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2010 16:51:33 BDT
Siriam says:
Thankfully while they still may be small in number there are a few more doctors now surfacing who are challenging mis-interpretation of the standard medical approaches and wisdom - Dr Malcolm Kendrick as here is one on cholestrol and Dr John Briffa on new practical approaches to diets and losing weight being another. May their voices continue to grow louder!
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