The Great Cholesterol Con Paperback – 7 Jul 2008
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"["The Great Cholesterol Con"] will save you a lot of heartacheLITERALLY!"Examiner.com"
About the Author
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick has contributed to numerous medical journals on the topic of coronary heart disease and currently runs a general practice.
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Meditate , not medicate ! A glass of red in the hand is worth two statins in la bouche !
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.Read more ›
In the first chapters, Dr Kendrick uses plain textbook biochemistry to show that there is no such thing as a `cholesterol level', that there is no thinkable way for the bogyman LDL to cause arterial plaque, that the idea that the `good' HDL could reverse plaques by breaking out incorporated LDL is a perfect example of magic thinking and that the ingestion of saturated fat can not have any influence at all on the amount of any lipoprotein floating around in the blood stream. He presents statistics from the WHO ("Not the pop band, but the World Health Organisation") that show that countries with the lowest saturated fat intake invariably have a much higher cardiovascular heart disease mortality than the countries with the highest saturated fat intake.
After describing in detail why statin therapy probably does more harm than good in the general population, Dr Kendrick explains the observation that people with inherited super high LDL levels (familial hypercholesteraemia or FH) indeed do have a substantially increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. In the land of FH, children aged ten die of massive heart attacks (although others live happily to be 104...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Confirmed my thoughts and suspicions of the about heart disease and fat. Wish there was more about the physiology of stress but it was a good start. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr James Salvin-Keech
Get this book and learn about what I have long suspected about cholesterol. One reason my husband and I have refused to take the standard medication for 'high' cholesterol!Published 1 month ago by Gardsuener
Very interesting and thought provoking book. Forget all those panic meeting with your doctor if your Cholesterol goes over about 5.2, read this book and see why !!Published 1 month ago by grdn
Brilliant. It will change your life for the better especially if you like your food and drink.Published 2 months ago by a
I started following Dr Kendrick's blog quite recently and found it absolutely fascinating. Having myself turned down the 'opportunity' to go onto statins twice, I can't say I was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geraldine Box
We written book that's makes good sensible arguments concerning cholesterol, fats, stress, lifestyle etc. Easy to read with very little background knowledge.Published 2 months ago by Matty A
For years various doctors have been pushing statins in my direction in order to lower my cholesterol. I've always resisted as I'm convinced my level of around 5. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grananne