That was not enough for me; I wanted the documentation, so I started a correspondence with him. One consequence was that, several years ago, he e-mailed me a copy of the English version of his book The Cholesterol Myths which had been published in Swedish and Finnish. That book, revised, expanded and fully documented, has just been published by New Trends Publishing as a $20 paperback.
Ravnskov is both a physician and researcher. His publications have been in first rate medical journals and he is highly respected by his peers, including me. His book is extremely well researched and is well documented. It is clearly written; much more clearly than many publications that I have read by people whose native language is English.
Medical history is replete with fads that have dominated medical practice and the public's attention. In the seventeen hundreds bleeding was the treatment for everything. It never helped anyone and probably sent many people to a premature death, including George Washington. Many volumes have been written about medical fads of the past. Fads are hardly a thing of the past. In recent memory, one fad was demonizing salt, based on the fact that some people who have high blood pressure(not all people) will have their blood pressure reduced considerably by a salt-free diet. One manufacturer took salt out of infant formula with sometimes fatal results. However, nothing in my memory can match the hype given to cholesterol, with the possible exception of the mammography campaign. The amount of anguish produced in people who found that they had high blood levels of cholesterol is not measurable, but it is considerable. It dwarfs the various diet fads of the past and present. For many people eating was converted from one of life's most pleasurable activities to a chore. This book should relegate much of the cholesterol stuff that we have been hearing and reading to the trash heap.
As Ravnskov states in the epilog of his book, "If you want to know something you must look at all the premises yourself, listen to all the arguments yourself, and then decide for yourself what seems to be the most likely answer. You may be easily led astray if you ask the authorities to do this work for you."
The book is available from www.newtrendspublishing.com
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