The Cholesterol Myths    

                                        Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD    (Who am I?)


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The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth. Here are some astonishing and frightening facts 



About my books

My first book in English (The Cholesterol Myths) is now available on the web for free

My second book Fat and Cholesterol are GOOD for You! includes updated and simplified sections from my the first one. Here I tell about the many benefits that are associated with high cholesterol, even for people with familial hypercholesterolemia. I also present my own idea about the cause of heart disease, an idea that explains all the findings that do not fit with the present view.
Three short forewords 

A new book of mine
”Ignore the Awkward! How the Cholesterol Myths are Kept Alive” is now available from amazon, also in a Kindle version. The aim with this book is to show how prominent scientists have turned white into black by ignoring all conflicting observations; by twisting and exaggerating trivial findings; by citing studies with opposing results in a way to make them look supportive; and by ignoring or scorning the work of critical scientists. 

     Those who have not read my previous books may not quite understand the width of these misleading processes.I have therefore included a short and simplified review of the most obvious contradictions to the cholesterol hypothesis. 
A review


  Many well-known scientists 
agree with me 

Go to
The International Network 
of Cholesterol Skeptics

News from the WHO - A dietary U-turn!

A section from my new book Ignore the Awkward!

A selection of my newsletters. 
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My books (click on the picture If you want to buy a copy). The first one is for free.







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Reviews of my first book The Cholesterol Myths:
John Brignell, PhD, Professor
Stephen Byrnes
, PhD, ND, RNCP 
Michael Gurr
, PhD, Professor
Bodil Jönsson
, PhD, Professor (review in Swedish)
Joel Kauffman
, Research Professor
Ira Pilgrim
, PhD
Ray Rosenman
, MD
Clara Felix
Cuttings from amazon and Barnes & Nobles reviews



Here are the facts!  

Click on the blue arrows if you want references to the scientific literature

 1  Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect an unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent. 

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 2  A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. But many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.

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 3  Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the ”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few per cent.

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 4  There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. For instance, more than twenty studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven't eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.

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 5  The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.

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 6  The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

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 7  Many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades but are rarely told to the public by the proponents of the diet-heart idea. 

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 8  The reason why laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.  

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 9 The Benefits Of High Cholesterol

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  I am an independent researcher and have paid all my research by my own money. No part of my research, including my websites and my books, were funded or influenced by any governmental, industrial or charitable organization.  I am also the webmaster (which explains its amateurish appearance)    




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