After posting the article on apples and statins, I decided to do some more research and came up with this!
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The Cholesterol Myth
by Raymond Francis
Cholesterol does not cause heart disease.
The French have the highest average cholesterol in Europe, around 250, but the lowest incidence of heart disease and half the heart attacks we have here in the U.S.
In Crete, the home of the healthy Mediterranean diet, a 10-year study failed to find a single heart attack despite average cholesterol levels well over 200.
There are as many heart attacks in people with cholesterol levels over 300 as those whose levels are under 200. Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.
Lowering cholesterol does not improve health outcomes.
In those cases where cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins appear to have had a beneficial effect, it is because they act as weak anti-inflammatories, and inflammation does cause heart disease.
But there are much safer and more effective ways of addressing inflammation than using dangerous statin drugs.
Why then are more than 20 million Americans taking a statin drug to lower their cholesterol?