Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?

After posting the article on apples and statins, I decided to do some more research and came up with this!

Does Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease?

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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?

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Nuts Greatly Reduce The Risk Of Cancer And Heart Disease

A recent major research showed amongst other things, that just eating nuts once in a while, lowered the death rate by 7% over 30 years!

Eating nuts once a week, lowered the death rate by 11%, whilst people who ate nuts five to six times a week had a 15% lower death rate!


The "Dana-Farber Cancer Cancer Institute", "Brigham and Women’s Hospital", and "Harvard".

The Research

People were asked every few years, for a period of thirty years, how often they had eaten a serving of nuts.

Never or almost never, one to three times a month, once a week, two to four times a week, five or six times a week, once a day, two or three times a day, four to six times a day, or more than six times a day.

"The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29% in deaths from heart disease which is the major killer of people in America. And we also saw a significant reduction of 11%, in the risk of dying from cancer".

said Dr. Charles Fuchs of Dana-Farber, who led the team.

"In all these analyses, the more nuts people ate, the less likely they were to die over the 30-year follow-up period!

And Dr. Ying Bao of Brigham and Women’s Hospital said.

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