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The Great Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo
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Anthony Colpo is an Australian personal trainer, and this book is the most complete and thoroughly researched and referenced book I have come across on the subject of cholesterol, fat, carbs and everything that relates in any way to heart disease. One really gets the sense that Colpo has read everything he found with a link to diet, health and heart disease.

As other authors and cholesterol skeptics such as Uffe Ravnskov, Malcolm Kendrick and Gary Taubes, Colpo goes through the same set of large and smaller scale studies, and the scientific arguments in order to refute the ridiculous cholesterol and saturated fat theory of heart disease. However, what he does in much greater detail is to go through everything that can be related to arterial degradation and hence to heart disease, and doing so presents all of the major issues that must be considered in devising a wining strategy to prevent and reverse arterial degradation and heart disease.

For example, Malcolm Kendrick believes that stress is the most important cause of arterial damage, and he therefore spends most of the second part of his book convincing the reader that this is so by various means. Uffe Ravnskov, on the other hand, believes that it is viral and bacterial infectious agents that trigger arterial degradation and heart disease. And hence, he spends a great portion of his books convincing the reader of this. Gary Taubes does not make such strong claims, but it is definitely clear that he tends to believe that it is refined and starchy carbs that are at the root of the problem. And looking at the relation between the incidence of heart disease and the rise of sugar consumption through the last few decades does indeed support this view as well.

Colpo looks at all of these, but many more factors related to arterial degradation and heart disease, and seems to sort them out from the most important down, at least in his mind, from his thorough investigation of the medical and scientific literature. If I had to summarise this book in a few sentences, I would say the following:

To be as healthy as you can and stay clear of heart disease and stroke, you should minimise all forms of psychological and emotional stress; avoid refined and starchy carbohydrates; eliminate polyunsaturated oils; avoid and heal chronic infections,  maximise anti-oxidant and nutrient intake by eating lots of fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds; eat plenty of unprocessed saturated fats and animal protein; and exercise regularly.

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