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The Great Cholesterol Con by Malcolm Kendrick
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Short and to the point: everything you need to know about cholesterol is just a few hours of reading. It is written in a very informal and accessible style that feels like the author is telling you a story. He takes the stance that heart disease is primarily caused by stress, and therefore overlooks the probably more important cause which is chronic systemic inflammation.

Dr Kendrick is a medical doctor working in the UK. He wanted to know for himself what cholesterol really is, how is works, and if it is as bad as it is made out to be. What he found out through his own efforts  in reading the scientific and medical literature, mostly from PubMed, was that cholesterol is not only essential for life, but it is indeed very good for us. He found out that there is no such thing as "good cholesterol" and "bad cholesterol", but rather there is a recycling and recirculating system based on the cholesterol molecules. He found out that HDL and LDL are not cholesterol, but transport cholesterol as well as protein and fat to and from the liver, respectively.  And that there isn't just HDL and LDL, but rather there is a spectrum of Lipoproteins of different densities.

Furthermore, he found out that there is no link between cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis or heart diseases, that blood cholesterol levels are not related to the amount of cholesterol we eat (at most a 10% effect), but that in fact, it is most closely related to refined carbohydrate intake. And in the end, he found out that the fact that vast majority of the western world believes cholesterol is bad and that we need to reduce total blood cholesterol levels by taking drugs is the biggest and most lucrative con in human history, raising profits in the tens of billions every year for a small handful of pharmaceutical companies. Kendrick believes that the primary cause of cardiovascular disease is stress, and presents several lines of supporting evidence for this hypothesis.

You can read the synthesis of most of what I've read and understood about cholesterol in But what about cholesterol? and Six eggs per day for six days: cholesterol? (

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