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Cholesterol Con: Call for Help

I frequently get emails from fairly new paleo / primal / low-carb practitioners worried about their newly obtained lipid panel that supposedly shows a degradation, particularly in the form of elevated total C, and/or elevated LDL.

Often, these emails read something like this:

"I've eliminated grains, legumes, processed sugars, vegetable oils, processed food of all kinds, and starchy vegetables like potatoes while adding more vegetables of varied kinds, more berries and less sweet fruits, more eggs, some nuts & seeds, free range eggs, grassfed beef and other meats, lots of fish & seafood, more butter and other natural fats.

I've lost 25 pounds, I feel great, I sleep wonderfully, my blood pressure is way down and I have been able to drop meds for seasonal allergies..."

Now, given the above, realize that there are tons of doctors who will berate, caution, cajole their patients for these behavioral changes, simply on the basis of a lab number -- and in particular -- totally disregarding the patient's own feelings of enhanced health and well being.

So, I need to put together a single static page that can be frequently updated as more and more resources come out about the great cholesterol con. Of course, I'll be listing all my past posts on the topic, and I am aware of a number of posts from other bloggers -- and some of you have already sent me lots of stuff (Thanks, Ricardo C.).

However, I know there's a lot out there so can I ask fr a bit of help? Please drop in the comments or email me your favorites: books, websites, blogs, specific articles or posts, studies, anecdotes, or whatever you think might be of value. I'll compile.

Thanks, y'all.

Comments

  1. Joe Matasic says:

    I second the recommendations above and Anthony Colpo's book of the same name, "The Great Cholesterol Con" is very good also. It really started me into reading about health.

  2. I'll give it a look. Thanks.

  3. I have several posts tagged with "cholesterol"

    http://conditioningresearch.blogspot.com/search/label/cholesterol

  4. Patrik says:

    @Richard

    This is a great idea. Make it a turn-key reference to all those looking for info on cholesterol. Plus, it makes great SEO/SEM bait.

    Hyperlipid has a ton of good stuff as does Barry Groves of Trick and Treat.

    http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/

    http://barrygroves.blogspot.com/

    http://www.thincs.org/

    Eades has good stuff as does Tom Naughton.

    The challenge will be culling through all the really great material there and summing up and linking to the best of the best.

    But if anyone can do it, it is you. Cheers!

  5. http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/02/cholesterol-presentation-between.html

    and there are numerous postings on Cholesterol at that Hyperlipid Blog!

    http://www.freetheanimal.com/root/2009/05/reader-feedback-doctors-cholesterol.html

    My story above is similar to the above poster. I have allayed my cholesterol fears by reading plenty at Dr Eades Protein Power blog, and at Marks Daily Apple website (and his new book), and the Weston A Price Foundation website, and reading Gary Taubes "Good Calorie, Bad Calorie", and Nora Gedgaudas book "Primal Body, Primal Mind", Malcolm Kendrick, hoo boy! Lots out there that de bunks the lipid hypothesis.

    AND I had lots of self study, and critical thinking on this "cholesterol" subject after my story was blogged by Richard here at my go-to blog "Free the Animal"!

    And it MUST be known that doctors do not understand nutrition, have little to no training in it, and the lipid hypothesis is proving to be incorrect. And it must also be known that dieticians and nutritionists only know and parrot the incorrect information fed to us all.

    Thanks again for all you do with this blog!

  6. Richard,

    Are you familiar with curetogether.com? Seems like it's up your alley for the type of thing you're speaking of.

    Best,
    Skyler

  7. Patrik says:

    @Richard

    Make sure to include this quote by Taubes when introducing the cholesterol con:

    "The institutionalized vigilance, “this unending exchange of critical judgment,” is nowhere to be found in the study of nutrition, chronic disease, and obesity, and it hasn’t been for decades. For this reason, it is difficult to use the term “scientists” to describe those individuals who work in these disciplines, and, indeed, I have actively avoided doing so in this book. It’s simply debatable, at best, whether what these individuals have practiced for the past fifty years, and whether the culture they have created, as a result, can reasonably be described as science."

    http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/07/gary-taubes-goo.html