Saturated Fat & Cholesterol Worries are so 2009

I love evolution, but particularly in thinking. It’s not an issue of right vs. wrong but a process hallmarked by honesty. Evolution happens in large swaths of time, such that discrete changes at any point in time are hard to identify short of outright re-evolution. Then one day, you realize that everything has changed. To my mind, the job of historical scholarship is to relate those seeming gulfs, such that people laf at the way they think today, realizing it’s likely fleeting.

Going back to 2007/8 when I first jumped on this bandwagon, perhaps the most helpful thing was to dismiss the dogma of limiting saturated fat and its cholesterol, or cholesterol changing properties. I still remember being part of the whole gig, as blogging about saturated fat and cholesterol in those first few years was an everyday staple. I touted HDL test results as high as 133 mg/DL. Even the Wife Unit got up to 93. No idea what either of us test, today. I’m not interested in such tests anymore.

Around 2010 I developed a nagging nag that I’d gone from unnatural in one direction to unnatural in the other. Saturated fat from animals and some plant oils (coconut & palm) may not be deleterious in the slightest, but why process, concentrate and chow down so much? Moreover, while fats in general are a bunch of lipids, that’s about all they are. Check it out.

I got too sick of—and especially low carbers—postings and Tweetings about eating spoonfuls of [processed and concentrated] “nutritious” fats as though it’s a superfood (no such thing except offal). Why? That’s just going too far in a benign dietary direction to prove IT’S THE RIGHT DIRECTION!

Alas, that’s the one thing I’ve learned from this path: Everyone has to be right, such that everyone else is wrong.

Meat. Fish. Fowl. Vegetables. Fruits. Nuts, perhaps. Get ’em yourself. Cook ’em yourself. And you don’t need to essentially deep fry everything—where it’s OK, ’cause you’re using a skillet! I still have a few ounces left of a 1-lb tub of leaf lard I got almost 3 months ago.

All that said, it does serve to review from time to time. Dr. Greg Venning, always looking out for me, shot me a video the other day. It’s an Aussie production, and has as its mainstay authorities Dr. Michael Eades, Dr. Jonny Bowden and Gary Taubes, amongst a couple of others I’m not as familiar with.

It’s pretty remarkable how the Doktors in the interview, those from the Australian Heart Whores for the Statin Drug Industry (AHWSDI), appear as dear in headlights.

The video is about a half hour and I enjoyed it a lot. (Good job, Gentleman Mike!)

Heart of the Matter Part 1 Dietary Villains from Michael Eades on Vimeo.

This is a good time to pimp for Tom Naughton, again. Fat Head Director’s Cut is to me the go-to in this realm, and it’s all done in a sometimes serious, sometimes comedic presentation that begins by debunking The Queen of Fear Porn, Morgan Spurlock, who still won’t release his actual food journals from Super Size Me (because he lied his ass off).

So go get Fat Head and watch for a screen clip of this blog in the Director’s Cut….

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  1. Who is the Guinea Pig Dr. Katz? on October 28, 2013 at 16:31

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  2. EatLessMoveMoore on October 28, 2013 at 19:35

    You just need a little Cholesterol…er, Keto(!) Clarity, Richard. You know, to go along with that “Healthy Low Carb Lifestyle”… :)

  3. CLC on October 28, 2013 at 20:15

    One word: thyroid. Fats aren’t the issue, metabolism is.

    Only an expert is right most of the time, something many in this community can’t stand to hear. You would rather stick together and repeat your simple slogans/ideas than learn anything.

    No one looks out for anyone except the I AM of that person.

  4. Kyle on October 29, 2013 at 01:06

    The inevitable cease and desist:

  5. bornagain on October 29, 2013 at 03:07

    And this blog is like so 2010… Time to move on Richard.

  6. Richard Nikoley on October 29, 2013 at 07:32

    Nothing to keep you here but I’m not going anywhere.

  7. Bobert on October 29, 2013 at 07:44

    So why did heart attacks increase in the 40’s? Sugar hadnt exploded then, O-6 oil remained the same.

  8. LeonRover on October 29, 2013 at 08:06

    Soooo 2009 ????

    Hardly, more like sooooo 1980’s, when MrFit & LRC trials were deliberately misinterpreted to deride saturated fats & induce more research into statins.

    Now THIS is soooo 2013:–stop-finish-packet-Dont-assume-lack-willpower-Doctors-say-psychiatric-condition-needs-treatment.html

    Peeplz is suffering from BED-sores induced by Binge Eating Disorder – yeah right.

    Other sufferers from BED-sores self-diagnose with orgasm addiction & check in to Addiction Clinics.

    There’s nowt as queer as folks.


  9. bornagain on October 30, 2013 at 03:20

    The paleo war has changed you. I suspect you now reserve you most colorful thoughts for your close family and friends. Lucky for them I guess.

  10. DuckDodgers on October 30, 2013 at 20:25

    The point about sugar being the likely culprit does seem to match up with historical observations and trends in the lexicon. Coroners have known about arteriosclerosis for centuries, but they began to document and discuss a significant uptrend in arteriosclerosis after 1890 — right around the industrial revolution when the production of sugar and PUFA became mechanized and cheap.

    This observation was perfectly summarized in 1908…

    From Arteriosclerosis: Etiology, Pathology, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Prophylaxis and Treatment (Louis M. Warfield, A.B., M.D., of St. Louis, MO — 1908)

    The stress and strain of our daily life has, as one of its consequences, early arterial degeneration. There can be no doubt that arterial disease in the comparatively young is more frequent than it was twenty-five years ago, and that the mortality from diseases directly dependent on arteriosclerotic changes is increasing. Fortunately, the almost universal habit of getting out-of-doors whenever possible, and the revival of interest in athletics for persons of all ages, have to some extent counteracted the tendency to early decay. Nevertheless, the actual average prolongation of life is more probably due to the very great reduction in infant mortality and in deaths from infectious and communicable diseases.

    The wear and tear on the human organism in our modern way of living is excessive. Hard work, worry, and high living all predispose to degenerative changes in the arteries and so bring on premature old age.

    So, historical evidence suggests that there was a significant increase in arteriosclerosis right around the turn of the century — right around the time that PUFA and sugar production began to be mechanized. Difficult to prove that was the cause, but the clues sure are interesting!

  11. EatLessMoveMoore on October 31, 2013 at 19:20

    Actually, in terms of the Paleo War, I’d say Richard has won. Anyone seen Melissa lately? (Crickets chirping.)

  12. ___ on November 1, 2013 at 17:23


    I’d say nobody won. While the real bloggers were busy fighting themselves and burning out on the whole thing, the marketers took over.

  13. MsMcGillicuddy on November 1, 2013 at 21:41

    “While the real bloggers were busy fighting themselves and burning out on the whole thing, the marketers took over.”

    Isn’t that the way it almost always works? common sense never goes out of style…food closest to nature, as unadulterated as reasonably possible – not sexy, doesn’t sell books.

  14. Richard Nikoley on November 2, 2013 at 07:14


    You give us too much credit. That whole thing happened long before August of 2012.

  15. St. George's Dragon on November 2, 2013 at 11:42

    The ones who’re still latching onto sugar and carbs are those with skin in the game. You need a big bad bogeyman to whip up your righteous indignation against: sugar, carbs, PUFA, whole grains, omega 6, statins, prescription medication, Big Food, Big Phrama, Big Agriculture, conventional medicine, GMO, Monsanto. I call it the Bogeyman Syndrome.

    You need a simple slogan and a scapegoat if you want an audicence. All carbs are bad. All sugar is bad. PUFA causes inflammation. But if you say something is bad, then the opposite must be good ad infinitum: So we have these passionate simpletons downing umpteen tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil and fermented cold liver oil, drinking bone broth for every meal, eating grass-fed cow liver everyday. And they wonder: Why do I still have Rheumatoid Arthritis? Why do I still get gout? How did I develop cold fingers and toes? How come my body temperature is never above 97F? Where did my libido go?

    Check out some of these Johnny-Come-Latelies: David Perlmutter of “The Grain Brain” appeared on Dr. Oz claming that “carbs are destroying your brain and causing dementia, not just refined carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains.” He’s an MD. What I’ve learned is that even trained MDs and Ph.D. are likely to fall prey to the Bogeyman Syndrome as the layfolk with zero knowledge of health and nutrition. It takes a lot of setbacks, treatment failures, worsening symptoms and worsening health conditions to become disillusioned. Then you realize that health is multifactorial and that individual differences do matter.

  16. Richard Nikoley on November 2, 2013 at 12:14

    Yea, I pretty much agree, pretty much fell victim myself. But the only way fix that is to stop. It’s just real food, unprocessed as possible, varied as much as possible. And it still remains the best description of paleo.

  17. Dr. Curmudgeon Gee on November 2, 2013 at 17:20

    despite the message being so 2009 (or “1980”?)

    1) i still thoroughly enjoy it.

    2) it also means that the general public is getting it. & the knowledge not just limited to a few “cholesterol skeptics or renegades”

    so cheers,

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