Blast from the Past
Last week, a British cardiologist wrote an editorial in BMJ entitled “Saturated fat is not the major issue” that was picked up by the mainstream media. In this editorial, the author argues that the advice that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks. He argues that the government and medical establishment’s obsession with total cholesterol has led to the prescription of millions of statin drugs, and has diverted our attention away from the more important factors that predict heart disease risk, including what he calls “atherogenic dyslipidemia”.
Instead of focusing exclusively on total cholesterol, physicians should be testing other lipid markers such as LDL particle number and inflammatory markers like LpPLA2. These markers are much more predictive of heart disease risk than total cholesterol. A diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat does not increase LDL particle number or inflammatory markers in most people; rather, the primary risk factors include insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, infection, leaky gut, and genetics.
It’s about time that the mainstream media and conventional medical community pay attention to this crucial information, and stop going after dietary cholesterol and saturated fat as the enemy in the war against heart disease. But while we wait for our local physicians to pick up on these important truths, those of you with high LDL-P scores can take matters into your own hands with the diet and lifestyle recommendations I’ve laid out in my High Cholesterol Action Plan. No need to go straight to the statin medications!
- Research shows that low-fat, non-fermented dairy is associated with higher inflammatory markers than full-fat, fermented dairy.
- Four decades of nutrition research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be invalid because the method used to collect the data was seriously flawed, according to a new study.
- A study finds that mindfulness-based stress reduction helps lower blood pressure.
- Yet another study shows that glycemic index modification doesn’t affect body weight.
Worth A Look
- A good article in Scientific American explains how gut bacteria can contribute to depression.
- The New York Times explains how when states pass laws punishing/rewarding schools for standardized test scores, ADHD diagnoses skyrocket.
- NPR discusses how edible plants use chemistry to turn their defenses on us. Just goes to show that even vegetables can be unhealthy!
- Scientific American explores why your brain needs more down time.
- If you missed it last week, check out the new animated trailer for my book.
For the Foodies
- Ancestral Chef: Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte
- My Heart Beets: Autumn Soup
- The Healthy Foodie: Warm Liver and Toasted Cashew Salad
- Elana’s Pantry: Asian Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice
- Inspiralized: Roasted Asparagus & Mushroom Butternut Squash Noodles with a Poached Egg
- The Paleo Mom: Herb-Crusted Roast Beef with Paleo Yorkshire Puddings and Gravy
- PaleOMG: Chai Pumpkin Bread
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