THE LIPID HYPOTHESIS!
A BIG FAT LIE!
Who has the Lipid Hypothesis benefited exactly? It has NOT been you!
Of all the inaccuracies within the realm of health and well-being, no philosophy has been more destructive than that of the Lipid Hypothesis.
You see this myth, as it should be correctly named, is keeping people terrified of fat, which is keeping these misinformed souls diseased and in most cases, medicated.
We need to begin to take responsibility for our own health, and one of the best ways to do this is to understand that the majority of what we consider Medical or Nutrition Science has been motivated by financial gain, not our quality of life.
So what is exactly the Lipid Hypothesis (Fat Myth)? Simply put, the lipid hypothesis is as follows:
a) Cholesterol and/or fat (saturated) in the diet leads to cholesterol and/or fat in the blood;
b) Cholesterol and/or fat (saturated) in the blood causes plaque formation in the arteries and, consequently, heart disease; and, therefore
c) Cholesterol and/or fat (saturated) in the diet causes heart disease.
Why this is just not true!
1) Half the people who get heart attacks do NOT have elevated cholesterol levels.
2) Half the people with elevated cholesterol do NOT suffer from Coronary Heart Disease.
So, it seems, cholesterol and saturated fat have been given a bad rap and polyunsaturated fats play a very small role, if any at all, in reducing the risk of heart disease.
This shouldn’t surprise anybody, as the last century of American Nutrition (as well as other cultures) will point out that we have been completely duped by the non-fat and low-fat food industries, as well as the medical and fitness communities that support them.
Point in hand:
A) Animal fat consumption has dropped over 21% since 1910.
B) Whole milk consumption has decreased 50%.
C) The consumption of butter has decreased from 18 pounds per year to 4 pounds.
D) Over the past 80 years, cholesterol consumption has increased a mere 1%.
E) Vegetable oil consumption, including hydrogenated oils, has increased 437%.
F) Sugar consumption has gone from 5 pounds per year in 1900 to 163 pounds per year today (No, that’s not a problem!).
Combine this with the fact that when in 1921 Dr. Paul Dudley White invented the first Electrocardiograph, he was ridiculed by his Harvard colleagues because there was no reason to detect the early onset of heart disease because CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE was NOT an issue! You see, heart disease was so rare before 1920 that Dr. White was told to spend his time, energy and money on a more profitable branch of medicine! WOW, how times have changed!!!
And for those of you who are thinking to yourselves, “but we live so much longer now than we did then”. We do? Bad news, WE DON’T. Yes, it is true that more people reach old age these days, which do skew the numbers, but this is predominately because of the high rates of infant and child mortality in 1920.
But are we really living longer?
Cardiovascular Disease is considered an elderly disease, or a disease that attacks the majority of people (90%) after the age of sixty. Did you know that after billions of dollars spent on drugs and procedures in America we have only gained 6.46 years of life over the last 82 years (for those who live to the age of 60)? Yes, if you lived to be 60 in the year 1920 you could expect to live 15.54 years longer, and in 2002 if you lived to be 60 you could expect to live 22 years longer.
Six Point Four Six Years?
In my opinion, that is a HORRIBLE return on our hard earned money (once again, we have been duped)! After you reflect on the number of procedures and medications that keep people alive today, it isn’t too difficult to make an argument we are in far worse health than those who lived in America in the 1920’s.
If you or a loved one are taking Statin drugs (with their known side-effects), such as Lipitor (can Statins steal your memory, damage your liver, do they do what your doctor says they do? If you don’t know, you should!), please look into this Lipid Hypothesis/Fat Myth and determine if your doctor is treating your disease or just modifying numbers!!!
Side-Note for Women: In a workshop held at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, researchers looked at every study that had been published about the risk of having high or low cholesterol and came to the same conclusion: Mortality was higher for woman with low cholesterol than for woman with high cholesterol. Side-
Note for Men: Dr. Gilles Dagenais and associates concluded that high cholesterol levels are not associated with CVD in Canadian males. This conclusion was reached after having followed 5,000 healthy middle-aged men for more than 12 years. Side-Note for Everybody: Frank B. Hu, Journal of the American College of Nutrition (2001)-“It is now increasingly recognized that the low-fat campaign has been based on little scientific evidence and may have caused unintended health consequences.”
The Lipid Hypothesis... a dangerous Myth and obnoxious Lie!