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2011

THE UNTENABLE (cholesterol) DIET- HEART HYPOTHESIS

In 1933 Nikolai Anitschkov  produced his thesis that  a high dietary intake of cholesterol led to increased levels of blood cholesterol, resulting in infiltration and accumulation  on the inner walls of the arteries, thus causing vessel blockage, and ultimately  ischaemic death of the heart muscles being fed by these arteries. …

Be Wary of the Low Fat Message

The perceived correlation between junk food marketing and unhealthy dietary practices of Irish children is currently under the spotlight of the Children’s Commercial  Communications Code. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is currently reviewing submissions of concern from the public and professional bodies, with a mandate to consider imposing advertising …

False Claims of Benefit in Cholesterol Trials

     In the pre-statin era of the 1970-1980s many trials were conducted in an attempt to prove the validity of the “lipid hypothesis”, the theory that dietary fat and cholesterol were causative in heart disease, and that reductions in dietary and blood cholesterol would translate into reductions in risk for …

Prescriptions for Summer

Sunshine and summer days are a welcome seasonal phenomenon in the aftermath of short days,  cloudy skies,  and a shortfall of health-giving solar radiation. The summer sunshine that warms the earth consists of longer wavelengths of ultraviolet A (UVA) at 315 – 400nm, shorter wavelengths ultraviolet B (UVB) at 280-315nm, …

High Cholesterol Reduces Risks in Elderly

The traditional view regarding cholesterol and its impact on health and longevity is the perception of an associated increase in risk, with recommendations to reduce such risk by reducing blood cholesterol levels with a cholesterol lowering agent. (a statin drug).   Contrary to this widespread and popular perception, is the …

Glutathione – The Master Anti-Oxidant

It has been well established that antioxidants play a vital role in health maintenance and disease protection. (1). While it is common knowledge that vitamin C and vitamin E are health preserving antioxidants that may be delivered to the human cell via dietary or supplemental means, scant awareness of the …

THE ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES OF CARNOSINE

It is generally recognised that many disease processes, as well as the process of natural ageing, are caused by the formation of free radicals, a by-product of oxidation within the cells of our several body tissues. What is not well known is that another process, which irreversibly alters the normal …

Statins and Mortality

Dr. Neville S. Wilson. – 15 July 2007. The widely held belief that blood cholesterol levels are potentially harmful and should be lowered in order to prevent heart disease is a product of speculative and persuasive promotion by advocates of what has been called the “cholesterol hypothesis“. The pharmaceutical industry …