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Cholesterol

"high cholesterol in older folks is a friend and not a foe" - Dr Nev (image from guardian.co.uk)

POOR TED, YOUR CHOLESTEROL IS TOO LOW !

“Ted 70, loves paintball. A month ago his cholesterol was 5.1. It’s well below that now “ So reads the announcement in an advert which proudly promotes the cholesterol lowering power of it’s popular dietary product. (Sunday Independent 1 July, 2012.) Having reportedly consumed the widely marketed plant sterol containing …

Cheese Platter

PLAN TO BAN CHEESE IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

A LETTER IN THE IRISH EXAMINER -  Tues May 15, 2012. The draft code proposal by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, to ban the advertising of cheese on children’s television programmes, is a recipe for disaster, and represents the predictable consequences of anti-fat lobbying by senior HSE dieticians. The “Health Statement”, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

The Enhance Trial – Its Failure and Concerns

The long awaited results, of what has become a controversial drug trial, were announced recently, generating intense debate in medical circles, evoking widespread media speculation, and eliciting critical comments from the chair of the USA House of Representatives.   Controversies arising in the wake of a disappointing outcome for the …

The Enhance Trial – Its Failure & Concerns

by Dr. Neville Wilson The long awaited results, of what has become a controversial drug trial, were announced recently, generating intense debate in medical circles, evoking widespread media speculation, and eliciting critical comments from the chair of the USA House of Representatives. Controversies arising in the wake of a disappointing …

The Person Behind the Numbers

The review and revision of Clinical Guidelines for purposes of risk stratifying and risk reduction in cardiovascular disease prevention is an ongoing challenge and current initiatives focus on their implications for primary care providers.   The AHA guidelines for 2007 offer a timely and broader spectrum of risk not previously …