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The Cholesterol Myth

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In my latest video, I talked about the Lipid Hypothesis — the theory that there is a direct correlation between the levels of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet with incidence of heart disease.

Hopefully I managed to make you somewhat dubious about this claim.

Today, I’d like you to hear from a man who absolutely rips the Lipid Hypothesis to shreds. His name is Chris Masterjohn, and he makes the case better than just about anyone else out there. He argues that it’s not the saturated fats and cholesterol that are bad for us, but the degeneration of these fats in today’s industrial food supply that makes them wreak havoc on our bodies.

In other words, he blames the industrialized diet.

Good for him.

Last night, he interviewed with the host of the Underground Wellness internet radio show. Listen to the podcast here:

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5 Responses to The Cholesterol Myth
  1. Ann Duncan
    February 12, 2009 | 9:52 pm

    Yay! Another Cholesterol Myth-Buster blog post! We need all we can get :)

    Yup, the industrialized diet, NOT cholesterol is to blame.

    LOVE my fats, eat LOTS of real fats (unrefined coconut oil, unrefined lard, raw butter, etc. and NO vegetable oils.) And, for some odd reason, I’m healthy. And not a bit fat!


  2. KristenM
    February 12, 2009 | 11:25 pm

    Hi Ann — I know we can use them, especially from someone this informed! When I make the case for eating more saturated fats and cholesterol (from pastured/wild animals), I have about ten or fifteen minutes of material. When Chris makes the case, he can talk ALL DAY. He knows his stuff and has been defending his position for years!

  3. John Serrao
    February 16, 2009 | 9:48 pm

    You would probably really enjoy ‘The Cholesterol Myths” by Uffe Ravnskov. Its a bit outdated now but his general message is dead on. I did a review of it recently on my site if you want a primer.

    Nice site btw, Kristen.

  4. Ellen Davis
    February 21, 2009 | 9:32 am

    Kristen, I agree. Nice blog about a subject that everyone needs to know. If readers want to know more, I’d recommend Dr. Ravnskov also, plus Anthony Colpo’s “The Great Cholesterol Con” as well as Malcolm Kendrick’s book with the same title.

    I’ve written a site to specifically debunk the Lipid Hypothesis, as I believe it is driving the health care and food processing industry in the US.. If we can show the public it’s a lie, hopefully we can build some changes from the grassroots. Please take a look if you have a second. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  5. Rob
    March 9, 2009 | 3:20 pm

    I love the picture about LDL and HDL. This sham is so old and tiresome. I cannot believe how long it is taking the public to wise up, though I do see some good signs.

    Funny article about cholesterol fears:

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