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The Vilification of Cholesterol (for Profit?)

The Vilification of Cholesterol (for Profit?)

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Those who have read my editorials over the years will know that I am not a wild-eyed, far-left anticapitalist. Nonetheless, the only justification I can see for the new cholesterol practice management guidelines (discussed below) is to print money for drug companies. Truly, how can anyone think we need to prescribe statins to 50% of the population older than 40?! In order to justify this extreme position, data had to be distorted and cholesterol vilified.
Cholesterol—a molecule critical to health—has been demonized in conventional medicine and the popular press as the major cause of heart disease. The research is clear that elevated cholesterol is indeed associated with cardiovascular disease. The real problem is not cholesterol but rather oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) cholesterol. Elevated cholesterol typically also means elevated oxidized cholesterol, so it is, in reality, an indirect measure of the true problem (cooking cholesterol-rich foods in the presence of oxygen, excessive oxidative stress in the body, inadequate consumption of antioxidants, etc), which is discussed later.
Those who have read my editorials over the years will know that I am not a wild-eyed, far-left anticapitalist. Nonetheless, the only justification I can see for the new cholesterol practice management guidelines (discussed below) is to print money for drug companies. Truly, how can anyone think we need to prescribe statins to 50% of the population older than 40?! In order to justify this extreme position, data had to be distorted and cholesterol vilified.
Cholesterol—a molecule critical to health—has been demonized in conventional medicine and the popular press as the major cause of heart disease. The research is clear that elevated cholesterol is indeed associated with cardiovascular disease. The real problem is not cholesterol but rather oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) cholesterol. Elevated cholesterol typically also means elevated oxidized cholesterol, so it is, in reality, an indirect measure of the true problem (cooking cholesterol-rich foods in the presence of oxygen, excessive oxidative stress in the body, inadequate consumption of antioxidants, etc), which is discussed later.

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