The Great Cholesterol Deception

Dr Dingle is an Associate Professor and leading researcher in Health and the Environment at Murdoch University. He wrote this book:

Heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK, US, Australia and other Western nations. There is widespread belief that the lower one’s cholesterol, the healthier he or she will be. The world has become fixated on lowering cholesterol through medication. Unfortunately this has led to a lot of misinformation and misdirection in treating the real illness. As a result, the rates of heart diseases continue to rise.

Modern Medicine has Failed

The best way to describe the medical field’s obsession with cholesterol is as a decades-old failing protocol, hanging by a thread and looking for more science or another change in the cholesterol theory to justify it. The whole basis of using statin drugs to lower cholesterol in the body is a chameleon theory. It keeps changing to suit the argument. There is no evidence that cholesterol causes heart attack or stroke. There is just no science to support it.

But it keeps changing to suit the pharmaceutical market place and keep its sales up for just another year or two to make a bit more money.

Lifestyle and Diet

This focus on medication to lower cholesterol can be dangerous or even deadly. There is overwhelming evidence that heart disease is a result of lifestyle and dietary choices that lead to inflammation.  It is no longer considered a disorder of fat accumulation, but rather a disease process characterized by low-grade inflammation of the blood vessel lining and an inappropriate wound healing of the blood vessels.

Modern medicine has become one-dimensional and unable to look at the big, multidimensional picture. We treat cholesterol and we continue to get sicker. Only when we treat the inflammation and stress on the body do we treat the illness.

Read more by clicking this link:

http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/the-great-cholesterol-deception

http://drpeterdingle.blogspot.com/2010/09/cholesterol-debate.html

http://www.qbd.com.au/product/9780980613117-Great_Cholesterol_Deception_by_Peter_Dingle.htm

http://searchwarp.com/swa309259.htm

 

 

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When science goes mad: Just because we can doesn’t mean we should

Robert Knight, The Washington Times,  21 January  2011,wrote:

On any given day, scientists jolt us with new findings – and possibilities.

The white coats in China are busily creating chimeras, the offspring of humans mated with animals (via Petri dish) in order to develop vaccines. With cloning and genetic engineering upon us, the question of whether something should be done is fast being eclipsed by what can be done. But we must keep asking the first question as if our lives depend on it.

In 1943, in “The Abolition of Man,” C.S. Lewis warned that not all scientific advances are benign because human beings are not benign: “Man’s conquest of Nature … means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men …Each new power won by man is a power over man as well.”

Scientific advances are a two-edged sword, as C.S. Lewis observed. As genetic engineering becomes more doable, the temptation will increase to tamper with human life. We already are far along that track.

… each “advance” must be weighed as to how it will affect the weakest and most defenseless among us. “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

 

 

 

Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong

by Sharon Begley. Excerpts from the Newsweek article on 24 January2011

If you follow the news about health research, you risk whiplash. First garlic lowers bad cholesterol, then—after more study—it doesn’t. Hormone replacement reduces the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women, until a huge study finds that it doesn’t (and that it raises the risk of breast cancer to boot).

More and more scholars who scrutinize health research are now making that claim. It isn’t just an individual study here and there that’s flawed … Instead, the very framework of medical investigation may be off-kilter, leading time and again to findings that are at best unproved and at worst dangerously wrong. The result is a system that leads patients and physicians astray.

Chief of Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center, Ioannidis … (said): “People are being hurt and even dying” because of false medical claims, he says: not quackery, but errors in medical research.

If Ioannidis is right, most biomedical studies are wrong.

Examples:

  1. A major study concluded there’s no good evidence that statins (drugs like Lipitor and Crestor) help people with no history of heart disease. The study was based on an evaluation of 14 individual trials with 34,272 patients. Cost of statins: more than $20 billion per year, of which half may be unnecessary.
  2. Numerous studies concluding that popular antidepressants work by altering brain chemistry have now been contradicted (the drugs help with mild and moderate depression, when they work at all, through a placebo effect),
  3. as has research claiming that early cancer detection (through, say, PSA tests) invariably saves lives.
  4. … the list goes on.
  5. Of course, not all conventional health wisdom is wrong. Smoking kills, being morbidly obese or severely underweight makes you more likely to die before your time, processed meat raises the risk of some cancers, and controlling blood pressure reduces the risk of stroke.

 

 

Mistakes are still made

Quotation from: The Checklist Manifesto – how to get things right by Atul Gawande

We talk about our great saves but also about our great failures, and we all have them.

The question … to answer was why we fail at what we set out to do in the world.

We have just two reasons.

The first is ignorance – we may err because science has given us only a partial understanding of the world and how it works. Failure of ignorance we can forgive. If the knowledge of the best thing to do in a given situation does not exist, we are happy to have people simply make their best effort.

The second is ineptitude – in these instances the knowledge exists, yet we fail to apply it correctly. But if the knowledge exists and is not applied correctly, it is difficult not to be infuriated… philosophers gave these failures so unmerciful a name – ineptitude. Those on the receiving end use other words, like negligence or even heartlessness.

Why do we make mistakes?

Know-how and sophistication have increased remarkably across almost all our realms of endeavor, and as a result so has our struggle to deliver on them.

Avoidable failures are common and persistent, not to mention demoralizing and frustrating. And the reason is increasingly evident: the volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely or reliably.

Knowledge has both saved us and burdened us.

Example

Americans today undergo an average of seven operations in their lifetime, with surgeons performing more than fifty million operations annually – the amount of harm remains substantial.

We continue to have upwards of 150,000 deaths following surgery every year – more than three times the number of road traffic fatalities. Research has consistently showed that at least half our deaths and major complications are avoidable.

The knowledge exists. But however supremely specialized and trained we may have become, steps are still missed. Mistakes are still made. They persist despite remarkable individual ability.

 

USA Tried to Bully Europe to Grow GMO Crops

In his website, Dr. Mercola wrote:

Monsanto has a long and sordid history of manipulation and questionable business practices, so this latest development doesn’t really surprise me. It’s quite clear that the US government has been aiding and abetting Monsanto’s quest to control the world’s food crops, and as Jeffrey Smith says in the Democracy Now interview above, these leaked documents “lays bare the mechanics of that effort.”

According to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, the Bush administration conspired to find ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified (GM) seeds, mainly by engaging in aggressive trade wars against reluctant nations.

Democracy Now on 23 December 2010 carried this report:

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal U.S. Sought to Retaliate Against Europe over Monsanto GM Crops

The Guardian, UK on 3 January 2011 carried this report: The US embassy in Paris wanted to penalise the EU after France moved to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety.

The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.