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The Cholesterol Controversy. Two bags of fresh frozen plasma.

The Cholesterol Controversy

The bag on the left was obtained from a patient with hypercholesterolemia, and is cloudy with undissolved cholesterol particles. A recent article in The Guardian raised an interesting question. Is cholesterol denialism a valid form of skepticism or pseudoscience? Is there valid debate surrounding the benefit of cholesterol medication or is the evidence and the scientific consensus clearly on one side of the issue?

It is true that we argue about cholesterol far more than the other cardiovascular risk factors. First off, we should acknowledge that there in fact has been a controversy on almost all these issues at some point. Get it out of your heads, if possible, that high pressure is…the feature to treat.– William Osler, 1912 address to Glasgow Southern Medical Society Hypertension may be an important compensatory mechanism which should not be tampered with, even were it certain that we could control it.– Dr. What Is Vegan Butter Made Of & Is It Healthy?

Cream is the fat found in cow’s milk.

What Is Vegan Butter Made Of & Is It Healthy?

In raw unprocessed milk, it floats to the top. Hence, the ‘cream rises to the top’ euphemism. This top layer is skimmed off and churned (stirred) to rupture the fragile cell membranes, which surround the milk fat. After doing so, the fat cells bind together. With enough churning, you’re left with the solid substance known as butter. In short, real butter is the pure fat produced by the mammary glands of a cow. Double Bond Index and longevity in humans. Preamble: I've had this post written for some time (there are a fair few in this category) but this tweet from the World Health Organisation has prompted me to hit the publish button.

Double Bond Index and longevity in humans

In particular this piece of advice begs the question of incompetence vs malicious intent (I doubt the latter): Here's the post: I thought I would revisit the idea of trans fatty acids because the late Fred Kummerow got an honourable mention on twitter recently. He is largely responsible for the removal of industrial trans fatty acids from the food chain.

Polyunsaturated Fats

Saturated Fats. Olive Oil and Avocado Oil and Other Sources of Mono-Unsaturated Fats. Saturated Fats and Omega-6 Rich Vegetable Oils on Risk of Death – The Hammer of Health. I care about my health.

Saturated Fats and Omega-6 Rich Vegetable Oils on Risk of Death – The Hammer of Health

And one important consideration when discussing health is death; dying really puts a damper on good health. So when I go to the grocery store and see a bottle of vegetable oil proudly stamped with a sticker about how healthy it is I wonder “Is that true?”. And when I read in a magazine about evil saturated fats I sometimes ask myself “Would replacing my butter and beef fat with corn and soybean oil reduce my chances of dying?” Of course, extensive personal experience tells me that I would feel much crappier consuming the vegetable oils, but hey, maybe I would live longer? Healthy Fats: What You Need to Know. Top 8 Healthy Cooking Oils (Plus, the Ones to Avoid Entirely) When it comes to healthy cooking oils, it may seem like there are endless options to choose from.

Top 8 Healthy Cooking Oils (Plus, the Ones to Avoid Entirely)

Navigating the cooking aisle can be a daunting task on its own, and selecting which cooking oil is the best fit when it comes to your recipe can make it even more challenging. With so many factors to consider — from smoke point to flavor to nutritional content and beyond — even looking at a complete cooking oils list can be incredibly overwhelming. Monounsaturated Fat Versus Saturated Fat: Nutrition Cage Match – The Hammer of Health. To my knowledge there exist no controlled dietary trials lasting long enough for us to know how swapping monounsaturated fats (e.g. olive oil) and saturated fats (e.g. butter) affects death from and incidence of various diseases.

Monounsaturated Fat Versus Saturated Fat: Nutrition Cage Match – The Hammer of Health

How to Choose a Healthy Cooking Oil. Peer-reviewed Science Can Support Nearly Every Position. Mastering the Omega-3/Omega-6 Balancing Act. FAQ-Fats and Oils. Some Typical Questions and Misconceptions on Fats and Oils. QUANTITATIVE MEDICINE. Marathon Drugs Increases Price 70-Fold – 2/10/17 More predation by pharma.


Marathon has gotten a decades old muscular dystrophy drug, deflazacort, approved and is charging $89,000 a year for it. It’s price in Europe is under $1500/year. Where are the free market forces? Why aren’t our elected officials protecting us from this egregious practice? Lowest Stroke Rates in Older Baby Boomers; Younger People Rising– 9/12/16 reports the American Heart Association, here. Sugar Lobby Promotes Sugar– 11/13/16 Surreal. Zika Breakthrough– 8/30/16 Reported here and elsewhere, two existing (already approved) drugs appear to be effective against Zika. AHA Limits Added Sugar– 8/17/16 A sensible recommendation from the American Heart Association limits sugar for children aged 2-18 to fewer than 6 teaspoons a day. Calcium Supplements Linked to Dementia– 8/17/16 A report in the journal Neurology, here, links calcium supplements to dementia in some groups of women. How Ancestry Might Inform Your Fat Choices.

Dietary Fat: How much? - Primal Body Primal Mind. Know your fats (infographic) – Rosemary Cottage Clinic Blog. 11 Best Healthy Fats for Your Body. Are you afraid of fats?

11 Best Healthy Fats for Your Body

If so, you’re not alone. Fat in foods has been vilified in America for the past few decades, as low-fat and non-fat foods became the norm, and we were told that a low-fat diet would help us get the body we want. Time for an “Oil” Change. The grocery’s cooking oil aisle looks like the pharmacy’s cough and cold remedy aisle.

Time for an “Oil” Change

It’s ridiculous and sheer marketing. It’s an abominable ploy which vexes me to no end. At least the pharmacy cough and cold remedy manufacturers can plead off with the fact that you were already sick when you perused their offerings. The oil industry, on the other hand, is probably literally making you chronically ill. I already feel that nutrition’s power over health is scorned, and when I go into the oil section at the store, I almost want to retch. Omega-9 Benefits the Heart, Brain & Your Mood. It’s no wonder that there’s much confusion about what oils, fish and nuts are considered healthy fats and which ones are not.

Omega-9 Benefits the Heart, Brain & Your Mood

Most have heard of omega-3 fatty acids and maybe even omega-6 fatty acids, but what do you know about omega-9 fatty acids and the omega-9 benefits available in this type of fat? Omega-9 fatty acids are from a family of unsaturated fats that are commonly found in vegetable and animal fats. These fatty acids are also known as oleic acid, or monounsaturated fats, and can often be found in canola oil, safflower oil, olive oil, mustard oil, nut oils and, nuts such as almonds. However, unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids can be produced by the body, which means the need to supplement is not as important as the popular omega-3. (1) 7 Low-Fat Diet Risks You Need to Know About! Fats are an essential nutrient and one of the primary energy sources for the body.

They also play a big role in weight management, absorbing nutrients, maintaining healthy skin and hair, regulating body temperature, supporting immune function, insulating internal organs, and hormonal balance. You can see right off the bat why there are just so many low-fat diet risks to be aware of! While a balanced diet that includes plenty of plant foods, like vegetables and some fruit, is key for long-term health, fats are actually needed to properly absorb the fat-soluble vitamins found in many plants — including vitamin A, D, E and K. The Skinny on Fats - The Weston A. Price Foundation. Is Your “Healthy” Diet Killing You? Fats, functions and malfunctions. Saturated fatty acids terminate the stress reactions, polyunsaturated fatty acids amplify them.

The most highly unsaturated fats, including DHA, accumulate with aging, and their toxic fragments are increased in Alzheimer's disease. Fats and degeneration. 50 years ago, in the first phase of marketing the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), linoleic acid was “heart protective,” and the saturated fats raised cholesterol and caused heart disease. In the second phase, the other “essential fatty acid,” linolenic acid, was said to be even better than linoleic acid. In the third phase, the longer chain omega -3 (omega minus three, or n minus three) fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are said to be even better than linolenic acid.

Along the way, the highly unsaturated arachidonic acid, which we and other animals make out of the linoleic acid in foods, was coming to be identified with the “harmful animal fats.” But we just didn't hear much about how the amount of arachidonic acid in the tissues depended on the amount of linoleic acid in the diet. The saturated fats include the “tropical fats,” because they are synthesized in very warm organisms, and are very stable at those temperatures. Oils in Context. Never Eat These FrankenFats. Thank God! QUANTITATIVE MEDICINE. Marathon Drugs Increases Price 70-Fold – 2/10/17 More predation by pharma. Marathon has gotten a decades old muscular dystrophy drug, deflazacort, approved and is charging $89,000 a year for it. 2 Toxic Fats to Avoid at All Costs - Primal Body Primal Mind.