Fatal errors in medicine
Hdl cholesterol and the pork lard example — sloppy science, dogma and financial gain
We’ve all been told for years that fat — especially saturated fat — increases so-called “bad” LDL cholesterol and therefore increases our risk of heart attack. This simplistic message has been promoted for decades. It usually finds expression at the end of the typical brief doctor’s appointment with the admonishment to “eat a low fat diet”, whatever that means.
Doctors like to think they’re practicing scientific medicine. Yet when you take a close look at the science around food and health, the true evidence is ignored in favor of poorly supported dogma and — just maybe — the astounding profits behind the lowering of LDL cholesterol with “statin” drugs, such as Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor etc.
These now account for over $30 billion a year in total sales, roughly the same as the Gross Domestic Product of Finland.