The Great Cholesterol Con by Malcolm Kendrick

October 23, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Library_News | 2 Comments

I have just read with pleasure Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s book The Great Cholesterol Con. Dr Kendrick has a in-depth look (with many humourous asides) at the Cholesterol hypothesis and whether saturated fat causes heart disease and arrives at a resounding NO!

There is inevitably a lot of technical jargon but in his own inimitable fashion he leads us, poor
Joe Public, through the reams of bullshit that is printed to enhance our perception of this “wonder” drug.

This is a must read book for anyone whose doctor thinks that their cholesterol is too high and prescribes statins, which come under a number of different names such as atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor), because they are at risk of dying from hardening of the arteries.

Though the pharmaceutical industry sings the praises of statins (well they would, it earns them billions of dollars worldwide every year) if you are a woman, these drugs, according to this British doctor (he is a Scot, actually) do *nothing *to lengthen your life and prevent you from dying from heart disease but can have some alarming side-effects.

A man may benefit a little but according to Dr Kendrick’s calculations, the data from the most positive research on statins could give you *two extra days *before you fall off your perch!! Whoopee.

My advice is to read this book and if your doctor has succumbed to the pharmaceutical industry’s clap-trap, tell him to stick his statins- in the nicest possible way of course – in the nearest waste-disposal unit where they belong.

Reviewed by Mavis



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  1. This certainly sounds like an interesting book, however I can’t help but be concerned with the rather emotive advice given by the reviewer in the last paragraph and wonder about its appropriateness.

    Is the reviewer medically qualified in their own right to make these sort of recommendations with respect to the use of prescription medicines or are they basing their opinions solely on this one book?

    I would suggest that if people are concerned about any medications they are taking that it would be best to discuss this with a qualified healthcare provider.

  2. Alas most qualified healthcare providers are indoctrinated by the “received wisdom” (which wouldn’t be a problem if we had everything 100% right, but unfortunately this is not the case).

    I disagree that only medically qualified reviewers should be allowed to make recommendations.

    Do your own research. There are many excellent, informative books on the subject that will challenge your thinking, such as:
    § Know your Fats – Mary Enig
    § Trick and Treat – Barry Groves
    § Stop America’s #1 Killer! – Thomas E. Levy
    § Malignant Medical Myths – Joel M Kauffman PhD
    § Good Calories Bad Calories – Gary Taubes
    § The Cholesterol Myths – Uffe Ravnskov
    § Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You – Uffe Ravnskov

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