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Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?

| September 13, 2012 | 27 Replies
Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?
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In the U.S. in 1950, obesity and diabetes were not public health problems. In 1980, USDA issued the first-ever low fat Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2010 – the same year that even more stringent anti-fat Dietary Guidelines were reaffirmed – the CDC in Atlanta referred to diabetes as a dangerous “run-away-train.” What happened between […]






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Illustrated History of Heart Disease 1825-2015

| August 19, 2012 | 65 Replies
Illustrated History of Heart Disease 1825-2015
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   1825  French lawyer and gourmand Brillant-Savarin publishes The Physiology of Taste, in which he says he has identified the cure for obesity:  “More or less rigid abstinence from everything that is starchy or floury.”   1830  Sugar consumption in the US is 15 pounds per capita (much of it molasses). Today:  150 pounds per capita […]






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25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat

| August 18, 2012 | 13 Replies
25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat
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1. In 1937, Columbia University biochemists David Rittenberg & Rudolph Schoenheimer demonstrated that dietary cholesterol had little or no influence on blood cholesterol. Never refuted, why do the 2010 Dietary Guidelines limit dietary cholesterol to fewer than 300 mg per day? 2. Dietary cholesterol is poorly absorbed – 50 percent at best (Mary Enig, PhD; Michael […]






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The controversial study that started the War on Cholesterol…

| June 14, 2012 | Reply
The controversial study that started the War on Cholesterol…
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Revisiting the Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT) – 1973 to 1984 Launched in 1973 by the National Institutes of Health, the Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT) set out to prove that lowering blood cholesterol with a drug and a low cholesterol, low saturated fat diet would reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and extend […]






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Dr. Eric B. Rimm: Limit on Fat in Guidelines Wrong

| May 10, 2012 | 2 Replies
Dr. Eric B. Rimm: Limit on Fat in Guidelines Wrong
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On October 31, 2008, during that first meeting of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), Dr. Eric B. Rimm, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, questioned what he called the “artificial limit” on dietary fat in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.  From the transcripts:  www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-Meeting1.htm Dr. Rimm: “I wanted to make a radical point, one […]






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Ten important things to know about magnesium

| April 27, 2012 | 18 Replies
Ten important things to know about magnesium
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Daily Aspirin… or daily Magnesium? As the late Dr. Atkins was quick to point out, while magnesium is the most important mineral for the heart, few cardiologists bother to (1) test for it properly and (2) prescribe it to their patients. While potassium is more abundant within our cells than magnesium, potassium on average is […]






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Should You Take a Daily Aspirin?

| April 22, 2012 | Reply
Should You Take a Daily Aspirin?
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Behind the headlines – the Aspirin Component of the Physicians’ Health Study Led by Dr. Charles Hennekens, the Steering Committee of the Physicians’ Health Study was charged with investigating the effect of aspirin on the risk of a person suffering a first cardiovascular event.  Beginning in 1982, extensive preliminary screening eliminated individuals who had any […]






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Do You & Your Doctor Know All 10 Heart Disease Risk Factors?

| March 7, 2012
Do You & Your Doctor Know All 10 Heart Disease Risk Factors?
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Heart disease is the #1 cause of death. About 50 percent of all people who die suddenly from heart disease have low or normal cholesterol. To protect yourself from heart disease, ask your doctor for a complete lipid evaluation. Fast 10-12 hours before blood is drawn (you can drink water). Because Total Cholesterol (TC) and […]






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The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

| February 7, 2012 | Reply
The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat
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In the U.S. dietary kingdom, saturated fat is most feared – fingered as the cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), they have been warning us away from saturated fat since 1957. In 1961, at the urging of AHA board members Ancel Keys and Jeremiah Stamler, the AHA officially […]






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Low Cholesterol Associated With 75 Percent Of All Heart Attacks!

| February 6, 2012 | 8 Replies
Low Cholesterol Associated With 75 Percent Of All Heart Attacks!
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  “I have come to realize that there is, literally, no evidence that can dent the cholesterol hypothesis… The effect of this study on the cardiovascular research community was….as you would expect…nothing at all, a deafening silence…” Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, UK cardiologist A nationwide study conducted by UCLA School of Medicine found that 75 percent […]






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