A scathing analysis destroys the long-held mainstream belief that so-called “bad” LDL cholesterol causes heart disease.
In fact, it shows that higher cholesterol levels may actually help you live longer.
The study was conducted by an international panel of 16 prestigious researchers, including Dr. Malcolm Kendrick.
His name may sound familiar. That’s because he’s one of our colleagues here at The Institute for Natural Healing. He’s on our Medical Advisory Board.
The findings were published in the journal Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Kendrick and fellow researchers from Japan, France, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. examined three large reviews on cholesterol that were used by drug companies to justify the use of statin drugs to lower LDL cholesterol.
Dr. Kendrick and the other authors found “serious errors” in the data as well as “obvious falsifications of the cholesterol hypothesis.”
They concluded that the mainstream belief that LDL causes heart disease is based on “misleading statistics, exclusion of unsuccessful trials and ignoring numerous contradictory observations.”
Dr. Kendrick is author of the books Doctoring Data and The Great Cholesterol Con. He said the analysis “was a huge effort… And essentially what we found is that there is no association between LDL cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, LDL may be beneficial.
“People with high LDL live longer than people with low levels.”
The study also found:
- No association between total cholesterol and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
- Heart attack patients tend to have lower LDL rather than higher.
- Trials of statin drugs show they don’t lead to a lower incidence of heart disease.
- The adverse effects of statins have been downplayed by mainstream medicine. Muscle pain is common. Statins are also linked to cataracts, hearing loss, suicidal thoughts, Parkinson’s disease, impotence, and diabetes.
The True Heart Disease Culprit
The bottom line?
Don’t focus on cholesterol. The real cause of heart disease is chronic inflammation.
Here’s how to reduce it:
- Get enough sleep. Make a point of getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep increases inflammation.
- Take the right supplements. A number of nutrients are known to combat inflammation. These include omega-3 fish oil, vitamin D3, curcumin, alpha-lipoic acid, and resveratrol.
- Don’t eat processed foods. Prepackaged foods are loaded with ingredients that trigger an immune response and inflammation. Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, gluten—none of these do you any good.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Research shows the inflammatory marker CRP is higher the more alcohol you consume. One or two drinks a day are fine. A British study found that moderate drinking is linked to better heart health than abstaining. 
- Exercise. This may be the best thing you can do for your heart. Study after study shows that physical activity prevents heart disease.
The results of this myth-busting cholesterol analysis confirm findings by UCLA researchers. They noted that more Americans than ever are taking statin drugs. The number of people taking the medications has soared by 50% in the last 15 years.
If the drugs were effective, shouldn’t the rate of heart disease have gone down during that time?
Instead, the study found that the heart health of Americans became worse than ever, even while more statins were prescribed.
One more thing…
If you’re taking statins, consult your doctor before you quit. And then take the steps above to reduce heart-damaging inflammation.
Editor’s Note: There is a heart attack risk factor that is 10 times more dangerous than cholesterol. But mainstream doctors don’t test for it. And statins actually make it worse.
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