Huh, I'm rather disappointed with this article. But then, it takes MANY years for the public, let alone doctors, to get with it with recent research.
This article has a lot of good advice, but its stance on cholesterol is grossly out of date. You're chiming the anti-cholesterol bell that has been going on for a few decades now, yet it hasn't reduced heart disease in America and obesity is on the rise and has been for a long time. All it's done is driven people from wholesome real foods into the arms of manufactured, processed low-fat/cholesterol alternatives that contribute to obesity.
Elevated cholesterol levels in a person with heart disease does not mean that cholesterol caused the heart disease. That's association, NOT causation. Cholesterol levels can be high for a number of reasons, including the various stresses on the body with an unhealthy lifestyle that contribute to heart disease: smoking, drinking, obesity, being sedentary, processed foods, stress, lack of sleep. Those issues are easier and more affective to address than trying to force down cholesterol down with various methods. Obsession and worry over blood lipid levels is, in itself, unhealthy.
READ UP on alternative studies, please! There is a whole network of researchers, scientists and DOCTORS who do not believe in the myth that cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease: THINCS - The International Network Of Cholesterol Skeptics. www.thincs.org/ Look them up, read.
- 10/21/2009 9:54:35 AM