Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Prevent Heart Disease: Evidence from 101 Scientific Papers
by David Evans
Critics of the cholesterol theory of heart disease will find this compendium an invaluable aid. Evans merely lists in chronological order studies proving that cholesterol and saturated fat actually protect us against heart disease, along with a concise summary of the study conclusions and interesting background on the study author.
Regarding the 1970 “Seven Country” paper by Ancel Keys, Evans notes that if Keys had chosen any other seven countries in the world besides those he cherry picked for his paper, he would have gotten a different result. Why did Keys manipulate the data to create the impression that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease? According to a friend of Keys, Henry Blackburn, Keys was humiliated about his saturated fat theory at a World Health Organization meeting in Geneva, convened to discuss rising rates of heart disease. Keys had a strong personality and was prone to abusive scolding of anyone who disagreed with him. According to Blackburn, Keys was determined to put down his detractors, and so manipulated the data to prove himself right. THUMBS UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2013.