Cholesterol Is Not the Culprit: A Guide to Preventing Heart Disease
Fred A. Kummerow, PhD with Jean M. Kummerow, PhD
At one hundred years of age, Fred Kummerow is still going strong! For decades he has researched the subject of trans fats and heart disease at the Burnsides Laboratories of the University of Illinois. Much of what we know about the dangers of trans fats can be attributed to Kummerow, whose research Mary Enig quoted when she began her crusade against these nasty industrial products.
It’s industrial fats and oils, not cholesterol and natural saturated fats, that cause heart disease and Kummerow delineates the fruits of his decades of labor in this short volume. Kummerow explains how both hardened trans fats and rancid liquid oils lead to a train of biochemical events that result in hardened arteries. What hardens the arteries is not cholesterol but calcium, which is built into the endothelial cells under certain conditions, namely the consumption of industrial fats and oils, along with nutrient deficiencies.
Kummerow is particularly critical of efforts to lower cholesterol. He points out that by taking drugs to lower cholesterol, the capacity to make new cells needed by our bodies is diminished. Normal cholesterol in our food and bodies is not the culprit, but oxidized cholesterol—created by polyunsaturated oils and encouraged in diets low in protein, natural fat, vitamin D, B vitamins and magnesium—is the villain in the process that leads to hardened arteries and heart disease.
Kummerow is a product of conventional training and misses some of the finer points brought up by students of traditional diets. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to see such logical thinking coming from this source. His chapter on protein is especially good, and in fact was published in an earlier issue of Wise Traditions. Thumbs UP for this book and a big thank you to Fred Kummerow for his service to mankind!
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2014🖨️ Print post
Donald J Panhorst says
Cholesterol oxidizes at the boiling temperature of water. So, anything cooked above the boiling temperature contains cholesterol that is fully oxidized.
stephen costello says
Is this correct from the next to last paragraph of Cholesterol is not the culprit.Natural fat, vitamin D, B vitamins and magnesium, is the villain in the process that leads to hardened arteries and heart disease.Seams to contradict some of the other articles.
Tim Boyd says
I’ve tweaked the sentence slightly to try and make it more clear. You have to read the whole thing carefully.
What u saying? That d3, but B and magnesium is what hardens your arteries ? I don’t understand what you writing thanks
Have you noticed the bar getting lower for “acceptable” cholesterol readings over the last few years? That is because Big Pharma lowers that bar every so often to rake in more profits. That’s why Statins are their biggest Cash Cow. If that sounds underhanded, it is! And every MD/GP is an Agent for Big Pharma. That’s why it is risky to put your trust in the Medical Establishment. People often do that in Australia to save with government Scripts not realising it is a Sickness Industry that “serves” them. Medical Induced Disorders are on the rise more than ever in recent years at alarming rates. Everyone needs to know that. It’s reprehensible, and sad to say, it’s also legal. Because governments get huge amounts of Revenue from Medical Practices, they do absolutely nothing to correct such immoral practices – Statins for Cholesterol is their biggest Marketing Ploy. We actually need Good Healthy Cholesterol for our body to function well. Faulty advice should not be taken too seriously. Natural Health practitioners and common-sense will always serve us better – 30+ years of Independent Natural Health Research has taught me.
john Brookes says
Yes, the meat industry is tied into this as well. The revenuers for “fake” medicine in the US are now bigger than the total retail revenue from all other products and services. Behind all this is corruption of medical authorities, who receive payola from big pharma. For example, Frank Sachs of Harvard collects millions. In his research, he knew the danger of meat and poor diet. But money made him him water it down to the “Dash Diet,” a totally corrupt and ineffectual pretense of giving nutritional advice.
Modern Medicine is dangerous, sad to say.