Cholesterol: Villain or Hero?
by Chris Masterjohn
Audio recording available from Wolf River Naturals, www.wolfrivernaturals.com
Anyone who knows the medical industry knows it considers cholesterol public enemy number one. Anyone who knows the Weston A. Price Foundation knows we strongly disagree. If you don’t know why and you want to, get this MP3 audio. One hour and 46 minutes later, you will know why. Mr. Masterjohn starts off fast by introducing us to Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS), a genetic disorder in which the victim is unable to produce enough cholesterol for normal growth and development. Symptoms include failure to grow, autism, hyperactivity, deformities, increased risk of suicide and so on. The treatment, naturally, is to eat cholesterol.
Masterjohn moves on to explain why different people can look at the same studies and come to different conclusions. The Framingham study is a good example. He examines a well-known graph which was incorrectly done in a way that is very misleading. Rabbit studies are also not convincing because rabbits are not good models of human metabolism. Ancel Keys’ Six-Country Study is a good example of deception by cherry-picking. A few other highlights include a mention of the Business Week article based on recently released studies indicating that statin drugs are ineffective at preventing heart attacks. Masterjohn also discusses the well-documented conflict of interest at the FDA. There are a few moments where the listener may wish it was possible to see the slides he refers to but this easily rates a thumbs up. This recording will help cure any cholesterol phobia you may be suffering from.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2008.