The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy

Four part article by Chris Kresser (Let’s Take Back Your Health) examining the truths and lies about cholesterol, saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about what causes heart disease over the past decade, but the medical establishment is still operating on outdated science from 40-50 years ago.

In this 4-part series, I’m going to debunk 3 common myths about heart disease:

  1. Eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises cholesterol levels in the blood.
  2. High cholesterol in the blood is the cause of heart disease.
  3. Statins save lives in healthy people without heart disease.

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Weed killer can “probably” cause cancer says WHO

Used in the production of high fructose corn syrup!

From Reuters article Friday 3/20/15:

Monsanto weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer: World Health Organization

The world’s most widely-used weed killer can “probably” cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans”.

It also said there was “limited evidence” that glyphosate was carcinogenic in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the findings.

“We don’t know how IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe,” Philip Miller, Monsanto’s vice-president of global regulatory affairs, said in a statement.

Concerns about glyphosate on food have been a hot topic of debate in the United States recently, and contributed to the passage in Vermont last year of the country’s first mandatory labeling law for foods that are genetically modified.

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Grain Brain Describes the Staggering Effects of Carbs on the Brain

Grain Brain book cover
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

With his book Brain Grain, renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

Definite must-read!

Why fat can make you skinny

The Big Fat Surprise Book Cover

Another must-read for your healthy living library:

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong in her book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

“For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if those exact foods we’ve been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks — are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?”

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