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The Cholesterol Times, Issue #013 -- How Essential Are the Essential Fatty Acids?
April 14, 2008

Dear Reader,

It's great to be putting out another issue of The Cholesterol Times!

I have a new book review up on the site that you do not want to miss -- Daniel Steinberg's The Cholesterol Wars: The Skeptics vs. the Preponderance of the Evidence. This is the first book I have reviewed presenting a serious challenge to the skeptics of the theory that cholesterol causes heart disease. Of course, it has some serious flaws, discussed in the review.

A number of my articles from Wise Traditions reaching back to a full year ago are finally up on the site, and they are linked to below.

And, most importantly, I have finally finished my second Special Report, entitled "How Essential Are the Essential Fatty Acids?" This is one you don't want to miss.

Enjoy the information!

-- Chris Masterjohn


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Site Updates
Special Report: How Essential Are the Essential Fatty Acids?
Best of the 'Net
How to Link to This Newsletter
Copyright and Disclaimer

Site Updates

The Cholesterol Wars: Steinberg Strikes Back

In this book Daniel Steinberg, a cholesterol expert with hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and prime architect of the lipid hypothesis, argues that cholesterol and lipoproteins have been "indicted, tried, and ultimately found guilty" of causing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. A must-read for anyone interested in the cholesterol controversy -- but with a few fatal flaws.

Read the review here.

Special Report: How Essential Are the Essential Fatty Acids?

Current writers often claim the requirement for essential fatty acids is between one and four percent of calories, and make sweeping claims about the anti-inflammatory effects of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA. This report critically reviews the evidence starting from the very beginning and comes to some shocking conclusions. To purchase the report or to read the free abstract, click here. This is truly information you can't get anywhere else.

Best of the 'Net

Bruce Lipton on the Biology of Perception

Is our fate determined by our genes? Is the nucleus the command center of the cell? Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief tells the story very differently. This video comes in seven clips; click on the link above for the first clip but look to the right side of the screen for the succeeding parts.

Experiencing a Stroke Through the Eyes and Heart of a Neuroscientist

Neuroanatomist Jill Taylor one day found herself having a stroke -- and scientifically observed every moment of it. I think some of her conclusions at the end are a bit loopy but I'm sure some of you will love them, and the account is in any case quite fascinating.

On the Trail of the Elusive X Factor: Vitamin K2 Revealed

In 1945, Weston Price identified an unknown nutrient he dubbed "activator X" in the fat of animals he found critical to the mineralization of teeth, strong bones, a healthily functioning brain and protection against heart disease. It is finally becoming clear that this nutrient is none other than vitamin K2.

Bearers of the Cross: Crucifers in the Context of Traditional Diets and Modern Science

The use of cruciferous vegetables — those in the cabbage family —began 7,000 years ago in China and spread throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. The oldest writings emphasize the medicinal utility of crucifers, but these vegetables have now gained culinary importance worldwide. Crucifers, however, have a dark side: they contain goitrogens, substances that damage the thyroid gland, and nitriles, substances that generate cyanide within the body. Crucifers supply important nutrients, and considerable evidence suggests that they may prevent cancer -- at least in some people -- but in larger amounts they may be harmful. Fermentation does not neutralize the goitrogens, as often claimed, and cooking is not completely protective. They should thus be consumed only in moderate amounts. The best part of all: if you always hated brussels sprouts, your justification is finally here -- feeding just 2% brussels sprouts to lab animals causes moderate symptoms of cyanide toxicity. 5% or more causes considerable harm. Your sense of smell was right all along!

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