The War on Cholesterol
According to Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein,
winners of the Nobel Prize in 1985 for their discovery of the receptor
that brings cholesterol into cells, the debate about the role of
cholesterol in health and disease is a war.
They wrote the foreword to a recent book by Daniel Steinberg, MD,
PhD, called The Cholesterol Wars.
In it, they call themselves and others "who condemn cholesterol
as the culprit" the "anti-cholesterol forces." They
liken scientific advances in our understanding of this vital nutrient
to "powerful new weapons" that have aided the "anti-cholesterol
forces" just "like modern armies."
The War on Good Food
According to Brown and Goldstein, the next "battle"
of the "Cholesterol Wars" will be fought over what age
someone should be before they start cholesterol-lowering therapy.
The ideal therapy, they say, is a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet
rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.
That means the following: no butter, no eggs, no liver or other
organ meats. A diet of dry plant foods, with small amounts of corn
oil, soybean oil, and perhaps a few capsules of fish oil.
As you will learn on this site, this diet is not only bland and
boring, but it is missing the most nutritious and health-promoting
foods the earth has to offer! Not only that, but it is actually
polyunsaturated fats, not saturated fats or cholesterol, that contribute
to heart disease, cancer, liver damage, and aging.
The War on Your Brain
Short of dramatic changes in diet, these anti-cholesterol warriors
recommend starting cholesterol-lowering statin drugs between the
ages of 20 and 40 — although other experts are now recommending
these drugs be given to children as young as eight years old.