Cholesterol Biochemistry

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.

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