Was Angela Landsbury’s character Jessica Fletcher actually a serial killer?
For those of you under the age of 40, there was a popular CBS show in the 1980s called Murder She Wrote. It featured a woman who researched murder cases as a civilian detective, then wrote books about them. The joke of the era that everyone made was “hey has anyone noticed that every time there’s a murder, this lady shows up? Maybe she’s the killer!”
It’s funny because of the nature of the character. She’s hardly Hannibal Lechter, or even Dexter Morgan. But humor often relies on twists of logic.
It is a similar twist of logic that is behind the conventional wisdom that cholesterol is bad. Jimmy Moore is here to expose the mistake that has done massive damage to health in the US for decades. A bit hyperbolic? I don’t think so.
Jimmy prefers an image of firefighters to my more extreme analogy. His is more accurate. Cholesterol is a foundational building block of human health. It is used as a substance to fix damage in the body. It is NOT the damage itself. This is not a fringe theory, it’s not disputed, it’s well-documented fact. Yet, as he puts it, the medical establishment has taken the bizarre approach that looks like this…
Hey, every time there’s a fire, we find a bunch of fire trucks and firefighters. Get rid of fire fighters and our houses won’t burn down!
Why would the AMA, the AHA, and every drug company on the planet put their effort into getting rid of firefighters instead of fires?
It is easy to artificially lower the number of fire fighters with a drug. Preventing fire is much harder, and not nearly as profitable. I’m not trying to sound the alarm of a conspiracy theory, it’s just the pattern of human behavior in every venture with a profit motive. Why should modern medicine be any different?
So, enough of my attempt at clever analysis. Let’s talk about the book.
The book has it all. Just read the list of contributors and see how many MDs are in the list of 29 experts. This isn’t just some anti-medical fringe movement. This is evidence that is right there in the medical community, but like all of us, doctors have the same pressures and constraints that lead to a blind acceptance of the status quo. Inertia is powerful. Jimmy has brought the science and research knowledge to a readable level for us laymen. Yet even laymen already have a sense that something is wrong as the lowfat anti-cholesterol craze has been concurrent with a sharp RISE is heart disease, and can ask the question “if cholesterol is so evil, why do most heart attack patients have ‘normal’ levels?” Why is it that the triglyceride level, which is an actual indicator of risk, is affected by a high carbohydrate diet, yet fat is demonized, and insulin-spiking whole wheat bread is held up as a dietary savior?
If you’ve already heard the name Ancel Keys and how he almost single-handedly turned American health down a destructive path, the first half of this book will be familiar territory. If you think that last sentence sounds a little reactionary and extreme, you absolutely need to start with this book.
The second half of the book gets into the nuts and bolts of what these numbers and markers DO mean, which ones actually matter, and why.
OK so what does cause heart disease? That definitely is a real thing.
Jimmy and his panel of experts get into this thoroughly, but for the frustrated skeptic who thinks I’m off the rails of fringe voodoo health here, my basic understanding is well summed up in one word: inflammation. As Jimmy has been repeating on many guest podcasts, there is no heart disease without inflammation. Inflammation creates wounds in the blood vessels. The body responds by sending it cholesterol to rebuild, much like the way your body sends help to a cut on your skin, and you swell for a while then get a scar. But scars can build. And that becomes calcification and other factors that lead to heart disease, stroke, heart attacks. The image of fat flowing through your arteries and clogging them is complete nonsense. The cholesterol we create ourselves, and that which we consume, is an inert building block until we have damage. But teaching people how to not damage their body through inflammation is seen as tricky. But only from an economic standpoint. It’s not actually that hard. Your great great grandparents never heard of heart disease, and ate lard. But the economics of 20th century agribusiness combined with powerful political connections for people with an agenda have created a toxic soup worthy of 1984’s ministry of rewriting history.
Healing the body by food we were designed/evolved to eat is obvious. But it doesn’t make Monsanto rich.
Making statins is pointless and likely destructive. But it is profitable for Pfizer.
As a listener to Jimmy’s show, as well as other related programs, a good bit of this book is familiar material, but there is still much new that I had not put together yet. It is a great single resource that is readable, and has a definite flow as if the reader is starting from scratch and resistant to questioning their doctor because he/she is an expert. There are tons of books out there that I would love to recommend to anyone, but most folks don’t take time to read four new books a week on health.
I’m so convinced that Jimmy’s book is a helpful wake up call for an over-drugged population, that I’m making this offer.
If you meet the following conditions, I will buy a kindle copy for you. (Up to the first five takers.)
1. you’re either on a statin or your doctor is talking about prescribing one for you
2. you are trying to get healthy on a low fat diet full of whole grains
3. you’re hesitant to go against the advice of your doctor
I especially want to get this book into the hands of these folks, because that’s who is at most risk right now. Unfortunately, this set of criteria probably described a huge part of the American population.
The book is only $9.99 via kindle (which you can read on any device, including whatever you are reading this blog on.) So you’re spending the same as what, 2-3 Starbucks drinks? Even so, I’ll buy you a copy so you get this information out there.
I know that I roll my eyes at the tinfoil hat crowd that uses phrases like “the truth is out there! They don’t want you to know this!” That’s not the road I’m on. I am however, convinced that the reason this information is not yet mainstream is simply a matter of economics. Well, our health needs to be based on something other than the bottom line interests of the biggest companies on wall street. You already know it’s pointless to expect Kellogg’s to advertise for a low margin product like fresh broccoli, is it that much of a jump to see drug companies as having an interest in promoting the drug they have, whether or not its effect matters? They do what they’re asked to do.
Jimmy’s book is my kind of book: it asks the question: why did we ask the drug companies to lower cholesterol in the first place?
The fact that it’s just “known” that you should is not a reason. That makes for circular logic. Always go to the source to see if the premise is still valid. Jimmy does that. Buy this book. Read this book. Then watch Fathead and Statin Nation, then listen to Jimmy’s podcast, and Relentless Roger and the Caveman Doctor, Latest in Paleo, my man Vinnie Tortorich at the Angriest Trainer. OK fine, I’ll say it.