Whether you’re a newcomer to The Harcombe Diet or a lifetime member, you will, no doubt, have been challenged on the subject of cholesterol and told that it should be lowered as far as possible, primarily with drugs.
In this newsletter, we’re pulling together some of the most important blogs posts, articles and resources on why cholesterol is so utterly life critical and should not be messed about with, so that you have them readily available in one place.
We’ve also published one of Zoe’s most extraordinary blogs ‘Cholesterol & heart disease – there is a relationship but it’s not what you think‘ as a special report so that you can email it to or print and share with your friends, colleagues and medical professionals. You can download it here, feel free to share it.
When you know the facts about cholesterol and the truth behind cholesterol lowering drugs like statins, you can make educated decisions regarding your own levels and the impact on your health as well as have an enlightened debate with the usual doubters.
Thanks for your support
Zoë & Andy Harcombe
Posts & articles by Zoë
We have got cholesterol completely wrong
Here are six things that we need to know about cholesterol:
i) It is virtually impossible to explain how vital cholesterol is to the human body. If you had no cholesterol in your body you would be dead. No cells, no bone structure, no muscles, no hormones, no sex, no reproductive system, no digestion, no brain function, no memory, no nerve endings, no movement, no human life – nothing without cholesterol. It is utterly vital and we die instantly without it. Read More
We die instantly without cholesterol so why do we try to stop the body making it?
On May 8th 2012, we woke up to the headline:”Shot in the arm for fight against heart attacks: The fortnightly jab that could unclog your arteries.”
The article opens by saying “A fortnightly jab that slashes levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol could dramatically reduce the death toll from heart attacks and strokes. The injection has been shown to wipe out nearly three-quarters of the body’s low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) – the harmful form of cholesterol that leads to clogged arteries and heart disease.” Read More..
Cholesterol & heart disease – there is a relationship, but it’s not what you think
DOWNLOAD SPECIAL REPORT (PDF)
This is a copy of possibly one of the most serious Diet & Health Today articles that I may do. It is dedicated to Anne (Annem in the club) who asked me a great question about cholesterol. It made me do what I had been meaning to do ever since I read Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s The Great Cholesterol Con…. Read More..
Cholesterol – what does the cholesterol test actually measure (technical)
The world is obsessed with cholesterol levels. The UK and Australia work in mmol/l and the USA works in mg/dl. Americans are told to have a total cholesterol level below 200 mg/dl and LDL below 100 mg/dl. The guidelines, issued by the National Cholesterol Education Programme, actually call LDL ‘cholesterol’, which is ignorant as we will see shortly. Read More..
Forget Cholesterol and statins – here’s how you really avoid heart disease.
Would it surprise you to know that it absolutely has NOT been proven that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease (and it would be completely nonsensical if this were the case, as any fat occurring naturally in real food would have killed us off hundreds of thousands of years ago if it were responsible for a killer disease.) Read More…
Why hasn’t my healthy diet cut my cholesterol?
On Tuesday 26th June 2012, Susan Bence emailed in to say:
“Twelve months ago, I had a cholesterol test that indicated a higher than acceptable cholesterol level of 5.5.
I took immediate action, lost one-and-a-half stone in weight, began walking 30 to 40 miles a week and completely changed my diet.
I now no longer eat red meat, sausage, bacon, cheese or chocolate, and have increased the amount of fruit, fibre and oily fish I consume.
However, a test last week showed that my cholesterol level remains slightly high at 5.5. Read More…
Other very useful resources
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics
Dr Uffe Ravnskov’s blog/newsletter (technical)
Dr. Duane Graveline, MD, MPH (Spacedoc)
Statin Nation (DVD and streamed video)
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