This article hits a nerve for me, and it's difficult to articulate why, but I'd say it is representative of a nutritional paradigm that gave us the low fat, high carb diet that has created a nation of overweight people, precipitated a diabetes epidemic and done nothing to reduce heart disease. And it represents a medical paradigm that treats symptoms rather than root causes, that treats biomarkers like diseases, and trusts pharmaceuticals to solve chronic health issues.
To fix the article, you'd need to change the title, which implies that Cholesterol causes heart disease and is perhaps the sole or primary cause (the truth is vastly more complex). Then you'd need to add a line noting that consumption of sugar and processed carbs raises triglyceride levels, which has been shown to make cholesterol more atherogenic and contribute to metabolic syndrome. And you'd need to acknowledge that statins can increase insulin resistance, cause memory, muscle problems and cataracts in some people, and have a minor impact on all cause mortality. You'd need to at least acknowledge the role of systemic inflammation in chronic disease and note that sugar, processed carbs and grain oils are inflammatory, as is your own visceral fat. You'd need to acknowledge there is considerable interest among researchers in the role of the gut microbiota in metabolic diseases and caution people about unnecessary antibiotic use, artificial sweeteners, and other behaviors that affect gut health, And for people who have serious heart disease, you'd note that a vegan, nutrient dense diet can reverse heart disease. There, I feel much better.
- 8/28/2014 7:15:58 AM