“They are not acting on the basis of scientific evidence, but on the basis of a plausible but untested idea,” Dr. Edward H. Ahrens Jr., a top specialist at Rockefeller University and prominent critic of the growing doctrine on dietary fats and cholesterol, cautioned back in the ’80s.
(And people say my work is unscientific…)
I’ve been trying to give people this information for 2 decades.
From my perspective, this bad advice is based on a mechanistic, rather than a dynamic, model of human biochemistry. In other words, if cholesterol is bad in the body, don’t eat cholesterol. Or if bones are made of calcium, and you have bone loss, take more calcium. If it’s bad to be fat, don’t eat fat.
It doesn’t work.
The human body is much more complex than that. There has never been research to show that eating foods that contain cholesterol increase serum cholesterol. NEVER! Yet, I have been attacked countless times because I have tried to help people understand this. I’ve been accused of not paying attention to the research.
Well, the government has finally admitted that it’s been just plain wrong.
But I still get clients coming in on a regular basis saying their doctors are putting them on a low fat diet for their heart.
Obviously, many doctors are even more behind in the research than the mainstream press.
And as for heart disease? I believe that one of the main reasons we are seeing an epidemic, especially in women, is because we are all being told to increase our calcium to improve our bone density.
But it doesn’t go into the bones. You know what happens to all that calcium in pills and capsules and added in to our foods?
It goes into our circulatory system and causes plaque. Which contributes to heart disease.
Unless you are taking adequate amounts of Vitamin K, which shuttles it into the bones, where it belongs.
And what is the greatest food source of Vit K? Fatty cuts of meat, which is exactly what we were told to eliminate.
Actually for the best natural source of Vit K, you need to be eating meat from animals that ate hay and grass, not grain.
Most people are not supplementing with K, or not enough, or not the right form (it should be the MK4 form of Vit K2, not MK7; very few companies use the right form).
So – forgive me if I say I told you so. And next time, maybe listen to a holistic health expert who has devoted 25 years to studying nutrition and the human body.