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Old 28 January 2008, 08:44 PM
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Icon23 No Such Thing as Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol seems to be one of those things that strikes fear into the hearts of many, so to speak. But is the reputation that this oily substance has acquired truly deserved? What is certain is that the 'little knowledge' that the media often imparts means many folks assume cholesterol is simply a 'bad' thing. Alternately, a good number of us may have heard the terms 'good' cholesterol and 'bad' cholesterol bandied about without knowing much about what this really means. In fact it is a fairly safe bet that if you asked anyone on the street for his or her instinctive response, if asked about cholesterol, they would probably say that we simply need to 'reduce it'.
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Old 29 January 2008, 04:19 AM
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Mike Adams is delivering the stupid again.

Some of his more notable posts are discussed at one of my favorite blogs. He is an uber-crank, who hasn't met an altie claim he didn't like and a evidence-based medicine claim he liked. I believe he is even a germ theory denialist.

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Old 29 January 2008, 05:59 AM
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I really didn't read anything all that wrong in the article other than the out-right denial of the benefits of statins on immediate heart attack risks and a bit of scare mongering about the drug industry. It is true we need cholesterol, it is possible to have too little of even LDL cholesterol and it's also true the reason it's become a problem is due to long term unhealthy life style and that life style changes can eliminate most problems with cholesterol, even though there are a few of us who naturally produce too many no matter what. I do think this country would be better off if we did more to promote healthy eating to eliminate cholesterol problems and depend less on medicine, there are benefits to statin regimes for people with high risks for Heart Disease. It's up to them and their doctor to determine if the risks out-weigh the benefits and how they can work to get off the statins in the long run.
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Old 30 January 2008, 05:39 PM
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I don't think he said anything outrageous, but the tone sets my teeth on edge. LDL isn't bad because we need it to live? That's not the point and he knows it's not.

He mocks the use of "good" and "bad" "cholesterol" because these are a)simplistic and b)carrier forms, not cholesterol. So. What. It doesn't change the fact that high LDL is bad for you. The first half of the article didn't have a point that I could see (beyond promoting the properties of niacin, which I didn't know about. )

Doctors rely on statins? No, they advise a healthy diet and lifestyle, usually before statins are needed. But people often come to doctors only after they've had heart trouble or after a lifetime of building up cholesterol.

So statins are seen as a quick fix? Uh...good? Seriously, atherosclerosis is a killer and statins are proven to reduce mortality. Don't be scared off because they reduce levels of "Co-enzyme Q10" when they lessen your chances of dying.
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