Is anyone going to actually take this guys advice on cholesterol? The same man who has nightmarish cholesterol which indicates high risk by anyone's standards?
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The question isn't whether Jimmy is qualified. He isn't. He's no medical doctor. But you don't have to be. Unlike those prior books on cholesterol, Jimmy has the chance to put it all together from many perspectives. On his show, he's had cholesterol skeptics (who don't at all believe in cholesterol), LDL-P fanatics, inflammation proponents, and those who actually believe saturated fat is dangerous (when combined with carbs). He's been exposed to many viewpoints and isn't going to stick to one worldview in writing a book. That's why his book will be different and is at least worth examining.
I would be just as likely to take advise from a person who was 40% body fat and dropped to 20% as I would somebody who went from 12% to 9%. I would learn from a piano teacher who never played in Carnegie Hall. Some of the best baseball coaches never could play even in the minor leagues. We all have different genetic and environmental endowments. The question isn't whether Jimmy has sterling numbers, and it's not whether he has a PhD. The question is whether he knows his stuff and can communicate it. I'll read reviews and see, based on those criteria, whether the reviewers think the book is worthwhile.
paul chek isn't a doctor, yet he's one of the smartest people on the planet (not exaggerating at ALL here) when it comes to health, so we shouldn't listen to him? Plus cholesterol numbers are completely useless when you get general numbers. Jimmy has experience, and he's going to write an amazing book that everyone should read because he does have different perspectives.
I was actually excited about this book but I didn't realize Jimmy was rehashing his past interviews and sticking to one worldview. The only so called cardiologist he interviewed is Dr. Davis, I believe, of gluten fame.
There are some big names there but their expertise is not lipidology. Drs. Lustig and Westman are obesity experts. I was thinking maybe he was gonna score someone like Dr. Mozafferian. I should have known better. Mark Sisson is an entrepreneur, not a lipidologist. Gary Taubes is well, er Gary Taubes. Dr. David Diamond is a neurology professor who taught himself lipidology and what he learned is basically straight from Anthony Colpo; his real expertise is "leaning behavior." Although I respect Paul Jaminet's thoughts on nutrition, he's not a cholesterol expert. Dr. Ron Ehrlich s a holistic dentist. Uffe Ravnskov is a flat-earther who believes you can't have too high a cholesterol. The rest are obscure family physicians and GPs with a small practice who became low-carb or Paleo converts (perhaps to enhance their profile and develop a practice niche). I don't mean this in a demeaning way, but I thought Jimmy was way more ambitious than this.
What I learned from these interviews is that Jimmy actually knows more about cholesterol than some of these experts. I'm not kidding. Jimmy is a bona fide expert and some of these so called experts, I'm not so sure, are.
Unrelated question, perhaps, but what happened to everyone's favorite trust-fund hipster, Melissa? Word on the streets is that Chris un-dumped her. Hmmm... ;)
Respect, bro. Jimbo INVENTED Paleo. Sheesh. Bet ya didn't know that.
Jimmy's likely a great guy and I'm all for not judging people's viewpoints by their degrees, but hasn't the guy interviewed on his podcast at least three people who know far more than he does about this topic? Also, I don't like how he took off from his podcast to do the book. I like listening in when I can stand being told that potatoes are not a real food and that raw honey is going to kill me.