In what may be good news for pfizer share holders, the New York Times reports that two large alzheimer's studies name cholesterol as suspect . http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/health/04alzheimer.html
Dang. I just pitched about 50 bucks worth of Lipitor into the trash a few weeks ago. Oh well.., time to dust off the snack-wells and rice cakes. Num num NOT!
I kid about the faux food... But these findings will be ammo for paleo skeptics. I wish I could say this, too, is akin to casting aspersions on those big red trucks that oddly materialize any time a fire breaks out, but I'll leave that to the scientifically inclined. I'm just a yokel in fly-over country.
What thinks you? Fire ... or just smoke and mirrors?
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on April 04, 2011
at 11:07 PM
Oi. Is anyone here surprised that people with high levels of inflammation are also going to have high levels of total cholesterol? Sounds like another case of guilt by association to me. Cholesterol???s job is to repair and protect. High cholesterol is not a disease - it's just an indication that something is going on in your body for which cholesterol is needed (i.e. inflammation).
A major misconception about cholesterol is that it is the cause of problems, rather than a symptom.
I recently listened to a podcast interview with Sally Fallon where she cited LACK of dietary cholesterol as the probable cause of Alzheimer's. That would certainly explain why MCTs and coconut oil has been shown to improve markers in Alzheimer's patients.
on April 04, 2011
at 10:42 PM
To me there isn't anything in that article that would make me rethink my thoughts on cholesterol. What kind of diet is most prevalent in their sample? I'm guessing it's not a paleo(ish) diet and I'm guessing most of the subjects with high cholestrol have high LDL with a smaller particle size.