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Here is a link to a very thorough and highly researched article by Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT discussing the importance of fat and cholesterol, how they work in the brain, why statin use may be counterproductive for people at risk for and dealing with Alzheimer’s, the function of beta amyloid and why a high fat diet may be beneficial. I found this especially enlightening in its explanation of how cholesterol is packaged as it is transported throughout the body, and what it is packaged with in LDL particles, for example, may be a surprise.
Dr. Seneff has written many other similar articles of great interest to those concerned with cholesterol, statins, Alzheimer’s, autism and other neurodegenerative diseases, many of which can be downloaded from her homepage. http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
There’s a media war going on in the UK involving the issue of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
The British Daily Mail’s health editor, Barney Calman, labeled two medical doctors and a PhD nutritionist as “statin deniers” for their efforts in educating the public and debunking the cholesterol-heart disease causation dogma while exposing statin drug dangers.
The two doctors are Dr. Malcolm Kendrick and Dr. Aseem Malhotra. The nutritionist is Zoe Harcombe, PhD.
The Daily Mail article is blaming their “propaganda” as convincing people to stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs which they claim are leading more people to suffer heart attacks as a result.
Since this is another example of corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media presenting only the pharmaceutical position on their own products and seeking to censor anyone who opposes them, we are publishing the responses from those accused of murder for exposing the dangers of statin drugs, as well as questioning the “science” used for the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the world.
Dr. Kendrick’s Response
Dr. Kendrick describes himself as a “Scottish doctor, author, speaker, sceptic” on his blog.
His published books include The Great Cholesterol Con and A Statin Nation: Damaging Millions in a Brave Post-health World among others.
The latter tome extends beyond statins to include many of the drugs prescribed as solutions to health issues that worsen the more they’re prescribed.
Calman emailed Dr. Kendrick with a warning that his piece was going to be published in The Sunday Mail. It was filled with the usual promotion of statin drugs’ success at saving lives and proven safe after countless trials, confirmed as true by current mainstream medical authorities.
Dr. Kendrick argues the content of the hit piece statement by statement on his own blog.
Here’s an example of one where Calman challenges Dr. Kendrick’s use of the word “con” to describe the cholesterol-statin dogma of heart disease.
To which Kendrick replied:
Yes, I believe that people are being conned, and I believe the public are being deliberately misled. That is why I called my first book The Great Cholesterol Con.
I would point out that there has been one major placebo controlled double-blind statin study done. ALLHAT-LLT, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health in the US. The conclusions of the study, published in 2002, were that:
Pravastatin [a statin drug] did not reduce either all-cause mortality or CHD significantly when compared with usual care in older participants with well-controlled hypertension and moderately elevated LDL-C. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12479764
All of the industry-funded studies were positive. This is either a remarkable coincidence – or something else. A con perhaps?
In other words, something’s wrong with all those positive industry-funded studies when an independent government agency funded study decisively provides a contradictory result.
Calman made this accusation against Dr. Kendrick in his email to him:
Your stance on statins and the link between cholesterol and heart disease amounts to misinformation.
Dr. Kendrick replied:
Perhaps you would like to read this paper (which I co-authored) ‘LDL-C does not cause cardiovascular disease: a comprehensive review of the current literature.’ https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17512433.2018.1519391?needAccess=true Which was THE most downloaded paper published by Taylor and Francis in the last year.
Or this paper ‘Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review.’ Published in the BMJ open in 2016
‘High LDL-C is inversely associated with mortality in most people over 60 years. This finding is inconsistent with the cholesterol hypothesis (ie, that cholesterol, particularly LDL-C, is inherently atherogenic). Since elderly people with high LDL-C live as long or longer than those with low LDL-C, our analysis provides reason to question the validity of the cholesterol hypothesis. Moreover, our study provides the rationale for a re-evaluation of guidelines recommending pharmacological reduction of LDL-C in the elderly as a component of cardiovascular disease prevention strategies.’
Which was the most read paper in the journal for five months in a row.
All I see from your e-mail are ad-hominem attacks on me. I see no facts at all. I hope that I have given you sufficient information
Calman concluded his email to Dr. Kendrick by stating his doubt that Kendrick was even a doctor.
There is no evidence you work in NHS practice, or as a GP in private practice.
Dr. Kendrick replied that this was libel and that he would take action against Calman and The Daily Mail:
First, I do work for the NHS [National Health Service] as a GP [General Practitioner], and if anyone wishes to claim that I do not – then that would be direct libel.
I am employed by two NHS trusts East Cheshire and CCICP (Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership).
Feel free to check with either trust, or look me up on the GMC [General Medical Council] website. But if anyone states that I am not employed in the NHS then I will most certainly sue. And I will win, so I would recommend caution on this point.
You can read Dr. Kendrick’s complete commentary on the Daily Mail matter by visiting his blog here.
Responses From Dr. Aseem Malhotra and Zoe Harcombe, PhD
Dr. Aseem Malhotra responded on a radio talk-show by first pointing out instances of shoddy journalism with the Daily Mail hit piece and letting the listening audience know he was filing to have the “defamatory” article “majorly fixed or retracted.”
Here’s that short talk radio clip:
Just after the Sunday hit piece was published, PhD nutritionist Zoe Harcombe tweeted:
I don’t think statin pushers have any idea how unpopular these drugs are. Some peoples lives have been ruined by muscle pain/damage, cognitive impairment, gastric disorders – all the things warned about starting on page four of the patient leaflet.
It’s obvious that statin information wars may continue at least until the old guard retires completely or passes on.
But at least statins are not being mandated yet like vaccinations are. We still have a choice despite the efforts of “statin pushers.”
Summarizing Calman’s Sunday Mail Hit Piece
The Calman editorial hit piece was published in The Sunday Mail edition on the second of March this year, 2019. Here a few key lines printed under each photo of the “deniers” in the article:
Zoe Harcomb … a prolific denier … recently blogged: “High cholesterol is not even associated with high heart disease, let alone a cause.”
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a GP from Cheshire [seems Kendrick’s lawsuit threat worked], warns … “People are being conned. The way to avoid heart disease … has nothing to do with lowering cholesterol.”
Dr. Aseem Malhotra … claimed … “Side effects of these drugs have not been properly investigated. Patients are guinea pigs and they don’t even know it.”
Calman’s article goes on to assert that 8 million Brits taking statins daily to prevent early death from heart attacks, because statins reduce heart attack risks, is an “indisputable fact.” Later the article admits the saturated fat theory of heart disease causation has fallen apart.
The article also states that claiming high cholesterol is harmless is “fake news” and statin denier claims that statistics of statin adverse side effects are under-reported are groundless fear tactics that confuse statin users into quitting even before they start having rare “easily manageable side-effects.”
Then the article claims that information on statins not reducing the risk of death from heart attack is also “fake news.” Calman blames the fact that many thousands quit taking their prescribed statins is because of all this “fake news” from statin deniers.
Calman’s editorial considered the statin deniers most incendiary accusations against statin researchers and doctors involved financial connections with the pharmaceutical industry.
Many of us know the problem of industry-funded drug research is not a conspiracy theory. It is actually business as usual.
Calman’s hit piece may have inadvertently tipped some fence-sitting readers into finding more truth about heart disease, cholesterol, and statin drugs.
If you’re new to the controversy with cholesterol and statin drugs, there’s plenty of archived information you can access from the links below.
Below are two videos that were originally aired on ABC Australia but subsequently banned, which clearly shows that not all doctors have bought into the saturated-fat-cholesterol theory of heart disease. See:
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The Great Cholesterol Con
The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It
by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
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I’ve posted this recipe before, but it’s worth posting again. This is one of my favorite low carb, gluten free cookie recipes. Imagine, you can snack on something good for you that actually helps you lose weight!
1 1/2 cups unsweetened dried coconut
1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds)
2 t. coconut flour
4 T. warm water
4 T. raw honey
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.
Stir the warm water and honey together. Add the vanilla, eggs, salt, almond meal, coconut flour and coconut. Mix well. If the mixture is runny, let it sit for a few minutes so the coconut can rehydrate. If it is still runny, add another teaspoon of coconut flour. Drop by rounded tablespoons full onto the cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. The outside of the cookie should be golden brown, while the inside is soft.
Makes about 24 cookies.
If you don’t like the taste of almonds or you want your macaroons whiter, just substitute another 1/2 cup dried coconut for the almond meal.
If you want to get decadent, dip the bottoms of the finished macaroons into melted extra dark chocolate chips mixed with a little coconut oil. Refrigerate.
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- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 large baking potatoes
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 3 free range eggs, beaten
- Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup butter, melted, for serving
Boil the potatoes in their skins, cool slightly and peel. Mash the potatoes. Add the eggs.
Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt. Beat this mixture
into the potato and egg mixture.
Add the coconut milk. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto a hot heavy frying pan, well-greased with coconut oil. Turn the pancakes when golden on one side (3-4 minutes). Cook until the second side is golden brown.
Serve with the melted butter on the side. Serves 4 to 6.
This recipe is especially good if you are on a coconut oil diet! If you want to learn more about how to lose weight with coconut oil, check out my website at http://coconut-oil-diet.com.
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Headlines in the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media this past week warned the public about a new “mysterious infection” that is drug-resistant.
As a recent NY Times Health Section article reported, there is allegedly a hospital cover-up of an emerging candida fungus, Candida or C. auris.
It is the latest antimicrobial drug-resistant “super-bug” to emerge in hospitals and nursing homes. This time it’s not about bacteria, it’s a virulent form of Candida.
And while the corporate media, sponsored in a large degree by Big Pharma, will almost never report on natural solutions, there is hope for fighting fungal infections like Candida where drugs have failed.
One of the most beneficial natural products that fights and kills strains of Candida, according to peer-reviewed research over the past several years, is coconut oil.
A Major Factor That Has Contributed to Candida Overgrowth and C. Auris
It seems there are many who can carry this fungus on their skin without ill effects as long as it doesn’t get into the bloodstream.
Candida auris manages to develop and remain on any material. So an asymptomatic human carrier can bring this fungus into a hospital room where it can prey on the elderly and ill who have to stay for any length of time.
So far, this hospital-borne, antifungal drug-resistant C. auris is not threatening populations outside of hospitals and nursing homes where the more vulnerable elderly and sick live day to day.
Most of the Candida auris infections occurred in a few hospitals in England, Spain, parts of Asia, and now in the USA. But nearly half of the several hundred immunocompromised elderly and sick infected with C. auris have died. (Source)
The overuse of pharmaceutical antibiotics has led to a crisis of antibiotic, drug-resistant super-bugs. It’s known that a majority of pharma antibiotics are used on factory farm livestock as a pre-slaughter fattener and to protect them against the diseases from overcrowded, unnatural feeding conditions called CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).
Enough antibiotics wind up in our food chain to create a tipping point for those who subsist on the Standard American Diet (SAD) which includes factory farm meat and dairy products retaining some levels of those antibiotics. Add this to overly-prescribed antibiotics.
What happens is pathogenic microbes mutate and develop resistance over time to those drugs. Perhaps it’s more a case of that antimicrobial drug no longer being able to identify its target.
Natural microbes can figure out how to avoid synthetic chemicals imposed on them. They have an ample supply of pharmaceutical antibiotic drugs to practice survival with. Apparently, pathogens haven’t grasped how to outsmart natural antimicrobial agents such as colloidal silver and coconut oil.
Perhaps even more importantly, those antibiotics harm and reduce the “good” bacteria in our microbiomes that serve and protect us. They wind up making us more vulnerable to infectious diseases or contribute toward auto-immune diseases, which are more on the rise than infectious diseases. (Source)
Most Candida overgrowth sufferers have had a history of antibiotic use. Candida yeast cells comprise a minority of our microbiome population. Normally, they’re kept in check by the majority of our beneficial bacteria.
But if antibiotics are used enough to significantly deplete the beneficial bacteria, those candida cells rapidly rise to overwhelm the microbiome balance and create a candida overgrowth.
Ironically, the overuse of antibiotics has also led to the rise of candida overgrowth known as Candida albicans, or yeast infections, and now this new antifungal-resistant Candida auris. See:
Antifungal drugs are not as commonly used for humans and animals as antibiotics. But two of the scientists interviewed in the NY Times article claim antifungal crop-spraying has been the major contributor toward creating this new antifungal drug resistance. (Source)
A 2013 study, Emergence of Azole-Resistant Aspergillus fumigatus Strains due to Agricultural Azole Use Creates an Increasing Threat to Human Health, carefully examined this situation. Azole-based fungicides are commonly used in agriculture.
Attempts at creating cocktails of existing antifungal drugs have proven to have little effect on Candida auris. Even if somewhat effective, antifungal drugs are packaged with some potentially nasty side effects.
What Coconut Oil Can Do for Candida Overgrowth
Coconut oil’s natural antifungal efficacy offers additional health benefits instead of adverse side effects. This is the prophylactic dynamic and part of the potential healing solution to this hyped-up candida danger.
Yet, there was no mention of this by the CDC or media regarding the sudden appearance of antifungal resistant Candida auris. Part of this is due to the official dogma of the cholesterol theory of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity over the past 50 plus years which has been proven false.
And coconut oil has been demonized as an unhealthy saturated fat.
But the saturated fat/cholesterol theory of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity is simply a false dogma based on faulty science, enforced by government and non-government agencies and bolstered by the processed low-fat food industry and promoted by mainstream media. There was a media exception. See:
There have been many studies done on coconut oil and its beneficial fatty acids, mostly in other nations, that haven’t been given any mainstream media exposure in the U.S. The most potent beneficial fatty acids in coconut oil fighting candida overgrowth are:
- Caproic Acid
- Caprylic Acid
- Capric Acid
- Lauric Acid
A 2012 study in Japan, [Inhibition of Candida mycelia growth by a medium chain fatty acids, capric acid in vitro and its therapeutic efficacy in murine oral candidiasis], found all four fatty acids have pronounced antiseptic properties on candida fungi.
A Nigerian study in 2007, In vitro antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan, Nigeria, analyzed the antifungal properties of coconut oil compared to the pharmaceutical antifungal drug fluconazole, concluding:
Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species. (Source)
Anecdotal successes with coconut oil have been reported at coconutoil.com. One person wrote:
It’s been 5 years that I have really been struggling with this (though the imbalance was established long before that). I read that taking …..Virgin Coconut Oil could help with a candida imbalance and it really has. (Source)
I’ve been battling a systemic candida yeast infection for over ten years. I have the mutated (fungal) stage and it’s the toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. … there are no phamaceuticals for it that are effective.
Candida yeast can overgrow in the gut under the right conditions until it mutates and becomes an invading pathogen, moves out of the gut and grows in mass in any part of the body.
When it affects a vital organ, then it can be deadly.
I’ve tried everything from conventional drugs to all the natural remedies … but have never experienced the “die-off effect,” or Herxheimer Reaction … symptoms generated by a detoxification process.
[This oil] is something I will not be without for the rest of my life. (Source)
More Studies on Coconut Oil for Fungal Yeast Infections
The efficacy of coconut oil for yeast infection suppression was tested at Tufts University in Massachusetts in 2015.
The study report advised looking more into coconut oil as a medical treatment for candida overgrowth issues to reduce writing prescriptions for antifungals.
Lead study author Kearney Gunsalus, PhD, explained:
The potential use of coconut oil in the short term to control the rate of fungal overgrowth should not be considered a prophylactic approach to preventing fungal infections.
We want to give clinicians a treatment option that might limit the need for antifungal drugs.
If we can use coconut oil as a safe, dietary alternative, we could decrease the amount of antifungal drugs used, reserving antifungal drugs for critical situations. (Source)
An earlier study examined caprylic acid, which is one of four fatty acids contained in coconut oil that are effective against candida overgrowth. It compared the results of caprylic acid with Diflucan, a pharmaceutical antifungal drug, concluding:
Caprylic acid is superior to & less expensive than Diflucan, [a pharmaceutical antifungal] & has potential application for anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-Alzheimer’s disease, anti-Autism, anti-infection, & general circulatory improvement. (Source)
That’s quite a lot of medicinal power for only one of the four beneficial, easily-digested, medium chain fatty acids contained in coconut oil.
Dietary Assistance to Support Coconut Oil Efficacy
Many holistic doctors consider coconut oil as the “pesticide” part of a healing protocol involving a proper diet to support a gut microbiome population balance.
The dietary discipline usually involves greatly reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate intake and avoiding processed vegetable oils and margarine with trans-fatty acids and packaged foods with preservatives and MSG.
For most Candida sufferers, 3.5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil daily may provide a sufficient pesticide for reducing candida growth to healthy gut microbiome parameters. But it should be supported by a proper diet. A ketogenic high fat low carb diet is an effective dietary solution.
At the very least, one should at least greatly minimize sugars and other simple or refined carbs that candida thrive on. Don’t fall for the artificial sweetener “solution” either. They are as bad or worse than sugars and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Replace convenient processed foods with high quality, pure, whole foods, and don’t use microwave ovens for cooking or warming foods or liquids.
Add probiotic fermented foods to your daily food consumption to bolster the friendly benign bacteria’s population in your gut microbiome. It’s best to make your own milk or water kefir. You can order “starter grains” with instructions for making these kefirs online.
Prebiotic foods are what probiotic (friendly or good bacteria) thrive on. Surprisingly, starchy foods once cooked then cooled and consumed cold provide a prebiotic foundation to help support your probiotic bacteria.
Using only organic whole grains or potatoes is recommended by food and nutrition experts as the starchy foods to create this “resistant starch,” meaning it resists being broken down into glucose. Instead, it forms into a food source for probiotic bacteria. See:
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How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!
We’re happy to announce National Coconut Day is officially June 26th! Today will be the first year that it is celebrated and what better way to do that than with these sweet treats? All made with coconut goodness of course! Enjoy them all without the added guilty conscious if you know what I mean!
We’re excited to continue sharing amazing benefits of coconut oil! Whether if it’s for your skin or for making delicious food, coconut oil is the best alternative.
Did you say zucchini brownies? Why yes, I did. Zucchini, like cauliflower, has become mainstream and we are hyping up all its tasty and healthy benefits.
2 cups of zucchini (finely shredded)
1 large egg
½ cup of Kelapo Coconut Oil (melted)
½ cup of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
½ cup of cacao powder
1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of spelt flour
First, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Then place the finely shredded zucchini in a colander so it can rinse any excess water out, as you prep the other ingredients. In a large bowl, add the egg, Kelapo Coconut Oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix everything together with a hand mixer or whisk. Once combined, add the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into that same bowl and blend with the hand mixer. Once, that’s done it’s time to add the zucchini. You’ll want to give the zucchini a gentle squeeze but not ring out completely. Place the zucchini into the same bowl with other ingredients then stir in gently with a non-stick spatula. Mix in the flour in the same bowl. Once everything is well-combined, place the batter in an 8×8 baking dish with unbleached parchment paper. Make sure to level the batter. Place in the oven for about 25 to 28 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out somewhat not clean. After baked, remove from oven and let cool for about an hour to an hour and a half. Enjoy!
½ cup of coconut butter
½ cup of sprouted almond butter
1 tablespoon of natural sweetener
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of Kelapo Coconut Oil
1 cup of chocolate chips
18 sprouted almonds
Add the coconut butter, sprouted almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract into a food processor and blend. Make sure to mix it until the consistency is very smooth. Pour the mixture into a mini muffin cup tray and fill each one about ¾ full. Place the tray in the freezer for 1 hour to 1 hour and a half. Once they’re solid, take them out to add the layer of chocolate. To melt the chocolate, place the Kelapo Coconut Oil and chocolate chips in a small saucepan. Melt over low heat while continuously stirring. Once the chocolate has completely melted, pour over each of the almond cups. Place an almond on top of each cup and place the trays in the fridge for about 2 hours. Then take out and instantly enjoy!
Peace, love and Kelapo
Statins Work…for Less Than Half of Patients
Want to flip a coin on your health?
Researchers assessing the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs found that they didn’t work for 51% of the 165,000 patients studied (statins have to reduce LDL cholesterol levels by 40% after two years to be considered effective).
We’ve reported previously about the many side effects and dangers of taking statins. We’ve also pointed out that conventional thinking supporting statins—lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol as a means of preventing cardiovascular disease—is outdated.
With one in four Americans over the age of 40 taking a statin, there are a lot of people out there spending money on a dangerous drug that is not providing any benefit.
Will doctors change their prescribing practices based on this information?
It doesn’t seem so. Statins make tens of billions of dollars a year for the drug industry, and the market is growing.
Statin use among adults over the age of 40 increased almost 80% between 2002 and 2013.
Statins are used to lower cholesterol, which presumably lowers the risk of heart disease.
This ignores the fact that cholesterol is vital to human health—in fact, the real danger is that our cholesterol levels can get too low as we age! Even so-called “bad” cholesterol is essential.
Here are some of the side effects you could be in for if you take a statin:
- Statins interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10, which supports the body’s immune and nervous systems, boosts heart and other muscle health, maintains normal blood pressure, and much more.
- Statins weaken the immune system, make it difficult to fight off bacterial infections, and increase the production of cytokines, which trigger and sustain inflammation.
- They make some patients unable to concentrate or remember words, and are linked to muscle and neurological problems, including Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
- Statins inhibit the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids by promoting the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids, which increases insulin resistance and the risk of developing diabetes.
- There is evidence that statin use blocks the benefits of exercise. Exercise increases the activity and numbers of mitochondria, cells’ “power plants” that process sugars and fat. The study found that with statin use, mitochondrial activity actually decreases with exercise.
- Statins work by reducing the body’s ability to produce cholesterol, which is essential to brain health—the brain is 2% of the body’s weight, but contains 25% of the entire body’s cholesterol.
As always, please consult with a doctor (preferably integrative) before making changes to medications.
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