The Cholesterol Times/Research Corruption and More
>Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 22:39:05 UT[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>From: Christopher Masterjohn
>Subject: The Cholesterol Times, Issue #001 -- Research Corruption and More
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>that is not available on the website.
>Find out how government guidelines for cholesterol and blood pressure are
>being used not for your safety, but to surreptitiously ever-widen the
>scope of Americans who are "candidates" for pharmaceutical drugs. Read
>about the massive corruption in Alzheimer's research and the complicity of
>the major journals, and find out how cholesterol-lowering drugs might be
>hiding in your food!
>For more, read on...
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>Cholesterol Myths -- Review
>If you haven't already read Dr. Uffe Ravnskov's The Cholesterol Myths,
>this review will certainly make you want to. Dr. Ravnskov, MD, PhD,
>destroys nine myths about cholesterol and its supposed relationship to
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><http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Know-Your-Fats.html>Know Your Fats!
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>Best of the 'Net
>and Economic Corruption in Alzheimer's Research
>If you have read our articles on cholesterol and Alzheimer's disease, you
>are familiar with the bankruptcy of what is called the "amyloid
>hypothesis" of Alzheimer's. Dr. Alexei Koudinov, MD, PhD, provides damning
>evidence that major proponents of the amyloid hypothesis are covering up
>their ties to pharmaceutical companies. Worse, he indicts some of the most
>well-known and prestigious scientific journals as complicit in this mess.
>The corrupt players of this charade even sit on or contribute to major
>government institutions such as the NIH and the NAS. Dr. Koudinov spares
>no one for politeness, and names names. A must-read.
><http://www.neto.com/rcr/outbac98.html#topic2>Government Guidlines are
>Making You a Victim of Profit
>Richard Rhodes' newsletter provides comments by Paul J. Rosch, MD, about
>how guidelines for blood pressure and cholesterol from the Joint National
>Committees have been violating standard procedure by timing new guidelines
>with the release of related drugs, and publicizing the guidelines before
>the scientific basis has been made available for doctors and the public to
>evaluate. These comments make medical guidelines sound like the passage of
>the PATRIOT Act!
><http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/stemm5.html>Butter Is a Health Food
>Nels Stemm brings the discoveries of
>dentist-turned-nutritional-anthropologist Weston A. Price, who extolled
>the importance of animal foods to the human body, to the massive
>readership of LewRockwell.com. The second part of his article discusses
>The Continuum Concept, a must-read for current and future parents.
>New European Guidelines: "You Are ALL at risk!"
>published yesterday in the British Medical Journal estimated what
>percentage of Norwegians would be considered at-risk for heart disease
>according to the guidelines of the Third Joint Task Force of European and
>Other Societies on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice
>The guidelines set various risk levels. "High-risk" is the highest risk
>category, and indicates a 5% or greater risk of having heart disease in 10
>It found that only 8.5% of women and NO MEN aged 40 and older were
>considered as "low-risk" for heart disease. Conversely, 22.5% and a full
>85.9% of men were found to be at "high-risk" for heart disease, which
>requires "maximial clinical attention and no further assessment of risk."
>The same group had previously found that 75% of all Norweigians over the
>age of 20 require blood pressure and cholesterol counseling!
>Wait a minute. Which 20 year-olds do you know who are dropping dead from
>heart disease left and right?
>Just how did people so young become classified as "high-risk" to the point
>where nearly the entire adult male population requires "maximal clinical
>The answer is quite simple: The guidelines recommend that in the "younger"
>age groups the 10-year risk assessment is to be extended to 60 years!
>If the 60-year extrapolation is eliminated nearly no 40-year-old males are
>classified as high-risk!
>Why is it that governmental guidelines would classify an entire population
>at high-risk? One may speculate that it is certainly profitable for the
>manufacturers and marketers of statins. As the author's note, it could
>also be quite a boon to insurance companies, who raise rates for
>higher-risk populations. And, I'm sure, it may serve as useful capital
>when passing or enlarging something like a Prescription Drug Bill.
>After all, if absurd guidelines like these were actually taken as
>believable, in the U.S. that might mean Bush's and Congress's prescription
>drug plan for seniors might just have to extend to all age groups over 20.
>Cholesterol-lowering Drugs in our Food???
>Dr. Alexei Koudinov, MD, PhD, has brought to my attention his
>publication in the FASEB Journal, showing the effects of extracting
>cholesterol from hippocampal slices (the hippocampus is part of the brain).
>Cyclodextrin is a water-soluble substance that binds cholesterol inside
>its fat-soluble core, and enhances its loss from cells.
>Exposure of rat hippocampus to cyclodextrin caused an 11% extraction of
>cholesterol that resulted in impairment of long-term potentiation (LTP),
>which is one of the molecular mechanisms of memory. 6 hours of exposure to
>cyclodextrin caused a 70% loss of cholesterol and a 7% loss of
>phospholipids (another component of cell membranes) that resulted in the
>complete abolition of LTP. Cyclodextrin treatment also caused other forms
>of neurodegeneration, including changes associated with the
>"neurofibrillary tangles" found in Alzheimer's disease.
>But what's the scary part? You may be consuming cyclodextrins and not even
>Dr. Koudinov has informed me through personal correspondence that
>cyclodextrins are used both as delivery systems for other pharmaceutical
>drugs and in foods: especially dried foods that need to retain certain aromas.
>Cholesterol-and-Health.com will report on the use of cyclodextrins in food
>in greater detail when more information is uncovered.
>There are two reoccurring themes in the links and studies presented today
>in this newsletter: the first is a need for skepticism of both government
>and other institutions of authority; the second is a necessity of
>procuring natural, whole foods, and avoiding the processed pacakaged junk
>that may contain many additives about which we are left in the dark.
>In the first case, Dr. Koudinov's expose of corruption in Alzheimer's
>research also shows how the corruption of private individuals with their
>own financial interests so easily leaks into governmental institutions and
>intertwines with them. It must be considered that if the NIH and other
>such government-associated institutions involved in doling out both
>prestige and money are infiltrated by the agents of pharmaceutical
>companies who uphold bankrupt scientific theories, what good is all this
>extra money we spend on research actually doing?
>This calls for us to step back and question whether having these massive
>beauracracies to dole out massive tax dollars for research actually helps
>or hinders the scientific process. The total amount of money spent on
>research becomes irrelevant, if that money is used to leverage researchers
>into supporting certain faulty hypotheses, or to pay lip-service in their
>summaries and conclusions to theories that their study does not even support.
>Government is inherently an anti-scientific institution simply because of
>its centralized and political nature. Science relies on a healthy
>skepticism of all claims and an evaluation of arguments based on merit
>rather than authority, whereas the reports of government committees are
>While it is imperative to the vitality of a society that it make a very
>substantial contribution to the sciences, innovative thinkers must be
>called upon to develop new ideas about how to manage the allocation of
>resources in a more decentralized way to encourage the use of that money
>for true science, and not the squashing of new ideas with dead ones.
>This point is made again in the two articles on public guidelines. If the
>guidelines are made to serve the public health, why are they rushed in the
>night and forced through surreptitiously, made by closed committees and
>made public without allowing time for the review of the scientific
>community? And why does the timing coincide so well with the new release
>of related drugs?
>We really must consider whether it is wise to have a "public health"
>policy at all. If there is a wise way to have such a policy, it must be
>radically changed from as it is now. But one thing is clear: it would be
>better to have no public health policy than a bad one.
>The second point is on the need for reliance on whole foods. Nels Stemm
>writes about the benefits of butter and other whole foods-- making clear
>that this includes animal foods-- not, for example, the "whole-foods,
>plant-based diet" of Dr. T. Colin Campbell. And our brief note on
>cyclodextrins in food is an alarming call to question whether we really
>know what is in our food.
>I recently had an email discussion with Dr. Campbell. He was unfailingly
>polite, and the discussion was productive and engaging. Dr. Campbell
>believes that a vegan diet is healthiest-- needless to say, I strongly
>But what strikes me most about the story Campbell tells, and his positive
>experience with vegetarianism, is that his history indicates that he had
>the best of a "whole-foods, animal-based diet" in his developmental years.
>Someone raised on a farm with access to fresh whole milk, eggs, meats, and
>vegetables, as well as hard work and exposure to dirt and germs during
>development for a strong immune system, apparently develops the type of
>constitution that can withstand the nutritional deficiencies of a
>vegetarian diet for a very, very long time, and possibly even have a
>beneficial effect from a temporary type of detox.
>On the other hand, there are many people who did not have his fortunate
>circumstances, and whose systems suffer dramatic declines in short periods
>of time on a vegetarian diet.
>It would certainly turn out to be ironic if the reason some do well on
>vegetarian diets is the presence of rich amounts of animal foods in their
>Dr. Campbell also tells in his book of his own experience with government:
>when he rose in position of public policy, he encountered committees who
>consisted of nothing but representatives of meat and dairy industries,
>himself a loner as an independent scientist.
>Yet where have we come for the influence of the meat and dairy industries
>to have waned, only for the influence of a much more powerful and
>conglomerated class of industry-- first the grain and soy industries, and
>now the manufacturers of amyloid vaccines and cholesterol-lowering drugs--
>simply to take their place?
>If we are to achieve health we must shun the declarations of all
>authoritative institutions and compare opposing ideas ourselsves, on their
>merit. And, apparently, that skepticism must also carry over to our
>reading of food labels. The cyclodextrin might not always be listed.
>Special thanks to Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, and The International Network of
>Cholesterol Skeptics, as well as Sally Fallon and The Weston A Price
>Foundation for linking to our site, which will help increase our
>visibility in the search engines.
>Special thanks also to Dr. Iwo Bohr of the Institute for Ageing at the
>University of Newcastle for advice and stimulating discussion.
>Special thanks also to Dr. Alexei Koudinov, MD, PhD, for advice and
>suggestions for further avenues of research.
>Thanks also to LewRockwell.com for continuing to publish articles
>skeptical of the politically correct view of cholesterol and fatty foods,
>and helping to expand the readership base of websites like the Weston A.
>Price Foundation and Cholesterol-and-Health.com.
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