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  • Karen Eck
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      >Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 22:39:05 UT
      >From: Christopher Masterjohn
      >To: kareneck@...
      >Subject: The Cholesterol Times, Issue #001 -- Research Corruption and More
      >Dear Reader,
      >Cholesterol-and-Health.com has been experiencing exponential growth,
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      >This is the first issue of this newsletter. In it, you will find out about
      >the recent updates to the website, as well as information about research
      >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...
      >Site Updates Best of the 'Net Research Blurbs Commentary Acknowledgements
      ><http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/success.html>The Amazing, Overnight
      >Success of Cholesterol-and-Health.com
      >In just two weeks, Cholesterol-and-Health.com has made it to the top
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      >how it all happened...
      >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
      >heart disease.
      >Traditions -- Review
      >Read this review of Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions and how it saved
      >my health.
      ><http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Know-Your-Fats.html>Know Your Fats!
      >-- Review
      >Want a basic education about fats and oils that's readable for a popular
      >audience but is written by a lipid scientist? Then this book belongs on
      >your shelf.
      >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.
      >Research Blurbs
      >New European Guidelines: "You Are ALL at risk!"
      >A <http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/330/7506/1461?etoc>study
      >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
      >in 2003.
      >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
      >know it.
      >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
      >considered "authoritative."
      >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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