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the word "cause" was not used. Rather a "link" or "correlation" would be most accurate. Dr Fuhrman (no fan of the pharma industry) states:

"There is irrefutable scientific evidence that high cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). It has become increasingly evident that the direct relationship of cholesterol level to risk of heart attack exists at all but the very lowest cholesterol levels."

Jackie said in her article that, I quote "I don't think anyone will dispute the link between elevated cholesterol and heart attacks."

Well here are a great deal of people and studies who would dispute it, probably because they are not on the connected to the pharmaceutical industry,

Ravnskov, Uffe, MD, PhD The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease, New Trends Publishing Inc., Washington D.C., 2000.

Online at Cholesterol And The French Paradox, The Swiss Paradox, The Russian Paradox, The Lithuanian Paradox...Etc... by Malcolm Kendrick (an interesting article about the MONICA study, a long term study of cardiovascular disease, comparing cholesterol levels to CHD deaths in various countries.)

Online at How to bury $400 million by Malcolm Kendrick (an article about the "disappointing" results of the low fat Women's Health Initiative's heart intervention study, and even more interesting, a statistical analysis of deaths from CHD vs. % saturated fat consumption in various countries in Europe, based on MONICA 1998 data)

Online at Cholesterol - Friend or Foe? by Dr. Duane Graveline (an article that explains all the roles cholesterol plays in the body)

Online at The dangers of low blood cholesterol by Barry Groves

Online at bmj.com Rapid Response - Statins and Cancer: Cause for Concern by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD.

Online at The Oiling of America by Dr. Mary Enig, lipids researcher (an article about how the lipid hypothesis came about)

Online at Cholesterol - A Vital Building Block of Life (a website devoted to cholesterol)

Online at The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (a website of researchers, scientists and medical doctors that do not believe in the lipid hypothesis)

Online at Cholesterol, longevity, intelligence and health by Ray Peat

Anderson KM, Castelli WP, Levy D. Cholesterol and Mortality. 30 years of follow-up from the Framingham Study Journal of the American Medical Association 257, 2176-2180, 1987.

Krumholz HM and others. Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease mortality and morbidity and all-cause mortality in persons older than 70 years. Journal of the American Medical Association 272, 1334-1340, 1994.

Forette B, Tortrat D, Wolmark Y. Cholesterol as risk factor for mortality in elderly women. The Lancet 1, 868-870, 1989.

Dagenais GR and others. Total and coronary heart disease mortality in relation to major risk factors - Quebec cardiovascular study. Canadian Journal of Cardiology 6, 59-65, 1990.

Shanoff HM, Little JA, Csima A. Studies of male survivors of myocardial infarction: XII. Relation of serum lipids and lipoproteins to survival over a 10 year period. Canadian Medical Association Journal 103, 927-931, 1970.

Bottiger LE, Carlson LA. Risk factors for death for males and females. Acta Medica Scandinavica 211, 437-442, 1982.

Beaglehole R and others. Cholesterol and mortality in New Zealand Maoris. British Medical Journal 1, 285-287, 1980.

Shestov DB and others. Increased risk of coronary heart disease death in men with low total and low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol in the Russian Lipid Research Clinics prevalence follow-up study. Circulation 88, 846-853, 1993.

Marmot MG, Syme SL. Acculturation and coronary heart disease in Japanese-Americans. American Journal of Epidemiology 104, 225-247, 1976.

Newman, Thomas B. et al. Carcinogenicity of Lipid-Lowering Drugs Journal of the American Medical Association. January 3, 1996-Vol 275, No. 1.

Caso G et al. Effect of coenzyme Q10 on myopathic symptoms in patients treated with statins 2007 May 15; 99(10):1409-12.

Eric J G Sijbrands et al. Mortality over two centuries of in large pedigree with familial hypercholesterolaemia: family tree mortality study BMJ 2001;322:1019-1023 ( 28 April )


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