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Diet is NOT an effective way to prevent coronary heart disease said George Mann, ScD, MD
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George Mann [ScD, MD], now retired, was previously a professor in medicine and biochemistry at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. From his studies of the Masai people (see section 3) he realized that diet couldn't possibly be the main cause of high cholesterol and coronary heart disease. As long ago as 1977, in The New England Journal of Medicine he published a strong argument against the diet-heart idea citing the lack of relationship between dietary habits and blood cholesterol, the lack of correlation between this century's trends in fat consumption and death rates in the United States, and the disappointing outcome of the cholesterol lowering trials (92).
[This is an article written by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD, and is an excerpt from his book The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease.]
[Note: The book Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You is a shortened, simplified and updated version of Dr. Ravnskov's first book, "The Cholesterol Myths".] The Diet-Heart Idea Is The Greatest Scientific Deception Of Our Times
The Diet-Heart Idea Is The Greatest Scientific Deception Of Our Times said George Mann, ScD, MD
After the start of the cholesterol campaign, eight years later, Mann summarized his criticism of the diet-heart idea in Nutrition Today (93). According to Mann, the diet-heart idea is the greatest scientific deception of our times. Mann is especially critical of the cholesterol-lowering trials. Never in the history of science have so many costly experiments failed so consistently, he declared.
Diet Is NOT An Effective Way To Prevent Coronary Heart Disease, And Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Don’t Work Either
The National Institutes of Health used Madison Avenue hype to sell a failed trial, the Lipid Research Clinics trial (LRC), in the way the media people sell an underarm deodorant noted George Mann, ScD, MD
Professor Mann also criticized the directors of the Lipid Research Clinics trial (LRC), the fundament of the cholesterol campaign. The unsupportive results from the LRC trial have not prevented them from bragging about this cataclysmic break-through, he wrote. And, he continued: The managers at the National Institutes of Health have used Madison Avenue hype to sell this failed trial in the way the media people sell an underarm deodorant. The Bethesda Consensus Panel ... has failed to acknowledge that the LRC trial, like so many before it, is saying firmly and loudly ‘No, the diet you used is not an effective way to manage cholesterolemia or prevent coronary heart disease and the drug you so generously tested for a pharmaceutical house does not work either.
Scientists are afraid to speak up that diet is NOT an effective way to prevent heart disease because they are afraid they will lose their funding
Scientists are afraid to speak up that diet is NOT an effective way to prevent heart disease because they are afraid they will lose their funding said George Mann, ScD, MD
People who are faced with the many distorted facts about diet, cholesterol and heart disease often ask me why so many scientists unquestioningly accept the diet-heart idea. Here is Professor Mann’s comment: Fearing to lose their soft money funding, the academicians who should speak up and stop this wasteful anti science are strangely quiet. Their silence has delayed a solution for coronary heart disease by a generation.
Eventually, The Truth Will Come Out
Eventually, The Truth Will Come Out said George Mann, ScD, MD
Professor Mann offers a little glimpse of hope at the end of his article in Nutrition Today (93): Those who manipulate data do not appreciate that understanding the nature of things cannot be permanently distorted - the true explanations cannot be permanently ignored. Inexorably, truth is revealed and deception is exposed. ...In due time truth will come out. This is the relieving grace in this sorry sequence.
Note: This article was published with Uffe Ravnskov’s approval.
It is posted on his website here
About the Author
About Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD is an independent investigator, and the President of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (http://www.THINCS.org).
He is also the author of several books, including:
Note: His book “Fat and Cholesterol are good for you is a shortened, simplified and updated version of his first book, “The Cholesterol Myths”.
Contact Info for Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, independent investigator
President of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics
Magle Stora Kyrkogata 9, 22350 Lund, Sweden
More about the Author
More about Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Here is his biography from Amazon.com.
“Uffe Ravnskov was born 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated in 1961 from the University of Copenhagen with an M.D, but has worked most of his time as a clinician and a researcher in Sweden, where he got his PhD from the University of Lund.
“He has published more than 100 papers and letters critical of the cholesterol campaign; most of them in major medical journals. Honoured by the Skrabanek Award 1999 given by Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland for original contributions in the field of medical skepticism, and by the 2007 Leo-Huss-Walin Prize for Independent Thinking in Natural Sciences And Medicine.
“He is a member of the editorial board of two medical journals and is the creator and spokesman of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (http://www.thincs.org), an organization that includes more than 100 researchers and other university graduates from all over the world.
“More details about Uffe Ravnskov are available on http://www.ravnskov.nu/uffe”
About the Author on Wikipedia
About Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD on Wikipedia
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