This heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease. He's performed over 5,000 heart surgeries. I highly recommend checking out what he has to say about paleo-like diets.
As a second-year medical student with constant exposure to the standards of medicine, it's always very refreshing to hear someone who is candid and up-to-date about the facts of the disease process, and who also doesn't try to make excuses to fit what we currently know (and are being taught) about the inflammatory nature of cardiovascular disease, into the old paradigms that simply don't work.
Good find, thanks for sharing.
Yep. Dr. Lundell's book was a key milestone on the path that led me to paleo (later). I thought he made a clear case that inflammation, not cholesterol per se, is the underlying cause of arterial disease, and that CLA is a good thing for actually reversing existing damage.
Thus, I would suggest that his work is useful for helping people understand why they don't need Lipitor, but should cut back on processed foods, and increase intake of grassfed meat. His logic is easy to understand by lay people, so it is easily shareable with friends and family without scaring them off with the whole crazy caveman thing ;-)
You know, besides Lipitor, there's tons of natural supplements for lowering cholesterol. I've kept my total cholesterol down to 120 using supplements because my HDL is chronically low in the 30s. This is the only way I've ever been able to keep my ratios in-check. I wonder if I'm just creating another potential health risk. I just can't get my damn HDL up no matter what diet I'm on and no matter what supplements I take.
There's a lot of newer books out on the market besides Dr. Lundell's which was printed in 2007. Some of the newer books (found on Amazon) quote newer research.
I've also read conflicting reports on CLA. Some sources say that it causes insulin resistance.
I tried to share this with my cousin (who is VERY opinionated when it comes to health, she's completely anti-fats) and this is what she said,
"It's interesting but not factual yet. He didn't reference any peer reviewed work. He really doesn't have much proof of what he is saying. "
Is this true? If so, are there sources that do have proof?