cholesterol

Thought this was really interesting; heart disease is far and away the #1 killer in the US, and much of the world.  In completely related news, eating a healthy vegan diet has been proven to reduce heart disease.  Going vegan took me from borderline hypertension and high cholesterol to perfect heart health.  Veganism really is the best thing for everyone involved.

US Government is poised to withdraw long standing warnings about cholesterol

Several studies have proven that cholesterol is absolutely essential for long term brain health.  In fact, common cholesterol controlling drugs (like Lipitor) are required to carry warning labels that they may cause dementia, see here.  Of course, some people have been taking those drugs for so long that they will never have seen the warnings because they are simply buried in the fine print of their pharmacy print out.  

And check out this summation by Dr. Perlmutter.

We’ve had most of this information for lots of years, and not surprisingly, official recommendations are only just now catching up.  

Daniel Steinberg Remembered

Few scientists can claim to have changed the course of science in their own lifetime. Daniel Steinberg, who died March 14, 2015 at the age of 92, could make that claim.

Steinberg spent almost half a century teaching and conducting research at UC San Diego, generally in the realm of metabolic disease, most notably in the specifics of coronary disease. It was Steinberg, with close colleagues like Joseph Witztum, who illuminated the critical roles of blood lipids, most notably cholesterol.

In a retrospective published in PNAS, Witzum and Christopher Glass, chronicle Steinberg’s contributions to science and human well-being. For more, read a profile of Steinberg from the 2013 Discoveries magazine, a 1990 appreciation in the Los Angeles Times or his own thoughts on what made his career possible.

yahoo

It’s the jolting headline that will make your taste buds jump for joy. Foods high in cholesterol may not be bad for your heart after all. After years of warning consumers to cut down on cholesterol, found in eggs, shellfish, butter and beef, the nutrition community has come full circle.

See more here.