Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Low density lipoproteins cause heart disease. Fo' sho'.

Clearly, there is no shortage of people who believe that LD lipoproteins are evolution's booby trap for those of us silly enough to trip over it with our pharmaceutical free eating habits and you could waste an extraordinary amount of your life reading every paper and blog post and watching every vegan YouTube video that purports this to be true. I wouldn't advise it, but every now and then something comes along that is both bemusing and breathtakingly ballsy, and is worth a look, if only for entertainment value.

Case in point:

TLDRCGAF: Drugs will save everyone from the LDL booby trap and the earlier you fools take them, the safer you'll be. LDL is causative. Not correlated. Not a risk factor. Not an innocent bystander. CAUSATIVE. 

Some highlights:
skeptics be damned

It doesn't matter how you lower it, just lower it.


I know it's usually poor form and lazy to point out conflicts of interest, but the list of conflicts in this paper were impressively lengthy. And I can be lazy because I'm not seriously trying to counter any of their arguments, because...well...I have a certain amount of self-respect. 

Propaganda dressed up in nice formatting and pretty graphs is still bullshit, just that little bit funnier.


  1. Thanks Chips

    I found this talk recently:

    It seems to me that his observations demolish the lipo-protein-fat-heart disease hypothesis, in its usual incantation. It would be interesting to see how various types of fats eg olive oil vs butter vs tallow, would affect the outcome.


    1. He's an interesting bloke, that one. Must be handy having access to quick and shame free blood tests.

      I found this today - might be worth a look. I gave up asking for blood tests through GPs. I really can't be bothered with the condescending lecture about how statins will save my life.

  2. Look at it their way. They have lots of drugs that lower LDL.
    if insulin is causal too, what do they have?
    They have insulin. And a whole lot of drugs that raise insulin.
    No wonder they didn't check that angle.

    1. I wonder what it's like to sell all those years studying hard at Uni, along with their self respect, to some bloke in a suit from a pharmaceutical company. Who may or may not have bothered studying at Uni.

      I s'pose they must get used to it.