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The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, a steadily growing group of scientists, physicians, other academicians and science writers from various countries are questioning the common dogma that dietary saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease. Not only is there no proof to support this hypothesis, says spokesman Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, Lund, Sweden, but the available scientific evidence clearly contradicts this claim.

Under any circumstances it is abundantly clear that existing dietary recommendations for heart disease have failed miserably and should be carefully reexamined in the light of these developments, if not consequences. However, instead of an objective investigation and analysis, there have only been desperate but futile attempts to defend reputations and save face. Vicious attacks have been directed towards Dr. Robert Atkins, a cardiologist who for decades has recommended a diet that goes counter to the official guidelines. The main objection has been that his diet has not been proven in scientific trials. By using this argument his opponents have inadvertently exposed the weakness of their own case.

Most revealing, said Ravnskov, is the accumulated evidence from nine dietary trials, presented by a group of British researchers. Their analysis showed that not a single life has been saved by dietary changes that even went far beyond the official recommendations. [British Medical Journal March 31, 2001]

Dr. Walter Willet, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, is the spokesman for the ongoing longest-running, most comprehensive diet and health study ever performed that involves nearly 300,000 subjects. As he recently noted, data from this study clearly contradict the low-fat-is-good-health message, and "the idea that all fat is bad for you; the exclusive focus on adverse effects of fat may have contributed to the obesity epidemic.''

The proponents of the cholesterol campaign have never told the public about the huge weight of contradictory evidence. Instead, the mantras about "dangerous" dietary animal fat and cholesterol continue. For instance, unaffected by available evidence, Dr. Robert O. Bonow, president of the American Heart Association, stated in a recent press release protesting Gary Taubes' New York Times article that "There is strong scientific evidence that a diet high in saturated-fat increases the risk of heart disease and stroke". For obvious reasons, he failed to provide references to support this statement in the press release.
 

 
 

Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance can help with the following:
 
 
Aging  Parkinson's Disease / Risk
 American researchers have concluded that a high intake of animal fats is associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Allergy

  Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
 Do not eat foods that trigger your allergies: eat fewer foods and additives that are likely to cause inflammation and allergic reactions, such as saturated fats (meats and dairy products), refined foods, eggs, citrus, bananas, chocolate, peanuts, shellfish, food coloring, preservatives, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and sugar.

Autoimmune

  Multiple Sclerosis / Risk
 Dr. Roy Swank has provided convincing evidence that a diet low in saturated fats over a long period of time can slow down and in some cases stop the degenerative process in multiple sclerosis. The Swank diet calls for:
  1. No red meat for the first year of the diet (including the dark meat of turkey and chicken). Following the first year, 3oz of red meat will be allowed per week
  2. No dairy products containing 1% butterfat or more
  3. No processed foods containing saturated fat
  4. Saturated fat intake below 15gm (3 teaspoons) per day
  5. Unsaturated fat intake at a minimum of 20gm (4 teaspoons) and a maximum of 50gm (10 teaspoons) per day
  6. 1 teaspoon or 4 capsules of cod liver oil each day
The results of Dr. Swank's 34 year study from 1949 to 1984 are impressive. Patients diagnosed as minimally disabled showed very little progression of the disease. Only 5% of the diet group failed to survive the 34 years of the study while a remarkable 80% of those not following the diet failed to survive the same time period. Moderately and severely disabled patients progressed much better subjectively and objectively than those that did not follow the diet. The diet has been credited with preventing a worsening of the disease, greatly reducing fatigue, and dramatically reducing the death rate.

Organ Health

  Hepatitis

Risks

  Increased Risk of Alzheimer's / Dementia
 Please see the link with Increased risk of Alzhiemer's and Multiple Vitamin Need.

  Increased Risk of Colon Cancer
 Eat no more than 2-3 servings of red meat per week - the less red meat you eat, the better. Choose chicken, fish, or vegetarian alternatives such as beans instead.

  Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer
 630 women aged 35-79 with ovarian cancer were studied. Increasing saturated fat consumption was associated with an increasing risk of ovarian cancer. No relationship was seen with the intake of unsaturated fats. [J Natl Cancer Inst 86( 18): pp.1409-15, 1994]

450 histologically confirmed new primary epithelial ovarian cancer cases aged 35-79 were compared to 564 randomly selected population controls. Cholesterol from eggs was related to increased risk. [Am J Epidemiol 139(11): S37, 1994]

Skin-Hair-Nails

  Male Hair Loss
 Researchers in one study noted that Japanese hair was thick and healthy, with a small gland and little scalp oil, until large amounts of animal fat crept into their diet after World War II.

  Female Hair Loss
 Researchers in one study noted that Japanese hair was thick and healthy, with a small gland and little scalp oil, until large amounts of animal fat crept into their diet after World War II.

Uro-Genital

  Female Infertility
  Menorrhagia (Heavy Periods)
 
 


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