This is one of the most extraordinary videos about heart disease I've seen, and I thought it might be of general interest. Dr Lundell is a retired heart surgeon who became distressed by seeing people traipse through his operating theatre with the same old problems, and asked himself: why is this happening? Can't we do something about it?
He gives a very lucid explanation of the underlying disease process, part of which involves explaining how "high cholesterol" cannot possibly be the proximate cause. He found the answers to his questions, and it appears he successfully helped a lot of patients not to die too early, simply by advising them to eat right.
For his pains, he was struck off.
You may be aware that a similar story played out in the case of Dr Gary Fettke in Australia, who wanted to put a stop to the ever-increasing numbers of diabetics coming to him to have limbs removed. That story had a happier ending: the authorities eventually apologised and exonerated Dr Fettke.
Pay close attention to the discussion of statins. As he describes, these powerful drugs are approved only for the treatment of "hypercholesterolemia" - a made-up disease with no apparent real-world consequences. They are not prescribed to prevent heart disease, because the manufacturers know full well that they don't do that, at least not via their cholesterol-lowering mechanism. The current consensus is that they have a very small impact, in some patients, via an anti-inflammatory effect; but nobody can actually say that, because that would make their cholesterol-lowering effect an undesirable side-effect. Which, in fact, it is.
I worry sometimes that I'm turning into one of the tinfoil-hat types who see conspiracies everywhere. I console myself with the popular aphorism: you're not paranoid if they really are out to get you.