Dr Malcom Kendrick has added a [Hold the front page] bit to his latest blog What causes heart disease part XXVI
For anyone interested, I urge you to visit his page - below is just a flavour. It is only fair that he can see the hits on his site.
On February the 12th he [Professor Salim Yusuf] gave a presentation at a cardiology conference in Davos, Switzerland which can be seen on YouTube. In this presentation, he makes the following points:
Saturated fat does raise LDL, a bit, but has no effect on CVD – maybe slightly beneficial. Monounsaturated fats are slightly beneficial. Polyunsaturated fats are neutral.
Carbohydrate intake is most closely associated with CVD
Fruit and vegetable intake has little or no impact on CVD – nor does fish intake [He wonders where the five portions of fruit and vegetable intake recommendations actually came from]. Vegetables in particular have no benefit.
Legumes – beans and suchlike – are beneficial.
The recommendations on salt intake are completely wrong, and set far too low. For those who do not have high blood pressure, low salt intake increase mortality. On the other hand, high salt intake does no harm.
He recommends higher potassium intake.
He criticizes Ancel Keys and lauds Nina Teicholz [Author of big fat surprise].
Now that he has finished sorting out heart disease, perhaps he will be able to turn his full attention to thyroid (as rumoured... )