The Great Cholesterol Con by Malcolm Kendrick

The Great Cholesterol Con

Rubbishing the diet-heart hypothesis, in which clinical trials 'prove' that high cholesterol causes heart disease and a high-fat diet leads to heart disease, Malcolm Kendrick lambastes a powerful pharmaceutical industry and unquestioning medical profession, who, he claims, perpetuate the concepts of good and bad cholesterol.

Details The Great Cholesterol Con

TitleThe Great Cholesterol Con
Release DateJan 1st, 2007
PublisherJohn Blake
GenreHealth, Nonfiction, Nutrition, Science, Food and Drink, Diets, Medicine, Medical, Food, Biology

Reviews The Great Cholesterol Con

  • Jodi
    This book explains that the cholesterol hypothesis is well and truly dead! It has been disproven, comprehensively. The current obsession with cholesterol levels and avoiding saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet is utterly misguided.This book was very convincing on this point but if you'd like a far more in depth explanation and history I'd highly recommend 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' by Gary Taubes. This book is also impeccably referenced ...
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
    Kendrick presents a very theoretical subject in a light hearted way, using a whole lot of dad-/corny-jokes. This might get too much for some, but I found it quite entertaining.The content seems very well researched. With little cause to doubt the validity.Where it does become a bit of an internal struggle, is the fact that it goes against everything that has been drilled into us our whole lives. And everything the medical industry is forcing on u...
  • Daniel
    I'm giving this book a 4 only because Kendrick can be annoying at times with his Dad humor. Otherwise, it's a well-researched compelling book that debunks a lot of the conventional wisdom we associate with high cholesterol being bad. Cholesterol doesn't end at a figure below or above 200. Even LDL itself has different particles than are dense and more susceptible to oxidation (Pattern B) vs. Large, buyoant LDL particles which do not easily penetr...
  • Debra Faust-Clancy
    Best book on why NOT to take statins and an a good expose on publish or perish for the medical field.
  • Nana
    Interesting new views are presented in this book. However the credibility is almost nonexistent since citations were neglected and you are supposed to find the resources used to support important arguments, by yourself. If you manage that is. Which does not really speak for the quality of this book.I would therefore not necessarily recommend this book.
  • Tara C
    I've tried and failed to finish this book twice - I'll try reading it again at a later point. His style of writing was extremely irritating, it was too chatty without giving me facts. The studies he used (at least up to the point I read to) were mostly ~10 years old, making them about 20 years old now - bit out of date for medicine. He has different views than the majority of people working in healthcare, but it's great that we have doctors that ...
  • Nora Chouko
    For anyone who has been put on a statin drug or told their cholesterol levels are too high, this is a MUST READ! Who decides what the safe levels are? You will be shocked, appalled, and disgusted. It's a con all right. Who conducts the studies? Researchers paid by drug companies selling the statins. How do they get those studies to come out in their favor? Discard the studies that show how unsafe the drugs are. Doctors don't have a clue.Truly a r...
  • Julie Hotchkiss
    Robust dismissal of the heart / diet relationshipI have been working in Public Health for the last 30 years. I now find out that what I held to be proven in relation to cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease is nothing of the case. It will be hard to break out of the mindset that a fatty diet leads to atherosclerosis. I now need to read up on the details of how statins lower (or not) mortality.
  • Mariyan Traykov
    Thoroughly informative and utterly amusingThis is one of the general knowledge books i would recommend anyone to read. The author dismantles to pieces the classic 'saturated fat diet->blood cholesterol->heart disease' hypothesis with plenty of well-presented arguments and demonstrates the fallacies and ignorance which are unusually prevalent in modern science. Also, Dr. Kendrick has great sense of humour which makes the book extremely readable.
  • Low
    Whether you agree or not with his final hypothesis of what causes heart disease, I think the points that he brings up here to quote the ephemeral Jay Cheel of filmjunk is definitely worth a poke. Also, the good doctor writes with a flair I find very conversational and unique. Well worth a second visit to his theory!
  • Thomas Foy
    Very informativeIf you are new to the idea of cholesterol, this is the book to get a great foundation. A bit technical and scientific at times but very necessary. Great story telling.
  • Miranda Ramirez
    Another great read from the cheeky and brilliant Dr Kendrick! I would highly recommend this book for anyone that wants an easily digestible synopsis on the diet-heart hypothesis, why it’s wrong, and what we really should be focused on.
    Superb!A brilliant, highly readable book. Malcolm Kendrick's passion and humour shine through the informative writing. The pharmaceutical companies can't profit from stress reduction, but they make money from the drugs they sell us.
  • Bill
    Excellent read and thought provoking This is a wonderful book with many pieces that made laugh out loud, but the subject matter is serious and should be read. Great incite very well told with the final part being quite thought provoking. Highly recommended
  • Glyn
    I'm afraid I had to abandon this one. I couldn't get on with the writing style. Whilst it seems approachable and not too science-y, some points are skipped over with insufficient exploration, whilst others are laboured well beyond what's necessary.
    Superb and incredibly detailed but punchy and fun book!
  • John
    It would have gotten 5 stars if the book has an index.
  • Lynette
    Absolutely brilliant, even though is doesn’t work on any level as an audiobook. Paperback ordered so I can highlight away. This will alter my clinical practice immensely.
  • Crt
    Easy to read though a bit technical in places.
  • Cedric
    Interesting read. I read this book because I am always arguing with my doctor about cholesterol and really don't think its something to get that spun up about. The author explains what he thinks causes CHD and strokes. Turns out, in his opinion, it's not cholesterol and statins do not make things better, save lives, or even measurably extend lifespans. I tend to agree with the author, perhaps its cognitive bias?You can get through the book faster...
  • Joe
    Recently a Cholesterol test showed that I had a reading of 7.59 of which only 1.49 was "good" HDL and the remainder "bad" LDL.The nurse suggested I speak to my GP about statins. I started to read this book due to my concerns about my imminent death and the alternative fate worse than death - being a healthy slim 33 year old talking statins for the remainder of my life (albeit a very short due to the high cholesterol).This is what I learned:In men...
  • Iona Stewart
    I've previously reviewed Uffe Ravnskov's book on the same subject - "Fat and cholesterol are good for you". I thought that was a great, essential read, but this book is even better.Kendrick like Ravnskov demolishes what he calls the diet-heart hypothesis (aka the Cholesterol hypothesis) and quotes from Blackadder - "It is wronger than a very wrong thing".His basic theses are:1) A high-fat diet saturated or otherwise does not affect cholesterol le...
  • Guillaume Belanger
    Short and to the point: everything you need to know about cholesterol is just a few hours of reading. It is written in a very informal and accessible style that feels like the author is telling you a story. He takes the stance that heart disease is primarily caused by stress, and therefore overlooks the probably more important cause which is chronic systemic inflammation.Dr Kendrick is a medical doctor working in the UK. He wanted to know for him...
  • Marjan
    This is a book that tries to loosen the connection between eating habits, measurable blood cholesterol levels and the risk of developing a coronary-heart-disease (CHD). While at it, it also tires to show the ineffectiveness of statin drugs and propose a new way of looking at this whole problem.Yes, your nutrition and exercise do influence your risks of CHD, but the role of cholesterol is completely arbitrary and doesn't tell much on either side o...
  • Jeweleye
    OK, I admit that I ended up skimming parts of this book instead of getting bogged down in his medical charts and explanations, because I am not a big science reader. And frankly, I was already on board with his premise that the pharmaceutical companies are the ones pushing statins. In fact, during the week I just spent in Lafayette, Louisiana, I talked with two women taking "cholesterol medicine"; one is showing no apparent side effects, but the ...
  • Mardel Fehrenbach
    the book is written in a very fun, entertaining and accessible way but is also filled with much good information well supported by research. I don't know that there was a lot of material in the book that I hadn't read elsewhere, but then I started doing a lot of research on diet, cholesterol, fat and so forth after Reading Good Calories Bad Calories a while ago, and have become a pretty regular reader of certain medical and scientific journals re...
  • Patrick Carroll
    I've always felt uncomfortable with the "pitch" that statins are the solution to heart disease. Malcolm Kendrick presents an exceptionally well argued position that the diet/cholesterol/heart disease link is spurious and mostly by pointing out how skewed reporting is using the same studies that have been "spun" to support statin prescription. Towards the end of the book he talks a lot about the bio/psycho/social model of illness and agin supports...
  • Till Noever
    Very entertaining and chilling. Written by a doctor (and Scotsman), which explains the style. Very accessible and with an ultimate conclusion I at least find quite credible.Made me angry at so many people and lose whatever was left of my miserable belief that the pronouncements of 'authorities'— be they medical, scientific or governmental—can EVER be taken at face value and without careful checking up on the bastards.Read it before I tackled ...
  • Ella
    Oh dear ... this book's important message was for me way too hidden under the weight of Kendrick's 'humour'. I imagine he is trying to make a often dry topic more interesting to read, but overall I found his constant jest tiring and distracting. That said, if you're not taking notes for college, like I was trying to, you may find it tolerable. I am thinking to read Dr. Cambell-McBride's book on the same topic as her way of presenting her GAPS die...
  • Alex Johnson
    Malcom Kendrick is a man with a sense of humour; and he aims his sharp Scottish wit at the rollcall of clowns and catalogue of baffonery that appears to underpin the mainstream advice on diet and heart disease. So if you are only a little interested in how bad science affects the decisions of insititutions and only vaguely curious to know the truth about what causes heart disease, then it would be worth picking this up because it's also rather fu...