Cholesterol and Clogged Arteries

It seems to make logical sense: Eat a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol and it will clog your arteries, much like greasy sludge clogs the pipes in a kitchen sink. It’s a convenient and vivid image. But it’s also dead wrong because your arteries are nothing like the pipes under your sink.

Normal body temperature was approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and that would melt saturated fat. It would be the same as putting a block of butter on a step stone in a summer day. Before long, you’d find a big puddle of melted butter.

“I think the cholesterol theory is actually quite persuasive at face value. If you tease away what’s inside a clogged artery, you find cholesterol, and this can make the role of cholesterol in heart disease appear like an open-and-shut case. Obviously atherosclerotic plaque is much more complex than just cholesterol. But the very fact that it’s there, along with evidence in certain populations
linking high cholesterol with heart disease, helps to make the cholesterol hypothesis very plausible, at least at first sight.”
– Dr. John Briffa

“The way the body transports fats and cholesterol into the body is really interesting because it doesn’t go directly into the bloodstream from the gut. Instead, it gets shipped through the lymph nodes and it arrives right at the big vein that goes into the heart. Basically, it wants to direct cholesterol and fat toward the heart to give it first dibs. The body has to make sure the heart gets
plenty of this first because it knows the heart needs fat and cholesterol. The heart is eager to get dietary cholesterol and fat, and the gut stands ready to give it to the heart. That’s got to be by design to tell us that the heart needs cholesterol and fat. Everything else just goes straight to the liver before being used elsewhere in the body.”
– Stephanie Seneff

” Treat coronary artery disease as clogged pipes:  this is a misconceptual model and it is also wrong.”
– Dr. Michael Rothberg

“Cholesterol has been wrongly vilified for an alleged association with an increased risk for heart disease. Over the years we have learned that this association is loose at best and nonexistent at worst. Nevertheless, people tend to believe what they’ve read for years or have been told by their doctors, despite new evidence. A few erroneous assumptions, followed by bits of skewed data, followed by a public policy machine eager to find a villain in a scary epidemic of heart disease—that’s the genesis of the cholesterol-heart hypothesis we’re still stuck with. And at some point it became difficult to speak out in favor of cholesterol as a possible good guy.”  – Mark Sisson


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