The Infectious Myth – Dr. Malcolm Kendrick on the Cholesterol Myth

David talks with British GP Malcolm Kendrick about the many myths of modern medicine, starting with the cholesterol myth and the recommendation for a low fat diet. Later the conversation veers into other myths that allopathic medicine promulgates but that Kendrick opposes.

* Duration: 59:01

* Published: 2017-01-17 3:38:41 PM

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  1. I just saw that you posted an interview with Dr. Malcolm Kendrick re: the “cholesterol myth.” Firstly, I think calling the whole cholesterol-is-bad meme merely a “myth” does not go nearly far enough. The agencies and companies that ruined our diet and subsequently our health knew full well that they were doing more to promote their’s and their friend’s profits, than to promote good health and longevity.

    As we age, we need to both produce and maintain our cholesterol in a non-oxidized state, in order to help our bodies repair themselves. All of our steroid-based hormones, cellular walls, and even our brain tissue are either derived from or composed of cholesterol. In short, the older we get, the more of it we need, simply for natural self preservation. The are no good or bad types of cholesterol, and unless you suffer from a genetic condition called “hypercholesterolemia” it is extremely unlikely that you will would ever need to artificially lower your cholesterol level(s).

    The (umm) science behind that “myth” was disproven even before the mid-1980s, but contrary evidence is certainly much more abundant and readily available now. See the infamous bad/sad cholesterol cover of Time Magazine from March 1984 at this link:,16641,19840326,00.html

    Coincidentally, I am forwarding you an email I just sent to my sisters & a couple friends with links to a three part interview on Cholesterol and Heart Disease, which was conducted between 2011 and 2012. The participants are Chris Masterjohn, PhD, Lipidologist & Professor and Chris Kresser, Chiropractor & Functional Medicine Clinician. I am certain that the presentation by Masterjohn in particular is more detailed and technical, but no less illuminating. I do look forward to listening to the presentation by Dr. Kendrick this evening. The websites for the guys in the interviews are:


    If your are interested in more out-of-the-box, yet evidenced-based health related materials, please let me know.

    Forwarded Message:

    Following is a very lucid and extremely well researched, three-part podcast discussion on cholesterol, lipids, triglycerides and the unnecessary confusion over what each is and what each does, relative to your cardiovascular health and, more importantly to your overall health.

    Please take the time to listen — there are no shortcuts to good health.

    Part 1/3: Episode 11 – Chris Masterjohn on cholesterol & heart disease (Part 1) – Chris Kresser (Jun 7, 2011)

    Part 2/3: Chris Masterjohn on cholesterol & heart disease (part 2) – Chris Kresser (Sep 8, 2011)

    Part 3/3: Chris Masterjohn on Cholesterol and Heart Disease (Part 3) – Chris Kresser (Feb 8, 2012)

    Supplementary comments:

    I [finally] listened to the interview you posted, and this gentleman is sort of a “starter” medical contrarian. He’s on the right track in many areas but ‘off base’ in a few others, such as:

    1. As the data shows and as I reiterated, there is no such thing as “good” (HDL) or “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Neither presents a greater danger to the cardiovascular system, than the other.

    2. The trailing “L” in HDL & LDL, stands for lipoprotein (ahem, a protein). Thus, they are neither “fats” nor “cholesterol” at all. Neither of these lipoproteins is good nor bad.

    3. His explanation of the diet-heart hypothesis is predictably over-simplistic. He is, however correct that [these lipoproteins] are not the cause of cardiovascular disease.

    4. My understanding is that diabetes is not a problem related to a compromised or depleted “fat storage” system. It is actually the result of the dis-regulation of insulin, leptin, other hormone problems, plus problems with mTOR pathway signalling.


    There was more that caught my attention, but I can’t recall at the moment.

    I will restate, for the sake of the Fakeologist audiochat audience, you really need to contact *Patrick Jordan to join you on a call…someday.


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