Following is a copy of Dr. Peter Dingle’s newsletter, introducing his new book. Fascinating reading and well referenced to modern scientific studies. The great cholesterol deception is huge and it directly affects all of us, including you.
Dr Dingle’s Newsletter
16 November 2010
by Dr. Peter Dingle
Welcome to the November newsletter. After two years of research I finally have my cholesterol book “The Great Cholesterol Deception” back from the printers. In case there are any sceptics out there, real ones who are willing to do a bit of research and homework, then I have supported it with more than 500 references and a list of eminent doctors, professors, surgeons and other professional people around the world who are saying the same. I am also now approaching politicians and bureaucrats around the country to get a public debate on this. Feel free to pass this information on, as the more who have access to this information the better.
The book is available on our website www.drdingle.com now and it will be available in bookshops in mid- December so keep an eye out for it.
In this issue I have written on a diverse range of topics from probiotics to cardiovascular disease and cholesterol (of course). If you have an interest in any of these I have also put them up as blogs on my website. This way you can make a comment and read anyone else’s comments.
I hope you enjoy the reading
Probiotics. Medicine for the twenty first century
While probiotic (and prebiotic) therapy has been known for a long time, it has largely been disregarded by the medical world until recently. There is currently a rapidly growing appreciation for the role of the probiotics in health and disease. In the past years overwhelming evidence has accumulated for the role of healthy gut bacteria in the treatment and possible prevention of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions from diabetes to cancer and cardiovascular disease. We have evolved with these bacteria to work together with us. If they are dysfunctional then it affects our health.
One of the reasons for this is about 80% of the body’s immune system is localized in the gastrointestinal tract and responds directly to the chemical messages sent by the bacteria. Extensive experimental data and clinical studies have shown that the immune system of infants can be stimulated by the intestinal bacteria with specific prebiotics and probiotics being shown to promote healthy immune system development in infants. The first months of life represent a critical period for the maturation of the infant’s immune system and, thus, a window of opportunity for measures to improve immune function and reduce the risk of disease.
In support of this a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition of July this year (2010. doi:10.1017/S00071145099938980, found that supplementing pregnant women with probiotics helps reduce the risk of diabetes during pregnancy, improve blood glucose control and improve child health. The women who took probiotics had gestational diabetes mellitus at a rate of 13 percent compared to 36 percent for the diet/placebo group and 34 percent for the control group. This is almost a 2/3rds reduction in gestational diabetes. This is such a cheap and effect intervention without any increased risk and it also benefits the child. It is thought that by reducing gestational diabetes it also reduces the risk of the mother developing diabetes later in life. The probiotic supplement contained the bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG, Valio) and Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12. These are big names but it helps scientists identify which ones are the most effective as not all probiotics are the same.
An earlier study of 50 pregnant women published in the same journal in March 2010 (doi:10.1017/S0007114510000176) found those women who experienced excessive weight gain during pregnancy had more of the wrong type of bacteria, Escherichia coli bacteria, in their gut, and fewer Bifidobacteria than women with normal weight gain during pregnancy. This builds on a growing body of evidence dating back to 2006 linking healthy gut flora to healthy weight maintenance. The study showed that overweight women had fewer Bifidobacterium and Bacteroides and more Staphylococcus, Enterobacteriaceae and E. coli than normal-weight women. A healthy gut bacteria helps maintain a healthy weight during and after pregnancy not to mention the many other health benefits.
In a study of 6400 adult diabetics with cardiovascular disease tight control of blood pressure did not improved cardiovascular outcomes (JAMA. 2010;304(1):61-68). They found to get blood pressure under 130 (mm Hg) using drugs (a calcium-antagonist-based or beta-blocker) is no better than standard control in patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease. Interestingly they also reported that during an extended follow-up, tight-control patients appeared to have increased mortality. The authors conclude that “there is no compelling evidence” to support lowering systolic BP below 130 mm Hg in this patient population and in fact it may even be detrimental.
Helping each other can really help you
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (October 19, 2010 vol. 153 no. 8 507-515) found that setting up peer support brought about significant improvements in health outcomes of diabetics. While the study was of 250 men in the U.S. Veterans Affairs health system who had poor diabetic control it really applies to anyone and any condition. Patients were randomized either to usual care with nurse management or to be paired up with another age-matched patient for mutual support. The patient pairs were encouraged to communicate regularly using a phone system that prompted weekly calls. After 6 months’ follow-up, there was a significant improvement in the patient-pair group, versus a significant decline the nurse-care group. One continued to get worse under normal management while the other improved.
At a personal level I know of a lot of people working on reducing diabetes symptoms using the book by Gabriel Cousens “there is a cure for diabetes” and the ones having the most success are those who have extra support. It may be a family member, partner or just a friend. We also completed a study some years ago on personal coaching to improve health outcomes and found a significant improvement in health behaviour just as a result of one quick phone call or personal communication each week from the health coach. A little bit of help can make a lot of difference.
What does this mean for you? If you are interested in changing your health behaviour for the better get some regular support. Set your goals, link up with a few friends and set regular times to talk about what you are doing. Just a phone call each week may make the world of difference.
Cholesterol is not the answer
Of the last 50 years we have seen a decrease in saturated fat, salt and cholesterol levels yet we continue to see increases in cardiovascular disease. We are doing more than ever before but still the disease continues to increase. Fortunately there appears to be a decrease in deaths as a result of cardiovascular disease primarily due to the early intervention once someone has had a heart attack or stroke. Because we have been targeting at risk population we would expect to see a decrease in cardiovascular disease within a few years of any program yet more people have heart attacks and strokes than ever before.
Maybe the time has come to separate out all the vested interests and silver bullet solutions and deal with the problem. Already in previous articles I have described to you that cholesterol is not the killer it is just a messenger. It is like a warning light on the car. When the light comes on you can fix the problem before it gets any worse, or you can get some tape and cover it over. Unfortunately we have become very adept at covering our own personal health warning light.
The reason we have become so fixated with lowering cholesterol is that it is a multi-billion-dollar industry in Australia alone. The costs of the drugs to the public and individuals is estimated to be about $1.5 billion each year. Add on to that the cost of monitoring and all the blood checks, another billion dollars then you can understand why it is almost impossible to stop this juggernaut. There is just too much money invested in it. Then you also have two consider all the cholesterol lowering foods, the claims made and organisations involved and you realise that the total is probably closer to $10 billion each year.
The outcome we are after is the lowering of cardiovascular disease not cholesterol. If we have not succeeded at this then we need to go back to the drawing board and start again and not just reinvent another cholesterol theory or a new cholesterol-lowering drug. The last 30 years has been an abject failure that has cost a fortune in money and lives.
Reduce your heart attack without cholesterol lowering drugs
A recent Swedish study of 31671 woman found that multivitamin use was associated with a reduction in the rate of heart attack (myocardial infarction). This should have been front page news around the world but it did not seem to even get a look in. This is one of the dozens of studies that show a strong link with supplementation and health benefits. The study was broken into two groups. Women with a history of CVD and woman without any history of CVD. During the average of 10 years of follow-up the woman without any history of CVD and who took multivitamin supplements had a 27% in heart attacks over the period. That is better than any statin drug to lower cholesterol. The use of multivitamins over a 5 year period, that is, those who took them the longest, saw a reduction of 41%. Wow. This is so simple and so cheap. However in the CVD group use of multivitamins was not associated with any decrease in the rate of heart attack. So if you already had a heart attack low doses of multivitamins don’t appear to help at all. The levels were what you would find in a standard multivitamin supplement such as 400ug for folic acid. Perhaps it is my bias but the levels were probably so low for someone who already had a heart attack to make any difference. Better still make sure you don’t have a heart attack. (Am J Clin Nutr (September 22, 2010). doi:10.3945/ajcn.2010.29371)
Interestingly I have been doing a lot of reading on magnesium lately and there is a lot of research on the link between heart attack, atherosclerosis, angina and most other forms of CVD and low magnesium levels. That is low levels are associated with increased risks so if you want to lower your risk increase your magnesium. This may be obvious but the highest concentration of magnesium is in heart muscle and magnesium is essential for relaxing muscles. Magnesium also stops calcification of arteries and build up of plaque (no it is not all cholesterol, it is mostly calcium blocking your arteries). Another simple hint would be to have lots of water. It sounds simple but most of us don’t drink enough of it.
Cholesterol book We have also just received a few copies of “The Great Cholesterol Con” by Dr Malcolm Kendrick. I know the title sounds a bit like mine but I only came across it five weeks ago when I was in London. It is absolutely fantastic and really goes into why cholesterol is not a problem and why we have been misled by the big drug companies and doctors. I read it in 3 days (while I was on holiday of course). Fortunately it covers topics that my book doesn’t cover and similarly my book covers topics that it doesn’t cover. So they are great combination. For anyone waiting to convince their doctor about the cholesterol myth I really recommend you get this book. It easy to read, comprehensive and well referenced.
Other books and DVDs
For anyone with diabetes I really recommend you get the two I have listed below “There is a cure for diabetes” and the DVD “Simply Raw” is a great follow up for anyone wanting to reverse diabetes. Both the book and the DVD inspired me to do a lot more research into diabetes and all of that confirmed that you can reverse diabetes. A couple of friends of mine are already following the program outlined in the book with real success in just a few weeks.
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