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Roughly half of the people treated for heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. Roughly half of the people with elevated cholesterol levels never get heart disease. Cholesterol levels are a horrible predictor of heart disease because cholesterol isn't the problem. There is a growing chorus of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons that say inflammation is the problem, not cholesterol. The low fat, high carbohydrate diet that doctors are still pushing on us is the culprit. Eskimo Indians used to survive almost exclusively on saturated caribou fat and whale blubber. Heart disease and obesity were unheard of in those populations until they adopted our "heart healthy" diet. The USDA and their dietary recommendations are literally killing us. The same grains that farmers use to fatten their cattle for slaughter are exactly what the USDA recommends we eat in large quantities. It's no wonder we have such a problem with obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
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