Review of The Great Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo
One of the challenges which doctors face (often without realising it) is how to make a proper appraisal of “Cholesterol”.
The dogma attaching to Statins is so overwhelming for poor doctors, that this unhappy situation needs to be balanced by a second view. This is especially because (according to current dogma) when a doctor recognises raised cholesterol this now signals recognition of a disease in its own right, particularly when thyroid function tests are “Normal”.
Sadly, this misled perspective contributes to the obfuscation of thyroid failure as a potential diagnosis.
This regrettable situation is so far removed from the more accurate and humane approach of my own teachers at Westminster Medical School.
Going back to my own hospital training (After 3 years of pre-clinical science), I can still recall the proper way of evaluating the different causes of raised cholesterol:
- Thyroid Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease (Nephrotic Syndrome)
- Familial Raised Cholesterol
Obviously the way to manage the finding of “Cholesterol” was to identify the underlying cause (See above) and treat the underlying cause, if possible.
Accepted wisdom at the time was:
Only in the case of Familial Raised Cholesterol was it considered necessary to treat cholesterol as such.
In those days, (1962) Atromid was just on the market. Atromid was the ’50s and ’60s-> equivalent of Statins. It had albeit, restricted use until research was published that the outcome for those using Atromid was worse than that of non-users in the same diagnostic situation! No surprises there.
I haven’t checked out the details but such damning research is often only published at the time that the patent for the drug in question is on the point of expiry! (For an example of this “Marketing Sensitive Research”, research pointing to the cause of chronic stomach ulcer pain being due to a germ [H. Pylori] was only published at the point of expiry of the contemporary “Ulcer Drug”: Cimetidine).
Below, an excellent review of the book “The Great Cholesterol Con”
Importantly, it points to confirmation of this view by Professor George Mann.
So, the educational benefits of this text are that:
1. It explains an alternative view on Cholesterol
2. The view is supported by a distinguished Academic
3. It may encourage more doctors to consider the diagnosis of Thyroid System failure as a cause of “Cholesterol” instead of the crazy view that “Cholesterol” is mainly a disease in its own right
4. It may encourage doctors to take an alternative view of the biochemistry of raised cholesterol, namely that it is the bodys way of attempting to overcome stress: cholesterol being on the bodys “production line” for the synthesis of Cortisol.
5. It challenges the ethics of the medical profession. It points to the medical profession having lost its humanity in the 1950s. I share this view. It seems to me that many doctors do not perceive this partly because pharmas influence is overwhelming. How can one address a challenge if you cannot see it! Looking back on the 50s, Fluoridation had started its hypothyroid effects in the late ’40s and, guess what, Atromid, the “Cholesterol drug”, emerged about 5 years later. Incidentally, the damning of Iodine as a supplement and the emergence of Thiouracil (Treatment for thyrotoxic thyroid disease) about 3 years later (Same authors) bears similar relationship as Fluoride and Atromid have to each other.
6. Tangentially, it challenges the view that medical “Consensus” should drive diagnosis and treatment. It is no more appropriate to have a consensus on how to paint a picture. Even half way through the last century, it was considered that medicine was such a huge mountain that no one could claim to know it all. As such, each doctor would struggle their own way up “Medicine Mountain” on a route based, not just on his training, but the chosen path of his further learning and accumulated experience. Consensus is a useful concept in medicine only insofar as it economises on the production of drugs i.e. predicts how many drugs are going to be needed for a certain population for what medical conditions over a certain period of time.
7. Referring again to the review below, it is not Thyroid Patient Advocacy that is saying these things.
A Self-Serving Fantasy Indeed, June 14, 2006
By Dr. Herbert Nehrlich “L’Autour” (Bribie Island, Australia)
This review is from: The Great Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo (Paperback)
This is a fantastic book .
Reading it, I imagined Colpo to be a top scientist in his own little laboratory, wrinkled (once white) coat, long fuzzy beard and surrounded by mountains of disorderly stacks of paper.
Here is a book, written for the layman and professional alike, it is an eye opener even for those of us who have long known that the cholesterol theory was rubbish from the very beginning.
It must have taken ages to put this book together, it is easy to understand and written with the diligence and enthusiasm of an analytical and caring mind.
No, Colpo is no guru who is trying to persuade people to buy some outlandish theory or its relevant nostrums, he presents crucial information and supports it all in a most admirable fashion. References that will smart in certain quarters and will make him a few enemies abound.
Books have been written about the Cholesterol Dilemma since Professor George Mann made that famous statement in the seventies about the Cholesterol Hypothesis being the biggest deception of mankind in the history of Medicine. Ravnskov comes to mind; his “The Cholesterol Myths” is a classic that should be in every library. Layman Frank Cooper wrote a book for the masses from his perspective of a Familial Hypercholesterolaemia sufferer, “Cholesterol And The French Paradox” and Professor Walter Hartenbach enlightened the German market with his great work “Die Cholesterinluege” (“The Cholesterol Lie”).
Until this book was written, there seemed to be something missing in my bookshelf corner reserved for the subject. Colpos book fills the gap admirably. It’s a pleasant read as well, being so well organised.
I don’t know how long it will take for the establishment to wake up to this PUBLICLY, it never ceases to amaze me how so many physicians could have uncritically accepted the fairytale about a most natural and essential substance being the cause of cardiovascular disease. Yet they did and they are being amply repaid for their herd mentality and indifference.
The previous reviewer asks about the time in our history when we lost control and accepted that Big Pharma and the Sickness Industry would run our lives. Petr Skrabanek places this time, when the “Death Of Humane Medicine” occurred into the mid fifties. Shortly after Ancel Keys came up with his ridiculous claim about the substance cholesterol that he saw as a major killer. It comes down to money; the business of scaring people into complying with a politically correct cholesterol level brings great financial rewards. Statins are extremely lucrative in spite of the fact that they cause all kinds of side effects, some of them deadly.
The book shows, in so many different ways, that we need to look at our relationship with those who peddle something they call “healthcare. When Big Pharma and Big Medicine work together it must result in a colossal amount of unnecessary and arrogant intervention in people’s lives, it is a tool for the transfer of wealth and thus a detriment to all.
Read Colpos book, buy it, buy your doctor a copy and give one to the library. Most importantly, thank your lucky stars to have heard about the book. It may be the one thing that can save your life or that of someone in the neighbourhood .