There are two compelling reasons why I began to doubt what medical books and doctors say about cholesterol, particularly the bad one, HDL and animal fats in general:
1. People I know who are carnivore since birth are still alive today and, worse, healthier as ever. A friend, who's a doctor, of all things, used to bug me constantly whether he could have the slice of pork fat from my dish if I had no intention of eating it (of course, I always gave it to him).
2. People I know who skip meat and yet have high blood cholesterol. In her dismay, one gorged on a large beef slice after learning about her high cholesterol reading depsite great efforts at lowering it!
If you don't find the above convincing enough, there's a third reason:
3. Contrarian doctors who are experts in their field. I have found a new one today!
It's not cholesterol that causes cardiovascular disease, says this expert heart surgeon. It's simple sugars/carbs and vegetable oils (omega-6 oils) that do!
If this is true, then we've been causing for decades an epidemic of high blood/hypertension, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease by avoiding meat and cholesterol!
The other implications are staggering. For food lovers, in particular, it means profound deprivation, or at least confinement to the purgatory of diet switches. Imagine not eating hotdogs, corned beef, fastfood burgers, corn chips, ice cream, cakes and pastries, fried foods including fries and deep-fried fish, and almost everything that tastes good! An officemate of mine said in dismay, "I'd rather die."
If this contrarian medical opinion is true, then it will also spell the deaths of the sugar industry, the fastfoods industry, the food processing industry, including all sectors using sugar and vegetable oils and other harmful ingredients.
But first, which specific vegetable oils are harmful? What vegetable oils, if any, are healthy? Italians use olive oil heavily -- is there a heart ailment pandemic in Italy? Spaniards use eggs a lot -- do they die of cardiac arrest in Spain en masse? The French are particularly notorious with butter -- how come they seem comparatively healthy? The Germans use a lot of sugar and preservatives, in their cold cuts and hotdogs, sauerkraut and perhaps beer -- is the rate of heart disease the same as that of the United States?
Is it true that Eskimos never knew hypertension or heart disease until the entry of Coke?
One way to save all the affected industries is to switch to stevia and oil alternatives, like perhaps pork fat, minus all the suspicious preservative substances, whose deleterious effect may not have been heretofore detected.
So many questions to contend with. On the brighter side, I foresee a boom in fishing-related businesses, stevia farming, and the meat industry.
I really do hope a global consensus emerges soon, because we can't afford to be confused: we have only one life to protect.