The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Monday’s Workout
SicFit WOD
6 rounds, each for time:
In 1 min, complete (or get as far as you can)
5 DL (315/225)
8 C2B Pull-ups
120y Shuttle run
-rest 1 min between rounds

… and coming Tuesday
A) Back Squat 5-5-5

B) Strict Press 5-5-5

C) Time vs Task Priority
Part 1 Time Priority
2,4,6,8… reps rounds
Thruster (2/3BW / 1/2BW)
Broad Jump ~80% effort of max broad jump

-Rest 5 Mins, then

Part 2 Task Priority
Complete Time Priority score, for time with a 5 min capTo call Jonny Bowden my friend would definitely be an untruth… He and I have met, once, but I had to just now look up how to spell his last name for goodness sake. But he is a friend in the sense that he passionately preaches the modern day gospel about the myth of the dangers of cholesterol. In his new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease, he talks about and describes many of the myths around cholesterol and heart disease, how they got to be the “generally regarded as true” stories as they are today, and why they don’t support human health and longevity. Below is an excerpt from the book description on Amazon – a list of many of the myths and facts. By the way, I’m posting this to inspire thought and open communication in the forum we call comments. Please post your thoughts.

From’s description of the book…


Myth–High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.

Myth–High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack.
Fact–There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.

Myth–Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
Fact–There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.

Myth–Statin drugs are safe.
Fact–Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.

Myth–Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly.
Fact–Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.

Myth–Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol.
Fact–Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.

Myth–Saturated fat is dangerous.
Fact–Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.

Myth–The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan.
Fact–Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.

Myth–A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease.
Fact–Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.

Myth–Fat is bad for your health.
Fact–Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.

Myth–There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Fact–This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.

Myth–Cholesterol causes heart disease.
Fact–Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or “bb shot” LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.

There goes Zach again with those heavy thrusters



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