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Cholesterol, Health, and How Science Should Be Done
Cholesterol, Health, and How Science Should Be Done

Cholesterol, Health, and How Science Should Be Done

Chris Kresser of The Healthy Skeptic interviews Chris Masterjohn about cholesterol and health: The Healthy Skeptic Podcast — Episode 11. Mr. Kresser said:
This week we’re glad to welcome Chris Masterjohn to the show. Chris is currently pursuing a PhD in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at the University of Connecticut. He writes a blog called The Daily Lipid and is also a frequent contributor on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s blog. I consider Chris to be one of the foremost experts on the topic of cholesterol and its relationship to heart disease. In this episode, we discuss (among other things):
  • the history of the cholesterol-heart disease connection
  • misconceptions around diet vs. lipid hypothesis
  • finding middle ground between cholesterol skeptics and proponents of the lipid hypothesis
  • the LDL receptor and familial hypercholesterolemia and what they can tell us about cholesterol and CHD in normal populations
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The interview clarifies the role and importance of cholesterol to our health and proper functioning, and gives a good analysis of the science and history of cholesterol research. So the interview is a good way to learn a bit about how science should work and about how we should analyze “scientific” reports.

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