One of this blog’s readers commented on my article Six eggs per day for six days: cholesterol?, by pasting a statement made in March 2012 by an experienced and apparently well-known heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell, about heart disease. I think it is worth posting not because there is anything new in it, (if you’ve been reading this blog, you will already know all the stuff he says and much more), but just because it is comforting to be reminded that there are some high-profile doctors such as him that are not ignorant and incompetent, and that actually care about people enough to try to make a difference.
Nonetheless, it is also important to point out, firstly, that he is certainly not the first one to have been shaken out of his trance, understood the truth about heart disease and started speaking about it, and secondly, that his and everyone else’s efforts in this direction have unfortunately not yet had much impact. This is particularly and painfully obvious in light of the fact that the best selling and most lucrative drugs in 2012 are still cholesterol-lowering and blood-thinning drugs, with profit margins in the several tens of billions. So, we’re still at least a couple of decades away from large-scale changes in mindset but it will come. Here is what Dr Lundell is reported to have said in the article that was published under the title World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease:
We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol. The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated. The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences. …continue reading the original article.