Adventism, vegetarianism and dietary guidelines

When the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) were first proposed in 1980, they were already oriented away from meat and towards plants. As each iteration of the guidelines was produced (at 5-yearly intervals) this trend was reinforced. So much so that, during the development of the 2015 guidelines, there was a discussion among the committee

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Statin adverse effects

The statin class of drugs are widely prescribed to reduce blood cholesterol levels, according to the hypothesis that this will reduce the risk of heart disease and benefit the individual taking the statin. However, like most drugs, it is inevitable that statins will have unanticipated effects in certain individuals. While some of these effects might

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Does cholesterol cause heart disease?

Briefly, the cholesterol hypothesis proposes that by getting into arterial walls and causing atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries), cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cerebrovascular disease (strokes). However, according to a perhaps unlikely source – the American Heart Association: “Exactly how atherosclerosis starts or what causes it isn’t known.” That’s an admission

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