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The Great Cholesterol Con

The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It
Narrated by: Simon Whistler
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Statins are the so-called wonder drugs widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels and claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Believed to be completely safe and capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions, they are the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. In this ground-breaking work, GP Malcolm Kendrick exposes the truth behind the hype, revealing: high cholesterol levels don't cause heart disease; a high-fat diet - saturated or otherwise - does not affect blood cholesterol levels; and, the protection provided by statins is so small as to be not worth bothering about for most men and all women.

Statins have many more side affects than has been admitted and their advocates should be treated with scepticism due to their links with the drugs' manufacturers. Kendrick lambastes a powerful pharmaceutical industry and unquestioning medical profession, who, he claims, perpetuate the madcap concepts of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol and cholesterol levels to convince millions of people to spend billions of pounds on statins, thus creating an atmosphere of stress and anxiety - the real cause of fatal heart disease. With clarity and wit, "The Great Cholesterol Con" debunks our assumptions on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and diet. It is the invaluable guide for anyone who thought there was a miracle cure for heart disease, an appeal to common sense and a controversial and fascinating breakthrough that will set dynamite under the whole area.

©2008 John Blake Publishing (P)2013 Prospero Media

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If you could sum up The Great Cholesterol Con in three words, what would they be?

Worth Every Penny

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Cholesterol Con?

When I dropped my own Cholesterol Reading by two full points without statins half-way through the book

What about Simon Whistler’s performance did you like?

I felt that I trusted him

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but it has made me smile!

Any additional comments?

We each have to take responsibility for our health and our lives. Now that we have access to the internet it is beholden on us to do so. This is one book that gives a wealth of fact-based information, which enables us to have knowledge-based discussions with our medical professionals.

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A fascinating insight!

Factual and insightful throughout. An interesting listen into the truths about heart disease and cholesterol, debunking many commonly believed theories along the way. Only downside is the narrator was a little boring and monotonous to listen to.

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The Real Cause of Death and Ill health is not being treated because it cannot be measured

Fascinating (and worrying) insight into the modern health care industry and big Pharma.

It challenges whether the health care professional in front of you when you visit the doctor is knowledgeable and equipped to treat you.

In 100 years our descendants will snigger at how we are being treated in the same way we snigger at “piss sniffers” leeching and prescribing steam engine exhaust fumes to treat asthma etc.

Highly recommended to anyone interested in health generally or have underlying health issues.

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A breath of fresh air at last

Dr Kendrick breaks apart the arguments on the rediculous theory that cholesterol causes heart disease, and boots the pieces into the long grass. He is a very brave man, as few will stick their heads up above the parapet.
Thank you for making sense of the dogma.

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Strange choice of Narrator

This truthful ( and touch of sarcastic wit) book has given me so much insight into heart disease and how stressors in our life have much more influence on our overall health than cholesterol levels in our blood. Thank you Malcolm for this book and I can now understand that I could not have changed the path of my parents passing at relately young ages due to overprescribing of medications that eventually led to catastrophic health outcomes. I had to superimpose Malcolm’s humerus Scottish accent over the narrators. They could not have a more opposite dialect.

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Totally Fascinating.

This book is informative, insightful and well researched. it's an absolute eye opener but it's incredibly entertaining and very funny too.

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Shocking!

I can't believe how twisted the medical industry is in regards to cholesterol and heart disease. This is a must read if you have been told you have high cholesterol and told to take statins and if you want to know more about CHD.

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Everyone should read this!

This book was fascinating, informative and liberating in equal measure. No more statins for me. No more fear of food. I feel informed by someone who seems to know what he is talking about and who isn’t afraid to debunk the myths. If you are listening on audio, my advice would be to increase the speed to 1.2 as this is much more like a normal speech speed whilst still allowing time to digest the information.
Thank you for this...brilliant! X

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Excellent

The information delivered with this book is so very easy to comprehend
the voice is also soothing always a need in an audiobook

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Author adept at making biochemistry understandable & amusing.

Rather a difficult feat, to explain succinctly the biochemical pathways in the body. Dr K managed it with aplomb. His book was laced with humour that somehow fitted in well with the brevity of the messages he was trying (& succeeding) to get across. By asking pertinent questions he illustrated answers that can only leave one sceptical about Main stream medicines authenticity in "1st do no harm". Narration somewhat weird. A cross between sounding like a computer generated voice & a public schoolboy accent. Simon also mis pronounced rather a lot of words; but on the whole a smooth delivery.

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  • David E. Haupt
  • 11-01-15

Hilarious Debunking of the "Heart Healthy Diet"

Where does The Great Cholesterol Con rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best books on why high cholesterol blood levels are not the cause of heart disease, and how misleading modern medicine is in still promoting a low fat, hence high carbohydrate, diet. The best book so far about the harm done and uselessness in most patients of statin therapy, and why the pharmaceutical industry won't admit it, billions of dollars. Many people's health is being damaged by Statins, but the evidence, though piling up, is ignored.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Cholesterol Con?

On several occasions he would read the conclusion of a paper in a highly respected medical journal and contrast it with the study's actual results just presented, and then say,"To this I say, "BALLS!" (This is obviously a UK interjection meaning BS, but I had never heard the word used this way before. It reminded me of Monty Python, a bit.)

What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A Scottish accent (at least some kind of British accent) and a witty sarcasm, which is how Malcolm Kendrick wrote it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I often laughed out loud. Other times I just shook my head in disbelief. For instance when he discussed why Scots have a much higher rate of heart disease than the French, though they eat a lot less fat. The French make a celebration of food, while the Scots consider the act of eating akin to filling up their gas tank of their car, something you'd rather not do, but is necessary. Thus the French have much less stress in their daily lives, as opposed to the Scots. Apparently Scottish food is horrible, and not generally a good way to lower stress, though it is appreciably lower in fat than French cuisine.

Any additional comments?

The medical profession of which I am a member, an MD, should be ashamed of the promotion of statins and low fat diets, which are promoting Diabetes, obesity, probably even Alzheimer's (see the book Grain Brain) and even more heart disease.

He doesn't just debunk the low fat diet, he gives reasons why some groups of people have a higher rate of heart disease. The real killer is stress, not fat in the diet. In fact it appears that the higher fat diets often are associated with less heart disease.

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  • Jennifer A. Stewart
  • 16-09-15

Listen to this book!

A fun & informative book that demolishes the cholesterol hypothesis.
It's argument is built on a sound understanding of science.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-19

Best book on Cholesterol ever!!

I truly enjoyed the audio performance of this informative book. I actually listened to it twice and will buy the kindle copy for reference. Two thumbs up !!!

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  • Dr. Frank J. Akawi
  • 31-10-18

Very helpful and informative

The information is very helpful and accurate! However the sarcastic delivery of the information is very good and funny making it easy listening experience!

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  • bej
  • 06-04-16

A must-read for everybody

What made the experience of listening to The Great Cholesterol Con the most enjoyable?

The author's sense of humor is great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Cholesterol Con?

The author's description of Scottish cuisine.

What did you learn from The Great Cholesterol Con that you would use in your daily life?

How cholesterol protects people from various things, like cancer and infection. How cholesterol, LDL and HDL move about. How efficacious statin drugs are (or aren't).

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  • Cathy D. Schouten
  • 27-12-15

finally the truth

The research in this book is so well examined, I defy anyone to contradict. No statins for this girl.

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  • Raffy Afarian
  • 25-09-19

Intriguing hypothesis

Very cleverly written with wit and sense of humor. The hypothesis seems just as believable as any other that is supported by tons of “studies” just like all the others. Was a little disappointed that it wasn’t based more
On science rather than citing studies.

The medical Profession seems to thrive on citing studies rather than rely on actual biology/science. It’s ok to guess based on studies but it can’t be stated as fact based on them. That’s what I was hoping Dr. Kendrick would have avoided but, alas, he didn’t. He fell into the same traps as all doctors trying to “do” science.

I will read his other books to see if anything has been added since this book. I am hopeful his hypothesis is correct.

Side note, the reader of this book was very very good. Thoroughly enjoyed his reading style and voice. Bravo!

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  • Amber Smoot
  • 21-10-15

Helpful for the doctor but not the patient.

If I was writing some kind of publication of my own, this to be really, really useful. However, as a patient it really doesn't solve my problem. there are plenty facts and statistics involved of alternative methods of cures . I would have done better looking into a book that actually gives me applicable methods of preventing mortality due to heart disease.

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