Monday, March 12, 2012

Retired Cardiovascular Surgeon Admits He Was Wrong About Fats

I have said for years that fats are not bad. The low-fat craze that took hold of this country was driven primarily by the medical community and media outlets that refused to question them. I, like many others not in the “mainstream” of health questioned the logic behind this for many reasons, not the least of which was the fact that heart health has declined since the advent of the low-fat diet.

We now know that healthy fats are not the cause of advanced heart disease—it’s the low-fat diet, which can cause inflammation due to excess amounts of processed carbohydrates and omega-6 fatty acids.

In this article, a former cardiovascular surgeon takes the medical community to task over the real causes behind heart disease. Now, a word of warning. The physician who wrote this article had his medical license stripped in 2008 by the Arizona Medical Board for poor patient care and poor record keeping. In the interest of fairness, I feel like you should know that before you read the article.

I will tell you that whatever his past history, the article he has written is on point. I know that because he has had his license stripped, other doctors will ignore him. But I have read every word of the article, and he speaks the truth. Most telling is that he admits that he wrongly prescribed low-fat diets for 25 years. He admits his mistake and then spends a good deal of time laying out the facts behind inflammation and heart disease. I can’t accurately speak to his past, but in this instance I can tell you it’s the case of a doctor who actually gets it.

What do you think?