Proponents of the diet-heart idea say that these
African tribesmen are accustomed to their diet and that their organisms
have inherited a cleverness to metabolise cholesterol. However, a study
of Masai people who had lived for a long time in the Nairobi metropolis
showed this to be wrong. If the low cholesterol of the Masai tribesmen
was inherited it should have been even lower in Nairobi, because here their
diet most likely included less animal fat than the diet of the Masai tribesmen.
But the mean cholesterol level in twenty six males in Nairobi was twenty-five
percent higher than that of their cattle-breeding colleagues in the countryside.
And there is more evidence. Although it is possible
to change blood cholesterol a little in laboratory experiments and clinical
trials by dieting, it is impossible to find any relationship between the
make up of the diet and the blood cholesterol of individuals who are not
participating in a medical experiment. In other words, individuals who live
as usual and eat their food without listening to doctors or dieticians show
no connection between what they eat and the level of their blood cholesterol.
If the diet-heart idea were correct individuals who eat great amounts of
animal fat would have higher cholesterol than those who eat small amounts;
and individuals who eat small amounts of vegetable fat should have higher
cholesterol than those who eat great amounts. If not, there is no reason
to meddle with people's diet. In the early 1950's the Framingham study included
Almost one thousand individuals were questioned in detail about their
eating habits. No connection was found between the composition of the food
and the cholesterol level of the blood. Wrote Drs. William Kannel and Tavia
Gordon, authors of the report: "These findings suggest a cautionary
note with respect to hypotheses relating diet to serum cholesterol levels.
There is a considerable range of serum cholesterol levels within the Framingham
Study Group. Something explains this inter-individual variation, but it
is not diet." For unknown reasons, their results were never published.
The manuscript is still lying in a basement in Washington."
Dr. Uffe Ravnskov
My husband and I came to the Health Academy after seeing the TV program.
My husband has had multiple sclerosis for two years. Doctors in Poland
and abroad gave him no hope of cure, but rather gave him a life expectancy
no more than two years.
When we came to Academy he was very ill, with immovable
legs and unable to hold up his head. He could barely swallow, his tongue
was weak and his speech was distorted. There was much wasting of his muscles.
After 3 weeks the muscular atrophy started to regenerate, in particular
the spinal muscles, his hands returned to a normal shape, he swallowed
everything, and his speech was more understandable. His legs now are moving,
his spine is stronger as can be seen during walking.
During my stay in the Academy my liver trouble
and migraine, which I have had for many years, have been cured, but above
all I have extended the life of my husband. I could not express more gratitude
to the doctor and his young and friendly staff. I give thanks for the hope
of returning a sick man to society. With compliments from grateful patients.
Teresa & Jan Bieniek (Mrs. & Mr.)