Jun 08

Cholesterol Code Workbook 1: The EAS Critical Response

The Cholesterol Code Workbook is a new regular video series Sioban Huggins and I are doing as we look at and discuss various studies and their findings. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to catch shows as they are released.


We jump into the very detailed paper that responds methodically to the EAS consensus study from last year.

Link to the study: https://www.karger.com/Article/FullTe… Link to the original EAS study it is addressing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2… The Top Ten list we reference is here: http://cholesterolcode.com/top-ten/

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Susan Jones

So much information, i will have to watch a few times to soak it all in! I need this information as i deal with a poor CAC score and “poor” lipid numbers. Thank you for your passion!


This paper, as well at https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/446704 , argue that olive oil inhibit vitamin K2 in stroke-prone hypertensive rats, hence should be avoided because of its potential to exacerbate CVD.

The PREDIMED study seemed to suggest a significant benefit for CVD with olive oil and a nonsignificant (p=0.11) benefit to all-cause mortality. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1200303

That study had flaws and certainly the “Mediterranean diet” was an obfuscatory concept manipulated by bad old Ancel Keys.

But the evidence does seem muddled on olive oil. Any coherent thoughts?

Siobhan Huggins
I don’t generally like any study involving anything-prone mice if trying to apply it to humans, especially if (as you noted) it conflicts with human data. Such as rat studies suggesting saturated fat is detrimental (in mice, on high-fat chow), but the epidemiological data (e.g. PURE) showing no increased risk and even possible benefit. Plus, in the mouse study it refers to potentially exacerbating CVD (in mice already prone to it), so if it did apply to humans, I doubt it’d apply to the entire population. As far as olive oil goes, I’ve never seen any evidence to show it’s… Read more »

Other than some corn oil, it is mostly sunflower oil around here in Spain, some of it high oleic type. For me it’s been some years avoiding those and using olive oil and butter.



This podcast was very interesting and informative especially asI have FH. I don’t want to go into my history since I’ve already posted it on the pinned Page. Anyway years ago before my MI I was admitted to hospital for what turned out to be a disasterous botched elective angioplasty. It was stopped abruptly Because of 2 arterial disections ( which I was told was my fault). I spent 2 weeks in hospital with a bypass looming over my head and heart. . I healed without any further treatment, I’m sure that whole episode didn’t Help my heart health .… Read more »