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:… Link to the original EAS study it is addressing:… The Top Ten list we reference is here:

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Susan Jones
Susan Jones
2 years ago

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!

2 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Hi Dave/siobhan

My head is in a spin after viewing this video ,in a good way (I think).
Anyway long story short don’t want to go my history of heart disease,
Info on that is on the pinned page. What jumped out at me was the info
Around FH and I know most people with FH live long and healthy lives,
But some get early onset CVD ( me being one of those).
Probably was not The healthiest in my twenties or early thirties but still
Heart disease blocked arteries at 39 is not the norm

Years ago after after a disastrous angioplasty which stopped abruptly
Because of 2 arterial dissections (which they blamed on me ) ,Iwas kept in hospital for 2 weeks ,told I needed a bypass. I eventually healed with no treatment.
A few weeks later looking through my paperwork I noticed a couple of raised coagulation, prothrombin time, VII , these were all marked with an asterisk. Nothing was said and I had meds they had given me so carried on as normal.
It wasn’t until after heart attack in 2015 and some research that I started
Vitamin K2 in quite large doses 5-15mg daily along with vitamins ADE as all the oil vits work synergistically.

Sorry for rambling,anyway I was researching heart disease by
Uffe Ravnskov which led me to K2 at that time and he has been
The only person I’ve read that said ( correct me if I’m wrong)
In cohort studies of people witFH,plasma fibrinogen and factor VIII
Were significantly higher in those with CHD than in those without
Where no significant difference in TC and LDC until your podcast
The other day .

I think this is very important info for FH people with CVD
And possibly people without CVD yet to check for hyper coagulation
or disorders related.

Looking forward to your continuing podcast.
You and Siobhan are just awesome

2 years ago

This paper, as well at , 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.

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
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

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 particularly beneficial in humans, nor particularly detrimental. In my opinion it’s more about what you’re not eating (seed oils? high amounts of sugar? white bread? ultra processed grains?) than eating of some particular substance. E.g. olive oil could have shown benefit in that trial because they started using it instead of something else, like grapeseed oil, or canola oil, or margarine (not sure how common those are in Spain, but you get my point)
I’d agree the hype over olive oil is probably largely due to Keys, and possibly encouraged by the olive oil industry (I believe I’ve seen some studies floating around that have been sponsored by them), but I don’t really see any particular reason to feel strongly about it one way or the other. It seems fairly neutral from what I’ve seen of it so far in studies based off of humans. In the “Use it if you like it” category.

2 years ago


2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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
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 . Sent home with a goody bag of meds and got on with life.
After my heart attack I was researching alternative heart treatments and the truth
About cholesterol.This led me to longstanding research by Uffe Ravnskov and his
Reasoning sparked my interest around FH .
He was the only voice at that time ( that I knew of) suggesting a link to hpercoagulation,fibrinogen,VII disorders with FH people with CHD not quite sure
How many.
This prompted me to look up my old paperwork,and on 2 of my results that I had
At that time had asterisks on the coagulation ,prothrombin time VII ,nobody said anything but I remember at certain times in hospital over the years nurses taking blood remarked my blood was sludgy ,it became a bit of a joke.

6 months after MI ditched meds and started Vitamin K2 in quite large doses
5-15 mg along with A,D,E, and healthier lifestyle (sort of).

I’m very aware most FH causes no problems for most people and they live along and possibly healthier life ,but for a certain few is problematic .
Your podcast also found this link and this obviously needs more research.

Maybe if doctors tested F H subjects for coagulation disorders
This could prevent possible CHD down the line.
Look forward to your next podcast eagerly

Dave and siobhan you are both awesome.