Posts Tagged ‘health’

You know how people say that animal fat and cholesterol is dangerous to your heart and vessels? Yeah, well thats nothing but a myth!

Cholesterol is a vital substance to your cells, it’s not a poison, and there’s no such thing as “good” or “bad” cholesterol. The idea that dietary saturated fats and cholesterol clog arteries and cause atherosclerosis (arteriosclerotic vascular disease or ASVD) and heart disease is false!

Here are some facts exposing the cholesterol myth.

  1. A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. But many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol level is high.
  2. Your body produces 3-4 times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat a little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the “prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few percent.
  3. There is evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. For instence, more than 20 studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.
  4. The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs, the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.
  5. The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnent women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

These facts have been around in scientific journals and books for decades so why weren’t we told?

If you would like to find out more about the cholesterol myths you should read the books of Uffe Ravnskov, he really did his homework on the subject.

Your friend in the wind.


Okay, so in my last post about cell phones I talked about some of the effects on the brain and how it may cause a tumor formation. This time I thought we should take our research southward, straight down to the pocket rocket.

Since most of the population has only been using cell phones and wi-fi heavily for about 10-15 years it’s hard to determine any long-term risks, such as 15-30 year cancer risks. Most studies that supposedly prove that carrying a cell phone in your pocket for hours a day is safe, have been funded by the telecom industry and have very low usage levels that they study.

“Most of the studies performed in the US that conclude no negative effect are funded either directly or indirectly (as with many IEEE studies) by cell phone manufacturers and carriers.  Does this prove malfeasance?  No, but it should raise a red flag.” – Tim Ferris from his book “the 4-hour body”.

He also performed tests on his own and this is where it gets interesting. He tested his sperm count and found out that they were very low, borderline problematic. To make sure it wasn’t a lab mistake he took the same test over and over again for a period of 12 months and the more tests he took, the lower the results. He then did a study where he wouldn’t keep his phone in the pocket. Instead he strapped it to his arm, kept it in his backpack or on the other side of the room when he was working at home. Since it takes an estimated 64 days for a human to produce sperm, he performed this study for 11 weeks (2 weeks to buffer).

The result of this is pretty interesting.

  • Ejaculate volume:  44% increase
  • Motile sperm per millilitre:  100% increase
  • Motile sperm per ejaculate:  185% increase

But if that wasn’t enough there were more than a handful of studies that showed significant decreases in serum testosterone in rats following even moderate exposure (30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks)

And that’s just 30 min per day, most of us use our phones for hours per day. Though these examples are directed towards guys, I wouldn’t count on that there’s no health risk for all the ladies out there. I don’t expect people to stop using their cell phones since it has become so damn important in our daily agenda. But things you can do to lower the risks are to keep the phone as far away from you as possible. Keep it at the edge of the table if you’re at a restaurant, carry it in your backpack or why not just strap it to your arm/leg.

Thats all for now people!

Your friend in the wind.


The number of cell phone users has increased rapidly over the last several years. As of 2010, there were more than 5 billion subscribers to cell phone service worldwide, according to BBC. This is an increase from 500 million users in 2000 and 4.6 billion users in 2009.

Most of us use our phones on a daily basis, why shouldn’t we?  It’s the fastest and most easy way to get in touch with whomever we want to get in touch with, whether it’s your boss,  your friend or perhaps your domestic pet. What you didn’t know is that cell phones emits radio waves, the same thing that heats up your food. When this occures, the heat-transfer from the phone into your head causes a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (the membrane that keeps toxins from getting into the brain). Cell phone use also slows down the DNA repair which is the most likely mechanism for tumor formation.

In Scandinavia, a study on 15,000 individuals was made which demonstrated that using a cell phone for only one hour per day, which is pretty standard, had some effects. Visual reaction time was prolonged,  the short-term memory was diminished and there was interference with both sleep rhythms and sex drive.
This is just the tip of the iceberg so there is alot more to learn and if you decide to do so you should check out Dr. Nick Begich, he is the leading authority in this field.

Don’t be afraid to question things and how they work!

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