Nov 8, 2022
What does history teach us about the controversy over cholesterol? Plus: we look at the zombie myth that soccer players are dying from the COVID-19 vaccine, and we dissect a new clinical trial of colonoscopies that reports disappointing results and compare it to Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s enthusiasm for the procedure itself!
(1:50) Cholesterol: conflicting animal studies at the beginning of the 1900s
(9:28) Cholesterol: observational studies of high-fat diets in humans, randomized trials on low-animal-fat diets, drug trials
(27:19) Soccer players kicking the bucket? Not so much
(37:47) Colonoscopies: screening recommendations, alternatives to colonoscopies, latest trial
* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris
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Anybody interested in an in-depth review of the history of cholesterol research can read the series of articles by Daniel Steinberg published in the Journal of Lipid Research
Some specific references:
The Seven Countries study is a source of particular controversy:
A review of the Seven Countries Study controversy
And a paper written by several researchers trying to dispel some of the myths surrounding it
Cochrane review of statins to prevent dementia
The video of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sXkIUZEWIo
The trial of colonoscopies: https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa2208375
Vinay Prasad’s commentary: https://sensiblemed.substack.com/p/screening-colonoscopy-misses-the
New England Journal of Medicine accompanying editorial: https://www-nejm-org.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/doi/pdf/10.1056%2FNEJMe2211595
1) Our episode on infertility: https://bodyofevidence.ca/062-infertility-and-rna-vaccines
2) Our interview on ivermectin: https://bodyofevidence.ca/interview-jack-lawrence-and-gid-m-k-on-ivermectin
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