Diet and heart disease – again!

“teleoanalysis provides the answer to questions that would be obtained from studies that have not been done.” Wow!

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

April 25th 2019

Thank you to those of you enquiring after my health. I have had a horrible cough and cold and proper ‘man flu’ for the last couple of weeks, now settling. Before that, skiing, before that lecturing. But enough about me.

Over the last few weeks I have watched a flurry of activity from all directions, as the attacks on red meat and saturated fat intensify. Walter Willett must be writing up a new research paper every five minutes, such is the wealth of material he has cascaded down upon a grateful world in recent weeks (I suspect others may be doing much of the heavy lifting on his behalf).

It also seems that the Lancet has given up any pretence of being an objective seeker of the truth. Instead, the Lancet appears to have become a mouthpiece for the vegan movement. Here is what the Lancet has…

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Brexit And The Next War In Western Europe

cliffordmillerlaw

I discuss some of the conditions under which the next war in Europe may arise and whether a European Army will facilitate a power-grab in the EU by a totalitarian EU Government. This is in an abriged comment I posted on a discussion on ResearchGate:

Has the EU’s Illegal conduct of the Brexit negotiations made the Withdrawal Agreement invalid before it is even signed?

25 minutes ago Clifford Miller Added a reply

Hi Harish,

Thanks for your thoughts.

Yesterday I met with some Hungarian friends who are visiting London with their two primary school age children.

We discussed the EU. We have common concerns. None of them are about the gradual slipping of anything by any country. And the UK remains rated the fifth largest economy in the world, although I am very pleased to see India’s success and development along with the long needed development of many countries including…

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Cholesterol Games

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

3rd March 2019

Mahatma Gandhi. ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’

A few days ago, the health editor of the Daily Mail wrote to me [and Zoe Harcombe and Aseem Malhotra]. I was informed that the Mail on Sunday was gong to attack us for daring to question the cholesterol hypothesis and the benefits of statins.

Below is the e-mail I received.

From: Barney Calman
Sent: 28 February 2019 16:53
To: malcolmken
Subject: MOS/Right to reply

Dear Dr Kendrick – The Mail on Sunday plans to publish an article this weekend on growing concerns about claims you and a number of other individuals have publicly made about statins, the role of cholesterol in heart disease, and the allegations that researchers into the drugs are financially conflicted due to payments made to the organisations they work for, and so the evidence they provide about the effectiveness of these…

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What causes heart disease part XL (part forty)

Pity most NHS doctors roll their eyes heavenwards when patients produce 24 hour cortisol results.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

27th October 2017

As readers of this blog will know, for many years I have pursued the idea that ‘stress’ was the primary cause of cardiovascular disease. Actually, it is strain. Stress is the force applied, strain is the effect that stress produces. For the sake of simplicity, I will just use the word stress.

This journey started when I began to take an interest in the rate of heart disease death in Scotland and France. Being Scottish born and bred, (OK, my father was English, but I forgive him) I felt I knew a bit about the lifestyle of the average Scot, aye Jimmy.

I had also travelled to France many times, so I felt I knew a bit about the French as well. The other reason for looking at France and Scotland was that, in my formative years, Scotland had one of the highest rates of heart disease…

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What causes heart disease part XVIII

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

Viagra

For those who have read my endless series of blogs on cardiovascular disease, you may know exactly where I am going at this point.

Some time ago, Pfizer were developing a drug to treat angina. It blocked an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type-5. [Although I believe that its exact mechanism of action was not known at first]. To put it another way, this drug was a phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitor (PDE5i).

The moment Pfizer found out what enzyme this drug blocked, they tried to patent the pathway that blocked this enzyme. Pharmaceutical companies trying to patent biological pathways. Perhaps I should try to patent the Krebs cycle, and charge everyone on the planet for having such a thing. Kerchingggg!

‘The U.S. patent office appears to have granted Pfizer a patent covering any drug that blocks this enzyme, meaning that it can sue all of its potential competitors.’1

Luckily, this…

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