Cholesterol lowering, sudden cardiac death and mortality. De Lorgeril M, Salen P. Laboratoire TIMC IMAG CNRS UMR 5525, Groupe PRETA Coeur et Nutrition, Faculte de Medecine, La Tronche (Grenoble), France. Sudden cardiac death is the main cause of cardiac mortality. Is blood cholesterol a determinant of sudden cardiac death? Does cholesterol lowering result in fewer sudden cardiac deaths? Answering these two questions may shed a new light on the epidemiology of coronary heart disease and on prevention options. In fact, careful analysis of the available data, including randomised trials, indicates that, contrary to a widespread opinion, cholesterol lowering does not appear to be a very effective way of reducing cardiac and overall mortality in the general population. Cholesterol does not cause coronary heart disease in contrast to stress. Rosch PJ. Department of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA. The belief that coronary atherosclerosis is due to high cholesterol from increased saturated fat intake originated from experiments in herbivorous animals. It was reinforced by reports allegedly demonstrating this sequence of events in various populations but ignoring contradictory data. The idea has been perpetuated by powerful forces using similar tactics to preserve the profit and the reputations of those who promote this doctrine. Opponents find it difficult to publish their scientifically supported opinions. The advent of statins has further fuelled this fallacious lipid hypothesis, despite compelling evidence that their effect is not due to cholesterol lowering and that serious side effects have been suppressed and alleged benefits have been hyped. The adverse effects of the cholesterol campaign on health, quality of life, the economy and medical research are inestimable. It is imperative that public health officials, physicians and patients are apprised of proof that it is misguided, malicious and malignant. Although brief summaries thought they would be appreciated, I have been doing Paleo for a few months and recently started IF and found this. Makes me more confident in having my coconut milk.