Before the internet, the Medical Establishment held a monopoly on the information that was disseminated to the public. Most of the studies were funded by powerful groups who benefited greatly from the “findings” and “conclusions.” They were able to manipulate the scientific research to advance their interests.
There was no room for questioning the conventional wisdom in the field of health.
But today, information is widely shared thanks to the internet. Doctors, nutritionists, dieticians, and journalists now have a voice outside the small, sanitized narrative of conventional wisdom. Questions have been asked, unbiased research has been done, and what we thought we knew is now being flipped upside down.
Here are 7 widely accepted health myths that need to die, before we do.
- Myth 1: Cholesterol clogs your arteries and leads to Heart Disease
Cholesterol is one of the most important substances our body produces. It’s absolutely vital for our cellular function and nervous system, including the brain which holds 25% of the cholesterol found in our body. You need cholesterol to be a healthy YOU. And contrary to the medical establishment’s demonization of cholesterol, fresh studies (conducted outside of big Pharma’s control) are revealing that it’s sugar and transfats, not cholesterol, which leads to heart disease.
In fact, it’s been shown that people who have low cholesterol are more prone to develop heart disease than those whose cholesterol levels are higher. Why isn’t this national news?
75 percent of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol. These facts alone should have the whole medical community rethinking and reevaluating the conventional wisdom that they’re peddling.
Dr. Kummerow is 102 years old. He has spent 8 decades studying lipids, cholesterol, fats and heart disease. What he discovered and brought to light back in 1957 was the pesky fact that cholesterol isn’t the culprit for the buildup of plaque in the arteries. He came to the conclusion that the true enemy was trans fats, which are found in our industrialized processed foods. Dr. Kummerow found that “what hardens the arteries is not cholesterol but calcium, which is built into the endothelial cells under certain conditions, namely the consumption of industrial fats and oils, along with nutrient deficiencies.”
Dr. Rosedale, a nationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine, observed that:
Cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on Earth. In other words, there is no life on Earth that can live without cholesterol. That will automatically tell you that, in and of itself, it cannot be evil. In fact, it is one of our best friends. We would not be here without it. No wonder lowering cholesterol too much increases one’s risk of dying. Cholesterol is also a precursor to all of the steroid hormones. You cannot make estrogen, testosterone, cortisone, and a host of other vital hormones without cholesterol.”
- Myth 2: Saturated fat is bad for you
For decades we’ve been told that meat, dairy, and eggs are bad for us.
It started in 1950’s from a misguided (maybe devious) scientist named Ancel Keys. He insisted that saturated fat caused heart disease. It stuck. And contrary to an immense amount of evidence debunking this theory, the medical establishment still peddles it.
Since the 1970’s, this theory became the accepted narrative. Healthy butter was, unfortunately, replaced with processed low-fat margarine. Whole milk was stripped of its fat and replaced with sugar (skim milk). Food manufacturers stacked the shelves with non-fat foods. People thought they were healthy by making good, low-fat food decisions.
Unfortunately, this low-fat diet has resulted in skyrocketing obesity rates and hasn’t reduced the risk of heart attacks at all. In fact, countries like France, whose diet consists of higher saturated fats, have the least amount heart disease. In short, saturated fats are the building blocks for a healthy, strong body and mind.
- Myth 3: The government’s nutritional guidelines should be adhered to.
I always say that if you do everything opposite of what the government puts out, you’d be more likely on the right track. This is especially true when it comes to their nutritional guidelines. As Peter Whoriskey from the Washington Post points out regarding their encouragement for low fat, grain based diets:
In fact, research published in recent years indicates that the opposite might be true: millions might have been better off had they stuck with whole milk.
Scientists who tallied diet and health records for several thousand patients over ten years found, for example, that contrary to the government advice, people who consumed more milk fat had lower incidence of heart disease.
By warning people against full-fat dairy foods, the U.S. is “losing a huge opportunity for the prevention of disease,” said Marcia Otto, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas, and the lead author of large studies published in 2012 and 2013, which were funded by government and academic institutions, not the industry.
“What we have learned over the last decade is that certain foods that are high in fat seem to be beneficial.”
According to the CDC, the obesity rate has doubled since 1980. 9% of the population has diabetes. A half million of Americans will die of heart disease this year. The government’s recommendation that carbohydrates should make up most of our diet is not only flawed but fatal. It’s inflating the obesity rate and causing systematic inflammation in our bodies that leads to a plethora of health problems. It’s killing us.
- Myth 4: Intermittent Fasting (IF) is unhealthy and slows your metabolism.
WebMD and other conventional, mainstream medical outlets inform us “that most medical experts agree on one thing: fasting is not a healthy weight loss tool.”
But many studies debunk this misguided myth. As Dr. Mercola has pointed out, “Intermittent fasting is by far the most effective way I know of to shed unwanted fat and eliminate your sugar cravings. Since most of us are carrying excess fat we just can’t seem to burn, this is a really important benefit. When sugar is not needed as a primary fuel, your body will also not crave it as much when your sugar stores run low.”
In short, (IF) has been shown to reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, reduce inflammation and improve heart function with age. There’s also promising evidence that (IF) might even prevent cancer. In short, to add (IF) into your weekly habits will help you live a longer, healthy life. (Click here to check out the 16:8 model I use)
- Myth 5: Jogging is effective for fat loss.
Of course, any kind of movement for people who don’t usually move is a benefit for their health. This includes walking or jogging or even jumping jacks for that matter. But people who are serious about weight loss might want to reconsider “jogging” as the way. According to Chris Shugart, a fitness writer over at Tnation.com, a recent study consisting of 12,568 runners were tracked for 9 years:
“The majority of the runners gained body fat and increase waist circumference during that time period, even if they never quit running. Especially the men.
The runners who gained the most fat around their waists were the ones who decreased their mileage, mainly due to the inevitable running injuries. But get this: even runners who maintained or mildly increased their mileage got fatter.
The only runners who didn’t get fatter were the ones who significantly increased their mileage, most by 3 times as much running per week.
In other words, unless you get to near-marathoner level, running makes you fatter as you age. And if you ever have to quit or cut back due to life’s demands or injury, your endurance-exercise adapted body will quickly pack on body fat and your waist size will dramatically increase.
Think Conditioning, Not Cardio
If running is your sport, then this isn’t for you. You’ve chosen your sport, and you probably don’t care how it makes you look and you probably don’t care about being strong or building muscle. But if you’re a regular person who suffers from the myopic belief that “you gotta do cardio to lose fat” then I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. The more cardio you “have” to do, the shittier your diet probably is. With the right food and supplements, weight training is all you need. And yes, studies have also shown that weight training-only is just as beneficial to heart health as endurance work, provided you don’t do 12 sets of dicking with your iPhone every workout.
- Myth 6: Lifting heavy weights will make you bulky.
Many people, especially women, shy away from lifting heavy weights because they’re afraid of getting too bulky.
Or the modern male who avoids the squat rack like the plague because he thinks his legs will bulk up too much for his trendy skinny jeans.
This is nonsense. When you lift something heavy over a period of time you don’t get bulky, you get stronger and muscles become harder. When you have more muscle you burn more calories throughout the day. Lifting makes you look slim and feel strong. How bulky you get depends solely on how you eat. If you’re lifting a lot, eating an extreme amount of calories, taking supplements and injecting testosterone in your ass, you’re gonna get ‘swole’. But if you eat clean and lift heavy, you’ll lean out while tightening up your body.
Besides making you look good, lifting heavy has a plethora of other health benefits. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep and reduces anxiety/depression. Also, recent studies have shown that the more muscle you have the longer you’ll likely live.
Choose to be strong. As the legendary strength coach, Mark Rippetoe, recently wrote: “Strength is a fundamental aspect of being an effectively-alive human being. People who are strong have bigger muscles, denser bones, and more enjoyable and longer lives than weaker people, because the process of becoming and staying strong has these positive effects on the human body.”
(Stronglifts 5×5 is a great weightlifting routine to get started towards a stronger you.)
- Myth 7: Whole grains are healthy and should be part of a balanced diet.
Certainly, there is a financial incentive for Big Agra and the federal government to keep the deadly narrative of “whole grains are good for you” alive. But in truth, grain-based foods are likely the cause of the many health problems we see across the country. Grains, when consumed, causes an intense insulin spike making it very difficult for our bodies to attain hormonal balance. This causes inflammation, joint pain and it keeps the body in “fat storage mode” rather than “fat release mode.” As Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, has written:
The bottom line is this: grains = carbs. Unnecessary at best, but flat out unhealthy at worst, they’re not the wholesome staples they’re made out to be. Talk about double taxation: Our bodies pay for what our trusty government subsidizes Big Agra for. The best – really the only way – to achieve a low carb, whole foods diet is to ditch the grains. (Your body will be better off without inflammation, the insulin roller coaster, not to mention the constant onslaught of creepy gluten and lectins.) A diet very low or entirely without grains (low-carb) has been shown to decrease risk for problems associated with diabetes, to lower blood pressure, alleviate heartburn symptoms, and shed abdominal fat.
It’s a new year, let’s shed these health myths, do our own research and live life so well that death will tremble to take us.
Get out in the sunshine, get plenty of vitamin D, sprint barefoot in open fields, lift heavy weights often, carry heavy things long distances, eat grass-fed beef, drink more water, eliminate sugar, take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar before bed, and get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
Less TV, more books.
Less consuming, more producing.
Less complaining, more doing.
If you do these things consistently, you’ll feel exceptionally alive, body and mind.
This year is your year. Do it!
Article: Why Doctors Finally Called A Truce On Cholesterol in Food
Book: Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About IT
Book: Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers
Book: The New Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy