Thumbs up for The Cholesterol Myth by Uffe Ravnskov, MD. Science/nature.
Perhaps the fact that my dad gave me a copy of How to Lie With Statistics at a tender age explains why I laughed when reading this book, which is definitely not funny. While technically about cholesterol, it is in fact a brilliant explication of all the ways people lie with statistics. I wish I could get everyone to read it, especially those whose doctors have told them that their cholesterol is “too high” – but I don’t kid myself. Strictly for the geeks, folks (you know who you are). I believe Ravnskov has another book for the rest of you, which I would consider significantly cheaper and safer than taking medication for your cholesterol – whether you like statistics or not.
“This book is written for people who can think for themselves. And if you find that something I have written seems too incredible, please consult the references. Then go to a university library and read the original papers yourself. By doing this systematically, as I have done, you will not only see that I am correct, but you will also learn more about cholesterol and the heart than most researchers have. Judging from their papers, many of those researchers seem to have read only reviews, and reviews written by the proponents are notoriously unreliable. In the chapters to follow, I shall give you many examples of misquotations from such reviews.”
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