So, what this is saying is that in patients at risk of heart attack, corn oil lowered cholesterol, but increased the risk of heart attack! The authors obviously conclude that corn oil cannot be used to treat those at risk of heart attack. Another thing that might surprise you about this paper - it was published in 1965.
Study #2. A Paleolithic diet decreases cardiovascular risk factors. This summary is taken from the abstract of the paper (again, you can access the entire paper here): In a randomized cross-over study (this means that everyone in the study tried both diets, but some tried one diet first and others tried the second diet first), 13 patients with type 2 diabetes, 3 women and 10 men, were instructed to eat a Paleolithic diet based on lean meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, root vegetables, eggs and nuts; and a Diabetes diet designed in accordance with dietary guidelines during two consecutive 3-month periods. Compared to the diabetes diet, the Paleolithic diet resulted in lower mean values of HbA1c (-0.4% units, p = 0.01), triacylglycerol (-0.4 mmol/L, p = 0.003), diastolic blood pressure (-4 mmHg, p = 0.03), weight (-3 kg, p = 0.01), BMI (-1 kg/m2, p = 0.04) and waist circumference (-4 cm, p = 0.02), and higher mean values of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (+0.08 mmol/L, p = 0.03).
The authors conclude, “Over a 3-month study period, a Paleolithic diet improved glycemic control and several cardiovascular risk factors compared to a Diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes.”
So, Lipitor is now off patent. If you or someone you know takes Lipitor, you might think about assessing how much of the oil that you (or they) eat comes from sources (corn, vegetable, canola, peanut) that we have known to be toxic since 1965. In contrast, how much of the oil and fat that you (or they) eat comes from sources such as oily fish, coconut, and grass-fed meats? Just think about how many millions of Americans might be able to improve their health and their lives by using this information to change their diets.
Now that has blockbuster written all over it.