Philosophical Society of Washington

The Seventy-First Joseph Henry Lecture:

The Cholesterol Myths

Uffe Ravnskov
Independent Researcher

2147th Meeting Abstract
Friday, May 17, 2002 at 8:30 PM


Conventional wisdom says that animal fat and high cholesterol are the most important causes of cardiovascular disease. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, this hypothesis, the diet-heart idea, has been disproved by an enormous amount of scientific studies. Yet, its supporters maintain the idea by ignoring or misquoting all contradictory evidence and by defying the rules of logic, the most important instrument of science.

About the Author:

Born 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Graduated 1961 from the University of Copenhagen with an M.D. Received a Ph.D. in 1973 at the University of Lund. From 1961-1967 held various appointments at surgical, roentgenological, neurological, pediatric and medical departments in Denmark and Sweden. 1968-79 various appointments at the Department of Nephrology, and the Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden; 1975-79 as an assistant professor at the Department of Nephrology. 1979-2000 a private practitioner. Since 1979 an independent researcher. A specialist in internal medicine and nephrology. Honoured by the Skrabanek Award 1998.

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