Cholesterol and the confusion between cause and correlation  

your say January 23, 2019 01:00

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Re: “My study’s better than yours”, Have Your Say, yesterday.



Diane Cornelius cites the recent study published in the Lancet and imagines it is more convincing than the study referred to by Robin Grant because that study did not prove causation. Unfortunately Diane failed to notice that the Lancet study also only demonstrated correlation and not causation.

Furthermore Diane imagines cholesterol causes “cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, bowel and other cancers”. Actually it doesn’t Diane, look it up. In fact cholesterol is a healthy dietary option which contributes to hormonal stasis and a vigorous immune response.

I have practised a vegetarian diet for more than four decades and my bias leans toward reality not imagination. The reality is that all of the dietary strategies being advocated in this column are flawed. Why? Because those who practise them know far too little, which makes them nothing more than an ongoing experiment. Although it is a useful experiment, it is far from conclusive.

Michael Setter

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