Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

By | August 17, 2019

“Over the past few years, it has become increasing clear that inflammation is at the root of atherosclerosis (heart disease and stroke) and its complications.” say evidence from the American Heart Association’s Circulation Journal in Part 1 of a 2-part article said, October 28, 2003.

If you find this difficult to believe, check out more evidence here. 

Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease: What Does Evidence Say?

FIRST Medical Evidence

8 Ways Chronic Inflammation Affects the Body

In 2018 Jan 23, the US National Library of Medicine published evidence from the Oncotarget Open Access Impact Journal which said:

“Inflammation is a biological response of the immune system that can be triggered by a variety of factors, including pathogens (harmful bugs), damaged cells, and toxic compounds. These factors may induce acute (sudden), and/ or chronic (unresolved) inflammatory responses in the heart, pancreas, liver, kidney, lung, brain, intestinal tract, and reproductive system leading to damage or disease.”


This means inflammation is a natural response of your immune system. It can be triggered by many things which include: bacteria, fungi, bugs, cut or hurt parts of the body, toxic substances, and too much fructose, refined carbohydrates, and omega-6 vegetable seed oils in the diet. When acute inflammation is unable to be healed by the body’s immune system, and is suppressed by anti-inflammatory medical drugs, this becomes chronic inflammation or unresolved inflammation. Read ‘What is inflammation in the body’ to help you understand this vital process that happens inside your body.

Evidence in 2018 from the US National Library of Medicine says that chronic inflammation triggers happen inside the organs of your body. Here is their list of 8 organs:

  1. Inside your heart
  2. Inside your pancreas
  3. Inside your liver
  4. Inside your kidneys
  5. Inside your lung
  6. Inside your brain
  7. Inside your intestinal tract
  8. Inside your sex and reproductive organs

Unresolved chronic inflammation starts as very small damage that is so small, that is can only be seen under a powerful microscope. It starts when your immune system is unable to fix acute inflammation. This becomes systemic body-wide chronic inflammation.

Cholesterol is made by your body from all the food you eat and has many essential functions in your body. Evidence shows that low cholesterol levels harm the quality of your health, and can cause early death by making your body lose its internal strength and resistance.

6 More Medical References Provide the Truth: Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

SECOND Medical Evidence

Chronic inflammation (in blood vessel walls) is the common link in the development of hypertension (high blood pressure) in the elderly, said the American Journal of Hypertension way back in 2003.

THIRD Medical Evidence

High blood pressure (hypotension) is linked to arterial stiffness. This is often called hardening of your arteries. Evidence found inflammation may play a role in the progression of your arteries getting harder and less flexible. This was reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association in 2017.

 FORTH Medical Evidence

Compelling evidence suggests that high blood pressure is a chronic inflammatory disease, which is linked to the development of heart disease said the US National Library of Medicine in December 2017

 FIFTH Medical Evidence

High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most important contributors to atherosclerosis (heart disease and strokes) development in your body. This means that when your blood pressure goes up, your body is warning you that chronic inflammation is silently damaging your blood vessel walls everywhere, inside your body. Blood pressure medication forces your blood pressure down, but cannot heal or prevent the damage that chronic inflammation is continually doing to your artery and capillary walls (blood vessels) said the US National Library of Medicine in 2014.

 SIXTH Medical Evidence

“Saturated fat does not clog arteries: heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition which can be effectively reduced by lifestyle interventions” said The British Journal of Sports Medicine.

This means inflammation not cholesterol causes heart disease.

The 3 cardiologists who presented this research to the public, in The British Journal of Sports Medicine are:

For the ‘nerds’ among you, this is what the 3 cardiologists found:

“Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systemic review and meta=analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and:

  1. all-cause mortality,
  2. coronary heart disease (CHD),
  3. CHD mortality,
  4. ischemic stroke or,
  5. type-2 diabetes in healthy adults.

“Similarly in the secondary prevention of CHD, there is no benefit from, including saturated fat, on myocardial infarction, cardiovascular or all-cause mortality. It is instructive to note that an angiographic study of postmenopausal women with CHD, greater intake of saturated fat was associated with less progression of atherosclerosis whereas carbohydrate and polyunsaturated fat intake were associated with greater progression.”

“Fundamental problems when 90 % of C-sections are unnecessary; 80% of stents are inappropriate; 30% of people with cancer get the wrong treatment, we need a change in the culture of medicine and to move away from the perverse incentives (unintended consequences) of fee-for-service.”

Do industries profit goals get in the way of the best outcome for your health?

Why are your cholesterol levels still tested by most doctors, when it is very clearly indicated that inflammation and not cholesterol causes heart disease?

LOOK at what the American Heart Association’s Circulation Journal in Part 1 of a 2-part article said, October 28, 2003:

“Over the past few years, it has become increasing clear that inflammation is at the root of atherosclerosis (heart disease and stroke) and its complications”

Does this 2003 quote from the American Heart Association say “it has become increasing clear that inflammation is at the root of heart disease?

What is your understanding when the term, inflammation is used?

Do you reach for, and use anti-inflammation pills and cream?

Why are these vital findings hidden from us all?

Conclusion: Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

Are you convinced by the medical evidence here, that inflammation, not cholesterol causes heart disease?

OR, has the medical industries propaganda infiltrated your brain so much, that you believe everything they say is the truth?

NOW, I want to hear from you. WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Citizen Science by RJ








8 thoughts on “Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

  1. Spence

    Very nice post. I am actually on the fence here and have been for a while now. I am a scientist and work at big pharm company. I have worked with varieties of cholesterol lowering medicines for years now. I myself happen to be taking cholesterol lowering medicine and I still question the necessity of it. High cholesterol runs in my family. My great grand father, grand father, and father have all had by pass surgery. I have had borderline high cholesterol for years, starting in my 20’s. Genetic?? So I agreed to start on a statin to control it (very low dose). But I have read all the research arguing both sides. And you have stated a lot of it right here in your post,, the inflammation side. You make a bold statement saying it’s one way or the other. But I have to say, I have always leaned towards the inflammation side myself and wondering if I’m taking a statin med for no reason. Nice article!

    1. RJ

      Hello Spence,
      This is an excellent comment.
      What is your diet like?
      The DANGERS & WAYS your body’s metabolism processes glucose and fructose are not explained by the conventional government nutritional websites.
      STEP 3.1: in ‘Natural Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan in 6 Steps’ explains a list of 5 things you need to know about the carbohydrate sugar, fructose.
      STEP 3.2: in ‘Natural Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan in 6 Steps’ explains what excess refined carbohydrates are, plus how you can identify them.

      Citizen Science by RJ

  2. Kat

    I love this article. Once again you have explained the need for shifting how we look at cholesterol instead of blaming cholesterol as being the cause of so many health concerns. I try to share within my circle that it’s not cholesterol that causes heart disease, but inflammation. I’m going to have to print this article out and refer everyone to learn more about what inflammation does to the body and how it impacts us. Too many people ignore this, or simply don’t know what it is, as well as don’t know what they need to change to reduce the inflammation. Thanks heaps for sharing. You can explain it all so well, everyone needs to read your blog 🙂

    1. RJ

      Thanks Kat,
      Yes please do share this. I really like your positive comments, they make my heart sing.
      My site is gradually building a resource which I will soon be able to link a START HERE page.
      Great things take time Kat.

      Citizen Science by RJ

  3. Nate

    There are so many medical studies out these days its is very hard to get to the real causes of many chronic illnesses. I love to read the studies and continue to research using what I have learned as a medical professional.

    At the end of the day for me it comes down to living the best and healthiest lifestyle I can based on what has proven to work which is exercise and eating healthy. I then leave everything else to the specialists in their field of work but studies like this definitely help me to make an informed decision for me and others.

    1. RJ

      Hey Nate,
      WHAT IS HEALTHY EATING TO YOU? – Do you think that you can out exercise the inflammation triggering foods and beverages in your diet?
      Cholesterol Detectives will always be controversial – But will strive to share vital hidden medical evidence and facts about ‘Conventional Food Policies’ and the Profit driven Businesses that of Pharmaceutical Medical Health Care own and drive.
      I find it reassuring that you consider my evidence – Brilliant


  4. Jesse Lee

    You have provided a ton of evidence in this post!
    I have heard so much about how high levels of cholesterol can be unhealthy but did not think about inflammation could be a more deadly problem for the body.
    I will certainly be researching more about this topic now and I am happy that you posted this information here.
    Thank you for the excellent post!

    1. RJ Post author

      Hey Jesse Lee,
      It is good to know this information is going to encourage you do do some personal self-empowering research.
      And YES it is inflammation not cholesterol that cause heart disease.



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