Common wisdom, encouraged by pharmaceutical companies with a financial interest in the matter, invariably blames cholesterol and saturated fats for everything from heart disease to stroke. Distilling 50 years of research on the subject, and citing studies largely ignored by the mainstream, "Fats Are Good for You and Other Secrets" offers a provocative challenge to this idea. Author Jon Kabara begins by revealing the surprisingly varied roles played by fats and cholesterol in the body — as a source of all sex hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids, and a necessary factor in digestion and the formation of cell membranes. The author describes the powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects of fats and their positive influence on oral health. He examines the relationship of dietary fat to the immune system and the role it plays in cancer, and continues with a detailed look at how plaque buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis) begins and how inflammation and infection, rather than fat and cholesterol, cause its development. Kabara's sensible, science-based advocacy for understanding the health benefits of moderate cholesterol and "medium-chain" fats, and the true causes of diseases linked to them, makes this book both important and timely.
After almost a hundred years, the cholesterol-heart disease hypothesis has failed to lead to better health and reduced heart disease. In this book, the author argues that cholesterol is undoubtedly associated with the formation of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis), but not as a cause but rather as a healing response to vessel damage. The opening chapters of the book discuss the various roles played by fats and cholesterol in the body, with particular emphasis on their antimicrobial and antiviral effects, and their positive influence on oral health. Systematically, the author examines the relationship of dietary fat to the immune system, and the role it plays in cancer. He then discusses the theories of how the buildup of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis) begins, and how inflammation and infection are implicated in its development - thus debunking the cholesterol-heart disease hypothesis.While much of the information presented here comes from the author's own work, much of it has been published in scientific journals and books for decades but is rarely made available to the public. The author argues that the reason why laymen, doctors, and most scientists have been misled into believing the cholesterol-heart disease hypothesis is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.
Jon J. Kabara is an emeritus professor at Michigan State University (MSU), where he helped establish the College of Osteopathic Medicine. A consultant to industry and government, he has been granted more than 16 U.S. and foreign patents. He lives in Lakewood Ranch, FL.
"Dr. Jon Kabara knows and tells the truth in this book about the biomechanics of life. It's well worth a read and a re-read." --John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, and founder of the Upledger Institute, Inc. Dr. Kabara's book is easy to read and provides thought-provoking information of interest for both medical professionals and consumers who want to learn more about the role of dietary fat in maintaining/improving their health." --Donald Orth, PhD, Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati
"This is a must-read book if you are in research, in clinical medicine, or if you simply want to have a more solid grasp about fats, as a basis for making the right choices on what best to eat." --Verm n M. Verallo-Rowell, MD, Chairman and Program Director, VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics
"Fats are Good for You and Other Secrets: How Saturated Fat and Cholestorol Actually Benefit the Body by Jon J. Kabara argues that these substances are essential to optimal body functioning." --Publishers Weekly