Published: 4/11/2016
60 minutes

Carl Franklin and Richard Morris research the elusive cholesterol. Is it bad? Good? Why so much bickering? The results may surprise you. Also, Carl got his blood work results after 2 months on the ketogenic diet. There's great news. As far as potentially bad news, that's what was discussed. You guessed it. Cholesterol.


Richard referred to the units for fasting insulin being pico IU, but the correct unit is “microunits per milliliter” (mcU/ml or mIU/ml). Richard also mentioned that the Norwegian Hunt 2 study followed 5,000 individuals for 10 years, but it was actually 50,000 individuals for 10 years.

Note: Converting Cholesterol divide mg/dl by 38.67
Note: Converting Triglycerides divide mg/dl by 88.57

When first published on April 11, 2016, this show was linked to episode 8. If you find yourself here because of that, just re-download it. We fixed the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience.


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Conversion of units from mg/dl (US units) to mmol/l (Europe and Australia)

Kraft Insulin patterns and Carl's fasting Insulin

Accuracy of lab results (19% for Lipoproteins, 21% for HbA1c)

Keto forum on Reddit

Ketogenic diets as an adjuvant cancer therapy

Is the use of cholesterol in mortality risk algorithms in clinical guidelines valid? Ten years prospective data from the Norwegian HUNT 2 study

VIDEO: Malcolm Kendrick - The cholesterol hypothesis is wrong

Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease

Explanation for the Japanese paradox

Genes Causing High Cholesterol Are Less Common than Previously Thought

Richard's Statin Story

Low carb diet cholesterol

VIDEO: Dr Jeff Volek on how a low carb diet affects Cholesterol

VIDEO: Dr Stephen Phinney on how a low carb diet affects Cholesterol

The transient hypercholesterolemia of major weight loss

VIDEO: A/Prof. Ken Sikaris - 'Cholesterol - When to Worry'

Peter Attia - The straight dope on cholesterol

Effect of Intra-arterial Insulin on Tissue Cholesterol and Fatty Acids in Alloxan-Diabetic Dogs

Failure of the drug evacetrapib to change the rate of Heart Disease by lowering LDL and raising HDL

Zoë Harcombe - Worried about cholesterol and/or statins

Study finds cooking oils helping cut cholesterol do not lower heart disease risk

Benefits of switch from saturated fat to corn oil for longer life challenged

Study shows that use of statins increases risk of developing diabetes by 46%

The case of the missing data!

VIDEO: A/Prof. Ken Sikaris - Does LCHF Improve Your Blood Tests?

Richard's Recipe: Fennel Bulb Salad

Carl's Recipe: Keto Chocolate Mousse