Low cholesterol and resistance to authority by adults

Low cholesterol levels have many effects on the brain. As well as conditions like depression and suicides, low blood cholesterol is also associated with aggression and antisocial behaviour. Typically, people whose cholesterol was 'healthily' below 193mg/dL (5.04 mmol/L) were significantly more antisocial compared to others whose cholesterol was above 231mg/dL (6.02 mmol/L).[1] And mental patients with blood cholesterol around 290mg/dL (7.55 mmol/L) were less regressed and withdrawn than those whose cholesterol levels were around 185mg/dl (4.80 mmol/L).

Dr Jan Kwasniewski has treated patients with low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets for over 30 years.

A few years ago, one of the speakers at a meeting of Dr Kwasniewski's followers was a reformed criminal who had spent most of his life either 'borrowing from' or 'paying back' society. The man's story was fascinating because he described an amazing transformation of a group of prisoners, including himself, who decided to adopt the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet as devised by Dr Kwasniewski. The group paid for the necessary food out of their own pocket money, and did so against the wishes of prison staff.

He told how most of the inmates following this diet for few months or more showed markedly reduced tendency to violence and reported a change in their general view on the world, in particular in terms of their plans after their release.

The prison staff noted also the change in the inmates' behaviour. The prison director, together with Dr Kwasniewski, proposed to the ministry of internal affairs of Poland that a larger dietary trial be run in the prison to test what had been 'anecdotally' observed in this small group.

Their request was refused! Mustn't do anything that contravenes accepted dogma — even if it works!


1. Engleberg H. Low serum cholesterol and suicide. Lancet 1992; 339: 727-9.
2. Jan Kwasniewski, MD, PhD. Personal communication.

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Last updated: December 9, 2011