Does LDL cause heart disease? With Ivor Cummins

Ivor Cummins BE(Chem) CEng MIEI PMP completed a Biochemical Engineering degree in 1990. He has since spent over 25 years in corporate technical leadership and management positions. His career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity. 

Since 2012 Ivor has been intensively researching the root causes of modern chronic disease. A particular focus has been on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. He shares his research insights at public speaking engagements around the world, revealing the key nutritional and lifestyle interventions which will deliver excellent health and personal productivity. He has recently presented on heart disease primary root causes at the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR). He has also debated Irish Professors of Medicine on stage, at the annual conference of the Irish National Institute of Preventative Cardiology (NIPC).

Ivor’s 2018 book “Eat Rich, Live Long” (co-authored with preventative medicine expert Jeffry Gerber MD, FAAFP), details the conclusions of their shared research:

His public lectures and interviews are available on YouTube, where he has 60,000 subscribers and 5 million views have been recorded to date:   

Most of Ivor’s material is readily accessible via his rapidly growing website:

Ivor is currently the Chief Program Officer and for Irish Heart Disease Awareness:

Ivor lives in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife and five children.


Time Stamps:

13:19 Start of the Podcast 

14:24 Ivor’s background in cholesterol research.

18:14 Lab work/lipid panels.

21:04 Triglyceride/HDL ratio.

22:58 hsCRP and fasting insulin.

24:49 Ivor’s ferritin levels.

25:12 Ivor’s dietary changes.

29:34 Hypertension as criteria for metabolic syndrome. 

32:23 How did Ivor’s ferritin change ?

34:19 Iron overload on the carnivore diet.

39:19 LDL.

50:09 If LDL was enough to initiate atherosclerosis why do we not see atherosclerosis in veins?

51:59.Artery wall damage.

1:00::29 Glycocalyx.

1:03::48 Oxidized LDL.

1:05::29 Saturated fat and oxidized LDL.

1:08::19 APOE4 and insulin resistance.

1:11:49 Is fat in dairy inflammatory ?

1:17:09 The problem with combining carbohydrates and fat.

1:23:09 Refined fats.

1:27:34 Study on decreased saturated fat intake and increased polyunsaturated fat intake correlation with Lpa and oxidized LDL levels.

1:35:19 Should we be consuming a low linoleic acid diet?

1:38:44 Do humans need high amounts of Omega 3?

1:45:39 Omega 7

1:50:59 The negative effects of soybean oil.

1:51:49 Where to find Ivor’s work.

1:56:49 The most radical thing Ivor has done recently.