So much for years of bad breath. From the Toronto Star: “Hugely popular garlic supplements do not pass the scientific smell test when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels, a study out of Stanford University says. One of the best-selling herbal medicines – and one that's been used for thousands of years to improve heart health – garlic has "zero" impact on human cholesterol levels, says the study, published yesterday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. […] The research involved 192 patients with moderately elevated LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels. Scientists found that neither raw garlic nor two popular derivatives of the pungent herb had any cholesterol reducing properties. […] [D]uring head-to-head competition, the garlic products actually fared a little worse as cholesterol reducers than the placebos. […] As well, he says, the study did not look at the potential role of garlic in preventing heart attacks or cancer, some of the other claims that have been made of the plant. However, none of those have been substantiated either with a definitive, human clinical trial.” But are 192 patients enough? Are 192 presumably American patients reliable? What American would endure the stink of garlic day after day, even for the sake of clinical trials? Superstitions are hardly ever forgivable. Garlic must be an exception. It’s the food of the gods. Unless… this study must have been sponsored by one of those cholesterol-medicine manufacturers, to whom a simpler, natural remedy would amount to a corporate heart attack.