We've been fed an enormous lie, with devastating consequences, when it comes to heart disease and cholesterol.
This is what we are told, over and over again: High levels of cholesterol clog arteries and lead to heart attacks. Lower the cholesterol, and you
won't get a heart attack. Sounds simple enough, right? They complicate it up a bit with the idea that there is "bad" cholesterol (LDL, or low
density lipoprotein), and "good" cholesterol (HDL, or high density lipoprotein). They recommend a diet low in saturated fat and high in grains,
veggies and fruit to raise the HDL and lower the LDL. Triglycerides are thrown in the mix as well.
They tell us to take statins to lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks. There has even been talk of dumping statins into our municipal water
supplies to "protect us all". Although statins have a slew of side effects, they still claim it's worth the risk.
Let's examine what the function of cholesterol is in our bodies:
Repairing cells: Cholesterol is essential in the formation of new cells and in the repair of worn out cells or injured cells as it is an important
component of the cell membrane. Thus cholesterol can rightly be called the building block for bodily tissues.*
Brain function: Cholesterol has a very critical role to play in the nervous system. Treating the neurons with a 10 mcg/mL solution of cholesterol
increased synapse formation by 12 times and thus improved learning and memory.**
Manufacture of Vitamin D: Cholesterol is the precursor of Vitamin D. Sunlight converts cholesterol to vitamin D which is essential for calcium
metabolism, blood sugar regulation, improving immunity and cancer prevention. Most foods that are cholesterol dense are also good sources of vitamin D
– e.g. meat, poultry, egg etc.
Hormone Synthesis: Cholesterol helps in the synthesis of most steroid hormones. Cholesterol is the precursor of pregnenolone. Pregnenolone can either
be converted to progesterone or testosterone (sex hormones). It also helps in the formation of glucocorticoids (help in blood sugar regulation) and
mineralocorticoids (fluid balance and blood pressure regulation)*
Bile production: Body uses cholesterol for synthesis of bile which emulsifies fat. Liver helps in the conversion of cholesterol to bile acid. Higher
the cholesterol to cholic acid ratio faster is the production of bile acids.**
Antioxidant: HDL cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant. It scavenges free radicals and prevent oxidative damage in the system. Thus, reduces the
incidence of metabolic syndrome.
So, it is obvious that cholesterol has some very important functions when it comes to our good health. So why is it considered a villain to be
Here are some facts, courtesy of Mark Hyman, MD:
• If you lower bad cholesterol (LDL) but have a low HDL (good cholesterol) there is no benefit to statins. (i)
• If you lower bad cholesterol (LDL) but don't reduce inflammation (marked by a test called C-reactive protein), there is no benefit to statins.
• If you are a healthy woman with high cholesterol, there is no proof that taking statins reduces your risk of heart attack or death. (iii)
• If you are a man or a woman over 69 years old with high cholesterol, there is no proof that taking statins reduces your risk of heart attack or
• Aggressive cholesterol treatment with two medications (Zocor and Zetia) lowered cholesterol much more than one drug alone, but led to more plaque
build up in the arties and no fewer heart attacks. (v)
• 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol
• Older patients with lower cholesterol have higher risks of death than those with higher cholesterol. (vi)
• Countries with higher average cholesterol than Americans such as the Swiss or Spanish have less heart disease.
• Recent evidence shows that it is likely statins' ability to lower inflammation is what accounts for the benefits of statins, not their ability to
According to this doctor (and many others), the true culprit behind the rampant heart disease phenomenon is INFLAMMATION!
coronary artery disease, by inflaming the arteries. Over time, the inside of the arteries become scarred-up, causing the cholesterol to stick to the
artery wall, eventually blocking them. Inflammation in western cultures is most commonly caused by....wait for it....SUGAR.
One of the biggest cholesterol myths out there has to do with dietary fat. Although most of us have been taught that a high-fat diet causes
cholesterol problems, this isn't entirely true. Here's why: The type of fat that you eat is more important than the amount of fat. Trans fats or
hydrogenated fats and saturated fats promote abnormal cholesterol, whereas omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats actually improve the type and
quantity of the cholesterol your body produces.
In reality, the biggest source of abnormal cholesterol is not fat at all -- it's sugar. The sugar you consume converts to fat in your body. And the
worst culprit of all is high fructose corn syrup.
Consumption of high fructose corn syrup, which is present in sodas, many juices, and most processed foods, is the primary nutritional cause of most of
the cholesterol issues we doctors see in our patients.
Here is why I believe there is a "soft kill" conspiracy happening. I did research all afternoon, and I couldn't find one single credible source which
says that cholesterol is directly and solely responsible for heart disease. I believe that high cholesterol is a sign that our bodies are feeling
under attack. Cholesterol manufactures vitamin D, which is an important vitamin for our immune systems. Blaming cholesterol for heart disease is
like blaming firemen when they show up to fight a fire. Also makes you wonder why they don't want even children in the sunshine without sunscreen, as
sunshine also helps create vitamin D...but I digress...
I think that, by lowering cholesterol, all they are doing is hastening our deaths. Rather than address the real cause of heart disease, which is our
poor western diet, the entire medical community wants our cholesterol levels way down. Without addressing and removing sources of
inflammatory-causing foods that are rampant in our diet, they just want us to take a statin pill instead, even though the studies show it has no
effect on preventing heart disease.
I find it terribly disturbing that this myth is pushed so heavily by the very people we rely on to keep us healthy. I've never seen one doctor who
inquired about my diet, or given me any nutritional advice. Medical students only get a week of nutrition education in medical school.
Seems to me that TPTB really don't want us to be healthy, do they? So they lie to us, tell us to use sunscreen, statins, and conveniently forget to
warn us that things like sugar, HFCS, white refined flour, etc., are making us all completely inflamed, and ripe for an early demise.
I contend that it is a conspiracy. Wide-spread, insidious, and just plain evil.
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