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Originally posted by antonia
reply to post by NavyDoc
I tend to think you have a better grip on this than most of us. The problem with statin use is very simple: It doesn't address what caused the problem in this first place (diet and inactivity). Blaming statins for heart attacks is silly when most people don't change their diet. This idea that american's aren't eating enough fat is ridiculous. Amercian's eat more meat than almost anyone else on the planet. They get enough fat and protein, that's not even an issue.
But I understand what is going on here, it's called confirmation bias. You can find data to twist and back up whatever it is you believe. I used to be a cholesterol denialist myself, so I do understand it. I did the reading myself and figured out I was being a a freaking idiot.edit on 4-12-2012 by antonia because: added a thought
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
This is definitely the right thread to ask the following question:
What foods should one avoid if inflammation is a problem (spinal cord specifically)?
What foods or supplements are good for reducing it?
This has been my main issue for 5 years now and has resulted in chronic pain and neuropathy. Of course my doctors have no solutions, only drugs. Having no surgical options diet is really the only thing within my control. I'll hit everyone up about brain tumors later, just take one problem at a time here.
Thanks if anyone can help.
Originally posted by FissionSurplus
reply to post by violet
As far as I'm concerned, statins are bad. Too many nasty side effects.
As I mentioned earlier, my mother couldn't take them either, so her doctor put her on niacin (B vitamin). Same desired result, no horrific side effects.
Originally posted by NavyDoc
You want to avoid processed foods, certainly. Avoid meats with high nitrites (the cured ones usually: bacon, salami, and so forth). Consider eliminating processed flour and stick with whole grains or even consider eliminating gluten alltogether. Increase foods that are high in anti-oxidants: fresh fruit and veg, grape juice, pomagranite, akai, and so forth.
Health officials in the United States urge everyone over the age of 20 to have their cholesterol tested once every five years. Part of this test is your total cholesterol, or the sum of your blood's cholesterol content, including HDL, LDLs, and VLDL..
The American Heart Association recommends that your total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL, but what they do not tell you is that total cholesterol level is just about worthless in determining your risk for heart disease, unless it is above 300.
In addition, the AHA updated their guidelines in 2004, lowering the recommended level of LDL cholesterol from 130 to LDL to less than 100, or even less than 70 for patients at very high risk.
In order to achieve these outrageous and dangerously low targets, you typically need to take multiple cholesterol-lowering drugs. So the guidelines instantly increased the market for these dangerous drugs. Now, with testing children's cholesterol levels, they're increasing their market even more.