The Trouble with the Cholesterol Theory:
If we are to believe television commercials, our country’s problems with heart disease stem from cholesterol. It is estimated that 50% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol. This means 50% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol numbers. So here is the problem, with millions of prescriptions of statins dispensed, there are plenty of heart attack victims who have “proper lipid profiles” from taking statins, but they still suffer heart attacks. In fact, many doctors on the cutting edge of heart disease science now believe it is NOT the high level of cholesterol that is the problem but the oxidation of the cholesterol which is a problem that causes heart disease, NOT the cholesterol itself. One doctor recently reported, shockingly, that the more cholesterol you have, the longer you will live! It’s systemic inflammation that seems to be the culprit in what we call “modern post-industrial diseases.”
So where does inflammation come from? Mainly from poor lifestyle choices and habits. Recently I considered the health of health care workers. Those who work in the medical field, those who serve as first responders, those who work in hospitals, many of them have serious lifestyle health issues and challenges. Ironic, isn’t it? Here is just the tip of the iceberg: High levels of stress, poor food choices, long work shifts.
Smoking, high carbohydrate diets (processed, junk food), lack of proper rest and sleep are the most culpable lifestyle habits that lead to systemic inflammation. Recommendations: Besides supplements like red rice yeast, that lowers cholesterol as well as inflammation, there are important benefits from high quality Omega-3 fish oil, like True Omega-3, Antarctic Krill Oil and High DHA Omeg-3 . See The Omega-3 Protocol. If you decide to use red rice yeast, always consider the benefits of Ubiquinol CoQ10 as a means of replenishing the body’s need for CoQ10, the catalyst of muscle energy. Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day.