Cholesterol – You Think You Know?

Cholesterol

If there is one word in your vocabulary that you may think you have learned quite enough about it is cholesterol. The biggest source of our common knowledge about cholesterol comes from the pharmaceutical industry. Statin drugs are the best selling drugs in all of mankind’s history. Lipitor alone spends $60,000,000 a year on television advertising. If you ask ten people, “What’s cholesterol?” The answer will invariably be some version of … “That’s the cause of heart disease.”

So, when the doctor sends you for a blood test and your total cholesterol comes back in a range that seems to change from year to year  and says, “We’d better put you on a statin.” . You may be open to that because you’ve seen all those rugged men and good looking ladies on television agreeing and being so thankful that their doctor put them on a statin.

Here is a provocative question from Dr. Jerome Hoffman, UCLA Professor of Emergency Medicine:

What if you put 250 people in a room and told them they each would pay $1000 a year for a drug they would have to take every day, that many of them would get diarrhea and muscle pain, that the side effects include possible liver damage and that 249 of them would have no benefit? How many of them do you think would take that offer?

In fact, some of you may have taken that offer, already.  The drugs Doctor Hoffman is referring to are statin drugs. Let’s look for a short moment at this questionable treatment plan.  It started long ago with the Framingham Heart Study, the longest study of its kind.

For many years, researchers poured over data about the causes of death of citizens of Framingham, Massachusetts.  It was concluded that high cholesterol correlated to heart disease.  No living subjects were interviewed or examined. This study only involved an analysis of medical certificates indicating the cause of death and those were  tabulated and statistically analyzed.

Western medicine does many things well, but has also been habitual in superficially treating symptoms without looking to find what’s behind the symptoms! As advanced as western medicine is, it too often treats symptoms without investigating root causes. Doctors are busy and their practice is to treat symptoms, first.

The flaw with the idea of treating cholesterol as a symptom is that it is treated only as high cholesterol, rather than recognizing underlying conditions, such as inflammation or other chronic conditions.

What is cholesterol, exactly?

Cholesterol is part of the bigger picture of human health. Cholesterol is a fat the liver produces for scores of functions. Cholesterol controls the production of hormones; it protects the organs in your body; it is part of your immune system and, on a daily basis,truly is responsible for keeping you alive and functioning. In short, cholesterol is your friend, not your the enemy.

Source: USATODAY

As an example of one man’s story:  Let’s consider  Tim Russert from Meet the Press. He had just returned back to work from a family vacation in Italy.  He died of a massive heart attack. He was on Lipitor and his total cholesterol was 150. Unfortunately, Lipitor didn’t prevent the heart attack.

More recently many doctors and research scientiests are recognizing that it is inflammation plus cholesterol that create problems.

Let’s face facts. Processed junk food with pro-inflammatory high fructose corn syrup, and processed trans fats are wreaking havoc on peoples’ health. Many strong voices are making the case that these post modern diseases of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia are inadvertently self inflicted. The body just is not recognizing these new, unnatural foods and the result is poor, failing health.

What’s the solution? Is there a solution? As simplistic as it sounds, eat better and exercise more.

In the arena of magic pills, one piece of the puzzle is available to you and has gained a large following in the alternative health communities. Now, doctors across the nation have started recommending more fat in the diet. Not just any fat but a certain fat called Omega-3s.

Omega-3s are a natural food product that has been clinically studied since the 1970s. The American Heart Association says,

“Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of, or those who have, cardiovascular disease.” There are three distinct group of people mentioned in this short statement.  1. Healthy People benefit. 2. People with high risk factors benefit and 3. People who actually have heart disease also benefit from Omega-3s.

Omega-3s are found in walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds and of course fish oils.

Omega-3s have been related to:

  • Reversal of Heart Disease
  • Improvement of Brain Function
  • Supports Eye Health
  • Natural Anti-Inflammatory
  • Better Joint Health
  • Better Mood

Here is a 20 page report of the findings on Omega-3s as published by NIH in www.pubmed.gov. Download now. (Right click and save)

WebMD  article review by Dr. Louise Chang

 “The benefits of omega-3s include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.

It takes only a few dollars a month and a few seconds a day to take a couple of Omega-3 capsules. It will decrease the likelihood of stroke and heart attack, it will help your joints, it will improve brain function and may help to prevent dementia, and it will help modulate your cholesterol, hormones and immunity system.

I started this 15 second a day regimen in 2005 and can tell you from my own personal experience, it works. Yes, there are few other things you should do, diet and exercise and we can share more on that later,  but taking omega-3s is all upside and no downside. I call it a gateway to a healthy life.  Try it for 3 months and see if you are feeling better getting healthier.

If you are on a statin, click here. We are not in the position to tell anyone which medicines they should take or shouldn’t take. That’s not our job. However, if you are on a statin and you and your doctor feel you need to stay on it, then please consider using Optimal Health Bridge Ubiquinol CoQ10. It will help replace the lost CoQ10 that your heart muscle needs. 

Whether or not you are on statins, if you want to get healthier, please consider the Omega-3 Protocol.

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