Cholesterol – What You Need to Know!

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  • Cholesterol is a minor player in heart disease.
  • Inflammation is the true cause of heart disease.
  • Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks.
  • Half the people with high cholesterol have healthy hearts..
  • Half the people with heart disease have normal cholesterol.
  • Lowering cholesterol has extremely limited benefits.
  • Cholesterol is harmless, actually extremely beneficial to human physiology.
  • Life can’t go on without cholesterol-every cell is dependent on it.
  • Proper nerve & brain function, even sex hormone production are dependent on cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol has a protective effect helping us fight infections.
  • Statin drugs accomplish their effects of reducing cholesterol at the expense of depleting the body of essential energy producing Co-enzyme Q10. This can cause muscle pain, weakness and fatigue.  Even weaken your heart muscle.
  • Statin drugs interfere with serotonin receptors in the brain.
  • When The National Cholesterol Education Program lowered “optimal” cholesterol levels, 8 out of 9 people on the panel had financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Consuming dietary cholesterol does not increase ones cholesterol levels, eating sugar does!
  • Saturated fat raises cholesterol, but it raises the HDL(healthy) cholesterol more than it raises the LDL(bad) cholesterol – there is no evidence to support the direct relationship between saturated fat and heart disease.
  • The theory that fat and cholesterol cause heart disease became widely accepted DESPITE much evidence to the contrary – the case needs to be reexamined.
  • The single dietary factor that had the strongest association with coronary heart disease was SUGAR.
  • The Gold Standard test to predict Heart Disease risk is the particulate size test (lipoprotein a & b numbers) – this is the most important information, not total cholesterol levels.
  • Having high LDL levels is a useless piece of information unless you know how much of it is the small dense kind and how much is the fluffy kind.
  • LDL is never a problem in the body until it is oxidized – this kind sticks to arterial walls leading to atherosclerosis.
  • Sugar contributes to inflammation in the artery walls.
  • Sugar and processed carbohydrates raise triglycerides, which are an important independent risk factor for heart disease.
  • Sugar in the blood stream sticks to proteins creating damaging toxic molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGE’s).
  • Omega 3 fish oils lower the death rate from heart disease and also lower triglycerides, blood pressure, resting heart rate and make platelets less sticky.
  • Stress hormone cortisol begins to promote hardening of the arteries.
  • Stress causes platelets to overproduce and ultimately clot, blocking arteries in your heart.

  Ask your doctor for the following tests, which are more important than the standard test for cholesterol:asdgw

  • LDL particle size
  • Lipoprotein a & b
  • Hs-CRP
  • Fibrinogen
  • Homocysteine
  • Interleukin-6

Eliminate these Foods:

  • Sugar
  • Soda
  • Processed Carbohydrates
  • Trans fats (hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated)
  • Processed meats
  • Excess vegetable oils (except extra virgin olive oil)

Eat more of these foods:Nuts

  • Wild salmon – not farmed
  • Berries and cherries
  • Grass-fed meats
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Dark chocolate
  • Garlic and tumeric
  • Pomegranate juice, green tea and red wine
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Make these lifestyle changes to reduce stress:

  • Meditate, pray or practice deep breathing
  • Express your emotions
  • Play
  • Cultivate intimacy and pleasure
  • Enjoy your life

 

Excerpts from “The Great Cholesterol Myth” by Jonny Bowden PH.D & Stephen Sinatra MD.

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