Cholesterol: What Is The Real Story?

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The cholesterol discussion seems to get more muddled every day. The American Heart Association and most doctors continue to tout cholesterol as the enemy. However, the WHO and many scientific journals say, “Not so fast”.
I’ve struggled with high cholesterol and inflammation my entire adult life. My most recent screening still showed high levels of bad cholesterol(LDL). My doctor says it’s genetic and I need a statin. New studies don’t support this. So what’s a 53yr old healthy male to do? I’m going with my gut. Here are a few facts.

-Cholesterol is a substance vital to the cells of all mammals.

-High cholesterol foods don’t raise your cholesterol. Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat a little cholesterol and decreases when you eat a lot.

-Statin drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life. Statins disturb the functions of the muscles, heart and brain. They’ve also been shown to cause cancer in rats.

-People with high cholesterol live longer. At least fifteen studies found that total mortality was inversely associated with either total or LDL-cholesterol, or both. This means that it is actually much better to have high than to have low cholesterol if you want to live to be very old.

So there you have it. Sort of.
I’ll admit it, I don’t know where to go with this. Do I listen to my doctor and go back on my statin? Sorry doc. Not gonna happen. I need a second opinion.

So what are your thoughts? Is the danger of high cholesterol a myth? And if it’s a myth, where lies the truth? I need your help with this.

I hope to hear from you on your cholesterol thoughts. Let’s have this discussion!

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In good health,

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What Is Your Statin Really Doing For You?

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You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol so you should go on a statin drug right? How many of you have had this conversation with your doctor?
The first questions you may want to ask your doctor is, “How will lowering my cholesterol improve my health?” and, “why should I be on a statin?”
It’s in our nature to trust our doctors and to follow their diagnosis, but are they sometimes to quick to provide treatment before they have determined the actual cause?
Here are some facts about that statins that you should know:

-There is no evidence that statin drugs improve cardiovascular health. In fact, more evidence suggests that cardiovascular risk can be increased with the use of statins especially in women, diabetics and young people.

-Statins do not decrease the risk of heart attack.

-Statins are designed to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that low cholesterol levels are associated with an increase in cancer, neurological disorders and muscle disorders.

-Statins poison crucial enzymes in the body like CoQ10.

-Studies have shown that older people with higher cholesterol levels have increased longevity. Every cell in the body needs cholesterol for optimum functionality.

Statins are the most widely prescribed pharmaceutical today and Big Pharma is making millions of dollars off the marketing of these drugs. They will be the last to come clean about health risks.
If you’re concerned about your cardiovascular health, have a conversation with your doctor. Discuss natural alternatives like a healthier diet and introducing anti inflammatory foods like fish oil, turmeric and ginger.
Don’t fall into the medication trap. Prevention is the cure.

Just say no to statins!

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Stay healthy my friends.

Cholesterol, Your Friend, Not Your Enemy


Recently I’ve seen a lot of articles about how cholesterol is no longer the enemy when it comes to cardiovascular health. The low fat/high carb diet is out and healthy fats are now touted as the fuel that are bodies need.

Cholesterol is actually helpful, not harmful. It plays a critical role in protecting the arteries from inflammation, which is the real culprit. Where does inflammation come from? From the low fat/high carb diets that we’ve been told are good for us.

Even though they should know better, the healthcare industry continues to tell us that saturated fat and cholesterol are silent killers, thus depriving us of necessary nutrients and allowing us to consume unhealthy oils, trans fats, sugars, and chemical ridden low fat junk foods.

Our bodies require saturated fat and cholesterol for proper metabolism, healthy brain function(the majority of your brain is made of cholesterol) hormone balance and cell formation. Without these two nutritional components major health issues such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can arise.

I’ve had high cholesterol my entire life and have been told by my doctor that I’m at high risk for a heart attack or stroke. But is cholesterol really the issue? I’m having that conversation with my doctor. What about you? Where do you stand on the great cholesterol debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I will continue this important discussion on cholesterol and inflammation in future posts.
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Have a great day!