Cholesterol and the Myths related to Cholesterol
I am sure that this blog will probably be one of the most controversial blogs I write.
In the public domain, there are such huge fears instilled into people and patients about cholesterol, and to be brutally honest, NONE of these fears are based on any medical, scientific or physiological evidence.
From this context, I decided that I’ll start the blog by quoting two highly esteemed Cardiologists. Hopefully, it will prove to you, that this blog is not written from a personal opinion, but it is based on extensive medical research.
The first quote is on page 23 from the book The Great Cholesterol Myth, that Dr. Sinatra co-authored with Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.; CNS. Dr. Stephen T Sinatra, MD; FACC; FACN; CNS; CBT, is a board-certified cardiologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine (at the time of publishing the book in 2012):
Life can’t go on without cholesterol, a basic raw material made by your liver, brain, and almost every cell in your body.
Enzymes convert it into vitamin D, steroid hormones (such as our sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone - and stress hormones, and bile salts for digesting and absorbing fats. It makes up a major part of the membranes surrounding cells and the structures within them.
The brain is particularly rich in cholesterol and accounts for about a quarter of all the cholesterol we have in our bodies. The fatty myelin sheath that coats every nerve cell and fiber is about one-fifth cholesterol. It is not surprising that a connection has been found between naturally occurring cholesterol and mental function. Lower levels are linked to poorer cognitive performance.
How ironic that the very drug they prescribe to reduce the likelihood of a heart attack actually deprives the heart of the fuel it needs to perform properly? No wonder fatigue, low energy, and muscle pain are such frequent accompaniments to statin drug use.
Hopefully, you’ve made the connection, NO Life=> Death! Cholesterol means life, not heart attack, stroke, nor death.
Let’s look at a second quote from The Magic of Cholesterol Numbers. On the cover page of this book is written: Cholesterol – The MOST IMPORTANT “HORMONE” of all! Dr. Sergey A Dzugan, MD, PhD was in 1985 the Head of Heart Services with special training in vascular surgery, combustiology, microsurgery, arrhythmology, heart surgery, genetic testing pedagogics, and psychology. Dr. Dzugan was a distinguished and highly trained educator, physician, and surgeon in the Ukraine. He completed his Ph.D. in Medical Science concerning heart rhythm disorder and he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Donetsk State Medical Institute where in May 1991, he became the first Chief of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Senior Heart Surgeon, at the Donetsk District Regional Hospital, Ukraine. Quoted from page 57 of his book published in 2011 (bold added):
… There is a substantial amount of evidence that cholesterol levels may be associated with variations in the mental state or personality. … In addition, decreased levels of total cholesterol were observed in children with autism.
Patients with manic episodes, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation, and depression in full remission had lower cholesterol than their controls. Low cholesterol levels have been reported in patients with major depression, dissociative disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and criminal violence.
Cholesterol has been made the villain and enemy, whilst in truth, it is a lifesaver.
A second myth with regard to cholesterol, is that if you eat fat, especially animal fat, your cholesterol levels will rise. This is not possible. Without going into too much scientific and physiological medical explanations, LDL cholesterol (named the “bad” cholesterol) production specifically goes up in the presence of chronic inflammation, oxidative stress caused by free radical, etc. LDL cholesterol is actually our God-given “pratley putty” that will mend the walls of damaged cells and artery walls in the presence of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
This is a good and life-saving restorative process of the body!
However, the real culprit of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation (to name a few) is actually refined sugars. This is aggravated by low-fat, low-calorie diets! For many other reasons chronic stress will also increase chronic inflammation and therefore raise the cholesterol levels.
Taking Statins or cholesterol-lowering pharmaceutical drugs, are removing your body’s own life-saving ability. It has many serious side effects, and as many published medical science and research studies point out, the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and other serious diseases are increased, including the mental and cognitive health of the individual taking those drugs.
If you are currently on any kind of cholesterol-lowering prescribed drug, or if you are eating a low fat, low-calorie diet, you may be increasing your risks substantially.
In this case, or even if you have given your children Tameflu (which has nothing to do with cholesterol, but flu medicine also mentioned in the research below), or have taken it yourself, you may want to watch the video below.
At the end of the day, you have to make the decision about your health, and you are encouraged to do further research to discern for yourself if you are prepared to take the risks with low-fat, low-calorie diets, and taking a drug that lowers your cholesterol production. At the end of the day, you decide…
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