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Will the real cholesterol please stand up!


REMINDING YOU ABOUT THE REAL CHOLESTEROL

 

 

1. Cholesterol is a fat

FALSE

Cholesterol is not used for energy like a fat

Cholesterol is not digested like a fat

Cholesterol does not have the nutritional value of a fat

Cholesterol is an alcohol molecule
                                                            (sterol family)

2. Oxidative stress and inflammation are the root cause of elevated LDL’s

TRUE

ØArtery walls must be damaged before arterial plaque is formed

ØLDL does not damage the endothelium (artery lining), oxidation does -

                                                  also chronic dehydration

ØLDL tries to repair the damage

3. High Cholesterol is a Disease

False

High cholesterol is not a disease

It is a symptom

 

Cholesterol raises as a response to inflammation to protect the nerves and brain against exposure to fat soluble toxins and heavy metals

 

University San Diego School of Medicine

Study showed

lHigh cholesterol can be protective against environmental toxins rather than harmful

lLow cholesterol is a risk factor for heart arrhythmias

ØHigh cholesterol readings are associated with protection from neurotoxins and heavy metals

Cholesterol facts

60%  of Cholesterol used for production of bile salts

Cholesterol is precursor to hormone production

Cholesterol is used for repair in the body

Cholesterol acts as an anti-oxidant

Cholesterol plays a role with serotonin

Source of energy along with glucose

Production of cell membranes

Makes corneum of the skin to prevent water loss – converted by sunlight to produce Vitamin D

85% of breast milk is Cholesterol

 4. The lower your cholesterol, the healthier you will be

FALSE

European Heart Journal

Published 3 year study 11,500 patients

Having low cholesterol -

lIncrease in lung cancer

lIncrease in other cancers

lHigher risk of cardiac death

lErectile dysfunction and infertility

lLoss of memory and mental focus

European Heart Journal 1997, 18, 52-59

4. The lower your cholesterol, the healthier you will be

Swedish Researcher

lIndividuals with low cholesterol suffer from frequent and severe infections

lIndividuals with high cholesterol had a lower mortality than the average population

 

 

           Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, independent researcher

                 Magle Stora Kyrkogata 9, S-223250 Lund, Sweden

5. Cholesterol less than 150 significantly reduces your risk of heart disease

FALSE

Journal of American Medical Association

30 years of follow-up from the Framingham Study

 

lNo correlation between high cholesterol and mortality, but correlation between low cholesterol and mortality

 

lCVD death rates increased 14% for every 1 mg/dl drop in total cholesterol per year

           

Anderson KM. Cholesterol and Mortality, 30 years of Follow-up from Framingham study. JAMA 1987 Apr 24;257(16):2176-80

5. Cholesterol less than 150 significantly reduces your risk of heart disease

Journal of Cardiac Failure

Paper on Low Cholesterol

 

lAnalysis of 1,134 patients with heart disease

lLow cholesterol was associated with worse outcomes in heart failure patients and impaired survival rates

lElevated cholesterol was not associated with hypertension, diabetes or coronary heart disease.

 

            Horwich TB. Et.al. Low Serum Total Cholesterol is Associated with Marked Increase in Mortality in Advanced Heart Failure. J Card. Fail. 2002 Aug;8(4):216-214

5. Cholesterol less than 150 significantly reduces your risk of heart disease

Low cholesterol readings are associated with

lIncreased risk for cancer

lIncreased risk for stroke

lIncreased risk for depression and suicide

lIncreased risk for symptoms from exposure to:

Neurotoxins

Mercury and other heavy metals

Cyclosporin

Cancer risk and cholesterol levels

 

lLowest risk >240

lAverage risk 195-230

lIncreased risk <195

lHigh < 165

lHighest < 140

6. The use of statin drugs lowers your risk of heart disease

FALSE

ØDespite successful attempts to lower cholesterol with statin drugs the mortality from heart disease is more than double what is was in 1996.

 

                                    Horwich TB. Et.al. Low Serum Total Cholesterol is Associated with Marked Increase in Mortality in Advanced Heart Failure. J Card. Fail. 2002 Aug;8(4):216-214

Adverse Effects of Statins

lKnown carcinogens in experiments w/animals

l Increase risk of polyneuropathy 14 times

lDeplete CoQ10, lower antioxidant levels

lLiver dysfunction

lCauses inflammation – Muscle pain

lMemory loss, lack of concentration and amnesia

lInsomnia, weakness and fatigue

lErectile dysfunction

lDifficulty in managing diabetes, raises insulin levels

ØTotal annual sales of statins = $25 billion/year

7. Your risk of death is two times higher with low cholesterol than it is with high cholesterol

TRUE

ØStudy with 11,500 patients showed that the risk of death in the low cholesterol group (160mg/dl and below) was 2.27 times higher than those with high cholesterol.

ØMost common cause of death in low cholesterol patients was cancer.

                                                European Heart Journal (1997) 18,52-59.

8. The optimal cholesterol level is around 225

TRUE

ØWholistic – Normal suggestion is  175-275

Ø“O” blood types are on higher end of spectrum

Cholesterol Facts

ØLiver does not use fats to make cholesterol

ØCholesterol is a by-product of protein metabolism

ØBody adjusts the ratio of HDL’s to LDL’s constantly to meet the needs of the body at any given time

Cholesterol Facts

ØHigh LDL and low HDL – good indicator of mercury or solvent toxicity and/or  pesticide exposure

ØLow HDL – associated with increase risk of toxicity, constipation, lack of exercise and high sugar, carbohydrates and low fat diet

 

Balancing Cholesterol Naturally

ØRemove toxins from the body and environment     avoid toxic chemicals – including chlorine,
      bromides, fluorides, pesticides, solvents,
      heavy metals, etc.

ØIncrease antioxidants

ØEat balanced diet – more colors

ØExercise

 

Raising Low Cholesterol

Where Does Cholesterol Come From?

ØFormed in the liver

ØByproduct of protein metabolism

If you have a cholesterol problem you have a protein digestion problem

 

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