Cholesterol – The Real Truth
Ask any kid if cholesterol is bad, and they will say yes! Ask about saturated fat and you get the same answer.
We have all been programmed from young that cholesterol and saturated fat are bad for us. Schools, doctors and the media all drive home the same “truths” about their evil nature. But are they really bad? Consider these scientifically proven facts.
3 Shocking Truths About Cholesterol
- People with high cholesterol tend to live longer
- People with heart disease tend to have low levels of cholesterol
- Cholesterol-lowering on a population level does not reduce the rate of heart disease
Reeling from shock? Your doctor may have told you exactly the opposite, having been “convinced” by drug companies. The entire premise for cholesterol lowering drugs rests solely on medical evidence that has been intentionally misrepresented. The appalling truth is that these drugs meant to cure you, may actually harm you.
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Do Not Lower Cholesterol
Pharmaceutical giants have been touting statins as the answer to “bad” cholesterol based on one research study alone—the 2008 Jupiter Trial and its related tests. Statins have since become the biggest selling drugs in the world, generating billions in revenue for these companies. One third of the world’s population is now on statins in hopes of lowering their cholesterol.
The 2009 Clinical Cardiology study questions this very premise. It concludes that there is no significant decrease in heart attacks through the use of statins. What’s more, statins bring on added health problems such as muscle weakness.
There Exists Only One Type Of Cholesterol
All this talk on “bad” cholesterol seems to suggest that there is “good” cholesterol in contrast. But there is really only one type of cholesterol, according to Dr. Ron Rosedale M.D., an internationally recognized and leading authority on nutrition and metabolic medicine. Dr Rosedale is the founder of The Rosedale Center, co-founder of the Colorado Center for Metabolic Medicine (Boulder CO USA) and the Carolina Center of Metabolic Medicine.
The “two types” of cholesterol, LDL and HDL, are really lipoproteins or fats combined with proteins to be carried through your bloodstream. These particles come in various sizes and only the small, dense ones cause potential problems. They may squeeze through the lining of your arteries and oxidize—turning rancid and causing damage and inflammation. So knowing your total cholesterol levels alone or even individual LDL and HDL levels does not help very much.
Raise HDL or “Good” Cholesterol Levels With Saturated Fat
Bring your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land. Genesis 45:18
Contrary to media conditioning, saturated fat is not a harmful substance to be avoided but a vital dietary component. Such claims that it causes heart disease or raises cholesterol levels are widespread but unfounded.
Saturated fat is largely misunderstood. In reality, what it does is raise HDL or “good” cholesterol in your bloodstream! It also changes LDL or “bad” cholesterol from small, dense particles to large, benign ones that do not increase the risk of heart disease. Extensive research across the last few decades consistently shows that saturated fat is not linked to heart disease.
What is even more baffling is that avoiding saturated fat itself is the driving force behind today’s heart disease epidemic! People actually need to eat more saturated fat, not less, to have a healthy heart.
Cholesterol Is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy
Cholesterol is one of our best friends and we would not be here without it. Dr Rosedale points out that cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on earth. There is no life on earth that can live without cholesterol. Therefore, lowering cholesterol too much actually increases our risk of dying. Cholesterol is also essential to make estrogen, testosterone, cortisone and other vital hormones.
Why Lowering Cholesterol Is Actually Dangerous
If cholesterol is so important, why is there a frenzy to lower it in the first place? “High” cholesterol emerged when health professionals first learned how to measure cholesterol levels in the blood. When cholesterol levels rise in your body, it is partly due to increased inflammation in the body. The boost of cholesterol is there to help your body heal and repair. Instead of heeding this signal of a greater health problem, the cholesterol itself has now become “the problem”.
When conventional medicine recommends you to lower cholesterol with drugs, it is actually removing the very helper trying to restore your health. What is even more dangerous is that the root of the health issue is not addressed—what is truly causing excessive damage and chronic inflammation in your body.
Who Decides What Cholesterol Levels Are Healthy?
Prior to 2004, 130-milligram LDL cholesterol level was considered healthy. However, the American Health Association soon revised its guidelines to less than 100 or even less than 70 for high risk patients. These extremely low targets often require multiple cholesterol lowering drugs to achieve.
This standard was debunked in 2006 by a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It reported that there is no evidence in any research to show that achieving a specific LDL target is important. Any studies which had attempted to do so suffer from major flaws. Several of the scientists who helped develop the guidelines even admitted that the “70” target does not have strong scientific evidence to support.
So how did these excessively low cholesterol guidelines come about? Eight of the nine doctors on the panel that developed the new cholesterol guidelines had also been making money from the drug companies that promote the cholesterol lowering drugs. This is not a coincidence but a conflict of interest.
Millions Face Terrible Side Effects as Prescription Escalates
Leading doctors in Britain are now demanding an end to the widespread prescription of statins. One in four Britons will soon be at risk of terrible side effects from the controversial heart drugs.
Those sounding the alarm include Dr Kailash Chand, Deputy Chairman of the British Medical Association. Dr Chand suffered “awful” muscle pains while taking statins and claims that plans to prescribe them to millions will “only benefit drug companies”.
So Go Ahead And Eat Those Eggs
For decades, the public has been misled that consuming cholesterol is bad and will clog arteries, leading to death. However, cholesterol itself is not a cause of heart disease. Moreover, much of your body and especially your brain are made of cholesterol! You need this important substance in your diet for optimal cognitive function.
The cholesterol in eggs, specifically the yolks, does not raise “bad” cholesterol levels. According to scientific studies, consuming eggs is not associated with heart disease. Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet!
All the major long term European studies on cholesterol have confirmed an important fact. A low fat diet does not reduce cholesterol levels by more than 4 percent, in most cases merely 1-2 percent. A more recent study in Denmark involving 20,000 men and women demonstrates that most heart disease patients have normal cholesterol levels. The bottom line is that cholesterol levels in themselves are not proven to be a risk factor for anything.
Now that we know that cramming our bodies needlessly with dangerous medications is counterproductive, we should do these instead. First, appreciate the significant role of cholesterol in your body and second, take more saturated fat to increase good cholesterol. In this way you will always have a healthy heart by restoring your body, the natural way.
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Yale study David Katz, MD, MPH, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and Prevention advisory board member
David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight control, and the prevention of chronic disease. He is also recognized internationally as an authority on evidence-based, integrative medicine.