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The Truth about Cholesterol and why you NEED it

 

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The Truth about Cholesterol and why you NEED it

By Jess Lewis | Gathering of Minds

Like many diseases, we can see the wilful ignorance demonstrated by modern medicine, in not dealing with the root cause of heart disease, which is diet.

Because the focus is on treating the symptoms rather than the cause, there have been differences of opinion on how to deal with heart disease and what can be done to stop the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes.

All previous studies on the ‘damage’ cholesterol were small, poorly designed studies. However a study done back in 2010, pooled together data from 21 unique studies that included almost 350,000 people, about 11,000 of whom developed cardiovascular disease (CVD), tracked for an average of 14 years, and concluded that there is no relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease or stroke.

Cholesterol is produced by the liver and also made by most cells in the body. It is carried around in the blood by little ‘couriers’ called lipoproteins. We need cholesterol because the body uses it for many functions in the body – IT IS ESSENTIAL!! READ ON..

The weight of your brain is only a few percent of your body weight, but it contains about 25 percent of all of the cholesterol in your body. It’s essential to protect us from neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Here’s why you NEED Cholesterol

Vitamin D and the Metabolism.

Cholesterol is not the monster it’s been portrayed to be. It’s essential for our body’s metabolism. When sunlight beams down on us, it is converted into the dietary essential, Vitamin D. Cholesterol is essential for your body to produce vitamin D which helps your metabolism work efficiently!

High Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis.

High cholesterol does not necessarily lead to atherosclerosis. Whether the cholesterol levels are low or high, atherosclerotic plaques can still form and lead to coronary heart disease.3

Statins don’t work on 95% of people taking them, according to studies.

Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs, do not directly prevent heart disease (in fact, they actually increase the risk of heart disease!). They do precious little for getting at the root cause of the problem.

They have side effects, causing a drop in: enzymes, vitamin D, CoQ10 and other substances essential for health.

Statins do not change heart mortality or total mortality. John Reckless (I’m not kidding – that’s actually his name!) has suggested that we put statins in the water supply.

Statin drugs do not reduce the risk of death in 95% of the population, including healthy men with no pre-existing heart disease, women of any age, and the elderly.

The November 2003 issue of Smart Money magazine reports on a 1999 study at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (apparently unpublished), which found that 36 percent of patients on Lipitor’s highest dose reported side effects; even at the lowest dose, 10 percent reported side effects.5 

Vitamin C 

Dr Rath’s discovery logically explains that the impaired integrity of the blood vessel walls and their need for reinforcement and repair is the main cause why cholesterol production in the body’s cells increases and its blood levels become elevated.

Dr Rath’s “scurvy-heart disease connection” explains that cholesterol carrying lipoproteins (LDL and Lp-a) are one of the most effective biological “repair” molecules  because their properties can deposit in the structurally weakened areas of the arteries similar to “mortar” patching structurally damaged bricks in the wall.

If the underlying cause of arterial dysfunction, which is micronutrient deficiency, in particular the lack of vitamin C, is not addressed and damage continues then more and more cholesterol molecules enter the artery wall lesions.

With time, this triggers various pathological responses and leads to the formation of arterial deposits and a risk of heart disease or stroke.

The connection between loss of vitamin C production, structural damage in the vascular wall and elevated blood cholesterol levels that was discovered by Dr. Rath about 20 years ago ihas been gaining an increasing scientific support.

Among others it was independently confirmed by the work of Maeda et al. by using genetically modified mice which, similar to humans, have lost an ability of endogenous production of vitamin C.

The fact that someone has high cholesterol does not necessarily indicate a heart attack could be on its way.

Cholesterol is the cure not the cause

Cholesterol is the cure not the problem. It’s the band aid if you like.“Bad Cholesterol” is actually a necessary healer, rushing into arteries to “patch up” or “shore up” artery walls, to fix other issues. Eating saturated fats will not make you get ‘clogged arteries

A ‘careful’ diet does not lower cholesterol in the blood. The Liver produces 3/4 times more cholesterol than from the food you eat.4

Lack of fat causes neurological diseases and malfunctions

Lack of saturated fats and cholesterol has lead to an increase in Neurological conditions such as Dementia and Alzhymeirs. Fat is also needed to form myelin, which is the protective sheath around a portion of certain neurones called the axon, which the neurotransmitter travels through.

Cholesterol needed for nerve tissue and transmission

The white matter in our brain is 75% Cholesterol while the Myelin of our nerves also are made up of Cholesterol. In your brain and nerve tissue, cholesterol is required for the formation of the myelin sheath, a fatty material that surrounds long portions of nerve fibres.

Myelin insulates nerve cells and enhances the passing of electrical signals throughout your nervous system’s circuitry. The majority of the cholesterol in your brain is present in myelin sheaths.

Myelin also increases the speed and strength of transmission. If there is not enough fat in the diet, then these neuro-chemicals are not going to be transmitting information properly.2

Cholesterol makes our sex hormones

Cholesterol is used by the body to produce the steroid hormones required for normal development and functioning. Cholesterol is responsible for sex hormones – Testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone.

Cortisol, which is involved in regulating blood-sugar levels and defending the body against infection, and aldosterone, which is important for retaining salt and water in the body are all made by Cholesterol

Cholesterol is used to make bile so our nutrients are absorbed

Cholesterol is also used to make bile, a greenish fluid that is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The body needs bile to digest foods that contain fat.

Bile acts as an emulsifier — it breaks down large globules of fat into smaller particles so they can mix better with the enzymes that digest fat. it. The presence of bile in the intestines is required before cholesterol can be absorbed from foods.

The body also needs bile in order to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, called fat-soluble vitamins, from food or supplements

Where did the Cholesterol theory come from?

The major support for the cholesterol theory came from a study you have likely heard of called the Framingham Heart Study, which is often cited as proof of the lipid hypothesis.

cholesteral-2This study began in 1948 and involved some 6,000 people from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts who filled out detailed questionnaires about their lifestyle habits and diets.

The study is credited with identifying heart disease risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and, yes, high cholesterol.

The cholesterol link was weak, as researchers noted those who weighed more and had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels were slightly more at risk for future heart disease, but widely publicised.

What you don’t hear about is the fact that the more cholesterol and saturated fat people ate, the lower their cholesterol levels.

In a 1992 editorial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. William Castelli, a former director of the Framingham Heart study, stated:

“In Framingham, Mass., the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol. The opposite of what… Keys et al would predict…We found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.”

Foods with good fat

Avocados

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Nuts and Nut Butter

Jess Lewis

Research and Studies:

  1. Causes of High Cholesterol: Diet and DNA are the main sources of cholesterol. Learn why the numbers might be high in your case.
  2. Cholesterol Plays Key Role in Cell Signalling – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/16/cholesterol-regulates-cell-signalling.aspx
  3. Eleanor Laise. The Lipitor Dilemma, Smart Money: The Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business, November 2003
  4. Saturated Fat doesn’t cause heart disease Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease1,2,3,4,5 Patty W Siri-TarinoQi SunFrank B Hu, and Ronald M KraussQi SunFrank B Hu, and Ronald M Krauss
  5. Statins and the Risk of Polyneuropathy. http://coloradohealthsite.org/CHNReports/statins_polyneuropathy.html
  6. Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease1,2,3,4,5 Patty W Siri-TarinoQi SunFrank B Hu, and Ronald M Krauss
  7. Aortic wall damage in mice unable to synthesize ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000 Jan 18;97(2):841-6. A Maeda N1, Hagihara H, Nakata Y, Hiller S, Wilder J, Reddick R.

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