Debunking Cholesterol Myths

An important disease of atherosclerosis and heart factor has been detected for oxidized LDL but this form of LDL shows no correlation with serum levels of native LDL. Conversely, individual antioxidant status appears to be a key factor in serum oxidized LDL.

Where oxidized cholesterol come from? It is the partially hydrogenated artificial oils (trans fats), vegetable oils, genetically modified foods, a diet high in refined sugars, alcohol and snuff. Damaged cholesterol is found in powdered eggs, powdered milk (added to reduced-fat milk to give them body) and in meats and fats that have been heated to high temperatures in frying and other high temperature processes.

When a high level of oxidation in the body, also tends to be free radical activity in the tissues. The body produces more cholesterol in response to address the inflammatory problems in the body. So cholesterol is not the problem, not the solution more than your body is using to try to heal itself. Inflammation in the artery walls is the real danger, and if inflammation, possibly unchecked, can cut blood flow to the heart or brain, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. In fact, the ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol is probably the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

In the war against “cholesterol demon” ??, high levels of a substance called homocysteine ​​often forget. Homocysteine ​​has been correlated with pathological buildup of plaque in the arteries and the tendency to form clots that is a deadly combination. The nutrients that lower levels of homocysteine ​​are folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 and choline found mainly in foods of animal origin.

Therefore it is useless high cholesterol? DO NOT! Definitely indicates the presence of a metabolic imbalance, there is a lot of damage in the body that requires repair.

So what are the real causes of heart attacks and strokes? They are:

high triglycerides
low HDL cholesterol
High levels of homocysteine ​​
dietary deficiency of saturated fats and cholesterol
overload foods containing oxidized cholesterol
Myth # 2: “good” ?? and “bad” ?? Cholesterol

The two most abundant lipoproteins in the body are low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL). The main function of LDL cholesterol transport from the liver to tissues that incorporate in the cell membranes. HDL carries the “old” cholesterol that has been discarded by the cells back to the liver for recycling or disposal.

LDL and HDL are neither “good” ?? or “bad” ??, which are just cholesterol.

The new invented theory, which had to incorporate the “” ?? good – bad cholesterol “?? paradigm establishes that LDL cholesterol forms” fatty deposits on artery walls “that turn into plaques grow, rupture, and stimulate the formation of blood clots that clog arteries HDL cholesterol. on the other hand, is the lipoprotein “heart-friendly” that counteracts the action of LDL by removing cholesterol from arteries and transport back to the liver for safe disposal. This paradigm is overly simplistic and not supported by the . scientific, historic and overwhelming clinical evidence

Myth # 3: saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are bad and raise your “bad” cholesterol ??

back in the 1960s “the average physician ²s totally ignores high cholesterol unless it exceeded 300!

Now, anything above 250 (or even less than that) is considered a problem, and it is generally recommended that people should avoid eating too many eggs or too much meat because of the risk of disease heart from cholesterol intake.

Do you believe that the medical profession suddenly had a revelation, deciding cholesterol was dangerous? Do not! It was the processed food industry that started the great movement anti-cholesterol, lead, particularly in the seed oil industry !! Archer Daniels Midland wanted to sell an ocean of soybean oil, and thus lead the charge against cholesterol, in particular, and saturated fat in general. coconut oil and palm oil were banned from import, butter consumption plummeted dramatically and everyone “knew” ?? that margarine is to save the nation!

Then statin drugs, accompanied by a “paradigm shift” invented ?? in the medical establishment and the war against cholesterol and saturated fat.

Although ignored by the “opinion leaders” ?? in the field of medicine, studies confirm this fallacy continued publishing. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999; 281 (15): 1387-1394) showed that there was no connection between egg consumption and the risk of heart disease or stroke in men or women


A study by Gilman, et al and. they published on December 24, 1997 Journal of the Medical Association of America found that …

the more saturated fat you eat, the less likely you are to suffer a stroke.

This study was actually able to quantify the protective effect of saturated fats:

The risk of stroke decreases by 15% for every 3% increase in consumption of saturated fat .

William Castelli, MD, former director of the Framingham Heart Study (which originally allegedly involved cholesterol as a problem in cardiovascular disease) states that:

The people with low cholesterol (below 200) suffer almost 40% of all heart attacks.

An interesting study by Leddy, et al and published in 1997 in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 29, where participants were athletes of male strength and female elite, alternatively placed on a high fat diet and then low-fat diet. The results showed that athletes in the low-fat diet experienced a measurable decrease in athletic performance. Most interesting, however, was the fact that subjects on the low-fat diet actually suffered a significant drop in HDL cholesterol, along with high triglycerides (both of which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease) .

Corn oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, canola oil, peanut oil, or any of the other vegetable oils (excluding olive oil, coconut oil or palm oil) is will accelerate the aging process generally create catabolic damage throughout the body, and specifically cause oxidative damage in the walls of blood vessels and heart that precipitates a cardiovascular crisis.

Myth # 4: Statins are safe

The first real danger of statins is liver damage. Statin drugs work by blocking the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase so that the liver can not synthesize their own cholesterol. That interfere with the normal metabolism of the liver, inhibit hepatic production of many essential substances for health, and damage the liver in the process.

That is why it is generally recommended that once you start statins, patients should have their liver enzymes checked every six months.

Our liver produces 2,000 milligrams of cholesterol a day. You think you are trying to destroy with cardiovascular disease? No. Cholesterol is an absolutely essential substance, with many critical functions in the body. We could not survive without it.

The second danger of taking statin drugs is musculoskeletal pain that can be severe, and is often misdiagnosed. Like most doctors are not aware that this is a common side effect of statins, people who suffer this side effect often diagnosed tendinitis, tendinosis, tenosynovitis, tendinopothy, bursitis, rotator cuff syndrome are given, and so on.

There are many cases reported in the literature of patients undergoing surgery for musculoskeletal disorders that do not really exist. A number of patients with statins have experienced kidney failure and even death; others have had such muscle pain, severe weakness and are eventually unable to support breathing or on your own.

Statins reduce levels of Co-Q10 in the body. Without Co-Q10, mitochondria cell energy production is inhibited, resulting in pain and muscle weakness. The heart is especially susceptible because it uses a lot of energy.

Manufacturers of statin drugs have also recognized the fact that statins depress the immune system, an effect that can lead to cancer and infectious diseases, recommending statin use for inflammatory arthritis and as a immunosuppressant for transplant patients.

Importance of cholesterol: a summary

As is well summarized by Guy Schenker and Ronald Grisanti, is ridiculously wrong to believe that cholesterol is a harmful substance that needs to be “destroyed” ??, if you think about the many vital physiological functions, which plays in the body:

™ Your brain is made of cholesterol
™ nerves are made of cholesterol
™ your body uses cholesterol to produce all your important sex hormones and adrenal hormones
breast milk provides more than 50% of their calories as fat, most saturated and offers the highest level cholesterol than any other food!
Cholesterol to help digestion, you could not absorb any of the fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin E
™ Every cell in your body is surrounded by a membrane containing cholesterol, and without the membrane cholesterol, no cell in your body could function
cholesterol is so important that your liver produces 2,000 milligrams of cholesterol a day
™ When a diet low is still in cholesterol, the liver makes all the difference by producing more cholesterol just to be sure you have enough. (! Then statins, of course, “it down” ?? … and throw more gasoline on the fire burning)
™ High cholesterol in the blood does not come from eating foods high in cholesterol; It is a metabolism which is not efficient in cholesterol management needs.

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