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  1. Cholesterol is formed by practically every cell in the body, and primarily by the liver.
  2. Cholesterol in cell membranes makes cells waterproof so there can be a different chemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell.
  3. Cholesterol is nature’s fixing compound, utilized to fix wounds, rough arteries falling apart from absence of vitamin C that deals with collagen, consisting of splits and irritations in the arteries.
  4. Many important hormones are made from cholesterol including hormones that control mineral metabolic rate and blood sugar, hormones that help us deal with tension, and all the sex hormones, such as testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone.
  5. Cholesterol is essential to the function of the brain and nerves.
  6. Cholesterol secures us versus depression, it plays a duty in the utilization of serotonin, the body’s feel good chemical.
  7. The bile salts, required for the food digestion of fats, are made of cholesterol.
  8. Cholesterol is the precursor of vitamin D, which is formed by the action of ultra-violet UV-B sunlight on cholesterol in the skin, to safeguard the body from bone loss, diabetes, and dementia.
  9. Cholesterol is an effective anti-oxidant that safeguards us against complimentary radical damage and therefore versus cancer.
  10. Cholesterol, particularly LDL-cholesterol (the so-called lousy cholesterol that’s constantly present in the body and needs to be in balance with HDL cholesterol or the heavenly cholesterol) assists fight infection.

Myths and Truths about Cholesterol

MYTH: Individuals with high cholesterol are prone to cardiovascular disease.
TRUTH: Young and middle-aged men with cholesterol levels over 350 are just a little more at risk for cardiovascular disease. Those who’ve levels below 350 are at no greater threat than those whose cholesterol is very high. For elderly guys and for ladies of any ages, high cholesterol is associated with a longer lifespan.

MYTH: Cholesterol and saturated fat clog arteries.
TRUTH: In analysis of arterial plaque (blockages) there’s hardly any cholesterol. Plaque is made primarily of calcium deposits comparable to lime and unsaturated fats from processed veggie oils.

MYTH: Eating filled fat and cholesterol-rich foods will cause cholesterol levels to rise and make individuals more prone to cardiovascular disease. As Americans have cut down on filled fat and cholesterol rich foods considering that the 1970’s, rates of heart problem have actually gone up.
TRUTH: Lots of research studies reveal no relationship in between diet plan and cholesterol levels. There’s no evidence that saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods contribute to heart problem. As Americans and Canadians have actually cut down on cholesterol-rich foods, rates of heart disease have gone up.

MYTH: Cholesterol lowering medicines have conserved many lives.
TRUTH: In the 2 most recent trials involving over 10,000 topics, cholesterol decreasing didn’t result in any improvement in outcome.

MYTH: Nations that have a high consumption of animal fat and cholesterol have higher rates of heart disease.
TRUTH: There are lots of exceptions to this allegation, such as France and Spain. Furthermore, an association (called a risk-factor) isn’t the like a cause. In wealthy countries where people eat lots of animal foods, lots of other factors exist that can contribute to heart problem, such as white sugar consumption.

Dangers of Statin Drugs

Modern cholesterol-lowering medicines act by hindering an enzyme (HMC-CoA reductase) required by the liver to form cholesterol. These HMC Co-A reductase inhibitors called statins are offered as Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravacol, Zucor, etc.

Weakness and Muscle Wasting:

This is the most typical side effect of statin drugs occurring in as lots of as one in three users. Muscle aches and pains, back pain, heel pain, weakness and slurring of words arise from statin interference with the manufacturing of Co-enzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) required for muscles to operate. These side effects are more common in active people and mightn’t show up till three years after usage of approved treatment.

Heart Failure:

Rates of cardiac arrest have actually doubled considering that the arrival of statin drugs. The heart is a muscle that relies on an abundant supply of Co Q10.


Tingling and pain in the hands and feet as well as problem walking take place often in those taking statins, conditions frequently blamed on old age rather than on the drug.

Cognitive Impairment:

Many patients have actually reported amnesia and brain fog, consisting of total worldwide amnesia (episodes of complete memory loss). The ramifications for pilots and those driving cars and trucks are profound.


In every research with rodents to this day, statins have actually caused cancer. A lot of human trials aren’t performed long enough to spot any increase in cancer rates, but in one trial, breast cancer rates of those taking a statin were 1500 % greater than those in the control group.


Numerous studies have actually linked low cholesterol to Depression.

If it is not really cholesterol, then exactly what causes cardiovascular disease?

Many researchers have actually put forth valid theories for the epidemic of cardiovascular disease in western societies.

They include:

Deficiency of Vitamins A and D:

These vitamins were gotten only in animal fats. Back in the 1930’s, Weston A. Rate, DDS, observed that rates of cardiac arrest rose throughout the duration of the year when levels of these fat-soluble vitamins in local butter decreased. (Winter snow covered the yard).

Deficiencies of B6, B12, and Folic Acid:

Kilmer McCully, MD, Ph. D, demonstrated that these deficiencies result in raised levels of homocysteine, an amino acid pen for heart disease.

Transfatty Acids:

Fred Kummerone, Ph.D., and many others have linked heart problem to the replacement of saturated fats with trans fatty acids from processed polyunsaturated veggie oils, saturated fats really safeguard versus heart disease in many methods.

Mineral Deficiencies:

Deficiencies of magnesium, selenium, copper and vanadium have actually been linked to heart problem.

Milk Pasteurization:

J. C. Annand, a British researcher, observed a boost in heart disease in districts that implemented pasteurization compared to those where milk was still offered unpasteurized.

Emotional Stress:

Heart attacks often occur after a duration of emotional or physical tension, which exhausts the body of many nutrients, primarily Vitamin C.

Unfortunately, little research money is available for analysts to do double blind studies to prove these observations to satisfy registered dieticians and other mainstream researchers. The majority of research on heart problem is moneyed with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes, which are securely dedicated to the flawed hypothesis that cholesterol and filled fat cause heart problem. It’s more effective to enlighten the public with clinical realities than wait for cash to provided by benefactors.

How to Avoid Heart Disease

  1. Do not stress over your cholesterol. The anxiety of unnecessary concern can trigger cardiovascular disease.
  2. Don’t take cholesterol-lowering medicines – they contribute to cardiovascular disease.
  3. Avoid processed food, specifically foods consisting of processed veggie oils and trans fats.
  4. Eat the meat, fat and organ meats of grass-fed animals to obtain vitamin A and D and K2.
  5. Eat a lot of wild caught scale fish and sea foods to prevent coastline toxins.
  6. Don’t consume protein powders without eggs to obtain fat to utilize the protein, don’t eat lean meat, egg whites without the yolks, or skim milk. High protein diets lacking fat can deplete vitamin A, leading to dry skin, infections, heart problem and cancer.
  7. Eat liver a minimum of when a week to make sure sufficient levels of B12, B6, folic acid, iron and copper.
  8. Take cod liver oil and consume plenty of butter from turf fed cows to ensure appropriate levels of vitamins A, D, and K2.
  9. Maintain a healthy weight – neither too heavy nor too thin.
  10. Engage in moderate exercise in the outdoors.
  11. Don’t smoke, stay clear of exposure to any environment that’s hazardous, including EMF pollutions, harmful air, water and soils, and harmful emotions.