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Could You Have a Sulfur Deficiency?

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The platelets in the plaque take in HDL A1 cholesterol and they won’t take anything else… They take in sulfate, and they produce cholesterol sulfate in the plaque.

The sulfate actually comes from homocysteine. Elevated homocysteine is another risk factor for heart disease. Homocysteine is a source of sulfate. It also involves hemoglobin. You have to consume energy to produce a sulfate from homocysteine, and the red blood cells actually supply the ATP to the plaque.

So everything is there and the intent is to produce cholesterol sulfate and it’s done in the arteries feeding the heart, because it’s the heart that needs the cholesterol sulfate. If [cholesterol sulfate is not produced]… you end up with heart failure.”

So, in a nutshell, high LDL appears to be a sign of cholesterol sulfate deficiency—it’s your body’s way of trying to maintain the correct balance by taking damaged LDL and turning it into plaque, within which the blood platelets produce the cholesterol sulfate your heart and brain needs for optimal function. What this also means is that when you artificially lower your cholesterol with a statin drug, which effectively reduces that plaque but doesn’t address the root problem, your body is not able to compensate any longer, and as a result of lack of cholesterol sulfate you may end up with heart failure.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: How Sun Exposure Impacts Your Sulfur Status

According to the conventional view, high LDL is correlated with heart disease, so the idea is that you can take a statin drug to artificially reduce the LDL and you’ll be fine. However, as Dr. Seneff explains, if you have high LDL, it’s because your body probably needs it to produce cholesterol sulfate, which your heart requires for optimal function. Hence, when you simply remove the LDL, you also remove your body’s “backup” mechanism to keep your heart as healthy as possible, and as a result you get heart failure.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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9:05AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Interesting.
Thanks

1:56AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Great and informative article!! Everyone needs to read this. I knew about the cholesterol/liver connection and to never take medication to lower high cholesterol but had never had it put to me in such an easy to understand way. I live in New Zealand, where we have a very high skin cancer rate and we have it pushed down our throats to not go outside even on cloudy days without sunblock and being covered up. It has always felt wrong to me, as I feel the sun is a healing force, so I have compromised. I never use sunblock but avoid being outside when the sun is at its hottest 11am - 3 pm. Other than that I get as much as I can and although I have very fair skin I don't get burnt. Really, great read. Thank You :)

8:01AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Good article. I don't use sunscreen and get outside when I can. My mother is a problem though, 84, wheelchair bound, mid level -Alzheimer's. She pretty much lives upstairs in her bedroom suite. Since getting downstairs for me to take her outside is next to impossible, I keep the windows in her room open for sunlight. We live in southern California, plenty of sunshine. I sthis enough? Does glass inhibit D absorption?

4:30PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Again, big accolades to Dr. Mercola for bringing this to our attention.

I wish this article would be featured on care2's home page, but I suspect that is will not because the recommendation to get all of the sulfur your body needs from eating fish and meat won't be liked by all of the militant vegans.

11:37AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

So why don't more doctors know about this? Does this mean I should stop taking my statin? Also epsom salt baths are not recomended for people with high blood pressure. Ask your doctor if it's safe for you before using it.
As for getting sun in the winter, sit by a sunny window.

7:44PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Great article!

6:13PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

interesting, thanks

9:54AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

@Beverly Sun exposure is for the sake of vitamin D. Vitamin D by the government is put in various food products such as milk. This is a vitamin that will show up on a label so you can see how much of it is in the product. Also eating tuna is another rich source of Vitamin D.

9:39AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

This all makes a lot of sense to me, especially since my mother has heart failure, and seems to do all of the "wrong" things mentioned.
I am definately upping sulfur-rich foods, but the sun exposure when it's 20 degrees, how is that possible?

4:53AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Interesting. Thanks.

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