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How Bad is Cholesterol?

How Bad is Cholesterol?

Most of us have been brainwashed into thinking that cholesterol is a harmful foreign substance that should be avoided at all costs. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Four Key Points:

  • Diet has hardly any effect on your cholesterol level.
  • There is no evidence at all that lowering your cholesterol level will lengthen your life.
  • The drugs that can lower it often have serious effects.
  • Cholesterol is probably just a marker for an underlying imbalance that is not being addressed by just lowering cholesterol.

The truth is, your body needs cholesterol.

Cholesterol is an essential component of all cell walls and it is the major building block for your hormones (including sex and adrenal hormones) and itís absolutely vital for the proper functioning of your liver and nervous system. It even helps (in conjunction with sunlight on the skin), in the production of vitamin D. The body uses large amounts of cholesterol on a daily basis and is so important that with the exception of brain cells, every body cell has the ability to make it.

I know youíve been told over and over that high cholesterol is the main culprit causing heart disease. But high cholesterol is not necessarily dangerous by itself, although it probably reflects an unhealthy condition or some underlying imbalance.† Decreasing the cholesterol will do nothing to improve the underlying problem, which is causing the increased cholesterol. And when you lower the levels too much by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs the results can be detrimental to your health.

Many studies have shown that there is no correlation with high cholesterol and heart disease, as people with low blood cholesterol develop heart disease just as much as people with high cholesterol.

More and more studies are coming out showing just how unhealthy lowering cholesterol might be. In fact, the cardiovascular protection the new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, may give are probably due to other mechanisms other than cholesterol lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

The fixation on cholesterol as a major cause of heart disease disregards the science and discounts the real causes such as chronic inflammation often caused by the damage that sugars wreak on tissues via glycation, including the lining of arteries. The studies that have linked insulin resistance to heart disease are much more significant than the cholesterol studies.

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2:45AM PDT on May 9, 2013


2:42AM PDT on May 9, 2013

The literature suggests that it is not cholesterol that is the problem but what your body does with it. It is oxidised in the body and this is the cause of the problem. Some people oxidise cholesterol more than others. It is not clear why this happens but antioxidant compounds have been used to treat cardiovascular disease.
Part of the problem appears to be genetic but part is probably due to environment and diet. I guess eating foods that lead to oxidation or not eating enough foods with natrual antioxidants like selenium may be beneficial.

8:13PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

I can't believe how statins have taken off. They are based on complete MIS science.

It really is true: people with low cholesterol have the SAME risk of heart attack as those with High cholesterol.

8:03AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

something to think about. It is sad that they give you one drug which causes other problems. The statins can effect the heart which is a muscle which can lead to conjestive heart failure.

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8:45PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Yes Stop early high cholesterol with proper diet, exercise and certain lifestyle changes, you can also visit for more detials

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10:52AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

i just quit taking my cholesterol meds, they were giving me really bad headaches. my doctor probably wont be pleased...

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