Heart and Cholesterol

Heart and Cholesterol

Gene Millen, Author - Revised 514/15

For more than three decades we've had it drummed into our heads that high cholesterol causes heart disease. New research has knocked the heart and cholesterol theories into a cocked hat. Robert Superko, MD, director of research at Berkeley Heart Lab lets us in on a little known "secret:" "Cholesterol is not the problem we thought it was. Relying on cholesterol levels as a risk factor or coronary artery disease may not be wise since 80% of coronary patients have the same cholesterol as individuals who do not develop the disease." The pharmaceutical industry does not look upon this heart and cholesterol finding as good news. Cholesterol lowering drugs now have total annual sales of more than $14 billion. The makers of Crestor, Vytorin and other statin drugs spend millions to convince our doctors and us that their cholesterol-lowering drugs are the "miracle cure" for heart disease. Don't bet your life on it. It's not quite that simple. For example just take a look at the "fine print" that is displayed on the Crestor television commercials. You need to be quick though...it's only on the screen for about 3 seconds. Here's the disclosure in case you missed it. "Crestor has NOT been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks." Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Here's something to think about. If cholesterol is the villain in the heart and cholesterol drama then why do half of all heart attacks happen to people with normal or low cholesterol? You can have cholesterol below 200, LDLs under 100 and still have dangerous "silent" plaque deposits growing day-by-day inside artery walls. Later in this report we'll show you how this arterial plaque develops and what you can do to stop and even reverse the damage. Cholesterol is essential for a healthy body and our liver manufactures far more of it than we eat...in fact those who have high cholesterol live longer than their low cholesterol peers. Dr. Mary Enig, a world renowned biochemist and pioneer in researching healthy fats and oils relates some of the little known benefits of cholesterol: Your body needs cholesterol to make sex hormones. Could this be why many of those on statin drugs have a reduced sex drive? Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is involved in the biochemistry of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, control of appetite, sleep, memory and mood. Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant to protect us from free radicals. Free radicals attack the artery walls and contribute to plaque that ends up clogging our arteries. It's amazing and somewhat frustrating to me that the mainstream medical community largely ignores the most important controllable risks of having a heart attack or stroke.
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