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Part 1 - The Cholesterol Myth

For more than three decades we’ve had it drummed into our heads that high cholesterol causes heart disease and that the major cause of the high cholesterol has been the high fat diet that we loved so much.

New research has knocked these theories into a cocked hat.

Robert Superko, MD, director of research at Berkeley Heart Lab explains a little known "secret:"

“Cholesterol is not the problem we thought it was. Relying on cholesterol levels as a risk factor for 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 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 statin drugs are the "miracle cure" for heart disease.

Don't bet your life on it. It’s not quite that simple.

Look at the "fine print" that is displayed for about 3 seconds on the Crestor TV add.

It reads "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 then why do half of all heart attacks happen to people with normal or low cholesterol—and two out of three occur without major artery blockages?

You can have cholesterol below 200, LDLs under 100 and still have dangerous “silent” plaque deposits growing day-by-day inside artery walls.

Cholesterol is not the villain the drug companies would have us believe...in fact those with high cholesterol live longer than their low cholesterol peers. 

Cholesterol is essential for a healthy body and our liver manufactures far more of it than we eat.

Dr. Mary Enig, a world renowned biochemist and pioneer in researching healthy fats and oils relates some of the "secret" 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 medical community largely ignores the following important controllable risks of having a heart attack or stroke.

Tomorrow your will receive:

Part 2 "Inflammation: The Most Underrated Risk For Heart Attacks and Strokes"

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Gene

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