Gene Millen, Author - Revised 3/15/14
"Don't believe everything you read...and only half of what you see." I just found a quote on Janet Allison's blog that made me laugh out loud,
"Well you can't believe everything you read. After all, by definition, fiction writers lie for a living."
It's sad but true that this applies to much of the misinformation suggesting how you can reduce cholesterol. It is one of my pet peeves that the informaton you find on the American Heart Association website regarding the supposed dangers of cholesterol and saturated fat is based on faulty research from the 1960's and earlier.
The truth about cholesterol is now coming out, and hopefully this will result in fewer prescriptions for Lipitor, Crestor and other statin drugs. The side effects of Lipitor are causing unneccesary pain and suffering.
Policosanol is a good natural alternative to statin drugs to improve cholesterol. It is derived from sugar cane and has been shown in clinical research studies to increase the good HDL cholesterol.
"This studies show cholesterol doesn't cause heart attacks. People with high cholesterol live longer!"
We'll show you ways to prevent and cure heart disease, stop a heart attack, improve cholesterol without drugs and a few other things your doctor never mentioned.
I'm Gene Millen, a Heart Health Coach and the owner of this website with my wife Bernie.
Twenty-three years ago, at the young age of 59, I received a surprise that dramatically altered the course of my life.
So what went wrong? In this article and a few others on the site I will try to explain the heart attack risks and some very simple solutions. I said "simple", not easy.
This surprise was a six-way heart bypass operation. At that time my cholesterol was slightly higher than the doctor wanted, my blood pressure was normal and my friends said I was "skinny."
Lowering Cholesterol won't reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
"Lower your cholesterol," say the drug companies ads and everything will be just fine. It's not quite so simple.
Cholesterol is essential for a healthy body and our liver manufactures far more of it than we eat.
It's amazing and somewhat frustrating to me that the other important heart attack and stroke risks are largely ignored by the medical community. Robert Superko, MD, director of research at Berkeley HeartLabexplains 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."
Certain members of the pharmaceutical industry do not look upon this finding as good news. Cholesterol lowering drugs now have total annual sales of more than $14 billion!
A piece of the cholesterol and heart disease puzzle that the above illustration fails to describe is what causes the "bad" LDL cholesterol to stick to the artery walls.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Perricone Connection explains how cholesterol and heart disease works.
To visualize how LDL cholesterol operates, think about rust. Rust occurs when metal oxidizes. Rust corrodes and eats away the metal, ultimately destroying it.
Similarly, when LDLs are oxidized in our bodies by free radicals or sugar, the LDL molecules create an inflammatory cascade resulting in cell and artery damage, irritation of the artery walls, and fatty streaks.
More oxidized LDLs start to build up at this spot, producing an artery-blocking plaque. Left untreated, this plaque eventually closes the artery entirely, leading to a possible heart attack or stroke.
I have been increasingly impressed with the knowledge of Dr. Al Sears and his natural approach to cholesterol and heart disease. Dr. Sears has a very successful medical practice in Florida and a remarkable track record. He has produced results for thousands of people from around the world.
Dr. Al explains the facts about CoQ10 which is critical for anyone who has the misfortune of being prescribed a statin drug.
"The many health benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10 are already well established. Yet many patients I talk to in my practice tell me they don't feel any different if they have been taking the basic CoQ10. It's only when they take the high potency formula that they can notice an increase in energy.
I invite you to peruse some of the other articles on this website to get a good picture of the benefits of cholesterol and how you can improve yours.
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