Elevated cholesterol is blamed as being the main cause of heart attack or stroke. Yet it is the greatest medical fraud in modern times. The hypothesis states: if we eat too much saturated fat the concentration of cholesterol in the blood goes up, our arteries narrow and a blood clot may form which could cause a heart attack or a stroke. However, the dominant fat in mother’s milk is saturated fat, yet doesn’t affect the baby’s health. A study done at the University Hospital in Toronto found that the cholesterol levels in some patients who had second heart attacks were both low and high. The death rate for women is five times higher in those with very low cholesterol than normal/high cholesterol levels. Studies of the Maasai people show that they have the lowest cholesterol ever measured in healthy people despite their high-fat diet. Those examples and many others show that it is not cholesterol we need to blame for heart diseases.
In fact, every day our body produces three to five times more cholesterol than we get from food: if we have too little saturated fats in our diet the production of cholesterol increases, and if we eat more animal foods it goes down. However it is hard to control blood cholesterol through our diet.
Why do we need cholesterol?
- Hormone manufacturing: Cholesterol is converted to steroid hormones
- Digestion: Used to help the liver create bile which helps us digest our food
- Building and restoring cells: Cholesterol is found in the cell membrane, where it helps to maintain the integrity of membrane so that the cells can communicate with each other. Inside the cell, cholesterol can be found in membranes of organelles
- Cholesterol together with other specialized immune system cells participates in battling infections
The cause of cardiovascular disease
Chronic inflammation underlines and contributes to all degenerative diseases. The fundamental cause of inflammation is nutritional imbalances and deficiencies. More and more researchers agree that heart disease starts as an inflammation in the blood vessels caused by infection. The inflammation can be triggered by toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke, malnutrition, or too much iron in our food. Normally if the immune system is strong the inflamed tissue will be transformed into a scar, but if it is weak a pustule will form. These pustules can burst and contaminate the blood. A clot can form which can clog an artery if it is too big. However it is possible to predict peripheral vascular diseases – the concentration of the protein molecule C-reactive protein (CRP) is elevated in all kinds of inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis.
Some people have inherited abnormally high levels of fibrinogen or prothrombin, molecules that are necessary in the coagulation process. If too much of these substances are present in the blood then the blood clots too easily. Increased fibrinogen production contributes to cardiovascular diseases, especially insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that elevated insulin levels can also increase the risk of heart disease.
Other evidence shows that smoking and psychological stress may also provoke heart attacks. Psychological stress stimulates the production of cortisol which can weaken the immune system and promote infection.
Today high cholesterol is considered to be a disease. Statins (drugs used to lower cholesterol levels) inhibit the body’s production of important substances such as cholesterol, and coenzyme Q10 which is vital for energy production. The outcome of statins trials is presented as a victory for the cholesterol hypothesis. However, the benefits are not significant and only apply to small patient groups. In addition, the directors of the trials, and the drug companies have succeeded in exaggerating the benefits and underplaying the side effects. Manipulating with numbers, ignoring contradictory findings or interpreting them the way they want, scientists will be working for food and drug industries as long as it will be profitable to demonize cholesterol.
The public was reassured that statins have remarkably few side effects and no fatal side effects. Only few realise that their weak and painful muscles, bad memory, sexual impotence and cancer are not the consequences of old age, but may be caused by the drugs which they have been prescribed by their doctor. Muscle damage, liver damage, kidney failure, even completely destroyed muscles. When the amount of Q10 is diminished, the heart’s functions deteriorate. Cholesterol advocates state that lowering cholesterol with statins is beneficial for everyone, whether they have high or low cholesterol levels.
If patients are treated to reduce cholesterol, one of the side effects is reduced muscular strength. The levels of the enzyme creatine kinase (CK) become highly concentrated in the blood which is the sign of muscle damage of both skeletal muscles and heart muscles. Pregnant women who were treated with statins can experience spontaneous abortions or serious malformations of the brain or the limbs of newborn babies. The use of statins can also lead to skin or breast cancer.
It is obvious that the vilification of saturated fat was not based on science, but was the result of a pharmaceutical maneuver.
Excessive inflammation (which can lead to heart diseases) can be prevented with a proper balanced diet, and healthy lifestyle habits no smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and minimizing stress.
What to avoid:
Avoid white bread, potatoes, cakes, cookies, candies and soft drinks. Even if your diet contains 20-50 percent of calories from saturated fat, there is usually no effect on the blood cholesterol.
PUFA (Polyunsaturated fatty acids), omega 6 and trans fats (margarine) are involved in atherosclerosis. As consumption of vegetable oils skyrocketed in late 60s so did incidences of heart diseases. Unfortunately, these most consumed fats in the modern diet are causing inflammation of delicate artery tissue. There is an obvious link between PUFA consumption and incidences of heart diseases.
What to add:
The best ways to prevent heart disease is to make changes to your diet, exercise regularly and avoid stress. Include antioxidant-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your meals.
One of the most valuable food supplements are proteolytic enzymes. They participate in binding and inactivating bacteria, viruses and their toxic products – the main cause of inflammation. Those parasites, viruses, various fungal formations and bacteria are proteins. Enzyme protease together with our immune system can destroy those foreign offenders without any side effects.
Supplementation with vitamin D could reduce the risk factor to get arteriosclerosis. It was observed that those people who were getting heart attacks had low concentration of vitamin D in their blood.
It is reasonable to add vitamin C up to one gram a day or even more in case of infection. Vitamin C competes in the cell with glucose, so diabetic people have problems with utilizing vitamin C, consequently they have bigger risk to have heart problems.
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