NHS34: Cholesterol Myths and Truth27.02.2013
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Real Causes of High Cholesterol and Heart Diseases
For many years, cholesterol and calcium deposits on your artery walls were thought to be the cause of heart disease, and low-fat, low-cholesterol diets were recommended.
After more than ten years of these diets, heart and cardiovascular problems have increased in epidemic proportions. Either there's a lot of diet cheaters, or the diets are ineffective.
We believe that with specific, potent supplementation, you can remove the underlying conditions that create high cholesterol. You can then return to a vital state of health.
Recent scientific research shows that the underlying reason for a person to have high cholesterol is a chronic inflammatory condition. This inflammation causes free radical damage to your artery walls. Your body then calls up a natural response for cholesterol and/or calcium patchwork to repair the free radical damage. Thus you may have atherosclerosis (fat deposits), arteriosclerosis (calcium deposits), or both, often called arterial plaque.
This plaque builds up on the inside of arterial vessels, reducing the inner diameter and dangerously decreasing or stopping blood flow. Every cell of the body is impacted, but heart muscle and brain tissue suffer the most injury the soonest.
Controlling free radical damage (that causes high cholesterol, then plaque) with our specific, potent supplementations is a very successful strategy for preventing and curing poor cardiovascular health and heart disease. Much more successful than restrictive fat and cholesterol diets, that are failing in dramatic proportions.
We repeat to stress...
It is the underlying conditions that cause high cholesterol, that in turn can cause poor cardiovascular health, related heart diseases, and many other serious illnesses.
High blood cholesterol levels may have no visible symptoms, but are generally very responsive to higher nutrient foods, correct supplementation, and lifestyle changes.
Medical intervention with cholesterol-lowering drugs carries a very high risk of causing other serious health problems.
We cannot overstress the value of prevention with specific, potent supplements that will enable your body's natural inner healing powers to restore your health and vitality.
Five Less Known Causes of
Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases
Numerous published articles show that some specific blood tests can be strong predictive factors for determining who will develop poor cardiovascular health and heart diseases. Conventional physicians often overlook these risk factors, to the detriment of their patients.
Many physicians require a higher standard of proof before ordering blood tests, for what they consider to be "newly identified" cardiac risk factors. Insurance may not pay for the tests, and sadly, physicians may not be aware of how to properly correct the conditions that create these risk factors.
The good news is that along with diet and lifestyle changes, we have specific, potent supplements that enable your body to overcome these dangerous risks that show up in your blood.
If you have concerns, ask your doctor to order blood tests for the following risk factors.
1. Elevated Blood Levels of Fibrinogen
One dangerous risk factor that will show up in blood work is a coagulation protein called fibrinogen. In plain words, high fibrinogen levels can induce a heart attack in two ways. One is by coating the corpuscles of your blood, making it too thick and sticky. Another way is by coating vessels, thereby reducing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to your heart. Published scientific studies show that persons with high levels of fibrinogen are more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack.
Fortunately, fibrin can be cleaned off artery walls by digestive enzyme supplementation.
2. Elevated Blood Levels of C-reactive Protein
Another dangerous risk factor for poor cardiovascular health and heart disease is C-reactive protein. This indicates an increased risk for abnormal blood clotting in your arteries. Also an increased risk for atherosclerotic plaque to break free, blocking blood flow through a coronary artery, resulting in an acute heart attack. Some studies show that people with high levels of C-reactive protein are almost three times as likely to die from a heart attack.
3. Elevated Blood Levels of Homocysteine
Now widely recognized by scientists as the greatest biochemical risk factor for poor cardiovascular health and heart disease. It's accumulation may be a participant in 90% of all cardiovascular problems. Excessive homocysteine in your blood will cause you harm in a multitude of ways:
- If homocysteine accumulates, it triggers atherosclerosis: plaque builds up in arteries.
- High homocysteine can trigger a heart attack because it blocks the natural breakdown of fibrinogen, making your blood too thick and sticky. This reduces blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to your heart. Elevated homocysteine promotes coagulation factors, increasing the incidence of blood clots that can be fatal.
- Homocysteine significantly impairs vascular circulation by decreasing dilation functions: vessels lose their expansion capacities. They become less pliable and even more susceptible to plaque buildup.
Supplements can protect you from the lethal effects of elevated homocysteine, but the amount of supplementation required varies from person to person. You may have dangerously high levels of homocysteine, despite taking the recommended (and higher) doses of supplements. You need to have blood tests to determine the amount of supplementation that will bring your homocysteine levels down.
Also, new scientific research shows that there is no safe normal range for homocysteine blood levels. Commercial laboratories state that normal is from 5-15 micromoles per liter (umol/L) of blood. But an American Heart Association's journal states that homocysteine levels above 6.3 cause a steep progressive risk of heart attack. The only way to really know if your level of supplementation is effective, is to have your blood tested to make certain your homocysteine levels are under 7.
4. Excess Insulin, or Hyperinsulinemia
Many surveys show that most of our western society is overweight or obese. And all this extra fat is clearly associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and excess insulin.
All these overweight, obese and diabetic people usually have seriously high levels of insulin in their blood. If your blood is saturated with insulin, your body does not release significant fat stores, even with restricted calories and exercise.
Additionally, excess weight corresponds with a very high risk for developing diabetes. And having diabetes sharply increases your risk of heart attack. Therefore, to prevent cardiovascular disease, you must lose excess body fat, normalize insulin levels, and reverse the diabetic process.
So, which came first? The extra fat? Or the excess insulin? Either way, the results are the same: poor cardiovascular health and heart disease.
Once again, we repeat to stress...
Underlying conditions (such as excess insulin) can cause poor cardiovascular health, related heart diseases, and many other serious illnesses. Diet, lifestyle changes, and our supplementations can enable your body's natural, inner healing powers to restore your health and vitality.
5. Too Little Free Testosterone in Men
Testosterone is a muscle-building hormone, responsible for maintaining heart muscle protein synthesis, helps to maintain healthy cholesterol, and promotes coronary artery dilation. Your heart has many testosterone-receptor sites, and weakening of the heart muscle can sometimes be attributed to testosterone deficiency. More and more studies (in men) show a link between high testosterone, and low rates of cardiovascular disease.
When low testosterone levels were corrected, most men show improvements in symptoms and EKG measurements. When testosterone therapy was administered to elderly male coronary heart disease patients, one study showed over 68% more blood flow to the heart. In China, physicians successfully treat angina with testosterone therapy.
Dietary Cholesterol Intake
Does NOT Cause High Blood Cholesterol!
The universally accepted idea that dietary intake of cholesterol correlates with high blood cholesterol levels - and therefore with heart attacks - is bogus. Really NOT true!
The reasoning - though based upon scientifically verifiable facts - is not provable. It's an extrapolation of facts. It jumps to conclusions. It makes assumptions. And all these things can be inaccurate.
There is a statistically significant correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks. From this irrefutable fact it is accepted as self-evident the assumption that dietary cholesterol intake leads to elevated cholesterol and thence to heart attack. But it is as good as saying that there is a correlation between house fires and fire trucks.
Nowhere has a cause and effect relationship been established between dietary cholesterol intake and either cholesterolemia or atherosclerosis. And yet, the drug Lipitor and its cousins are a billion dollar business.
So Where Does High Blood Cholesterol Come From?
If high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease do not result from eating cholesterol, then where do they come from?
Numerous studies have shown that cholesterol problems are caused by abnormal lipid metabolism - not by eating too much cholesterol-rich food.
We can skip the stupid advice to "quit eating cholesterol".
The problem is with too many calories, low nutrient density food, and food allergies or intolerances. This is not about the anaphylactic-shock-style outright allergies people have to peanuts or shellfish - we are talking about foods that irritate.
Quit eating foods that your body cannot handle! The most common culprits: gluten (wheat, rye, barley), casein (dairy from cows, not goats or sheep), nightshades (potato, tomato, pepper and egg plant), and more rarely corn, eggs, and sometimes nuts or seeds.
High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, heart attack, and heart disease are not inevitable. They can be avoided. The damage done to your circulatory system can be reversed.
So Why Does My Body Have Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is not really the villain portrayed in the pharmaceutical ads. It is actually a vital substance needed in every cell of the body as it is the chemical precursor from which your body produces bile acids, provitamin D3, male and female sex hormones, and adrenal hormones (hydrocortisone and aldosterone that regulates sodium and potassium balance). Cholesterol is needed to construct the important membranes which surround cells.
Your body is able to manufacture cholesterol but is unable to destroy this substance. Cholesterol is removed from your body combined with bile acids. This removal is increased by dietary fiber and diminished in the absence of dietary fiber. Up to 94% of cholesterol and bile acids are reabsorbed and reused when dietary fiber is lacking. This is one reason that low fiber diets may increase blood cholesterol levels.
Your body can make cholesterol whether there is any cholesterol in the diet or not. By removing all cholesterol from the diet, the blood cholesterol will only fall by about 20% to 25%.
Cholesterol is dissolved and kept in solution as a flowing liquid when there are adequate amounts of essential fatty acids. The melting point of cholesterol - where it would deposit on artery walls - is 300 degrees F. When lecithin is present, the melting point of cholesterol falls to 180 degrees where it is still insoluble. However, when the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic are present in sufficient quantity, the melting point of cholesterol falls to 32 degrees which is below normal body temperature. Even in the presence of an arterial injury, cholesterol will have a more difficult time depositing with fibrin and platelets on an injured artery surface because the essential fatty acids have made the blood more fluid.
To your health!