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The facts about cholesterol

No, I’m not a doctor, nor do I intend to play one on the internet!

However, I research. A LOT. What I’m sharing with you is backed by extensive studies. This information is affirmed and supported by most of the country’s leading functional medicine doctors, including many cardiologists (like this one):

“The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of INFLAMMATION. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fats in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial INFLAMMATION, leading to heart disease and other silent killers.”
– MD. Dwight Lundell (heart surgeon for over 25 years)

Lundell’s quote is a perfect illustration of how pharmaceutical companies regulate and brainwash our healthcare professionals while destroying our health in the process. We’ve been conditioned to believe that lowering our fat consumption, replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats (processed vegetable oils), and consuming more carbohydrates is the answer. Sadly, this is the perfect prescription for creating systemic inflammation in the body, the gateway to all disease.

Cholesterol is completely misunderstood by our modern healthcare system.

Is lowering cholesterol really the key to being healthy? No. That is a lie. The pharmaceutical industry spends millions upon millions of dollars each year to promote the concept that elevated levels of “bad” cholesterol causes heart disease. But, what about the other side of the story, the one that is not driven by money and lies? Isn’t it time to say enough is enough and admit that there’s something wrong with this approach?

Yes, please.

Check out these popular cholesterol myths:

  • Myth: High cholesterol (LDL) causes heart disease.

Truth: Elevated cholesterol (LDL) is a poor predictor of heart disease.

  • Myth: Decreasing cholesterol with drugs (statins) will prolong your life.

Truth: There is currently no data to support whether or not statins increase longevity.

  • Myth: High cholesterol is an indicator of early death.

Truth: The majority of individuals with heart disease have normal cholesterol. And many individuals who have elevated cholesterol (LDL) have healthy hearts.

Now you’re probably thinking to yourself: what should I believe?

So, if prescription drugs don’t work and saturated fats don’t cause heart disease, then why does this drug-taking trend continue?

There has to be a reason, right?

Oh, there is!

30 billion reasons, approximately!

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “the current value of the cholesterol-lowering drug industry is estimated at around $29 billion – and this is clearly a conservative estimate, considering spending on cholesterol drugs in the United States alone reached nearly $19 billion in 2010.”

UGH! I’m so tired of MONEY coming before HEALTH.

Did you know that cholesterol-lowering drugs are the second-most prescribed drugs in America?

Ridiculous!

Elevated cholesterol is an adaption, NOT a disease.

Here’s what you need to know about cholesterol:

  • Elevated cholesterol does NOT cause heart disease.

  • Saturated fats do not cause high cholesterol or lead to heart disease.

  • Elevated cholesterol occurs for a reason: to protect your body. Your body makes the cholesterol it needs!

  • Elevated cholesterol is the body’s intelligent adaptation to stress (physical, chemical, emotional). It is NOT a disease! Cholesterol is a building-block for cortisol (a stress hormone).

If YOU have elevated cholesterol, here’s what you need to know:

  • Your body is screaming: INFLAMMATION!

  • Your body is under STRESS (physical, chemical, or emotional).

  • Your body is BROKEN down.

  • Proper NUTRITION and LIFESTYLE changes are the answers to heart disease --- not drugs!

  • EAT saturated fats: they raise “good” cholesterol and lower “bad” cholesterol.

  • WARNING: Do not cut cholesterol consumption.

So, what is the cause of heart disease?

Inflammation.

And, guess what?

There is much that can be done to prevent and treat inflammation!

Start by ignoring what society refers to as a “heart-healthy” diet and eat your gosh-darn eggs and avocados!

For more information, check out these articles:
http://authoritynutrition.com/top-9-biggest-lies-about-dietary-fat-and-cholesterol/
http://authoritynutrition.com/top-8-reasons-not-to-fear-saturated-fats/
http://wellnessmama.com/1853/eat-more-cholesterol/