The Cholesterol Myth & Statins

“Cholesterol is bad for you”

Cholesterol makes up 15% the dry weight of the brain, is a vital part of the cell membrane in every cell of our body, and it is involved in the production of hormones, and bile acids.

Vitamins A,D, and E are cholesterol molecules.

‘LDL is bad cholesterol’

LDL is ‘Low-density lipoprotein.’ Lipoprotein is not cholesterol. LDL serves a very necessary function in the body by transporting the body’s needed cholesterol from the liver to where it needs to go. It also transports other vital fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin E, and Ubiquinol (CoQ10.) It is not ‘bad’.

‘HDL is good cholesterol.’

HDL is ‘high-density lipoprotein’ again not a cholesterol. It serves the necessary function of retrieving excess cholesterol and returning it to the liver. It is no more good or bad than anything else that’s supposed to be in our blood.

‘Your cholesterol levels are…’

Your cholesterol levels are a calculation based on triglycerides, ldl and hdl. This calculation assumes all ldl and hdl is saturated with cholesterol which is not always the case. Not that it is grossly inaccurate but it’s an estimate only.

‘You should alter your diet’

Your body is amazing, and since cholesterol is so highly needed if you don’t eat enough of it your body knows how to produce its own. Any low cholesterol diets will only have temporary minimal effects.

‘You should take a statin.’

Statins prevent the body from making cholesterol which will lower your levels and make doctor happy. The pharm companies are getting about $10k a year for you to be that on for life so they’re happy too. Taking it for a long time and starving your body and brain of an essential nutrient for too long leads to the predictable side effects. Muscle pain and damage due to your cells breaking down and not having cholesterol to repair itself. Memory loss and confusion due to the same reasons in your brain.

‘Saturated fats are bad.’

Saturated fats are fat molecules that only have single carbon chains. Animal fats (butter, lard, tallow, etc) are saturated and have been vilified by the media and by the doctors, while highly processed unsaturated fats get heart healthy labels.

Like all modern vegetable oils, canola oil goes through the process of caustic refining, bleaching and degumming — all of which involve high temperatures or chemicals of questionable safety. And because canola oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which easily become rancid and foul-smelling when subjected to oxygen and high temperatures, it must be deodorized. The standard deodorization process removes a large portion of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids.

Saturated fats in your body cells means they are more flexible and can change shape and move without rupturing. Unsaturated fats have one or more double carbon bond making them less flexible therefore making your cells less flexible.

Does Cholesterol Really Matter?

(NewsTarget) I’d like to shine the spotlight on one of medicine’s sacred cows- the belief that lowering cholesterol with drugs protects against heart attacks and premature death. Our obsession with cholesterol began in the 1950s when studies linked high consumption of animal fat with high rates of heart disease. This opened the door for clinical trials that laid the foundation of a new paradigm: the cholesterol theory of cardiovascular disease.

This theory has had profound ramifications. It changed the way we eat (fats bad, carbohydrates good) and contributed to our problems with obesity and diabetes. It wormed its way into “clinical practice guidelines”- cholesterol management has become a “standard of care” that doctors are expected to follow. It spawned the invasive heart surgery industry, based on the presumption that cholesterol-laden blockages must be bypassed or propped open. And it led to the creation of the best-selling class of medications in history: cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, which generate more than $15 billion in worldwide sales every year.

But it’s all a house of cards. No matter what you’ve been led to believe, a high cholesterol level is not a reliable sign of an impending heart attack. In fact, growing numbers of experts question whether cholesterol matters at all. As for statin drugs, for most of the 40-plus million Americans recommended to take them for the rest of their lives, they’re an ineffective, expensive, side effect- riddled fraud.

 Bad Cholesterol (LDL) is NOT Cholesterol and Is NOT Bad! – Dr.Berg
In this video, Dr. Berg talks about the so-called “bad cholesterol”, LDL. LDL is not cholesterol and is not bad. LDL is a lipoprotein, a protein shell that holds fat to transport it.
The liver also makes a cargo boat called VLDL or Very Low-Density Lipoprotein and its purpose is to send out and unload the nutrients and minerals to provide fuel to the cells, material to the cell walls, hormones, and antioxidants.  When the VLDL is unloaded, it turns into LDL or Low-Density Lipoprotein.
LDL is at the location of the clogged arteries to help heal it and it is only dangerous if you have oxidized cholesterol. Insulin can oxidize cholesterol regardless of how high the blood sugars are and it isn’t necessarily caused by eating sugar but because of insulin resistance.
Things that Could Create Bad LDL
1. High Sugar
2. High Insulin

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

The Real Science on Cholesterol and Heart Disease

The mainstream media and most doctors will have you thinking cholesterol is a toxin to your body, but should you be worried if your cholesterol is high? In this video, we’ll explain how to interpret the basic lipid profile you can easily get from a blood test. Blood lipids can tell us a lot about what is going on in the body. Does high cholesterol cause heart attacks?