What may surprise you about cholesterol!
Did you know that high cholesterol levels have almost nothing to do with heart disease? Thats right. In fact cholesterol is a healing substance in your body vital for life in every single cell in you entire body. It does very little to attempt to control cholesterol levels with you diet, because the body naturally makes about 90% on its own. So then why take cholesterol medication to lower something your body is naturally producing, which also has healing properties. Good question!
First you must understand the root cause of the problem in order to understand the cholesterol dilemma. Inflammation is the true problem, caused by bad diet, trans fats, and lack of exercise. This causes the body to wear down over time, and the body sends cholesterol to the areas where the blood vessels become weak, in an attempt to correct the problem. Think of it this way, firefighters are often at the scene of a fire, but are they to blame? Absolutely not, they are trying to control the problem. In the same way we find cholesterol at the “scene of the fire” attempting to control the problem. Does this mean cholesterol is to blame? Of course not. Did you know lowering your cholesterol has almost zero effect on your chances of having a heart attack? Drug companies have come up with arbitrary numbers and if your cholesterol levels get above that point, they believe you need to be on medication. As great as that may sound in theory, studies have repeatedly shown lowering cholesterol lowers “risk factors” for heart attacks, but not “heart attacks” themselves. It’s all in the way they word things and it can be tricky if your not paying attention. You should also pay very close attention to the long list of side effects these drugs bring with them, and those are only the most common ones.
So how do I determine if I’m at risk for heart disease? Homocysteine and CRP levels are a much more reliable test, because they look at the inflammation in the body. Doesn’t it make sense to look for the root cause of the problem, instead of only examining the symptoms? Think of it this way; if you’re ingesting toxic chemicals every single day and it causes worse and worse joint pain, are you going to take pain killers or eliminate the chemicals? Seems like getting to the root cause of the problem is the obvious choice instead of trying to mask the symptoms with prescription drugs, but we don’t look at cholesterol that way because there is just too much money to be made off millions on medication. I encourage you to research this more on your own if your on cholesterol medication or your doctor has recommended it.
Dr Nathan Berner, D.C.