Since February is Heart Health Month, you’ve probably often heard how bad it is for you to have high cholesterol.
We see TV commercials advertising drugs that are “proven” to lower your cholesterol. We go to the grocery store and see products that claim to be low in cholesterol or that will bring your cholesterol levels down. Even good old Cheerios has hopped on the reduce your cholesterol, heart-healthy band wagon. For decades, we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that we should blame heart disease on cholesterol.
How would you feel if you knew all of this was a myth?
There are nutrition experts who say cholesterol may not be so bad after all, and that having high cholesterol may not even be harmful. But the fear of high cholesterol definitely puts plenty of money in the pockets of doctors, drug companies and the food industry.
According to WebMD, The IMS reports that Americans spent $307 billion on prescription drugs in 2010. The number one drug at the top of the list is Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — totaling $7.2 billion. Now that’s a lot of drug money. A February 2011 report by the Center for Disease Control claims 1 in 3 adults has high cholesterol.
But what if having high cholesterol really doesn’t mean you are likely to have a heart problems? Dr. Joseph Mercola, physician and author of the worlds #1 natural health website says,
“Not only is cholesterol most likely not going to destroy your health (as you have been led to believe), but it is also not the cause of heart disease.”
So what about all of these lies we’ve been told?
The Three Biggest Lies About Cholesterol
Lie #1: High Cholesterol is Bad for Your Heart
In the United States, the idea that cholesterol is evil is what we have been brainwashed into believing. But this is a very harmful myth that you need to know more about. Ron Rosedale, MD, who is one of the leading anti-aging doctors in the United States explains,
cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on Earth. In other words, there is no life on Earth that can live without cholesterol. That will automatically tell you that, in and of itself, it cannot be evil. In fact, it is one of our best friends.
We would not be here without it. No wonder lowering cholesterol too much increases one’s risk of dying. Cholesterol is also a precursor to all of the steroid hormones. You cannot make estrogen, testosterone, cortisone and a host of other vital hormones without cholesterol.
Here’s a surprising fact, low cholesterol is not good! It often is related to depression and aggressive behavior. In Dr. Mercola’s article, The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health, he makes it clear that
over 41,000 patient records found that people who take statin drugs (like Lipitor) to lower their cholesterol as much as possible may have a higher risk of cancer,while other studies have linked low cholesterol to Parkinson’s disease.
All in all, Cholesterol should not be taking the rap for our heart health at all. What’s really bad for our heart is our food choices, our crazy amount of stress and our lack of exercise. Cholesterol is just trying to send you a message that maybe it’s time to start getting outside for a walk or drop the chocolate donuts and grab some blueberries instead.
Li3 #2: Fat and Cholesterol in Food is Harmful
According to conventional thinking about cholesterol you shouldn’t be eating eggs and butter. But really, that’s completely wrong! Director of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, Uffe Ravnskov, highlights the facts about cholesterol in his book Fat And Cholesterol Are GOOD For You.
Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat enough. This explains why the ”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few percent.
There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. For instance, more than twenty studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and the degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated to the diet.
So don’t be afraid to eat foods high in fat or that have cholesterol! Don’t be scared of saturated fat either. Many forms of fat are actually good for you. Especially fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and avocados, nuts and eggs. Trans fat is really the only fat we should steer clear of.
Lie #3: Drugs are the Only Way to Lower Your Cholesterol
If you’re worried about your cholesterol being too high, you don’t need drugs to lower your cholesterol. Taking these statin drugs especially is the worst idea and more likely to harm you then benefit you. Dr. Mercola explains,
For starters, statin drugs deplete your body of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is beneficial to heart health and muscle function. Because doctors rarely inform people of this risk and advise them to take a CoQ10 supplement, this depletion leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness, and eventually heart failure.
Muscle pain and weakness are the most common side effect of Statin drugs. In addition:
- Cognitive impairment, including memory loss
- A potential increased risk of cancer
- Decreased function of the immune system
- Liver problems, including a potential increase in liver enzymes (so people taking statins must be regularly monitored for normal liver function)
And the list goes on.
So then after all of that, why would they continue putting us on all of these drugs that just give cause other problems?
Want the Truth? Follow the Money
The bottom line is this- the more cholesterol-lowering drugs prescribed by Doctors, the more money they will put in their pockets. You can’t believe what these big time health care “businesses” are telling you about your cholesterol as it relates to your risk of heart disease. It is an advertising campaign that drives dollars for the big time drug producers, doctors and the food industry. Dr. Mercola gives us evidence on how this is all a money making campaign,
Eight of the nine doctors on the panel that developed the new cholesterol guidelines had been making money from the drug companies that manufacture statin cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The same drugs that the new guidelines suddenly created a huge new market for in the United States.
Coincidence? I think not.
It’s a pretty easy trap to fall into. Your Dr. says, you have high cholesterol take this and you go pick up your prescription. CHA CHING. Well, now it’s time to start thinking for yourself and do your research. Stick to a raw food diet, get some exercise and stay off “drugs”!
Just remember as you watch this clip…the media relies on Big Pharma for advertising dollars so they aren’t going to bite the hand that feeds them. And mainstream doctors are almost always going to side with drugs because more drugs equal more money. But at least they are finally coming out and confessing that statin drugs are the cause for these terrible side effects.
For tips on how to lower your cholesterol without the use of medication, read Mark Hyman’s, MD article 7 Tips to Fix Your Cholesterol Without Medication.
- New warning about diabetes posted on statin bottles (uk.news.yahoo.com)
- What’s Next? Starting Children on Drugs the Moment They’re Born? (anh-usa.org)
- Natural Cholesterol Control? (drweil.com)
- ‘Miracle’ drugs put thousands at risk (smh.com.au)