It bothers me that even “alternative health” reporters and practitioners are relaying the health virtues of foods or supplements with the phrase “lowers cholesterol” as a significant feature. They are all spreading misinformation from the disinformation of the lipid theory of heart disease.
Fortunately, some outspoken cardiologists and physicians have written books that bluntly criticize the “cholesterol causes heart disease” dogma.
They include doctors like Stephen Sinatra, MD and Dwight Lundell, MD, both cardiologists and authors of books bravely debunking the saturated fat and cholesterol sources of heart disease dogma.
The consensus among them and many others who are still in the minority is that arterial inflammation is the source of heart disease. As inflamed arteries begin swelling or tearing apart, cholesterol attempts to patch those points temporarily.
Cholesterol is the innocent bystander caught on the scene of the accident while trying to help. There are even studies that half or more of hospitalized heart attack patients did not have cholesterol readings that indicated cardiac risk. (Source)
Yet this is what most mainstream doctors use to put people on dangerous statin drugs, which are among Big Pharma’s blockbuster best sellers.
Other studies show people with high cholesterol living longer than those with low cholesterol. Yet the lipid theory of heart disease myth persists in mainstream medicine and media. Amazing!
About Those Cholesterol Numbers
“The cholesterol number is essentially worthless,” claims Dr. Arthur Agatston. This Miami cardiologist and South Beach diet books author says the cholesterol of people who have heart attacks and those who don’t are almost identical.
A study published in the American Heart Journal in 2009, found almost half of the hospital admissions had LDL cholesterol levels below 100, traditionally considered “low risk” – according to media MD Sanjay Gupta’s CNN article.
Your cholesterol numbers are blood level readings. They don’t measure any accumulations of arterial cholesterol wherever they are directed to repair arterial inflammation damage.
But if one’s inflammatory diet isn’t curbed or changed, the free radical activity and pH acidity overwhelm your body’s attempts to repair inflamed arteries until one ruptures or causes a heart attack.
The plaque usually occurs when there is a build-up of oxidized cholesterol. In most cases, inflamed arteries break down even when obstructed half-way or less with oxidized cholesterol plaques, indicating the damage had already occurred before blockage.
Cholesterol is vital for producing hormones, building brain tissue, synthesizing vitamin D from sunshine, and acting as an antioxidant to repair inflammation damage.
The so-called French paradox, high cholesterol readings with low heart attack rates, is not from resveratrol in their mealtime wine.
It is the result of better food quality and healthier fats that constitute their meals with their respect of mealtime as time off from stress and worry. Get educated more by checking out this excellent article by the founder of Beyond Health, Raymond Francis.
The Dietary Approach
Oxidized cholesterol and other inflammatory conditions can be alleviated or avoided by taking antioxidant supplements and anti-inflammatory foods, such as ginger as a tea or juice, as well as avoiding processed hydrogenated oils for cooking or salads.
Cold pressed olive oil and other cold pressed nut and seed oils also provide some oleic acid (omega-9), which reduces oxidation of the body’s cholesterol. Canola oil’s health claims are bogus. Avoid it.
Most pure saturated fats, including fish and fish oils, are actually healthy, especially since they provide easily assimilable omega-3 fatty acids.
The imbalance of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, especially if they’re from processed oils and foods, is another source of inflammation throughout the body.
The ideal ratio zone should be from 1:1 or 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3. It’s estimated that the Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed foods places many in ratios of 20 to 1, omega-6 to omega-3. This imbalance alone creates chronic inflammation, the basis of most disease.
“High cholesterol is not a diagnosis. It’s a symptom. It’s like a fever. The first step is to figure out what’s going on,” says Dr. James A. Underberg, a professor at New York University School of Medicine.
The fever analogy is pretty good since, like fever, high cholesterol may indicate arterial inflammation.
So cut out inflammatory foods made with bleached white flours and refined sugar, especially HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). Consume organic vegetables and whole grains. Minimize alcohol and don’t smoke chemically saturated cigarettes.
Dairy should be unprocessed, even unpasteurized if possible, and meats should come from humanely treated free grass grazing livestock that isn’t filled with antibiotics to make them fatter faster or hormones to increase milk production.
Use coconut oil liberally and pay no attention to the saturated fat fear mongers. As long as the fats are not hydrolyzed or processed and come from healthy sources, such as grass-fed livestock and free range chickens, saturated fats are beneficial. (Source)