The Cholesterol Myth – Another game of smoke and mirrors

smoke & mirrors

In 2010 Dr. Mercola was spot on with his take on cholesterol, and more doctors and health care professionals, especially those who choose to find answers outside conventional medical training, are starting to speak the same language now.

“That’s right, you do need cholesterol.
This soft, waxy substance is found not only in your bloodstream, but also in every cell in your body, where it helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps in the formation of your memories and is vital for neurological function.”
“The American Heart Association recommends that your total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL, but what they do not tell you is that total cholesterol level is just about worthless in determining your risk for heart disease, unless it is above 300.
In addition, the AHA updated their guidelines in 2004, lowering the recommended level of LDL cholesterol from 130 to LDL to less than 100, or even less than 70 for patients at very high risk.
In order to achieve these outrageous and dangerously low targets, you typically need to take multiple cholesterol-lowering drugs. So the guidelines instantly increased the market for these dangerous drugs. Now, with testing children’s cholesterol levels, they’re increasing their market even more.”

“Story at-a-glance

  • Cholesterol has been unfairly blamed for just about every case of heart disease for the last 20 years, when in reality, you need cholesterol in order to be healthy; your body uses cholesterol for cell membranes, hormones, neurotransmitters and overall nerve function
  • Your total cholesterol number is not a good indicator of heart disease risk; there are several laboratory values that are better predictors of heart disease and overall health risk
  • Having an optimal vitamin D level is crucial for good health, and vitamin D synthesis depends on cholesterol
  • Cholesterol level reflects chronic inflammation in your body; the more inflammation you have, the higher your total cholesterol tends to be. Your body makes cholesterol to “patch up damages” from this ongoing inflammation

See the entire article by Dr. Joseph Mercola

See the movie, Statin Nation, for an in depth look at the level of deception, and some real answers.



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