Cholesterol is not the Enemy that Causes Heart Disease
According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans have high cholesterol. Having high cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans. It is now estimated that 40-50% of everyone in the USA now dies from heart disease. Just 100 years ago, only 5% of the population died of heart disease. The most widely prescribed drug in the world today is Lipitor, which helps to decrease cholesterol in the blood. However, cholesterol is not the enemy it has been portrayed as being. Cholesterol is actually very vital and important to every cell in our bodies. It helps to transport fats through our blood, digests liver fats, and it key for the production of sex hormones. It is estimated that 75% of the cholesterol we need is manufactured in our liver.
So if cholesterol is not the bad guy, then what causes heart disease and atherosclerosis?
Two main things cause heart disease.
1. Inflammation. Without inflammation in the body, cholesterol would not accumulate on the walls of the blood vessels. When the walls of the arteries are damaged due to inflammation and oxidation, cholesterol accumulates at the site in an effort to help the body heal or repair itself. Inflammation is actually a good thing because it is the body’s way of protecting itself from foreign organisms. In the case of cholesterol and heart disease, this inflammation is caused by toxic damaging food that is consumed. In this case, cholesterol is not the bad guy and it is doing its job to protect the body from further damage.
2. The Wrong Fat and Carbohydrates. We have been sold lies and have been told that the poly-unsaturated oils are the ones that are protecting our hearts and are “good” for us. What oils are these? Safflower, Corn and Soybean oil. When they arrive to the stores, they are rancid. When they are cook they become even more rancid. This smell of rancidity is fancily covered up through modern processing methods. These free radicals cause huge amounts of damage in the body. The oils that actually are not bad and play a role in protecting the body are ones such as organic cold pressed coconut oil and red palm oil. In addition, all of the white bread, white pasta, white rice and the massive amounts of sugar we consume also play a huge role in damaging the body.
“When fat in the bloodstream becomes elevated, things change. Gradually, the endothelium, the white blood cells and the platelets, the blood cells that cause clotting, all become sticky. Eventually, a white blood cell adheres to and eventually penetrates the endothelium, where it attempts to ingest the rising numbers of LDL cholesterol molecules that are being oxidized from the fatty diet. The white blood cells send out a call for help to other white blood cells. More and more of them converge on the site, becoming engorged with bad cholesterol and eventually form a bubble of fatty pus – an atheroma or “plaque”, the chief characteristic of atherosclerosis. Over time these engorged deposits get weak and when they burst, the body sends out a signal to close it off. The only bad this is that this closes off the artery completely causing a heart attack.” Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease“
High Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. The cause is a poor diet that contributes to inflammation and free radical damage in the body that cholesterol seeks to repair.
Having said that, what is a natural way to lower your LDL and HDL cholesterol by 50-100mg/dl in the next 30 days? Your cholesterol levels can normalize themselves very quickly with great whole food supplementation and a rock star diet. Very simply, since our bodies manufacture cholesterol, we don’t need to get it from our diet. What food has cholesterol in it? Animal products. Meat, dairy, eggs, etc… Dr. Esselstyn’s advice is:
1. Don’t eat anything with a face or a mother (animal products).
2. Move to a plant based diet composed of veggies, fruits, grains, legumes, and seeds.
While I personally am not a vegetarian, as I do eat small amounts of meat on a weekly basis, the power of this type of diet should not be underestimated for lowering LDL and HDL cholesterol levels rapidly and removing any risk that may exist for heart disease. Most Americans should be eating much greater amounts of organic, unprocessed, whole plant food. The answer to high cholesterol and reversing heart disease is literally that simple.
In the clinic we have a very specific nutritional protocol with highly concentrated whole food supplements that assist the body to metabolize cholesterol in the blood and repair the burst, inflamed or ruptured capillaries, which is the cause of why cholesterol forms in the first place and clogs arteries. A good anti-cholesterol and anti-heart disease diet combined with the whole food right supplementation can significantly lower cholesterol to acceptable levels with 1-2 months. Call for a phone consultation now if you are outside of the Orlando area (616-499-3328). Otherwise, call and make an appointment today.