There are a few different things that get me riled up, as my regular readers know, but docs putting people on statin drugs is one that’s right toward the top. People are confused, though, about what is a “normal” number for their cholesterol, and most haven’t researched enough to find articles like the one below to put their minds at ease.
To continue with Tuesday’s theme of cholesterol and whether or not your doctor can pressure you to eat low fat, today I’m posting an excerpt from an article by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who has written extensively on this issue. Still on my list of books to read is hers called, Put Your Heart in Your Mouth.
Excerpts from the article:
Many people ask me a question:
WHEN I TEST MY BLOOD CHOLESTEROL, WHAT SHOULD IT BE?
My answer is:
DON'T TEST YOUR BLOOD CHOLESTEROL!
IT IS A POINTLESS EXERCISE AND A POTENTIALLY HARMFUL ONE!
- The human brain is hungry for cholesterol! Memory loss and cognitive decline are very common results of statin therapy. In fact it is possible that a considerable part of dementia epidemic in our aging population is due to our ubiquitous statin prescriptions.
- More recently statins have been linked to development of Parkinson's disease. Indeed, one of the first side effects of statins is the change in mood and personality towards being intolerant, aggressive and short-tempered – a warning sign that the brain is starving for cholesterol.
- Cholesterol protects us from infections!
- Cholesterol is essential for our immune system to function properly.
- Every steroid hormone in the body is made out of cholesterol! Without cholesterol we will not be able to cope with stress or to have children.
- Cholesterol is essential for babies and children! The proponents of the diet-heart hypothesis and the public policy makers tell us that our children from the age of two should follow a program for reducing their blood cholesterol by avoiding natural fats and replacing them with margarine. The pharmaceutical giants are working hard on creating cholesterol-lowering drugs for children. These dangerous guidelines are given out “just in case”, without any scientific data to support them. The consequences of this policy can be very serious indeed for our children: aggressive behaviour, learning difficulties, poor memory, poor immunity, poor physical health combined with the future risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke and infertility.
- Cholesterol is essential for the elderly! Many studies have shown that old people with high cholesterol are healthier and live longer than people with low cholesterol.
- Vitamin D is made out of cholesterol in the body! Our recent misguided fear of sun and avoidance of cholesterol have created an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in the Western world leading to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, autoimmune illness, obesity, bone and muscle disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, poor immunity and susceptibility to infections.
- Cholesterol and saturated fats are essential for healing! No damage in the body, no wound or scratch can be healed without cholesterol and saturated fats. That is why large-scale studies have found that people who have low levels of cholesterol are prone to cancer, because their bodies cannot heal damaged tissues.
- Every day, depending on what your body is doing, your blood cholesterol levels go up and down quite a lot. A blood test for cholesterol will give you a snippet of this activity, completely out of context of your body's needs at the time. If this snippet happens to find it high, then two harmful things can happen to you:
1. You are likely to be put under pressure to start a statin therapy, depriving your body from one of the most essential nutrients;
2. You will have to live with a new anxiety – a fear of heart disease! And for no good reason at all, because cholesterol levels in your blood have nothing to do with heart disease.
If you really want to know about your risk of heart disease, then these are the tests to do…
- Buy the book: “Put Your Heart in Your Mouth”
- “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” the other book by Natasha Campbell-McBride
- Is cholesterol good for us?
- What should my cholesterol BE?
- Side effects from statins/cholesterol medications
- Are cholesterol medicines safe? What about LDL & HDL? You've got to read the info toward the bottom of this post about the movie Fathead!
Another good one from Dr. Eades
- History of Heart Disease
- Statins after a heart attack? – read about my brother-in-law's heart scare
- Read about Mike’s follow-up appointment at the heart doc.
- More pharmaceutical bull crap – read why the pharmacy contacted my sister
- A burger, fries and a side of Lipitor please!