Medical Doctors, drug manufacturers and nutritional supplement companies make billions of dollars browbeating us to believe this statement. Despite the exuberance with which it is made, this statement is a health myth. The redundancy of this myth has handicapped health logic among some of the most respected health experts in the world.
Most people insist that because their new statin drug (i.e. Lipitor, Pravachol, Crestor) or nutritional supplement (i.e. red yeast rice, policosanol) plummeted their total cholesterol level from 225 to 180 mg/dL they are safe from the pandemic killer heart disease. Never mind their Sugar addiction, insulin resistance (pre-diabetic state) and excess fat.
Low cholesterol does not prevent heart disease and can lead to a myriad of problems. Stop right here and please repeat that sentence before going any further...
In accordance with science, the higher the cholesterol, the longer we live. The cholesterol lowering myth is proof that “when everyone is thinking the same thing, nobody is thinking.”
Logic should bury the cholesterol myth. The human body is diverse. To verify, measure male anatomy and you’ll find that some men have longer ones than others. Similarly, not everybody on the planet will meet the recommended standards set by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) and adhered to by the American Heart Association (AHA) - not without the influence of medicine, natural or synthetic. This excites drug and supplement companies. Logic is a poor defense for cholesterol; western medicine rarely adheres to it. We’ll have to move on.
Autopsy results from heart attack victims should bury the myth. If low cholesterol levels prevent heart disease, then we would see high cholesterol levels among those who die early from it via heart attack. This is not so. Half of heart attack victims (those who suffer from heart disease) have low cholesterol. This logic is too simple. Highly educated folk will totally miss this one.
Drug company research on cholesterol lowering drugs should definitely bury the myth. If low cholesterol prevented heart disease then studies would show a correlation between drug-induced low cholesterol and prevention of heart disease. The earlier cholesterol lowering drugs, known as “fibrates,” did not. The U.S. General Accounting Office recognized this and intervened. In their report to congress, entitled Cholesterol Treatment – A Review of the Clinical Trials Evidence, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) stated:
“With respect to total fatalities—that is, deaths from CHD [heart disease] and all other causes—most meta-analyses show no significant difference and thus no improvement in overall survival rates in the trials [using fibrates] that included either persons with known CHD or persons without it.”
This did not shake the pharmaceutical grip on medical doctors. Doctors prescribe the newer cholesterol lowering drugs, statins, to anyone with a heartbeat. This must be why all medical doctors carry a stethoscope around their neck. Still though, like the earlier “fibrates,” these drugs show no correlation between low cholesterol and the prevention of heart disease. Looking at 5 major statin drug trials, these being PROSPER, ALLHAT-LLT, ASCOT-LLA, AFCAPS and WOSCOPS, statin drugs provided an Absolute Risk Reduction in total mortality of 0.3%, which equates to NO LIVES SAVED. These facts will go ignored as well.
Prescription drug addiction takes precedent to science, at least in the United States. Therefore, medical doctors and drug companies will obfuscate the truth with complexity and obscurity via statistical contortionists. Don’t be fooled, hold steady to logic.
The ubiquity and importance of cholesterol to the human body should bury the myth. Cholesterol acts to interlock “lipid molecules,” which stabilize cell membranes. Therefore, cholesterol is a vital building block for all bodily tissues. Lowering such a vital molecule is absurdity. To illustrate, imagine that your house represents your body and the nails holding it together cholesterol. Now start pulling each and every nail out of the house. What happens? The house turns to a pile of rubble. The same is true for the human body.
And finally, studies among populations that live the longest show them to have "high" cholesterol. You read that right. Cholesterol levels of 400 were better suited for survival than those of 200! High cholesterol saves lives because it is protective, not deadly.
Adhering to the cholesterol myth is akin to crossing a two-way street while looking only in one direction: you are bound to get run over. Getting hit by a car is not an accident, neither is heart disease. The true cause of heart disease is the result of a nutritional deficiency and being a fat cow. To ignore this is to commit suicide, in slow motion. Seek health education not drugs.
About the Author
Ellison’s entire career has been dedicated to the study of molecules; how they give life and how they take from it. He was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology. He is a bestselling author of The Hidden Truth about Cholesterol Lowering Drugs, holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry and is the originator of the Hormone Intelligence Therapy (HIT) program for reversing diabetes, losing fat and putting mom’s-in-thongs. Read the free report at http://www.thepeopleschemist.com/obesity_cure.php
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