Most people are seriously confused about their cholesterol levels. This is because too much emphasis is placed on the importance of the total cholesterol. A far more important predictor of cardiovascular risk is actually the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL) to total cholesterol, along with the ratio of triglycerides to HDL.
A major clue that something is very off with the notion that high cholesterol causes heart disease can be found in this: even as cholesterol levels have become lower, rates of heart disease deaths have not followed suit! The truth is, your body NEEDS cholesterol—it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function.
If your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher. The following two percentages are far more potent indicators for heart disease risk:
If you're using your HDL percentage to determine when to transition to the Intermediate nutrition plan, you must use caution and consult a trained natural health care clinician if your cholesterol is above 350.
There does not appear to be a similar genetic condition for triglycerides, so you could use the Triglyceride/HDL ratio below 2 as one indication that you are ready to move on to the adaptation phase.
What do air, water and cholesterol have in common?
Like air and water, you can’t live without cholesterol.
Yes, you read that right. Your body needs cholesterol to function properly.
Cholesterol is found in your bloodstream and in every cell in your body, where it helps produce cell membranes, vitamin D, and bile acids and enhances neurological function and the formation of your memories.
Did you know that drastically lowering cholesterol actually increases your risk of dying? Your liver makes about 75 percent of your body’s cholesterol. You cannot make testosterone, estrogen, cortisone and other vital hormones without cholesterol.
In short, cholesterol is your friend!
Your body wouldn’t manufacture something that will harm itself. However, in the United States, cholesterol has been vilified and is classified as one of the most evil substances for your health. You probably are among the millions of people around the world who’ve reduced fat intake or virtually eliminated fat from their diet because your doctor and all those advertisements had you convinced of cholesterol’s links to heart disease.
It’s time to lay that harmful myth to rest!
The Low-down on Cholesterol: Why You Need It – and the Real Methods to Help Get Your Levels Right will open your eyes to the truth about cholesterol and why it is so vital for your optimal health, including:
You’re probably asking yourself, “If cholesterol isn’t bad, then why is everyone else saying that it is?”
In 2004, a special panel composed of doctors from the U.S. government’s National Cholesterol Education Program advised those at risk for heart disease to reduce their LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol to very low levels.
The panel recommended levels of less than 100 mg, or even less than 70 for those at a very high risk.
Lowering cholesterol to extremely low levels often requires multiple cholesterol-lowering drugs. And it’s no coincidence that eight of the nine doctors on the panel that created the new cholesterol guidelines had been making money from the drug companies that manufacture cholesterol-lowering drugs.i
Without these new guidelines, there wouldn’t be a huge new market for the cholesterol-lowering drugs in the United States. It’s mind-boggling to see that these guidelines are still being preached today because lowering your cholesterol levels is not only absurd but may be dangerous for your health!
Moreover, numerous studies have revealed that cholesterol-lowering drugs are mostly ineffective, have no medical benefits and have dangerous side effects!ii
Cholesterol-lowering medication, work by inhibiting an enzyme needed to make cholesterol in your liver. However, statin drugs also impair important biochemical functions in your body, like deplete the supply of the coenzyme CoQ10, which may lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness, and heart failure.
So, while cholesterol is still perceived as the villain and “Big Pharma” continues to rake in big bucks from the sale of cholesterol-lowering drugs, inflammation, the real culprit linked to for many health problems, escapes the attention of the medical world.
Inflammation is your body’s complex biological response to threats, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants.
For example, if your arteries are damaged, inflammation can cause your blood vessels to constrict, your blood to thicken, and the damage will be patched by a protective scar known as plaque.
Because no cell in the body can form without cholesterol, the liver produces more cholesterol and releases it in the bloodstream to help replace damaged cells during inflammation.
The plaque, along with the thickening of your blood and constricting of your blood vessels can indeed increase your risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks.iii
In The Low-down on Cholesterol: Why You Need It – and the Real Methods to Help Get Your Levels Right, you will learn:
The 8 Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally
Experts have gone so far as to call high cholesterol an “invented disease,” which came about when doctors learned to measure cholesterol levels.
High cholesterol is a worry that you don’t need to have. There’s also no reason to potentially risk your health by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. You can maintain your cholesterol levels by simply following eight simple steps.
These eight steps will not only help you lower your cholesterol levels naturally but can get you a step closer towards achieving optimal health.
The best person to help you get healthy is you. It’s a no-brainer. Take control of your health now!
[i] USAToday.com October 16, 2004
[ii]Journal of the American College of Cardiology July 31, 2007; 50:409-418
[iii]Mercola.com, Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease, Ron Rosedale May 28, 2005
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