Heart Disease and High Cholesterol

Written by Cyndi

Cyndi is about educating. Her greatest love is to teach, both in the public arena and within the large corporate food companies, to enable everyone to make better choices so they too can enjoy greater health throughout their lives. Considered one of the world's foremost experts in Nutrition, Cyndi brings over 40 years experience, research and knowledge.

October 27, 2014

What Cyndi Recommends  Read Changing Habits Changing Lives and try the Changing Habits Real Food Reset Program. Also supplement your diet with the Changing Habits Colloidals, Probiotics, Inca Inchi Protein and Greens. Invest in the Changing Habits seaweed salt and rapadura sugar to use in place of refined foods. 

The Cholesterol Scam

“The cholesterol hypothesis can be likened to a cathedral built on a bog. Rather than admit they made a horrible mistake and let it sink, the builders decided to try and keep the cathedral afloat at all costs. Each time a crack appeared, a new buttress was built. Then further buttresses were built to support the original buttresses.” Dr Malcolm Kendrick (Medical Doctor and Author of Panic Nation)

The words ‘cholesterol’ and ‘saturated fat’ bring about a sense of fear for many people. So much so that they avoid manufactured foods containing them at all costs, checking the labels to make sure they are not on the nutritional information or are in minor amounts. People are also well versed in foods that naturally contain them, like butter, eggs, avocado, coconut and so on. This fear has been growing over the past two generations but it is time to stop this irrational trend. This report aims to take that fear away and help you understand, firstly, how this fear started and, secondly, how these nutrients are essential for health, energy, vitality and life.

I’ve always believed that, in essence, all discoveries and ideas about our diet came from a place of integrity in the beginning, but as discoveries were made and money was invested and time showed another truth, then greed, public brainwashing, fear and momentum have turned many noble ideas into disasters for public health.

The saturated fat/cholesterol fear is one such disaster. I can tell you now that most doctors will not know this information and continue to see high blood cholesterol levels as an enemy and prescribe statin drugs and margarine. Many dietitians and nutritionists will also be naive and continue to say that margarine and low-fat is better than butter. And although an astounding amount of money has been spent on research to conclusively prove the link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease, there exists an even greater amount of research published in peer-reviewed journals that completely liberates dietary saturated fat, cholesterol and elevated blood cholesterol from any role in heart disease.

Did you know that cholesterol levels change day to day and week to week?  One day you may go to your doctor for a test and without changing your diet or going on medications you go back a week later and the change may be as great as 1.8mmol/l up or down.  That is significant as this may put you in or out of the danger zone.

It is also interesting to note that in 1995 only 4.5% of the population over 45 were on cholesterol lowering drugs, that figure has now reached 30% – this is not because cholesterol is rising but more that the figure seen as a safe level is being lowered. A number or a ratio of blood cholesterol readings does not indicate disease but rather tells us that perhaps something is wrong and that we need to investigate further.  

High Cholesterol Readings may be indicators for the following;

  1. Leptin Resistance
  2. Thyroid Imbalances – T3 is required to activate LDL receptors therefore, hashimotos, graves, iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism can be the reason for increase LDL cholesterol.
  3. Infection –  LDL levels will rise with infection (both HDL and LDL have a big part to play in immunity)
  4. Inflammation – after surgery, dental work, sprains, foods we eat LDL levels will increase.
  5. Iron and copper deficiency related to thyroid conditions
  6. Familial hypercholesterolemia where one of the genes that codes for the LDL receptor doesnʼt function well. Or it doesnʼt function at all.

Become informed and then make a decision based on education not public panic, read all the reports I’ve suggested for heart disease, continue your education by reading Changing Habits Changing Lives, find yourself a doctor that knows this information and can help you with gaining health rather then lowering a substance that has little relevance in the scheme of heart disease.

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