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Cholesterol Facts

“If you have come to believe that you can ward off death from heart disease by altering the amount of cholesterol in your blood, whether by diet or by drugs, you are following a regime that still has no basis in fact. Rather, you as a consumer have been taken in by certain commercial interests and health groups who are more interested in your money than your life.”

Dr. Edward Pinckney, Author ‘The Cholesterol Controversy’

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy type of lipid, a substance that is insoluble in water, like oil or fat, but rather thicker. Specifically, cholesterol is a type of fat that is made up of four interlocked rings of carbon called a steroid. Our bodies are made out of cholesterol and fats to quite a large degree.

When we consume foods containing cholesterol, our body breaks down cholesterol to make testosterone and estrogen. Cholesterol also acts as a precursor for vitamin D.

While our liver is responsible for producing cholesterol in the largest amount, every cell in our body makes its own cholesterol to some extent to continue building healthy cells all the time throughout our life.

What kinds of Cholesterol are there?

There are two types of cholesterol.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) is known as the “bad” cholesterol because it may stick to artery walls.

High-density lipoproteins (HDL) is known as the “good” cholesterol because it helps to clean out the LDL stuck on the arterial walls.

The human brain is hungry for cholesterol!

Interfering with the body’s ability to produce cholesterol threatens the very structure of our brain and the rest of our nervous system. Every structure in the brain needs cholesterol and saturated fats.

There are many people whose bodies are unable to produce enough cholesterol; these people do need to have plenty of foods rich in cholesterol in order to provide their organs with this essential to life substance. Eating fresh eggs and butter daily improves memory and cognitive ability in the elderly. Any person with memory loss or learning problems needs to have plenty of these foods every single day in order to recover.

“Memory loss and cognitive decline
are very common results of
cholesterol reducing statin therapy.

Low blood cholesterol has been routinely recorded in violent criminals, people with aggressive social behavior and low self-control, and people prone to suicide. Indeed, one of the fist side effects of statins is the change in mood and personality towards being intolerant, aggressive and short-tempered.

Cholesterol is in every single cell of our body!

Cholesterol is found in abundance in every cell of our body. Surrounding each of our cells is a membrane called the plasma membrane. The plasma membrane is a continuous double-layer of phospholipids, interweaved with proteins and cholesterol. Molecule for molecule, cholesterol makes up nearly half of the membrane. Cholesterol is also present in membranes of organelles inside the cells.

One role of cholesterol is to prevent extremes in the fluid consistency of the cell membrane, which is about the same consistency as olive oil. It prevents the membrane from becoming overly fluid or overly firm. Without cholesterol, cell membranes would be too fluid, not firm enough, and too permeable to small molecules. In other words, cholesterol keeps the membrane from turning to mush.

Cholesterol gives the cell membrane also extra support as it is more rigid than other lipids in the membrane. This extra rigidity maintains the integrity of the plasma membrane and while keeping it flexible, like in the skin and muscle tissues.

Cholesterol allows the cell membrane to serve as an effective barrier to ions, making it harder for small molecules to pass through. Cholesterol plays a role in facilitating cell signaling – meaning the ability of your cells to communicate with each other.

Cholesterol protects us against infections!

Cholesterol is essential for our immune system to function properly. People with low blood cholesterol are more prone to infections. When they get an infection they are more likely to die from it compared to people with high cholesterol.

Before antibiotics were discovered, for centuries a mixture of raw egg yolks and cream -very rich in cholesterol- was used to cure tuberculosis and other infections.

Our body itself produces Vitamin D out of cholesterol!

Vitamin D is made out of cholesterol in our skin under the sunlight. 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.

As many people are unable to produce enough of their own cholesterol, eating cholesterol-rich foods is essential for them to produce vitamin D.

Cholesterol is essential for seniors!

Many studies have shown that old people with high cholesterol are healthier and live longer than people with low cholesterol.

High blood cholesterol protects older people from strokes, heart disease, infections, cancer and many other health problems.

The older a person is, the more his/her “low” blood cholesterol poses an elevated risk of stroke. In fact it is dangerous to reduce cholesterol in old people. And yet that is exactly what our doctors are doing.

Cholesterol and saturated fats are essential for healing!

No wound or scratch in the body can be healed without cholesterol and saturated fats. That is why cancer formation in the body is linked to low cholesterol.

Lipids explained

A lipid is chemically defined as a substance that is insoluble in water and soluble in alcohol, ether, and chloroform. 

Lipids are an important component of living cells. Together with carbohydrates and proteins, lipids are the main constituents of plant and animal cells.

Cholesterol and triglycerides (main constituent of body fat in humans and animals, as well as vegetable fat) are lipids.

Phospholipids Explained

Phospholipids are a class of lipids (fatty acids) that are one of the major components of all cell membranes.

Phospholipids are composed of two fatty acids attached to a phosphate compound at the head.

If you still believe the popular media, you would think that there is simply no level of cholesterol low enough. Anti-cholesterol drugs called statins with $30 billion annual sales are the number one profit-makers for the pharmaceutical industry. Despite proven side effects such as depleting our body of CoQ10, inhibiting synthesis of vitamin K2, reducing the production of ketone bodies, and increasing our risk of other serious diseases (cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal diseases, cataracts), more than 214 million monthly prescriptions make them the most used drugs in the western world. Crazy but true…

eggs-fry-panThe truth is, that we humans cannot live without cholesterol and animal fats! Our bodies are made out of cholesterol and fats to quite a large degree! Every cell in our bodies produces cholesterol and fats all the time during all of our lives. The fact is that most of cholesterol in the body does not come from food! It is produced by the body, as it is needed. Cholesterol is such an essential part of our human physiology that the body has very efficient mechanisms to keep blood cholesterol at a certain level. When we eat more cholesterol, the body itself produces less; when we eat less cholesterol, the body itself produces more. That is why low-fat and cholesterol-free diets have no effect on blood cholesterol.

However, cholesterol-lowering drugs are a completely different matter! They interfere with the body’s ability to produce cholesterol and hence they do reduce the amount of cholesterol available for the body to use.

More in depth reading is available on the following links…

docsopinion.com

Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine

thebigfatsurprise.com

5 Great Reasons Why You Should Not Take Statins

 

 

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