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The Real Cause of Heart Disease and Cancer


Cholesterol and saturated fats are not the cause of heart disease and cancer.  Cholesterol and saturated fats have never been clinically or scientifically linked to causing heart disease or strokes.  Cholesterol is one of our most valuable and primary nutrients to maintain good health.  There is no reason to lower cholesterol.  There are no benefits in terms of saving lives or extending the longevity of Americans.  Do statin drugs work?  Absolutely.  They work to drive cholesterol down but there is no health benefit, only additional harm due to the fact that without cholesterol we can’t make testosterone, estrogen, vitamin D, and the adrenal hormones.  Cholesterol is a precursor for these hormones.  There is more harm subjected to Americans by low cholesterol than benefits.  The side effects include muscle pain, muscle wasting, acute amnesia, loss of memory, vague aches and pains, depression, suicidal thoughts, and an increased risk of breast cancer in women by 1500%.  I believe the pharmaceutical industry is aware of these facts but, because of greed, pride and ego, they fail to warn medical doctors and Americans.

The drugs that lower cholesterol are the financial foundation for many drug companies.  While statin drugs are not killing people outright, therefore, there is no cry to ban them.  It is not saturated fat and cholesterol that causes heart disease and strokes.  When the diet 60 or 70 years ago was rich in red meats, animal fats, beef steaks, bacon, cream, lard, butter and eggs, heart disease and strokes were not the number one killer in America.  Based on poor evidence of the cause of heart disease and cancer, Americans were told to abandon saturated fats and cholesterol.  The diet of Americans was switched to grains, other carbohydrates and sugar, and NOW after 60 or 70 years of a carbohydrate diet, heart disease is number one and cancer is number two of deaths in America.  I always advise anyone taking drugs, especially prescription drugs, to work with their physicians to make healthy changes.  But the advice to avoid fats and cholesterol has been wrong for 60 to 70 years and will continue, so along with working with your doctor, do your homework.  To start your homework, read The Great Cholesterol Myth by Dr. Jonny Bowden and cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra.  LDL cholesterol, sometimes referred to as the bad cholesterol, is not bad on its own.  There are two patterns of LDL cholesterol, pattern A and pattern B.  Pattern A are particles of cholesterol that are large and fluffy like cotton balls.  They are harmless and have good benefits.  Pattern B is like BB’s, small and dense, and are harmful.  We make more pattern B particles from carbohydrates.  Cholesterol is not the enemy.  Triglycerides are the enemy.  Triglycerides are three molecules of fat attached to a glycerol backbone, all made from carbohydrates.  The best way to determine if you have a higher risk of heart disease is to divide your triglyceride number by your HDL number.  You’ll have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke if you have a number below 3.5.  A low number of triglycerides and a significant increased number of HDL provides good protection and reduces risk of heart disease and strokes.  If your triglycerides are 150 and your HDL is 50, you have a number of 3.  If you have a triglyceride number of 300 and you have an HDL of 30, you have a number of 10, which is not in your favor and you have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.  By restricting your carbohydrates, you will reduce your triglycerides and increase your HDL, a favorable combination.  You will also have other benefits such as lowering your blood pressure, lowering your blood sugar, and all metabolic disorders when you restrict carbohydrates.  It will take a minimum of three weeks to adjust to a low carbohydrate diet.  And then, do not think of this as a remedy to make corrections, but look at this as a permanent change to change your life.  You often hear the advice to follow a low fat diet and they refer to the Mediterranean Diet.  The Mediterranean Diet is not a low fat diet, it is over 40% fat.  Fat is not the enemy nor is saturated fat the enemy.  Fat is healthy and your friend.  The overconsumption of carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates and sugar of all kinds, is the enemy.   Restrict your carbohydrates for better health.

 

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