Numerous studies have been performed designed to determine the true causes of cholesterol buildup and what are the ideal ranges for the various associated lipids. The following is a bullet point summary of several of these studies making note of the key findings and contributing factors.
1. People with high cholesterol levels tend to live the longest.
2. Almost all studies have found that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for women.
3. Total cholesterol levels below 200 lead to emotional instability, low self-control, aggression, violence, suicide, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions. (Oxford Professor David Horrobin).
4. Total cholesterol levels of 200-300 are ideal if they also fall into proper ratio categories:
LDL: HDL Ratio: 3:1 or less (2:1 is optimal) Triglycerides: HDL Ratio: 2:1 or less (1:1 is optimal)
HDL: 55-80; Triglycerides: 40-80; Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) 5-30 mg/dl; LDL: 100-200
5. Plaque buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis) is not caused by fatty foods.
a. Diet contributes only to 15% of total body cholesterol. 85% is manufactured by the body itself.
6. Fatty plaque buildup in the arteries is caused, in part, by low levels of sunlight and Vitamin D.
a. In the absence of Vitamin D, Macrophages (white blood cells) in the blood tend to overeat cholesterol, causing them to become clogged.
b. They then become what scientists call "foam cells", which are one of the earliest markers of atherosclerosis (fatty plaque buildup).
c. Higher levels of Vitamin D will inhibit the uptake of cholesterol by the macrophages, thereby reducing the fatty plaque buildup in the arteries.
7. The body considers cholesterol a desirable substance and therefore recycles about 50% of the cholesterol from bile fluids going through the small intestines to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
8. Vascular walls can become weakened or brittle, and therefore susceptible to cracking and leakage if the body is deficient in the full spectrum of 70+ minerals required for optimal health. When veins leak the body sends cholesterol to the site to plug the leak. Cholesterol buildup may indicate a mineral imbalance from:
a. taking mineral supplements that are not full spectrum earth based mineral sources
b. from consuming foods deficient in minerals due the lack of minerals in farm soils or the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides during the growing process (which inhibit mineral uptake by the plants)
c. from consuming food and drink that deplete mineral reserves (coffee, sugars, energy drinks, chelation therapy, distilled water, etc.)
9. There is a definitive link between stress and sudden heart attacks. As stress level rises, so do levels of white blood cells (indicating an immune system attack on stress promoted pathogens). Foam cells form which can then lead to plaque breakdown and myocardial infarction.
10. Stress hormones can also cause the spread of bacterial biofilms forming on the walls of your arteries, leading to the same result of plaque deposits to suddenly breaking loose, triggering a heart attack.
11. Dr. Yudkin discovered in the 1960s that sugar is the primary dietary culprit in the development of heart disease due to its profound inflammatory properties.
1. Builds and maintains healthy cell membranes.
2. Improves cell signaling in support of T-cell, B-cell and other immune functions.
3. Builds the nerve protective myelin sheath, made of cholesterol, which provides insulation for more efficient conduction of nerve impulses.
4. The liver converts cholesterol to bile which aides in the intestinal absorption of fats as well as vitamin A, D, E & K (fat-soluble vitamins).
5. Cholesterol is a precursor molecule for the making of Vitamin D.
6. Cholesterol is a precursor molecule for the making of the steroid hormones cortisol and aldosterone.
7. Cholesterol is a precursor molecule for the making of sex hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, along with their derivatives, thereby contributing to emotional and physical balance.
8. Cholesterol may also act as an antioxidant.
9. High cholesterol levels were shown by both Professor David R. Jacobs and Dr. Carlos Iribarren to reduce vulnerability to infection, intestinal disease, and respiratory disease.
10. High cholesterol levels contribute to longevity. A study by Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, reported in 1994 that old people with high cholesterol levels died half as often from a heart attack as did old people with low cholesterol.
11. Almost all studies indicate that cholesterol levels are not a risk factor for women, especially in light of the importance of cholesterol's role in the production of hormones.
12. The best way to clear excessive HDL cholesterol from the body (due to processed food and fast food and certain liquid oils) is to take bitter herbs (Digestive Bitters) which improve bile production, laxativity, detoxification, and the reduction of unnecessary cholesterol & adipose tissues.
13. The best way to increase healthy cholesterol levels to appropriate levels of over 200-300 Total Cholesterol is to consume quality whole foods containing fats, like avocado, olives, coconut, and a moderate amount of seeds and nuts (though an excess of nuts and seeds can lead to pathogen overgrowth, and chronic fatigue due to their higharginine content).
14. Moderate amounts of coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil are examples of quality oil concentrates that can be consumed safely (although an excess of these (beyond 2-3 tablespoons over a day) can also result in the problem of pathogen overgrowth coupled with sluggish circulation, especially when combined with a concentrated sweetener or fruit).
15. There are important ratios to consider when analyzing cholesterol levels. Having a balanced ratio of LDL to HDL and triglycerides to HDL is essential for good health.
LDL: HDL Ratio: 3:1 or less (2:1 is optimal) Triglyceride: HDL Ratio: 2:1 or less (1:1 is optimal)
Higher trigylceride and lower HDL levels are typically an indication of insulin resistance and high fasting insulin levels
Cholesterol levels between 200-300 mg/dl are considered normal and desirable providing they also fall within the healthful ratios mentioned above.
"The Soft Science of Dietary Fats," by Gary Taubes, in the March 30, 2001 issue of Science,
"The Oiling of America" by Enig and Fallon
"The Cholesterol Myths" by Ravnskov
"Stress—Yes, It Really Can Trigger a Heart Attack" by Dr. Mercola
"Higher Cholesterol is Associated With Longer Life" by Dr. Mercola
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