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The Truth About Cholesterol-Part 1

 

 

Before you start reading, I want you to know I am neither a cholesterol expert nor a guru of any kind when it comes to this topic. Think of this post as a informational appetizer to get you going on your journey to minimize your chances of becoming part of the medical status quo. 

 

Since cholesterol drugs (statins) are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market, you should be aware of what’s been written on it. Below is a screen shot from my archives to show you this isn’t just my opinion or a chiropractic anti-drugs campaign. Just content for you to read and absorb. I write like I speak and I am distilling info on cholesterol just like I would if you asked me at the adjusting table on a weekly visit. 

 

So, with that being said.....let’s begin!

 

 

 

 

 

The Paleolithic Prescription 

S. Boyd Eaton, MD

1988

 

“In 1984 a National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference concluded that elevation of blood cholesterol is a  major cause of coronary artery disease’ and that lowering blood cholesterol levels would reduce the risk of heart attacks caused by coronary artery disease. But in 1987, heart surgeon Michael DeBakey was quoted as saying that cholesterol is not the main cause of coronary atherosclerosis, that cholesterol levels do not appear related to the rates of the disease’s progression, and that some people with low cholesterol levels were as likely as people with higher levels to develop atherosclerotic plaques. Dr. DeBakey also claimed that about a third of patients with heart attacks had “perfectly normal” cholesterol levels.” pg. 274

 

Check this out…

 

“Dietary cholesterol, by itself, has a relatively limited influence on serum cholesterol levels.” Pg. 115

 

History on Dr. DeBakey

 

Dr. Michael DeBakey (d. 2008, age 99) was a world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman. 

 

 

 

DeBakey developed the mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units during the Korean War. 

 

DeBakey was a chairman of the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke during the Johnson Administration. 

 

DeBakey was one of the first to perform coronary artery bypass surgery. He pioneered the development of an artificial heart, one of the first to use an external heart pump successfully in a patient. 

 

in 1949, DeBakey initiated the movement to establish the National Library of Medicine (The PubMed Database) which is now the world’s largest and most prestigious database of medical archives.

 

DeBakey practiced medicine until the day he died at age 99 in 2008. His contributions to the field of medicine spanned the better part of 75 years. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Primal Blueprint

Mark Sisson

2009

 

 

Mark Sisson had this to say in his book about cholesterol “Cholesterol is one of the most important substances in the human body. Every cell membrane has cholesterol as a critical structural and functional component. Brain cells need cholesterol to make synapses (connections) with other brain cells. Cholesterol is the precursor molecule for important hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, DHEA, Cortisol, and pregnalone. Cholesterol is needed for making the bile acids that allow us to digest and absorb fats. Bottom line is that you can’t live without cholesterol, which is why your liver actually makes up to 1,400 milligrams a day regardless of how much food-borne cholesterol you consume-or how much you avoid it like the plague-in your diet. 

 

{Key Point} Excessive carbohydrate consumption causes excessive insulin production. this insulin drives the conversion of carbohydrates into triglycerides. Consuming too many carbs leads to high triglycerides. High triglycerides increase LDLs become stuck in the spaces between the cells lining in the artery. Once the LDLs become stuck, they become oxidized. This oxidative damage causes inflammation and begins the process of atherosclerosis. 

 

We will wrap up here for part 1 and let you marinate on this info. In part 2, Ill reference the side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs and the oxidative implications of statins. 

 

Best,

 

Dr. Zev Mellman-Chiropractor

 

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