November 11, 2013

The Truth About Statins and Cholesterol

The Truth About Cholesterol

For years many in the ‘alternative health’ field have agreed with the view of a few enlightened, well read, medical doctors in that high cholesterol by itself is nothing to worry about. In fact, it may be low cholesterol we should be worrying about.

The latest news on statins, the drugs used by medicine to lower cholesterol, only furthers the evidence that most doctors are doing no good as regards to heart disease.

The Facts About Cholesterol

The biggest myth about cholesterol is that it is dangerous in high levels. It was simply a theory over 30 years ago which pharmaceutical companies have perpetuated despite the lack of scientific evidence. The following are just some of the REAL scientific findings:-

  • The Framingham study published in 1987, found increased death rates with DECREASING cholesterol.
  • The Honolulu study published in the Aug 2001 issue of Lancet stated, “long-term persistence of low cholesterol concentration actually increases the risk of death. Thus the earlier that patients start to have lower cholesterol concentrations, the greater the risk of death.”
  • A study in Russia confirmed the above findings.
  • Most damming of all are the findings of Okayama in Japan. As cholesterol went equal to or higher than 5.68mmol/l, death rates from coronary heart disease went DOWN.

Here’s a great chart that shows, country by country, the relationship between cholesterol levels and heart disease. You will see that the country with the highest average cholesterol has the lowest heart disease rate.

The Latest News About Statins

Researchers at University College Hospital in Galway, Ireland, analyzed 55 studies of statins. People taking these drugs weren’t living longer—and were just as likely to develop heart disease—as people not taking a statin. Worse, women, diabetics and young people were more likely to develop heart disease if they took a statin.

Apparently there was a benefit for middle aged men, but that was it!

Learn more in an article called ‘Statin Wonderland’ at WDDTY

What is ‘Bad’ Cholesterol Good For

Researchers at Texas A&M University discovered that LDL cholesterol plays an important role in restoring muscle mass.

They put participants through a rigorous exercise programme, but only those who had high LDL levels saw any improvement in their muscles.

Lead researcher of the study, Steve Riechman, also says that, LDL is the body’s early warning signal . “LDL acts as a warning sign that something is wrong and the body needs to do something about it. ” If you did get rid of all your LDL cholesterol, you would die,” he says.

Dr Chris Pickard

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