June 1, 2015
Dateline: Santa Fe
By Paul Fassa, Natural Health Journalist
(UtopiaSilver.com) The conventional medical “wisdom” that prevails still is cholesterol is a death sentence that’s executed with heart attacks. This is held in concrete by almost all of mainstream medicine, all of mainstream media, and even too many alternative health writers. It just won’t go away, even as more and more medical literature and cardiologists are seeing it differently and debunking the cholesterol scam. The truth is, Statins may be a death sentence and not a solution for heart disease.
And that means dangerous statin medicines are still prescribed. Well, they do lower cholesterol don’t they? Yes they do. But what if cholesterol is proven as vital for health, especially among older folks. And what if more heart disease related deaths occur among people with low cholesterol then people with high cholesterol? In other words, people with high cholesterol live longer.
First let’s clear the air on good and bad cholesterol. There’s no such thing. Cholesterol is cholesterol. And its a vital substance for hormone production, the first step of creating vitamin D3 from sunlight, and it’s the cellular building substance for cell walls throughout the body and especially the brain and nervous system.
But there are two different densities of the lipoproteins that act as carriers for cholesterol to be deposited where needed: Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL).
As far as arteriosclerosis (arterial clogging) goes, cholesterol is often a blamed innocent bystander drawn to help patch or repair arterial damage from inflammation. A growing number of medical scientists have pointed to sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) as the true sources of arterial inflammation that brings lipoprotein cholesterol carriers to the inflamed arterial walls for emergency patching.
Sampling of Cholesterol and Statin Studies from Around the World
Beatrice Golomb, a scientist at the University of California in San Diego, has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effects of statins on mental function in 1,000 patients. It is understood she has recorded a number of problems ranging from memory lapses to changes in personality.
Comment: MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff’s research points to statins as a leading cause of Alzhiemer’s and other neurological maladies such as Parkinson’s and MS. Think about it, if your cholesterol count is reduced, how are your brain cells and nervous system going to protect themselves and create new cells as older ones die off, a natural process called apoptosis.
Cancer cells are not programmed for apoptosis, which is what makes them continue expanding and clustering into tumors. Two basic cancer approaches involve necrosis, killing cancer cells from external influences, or inducing programmed apoptosis.
Last year a study of almost 150,000 people in Austria found that those with the lowest cholesterol were more likely to die of cancer.
Andrew Clark, a cardiologist at Castle Hill hospital in Hull, was the co-author of an international study of 417 heart failure patients that showed those with highest cholesterol levels actually lived longer.
A VA (Veterans Administration) study of over 650 veterans in the VA health system who were enrolled a couple of decades ago into this epidemiological survey that followed them from ages around 65 to 2008 when most would have reached 85. They concluded that those with higher cholesterol counts were most likely to reach age 85.
Here’s the introduction to a recent Japanese research team’s 116 page study:
High cholesterol levels are recognized as a major cause of atherosclerosis. However, for more than half a century some have challenged this notion. But which side is correct, and why can’t we come to a definitive conclusion after all this time and with more and more scientific data available? We believe the answer is very simple: for the side defending this so-called cholesterol theory, the amount of money at stake is too much to lose the fight.
Comment: Statin medicines are Big Pharma’s biggest seller with revenues of around $35 billion annually. Their efficacy has only vaguely proven to work among those who have heart disease or have experience a heart attack. But statin prescriptions are written as a preventative for those who have high cholesterol counts or are simply getting older.
The risks far outweigh the benefits for those folks without actual heart disease histories with the following black box side effects: Higher cancer risk, liver damage, confusion and memory loss, increased blood sugar levels and predisposition to diabetes 2, which is often a precursor to heart disease. Also, many report muscle weakness and fatigue while on statin medicines.
Studies have shown that statins also reduce CoQ10, a vital enzyme for heart health. Talk about irony! That means statin medicines can cause heart attacks.
But the worst side effect is not really a side effect. It’s from what statins are designed to do. Many epidemiological studies show an association with lower life spans among people with high cholesterol and people with low cholesterol die younger. This article presents only a handful of those studies. You can find more here.
Remember, cholesterol has many important physiological functions, including vitamin D3 from sunlight, hormone production, and of course brain and nervous system cell walls thrive on cholesterol.
So instead of statin medicines, enjoy healthy fats such as butter, coconut oil, and others, eliminate trans-fatty processed oils and high sugar intake, and look into Linus Pauling’s solution for preventing heart attacks.