We have been seeing how cholesterol is very important in the body. Where does the term bad cholesterol come from then? Well, that is kind of a mystery , because from a biological point of view there is not such a thing as “good” or ‘bad’ cholesterol. HDL and LDL are not even cholesterol, they are transport molecules that carry cholesterol, among other things, through the blood. Both of these substances carried around by HDL and LDL transport molecules are exactly the same but HDL is said to be “good” because it delivers cholesterol to the liver and LDL is said to be “bad” because it carries cholesterol from the liver to the arteries.
This ‘bad doggie, good doggie’ explanation sounds pretty simplistic if not misleading. Udo Erasmus asserts “refined sugars, refined starches, hard fats and refined denaturated oils from which vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein have been removed should…correlate with cardiovascular deaths at least as highly as do serum cholesterol levels” In other words, refined sugars, starches etc are as much to blame for cardiovascular death as cholesterol forming plaques in the arteries.
It looks again more like a lifestyle problem and a lack of nutrition thatlead to more dangerous health issues involving cholesterol. But instead of making this known to the public, we have been bombarded with cholesterol lowering drugs and tremendous fear has been put in the hearts (no pun intended) of uninformed people. Dr. Joel D Wallach goes as far as to say that lowering cholesterol is THE cause of alzheimer’s disease. He refers to alzheimer’s as a “physician-caused disease produced by lowering cholesterol and saturated fats in the patient’s diet, prescription of statin drugs and the directive to avoid the sun and mineral supplementation”
Similarly, Udo Erasmus points to statistics proving that indiscriminately lowering cholesterol increases death rate from suicide and cancer. “Increased suicide may result from increased aggression, supported by the finding that low cholesterol levels reduce the number of receptors for serotonin on our brain cell membranes. Serotonin, a hormone and neurotransmitter, suppresses aggressive behavior. Lack of receptors might result in decreased suppression of aggression and violence. Increased cancer may be due to lack of oil-soluble anti-cancer anioxidants: vitamins E, A and carotenes. These are transported to our cells by the same LDL transport vehicles that bring fats and cholesterol and may become deficient when LDL levels in our blood decrease. Before embarking on a cholesterol-lowering program, one should first supplement with these antioxidant nutrients and vitamin C for two weeks. After all, it makes no sense to be saved from a heart attack only to be fed to cancer”
When it seemed like the war on fats was over, the FDA has just approved a new version of cholesterol lowering drugs, which seems to be even more devastating than the former statins. You can read all about it here:
Whatever you do, do not make a decision based on fear. Stay informed and know what your alternatives are.
Udo Erasmus has a PhD in Nutrition and two years of post graduate studies in genetics and biochemistry. He has pioneered technology for pressing and packaging healthful oils.
Dr Wallach has dedicated his life to identifying connections between nutritional deficiencies and a range of maladies generally thought to be hereditary, including cystic fibrosis and muscular distrophy. This nexus between nutrition and the genetics of disease and birth defects has been observed in both humans and animal pathology and is the central theme of “Epigenetics”.
Thomas E Levy, MD, JD is a board certified cardiologist and the author of “Curing the incurable: vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins” plus 3 other ground breaking medical books. He is one of the leading vitamin C experts in the world and frequently lectures about the proper role of vitamin C in the treatment of a host of medical conditions and diseases to medical professionals all over the globe.