Myths and Truth
Cholesterol, by the mere mention of the word, is enough to instill
fear in the hearts of every American. However, cholesterol is an
extremely misunderstood item. First off, cholesterol is made by
the liver. It is released in the blood stream, and is converted
into hormones needed by various glands and organs in your system--like
the thyroid, adrenal, and the reproductive system. Recent evidence
also shows that cholesterol deficiencies play a part in immune system
Cholesterol is found in many foods, mainly of animal nature such
as meat, fish, chicken or milk-derived products like cheeses, yogurt,
etc. It has been fairly common knowledge that there are different
types of cholesterol found in the body. Most blood tests mention
the total cholesterol and then special sections of the blood test
will break down the total cholesterol into specific types. The two
types that are the most interesting are the HDL--which stands for
high density cholesterol, and the LDL, which stands for low density
cholesterol. HDL cholesterol can be likened to an oil of very high
grade which doesn't break down easily under adverse situations (like
extreme friction or high temperature), and which continues to keep
things running smoothly in an engine. LDL cholesterol is something
that is bad--a cheap oil which actually can break down, not do its
job, and actually gums up the works. The HDL is referred to as the
good cholesterol, while the LDL is referred to as the bad
Regardless of the person's total cholesterol level, it is very important
that we understand the balance between good and bad cholesterol.
Someone may have a total cholesterol above 200, which is considered
medically unacceptable, yet have a very high level of HDL cholesterol
and it could be then said that this person's high cholesterol is
really not a danger. As a matter of fact, someone could have a cholesterol
over 200, but if they have high levels of the good cholesterol they
may be actually in better shape than someone that has a lower cholesterol
level without protective levels of the good cholesterol.
Cholesterol is something that has been linked to cardiovascular
disease. In fact, those people who have high cholesterol without
a lot of good cholesterol are much more prone to heart attacks and
arteriosclerosis. However, there is some interesting information
that most people don't know. Having too low a cholesterol is very
harmful. People who have cholesterol levels generally below 135
are at a much higher risk for strokes than those who have cholesterol
above 200. The research was actually done well over ten years ago,
and statistically has proven to be correct.
Why is this? Well, when cholesterol is below 135, much of the cholesterol
can be found to be sludging in the liver, creating deposits and
plaques. A lot of the cholesterol is found coating the arteries
or building up in the circulatory system. At some point, if some
cholesterol breaks loose, floating through the system, and hits
a narrow area an occlusion can occur where the cholesterol is now
blocking the circulatory system, and a stroke may result.
In actual clinical practice, we have seen that there are some other
very interesting mysterious phenomena that occur with cholesterol.
A well-known chiropractor had been battling his cholesterol for
some time. His cholesterol levels had now approached somewhere about
500, which was astonishing because the man had been on a vegetarian
diet, consuming almost no cholesterol. This chiropractor decided
to change his diet and try to follow a popular diet researched by
Dr. Robert Atkins, a New York cardiologist. This diet consisted
of very low sugar, low amounts of starches or carbohydrates, and
high amounts of meat protein and fat. After several weeks on this
diet, this man's cholesterol had dropped from over 500 to down to
185. Amazing--impossible--but true! Why? There are some types of
metabolism that are very different from others. This is not the
norm. But in about two out of ten people, a particular type of metabolism
exists that if the person eats cholesterol foods, his blood levels
of cholesterol will drop.
The reason for this is that these people have what we would call
a fat-burning metabolism. Their bodies need fats in order to produce
energy and to keep the system running correctly. When deprived of
fats, these people appear to synthesize more cholesterol. Therefore,
the body makes more on its own, causing cholesterol levels to rise.
Once the body gets cholesterol from the diet, signals are sent throughout
the system that tell it to stop producing excess cholesterol. This
is an amazing discovery we've made. It explains why you find an
occasional person who has his cholesterol levels drop when he eats
cholesterol foods, and yet when he avoid them, it will go up.
Also, new research has shown that cholesterol can be highly influenced
by stress. One study was done several years ago, which clearly showed
that accountants and CPAs had higher cholesterol levels in March,
April and May, and much lower throughout the rest of the year. Why?
Tax time. The stress caused the cholesterol levels to rise.
Why would this be? Why would stress cause your cholesterol to rise?
Well, it's very interesting that in your body, cholesterol is produced
in response to stress. Because the body needs that cholesterol in
order to make hormones which keep the body running normally during
Diet has been much talked about in regards to cholesterol. However,
our research has shown that cholesterol levels are only influenced
by a maximum of about 20% by diet. It has been a rare individual
who went on a strict diet who had outstanding results in lowering
The Cholesterol Solution
The solution to handling cholesterol is first to identify what kind
of metabolism you have. Does your body require fats--as in these
rare cases--to lower your cholesterol, or do you have the more common
kind of metabolism which should avoid fat of all kinds in order
to help the body be able to burn the cholesterol?
Next, identify what vitamin or mineral deficiencies you might have
that could be causing a cholesterol problem. It has been well documented
that many nutrients affect cholesterol. There are many different
vitamin and mineral substances that the body uses to regulate its
own cholesterol levels. We have found far greater results in supplying
the body with correct amounts of these nutrients to lower cholesterol
as opposed to doing it by diet or harmful medicines.
Some of the nutrients that have been found to affect and regulate
cholesterol are the following: lecithin, which contains choline
and inositol, substances that work in the liver to regulate cholesterol;
copper, which is used in the liver to produce bile, a substance
which emulsifies cholesterol; chromium, a mineral which helps to
burn cholesterol in the arteries; carnitine, an amino acid that
helps the body ignite cholesterol and other fats; and Vitamin E,
another substance which protects the body from excess cholesterol.
Certain herbs have been newly discovered that have a profound effect
on cholesterol. The most interesting comes from India, called guggalipids.
It comes from the guggalo plant. This herb has been found in chemical
studies to reduce cholesterol levels sometimes more than the cholesterol-lowering
drugs. Many glands and organs in the system have a profound effect
on cholesterol. Many times excess cholesterol will build up into
the system, due to a deficiency of the functioning of the pituitary
gland, the adrenal glands, the thyroid gland, or the reproductive
glands. This is because these glands may not be properly using the
cholesterol to convert to hormones. In that case the cholesterol
is not used, therefore found in excess. Some people, when they go
on the proper nutritional program for cholesterol, actually find
their cholesterol levels soaring very high for several months, then
dropping dramatically. This is another outstanding discovery we've
made. The reason this occurs is many times cholesterol becomes congested
in the liver. When special vitamins and herbs are taken--which help
to emulsify or break down the cholesterol--it is released from the
liver into the blood, therefore showing high for maybe even several
months. Once all the cholesterol is "dissolved" from the
liver, and is no longer being released, cholesterol levels in the
blood will then drop to normal or ideal levels.
Fiber plays a very important role in managing cholesterol. Our studies
have shown that those people who consume a high fiber diet, particularly
a diet that is high in certain types of fibers, will have less cholesterol
absorption from their intestines. This fiber appears to block the
body's ability to absorb cholesterol into the blood. Fiber speeds
up the transit time through the system, which allows less cholesterol
to be absorbed, because it's moving through the system and then
out of the body faster.
A major discovery of late has been certain nutrients, highly specialized,
which can actually help dissolve cholesterol buildups in the arteries,
thereby increasing the circulation. These nutrients must be carefully
used by a trained nutritionist, but it has actually been shown over
the past few years to be able to reverse plaque buildup in the arteries.
We hope that some day the medical profession will learn about such
things, thereby reducing the use of harmful drugs and the use of
operations such as bypass operations, which are very expensive,
risky, and can totally be avoided with the use of these vitamins
Recently at a medical convention, I was speaking to several
doctors about this very subject. After the lecture, one
doctor came up to me and said this all sounded very interesting,
and wanted to know what substance he could try in his
practice that might benefit some of his patients. So
I asked him if he'd ever heard of Triplichol and he said,"No,
I'm not familiar with Mr. Triptochol. Who is he?" Triptocol
is a synergistic blend of nutrients that have been patented.
They have been proven to lower the bad cholesterol while
improving the good cholesterol and they also reduce
triglycerides. One packet in the morning and one packet
in the evening is all that is needed.
No article on cholesterol could be considered complete without mentioning
margarine. Margarine and hydrogenated fats have been used for many
years as substitutes for butter or other foods high in cholesterol.
Many studies have shown the use of these unsaturated fats--such
as margarine--have actually helped lower cholesterol levels in people
over several years, However, what most of the margarine manufacturers
fail to mention is the fact that over long periods of time, the
use of margarine and hydrogenated fats actually increased heart
disease and cancer. They may produce a lower cholesterol level,
but they are much more deadly than cholesterol. Why? Margarine and
other hydrogenated fats are very dangerous and unstable in the body.
A hydrogenated fat is a type of oil which has been force fed hydrogen
ions, making it solid at room temperature. It is so unstable that
when consumed into the body,it actually creates damage to the cells.
This has been found to perpetuate cardiovascular disease, damage
to the arteries, and cancer.
Margarine is the great American myth. It is actually quite harmful.
In shopping, always read labels and make sure that you consume as
little hydrogenated fats and margarine as possible. Butter is definitely
a healthier alternative to margarine in the long run.
Exercise is something which is important in keeping cholesterol
levels under control. Proper amounts of exercise stimulate the metabolism
and allow the body to burn up and use cholesterol correctly, so
that is doesn't build up in the system.
I hope this article has given you some information regarding cholesterol
and its controversy, and I hope it's given you some food for thought
in order to sort out some of the myths, legends and mysteries regarding
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