Did you know cholesterol is not a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease? Yes, you heard that right. Virtually all of us have been victimized by the anti-cholesterol propaganda campaign. The truth is cholesterol is an essential substance, our brains are made up of cholesterol as well as our Nervous System. Cholesterol is also our body’s natural anti-inflammatory. Blaming cholesterol for cardiovascular disease is like blaming the firefighter for the fire.
Interestingly, the propaganda started with the processed food industry. Specifically the seed oil industry. The billions of dollars spent towards this goal was enough to sway the minds of millions of Americans.
Next, statins, a class of lipid-lowering medications, were invented, accompanied by a paradigm shift in the establishment. Suddenly cholesterol was the demon of the century. The all-out war has been going on for over 25 years now. It still continues, even though we have known for over 5 years that cholesterol is not a risk factor.
The first danger is liver damage. Statins work by blocking the enzyme HMG CoA reductase so that the liver can no longer synthesize its own cholesterol. Statins interfere with normal liver metabolism and inhibit the liver’s production of many essential substances while damaging the liver in the process. This is why you need to have your liver enzymes checked every 6 months once starting statins.
Another danger of statins is musculoskeletal pain that can be severe and frequently misdiagnosed. The myopathy caused by statins involves elevated CPK indicative of muscle breakdown. This can overload the kidney with CPK leading to possible kidney failure or even death.
It may surprise you to learn that cholesterol is not a terrible demon at all. In fact, cholesterol is an absolutely vital substance; you would become very weak and die without cholesterol, it is that important.
So while selling billions of dollars worth of Statins a year, people are actually in worse shape. Cardiovascular disease is still our #1 killer. Yet statins are still one of the most prescribed medications in the world. Don’t fall for the scam!
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