The Cholesterol Scare:
Are You One of Millions of Victims?
By Dr. David Tanton
millions of people fall victim to the very deceptive, highly
profitable cholesterol scam … are you one of them? If you are taking
a cholesterol lowering medication, also called statins, the answer
is an astounding yes! It’s time to take action: Get off them
immediately, before they do any more damage.
findings released by a Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) in
May, 2008, “The number of persons purchasing a statin increased 88
percent from 2000 to 2005, rising from 15.8 million people to 29.7
million people.” The pharmaceutical companies producing statins
have successfully convinced many doctors, and their patients, that
cholesterol, our very best friend, is instead our worst enemy.
The truth is
Low Density cholesterol (LDL) plays many critical roles in both the
body and brain. It forms the very basis of our hormones, and vitamin
D, which provides many benefits. The majority of cholesterol is
found in the brain, where it serves as an insulator for neurons.
Cholesterol even removes toxins from the blood stream, preventing
potential damage to the arteries. Cholesterol is part of every cell
wall, and plays a critical role in sealing and stabilizing damaged
or weakened arteries. Approximately 20 percent comes from the diet,
and the liver produces the remaining 80 percent in order to meet the
body’s demands. Our body produces only what it needs, thus we should
allow our bodies to regulate it. The problem is actually when our
cholesterol is too low – that can be serious! Many studies have
proven that just as many people with
too low of cholesterol experience a heart attack, as those with
When our LDL
is excessively elevated, it’s an indicator that we need to address
the underlying problem that our cholesterol is attempting to deal
with – not take a
cholesterol-lowering medication. The
most likely contributors to elevated LDL are: low vitamin C, toxins,
low thyroid, elevated homocysteine (the rogue amino acid that
damages the arteries), and even stress, as
the actually body uses LDL to produce stress hormones!
blood tests to determine cholesterol levels can be inconclusive and
a total waste of time and money, as our levels will vary daily. Then
as usual, our bodies will manage the details.
Following is a
fact you’ll find interesting. In 1966, following Harvard’s famous
Framingham cholesterol study, the public was told that a total
cholesterol count of 300 was good. According to current guidelines,
the recommended LDL Cholesterol level is 70 or less, combined with a
40 or higher high density cholesterol (HDL) level, which gives a
total cholesterol count of approximately 130. Was Harvard’s prior
study somehow seriously flawed? I think not. Unfortunately, those
are the guidelines most doctors today are following.
interesting, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine (April 20,
2004; 140: 644-649), the American College of Physicians released a
report stating new proposed guidelines, recommending that diabetics
take cholesterol-lowering drugs, regardless of whether they have
good cholesterol levels or not! Why have the recommended dosages
changed so drastically? And why are diabetics now pressured into
taking a statin, although they weren’t in the past? Profit potential
is the obvious answer.
also knows how to eliminate any
excess cholesterol by converting it
into another critical substance, known as bile, which the
liver uses to metabolize fats and fat-soluble vitamins, as well as
escorting toxins into the intestinal tract for removal. Our body is
very efficient at regulating and utilizing all its resources,
when taken, statins target the LDL cholesterol, which our bodies
depend upon the very most! HDL cholesterol’s role is basically to
remove any excess cholesterol from the arteries once the LDL has
repaired the damage to the artery.
think someone would have discovered this long ago. However, because
statins have provided huge profits for many years, someone did
benefit! Unfortunately, millions of their victims are unknowingly
paying the ultimate price.
Now that you
know what your body does with excess cholesterol, we’ll take a look
at how the LDL cholesterol ends up in our arteries, and why we would
be in trouble if it weren’t there. For instance, one of LDL
cholesterol’s many functions is to maintain the integrity of our
arteries, and prevent any potential leakage or blood loss, which is
critical to our survival.
epitheal cells that line the arteries are basically held together by
collagen. Vitamin C plays a critical role in the production of
collagen, necessary for the integrity of our vascular system.
When someone is deficient in Vitamin C, the body will
naturally produce LDL in order to fill the Vitamin C void. A few
things are responsible for contributing to the vitamin C deficiency,
and weakened leaky arteries, such as:
Microwave cooking, which destroys from 60 to 90 percent of
vitamin C, vitamin E and all B vitamins!
180 most prescribed medications, 114 (over 63 percent) depleted
vitamin C, along with many other vitamins and minerals.
seniors especially are experiencing a serious nutritional
deficiency, often due to a poor diet, and too many medications.
importantly, vitamin C is readily available, and very affordable
(although unlike statin medications, not covered by your insurance)!
Another Contributor To Elevated Cholesterol – Low Thyroid: Two
symptoms associated with a hypothyroid (low thyroid) condition are
leaky blood vessels and elevated cholesterol. Most doctors would
prescribe a statin to resolve this problem. The solution, again, is
resolving the underlying problem, the hypothyroid condition. Once
your thyroid function has been normalized, your cholesterol level
will soon stabilize.
Are Some Of the “Benefits” Of Taking Cholesterol Lowering Statins?
heart failure and cardiomyopathy (Dr. Langsjoen, Life
Extension magazine, 2004 February, p. 14).
Calcification of the arteries – basically turning you into a
cardiac invalid (Life Extension magazine, March 2004, p.
increasing your risk of experiencing kidney failure is just an
added benefit (Journal of Nutritional and Environmental
question remains: What “true benefits” do cholesterol-lowering
medications really provide? To date, none.
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