Forget Cholesterol, Inflammation’s the Real Enemy

This topic is becoming increasingly exposed in the public arena, has been on the internet  for some years, and is now featured on CBN News, as presented here.

I have a personal interest as have several of my friends, who are also in some sort of conflict with medical advice from their practitioners.

There is already a great deal of discussion and opinion on this website, much of it from qualified medical professionals, giving substance to the questions being asked about cholesterol levels and the generally recommended, if not demanded,  LDL lowering medication(s) – Statins.

To receive this video and article from such a large and respected media source is significant. I would really like to see responses from the medical “industry” members who still confidently prescribe statins, already knowing that side effects are an issue, and who no longer have any excuse for being unaware of the probable misconceptions about the medical intervention of LDL levels.

By Lorie Johnson,   CBN News Medical Reporter

Forget Cholesterol, Inflammation’s the Real Enemy   

Substantial transcription:

Keeping up with which foods to eat and which ones to avoid could be a full-time job. That’s because scientists continue to learn more about what we put in our bodies.

Some of their latest findings could change your mind about fat.

Twenty years ago, doctors told us to stay away from high-fat foods like eggs, bacon, and butter because they raised cholesterol and could lead to heart disease.

America responded and stopped eating fat. In its place, however, we ate more sugar and other carbohydrates.

How did that work out? Not great. As a whole, Americans grew fatter and sicker than before. Scientists back then may have reached the wrong conclusion.

Now a growing number of medical experts say weight gain, heart disease, and other illnesses are not caused by high cholesterol, but by something different: inflammation.

That means instead of avoiding foods that raise our cholesterol, we need to avoid foods that cause inflammation.

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap

Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland, studies how the different kinds of fat in food affect our health.

Teter said scientists wrongly blamed cholesterol for heart disease when they saw high levels of it at a damaged blood vessel. Teter believes the body put the cholesterol there to fix the problem, which was actually caused by inflammation.

“It’s the inflammation in the vessels that start the lesion,” she explained. “The body then sends the cholesterol like a scab to cover over it to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage.”

Research also shows cholesterol can protect against respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, and helps create vitamin D. People with higher cholesterol live longer.

Teter said that’s a scientific fact that she can vouch for personally.

“I come from a family that has, my mother’s side, had naturally high cholesterol. Her cholesterol was between 380 and 420 when I started watching her medical records, and she died at 97,” she said. “So I don’t think that cholesterol was too bad for her.”

Inflammation Producers

Cholesterol is especially important in the brain, which contains more cholesterol than any other organ and needs it in order for a message to get passed from one brain cell to another.

Therefore, Teter said when it comes to food choices, don’t worry if it raises your cholesterol. Focus your attention instead on whether it reduces inflammation.

When choosing which fats to eat, pick the ones that are high in Omega 3 fats and also choose natural saturated fats. On the other hand, stay away from the fats that lead to inflammation, such as trans fats and Omega 6 fats.

How to you tell the healthy Omega 3s from the unhealthy Omega 6 fats? Vegetable oils and mayonnaise contain Omega 6 fats, so be careful with how much you consume.

Ideally, Omega 6 fats are healthy but only when consumed in the same amount as Omega 3 fats. The typical American, however, consumes 15 times more Omega 6 fats than Omega 3s. This imbalance creates inflammation.

So cut back on the Omega 6s and increase your consumption of Omega 3s. These are in foods like olive oil and avocados.

Cold water fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 fat, particularly DHA, which is a super brain booster. One great way to make sure you’re getting enough Omega 3, specifically DHA, is by taking a fish oil supplement. Doctors recommend one that contains at least 750 mg of DHA daily.

Butter is Better

At one time dieticians considered margarine, which is a trans fat, heart healthy. Doctors now say a better choice is butter.

In the last 20 years, trans fats have become the ingredient of choice for almost all processed foods. You can tell something contains trans fat if you see the word “hydrogenated” in the list of ingredients.

Saturated fats have really gotten a bad reputation over the last couple of decades. But they are not as bad as they have been made out to be. In fact, doctors recommend eating some saturated fats every day, such as coconut oil.

This saturated fat fights colds and the flu and has even reversed the symptoms of Alzheimers, ALS and Parkinson’s Disease in some people.

Say ‘No’ to Inflammation

You should also remember those non-fat foods that make us fat and increase inflammation contain sugar and refined carbohydrates. Anything containing high fructose corn syrup or other sugars leads to inflammation.

So do grains, especially refined grains such as white bread, pasta, rice, and so on.

So when it comes to your health, inflammation beats out cholesterol as the new enemy. Take it on by saying “yes” to foods like fish and coconut oil, and “no” to sugar and carbohydrates, and dangerous trans fats.

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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1 Response to Forget Cholesterol, Inflammation’s the Real Enemy

  1. hirundine608 says:

    I wonder how this person accounts for cholesterol clogged hearts? We all know about good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol? Case in point, a human brain is predominately fatty acids and cholesterol. The clogged arteries, causing heart disease are what is known as arterial plaque. Of which an over-abundance of “bad colesterol” is only a part.

    The importance for me and maybe for others. Is good daily exercise. Like walking, swimming or cycling. The raising or elevating of heart rate, the goal. Now I’m not a doctor. I do not always follow doctors orders. But I’m damn sure to follow the basics of good health. Eat right, go to bed early and rise early. Are likely as important as anything else?

    Yes, I eat fish – quite regularly, but only a couple of times a week. Avocados? Sure but usually only in season. Nuts? Daily. Eggs? Sure, but I’m not mad about them. Coconut oil? Yup, by the dessertspoonful. I’ve mostly followed, what today is known as, the mediterranean diet for forty years. I do not eat the charred flesh of warm-blooded mammals. I prefer beans, rice and lentils. Garlic, lemon juice, cider vinegar, olive oil are my standbys. These days I prefer second press olive oil. I find it to be more versatile. Not to mention the cost, when one is using plenty.

    My only gripe about it is. As the media keeps promoting the foods. They are going up in cost. Incommensurate with other foods. Kale, is a case in point. A shopping trip used to purchase a bunch for under 50 cents. Now, they are one of the most expensive foods on the shelf. So, in general? Why make it easy for people who seldom look beyond their nose, about foodstuffs? Let them do the research, etc. Like we have done. Keep them chowing down, on the the fast food? I’ll stay with my quirky “health” fads. Quietly in the corner.

    Heart attacks? Are mostly caused by lack of magnesium, in the body. Chlorine destroys magnesium in the water. Processed salt, has the magnesium taken out. To allow it to flow from pots. Magnesium allows the body’s muscles to relax. Calcium causes them to contract. Some experienced doctors in E.R. give heart attack victims large amounts of magnesium chloride, to relax the heart.

    Dr. Batmanghelidj …. known as Dr. Batman wrote a number of books on it.
    “Your body’s many cries for water” being one of the better known ones.

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