Bob Livingston | May 10, 2012
The cholesterol myth is a monument to the lies, deceit and fraud of the pharmaceutical companies and the government. The cholesterol myth proves that super fortunes can be built on the sale of products based on medical myths.
The best doctors I know will write a prescription instantly for a statin drug, i.e., a drug to lower cholesterol. This has absolutely nothing to do with medicine or the treatment of disease. It is commerce, pure and simple. It is crime, incorporated.
The cholesterol myth is so well established and so completely accepted by doctors that there is almost no inquiry into this crime of commerce.
Organized propaganda can force-feed the public mind any myth imaginable. Crime becomes legitimate after it is generally accepted by the people. And the longer a crime has been accepted as legitimate or legal, the harder it is to challenge.
Cholesterol drugs are bad for human health. They destroy CoQ10. They complicate general health in many ways. They cost the American people billions of dollars annually.
The cholesterol myth is based on the Lipid Hypothesis created by Ancel Keys in the 1950s. The Lipid Hypothesis is a theory that saturated animal fats and cholesterol in our food raise cholesterol levels in the blood. The theory suggests that high blood cholesterol causes atherosclerosis leading to obstruction of blood vessels of the heart.
The pharmaceutical companies saw trillions of dollars of profits. Who can say that the pharmaceutical firms didn’t create the flawed studies that led to the cholesterol profit empire we have today? You may call it a “science” of fraud. Recent court cases have proven the pharmaceutical companies do just that.
Subscribing to the cholesterol myth, Americans cut back on good omega-3 fats and started consuming more vegetable oils and margarine, substituting them for coconut oil and animal fat that did our ancestors so well.
Well, as profits skyrocketed, deaths from heart disease and cancer did, too.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is actually a heavyweight alcohol with a hormone-like structure that behaves like a fat in that it is insoluble in water and in blood. Cholesterol has a coating compound called a lipoprotein that allows it to be carried in the blood.
Cholesterol plays a critical role in body chemistry. We need cholesterol. To suppress it with cholesterol drugs is to create degenerative disease.
The Benefits Of Cholesterol
- Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones that help you deal with stress and protect against heart disease and cancer.
- Your body needs cholesterol to make all the sex hormones, including androgen, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and DHEA.
- Your body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D, vital for the bones and nervous system, proper growth, mineral metabolism, muscle tone, insulin production, reproduction, and immune system function.
- Bile salts are made from cholesterol. Bile is vital for digestion and the assimilation of dietary fats.
- Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant, protecting us against free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer.
- Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Since serotonin is the body’s natural “feel good” chemical, it’s not surprising that low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression, and suicidal tendencies.
- Mother’s milk is especially rich in cholesterol and contains a special enzyme that helps the baby utilize this nutrient. Babies and children need cholesterol-rich foods throughout their growing years to ensure proper development of the brain and nervous system.
- Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall. This is why low-cholesterol vegetarian diets can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.
- Finally, the body uses cholesterol to repair damaged cells. This means that higher cholesterol levels are actually beneficial. Meyer Texon, M.D., a well-known pathologist at New York University Medical Center, points out that indicting fat and cholesterol for hardening the arteries is like accusing white blood cells of causing infection, rather than helping the immune system to address it.
Fact: Deaths from heart disease and all other causes increased 11 percent for each 1 percent drop in cholesterol, according to a 30-year follow-up of the famous Framingham Study.
Do the American people know this? No, because the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute published in the journal Circulation the reverse of the above fact. Yes, believe it or not!
And the fact is that for women low cholesterol is more dangerous than high cholesterol. Another fact is that when people maintain low levels of cholesterol in their blood over long periods of time with statin drugs, their risk of death from all causes increase.