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High Cholesterol; Is It Really Bad For You? Statins? By: Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins - Article
High Cholesterol; Is It Really Bad For You? Statins? By: Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins - Article

High Cholesterol; Is It Really Bad For You? Statins? By: Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins
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High Cholesterol; Is It Really Bad for You?

By: Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins

People with high cholesterol live the longest. I know this sounds weird, but keep reading. This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one's brainwashed mind to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with high cholesterol. 1

Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.

Did you know that: "Half the people who are admitted to hospitals in America with cardiovascular disease have normal cholesterol - and half the people with elevated cholesterol have normal hearts?"

Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth states: With so much focus on cholesterol, statins have become a problem as well. He said the medication is often over-prescribed for populations in which they show no benefit. Women especially shouldn't be taking statins, because there is no evidence that a woman has ever been saved from a heart attack by using statins.

Something even scarier for Bowden is that doctors are now considering prescribing statins to children. "They have never been tested on children, and cholesterol is imperative for body function," Bowden said. "Statins have side effects, and they need to be taken seriously."

According to Bowden, the best way to combat high cholesterol is to eat plenty of whole foods - full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. He encouraged eating blueberries, kale, onions, peppers and wild salmon loaded with omega-3s.

"Then there is curcumin; I am nuts about this," Bowden said. "…This is the stuff that makes Indian food yellow - turmeric. It has anti-inflammation; it has antioxidants; it's good for the liver."

"Lower stress in your life, which is a huge contributor to heart disease - probably way more than cholesterol," Bowden said. "Lower the stress, lower the toxins in your life, including toxic relationships and eat less sugar, because the problem isn't with fat - it's with sugar in the diet."

Now without question I am not saying that making yourself have high cholesterol through eating foods that will elevate your cholesterol levels is good, such as everything that we know is bad for us, rather what I am saying here is have a more healthful diet and not worry as much about your cholesterol scores. Eat to live longer. This doesn't mean you can't have those delicious foods we all love, just limit them.

Dr. R Trattler and Dr. A Jones, in their book "Better Health through Natural Healing", contains only 3 to 4 pages on the topic of bad cholesterol, but those pages support the cholesterol myth and strongly condemn the idea of high cholesterol being bad cholesterol, explaining the idea as an unfounded dogma (unsupported by scientific proof), but a myth that makes doctors, laboratories and drug companies all wealthier [all at our expense].

According to Trattler and Jones, the body needs the so called bad cholesterol for bodily processes - such as bile acid production, proper cell membrane function, the production of several hormones, such as the sex hormones. The bad cholesterol also improves skin healing and reduces infections.

They sum up the importance of the bad cholesterol to the human body as, and I quote, "...Without cholesterol, we would die, and too little is implicated in many disease states..."

Trattler and Jones also go on to say that the high cholesterol and bad cholesterol myth, holds that excess cholesterol builds up on artery walls causing the symptom of blood vessels and arteries to narrow ( atherosclerosis ).

According to the cholesterol myth, excess of the bad cholesterol also affects blood platelets, increasing the likelihood of the symptoms of heart disease and angina, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and so on.

Below you will see the traditional charts: It is stated that if your scores show up in the red zone then it is absolutely time to change your lifestyle to the Therapeutic Lifestyle program, we at LifeSource Vitamins think that changing to this lifestyle slowly will make your healthier for longer during your life, and no matter what age you are, the sooner the better.

Here's how to interpret your cholesterol numbers:

Total Cholesterol


Less than 200


200 - 239

Borderline High

240 and above


LDL Cholesterol

LDL-Cholesterol Category

Less than 100


100 - 129

Near optimal/above optimal

130 - 159

Borderline high

160 - 189


190 and above

Very high


HDL-Cholesterol Category

60 or more

Desirable - helps to lower risk of Heart Disease

Less than 40

Major risk factor -- increases the risk for developing Heart Disease

*HDL (good) cholesterol protects against heart disease, so for HDL, higher numbers are better.


HDL-Cholesterol Category

Less than 150




Borderline high




Very high

Borderline, High or Very High Click TLC to the right:

The TLC - Therapeutic Lifestyle Diet.

1. Krumholz HM and others. Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease mortality and morbidity and all-cause mortality in persons older than 70 years. Journal of the American Medical Association 272, 1335-1340, 1990.

If you are at risk of heart disease you must get help from a doctor and specifically a cardiologist.

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