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Is There A Great Cholesterol Cover Up?
This is a big question, one we all would like to know the answer to. For years the word cholesterol has implied complications surrounding our heart health, including potential death. Supposedly to improve our quality of life and to prevent any disastrous consequences, the medical profession have prescribed statins to help with bad cholesterol levels.
I have always been interested in the so called ‘cholesterol lie’ and discuss it constantly. A good friend of mine who has heard me talk about it before, just sent me a newspaper article she came across and she thought I might be interested in reading it…of course I was.
The newspaper article was about a film directed by Justin Smith, a former personal trainer that has since become a film director. He talks about what he believes to be a big cholesterol con and the cover ups that go with it.
The making of this film is obviously his way of exposing the cover up to the public.
Of course there is going to be an uproar I am sure…but it will get people asking questions!
Here is the article my friend sent me.
We all know the mantra: high cholesterol causes heart attacks, so foods high in saturated fats which raise cholesterol should be avoided. We also know that by the age of 40, as many as one in three of us will be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, to reduce our risk of coronary heart disease.
Now a controversial new documentary is questioning this received wisdom. It asks whether the link between saturated fat (found in foods like butter and cream), high cholesterol and coronary heart disease is as straightforward as believed – and warns that we mess with cholesterol levels at our peril.
Statin Nation: the Great Cholesterol Cover-Up, made by Justin Smith, a former personal trainer at the BBC turned film director, includes interviews with cardiologists and other specialists, yet it has been widely attacked by others in the medical establishment as “simplistic” and a “travesty”.
They then go on to share what some of the doctors say in the documentary too. They also agree that cholesterol is required to help repair the artery wall.
While the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is widely blamed for clogging up the arteries and causing heart attacks, doctors in the documentary argue that it is wrong to see cholesterol (or saturated fats) as the villain of the piece. They suggest that key to heart disease is initial damage to the artery wall – and that cholesterol is one of the substances used to effectively form a scab over the rupture, before the artery wall grows over this again. “Essentially cholesterol is there to help repair damage,” says Dr Malcolm Kendrick, a Scottish GP and author of The Great Cholesterol Con. “It’s a bit like blaming firemen for causing fires, because they are there when fires break out.” Original Source
So another question forms in our mind doesn’t it? If cholesterol is not the main reason for heart disease, what is?
You may find the video below very interesting.
It is by a chiropractor, Dr Shane Bisson who explains how important cholesterol is to your health and how statins affect you. He also explains the cause of high blood pressure and heart disease and how to control them. One of the points he makes is that inflammation is one of the major causes of heart disease.
The Cholesterol Myth and the True Cause of Heart Disease
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