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Does cholesterol cause heart disease?

More researchers are coming to the conclusion that inflammation of  blood vessels as measured by c-reactive protein correlates much better with the risk of heart disease than the level of cholesterol in the blood. As mentioned in my book, cholesterol collects at the site of micro-injuries. Stiff blood vessel walls can be damaged by high blood pressure, nicotine and insulin. They are prone to injury. Then  white blood cells and cholesterol collect at the site.

A recent article by Jonny Bowden,PhD,CNS says that blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like blaming the St.Bernard for the avalanche.    The article in Better Nutrition, Feb, 2010 says  that this cholesterol isn’t a problem unless oxidized by free radicals. Half of the people with heart attacks have normal cholesterol, and half the people with high cholesterol don’t get heart attacks.

Dr. Fank Wu at Harvard Medical School says a heart healthy diet is high in omega-3 fatty acids from fish or flax,  has lots of vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains. It is low in sugars and starches and avoids processed foods and trans-fats.

A natural diet with plenty of plant-based antioxidants prevents inflammation and doesn’t let insulin get too high.