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Fewer Americans Should Use Statins

A recent report by doctors who believe in lowering cholesterol with statins said that even though 30% of adults now take statins, it should be more. Heart disease is indeed the biggest killer of both men and women but it hasn’t gone down in over 20 years of statin use. Shouldn’t doctors look at conditions that correlate better with cardiovascular disease than cholesterol does?
A high CRP (C-Reactive Protein) level is a better predictor of heart attacks. CRP can show that inflammation, a collection of certain white blood cells, is present. This may indicate micro-injuries in the walls of blood vessels. Factors that cause the cell walls to be stiff and prone to injury include trans-fats (artificially hydrogenated vegetable oils) and the formation of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products) when sugars attach on to the proteins in cell walls. This occurs when blood sugar gets too high after a person has too much sugar. The average American used 100 pounds per year in 1970 and now has over 150 pounds of sweeteners per year.
When blood pressure rises in these less flexible vessels after smoking or from stress, then micro-injuries occur, patched by cholesterol along with certain white blood cells. Sometimes these collections are easily oxidized and break off to lodge in the heart as a heart attack or in the brain as a stroke.
Cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. It is necessary for life and is the major substance in your brain. No wonder that depression is one of the side effects of too low cholesterol. Your body uses cholesterol to make sex hormones and vitamin D and is important in all cells. Your liver does make excess LDL-cholesterol from high-fructose corn syrup, so avoid food and drink with this sugar. Raise your good HDL-cholesterol by exercise and eating organic saturated fat.
Side effects of statins include muscle pain and weakness. They are not benign. Statins not only block the liver’s ability to make cholesterol but also co-enzyme Q10, important in many cellular reactions. Most Americans are not the rare persons with faulty genes and cholesterol levels over 600 who prefer statins to niacin to lower their cholesterol.
Be naturally healthy by eating only organic animal fats or vegetable oils and avoiding trans-fats and too many sugars.

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Many Risk Factors in Cardiovascular Disease

A recent article in the journal “Circulation”talks about persons in the Framingham study begun in 1948. If men have more than 2 risk factors by age 50 they had a 69% chance of a heart attack. Women had a 50% chance. Those with only one factor had 5% and 8% chances respectively.

Factors include high blood pressure and diabetes but the head of the study has always implied that cholesterol levels were most important, even though a third of fatal heart attacks were in men with normal or low cholesterol.

William Faloon in the Sept. 2010 issue of “Life Extension” says there are 17 risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These can be measured by blood tests. He says that diet and high potency supplements can counteract these factors. You don’t have to take possibly dangerous drugs or have surgery to prevent possible heart attacks.

I see that several risk factors are interrelated. High blood glucose and high insulin are present in adult onset diabetes. High LDL-cholesterol especially when oxidized can clog arteries. Fifty years ago, the doctors Shutes found that vitamin E could prevent the oxidation that makes cholesterol sticky.

Many scientists now agree that elevated C-Reactive Protein is the best indicator of the risk of a heart attack. It shows that inflammation is present in the body. It might indicate micro-injuries in blood vessel walls. Since the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in fish oils help the immune system and block inflammation, eating fish can help prevent heart disease.

An independent risk factor is high levels of homocysteine as shown by Dr. McCully. This can be corrected by folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

Newer research shows the importance of vitamin D and vitamin K to prevent deposits of calcium in blood vessel walls when micro-injuries are being patched with cholesterol. Use of sun-screens prevents your skin making vitamin D and no longer drinking vitamin D rich whole milk cuts out that source. Hardly anyone now eats organ meats that are a rich source of vitamin K. Most Americans now need supplements.

Note that vitamin D is made by the body from cholesterol Cholesterol is also the starting molecule for sex hormones and adrenal hormones. Cholesterol is a major component of brain tissue and is in all cell membranes. It is necessary for life.  LDL-cholesterol is dangerous only when made in excess by your liver from high-fructose corn syrup. A heart-healthy diet would eliminate soft drinks not egg yolks.

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Many Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

My book mentions the separate research by Dr. Bantle, Minne.U. and Dr. Reiser of the USDA. They found that high-frucatose corn syrup produced a lot of LDL-cholesterol and blood fats in both diabetics and normals.

Dr. Dana Flavia in the October 2008 issue of Life Extension cites later research that shows many harmful effect of high-fructose corn syruup. Its use over the past thirty years parallels the increase in obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver, high uric acid and more aging of all cells.

AGE stands for advanced glycation end products. These are formed when excess sugars bind with proteins in cell walls. This makes them prone to injury, causing inflammation and deposts of cholesterol in blood vessels. These glycation end products can also damage cells in kidneys, nerves and the retina. This type of damage from high blood glucose has been seen for years in diabetics. However, fructose has ten times the cross-linkage rate with proteins as glucose so does much more damage.

Fructose is metabolized differently than glucose. It goes to the liver and is often changed into LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides (fats). Some gets into the blood stream to clog your arteries. Some fats stay in your liver cells, causing cirrhosis just like excess alcohol

High-fructose corn syrup can also raise uric acid, a cause of gout. This was shown in a study of 15,000 Americans and a 2008 Canadian study. A Harvard study showed an increase of kidney stones from this high uric acid.

If you’re told you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol or blood fats, don’t blindly take pills to get these values down. Think what might be causing them. Too many people think that fat or cholesterol in their blood vessels must be from animal foods, despite the fact that humans have eaten fat and cholesterol for eons of time. But in the last hundred years, food manufacturers have given you many artificial products. They want you to think that anything derived from a plant must be good and it it’s from an animal it must be bad. Recently doctors realized that trans-fats in Crisco and margarines are not used by the body as are natural saturated fats, lard and butter.  How long will it take to get medical and public acceptance of the fact that high-fructose corn syrup causes more damage to your body?

Table sugar has one molecule of fructose to each molecule of glucose. It’s use has increased from 20 pounds a person per year in the 19th Century to 100 pounds by 1970 and now with the addition of high-fructose corn syrup, 150 pounds of sweeteners a year.  Our bodies over the centuries have not been programmed to cope with so much sugar, especially the huge amounts of high-fructose corn syrup added to most manufactured foods and beverages.  It is ruining our health and might be the main cause of the ever increasing cost of health care as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic diseases keep going up.

Just say no to sweet soft drinks. Diet drinks with Aspartame cause other problems.

Read labels and use table sugar for your rare dessert or Stevia (from a tropical leaf) to sweeten your coffee or tea.

Take control of your health by using natural foods and beverages.

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