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Cholesterol | Facts & Fiction

Exposed !
Cholesterol is Necessary for Life!

     John W. Jones, MD, MPH
    Nutritional Consultant, Nutrition Pure and Simple

Cholesterol  is a precursor for steroid (and ALL) hormones and is a precursor for parts of all cell membranes. 

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Cholesterol Heart-Health Myths - and ways to combat them...
  1. Avoid statin drugs if possible.  They HAVE been proven to cause terrible health problems.  Be sure you understand the possible side effects and consult with your doctor for other alternatives before starting any statin drug.  One the the most negative effects is an interference with the production of Coenzyme Q10.
  2. Eat a low carbohydrate diet.  It HAS been proven to improve the LDL:HDL cholesterol ratios.  It normalizes serum lipids much more efficiently than a low fat diet.  The weight loss and the lipid normalization reduce cardiovascular and other risk factors
  3. Use Ultra Omega-Linic   These essential fatty acids at 8 per day  increase all the benefits of “good cholesterol” - not to minimize the benefit for Arthritis and beautiful skin and hair...
    • HDL is increased, thereby improving the LDL/HDL ratio;
    • Platelet aggregation is decreased;
    • Plasma triglycerides are reduced by an average of 30 percent or more.
  4. Have your thyroid tested.  It is intimately tied to cholesterol levels.  This was the early way to measure thyroid function.   If the thyroid is not functioning well the cholesterol levels increase.
This approach is EFFECTIVE without the side effect of drugs!  

There is disagreement about using medication to lower cholesterol in patients who do not have CHD.  

Cholesterol IS NOT the killer it has been represented to be.

Do you know what Cholesterol is good for? 
  • It helps to create cell wall membranes.
  • It acts as a precursor to the manufacturing of sex (and all) hormones.
  • It is a precursor to the formation of vitamin D from sunlight.
  • It helps to formulate bile acids to digest fat.
  • It is important in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall.
  • It is a basic building block: it forms most of the brain’s tissue matter.
  • It is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain.
  • It forms the central nervous system’s myelin sheath.
  • It helps protect you from neurological diseases:   Dementia, MS, and Parkinson’s Disease, to name a few.   Ironically, it may serve as a short term “band-aid” for coronary inflammation to protect against arterial rupture.” ‘To the rescue’ to coin an old phrase.  We want more of it!

Do you need to worry about high cholesterol?

We are not discussing familial hypercholesteremia. 
      Cholesterol is intimately tied to thyroid function. If cholesterol is high, have your thyroid tested. In my early years in medicine this was the way to measure thyroid function. If the thyroid is not functioning well the cholesterol levels increase. 
      High cholesterol is also an indicator of inflammation - especially inflammation in the arterial walls. Inflammation is very much involved in many degenerative diseases, like arthritis. The body sends cholesterol to act as a band-aid to protect against the damaging effects of inflammation and free radical oxidative stress. C-Reactive Protein is an excellent test for inflammation. 

Do you need to worry about low cholesterol?

      According to the Mayo Clinic, very low levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, depression, anxiety and other conditions (which are still being studied and debated). One interesting piece of information: while some studies show that certain food choices, meat high in saturated fat, for instance, can cause an increase in LDL cholesterol;  what is not reported is that there is also an increase in HDL cholesterol. This increase in HDL may be even greater than the LDL rise. In other words, both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ cholesterol go up. 

     From a number of studies one can deduce: Replacing Fats with Carbs in the diet leads to Diabetes and other chronic diseases. In fact, fat is one of the 3 main nutrients needed by the body (fat, protein & carbs). In addition to that, cholesterol can be made from more than one source; fatty acids, amino acids and/or glucose. NO OTHER chemical in our body has so many options for its manufacture. The body ensures the presence of this protective and beneficial substance. 

     Talking about cholesterol; Dr Kabara, in his book Fats are good for you and other secrets states: “..we would not be able to make or require a substance that would be toxic or harmful..” Dr Kabara points to another interesting cholesterol phenomena: if you lower your dietary intake of cholesterol, the body makes more of it. If you raise your dietary intake the body makes less cholesterol. 

More On Fats

Fats needed and used by the body come in various saturations and chain lengths (1 to 30 carbons - with 12-18 being the most common) 
     Short chain (1-5), Medium chain (6-12), Long chain (13-21) and Very long chain (22 or more) 

Short chains can be made in the intestines by fermenting fiber; another reason for emphasizing the fiber content of food. ...and a very good reason to ensure a healthy GUT environment with a good probiotic - Ultra 4x6 Probiotic 
     Some fats are saturated (naturally) and some are unsaturated, some are polyunsaturated 
     Some fats are 'essential' because the body cannot make them - yet it must have them  For this reason my first nutritional recommendation is Ultra Omega Linic. It provides preformed, Polyunsaturated Omega 3 & Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (PUFAs). These are lacking in our typical Western diet. The addition of Ultra Vites ensures that the body can perform its various metabolic activities in processing these PUFAs      

All fat chain lengths are beneficial - saturated or otherwise
  • Coconut oil, a saturated fat, is an example of very beneficial medium chain fatty acids.
  • Some saturated and unsaturated lipids are anti microbial, anti viral, anti fungal and are very important to the maintenance of the immune system
  • Coconut oil is also a rich source of monolaurin and the other related medium chain monoesters. Ultra Monolaurin is a 90% pure distillate of coconut oil.
  • The other rich source of monolaurin is mother’s milk. Mother's milk is perfectly formulated to protect the immune system of newborn babies. It provides energy (ketones) for baby’s rapid growth and powerful immune protection.


     While on the subject; Ketone bodies are a consequence of a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, and one rich in coconut and coconut oil. Ketones are used as fuel by heart, brain & muscles. All fatty acids are very high energy fuels. The website CoconutOil.com is a wealth of information about coconut oil, monolaurin, and cholesterol. The studies dispute many of the incorrect, misleading and downright deceptive information readily available to those searching.
This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  
You should consult a qualified health care provider for advice before beginning any new health care program. 

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