Discovering The Truth About Cholesterol (Part II) After having been told for decades that having higher cholesterol will likely lead to a heart attack and premature death, patients across the globe have been taking statins by the handfuls. In fact, cholesterol-lowering medications have been among the top drugs prescribed and taken faithfully by patients for years. After all, why would anyone not want to comply with their doctor’s best recommendations when the studies have proven the decline of heart disease since taking this breakthrough, life-saving approach? Or have they? Do the studies really indicate that statins work? Do they work in the sense that they are truly preventing the demise that we’re being told that they do? In other words, even if they did show that cholesterol has decreased, is that what the body needed in order to function optimally? If these medications do work, there would be reason to believe that there has in fact been a noticeable decline in cardiovascular-related deaths, right? So what is the truth? Do cholesterol-lowering medications really decrease the risk of coronary heart disease and associated premature deaths? Is having high cholesterol really the “cause” of coronary heart disease? What causes higher cholesterol in the first place? You see, like with any other health-related matter, we’re each responsible for our own health. That’s right, the person you see in the mirror each day is the one who determines how healthy you are. It’s not a doctor, nurse, spouse, or friend that decides the state of your health, just you. Knowing this, it’s vital that we all learn to take full responsibility for our lives and begin to learn how to ask the right questions. We need to learn what questions need answered to have the greatest impact on our lives. Take for example the idea of where cholesterol comes from. Did you know that your brain is made up of 75% cholesterol? Were you aware that most of the cholesterol in your body was actually created inside you, mostly by your liver, but every cell also must create cholesterol for optimal function? So, if cholesterol is so bad, why is it that your body would make so much of it? What is the purpose of it? If your body was innately able to create you from two cells, controlling trillions of functions and cellular responses each day, could there be a purpose for the increase production of the cholesterol? Could it be that there is an underlying cause or purpose that triggers such a response? Have you ever considered the potential of how the stresses of your life might be playing a role into this increase of cholesterol? What if the cholesterol increase was part of a necessary and adaptive healing response? Would eating healthy for the sake of giving your body what it needs to heal, help remove the cause for that adaptive response? What effect do you think regular exercise would have? How much better would your body function and heal with regular chiropractic care, having a better-functioning nervous system? Here’s the thing, in a Netherlands study in 1998, it was shown that patients with the lowest LDL’s had an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease by 350%. The study also showed that Alzheimer’s patients had significantly lower cholesterol in their cerebrospinal fluids regardless of the apo4 gene. Furthermore, a Boston University Study in 2005 showed that patients with cholesterol above 240 had a better cognitive function than patients with 160, causing Dr. Jerry Tennett, MD to conclude that “None should be on statins.” Studies also show that statins can then lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, particularly in postmenopausal women by 48%. Another study in the journal Atherosclerosis shows that statin use is associated with a 52% increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to non-users. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended To diagnose, treat, or prevent disease. These studies are only a few of the many out there, but the point of bringing them up is to illustrate the fact that they are there. This becomes increasingly important when realizing that statins have been shown to significantly increase not only diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s but also symptoms like muscle aches and pains, nerve damage in the hands and feet, immune depression, pancreas and liver dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, cataracts, memory loss, and an increased risk of cancer. It’s also important to know that statins have been shown to deplete CoQ10, a natural substance found in every cell of the body. In order to produce the energy necessary for cell growth and maintenance, the body produces and uses CoQ10. It has also been shown as essential in protecting the heart and skeletal muscles. Listen, if the array of previously noted symptoms wasn’t bad enough, your heart needs continual energy. Therefore, when the statins deplete the needed CoQ10, the body then will generally suffer even more. It’s been said that the primary role of the heart is to simply feed the brain. It’s also been said that your liver health can be a reflection of your brain health. Don’t focus on the high cholesterol or even the heart but rather on what you desire…great life and health. If health is the prize that you reach for, then let your choices be reflective of that in all areas. Give your body what it needs to heal at its best, so that it can be the full reflection of life the way you were created to express. CoQ-10 Suffer from high blood pressure? Trouble with cholesterol levels? 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