As we allow the heart to heal—not only the pump in the chest, but our feeling realm and spiritual center—the way we change the outer scene is by attending to our own inner growth and changing, healing and awakening ourselves. The way we change the outer world is really from the inside out, and our greatest leverage for creating external change is our own inner transformation.
The second greatest hoax in modern medicine, after vaccines, is the cholesterol myth. Here’s the truth: Blood cholesterol levels, the amount of cholesterol in the blood, are not predictive of cardiovascular disease. You can’t figure your chance of having a heart attack, heart disease, or a stroke from looking at your blood cholesterol levels. In other words, what you suck out of the vein in a blood test is the blood cholesterol, which does not tell you what’s happening in the lining of your blood vessels. It doesn’t tell you the plaque status of that blood vessel. It just shows you what’s floating around in the blood.
Half of the people who have heart attacks have “normal” cholesterol. Half of the people who have strokes have “normal” cholesterol. So you could flip a coin about all those millions of heart attacks that happen annually as to what those people’s cholesterol levels are. And many countries, like Sweden, where the people have higher cholesterol, have much less heart disease.
There is no relationship between cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, because cholesterol in the blood or diet has nothing to do with it (other than helping protect you from the real problem, which is inflammation). Cholesterol is good because cholesterol is protective. Blaming heart disease on cholesterol is blaming the firefighter for the fire. The dangerous situation is when cholesterol is too low – below 150. Then your risk of depression, suicide, violent behavior, cancer and infections goes up.
Reducing blood cholesterol does not reduce cardiovascular disease risk. This is one of the greatest lies foisted upon the planet by the drug industry, that lowering cholesterol will keep you safe. If you just get that number down, everything will be fine. That’s a lie. The average person’s cholesterol level in the US, without medication, is about 220. That’s why Big Pharma created, out of thin air, an upper limit of 200, so everyone would be scared/scammed into taking the drugs. Because the only reliable way to get most people’s cholesterol down below 200 is with drugs. This happened after the upper limit of cholesterol was 330, for decades, until the first statin drug, Mevacor, came out in 1987.
Cholesterol drugs do not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or heart attack in people who do not have heart disease. Yet this is how they are being used. They are being used preventatively in people who have no heart disease, when in fact they are completely ineffective in primary prevention – preventing that first heart attack or heart disease development.
Plus, statin drugs are known to increase your risk of cancer, memory loss, depression, diabetes, loss of sexual desire and performance, heart failure, muscle and nerve damage, and more. Not to worry, though. There are other drugs for all that.
I had a patient come in some time ago. She said, “My doctor said I have high cholesterol and I should take a drug.” I said, “Well, how high was your cholesterol before he prescribed the drug?” She said, “183.” The lab reference range on the blood test showed an upper limit of 169! Based, of course, on no credible science or evidence (sounds like vaccines!). In almost every case, these drugs are being prescribed for people who do not have heart disease and have not had a heart attack. They are most often used preventatively, when there is no credible evidence to support this. It’s amazing how many smart, well-intentioned people (most physicians) do not question the unproven cholesterol hypothesis. The few who do are shocked—first at how little credible evidence exists, and second at how much pressure there is for doctors to stay in the box and stick to this fact-free “standard of care.”
Join me as I interview one who has – Uffe Ravsnkov, MD, PhD, a courageous physician (that’s rare these days, because doctors who don’t tow the party line are threatened and persecuted professionally), who challenged the cholesterol assumptions and found them to be baseless and untrue. His book, and our topic, will be The Cholesterol Myths. My live radio interview with him will be on March 21 at 11am PST on Contact Talk Radio (click here).
Address the real issues of cardiovascular health – not this ridiculous red herring of cholesterol – by eating a whole foods diet, getting enough physical activity, and taking whole-food and plant-based supplements (not synthetics). If you’d like help creating your personal heart health program, just click here for a live or phone appointment. And remember, go for drug-free!
My main recommendations for you would be to eat a diet high in healthy fats—olive oil, pasture-fed meats (e.g. grassfed beef, pastured chicken and eggs), coconut oil, etc, and very low in bad fats—hydrogenated, corn, canola, soy, polyunsaturated flower oils, etc. For more, see these excellent books at Selene River Press:Cholesterol Facts and Fantasies; Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill; and Know Your Fats.
The Ultimate Next Step: Join us live for a whole day on how to understand your lab tests, and what to do about it (for health professionals and the health-conscious public), on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 in beautiful Denver, CO. We’ll do a whole updated section on cardiovascular risk markers. The day before (May 4th) we are spending the whole day on the causes, prevention and reversal of autoimmune disease, which not affects at least 1 in 12 Americans. By the way, we are the global epicenter of autoimmune disease partly because we are the most vaccinated nation on earth. Register by March 4th and receive a coupon for learning programs atwww.gaetacommunciations.com for your entire registration fee, making the seminar(s) free! This will be the only event of its kind that I am offering in 2013. CEUs for acupuncturists. Click here to register.
Video: please visit my YouTube page for these videos on cholesterol and heart disease:
- Intro to cardiovascular health seminar
- The Cholesterol Myths
- Boulder Ignite video
Audio: Please visit my radio show archives (click here) for these great interviews with Duane Graveline, MD, MPH, of www.spacedoc.net on the Statin Scam and the Misguided War on Cholesterol, and Mark Berger, MD on Metabolic Radiology.
A Deeper Dive: for detailed home learning programs on cardiovascular health and other topics on wellness and nutrition, consider these two:
Webinar for Heart Health Month
Wholistic Approach to Improving Cardiovascular Health
Above all, remember that cholesterol is protective, and good! See you in Denver in May!