Have you ever taken a Statin prescription because you were advised to lower your cholesterol for better health? Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD reviews why taking these drugs can be harmful to health and endanger the important role cholesterol plays in the body for the following:
- Hormone production
- Brain development and function
- Tissue repair
- Cell integrity
- Absorption of important nutrients into our cells from real, health-giving foods we eat that contain this vital nutrient
You cannot affect one part without affecting the whole. This is the basic principle of holistic medicine. You have to look at the whole of the person to correct any dysfunction. Taking a pharmaceutical drug will always affect the whole.
For instance, taking cholesterol-lowering drugs to correct one area - lowering your cholesterol - without looking at the impact of the whole, is a dangerous practice.
Brain and hormone function, cell integrity, detoxification and cholesterol
A large portion of the brain consists of cholesterol. We produce hormones with cholesterol. The cell walls consist of of cholesterol. And we need cholesterol for the liver to properly detoxify. Taking cholesterol-reducing medication will dry out the brain, impact the cell walls through which all transports of toxins exits the cells and nutrients enter into the cells.
The end result is that leaky cell walls will more readily permit the entrance of viruses and other pathogens into the body.
Hormones, cardiovascular health and cholesterol
So how about the hormonal system? Sex hormones keep us young, active, virile and healthy. In fact, they support a healthy cardiovascular system. So without cholesterol, we don't have the building blocks to produce sufficient amount of sex hormones. Taking cholesterol-reducing drugs will negatively impact production of sex hormones to keep your cardiovascular system healthy, along with everything else that they do.
So it seems like a dichotomy to take cholesterol-lowering medication to protect your cardiovascular system. By doing that, you are reducing the actual hormones that support health of the cardiovascular system.
Adrenal function, stress management, energy production, tissue repair and cholesterol
Another steroid hormone, the adrenals, produce hormones that help regulate inflammation, energy production, repair of tissue and and our ability to deal with any kind of stress. So imagine if we take out or remove the building blocks that the body needs in order to produce those hormones. We are unable to deal with stress, we'll be exhausted, and our bodies will be inflamed.
With this new understanding of cholesterol, I strongly urge you to recognize the full impact before taking cholesterol-lowering medications. My impression is that doctors seem to hand out these drugs like candy, without a second thought. Recognize that it's your body, and you are in charge of its well-being.
So what would be the number that is considered too high for cholesterol? Well, the old standard used to be anything below 300. That was considered fine. But that was before the medical industry really began to push prescribing of cholesterol-lowering drugs for higher profits.
And then what is considered too low? If you ask a medical doctor, they really don't seem to know. They just think "lower is better". I have patients coming in to me who have a reading of 100, and yet doctors still have them taking these medications.
Meanwhile, patients on cholesterol-lowering medication are experiencing fatigue, memory issues, muscle weakness, and depression.
Learn More About Cholesterol on this interview with Dr. Wolfson. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Paleo Cardiologist
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