I just published an article today as part of the huge movement toward helping people understand what really makes us sick, why there are so many people with metabolic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and so forth.
Some of the old and totally wrong 20th Century explanations are very much still alive: eat less, exercise more, eat more “heart healthy” grains, fruits and vegetables, eat less artery clogging fat. The fact is that these advises are the very ones that created the obesity epidemic. To start with fat doesn’t become artery clogging cholesterol since cholesterol is actually made from glucose and fructose, neither of which is in fat at all but they are the main constituents of the food they recommend you eat: all forms of carbohydrates, which include grains, fruits, vegetables, and sweeteners of all kinds. Reduced carbohydrate diets provide more benefits than reduced fat diets do.
Researchers have known this for a long time but it is hard to swim against the tide of industry founded research and a medicinal system that doesn’t require its doctors to take classes in nutrition and doesn’t require those with nutritional training to update their knowledge every year! Thus, the tragedy of making Americans sick continues on a larger scale–it is global now–for the benefit of all pharmaceuticals.
The Tragedy of the American Diet
I can only reach so many people with my message but at least I try. The food you want to eat is addictive! What you eat is not what your body needs! Pay attention because you will pay the price by having to fall victim of the bad food ==> drugs that lead to lost limbs (type 2 diabetes), two seats to be purchased on planes (obesity), heart attacks (cardiovascular disease), and many really bad drugs for life with a not so happy life.
What We Want is Not What We Need
This article I published reveals the thoughts of one of my Facebook migraine group members who had a light bulb go off in a very enjoyable-to-read way. I asked for permission to share that message and I wrote my article around it. That article provides scientific proof why you have trouble dropping weight, why you have high blood sugar, high blood pressure, why there is no such as “high cholesterol”.
Even if you fall into that extremely small group of people who were born with hyperlipidemia, in which case your cholesterol is extremely high, since high cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease but inflammation does, you may want to search for dietary change options other than statins. A huge study was published in the Annual Nutrition and Metabolism in 2015 that can be read here (it is nearly a book). This entire edition is about how higher cholesterol is actually better for longevity and health.
This is a paradigm shift; We better start paying attention.
Low cholesterol is associated with higher mortality even in those with coronary heart disease! Cholesterol is essential for life! Our body makes it, our brain makes its own cholesterol it is so essential for brain development and maintenance! What happens when you reduce cholesterol with a drug? Your body starts to fall apart, so…. Pharmaceuticals get to sell you other drugs and supplements that replace the minerals your body is blocked from making as a result of the use of cholesterol lowering medicines. I particularly get angry when women are prescribed statins: women live longer and healthier lives with more cholesterol!
One of the biggest cholesterol lowering medicines’ side effects is vitamin D deficiency. While I bet you thought I was going to mention becoming impotent, nerve and mood damages, cognitive function, muscle wasting, etc., since these are listed on the label of these medicines (see FDA label update here), I thought of one that is rarely mentioned instead.
“[V]itamin D is critical for metabolizing minerals and is linked to the expression of 200 different genes. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, 17 different cancers, heart disease, cognitive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders, and muscle and bone ailments. In fact, low levels of vitamin D are linked to higher rates of mortality.” (see here)
Vitamin (hormone actually) D deficiency leads to a host of problems since it leads to calcium deficiency ==> osteoporosis; thyroid hormone deficiency ==> thyroid medicines, obesity and osteoporosis among other things) that forces D enhanced milk on us to drink and D supplementation.
Why do I mention vitamin D and cholesterol in the same sentence? Because without adequate cholesterol, your skin cannot synthesize vitamin D no matter how much time you spend on the sun! I hardly meet a woman over 50 these days who in not taking supplements for most of these conditions, all caused either by reduced fat diets, or the use of statin drugs, or both.
Comments are welcome, as always.