Fuming Over Clueless Doctors: Statins

Cholesterol molecule from https://www.billgiles.com.au/wp-content/uploads/cholesterol-500.jpg
Cholesterol molecule from https://www.billgiles.com.au/wp-content/uploads/cholesterol-500.jpg

In one of my Facebook migraine groups, I constantly get new members getting their required laboratory blood tests, which I ask for to get an idea of their general heath and vitamin/mineral needs. One of the tests I ask for is their cholesterol. I primarily ask for this to judge where their metabolic health is, since in our modern understanding, it is the ratio of triglycerides and HDL that provide a reasonable estimate of metabolic health, as well as clearly a risk index that can be used to judge cardiac health. There are countless articles on this, here are two for your reference: here and here.

The general guideline (using mg/dL cholesterol results) is that this ratio is:

  • Ideal between 0.6 -< 1
    • Great between 1 -< 2
    • Acceptable 2 -< 3
    • And cardiovascular risk if  >3

In the community of low carbers, meaning people who eat any of the low carbs/no carbs ways: LCHF (low carbs high fat), Keto, or CD (carnivore), we simply don’t see anyone with cardiovascular risk factors once they have been on one of these ways of eating. Why not? Because carbohydrates are responsible for high triglycerides—see example literature on this here. And we know that HDL is the good cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol fragments and spent LDL, you can read about this here. Note that neither LDL nor total cholesterol is part of the cardiovascular risk factor evaluation at all!

Here is a sample evaluation tool (created for nurses) for cardiovascular disease, and here is one for type 2 diabetes… in which do you see Cholesterol even mentioned?

So Why Do Doctors Still Prescribe Statins to Lower Cholesterol?

The following is a post I made in response to a migraineur who has just posted her lab blood test in my group. I tried not to fume, but I likely did (not at the migraineur, but at the doctor who wants to place her on statins):

“…In terms of your cholesterol:

There is zero problem with high cholesterol! The whole science on cholesterol is based on a single fake study, which has also placed us on vegetable oils, lots of cereals, sugars, and margarine [see the origination of the heart health hypothesis here]! Are you sure you believe that science???

There has NEVER been a study showing that high cholesterol is unhealthy! Never! It’s a fake industry to sell drugs, which was started by Ancel Keys and is alive still today simply because it makes so much money for doctors and pharma [all studies only looked at if cholesterol was lowered by statins but not if this lowering had any long-term cardiovascular benefit at all, so it has never ever been proven that lowering cholesterol was a good thing, see a critic here].

Let me explain a little bit about cholesterol:

1) You brain is 85% fat and cholesterol! (Are you sure the reducing your brain size and activity is a good thing?)

2) Every single cell’s membrane is made of fat and cholesterol! (Are you sure that reducing cholesterol–therefore your cells membrane and increase their vulnerability is a good thing?)

3) Cholesterol is the way your hormones are created, including male and female sex hormones, all steroids, even insulin. These hormones run your body! (Are you sure that it’s a good thing to reduce your body’s ability to create these hormones?)

4) In the middle of processing cholesterol, a substance called CoQ10 is created, which is an essential element in the creation of ATP, the energy each of your cells use and the mitochondria creates. (Are you sure you want to damage/destroy your mitochondria and reduce your energy?)

5) LDL–the so called “bad cholesterol–carries ALL of your fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, such as A, D3, E, K2. (Are you sure that reducing these vitamins in your body is a good thing?)

6) 85% of the human energy is coming from non-esterified free fatty acids (not glucose). These fatty acids travel in the LDL [LDL is not a cholesterol but a “boat” (lipoprotein ball) that carries cholesterol as well]. If your body doesn’t have enough of these fatty acids to use for energy, it will start using glucose. The heart almost exclusively uses fat. If is has to use glucose, within a very short time there will be lactic acid buildup. In order to clear the lactic acid, the heart must stop… ummmm STOP. (Are you sure you want your heart to use glucose and then stop? This is also called a heart attack!)

So, as you see, your doctor is following rules that are based on the current medical guidelines, which are based on absolutely false hypothesis, which to this day–after 60 years–is still called a “Diet Heart Health HYPOTHESIS“… it’s a hypothesis. A hypothesis that has been proven wrong. Please resist your doctor and bad science. There is absolutely nothing wrong with high cholesterol!

So please feel free to increase your meat (essential for survival) and fat (essential for survival) and reduce your carbs (not needed at all for survival). The biggest health risk is carbs (including grains, starches, sugar), veg/seed oils, and processed foods. Be sure you eat none of those.”

Phew. Thanks for letting me fume a bit.

Questions and comments are welcomed, and are moderated for appropriateness, as always.

Angela

About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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12 Responses to Fuming Over Clueless Doctors: Statins

  1. Emily says:

    There is a theory of heart disease common in South America called the Myogenic theory of heart disease. Basically it says your heart needs nutrients called cardio tonics to survive. And much heart disease (heart attack and heart failure) is caused in part by not getting these nutrients. Dioxin is a cardio tonic as is magnesium. A cardio tonic is a steroid.

    But never fear, they human body makes cardio tonics — guess what from. Go ahead and guess… CHOLESTEROL.

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    • Thanks Emily. It is very interesting! Thanks for mentioning “Myogenic theory of heart disease”. Looking this up (using good old Dr. Google), I didn’t find exactly what you referred to, but I found many articles discussing the Myogenic response, which is explained as follows by one article:

      “The mechanism by which coronary resistance vessels alter their diameter in response to pressure changes is the myogenic response. We aim to synthesize the relevant existing data for coronary myogenic responses and autoregulation” from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5974144/

      And another definition:
      “By definition, the myogenic response is the contraction of a blood vessel that occurs when intravascular pressure is elevated and, conversely, the vasodilation that follows a reduction in pressure.” from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1415587/

      But I couldn’t find anything to read up on the the specific theory. Would you have any links? It woudl be very interesting to learn more about it. 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Angela

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      • Emily says:

        https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/what-causes-heart-attacks/

        Don’t look for this theory on mainstream sites. They are not going to admit a south America doctor is right. But, look up the facts. Mainstream is also not going to admit that we make our own Cardiotonic agents. But Cardio tonics keep your hear healthy and it is a steroid — just like Vitamin D (also made from Cholesterol).

        If you want proof just look on amazon for products that have “natural” cardio tonics — certain herbs are… for heart issues. 5 stars reported.

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  2. Roald Michel says:

    Hi Angela,
    Re: “The general guideline is that this ratio is:” Are these values based on mmol/L?
    Just checked. My triglycerides/HDL ratio for values in mmol/L is 0.634 and for values in mg/dl it’s 1.38

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