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!
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.