KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcast: Cholesterol Myth and Fact

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Posted on 10th October 2012 by admin in Health Alerts |Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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Cholesterol, the modern health villain, is actually a naturally-occurring lipid (fat) that is absorbed by the body from your diet and also naturally produced in the liver.  Cholesterol circulates in the blood system and is critical to life.  Perhaps you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with “high” cholesterol and immediately prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication to assist your body in reducing your total cholesterol to under 200 mg/dL or other target.  HDL cholesterol is often referred to as “good” cholesterol and LDL as “bad”, but is cholesterol really good and bad?

Today in our SuperHealth Podcast, join me as we discuss what cholesterol does in the body and present straight forward strategies to help manage cholesterol levels.  In reality, the cholesterol in your body may be doing you more good than harm.  Once again, let’s re-think conventional wisdom and the pharmaceutical approach to health.

Audio Transcript

Welcome to Living Fuel TV. This is KC Craichy.

So, you drive your car into the gas station, you open the gas lid and you put in the nozzle and you fill the tank. Then you have to click it a few times until it runs down the side of the car. Then you proceed to the backseat and you roll the back window down and you fill the backseat with fuel. Your car has about as much capacity to deal with that extra fuel in the backseat as your body does when you eat too much of the wrong kinds of fuel.

This is the basic problem for much of what’s going on in the nation today with our health, too much fuel. Particularly in the form of carbohydrates, too many carbohydrates results in things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased body fat and so many other disorders including diabetes and so on. So, a couple weeks ago we discussed statin drugs because so many people are concerned about their cholesterol to the point it literally changes the way they eat. Many times I’ll be at the omelet line and I’ll just enjoy standing there and hear people order egg white omelets. Now, I often eat an egg white omelet because at the particular time, where I’m looking to get more protein in a situation without bringing on additional calories. But most people eat egg white omelets because they don’t want to increase their cholesterol levels or they feel they have a cholesterol issue.

Just yesterday, I was with an individual who is very concerned about his cholesterol because I guess his doctors told him he had too high cholesterol. His cholesterol level was 205. So, his cholesterol levels were too high and he literally was taking a lot of supplements and doing a lot of things and avoiding fats, and avoiding egg yolks and so on so that he could manage his cholesterol. So, first of all folks, a cholesterol level of 200 or 205 is not high cholesterol. In fact, it’s almost ideal. Basically, 200 is ideal as long as you have at least 25% of that in the forms of your HDL cholesterol. So, it’s really not the cholesterol level itself that’s causing the issue. Many people have too low of HDL or good cholesterol. So, the point here is that, first of all, cholesterol is a number and we shouldn’t be treating a number.

We should be treating other aspects of health. But avoiding fats made it clear that people are not understanding still, how cholesterol gets high. So, using the example of the car and the over-fueling, when people eat too many carbohydrates the body becomes very efficient in converting those extra carbohydrates into LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol”, although there is no bad cholesterol, and triglycerides, which is basically the body converting sugars to fat. So, when you have high triglycerides and high cholesterol, unless you have a genetic situation, most of the time it’s because of overeating of carbohydrates.

Now, a couple weeks ago we got into the discussion about statin drugs and the issues regarding statin drugs. I continue to meet people who are on statin drugs and have been for years and their cholesterol levels are in the 150 or below. In that video, in that Living Fuel TV show, we discussed how lower cholesterol levels actually bring on more mortality from all causes than normal cholesterol levels, for sure, and also higher levels of suicide, and depression and so on. So, think about these lipids, the cholesterol in your body.

The body uses them, the cholesterol, for a lot of things. The body uses cholesterol to make bile acid for the stomach. The body uses cholesterol to make hormones and so on and so forth. The cholesterol is very important. So, statin drugs, if you are on statin drugs, please, first of all, look at your cholesterol levels. If you are below 200 or around 200, you really don’t to be on statin drugs. Talk to your doctor about that. But secondly, if you’re on statin drugs and you insist on taking statin drugs then consider taking coenzyme Q10 also, ubiquinone or ubiquinol, either one. CoQ10 is important because statins block the production of CoQ10 and cause a myopathy and such of the heart and other muscles in the body. So, just to confirm that, Merck Corporation, in the 1990s, got a patent on the combination of statins and CoQ10, yet, they’ve never introduced that concept to the market. It is very clear and widely known in scientific circles that statins compromise CoQ10 and CoQ10 is important for life itself. So, if you’re taking statins, take CoQ10. But, there’s a better way.

If you change your diet the way we discuss it around here, and you reduce the white carbohydrates and the grains and you increase quality protein and vegetables, a lot of vegetables, a lot of greens and bright-colored vegetables, and eliminate the sweet drinks, then your cholesterol most likely will fall like a rock as will your triglycerides. So, this is really simple, straightforward stuff and I guarantee you, you don’t have a statin deficiency.

I hope this was helpful to you. God bless you and have a great day.

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