Cholesterol Myth and Fact

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Posted on 20th September 2012 by admin in Health Alerts |LivingFuelTV

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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 on LivingFuelTV, 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.  Click on the graphic below to watch and learn.


LivingFuel HealthAlert: The Stealth Drug Cause of Diabetes

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Posted on 21st March 2011 by admin in Health Alerts

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by Suzy Cohen, R.Ph, Author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist, Diabetes Without Drugs, and Drug Muggers: Keep Your Medicine from Stealing the Life Out of You

Statins are popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. They work in the liver by preventing your body from making cholesterol. When you eat meals that have starches and sugar, some of the excess sugar goes to the liver, where the liver stores it away as cholesterol and triglycerides. Now stay with me — when you have a statin on board, it’s like a message to your liver saying, “No! Don’t make any more cholesterol, please stop.” So your liver sends the sugar back OUT to the bloodstream.

Many statin users come back to see their doctor for a routine visit and find that their cholesterol may be better, but now they have high blood sugar. It’s entirely possible that some physicians mistakenly diagnose their patients with diabetes when in fact they just have hyperglycemia, the result of a medication that was prescribed to them months earlier.

It’s entirely possible that what you actually have is a known side effect of the most widely prescribed classes of medications in the world, and I personally think that this is one of the reasons now that millions of people think they have diabetes.

Obviously, there’s more to the story that you can sink your teeth into, so below are 3 links explaining exactly the mechanism of action. It’s not something that is discussed freely in the media (they keep it hush hush). It’s like the best kept secret.

Sources:
Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology May 1, 2004; 18(7): 805-815
Journal of Investigative Medicine March 2009; 57(3): 495-499
About.com February 20, 2010