Ohh No, My Cholesterol Is Too Low!
Although it is true that sugar consumption helps to promote the production of cholesterol, and the polyunsaturated fats tend to interfere with production, removing sugar from your diet and increasing fat intake begins to lose it’s appeal when one learns about the many serious problems associated with hypocholesterolemia.
“The most important finding of this study is that the risk of acute suicidality decreases with increasing total cholesterol levels irrespective of age, gender and nutritional status (i.e body mass index)”
Many will be surprised to hear that there is a direct connection between low cholesterol levels and suicide, and yet there is a significant amount of scientific literature showing this to be the case, and it would not be a stretch to suggest that reducing fat intake (particularly polyunsaturated fat) and increasing sugar consumption, is preventative.
“…suicidal patients have significantly lower cholesterol levels than nonsuicidal patients. Our findings support the notion that acute suicidality is associated with low plasma cholesterol;”
Cholesterol can be looked upon as one of the body’s most basic anti stress substances, a large percentage of which is produced in the brain, as well as being converted into the protective hormones, pregnenolone, progesterone, and dhea, amongst others.
“In addition, lower total cholesterol levels might be associated with higher measures of violence in suicide attempters…”
Proper thyroid metabolism is crucial for both the production of cholesterol and it’s subsequent conversion.
Sufficient consumption of sugar is important for the promotion of thyroid metabolism, and when restricted (particularly in the presence of stress of any kind), eventually leads to the depletion of glycogen stores, increasing cortisol and adrenalin and the release of the polyunsaturated fats from storage.
Polyunsaturated fats directly interfere with digestion, promoting bacterial overgrowth, increasing endotoxin (as well as serotonin and estrogen), further suppressing thyroid metabolism and cholesterol production. All of these factors have been experimentally shown to be associated with the promotion of a variety of mood disorders.
“It has been found that metabolic deregulation, especially altered lipid profile including low total cholesterol…may underlie higher suicide risk in patients with schizophrenia…affective disorders…schizoaffective disorder…anorexia nervous…panic disorder…obsessive-compulsive disorder…dissociative disorder…patients with epilepsy…and mixed groups of patients with various psychiatric disorders…”
As cholesterol plays an important role in the detoxification of endotoxin and other bowel toxins, low cholesterol can increase the likelihood of the liver becoming overloaded, promoting the possibility of the creation of a vicious cycle or downward spiral of worsening metabolic performance as well as inflammation and many mood related issues.
“Of the various reasons offered for the hypocholesterolemia seen in critically ill and injured patients…one that seems especially important is related to the ability of lipids and lipoproteins to bind to and neutralize bacterial endotoxin…then cytokine release is decreased…”
Restricting your intake of difficult to digest starches, nuts, grains and fibers, excessive amounts of the muscle meats, as well as the polyunsaturated fats (including the fish oils), can help to reduce bacterial levels and endotoxin release, as well as many related inflammatory substances (including serotonin and estrogen). Doing so can play an important role in a process which eventually allows for an improvement in thyroid function and cholesterol production, as well as the subsequent conversion of cholesterol into the protective brain function enhancing substances.
A diet with sufficient protein from milk cheese and gelatin and consisting of an increase in intake of simple sugars from sweet ripe juicy fruits, fruit juice, white sugar and honey, is a rational approach to lowering cortisol and restricting the release of the polyunsaturated fats from storage, thereby improving overall metabolic function, and helping with the prevention of depression and other mood disorders as well as suicidality.
“Patients with a violent suicidal attempt were found to have significantly lower cholesterol levels and significantly higher cortisol…”
The popularly prescribed cholesterol lowering statin drugs (as well as the polyunsaturated fats), interfere with the production of cholesterol at the mitochondrial level, damaging cellular function, promoting many degenerative diseases (most commonly cancer), as well as potentially significantly effecting brain function.
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