Please Don’t Fix My Cholesterol.

“You have high cholesterol”; “Your cholesterol is a little bit on the high side”; “We need to do something about that high cholesterol of yours”; “You’re in pretty good shape for someone your age, apart from slightly high cholesterol…but we’ll fix that.”

Any of these sound familiar? I do appreciate the concern, but do me a favor. Please don’t ‘fix’ my cholesterol. Because I know what that means. I know what you’re going to do, in order to bring the numbers down. You’re going to give me a statin, or perhaps you’ll recommend the ‘heart healthy’ cholesterol lowering oils. Anything to get me into the ‘healthy range.’

The only problem is, you don’t really understand cholesterol, do you? You certainly don’t appear to understand what it is, or what it does. You also don’t seem to comprehend what it means when it is or it isn’t in the healthy range. And I’m pretty certain, you won’t appreciate why I don’t want you to just do anything it takes to bring it down, because you don’t know what you’re doing when you do that.

I know some might say I’m exaggerating, or that I go on about this issue unnecessarily. They might even say that I’m a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. Thankfully biology is still available for those who are willing to spend a bit of time reading, perhaps even reading things that don’t come up on a quick internet search, or things that are in an actual biological experiment or a textbook. Not that that’s a guarantee anymore, but it’s a good start.

The truth is the genuine information isn’t really that hard to find at all, it’s just that most people, including the professionals, don’t spend a lot of time or effort looking for it. They prefer to be spoon fed by the authorities. And so that’s why I think it needs to be brought to light, in order to help override some of the conditioning and brainwashing that has taken a long time to cement.

In fact, decades worth of fear mongering misinformation and propaganda, have created what might be described as a culturally entrenched belief system, which is so deeply embedded that simply the words ‘high cholesterol’, can be used to evoke an immediate sense of unease or foreboding.

But objectively speaking (if that’s still allowed), cholesterol isn’t really anywhere near the problem it is made out to be. Actually, it isn’t really a problem at all, at least not in the sense that ‘they’ say. But like with some other things (hint hint, sugar) it can become part of a problem, but only because of other problems.

The reality of cholesterol is that it is there to help you. You definitely don’t want to get rid of it. You don’t want to interfere with it’s production. And you don’t need to worry about the cholesterol content of food. But strangely enough, you don’t even want to bring it down into the ‘healthy range’, at least not with the methods that are most commonly being recommended.

What you do want, ideally, is for cholesterol to be in the normal range purely as a result of the fact that your health is close to optimal. Not because you took something that would give the impression that you were healthy on paper, but in actual fact you were even less healthy than before you ‘fixed’ the problem.

In other words, the solution to high cholesterol isn’t to attack cholesterol per se, because it’s there for a reason. It isn’t the cause of the problem. Just like the solution to an out of control bush fire, isn’t to send the firefighters away, even though chances are you’ll keep finding them in large numbers, at the scenes of most bush fires. They’re there to help also. You’re supposed to be glad when they arrive.

It’s a bit of a simplistic analogy, I know. It’s a little more complicated than that, but you get the point, right? What you want to do is to deal with the issues that are causing the fires (or stopping firefighters from doing their job), not blame the firefighters, because you keep finding them at the scene of the fires, trying to help.

Cholesterol is biologically necessary. You really would not want to see what would happen, if you weren’t able to produce it. You don’t want to mess with the ability of your body to make cholesterol, and that’s basically what the standard treatment methodologies do, to try to lower your numbers.

Cholesterol plays a fundamental role in the production of numerous specialized, highly protective, anti-stress substances, including pregnenolone, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, vitamin D and bile. A well functioning thyroid metabolism is basically what is required for cholesterol to get converted effectively.

So if your blood cholesterol levels are rising, rather than being a sign that you have too much cholesterol (because cholesterol’s just sneaky that way), it’s a sign that something is interfering with your thyroid energy metabolism, preventing cholesterol from being effectively converted and used in a more specialized way.

Cholesterol is helpful in its own right. Cholesterol has immune system functions, is anti-inflammatory, and is known to directly protect against infections, poisons, and all sorts of  toxins. Another way to see it is that, you might be producing extra cholesterol, as a natural response to some form of stress or toxicity.

And one thing that should be mentioned, is the fact there is a lot of evidence pointing to the fact that rising levels of cholesterol, as you age, are more likely to keep you alive. Low cholesterol on the other hand can be very dangerous, and can make you more susceptible to many kinds of degenerative conditions, most commonly cancer.

So one way it can make sense to look at it, is to see high cholesterol as something protecting you in the background, even when your health might not be optimal, and you’re under a lot of stress and your metabolism is under functioning. The cholesterol is the last thing you want to take away.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to improve the situation, and lower the cholesterol. Just not in the way lots of people think. You have to start looking at it a little differently. What you might want to do (if you do decide to do something at all), is to identify the underlying issues that can be causing you to have high cholesterol. If you deal with some of those, then the cholesterol issue will likely improve. But that’s a completely different approach. You’re not getting rid of cholesterol, you’re just getting rid of the reasons why cholesterol is high.

Do you have a virus or an infection? Are you being exposed to lots of different things that promote biochemical stress? Is this making you produce more cholesterol. Or is something interfering with your conversion of cholesterol into the more protective substances, making it build up and test as high? That could be any of the things that interfere with thyroid function, or even something as simple as a vitamin A deficiency.

By improving overall metabolic function, you can ameliorate the issues responsible for problems associated with cholesterol, and consumption of PUFAs and avoidance of sugar are two important metabolism inhibiting factors.

The polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are promoted as heart healthy, because they can lower cholesterol levels, but they do this not by improving metabolic function and cholesterol conversion, but rather by interfering (much like statins) with cholesterol production. What’s even worse, the PUFAs can damage cholesterol, promote inflammation, and powerfully prevent thyroid energy system function, making them anything but good for metabolism, or for the heart. Even though they get sold as being good for ‘fixing’ cholesterol issues, what they’re really good at is causing the problems that make cholesterol into the bad guy.

Sugar on the other hand, helps with the production of cholesterol, fuels thyroid energy metabolism and cholesterol conversion, and generally lowers stress. As a result of this, sugar can reduce cholesterol requirements, and limit exposure to PUFAs, which get released out of storage in greater amounts when stress, metabolic dysfunction and inflammation are high. Sugar is good at actually fixing the problems that make cholesterol into the bad guy.

I’m not a doctor or dietician, and this isn’t intended as medical or nutritional advice, but I believe, from a big picture perspective, this is a logical and coherent way to understand cholesterol issues. The official theory does not hold up, and continuously adding to it, doesn’t make it make any more sense. It’s worth looking into the science which contradicts the mainstream view, and there is plenty of it.

If you like what I have to say, and you want more information (including lots of studies), demonstrating metabolically sound ways to look at cholesterol, please check out some of my other articles, including To Hell With Cholesterol and Cholesterol Culture Comeback. And please share this and sign the email list up top.

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Increased atherogenic low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in untreated subclinical hypothyroidism.

The relationship between cholesterol and survival in patients with chronic heart failure.

Cholesterol concentrations in violent and non-violent women suicide attempters.

Total cholesterol and risk of mortality in the oldest old.

Low total cholesterol and increased risk of dying: are low levels clinical warning signs in the elderly? Results from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms.


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