Please Don’t Fix My Cholesterol.

MilkAndCheese ‘I have high cholesterol.’

‘The doctor said my cholesterol is a bit too high.’

‘I think we need to do something about that high cholesterol of yours.’

‘You’re in pretty good shape for someone your age…apart from some slightly high cholesterol…but we’ll fix that.’

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I appreciate your concern, but could you do me a favour? Please don’t ‘fix’ my cholesterol.
I know what that means. I know what you want to do. You want to bring the numbers down. With a statin perhaps, or maybe some ‘heart healthy’ oils. Just a little bit. Just enough to get me into the ‘healthy range.’

There are probably some that might say that I go on about this issue a little bit, however, I honestly believe that it really needs to be said, over and over again, in numerous different ways, in order to help reverse the tides a little, undo a little of the conditioning, and come back to some sanity and reasonableness.

Decades worth of misinformation and fear mongering have created what might be described as a culturally entrenched belief system, so deeply embedded, that the words ‘high cholesterol’ can almost immediately be used to evoke a sense of unease or foreboding.

The reality is however, that cholesterol isn’t really the problem it is made out to be.
Cholesterol is there to help. You don’t want to get rid of it. You don’t want to interfere with it’s production. You don’t need to worry about the cholesterol content of a particular food item. You don’t want to bring it down into the ‘healthy range’, at least not with the methods popularly promoted.

The solution to high cholesterol isn’t to attack cholesterol, much like the solution to an out of control bush fire, isn’t to send the fire-fighters away, even though they can be found, in large numbers, at the scene of most fires. They are here to help. It’s great when they arrive.

I know this is a simplistic analogy, and that it’s a little more complicated than that, however, generally speaking, what you want to do is to deal with the issues causing the fires.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, cholesterol is biologically necessary. It plays a crucial role in the production of numerous specialised and highly protective substances (including pregnenolone, progesterone, dhea, testosterone, vitamin D and bile).

Cholesterol is known to have immune system functions, is anti inflammatory, and directly protects against infection, poisons, and various toxins.

If your blood cholesterol levels are rising, it’s generally a sign that something is interfering with your metabolism, preventing cholesterol from being effectively converted and used for its more specialised functions. Alternatively, you might be producing extra cholesterol as a natural response to some form of added stress.

Rising cholesterol, however, particularly as you age, has been shown to keep a person alive and free from many degenerative conditions, most commonly cancer.

In many circumstances, it makes sense to consider looking at high cholesterol as a backup response to a diminishing metabolism.

What you might want to attempt to do, if you decide to do something, is to identify and rectify some of the particular underlying issues causing you to produce extra cholesterol.

Do you have a virus or an infection? Are you being exposed to increasing amounts of emotional or environmental stress.

Alternatively you may want to try to discover what it is that is interfering with your conversion of cholesterol into the protective substances, fast enough, and in sufficient quantities, so as to attempt to prevent cholesterol levels from building up.

Is your thyroid functioning effectively? Do you have sufficient Vitamin A?

Without going into too much detail, in this post, with regards to the many approaches to repairing your metabolism, and increasing your conversion of cholesterol, I would like to reiterate what I have mentioned in previous studies, with regards to the importance of sugar.

Not only is fruit sugar or sucrose an effective means to promoting a healthy production of cholesterol (one of the earlier arguments against sugar, relying upon the mantra that more cholesterol is bad), it is also an ideal fuel for metabolism and thyroid function, assisting with the effective conversion of cholesterol into the protective anti aging substances, helping to avoid and effectively reduce the negative impact of many of the issues which in one way or another, rely upon the existence of cholesterol to help prevent their transition into the more serious, degenerative, inflammatory, disease promoting conditions.

This principle is powerfully demonstrated in the large number of epidemiological and biological experiments and studies, which have shown and continue to show the many dangers of low cholesterol, in relation to numerous physiological and psychological issues, including suicide, violence and aggression, cancer and heart failure mortality, degenerative brain disorders, and much more.

See more here

An Association Between Varying Degrees of Hypothyroidism and Hypercholesterolemia in Women: The Thyroid-Cholesterol Connection.

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.

Check out some of my earlier posts for more details and studies in relation to cholesterol and related issues.


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