Why Lower Cholesterol When You Need It?
It's safe to say that Doctors and patients - and companies selling artificial margarines and oatmeal on the TV - are obsessed with lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Add in the Billions of Dollars of profits made from Statins - the most profitable drug in history - and you can see why the truth is being hidden from you.
This fixation stems from the diet / cholesterol / heart disease hypothesis, a bandwagon which was started by Ancel Keys' flawed research and pronouncements on health in following his (now) infamous Six Nations Study in 1953. He followed this with his Seven Countries Study in the seventies. In both instances he actually left out the other 15/14 countries which showed his figures were nonsense.
At the time the American Heart Association (AHA) disagreed with him but later, after dumping some members and substituting Keys and others of his ilk, they changed its message to agree with Keys.
Since then the dogma that dietary fat is bad, grains are good for us, and cholesterol must be lowered at all costs has not been challenged by authorities, even though at the time the research was inconclusive (a kind word for it).
In short this hypothesis, which has become so accepted that even the most intellectually challenged person believes it to be an absolute truth, states that the consumption of dietary fat, particularly saturated fat, leads to high "bad" cholesterol levels, which in turn leads to heart disease, cardiac arrest and possibly death from said heart disease.
For the past decade there have been voices - sadly in the wilderness - refuting this. Only now are these voices being heard, and still not by the majority. Cholesterol is a substance needed for bodily repair at a cellular level - by every cell in the body. And yet it has been demonised as the cause of all our 20th-21st century ills.
Low cholesterol is associated with early death. It compromises the immune system, and increases the likelihood of death from cancer and infection. In women, the higher their cholesterol, the longer their life. Relatively high cholesterol is common in the elderly and there is scant evidence that these people should be given Statin drugs with all their attendant side effects which can seriously affect quality of life. There is no need for post-menopausal women to be concerned about lowering cholesterol.
Low cholesterol has negative effects on the heart and brain - did you realise that the brain contains 25% of the body's cholesterol? Wouldn't that indicate that the brain has a need for that substance? Cholesterol helps the healing processes in the body. Low cholesterol also affects the synapses and neurotransmitters in the brain, and can lead to depression and other mental issues. Could it be a co-incidence that Alzheimers disease and dementia has increased at the same time as the obsession with lowering cholesterol?