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The Lowdown on High Cholesterol

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends cholesterol screening in children 9 years-old and up; as young as 2 if at risk due to genetics and other factors. If your child’s cholesterol is high, a low-fat diet and statin drugs, now FDA approved for children, may be prescribed to prevent future heart disease.

What?

Why would you put children (or anyone) on drugs that are known to cause the following serious side effects:

  • Muscle pain and damage
  • Renal and liver failure
  • Neurological problems such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease or ALS
  • Serious disease – including cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and cataracts

It also makes no sense to put children on a diet linked to hyperactivity and other disorders.

Cholesterol and Heart Disease

In the first place, there is ZERO proof that high cholesterol causes heart disease. Half of all people who have died from a heart attack or stroke have normal levels. The opposite is true, with studies demonstrating that those on a high saturated fat diet of meat, eggs and dairy are less likely to suffer from heart disease. They also have better blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin and blood sugar levels.

The Problem with Drugs

Cholesterol lowering drugs have NOT been proven safe for long-term use for children (or really anyone, for that matter). Unfortunately, drug studies tend to be short-term or are stopped when they begin producing harm. Often funded by the companies themselves, researchers tend to be biased and statistics are frequently manipulated – or fabricated. To learn more about these drugs, read The Problem with Statins.

 Health Benefits of Cholesterol

Contrary to what we’ve been told, both HDL and LDL cholesterol are good. The following are just a few ways cholesterol keeps us mentally and physically healthy:

  • Helps to manage stress and balance emotions
  • Protects the body from free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer
  • Ensures healthy growth and development in children
  • Assists with digestion and assimilation of fats
  • Prevents leaky gut and other intestinal disorders

 The Danger of Low Cholesterol 

Research has shown that kids low in omega-3 fats are much more likely to be hyperactive, struggle with learning disorders, and display behavioral problems. Since cholesterol is used by serotonin receptors, it is no wonder low cholesterol levels have been associated with aggressive and violent tendencies, depression and suicide

Adults on a low-fat diet can develop hormone imbalance, weight gain, poor brain function, higher risk of insulin resistance and diabetes, and heart problems. Why on earth would you put these people on a fat-free diet?

The Body is Wiser than We Think

A healthy body is highly efficient at managing levels of cholesterol.  Just 25% of this substance comes from our diet; the rest is manufactured. If we eat a lot of saturated fats, less cholesterol is produced. When levels are low, your liver puts out more to maintain balance.

During pregnancy, while healing from an injury or illness, and when under a great deal of stress, your body responds with additional cholesterol. It also increases during cold winter months. The liver, if healthy, efficiently removes any excess.

The Beginning of Heart Disease

When arteries become weak and damaged, the body sends LDL cholesterol, a waxy healing substance, to the scene. To repair the damaged blood vessel and keep us alive, cholesterol is deposited into the artery wall. High levels of LDL (the so-called bad cholesterol) indicate that the body is doing its job of repairing your arteries.

LDL becomes a problem over time, though, as more and more plaque is deposited as a response to the stress in your damaged arteries. This creates narrowing and hardening of the artery, leading to restricted blood flow and the potential for heart attack.

The Bottom Line

  • A low-fat diet is bad for your health – besides, if taken out, the body will just produce more.
  • Fatty foods may not be great for us, but they won’t clog our arteries
  • A healthy liver removes excess cholesterol – learn how to heal your liver
  • Vegetable oils (saturated fat) damage arteries due to the way they are processed – these are the good oils.
  • To reduce the risk of heart disease, improve your diet and lifestyle
  • CoQ10 (or Ubiquinol for seniors) and Magnesium are essential to prevent or reverse heart disease

One thing that all heart attack victims have in common is low magnesium and CoQ10 levels! To learn more about the root cause of heat disease, read this.

To find out ways to naturally improve the health of your heart, read my post, Heart Healthy Tips.

 

 


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