My learning on ‘Cholesterol Problems’ from the video lecture by Dr. S. Vijayaraghavan
Cholesterol is an essential need
Cholesterol ‘problems’ is the biggest myth perpetuated by today’s medical industry. The whole idea is to threaten people in order to make them take cholesterol-lowering tablets, which is the worst drug that could’ve been created by man.
Cholesterol is nothing but fat. Is cholesterol required? Definitely. Because it is the fundamental unit of all hormones that are produced in the body. All cells in the body are made out of fat. 70-80% of cholesterol is being produced by the body itself. The body manufactures lesser cholesterol when we eat more fat.
When a person comes with abnormally high cholesterol, most doctors prescribe a tablet to lower it. What happens? You stop supplying the building blocks for hormone production. That is why people taking cholesterol tablets become tired. It is a toxic chemical that can damage the liver. It produces diabetes and harms the health. Everybody requires cholesterol, especially older populations.
The ‘good’ and ‘bad’ about cholesterol
Like everything else, not all cholesterol is good. There is bad cholesterol. There are 2 negative aspects of cholesterol to consider – triglycerides and LDL. Triglycerides are the fat that is made by the liver when we eat carbohydrates. It causes ‘fatty liver’ and is ‘fatty pancreas’ and transported all over the body and converted into visceral fat. ‘Visceral fat’ is the fat that covers the organs in the visceral cavity, the liver, kidney, stomach and intestines. This fat is active and toxic. These toxic chemicals damage the walls of the blood vessels causing crater-like injuries. The cholesterol comes to the aid of these injuries and smoothens the surface. But cholesterol is considered as the villain.
When there is high amount of triglyceride (bad cholesterol), good cholesterol (HDL) will be low in our body and the vice-versa. The root cause of bad cholesterol is carbohydrates. When a person with high triglyceride cuts down intake of carbohydrate, their triglyceride count will come down and the HDL count will go up. But instead, doctors prescribe a drug to decrease triglyceride. There used to be a drug to increase HDL, but has been discontinued due to side effects. Doctors also prescribe statins to decrease LDL by just considering total numbers without understanding the science. There are 2 types of LDL molecules – large fluffy and small dense. Only the small dense LDL particles are dangerous.
If your triglycerides are high and HDL is low, it means that your body is inflamed. All you need to do is find out the cause of the inflammation, eliminate it and you will be healthy.
You may have questions:
- But isn’t cholesterol bad?
- Cholesterol is the cause of all heart problems, right?
- We must take medicines for high cholesterol!
- As soon as ‘total blood cholesterol’ is high, why are we prescribed medications (usually statins)?
- Some ethnic populations are being prescribed statins as ‘preventive’ measures. It is done for our good only, no?
For answers, please go through the resources listed under question 2 on the page: http://indianlchf.com/diabetes/answers-to-faqs/
To know what to eat and what to avoid, go to: Beginner’s guide to LCHF foods