Busting Myths and Telling the Truth About Cholesterol

Cholesterol Health

I’m sure either yourself or someone you know has mentioned something about there cholesterol whether it was too high and there doctor said they needed medication or they checked out ok. Some folks will say they don’t want to take any medication and instead will choose to watch their diet maybe exercise a little more.  But what is the best approach.  First of all let’s understand what cholesterol is any what are the right numbers.   Cholesterol is an alcohol produced in the liver and in most human cells. It actually plays many vital roles in maintain good health.  Here are some of the important functions:

  • A precursor (building block) to hormones that help us manage stress and protect the body against heart disease and cancer
  • Helps our body produce Vitamin D which is needed for healthy bones, a healthy nervous system and immune system
  • Helps burn fats in our bodies
  • Helps produce serotonin the “feel good” chemical in our brains, so helps with depression
  • Cholesterol rich foods are very important in the growing years to ensure proper development of the brain and nervous system.
  • Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall. A vegetarian diet low in cholesterol can often lead to leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.

Normal used to be 220 now lowered to 200 talk about lowering to 180.  Every time they lower it millions more people are now qualified for the drug.

Drugs have a place but not every person taking 10 or more drugs for an ongoing basis for the rest of their lives.

The problem arises when cholesterol levels get too high and they can, because it does heighten the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke so I don’t want to belittle the fact about high cholesterol I think the debate becomes what is too high what is the real number and what do you do about it when it does.  Not been proven to cause heart attack.

What do we do natural to lower our cholesterol levels?

Average somewhere in 200.  Bad is 240.  220 or below is the sweet spot. Anything under 220 really should not be prescribing medication.

Drugs are the easy way out for the patient, however your body pays a price for it.  Here are just some of the scary side effects that come with most of the statin drugs for cholesterol.

Inflammation of pancreas, jaundice, severe liver damage and caner, nervous system, insomnia, damage to nerves in hands and feet, tremors, symptoms mimicking lupus, loss of sexual desire, impotence, permanent organ damage and sometimes even death

And most of the drugs strop your body from making it.

Unlike what we have been led to believe, cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. It is a potent antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals in the blood, and it is a repair substance that helps heal arterial damage. However, cholesterol that is damaged by exposure to heat and oxygen becomes oxidized and can promote injury to the arterial walls as well as chronic build up of plaque in the arteries. Foods with damaged cholesterol include powdered eggs, milk, and meat that has been heated to high temperatures through cooking methods such as frying.

Though doctors love to throw statins and other drugs at people with high cholesterol, an improvement in diet is a far safer and more effective long-term solution to the problem. Most whole foods are likely to reduce LDL and total cholesterol to some degree, but the foods listed below are especially effective in this regard.

Oatmeal

Few foods can beat oatmeal at reducing cholesterol. This traditional breakfast food is packed with soluble fiber which, according to an extensive 19-year study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, can lower cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease.
Organic, unsweetened oatmeal is easy to purchase online or in health food stores and is best consumed in the morning.

Avocados

Avocados are one of the best fruits to consume for treating high cholesterol. They’re also rich in a plant chemical called beta-sitosterol, which suppresses cholesterol absorption in the intestine.

Fish

Fish has always been regarded as good for the heart, and we now understand why: Its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are proven to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of blood clots and decrease total and LDL cholesterol. (The fish richest in omega-3 acids (including EPA and DHA) are salmon, mackerel, tuna, trout, sardines and herring. For obvious reasons, it’s best to avoid fish from the Pacific Ocean these days.

Walnuts

Though they are best-known for improving brain function, walnuts also excel at lowering cholesterol.
Other nuts rich in beneficial, cholesterol-lowering fats include almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts and pecans. Like all fruits, nuts are best eaten raw for maximum benefits

Getting adjusted regular to keep internal organs and digestion working better.   Just like exercise will help improve your liver and gallbladder.  Good digestion will help improve the balance of wellness in your body.

Has it been a while since you received a chiropractic adjustment, or if your symptoms return and you experience pain or discomfort for more than 48 hours, we recommend coming back in to see us.  We can usually get you in immediately by calling 732-899-0016. 

Don’t Kill The Messenger

Children

After listening to a parent describe their regimen of Tylenol (Acetaminophen)  and Motrin (Ibuprofen) to help bring down their sick kids fever, I would like to discuss a common problem we all deal with especially around this time. Our children getting sick or more importantly our children getting a fever.

It always amazes me no matter how educated the parent is or accomplished in their field of study, they suddenly throw out common sense or their own innate ability when it comes to a sick kid. Especially if it is their first child. We have all seen the ads on TV of the parent going through different levels of safety and security with each child the first second something falls to the ground it gets dropped into boiling water while the last kid practically eats off the floor. There is truth to some degree, we all do this. But what I find most troubling is the lack of education, or should I say disinformation, when it comes to getting our kid over a cold. First of all, a great majority of the time a fever is not only a good thing but one of the best things to help your child get well. A very small percentage of a children’s fever can be deadly and medical help is needed, but in these cases the children have an underlying problem and as a parent you will know if your child falls into this case.

If we just stop for a minute and think about why is your child or yourself for that matter getting a fever in the first place? If you really have no idea or you think it is a symptom of being sick, then please listen up. A fever is not a symptom of a cold but instead a reaction by your body, being the great self healing mechanism it is, in order to begin killing off the virus.

How, you ask? While your body really likes to be at 98.6 degrees it can survive just fine for a period of time at a little higher like 102 degrees or even 104 degrees. And guess what absolutely can  not live in that warm temperature? You guessed it – the virus that is attacking your body. So a fever is actually created by your body as one of the first levels of defense to begin attacking the virus and getting you back to health. And what do we all run to do? Kill the fever. Why? Because we all have been taught a fever is bad. Go buy a fever reducer. Like a fire keeping away the lions or keeping you warm and someone puts it out. That adds insult to injury.  The Tylenol or Motrin begins attacking your child’s liver as well. If you really think about it, it is amazing that our kids are able to recover at all. So next time a fever comes calling why not try to build up your child’s natural defense instead of destroying it?

Stay tuned to our blog to find out how to help build up your defenses naturally.

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