“When Can I Get Off My Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Medications?”

Imagine this:  you’re a detective and you’re trying to figure out who is setting fires all around your city.  You start to think, “Hmmm, at every fire I see these fire-fighters.  I think they’re involved somehow.” The plaque that can build up in your blood vessels is made out of cholesterol.  When these plaques detach from the cellular wall, they can cause a blockage which is the beginning of a heart attack or stroke. Is it the “bad” cholesterol causing this?  Healthy fats glide right through and actually help keep your blood vessels clear.  LDL cholesterol (the “bad guy”) is needed too.  LDL moves nutrition to your cells and also is what repairs tears in your vessel walls.  When the LDL is “too high,” it’s usually from the Liver being over-loaded with glycogen from a diet too high in carbohydrates. In the late 1990s, the average American’s cholesterol reading was around 204.  Now the average is around 189.  So do we have healthier hearts?    Cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, are the #2 most prescribed medication in the US, second only to thyroid meds.   Yet cardio-vascular disease is still the #1 (#2 if you consider deaths from medical errors) cause of death in the US.  Can we really say this is working? The guidelines for prescribing the medications keep changing too.  For statin drugs, as well as hypertension drugs.  If you want to sell more drugs, you lower the limits that increase the number people of “sick” people.  Before 1984, the upper limit for cholesterol was 300.  If you want to sell more drugs, just lower the limit, right?  Then...

How Obamacare Will Affect Us

Fact: the US is #1 in the world for prescription medication usage. Our ranking for life expectancy? 38th. Over 2/3 of Americans are overweight; over 1/3 are clinically obese. Diseases are on the rise:  diabetes, celiac, ADHD, anxiety, allergies, chronic pain and cancer – to name a few. Health – as we know – is more than just the absence of dis-ease.  It is optimal performance of our body, mind, and spirit.  Does the solution come down to making sure every American has health insurance coverage?  For the sake of healthcare affordability, it makes sense that we all deserve a chance to get the healthcare that we need.  Politics aside, it takes a lot more than being able to afford healthcare to get healthy!  I have lost count of the number of people with EXCELLENT insurance benefits who are not well, and really don’t seem to even make the effort to become well.  (I only wish it was possible to transfer their benefits over to the people who WANT to be well and have a hard time affording it!) The answer to health comes down to our attitude: 1.  I WANT to be healthy, 2.  I CAN be healthy, 3.  I AM healthy, 4.  I take RESPONSIBILITY for my health. “My body has a natural innate knowledge that knows how to function without the assistance of chemicals.  (S)he knows how to feel great and happy and how to be the correct body weight. Life does get in the way via accidents, bad food, pollution, stress, genetics, but given the right TOOLS, my body can heal.” It’s funny to me how, when...
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