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 more people “need” it.
A lot of the studies that “prove” dietary fats cause cardiovascular disease associated with high LDL cholesterol are faulty because they are only tracking one or two dietary factors (like eggs and red meat). I don’t know about you, but I eat way more than 2 kinds of foods every day. If we really want to track the effect of diet on health, we need to track
1. Quality of the meat and eggs (grass-fed beef only, free range eggs only)
2. Amount of vegetables and fresh fruits eaten daily (minimum of 6 servings per day of a wide variety)
3. Refined and processed foods eaten (should be very low to none)
Cholesterol doesn’t make you sick. You need cholesterol to make hormones. You need cholesterol to repair blood vessel damage. Blocking your Liver’s ability to make cholesterol impairs enzyme CoQ10 which enables muscle function (including your heart muscle!). Taking statins is linked to muscle pain in 75% of people who take it.
What is really needed? What is the solution, then?
#1. Healthier blood vessels
If the blood vessel walls are strong, they will not tear and therefore not require cholesterol plaque to repair. The best way to ensure healthy blood vessel walls period (including treatment of varicose veins and bleeding disorders) is a diet rich in rutin, like buckwheat and apples.
#2. Lower your carbohydrate intake (especially sugars of all types and processed foods and white grains)
Refined carbs, transfatty acids from rancid vegetable oils, and processed foods, and the overall quantity of them relate to inflammation in your body. Cardiovascular disease is a disease of inflammation, not a disease from eggs. Inflammation is from eating an unnatural diet. The natural human has fats of all types, including animal fats like bacon and butter and eggs, salt, plenty and fresh water, and foods that grow from the earth.
In Chinese medicine, your Heart is more than a physical organ. It’s your mind. (Notice we don’t say we had a “brain-to-brain talk.”) It’s your emotional center that allows you to feel joy. Studies have shown that strong social connections are actually a bigger prediction of heart health than body weight.