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  • So, tonyDCM, Cholesterol has been proven time after time to cause heart blockages? Why then do people with normal cholesterol get blockages and some people with high cholesterol get none. My challenge is to you to prove your statement. Please show us this conclusive proof that cholesterol CAUSES CHD. (It may be worth your while to learn the difference between an association and a cause).
    Show me the proof!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh tony, plenty of waffle, very little substance.
    lets consider the arteries. their lining, called the endothelium, is simply put, a non stick lining. It design is such that nothing , including cholesterol and lipids, will stick to it. Note here that cholesterol is not a fat. The term ‘fat like substance’ is a red herring to associate cholesterol and lipids. Their only association is that they are both transported around the body in lipoproteins. Cholesterol is nothing like a lipid,on a molecular basis. Back to the arteries, it takes something to irritate or damage this lining for the process of athersclerosis to start. Lipids and cholesterol are among the last things to appear at this injury site.
    http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/6/4/481
    Cholesterol is transported around the body in lipoproteins. It is handed out to cells that have the appropriate receptor, only to cells that have the appropriate receptor.
    Yet you believe that cholesterol can just stick to endothelium as it pleases.Sure!!!
    As for the AHA. Id suggest you look at where their money comes from. The pharmaceutical and food processing industries, those that gain the most from the anti cholesterol drivel purpetrated by the AHA.
    http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3044137
    http://www.cspinet.org/integrity/nonprofits/american_heart_association.html

    As for doctors. Where do you think they get their info from? medical journals sponsered by big pharma and organisations such as the AHA, who are pronsored by big pharma. Doctors just dont have the time to do their own research. Now I know that people who like to live in their own perfect little world, encased in a bubble of ignorance have a lot of trouble accepting that not everyone is acting in our best interest. It is this exact apathy and ignorance that allows people such as Hitler to have their evil way. Don’t believe me? Read Mien Kempf!
    You then throw in your own furphies, going on about secret substances, potions and such. This sort of smokesreen is a popular tactic to draw attention away from the issue at hand, in this case whether cholesterol is the CAUSE of CHD. I’m surprised you didn’t use the term "conspiracy Theory", another way to try to discredit dissenters.
    Blaming genetics is another good idea for shareholders. It impies that nothing can be done , you must take our drugs.
    You seem to be among the growing number of people appearing here who have some sort of link to the pharmaceutical industry. Pushing the idea that cholesterol is bad and that we must all be taking drugs for life, yet NEVER EVER providing any proof. In the world of science the burden of proof lies with those that promote the theory. The theory is that cholesterol CAUSES CHD, so the burden lies in proving this. So far this has not been done and i doubt it ever will be.
    What i do wonder is, if people such as you who make a financial gain from selling people unnecesary and dangerous drugs actually ask for forgiveness whenever you step into a church, or if you are actually that gullible you believe the drivel you spread.? Probably more likely that you serve the god commonly known as the dollar.
    Again I ask you show me the proof that cholesterol causes CHD. Surely it can’t be that hard if it is true. There are countless studies done on this, yet no one can ever provide the proof. Why? because there is none.

  • ME….because there has been more research supporting the cardiovascular benefits of lowered cholesterol

  • Can you please STOP posting these inaccurate questions. They have been posted numerous times and cholesterol has been proven, time after time, to cause heart blockages and other health problems.

    When there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes "hardening of the arteries" so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough blood and oxygen cannot reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.

    Who accredits this information? The American Heart Association, and several hundreds of thousands of doctors world wide; of course there will be a few doctors who go against this, and some people actually believe it. Doctors with decades of experience will tell you that high cholesterol is bad. Anyone knows that too much of something will harm you. If you have too much salt, will hypertension not result? If you have too much potassium, will it not change your heart function? If you have too much carbon dioxide, will it not kill you? If you have too much oxygen, will it not cause tissue harm? Even though all these things are needed, like cholesterol, they all lead to serious problems.

    Why does no one support it?
    Because there is no reason to – unless the small community of anti-cholesterol advocates actually shows some correct and properly conducted studies, no one will believe it.

    Ever wonder why those websites talking about that "secret substance" and never tell you? It’s because they want you to purchase the book containing the "substance" which usually is some common or sometimes, an exotic herb of some sort which has no effects whatsoever on the body.

    High blood cholesterol itself does not cause symptoms, so many people are unaware that their cholesterol level is too high. It is important to find out what your cholesterol numbers are because lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens the risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of a heart attack or dying of heart disease, even if you already have it. Cholesterol lowering is important for everyone–younger, middle age, and older adults; women and men; and people with or without heart disease.

    All of you, since you seem to know everything about the body, why don’t you prove that cholesterol DOESN’T cause CHD, have you done any testing? Have you any experience? Do you rely on what other "doctors" say about, what the three that do? I knew several people who lived under stress that never had heart attacks The end point is, although some people with normal blood cholesterol may have heart attacks, Genetic Disposition is the cause that increases or decreases the risk of having a blockage. What are blockages made up of? Maybe your homeopathic "doctors" can answer to that. I guess next, you will be telling me that hypertension is actually healthy for the body.

  • TonyDCM, saturated fat and cholesterol does not cause heart disease. It never did. There is no proof that it does. Chronic stress and inflamation does. A high carboydrate low fat diet contributes to high insulin levels. Chronic stress and Chronic high blood sugar are the most serious risk factors of heart disease.

    So you can eat as many eggs, liver and butter as you want…don’t be afraid….people have been eating these foods for thousands of years. Heart disease was rare until the 1930’s when the American diet began changing for the worse.
    http://www.westonaprice.org/traditional_diets/sad_changes_american_standard.html

    http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/dirty-secrets.html

    High cholesterol may protect against infections and atherosclerosis
    http://qjmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/96/12/927?ijkey=172mwKXqzgmtE&keytype=ref

    Paul Rosch, MD clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College said
    "Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol." He noted that "stress has more deleterious effects on the heart than cholesterol." But, he noted "Anyone who questions cholesterol usually finds his FUNDING cut off."

    Dr. Joel M. Kauffman, research professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia explained how pharmaceutical sponsored drug trials avoid disclosing the most serious adverse risks: "In drug trials, the pharmaceutical companies often divide similar adverse effects into six or seven different categories to keep the scarier side effects under 1%."

    Peter Langsjoen, MD, of Tyler, Texas, said that he left his invasive cardiology practice at the University of Texas Health Center to specialize in "congestive heart failure, primary and statin-induced diastolic dysfunction and other diseases of the heart muscle." For over 20 years, he has been using coenzyme Q10 to treat a broad range of cardiovascular diseases. Q10, as he called it, can be purchased over the counter as a dietary supplement in health food stores and pharmacies.

    Dr. Langsjoen said that the research on the importance of Q10 ties in nicely with the underlying philosophy of this conference because increased levels of this "vitaminlike" substance can be found in traditional foods with high fat content like organ meats, seafood, and red meat. "I call Q10 vitaminlike because it has properties of a vitamin," explained Dr. Langsjoen, "but since we synthesize it, as well as get it in our diet, it’s not truly a vitamin." All statin drugs decrease both the blood levels and cellular concentrations of Q10, observed Dr. Langsjoen, the higher the dose, the greater the decrease in Q10. "As we get older, our Q10 levels fall, but we really don’t know why–could be the diet," he said. "People who make it to 90 tend to have high Q10 levels, though. Most of the Q10 research has been focused on heart failure, said Dr. Langsjoen because the heart uses a huge amount of Q10. "It has been pretty well documented from biopsies that the severity of heart failure correlates with the people who have the lowest levels of Q10."

    Dietary Fats and Oils

    The story of how statin drugs became a multi-billion-dollar industry may have started with the identification of cholesterol as the chief culprit in heart disease, but in time the public learned that the low-fat diet would prevent heart attacks in people without symptoms of heart disease–an idea that the sponsors of this conference believe has produced numerous health problems. Mary Enig, PhD, an expert in lipid chemistry, spoke of the misinformation perpetuated upon the public by the government-sponsored "pyramid diet," which was introduced over 20 years ago and marked the beginning of the promotion of the low-fat diet. Along with the "use sparingly" advice, fats, oils, and sugar are at the very tip of the Food Guide Pyramid symbol that appears on food labels.

    Dr. Enig believes that the rise of obesity is related to type of foods Americans have been encouraged to eat by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the food industry, and consumer groups. "[People are eating] a diet high in grain and inappropriate fats, instead of the natural animal fats, such as lard, tallow, chicken fat, goose fat, and the natural vegetable fats, such as olive, palm, and coconut oils, that we used to have in our diets," and contrary to the current "propaganda," she explained that these fats and oils are essential components to a healthful diet. These so-called good fats provide the major fuel for the heart, kidneys, and skeletal muscles, said Dr. Enig, who said the inappropriate fats are the highly processed polyunsaturated fats, such as soybean, canola, and corn oils, which are promoted [ironically] as heart protective.

    "Before the advent of modern vegetable oils, mankind consumed small accounts of fresh, undamaged polyunsaturated fatty acids found naturally as a component of his food," according to Dr. Enig. "Consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids is much higher today because vegetable oils are used widely as cooking oils and in salad dressings, baked goods, and snack foods. Polyunsaturated oils should never be heated–yet during the extraction process these oils are subjected to very high temperatures that encourage rancidity and the formation of many harmful breakdown products." An example of the harmful breakdown product, she explained, is something called trans fatty acids, which are now generally recognized by mainstream medicine as harmful to the heart. Dr. Enig said that trans fatty acids do not appear on the nutrition labeling of food products, but they should. Trans fatty acids are abundant in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are usually listed in the ingredients section of the food label, and are found in only small amounts in animal fats.

    Cholesterol is your best friend. At a workshop held in 1992 at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, researchers looked at every study that had been published about the risk of having high or low cholesterol and came to the same conclusion: mortality was higher for women with low blood cholesterol than for women with high cholesterol.

    D Jacobs, et al, "Report on the conference on low blood cholesterol," Circulation, 1992, Vol 86, Pages 1046-60.

  • Until you can provide CLINICAL EVIDENCE that cholesterol CAUSES CHD , there is to be no more anti- cholesterol HYPERBOLE from you !

    Wiseowl and Sapphire ARE CORRECT.. Your article had NO SUBSTANCE JUST WAFFLE.

    The AHA, NCEP, NHLBI are FRAUDS. If you "doctor" were actually FAMILIAR with how the AHA accepted the FALE Cholesterol Theory you WOULD NOT respect them. If you were actually FAMILIAR with how the AHA gives its sticker to ANYONE WHO DONATES 100,000 or more.

    It does not matter how many scientists go along with soemthing. RESEARCH RESULTS show it to be either true or false NOT consensus.

    To quote Dr. Ufef Ravnskov EXPERT on cholesterol

    The Cholesterol Theory is maintained due to MONEY POLITICS and social factors and has NO BASIS in science.

    To quote DR, Mann one of the scientists INVOLVED with Framingham Heart Study

    "The Cholesterol Theory is the greatest SCAM ever prepetrated on the public"

  • Eat foods that heal

    Mainstream Media Attempts to Brainwash Americans

    A major part of the drug safety problem in the United States is that sleazy Big Pharma-sponsored studies are published as if they are science. Mainstream media forwards the Big Pharma sales pitch. This is done to blatantly promote the use of many dangerous drugs (like Vioxx), as well as to improperly discredit competition to drugs, i.e., the very safe nutritional supplements.

    We hardly heard a peep from the mainstream media regarding these rather dramatic findings. The New York Times
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/health/17chol.html?_r=1&ei=5070&en=b1f6b26bc2b6c478&ex=1163739600&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1197736007-Qjmgh5SLfZgbHqMfWqSaFg did manage to report on this issue; however, the reporting is more a defense of the status quo than a consumer wake-up call to a major health scam costing us billions of dollars.

    Circulation is operated by the American Heart Association (AHA). All the big statin companies, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and AstraZeneca, pay big money to the AHA every year
    http://www.cspinet.org/integrity/nonprofits/american_heart_association.html
    (so does Bayer for aspirin promotion). The AHA has a long history of taking in millions
    http://www.commondreams.org/views/111200-104.htm
    from statin-producing companies and other heart-drug producers, supporting questionable products in return. Once Big Pharma gets the slanted study published, the mainstream media is fed press releases and they promote the information to the unsuspecting public as if it is a major scientific discovery. Big Pharma pays several billion dollars a year for media advertising – you better believe the top media executives know where their bread is buttered.

    During the time in 2004 that Big Pharma was plotting its statin bonanza it needed to fire cannonballs at its most widely recognized competition, Vitamin E and other antioxidants. No problem. First, in August 2004, they use their marketing magazine to print a bogus article
    http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/110/5/637 ,
    contradicting hundreds of nutritional studies, stating that antioxidants A, C, and E are not effective for cardiovascular disease risk reduction. Then, in November of 2004, with trumpets blaring at their yearly AHA meeting
    http://scientificsessions.americanheart.org/portal/scientificsessions/ss/newsrelease11.10.04b ,
    they make the brazenly fraudulent claim that vitamin E increases the risk of death by 6%!!!

    Outside the marketing meeting masquerading as a scientific conference, the chairman, Dr. Raymond Gibbons of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is holding a dog and pony show press conference. “I spend all my time trying to tell patients why they should not take vitamin E
    http://www.earthboundfarm.com/News/NewsStories/VitE111004.aspx .
    Too often in terms of the supplements there’s very scant science. In this area, we have the science. Vitamin E doesn’t work.” He implored his captive audience of reporters to help him convince patients to stop taking Vitamin E and take the “proven” drugs. The next day, all major media ran the story telling consumers vitamin E was dangerous. Program effective. Damage done.

    Within weeks the American Heart Association had brainwashed doctors and the American public to actually think vitamin E was dangerous, clearing out the primary competition to statins for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Doctors were telling all their patients to stop taking vitamin E. The anti-vitamin rhetoric spread like wild fire through doctor’s offices around the nation.

    Within a week the bogus vitamin E information coming from the American Heart Association meeting was debunked. Physician and nutritional expert, Alan Gaby, pointed out all the flaws
    http://www.naturalproductsassoc.org/site/DocServer/healthnotes.pdf?docID=302http://www.naturalproductsassoc.org/site/DocServer/healthnotes.pdf?docID=302
    as well as the safe and effective track record of vitamin E. By April of 2006, the leading antioxidant scientists in the world
    http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/81/4/736
    had published a comprehensive review showing the safety of vitamin E up to doses of 1600 IU per day, again debunking the false vitamin E story and explain the high degree of safety of antioxidant nutrients. The media was nowhere to be found; the public never heard vitamin E was truly safe and vital for immune function, prevention of cognitive decline, and a wonderful nutrient for cardiovascular support.

    In July of 2005, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of an amazing vitamin E and heart disease study. After tracking 40,000 women for eight years it was proven that vitamin E lowered the risk of cardiovascular death by 24%!
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?itool=abstractplus&db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=abstractplus&list_uids=15998891
    However, JAMA authors, going along with the vitamin E smear campaign, concluded that vitamin E was not worth recommending! Any drug with that kind of statistical evidence would be a billion dollar blockbuster. The idiotic media failed to look at the study and reported everywhere that vitamin E was not needed, denying women the true information
    http://www.knowledgeofhealth.com/report.asp?story=Response%20to%20NIH%20Vitamin%20Press%20Release&catagory=Vitamin%20E
    about a wonderful cardiovascular support nutrient.

    It should not be surprising that the American Heart Association’s bogus attack on vitamin E was rooted in their bogus science about the benefits of using statin drugs to lower LDL cholesterol to abnormally low physiological levels. The degree of collusion between the American Heart Association, Big Pharma, government agencies, scientific journals, and the media is simply appalling. The American Heart Association is now seen as the Big Pharma front group they truly are.

    Where is the FDA when they are needed? Why isn’t the FDA requiring more testing before allowing doctors to use statins in an unapproved manner? Why is the FDA attacking super-safe nutritional strategies to help Americans naturally and safely normalize cholesterol levels?

    Consumers Really Do Have Choices

    There is no short cut to healthy cholesterol function in the human body. A good diet and exercise are the foundation. Many nutritional ingredients may be able to assist a person in their quest to improve their cholesterol levels. Despite this fact, the FDA is trying to trample the first amendment and prevent you from learning about these options; however, Americans do have choices.

    There is a very good reason the AHA was attacking vitamin E. One of the newer nutritional supplement forms of vitamin E, known as tocotrienols, is a powerful tool for managing cholesterol
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16458936&query_hl=11&itool=pubmed_docsum
    and boosting immunity. 100 mgs a day of rice bran tocotrienols have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol 25%
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=11882333&query_hl=13&itool=pubmed_docsum .
    Tocotrienols are the only form of vitamin E that show some ability to reverse hardening in the arteries
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=8614310&query_hl=13&itool=pubmed_DocSum .
    They are known to effectively reduce plaque formation by preventing plaque from sticking to the lining of arteries
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15823271&query_hl=24&itool=pubmed_docsum .
    Instead of causing nerve damage like statins, they offer powerful antioxidant protection
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16923160&query_hl=30&itool=pubmed_docsum
    for nerves. Statins work by taking a sledge hammer to the cholesterol production line. Tocotrienols work by telling the workers on the production line to go home for the day, enough work has been done.

    Nature provides us with hundreds of natural compounds that help cholesterol regulation. Any supplement that improves energy function, such as a good multiple vitamin, will have a synergistic benefit. Fiber, whether dietary or in the form of supplements, can help manage cholesterol. In some cases, a simple deficiency in magnesium can cause cholesterol to elevate
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15466951&query_hl=14&itool=pubmed_DocSum .
    Magnesium is the most lacking mineral in the American diet. Omega 3 oils are also lacking in diets, and fish oil has been shown to lower cholesterol (study 1
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16278686&query_hl=24&itool=pubmed_docsum ,
    study 2
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15939062&query_hl=24&itool=pubmed_DocSum ,
    study 3
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15930443&query_hl=24&itool=pubmed_DocSum ).

    Whether it is a B vitamin like pantethine
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=3098691&query_hl=32&itool=pubmed_DocSum
    or niacin
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16950175&query_hl=36&itool=pubmed_docsum ,
    a fruit extract from citrus
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15134141&query_hl=40&itool=pubmed_docsum
    or blueberries
    http://www.newstarget.com/002906.html ,
    or a simple condiment like garlic
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16484570&query_hl=48&itool=pubmed_docsum ,
    the list of nutrients that may assist individuals to manage their cholesterol is almost endless. Nature has provided answers. You have many options.

    There is good reason many Americans are turning to safe and effective natural options as part of a health strategy to maintain cholesterol levels in a better range. This latest fiasco with cholesterol medication is proof that government and Big Pharma work together to push drug sales, oftentimes disregarding the true effects on human health, including safety. I wonder if the American Heart Association will learn that those living in glass houses should not throw stones? How much longer can Americans tolerate a government, media, and health industry on the take from Big Pharma?

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