The Cholesterol Myth

cholesterolDeskarati has been noticing a lot of articles over the last year regarding cholesterol, many of these have been suggesting that we have all been told a big lie by the pharmaceutical companies regarding the dangers of cholesterol and this has been backed up by the medical establishment. We assumed at first that this was just the usual conspiracy theories (that we really dislike). But, more and more reputable names are beginning to attach themselves to it, so we thought you might be interested to here what it’s all about.

A hypothesis formed nearly sixty years ago by a Ph.D. researcher named Ancel Keys, was the basis of the lipid hypothesis. Keys had an idea that consuming saturated fat causes an increase in cholesterol levels, and elevated cholesterol leads to heart disease. Its a nice and simple concept, but you must understand that IT HAS NEVER BEEN PROVEN, which is why today it is still the “lipid hypothesis” and not the “lipid theory.”

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Due to his influence, over the past 5 decades, researchers world-wide have been trying to prove this hypothesis by making it a fact. But time and time again, they are falling far short of the mark. However due to their valiant efforts, we now know that cholesterol is transported in the blood by carrier proteins called lipoproteins.  And that these lipoproteins have varying densities: high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL). We were told that some of these were good (HDL) and some were bad (LDL), and Big Pharma has developed drugs to help elevate the good and reduce the bad.

The vast majority of lay people have been bombarded by pharmaceutical company misinformation about cholesterol. Most of the public and their doctors believe that cholesterol is a bad thing and the less we have the better. This could be no further from the truth.

Cholesterol is an absolute essential molecule for which there would be no life without it.  You read that right, if we didn’t have cholesterol we wouldn’t be able to survive. It is so important of a molecule that nearly every cell in the body can synthesize it. It is major building block of the membranes of our cells and it acts as the framework of other critical substances our bodies make. Some of those being: production of bile salts (the substance mainly made by our liver and gallbladder that helps us digest fats), synthesis of vitamin D, and production of our sex hormones. Mashed up by Deskarati from The Beginnings of the Cholesterol Myth and Catalyst

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One Response to The Cholesterol Myth

  1. Phil Krause says:

    Well according to , “Trust me I’m a doctor” last night, if your over 55 then statins lower your risk of heart disease by 40%.

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