C H O L E S T E R O L AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES
AIM OF THIS SHARING • To create an awareness that researchers find that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease • To create awareness of the dangers of statin cholesterol-lowering drugs • To share helpful health tips
CHOLESTEROL MYTH IS HIGH CHOLESTEROL THE CAUSE OF ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE ?
NO ! WHY ? ANSWER
BECAUSE MANY STUDIES SHOW • There is no linear relation between cholesterol levels and heart attack or stroke risk • This has been known for decades • Despite a massive use of statin cholesterol drugs over the past two decades, the incidence of Cardiovascular disease hasn’t changed.
LIPID HYPOTHESIS OF HEART DISEASE • First proposed by Russian researcher David Kritchevsky in 1954, later by Ancel Keys • Rabbits fed with cholesterol had heart disease induced • Feeding the rabbits vegetable oils lowered cholesterol ( albeit temporarily), the supposedly cause of heart disease. • In effect, it meant: Cholesterol = heart disease • This hypothesis is irrelevant today in the light of findings by many researchers
CHOLESTEROL MYTH 1 • High fat foods causes heart disease • High cholesterol causes heart disease • High fat foods raise blood cholesterol • Cholesterol blocks arteries • Animal studies prove the diet-heart idea that diet affects heart disease • Lowering cholesterol will lenghten your life
CHOLESTEROL MYTH 2 • Polyunsaturated oils are good for you • The cholesterol campaign (to have people reduce their cholesterol levels) is based on good evidence • All scientists support the diet-heart idea ALL THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE NOT TRUE (backed by solid scientific evidence).
CHOLESTEROL FACTS BY UFFE RAVNSKOV MD, Ph.D • Cholesterol is a substance vital to the cells of all mammals • Many studies have shown that people with low cholesterol are just as atherosclerotic as people with high cholesterol • When you eat little cholesterol your body produces more than the usual amount; when you eat much, your body produces less
CHOLESTEROL FACTS 2 • There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks • Many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades, but rarely told to the public
CHOLESTEROL FACTS 3 • The reason why laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press • There are benefits of having high cholesterol
FACTS • Drug companies state that their statin drugs lower heart risk by 36% • This is a manipulation of statistics by them • The truth is, it falls just one percent ! • In fact, taking vitamin C and E will reduce risk by a much greater percentage • 50 % of people who die of heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels
WHAT IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF ATHEROSCLROSIS ? CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
WHAT IS CHRONIC INFLAMMATION ? • IT IS A GOOD THING GONE BAD • While acute inflammation is a protective and healing mechanism which lasts for a short time, chronic inflammation, which can go on for years, is a disease • Inflammation means the body’s response to harmful stimuli in which a cascade of event is initiated to try to contain the harm.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION(conclusions supported by extensive research and clinical evidence) • Impairs endothelial function and vascular lining • Increases platelet activation and clotting • Depletes intrinsic anti-oxidants • Generates free radicals • Delays wound healing and tissue regeneration • Promotes cell aging and premature cell death • Supresses immune response
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION IS ALSO LINKED TO • Diabetes • Allergies • Hypertension • Stroke • Cancer • Obesity • Sinusitis • Alzheimer’s disease
CAUSES OF CHRONIC INFLAMMATION • Polyunsaturated vegetable oils like safflower, sunflower, corn, peanut, soy • High carbohydrate low protein diets • Refined sugar • Trans fats • Pesticides, etc • STRESS
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEASURES • REVISE YOUR DIET: cut trans fats, refined carbs; replace with omega-3s, healthy oils, unrefined carbohydrates like anti-oxidant rich vegetables and fruits • Add omega-3s • Get a good night’s sleep • Supplement with a high-quality multivitamin/mineral • Take probiotics e.g.yogurt • MANAGE STRESS !
ADVANCED GLYCATION END-PRODUCTS (AGEs) • Generate a great amount of free radicals • Extensive free radical damage exists in all cases of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease • AGEs and the free radicals they produce trigger intense inflammatory reactions • Belly fat secrete large amounts inflammatory chemicals. • A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates dramatically increases the growth of belly fat • Produced by high sugar and refined carbohydrate intake. • Oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids a main cause.
WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS ? • Highly unstable atoms or molecules • Oxidation produces free radicals • Damage important molecules such as DNA or lipids or other parts of the cell • Smoking one of the causes of free radicals • Free radicals responsible for many diseases including heart disease, cancer, arthritis • Contribute to aging process
BEWARE OF THESE OILS ! • Corn oil • Safflower oil • Sunflower oil • Soybean oil • Peanut oil • Canola oil
VEGETABLE OILS • Pro-inflammatory • Long chain fatty acids, very fragile and unstable • Turn rancid easily when exposed to heat, light and air • Even light frying or exposure to strong sunlight would oxidise them • In fact becomes rancid at factory level
GOOD OILS • The best – Virgin Coconut Oil • Grape seed oil ? • Olive oil • Palm oil
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 1 • Reduces risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease • Reduces risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions • Helps prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections • Supports immune function • Helps control diabetes
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 2 • Promotes weight loss • Helps prevent osteoporosis • Helps keep skin soft and smooth • Functions as a protective anti-oxidant • Supplies important nutrients necessary for good health • Provides an immediate source of energy
HORRORS OF STATINS 1 • Deplete co-enzyme Q10 • Change, weaken, damage or destroy muscle (depending on dose) • Do not slow down or reverse arteriosclerosis – the main reason for the prescription • Induce sudden total memory loss • Increase eye cataract risk
HORRORS OF STATINS 2 • Suppress immune function • Linked to the development of cancer • Cause rhabdomyolysis • Linked to liver and kidney damage • Linked to nerve damage • Induce muscle pain • Shorten normal life-span
HORRORS OF STATINS 3 • Increase serum Lp(a) concentrations which actually increases odds of a heart attack or stroke by up to 70 percent • Reduce left ventricular function • Enhance LDL cholesterol oxidation • Interfere with any function that depends on cholesterol or CoQ10 (e.g. sex hormone production, hair growth, sleep or proper brain and nervous system function)
WARNINGS OF STATINS SIDE EFFECTS • Muscle pain & weakness • Numbness • Extreme fatigue • Shortness of breath • Confusion problems • Depression and hostility • Sexual dysfunction • Heart failure
EXAMPLES OF STATIN DRUGS 1 • LIPITOR (atorvastatin) • LOSTATIN (lovastatin) • LOVASTIN (lovastatin) • MEDOSTATIN (lovastatin) • PRAVACHOL (pravastatin) • SIMVACOR (simvastatin) • SIMVOR (simvastatin)
EXAMPLES OF STATIN DRUGS 2 • VASCOR (simvastatin) • ZOCOR (simvastatin)
TRANS FAT DEFINITION • A type of oil normally made by reacting vegetable with hydrogen (they are then called partially hydrogenated vegetable oils). • Trans fats are formed during the heating and frying of oils at high temperatures and during processing of edible oils. • They are linked to the clogging of arteries and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer • Even very tiny amounts are harmful
TRANS FAT FOUND IN: French fries, bread, cookies, biscuits, pastry, doughnut, instant noodles, cakes, buns, non-diary creamers, salad creams, margarine, cereal/protein bars, breakfast cereals, fried foods, peanut butter, ice cream
PRO-INFLAMMATION FOODS • Vegetable oils • Trans fats • Organ meat (chicken heart the worst !) • Farmed cattle and fish (ikan bilis and sotong are among the least inflammatory seafoods) • Refined starch and sugar
REFINED STARCH • Bread • Noodles • Biscuits • Cookies • Buns • White rice • Sugar • Soft drinks • Packaged fruit juices
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS • Omega 3 fats – dark green vegetables, flax seeds, EPA/DHA • Omega 9 – grape seed oil, macadamia nuts, avocado • Nutrient-dense foods – fresh organic vegetables, berries, cherries, curcumin, resveratrol, grape seed extract, vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene
HEART MATTERS • Quit smoking • Get sufficient sleep • Eat healthy food • Maintain right body weight • KEEP POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
MENTAL ATTITUDE • Anger, unforgiving attitude, pessimism and low self esteem can seriously damage your heart. • Anger can raise the risk of a second heart attack by a shocking 700%
WILLIAM JAMES • “The greatest discovery of this generation was the ability we have to change our environment by changing our mental attitude.” • Similarly, it is a lot easier for us to change our own individual attitude, lifestyle, and eating habits than to change the commercial policies of fast-food industries or those of food manufacturers.
FOOD FOR THOUGHTS • ONE QUARTER OF WHAT YOU EAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE. • THREE QUARTERS KEEP YOUR DOCTOR ALIVE • YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (AND THINK) • BE MINDFUL OF YOUR LIFESTYLE !
REFERENCES 1 There are many references, but the following ones are quite comprehensive: THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CHOLESTEROL SKEPTICS (THINCS) http:www.thincs.org/ THE WESTON A. PRICE FOUNDATION http://www.westonaprice.org/
REFERENCES 2 STOP TRANS FATS http://www.stop-trans-fat-com/index.html SPACE DOC (DR DUANE GRAVELINE) http://www.spacedoc.net/
THE END THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION !