THE CHOLESTEROL MYTH
“GREAT IS THE POWER OF STEADY MISREPRESENTATION”
“REPEAT A LIE OFTEN ENOUGH, IT BECOMES THE TRUTH.”
Have you ever believed something and later discovered that what you believed was untrue or even that the truth was exactly opposite of what you believed?
I have, and it’s a jarring experience.
It feels like the existential rug has been pulled out from underneath you and often a recalibration period is necessary to recover from such a “truth bomb”.
This happened to me several years ago when I attended a lecture about heart health.
Prior to the lecture my understanding was that a low fat diet was good for the heart and that cholesterol were bad for the heart.
My father was one of the many middle aged men who had been prescribed a statin medication and was told to avoid fatty foods like eggs, bacon, meat, and cheese to help bring down his cholesterol.
The idea I had in my mind from tv shows, new programs, and drug ads was that this nasty substance gets into your body from fatty foods clogs up your arteries and will eventually cause a heart attack.
So with that imagery embedded in our minds it makes sense that many Americans were sticking to a low fat diet and faithfully taking their statins daily.
I recall a handful of times in my teenage years having a background feeling of guilt when I would eat “artery clogging” eggs and bacon. I can even remember a few instances where I became concerned about my heart hurting after eating these foods.
That’s how powerful these Ideas are.
During the lecture I learned several things about cholesterol that really shocked me:
Cholesterol is primarily made by the body, diet only has a minor impact on blood cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol is a healing agent that repairs the linings of arteries.
Cholesterol is the precursor for sex hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids.
Cholesterol is vital for healthy cell membranes.
Cholesterol is essential for the brain and synapse formation.
Since that time even more studies have proven that…
People with high levels of cholesterol live longer than those with low levels.
Higher cholesterol decreases risk of cognitive decline.
When you look into the history of statin drugs you’ll also see that the studies which allow these drugs to get onto the market use deceptive mathematical maneuvers to cause the drug to appear to decrease heart attack risk by 36% when the actual data shows a 1% risk reduction.
Not to mention the alarming effects of statin drugs which include…
Rhabdomyolysis due to Co-Q10 deficiency.
Nerve dysfunction and damage.
One of the biggest kickers for me was learning that even if an artery has been found to have atherosclerotic plaques the body build additional blood vessels (collateral arteries) so that the blood flow to the heart is not interrupted. (I will explain the GNM perspective of what is really happening with a heart attack in a future article)
I also learned that medical procedures like angioplasties which is where they use a stent to prop open blood vessels whose passage ways have been diminished by plaque do not lengthen life at all.
Needless to say, this was all quite shocking to me.
What do you mean that cholesterol isn’t deadly and the cause of heart attacks?
If I had been asked that question I would have felt certain I knew that what I believed was the absolute scientific truth.
When you haven’t spent much time questioning your basic assumptions and beliefs it’s very easy to live in a world where you believe things like…
“If it was really bad/good they would tell us the truth about it.”
“They wouldn’t be able to sell or prescribe it if it was hurting more people that it was helping.”
“It’s illegal to lie about something on the news”.
It makes sense that honest, good-hearted people would have a basic sense of trust towards those seen as authorities like the news, doctors, scientists, etc.
But the reality is that there are many factors at play in selling ideas and selling products to people and oftentimes a bad idea or bad research done by one person can snowball into an entire industry of deception.
This whole cholesterol situation is one of those bad ideas.
In 1952 a man named Ancel Keys developed the “diet-heart hypothesis” and his deceptive “Seven Countries Study” cherry-picked data to prove a connection that did not exist in reality.
But that didn’t stop him from being put on the front cover of Time Magazine and it didn’t prevent his idea from seeping into our culture and shaping the diets of Americans for decades despite being debunked just 5 years after it was published.
There’s much more to that particular story, but I’ll let you dive into that on your own.
What I’m hoping for you to see is that what we accept as truth may not be the actual truth.
If cholesterol is actually a healing agent made by the body and it does not cause heart attacks and that the drugs are the cause of additional health problems and do not actually help maybe this isn’t the only thing that they’ve gotten wrong.
Something else I believe that the mainstream doctors and scientists have gotten very wrong is the idea that germs cause disease.
The cholesterol story has only been told since the 50’s so it’s probably a little easier to accept, but the germ story has been told since the late 1800’s and is much more deeply inculcated into our culture.
It’s more important than ever before that you really look into why you believe what you believe about germs and contagion.
I believe anyone who really studies the origins of the Germ Theory will come away with a completely new perspective and if you combine that with understanding the Germanic New Medicine perspective of the role of microbes you will become fearless.
If you have not yet, please check out https://questioningcovid.com/ to learn from doctors and teachers who are challenging the Germ Theory.
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