Day 125 - Sweet Respite
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The state of affairs has reached a rather horrifying place. Recently cholesterol-lowering drugs in the United States have been urged for children with heart risks. This comes off the back of the release of a study showing that certain cholesterol lowering drugs are ineffective. The results of the study represented a big hit to the bottom line of large pharmaceutical companies. The subsequent response by the pharmaceutical companies was to go after a new market. Your children.

Unfortunately for the most part people do not read. So when I tell you that the single most important component of the still developing brain of your child is cholesterol it might come as a shock. That’s right. Your children need cholesterol to make their brain! Even more revealing is the fact that cholesterol is a vital backbone for the production of all our critical sex and stress hormones. Add the fact that your child is going through or will soon go through puberty and you’ve got to start to wonder exactly what the big pharmaceutical companies and the people who approve their drugs are thinking.

It becomes obvious that this is all about money and has nothing to do with health and wellbeing. Once anyone gets on cholesterol drugs they almost never get off them. It makes sense from a strictly business perspective to get your children while they are young. The pharmaceutical companies hook a customer for life. It’s a nice business plan. If you’re The Devil.

Coupled with this insanity is the message that we need to take the fat out of our diet. When you take a turn around your local supermarket it seems every second piece of packaging has the words “low fat” predominantly displayed. This message is about 20 years old. But hold on, what has been happening during the last 20 years? Have people been getting leaner, healthier and well? You and I both know this is not the case. People’s health has continued to spiral out of control along with their weight. People are fatter and more obese then ever before. Could the message that we need to take the fat out of our diet be wrong? You bet it is!

Despite what you think you know there is a mountain of evidence that shows that saturated fat consumption has not one thing to do with heart disease. Neither does blood cholesterol nor dietary cholesterol. In fact pre-1930 heart disease was virtually unknown! Back in those times the best milk was considered that with the highest butterfat content and a regular farmer’s breakfast was bacon and eggs. Those people didn’t get heart disease. Nor were they obese. They were strong and hardy people. Something is wrong here! If you are seeing a doctor or a nutritionist you need to take a close look at that particular person. If they look unhealthy or are overweight then you need to look elsewhere for advice! Sick people cannot help other sick people get well! Someone who is obese is incapable of advising someone else regarding how to overcome his or her own obesity. It’s just not possible.

In the body the mechanism that adds to your fat stores is insulin. So called because it insulates your body, with you guessed it – Fat! And the only thing that activates insulin, which then stores fat, is sugar in your bloodstream. And the only way you get sugar in your bloodstream is by eating carbohydrates. Not protein or fats. The amazing thing is, according to how your body functions, consuming fat does not make you fat! This always reminds me of a new piece I watched on television once. They were interviewing an overweight woman who loved butter. All the focus was on the amount of butter she ate. What they missed was what she was putting the butter on!

Bottom line is this. Cholesterol is vital to the function of the brain and the nervous system. Cholesterol protects against depression and plays a role in the utilization of serotonin, which is your body’s feel good chemical. Which is why the research shows that people on cholesterol lowering drugs have an extremely increased risk of depression, aggression, and suicide! So right after they get you paying for cholesterol lowing drugs they also get you paying for anti-depression drugs. Again that is one hell of a business model.

Cholesterol is a vital precursor for vitamin D. I’ve written a little about vitamin D and why it is vital to your health in my article My Battle With Chronic Fatigue and How I Won. But you should know vitamin D protects your from cancer and helps the bones of your children grow and keep yours strong. Your body uses cholesterol to repair itself such as with wounds and tears in arteries. Dietary cholesterol contributes to the strength of the intestinal wall. Only oxidized cholesterol found in powdered milk and eggs contributes to heart disease. Powdered milk is what they are putting in your low fat milk!

On the other hand you’re told to consume more trans-fatty acids such as margarine. By now you probably are not going to be surprised to learn that trans-fatty acids in more then small amounts has been found to contribute to cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, learning disabilities, intestinal problems and premature aging. Trans-fatty acids are very new to the human diet. Our bodies are not made to process them. Also a lot of polyunsaturated fats such as vegetable oil are produced through a process that uses high temperatures. The result of heating on polyunsaturated fats is the production of free radicals. Such processing produces oil that is rancid and stinks so bad that they add chemicals to mask the smell!

Now I’ve only scratched the surface information wise. So it is up to you to find out about good fats and bad fats and to really inform yourself from non-standard channels about what really is healthy eating and living. You might like to subscribe to my blog because there will be more of this sort of information coming out every week.

I wish you the best of luck on your journey.

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