Is LDL Cholesterol Getting a “Bad Rap”? Here’s the Real Story
We commonly hear that LDL “Cholesterol” is an evil thing that causes serious negative health issues. We are told that LDL is “bad cholesterol”, and HDL is “good cholesterol”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In this blog post, you’ll learn why LDL isn’t bad, or the root of the problem. Plus you’ll learn about the big missing link that rarely is discussed in conversations about treatments.
The truth is, LDL and HDL are not cholesterol. In reality, they are the same compound in different states, depending on where they are in the cycle of things. Additionally, LDL isn’t “bad”. The only thing bad about LDL is that is has gotten a bad rap from those who don’t explain what is behind “the numbers” you get from a blood test. You’ll get the details below.
To begin with a couple of questions. First of all, what exactly IS “LDL”, and why is a high count considered harmful to overall health? Secondly, are we sure we’re getting the complete story when we are told that we need to be put on Statin drugs to safeguard our circulatory system against dangerous plaques that can cause a myriad of health challenges when we visit the doctor for testing that reveals a high LDL count?
To answer, let’s define exactly what LDL is in order to be clear. Then we’ll move on to the “bad cholesterol” issue and the untold story regarding lowering the LDL count with Statin drugs.
LDL stands for “Low-density lipoprotein“, which is the least-dense of the five types of the lipoproteins. It actually isn’t cholesterol, but the compound that carries cholesterol to the cells in your body. So it’s a bit of a misnomer to simply call LDL “cholesterol”. However, when you are in an unhealthy state and you have a high LDL count, you very well could be in danger of forming plaques in the arteries that can put you at risk for several bad things. There could be complete blockages formed, and even potential life threatening situations where clumps of plaques break off and cause strokes, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolisms.
Today, one fourth of all adults in the U.S. are on Statin drugs, which are prescribed to solve these potentially life-threatening issues. Statins are poisons. But stop to think for a minute… is it logical to believe that you can artificially or synthetically lower your cholesterol with a Statin drug and poison yourself back into health? No.
Before accepting poison treatment, we have to realize what is going on in our body and why it has happened. When your cholesterol count has risen to a dangerous level, it means three things:
- the digestive system isn’t working right (disbiosis)
- you have absolutely too much sugar in your system (disglycemia)
- you are under the burden of stress in your body (adrenal fatigue)
Let’s back up for a minute. Low-density lipoproteins are created by the liver, and are not “bad” any more than HDL particles are “good”. They actually have an indirect on keeping the systems of your body functioning properly, but we’ll get into that later.
LDL molecules leave the liver as light and fluffy particles. As they travel into the body and return to the liver, they condense and become heavier HDL (high-density lipoprotein) molecules. LDL particles, which are transporter of fats, carry 3,000 to 6,000 fat molecules per particle. As HDL particles, they return the fats to the liver for processing. If you are not healthy, you can develop “atherosclerosis”, which is a condition of hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup when the fats are not finishing the journey back t the liver.
Here’s the part of the story you haven’t been told. Studies have been performed in 2016 that show we are wrong about linking high LDL counts directly to cardiovascular disease and a higher mortality rate. The governing bodies in medicine aren’t refuting these reports, either. Why isn’t this being discussed or reported widely?
Now we will expose the missing link in the “LDL-is-bad-cholesterol” story. The explanation lies in what is called “glycation“, or oxidative damage to proteins.
Here’s how it works…
When you have unhealthy eating habits, you end up with what we call “disglycemia“. In simple terms, it means you have debris-filled junked-up dirty blood with super high sugar content. Sugar causes glycation damage to proteins. Proteins have a specific purpose, and they can’t carry out their purpose when you are suffering from disglycemia.
Proteins have a very important job of fixing your blood vessels. You have an inner lining in your vessels which is called the endothelial wall. As you age, its cell wall gets damaged and ends up with cracks and fissures. Protens come to the rescue locking in to the cracks in the endothelial cell walls like tinker toys. They have the ability to repair damaged endothelial cells. As they lock into place, they “zip up” the cracks and fissures in the inner lining.
A wrench gets throwin into the repair process when you have high blood sugar, which has a damaging oxidative effect. The proteins are attacked by the oxidative stress of sugar and they become “glycated”. I like to think of it like an apple coated in caramalized sugar (caramel). When sugar-coated proteins fall into place to fix the cracks in your endothelial wall, they can’t function properly to carry out the repair. The poor little proteins with their sugared coating clump up, and unfortunately attracd the LDL compounds carrying all that fat. The result? Disgusting yellowish arterial plaque buildup.
As promised, let’s talk about the positive purpose of LDL compounds, then we’ll bring it all home. Cholesterol, which is carried by LDL, is actually an incredibly important biochemical which is possibly one of the most important to the body. Cholesterol which is manufactured in the liver is delivered to the arteries where it is used as a precursor to dozens of critical biochemical substances including cortisol, Vitamin D, DHEA, pregnenolone, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and many other reproductive hormones, according to pharmacist Ben Fuchs of Bolder Coloroado. He also teaches that it serves as a parent compound to numerous skin moisture factors. Lastly, it is a critical component of the membrane that surrounds each of the estimated 100 trillion cells in the body.
With this in mind, why do we blinkdly accept the standard pharmacal-medical model’s practice of addressing arterial plaque by poisoning the liver to shut down the production of such a neccary compound when the REAL problem begins with disglycemia disease?
When you poison the liver causing it to halt production of low-density lipoproteins with Statin drugs, you’ve left the root cause of sickness unadressed, which is disbiosis. Disbiosis of the gut comes from poor eating habits, and further causes disglycemia of the blood.
After poisoning the liver with Statin drugs you will be forced to deal with a myriad of mild to severe side effects. It will take an entirely new blog post to cover all of the unfortunate after effects of long term Statin drug exposure,.but I promise I’ll cover that in the future.
In all candor, I do agree that there are situations where the prescribing of a Statin drug is actually an appropriate thing to do. If you have already junked-up your body and clogged your arteries with plaques, stroke or death could be imminent and your immediate risk could be super high. This presents a strong case for getting on a Statin drug to lower imminent mortal risk. When the short-term risk of death is higher than the long-term risk of damage from being on a Statin drug, it’s an appropriate strategy. But when you don’t correct the problem by changing your lifestyle & eating habits and giving yourself a timeframe to wean yourself off of the Statin drug, you’re doing your body an injustice.
My father was put on a Statin drug 9 years ago, and he was left on it with no exit strategy. During that time, he wasn’t aware that there was a pathway to solving and reversing the problem of arterial plaque buildup. After suffering a stroke and later surviving a quadruple bypass surgery, he was left on the Statin drug prescription. He suffered numerous destructive side effects from the long term exposure to the drug, and made the decision last year to change his habits and get off the drug. His body is now healing.
It is my hope that people look deeper into the problem of addressing arterial plaque buildup instead of mindlessly making decisions based on “numbers” or “markers” from blood tests, and exposing themselves to poison therapy. You will never find a case of a patient who has been poisoned back into health. Drugs can’t help without the accompanying life-changing daily habits (like exercise & healthy eating) that put your body in a position where it can heal itself, as God inteneded and designed.
The human body is so complex, we may never understand its full capabilities. We need to keep in mind that there is a delicate balance between prescription drug therapy and making hard decisions on changing our daily habits that allow our bodies to perform the miraculous process of healing itself. The healing instructions are encoded in every cell of our bodies. We just have to give them a chance to do their job before automatically trusting drug therapy.
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