What Causes Heart Attacks
I hope you’re sitting down, all relaxed, and ready to deal with the fact that what causes heart attacks isn’t what we’ve been told it is. We’ve been told a lie.
Poobahs tell us again and again-endlessly-often at the top of their lungs, in every media outlet available to them, that the one-and-only cause of heart attacks is cholesterol. This ugly fat, they say, fills our arteries, keeping blood from reaching the heart.
We need to talk about what’s actually going on.
Cholesterol is a bogus boogeyman. Cholesterol is, in fact, a hero, a worker of miracles.
In fact, low cholesterol, meaning not enough to work miracles, is the problem. A very, very real problem.
What’s a too-low cholesterol level? Hold on to your hats, gang, the answer’s gonna stun you.
You want your cholesterol level to be at least 200, better at 240, and preferably higher.
Why do you need that much cholesterol?
First, your brain is mostly cholesterol. No cholesterol means no brain. One of the many problems of very low cholesterol (below 200) is global amnesia, in which you forget everything. You don’t know who you are. You don’t know who your spouse and kids are. Also, You don’t know where you are. You don’t remember anything you learned, even how to go to the bathroom. So, basically, you become a potted plant with unfortunate habits. You deserve better than that.
And the brain is only one part of low-cholesterol difficulties. Your endocrine system controls your health; if it’s not healthy, neither are you. Low cholesterol levels (less than 200) put your little-engines-that-could out of whack, and down you go.
Here’s how. Our endocrine glands make all the hormones our bodies need to sparkle and shine. Energy? Sleep? Stress control? Oh, yes, indeed. And more.
Cholesterol is raw material
Cholesterol is the raw material our bodies use to make hormones. Your endocrine glands depend on cholesterol to make their hormones-the “juice” you need to take on life with energy.
For instance, low cholesterol is well known to lead to Type 2 diabetes from a lack of insulin-which is made from guess what? Cholesterol. Sexual function takes a real beating from low cholesterol, too. Stress screeches without enough cholesterol.
But, wait, there’s more! At least for those whose low cholesterol comes courtesy of statin drugs. You’ll be told to take Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements. Why? Because statin drugs murder the CoQ10 your body needs-and usually creates on its own.
Here’s a stunning secret nobody mentions: CoQ10 lowers the so-called “dangerous” low density cholesterol. Statin drugs not only don’t lower it, they destroy the natural enzyme that does!
Here’s how it is: Low density cholesterol isn’t dangerous. For that matter, high density cholesterol isn’t dangerous, either. These two types of cholesterol have different jobs to do, so they work differently. But both work to make and keep you healthy. As I said, cholesterol is a hero.
Your brain needs cholesterol to function properly. Each and every endocrine gland needs cholesterol to keep the ship afloat. And, last but not least, your skin needs the wonders of cholesterol, too, to keep it pliable, with fewer of the wrinkles that come along as time goes by.
People with adequate cholesterol levels of 240 and up, live longer lives, in better health, with a working brain, than those in the low cholesterol crowd.
What’s causing heart disease?
Well, if cholesterol isn’t a problem, what’s causing heart disease, strokes and other mayhem? Inflammation causes heart problems. In fact, inflammation plays the leading role in all disease.
When your internal body parts get larger (i.e., inflamed) and too crowded to work all that well, down you go. How far down you fall depends on what you do to fight back.
Inflammation is a lifestyle problem, and good nutrition is how you fight back.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.