12 Truths About Cholesterol To Survive & Thrive (HDL And LDL Myths)

October 10, 2019 0 By William Morgan

12 truths about cholesterol to survive
the HDL and LDL myths is there good
cholesterol is there bad cholesterol is
cholesterol bad today went to give you
the bigger picture we’re gonna give you
12 truths so that you can avoid all the
pitfalls and you can stay healthy coming
right up
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cholesterol has been a big deal in the
news for the last 50 years and every
so-called nutrition label has warnings
about how much cholesterol is in the
food so that you can avoid that kind of
food well here’s some news for you the
first thing that you need to understand
about cholesterol is that your body
makes it your body manufactures
cholesterol your body makes about two to
three thousand milligrams every day
that’s about 75% of all the cholesterol
that your body needs yes
your body needs cholesterol so if you
eat less cholesterol your body has to
make more cholesterol if you eat zero
cholesterol in your diet then your body
will make a hundred percent of the
cholesterol that you need so dietary
cholesterol has absolutely nothing to do
with your blood cholesterol levels and
again we’re going to talk about how the
body is really really smart it has some
incredible wisdom and it would not
manufacture a substance that is harmful
for you everything the body does is on
purpose it’s doing the right thing at
the right time in the right amount to
the right degree depending on the
circumstances okay so your body makes
cholesterol when it needs it
number two why does the body make
cholesterol what is the body use
for why is it needed it’s an essential
nutrient it is a component of every cell
wall in every cell of your body so the
cell membrane that’s what determines the
properties the signaling ability of the
cell the cells ability to determine the
difference between inside and outside
that is what the cell wall does and
cholesterol is an essential component in
that structure one of your most
important cell membrane is your brain
because there is some very specific
signaling going on in the brain and
again cholesterol is very important
there most of your hormones are
cholesterol based have you heard of
steroid hormones that’s the testosterone
and the estrogen and so forth that’s
where the stero in cholesterol comes
from they’re called steroid hormones
because they’re made from cholesterol
all right they are essential if you
don’t have enough cholesterol then your
body has a hard time manufacturing those
hormones your liver produces bile and
that’s like a detergent and emulsifier
to help you break down fats so it’s
essential for your digestion to have
bile if you can’t break down fats
properly also can’t absorb the fat
soluble vitamins the vitamin A D E and K
and vitamin D is actually a hormone
which is also made from cholesterol your
body uses cholesterol for repair because
cholesterol is part of every cell wall
every cell membrane any time that you
get damage to your tissues the body has
to repair it has to repair the tissue
which has cell membranes so it has to
have more cholesterol available for
repair and it’s also important in wound
healing and blood clotting so anytime
that you have stress and your body
anticipates or prepares for additional
your LDL cholesterol goes up so your
body can prepare so it’s so smart it
will anticipate the damage and have a
little extra cholesterol handy just in
case number three fact you have to know
there are a few unfortunate people to
whom cholesterol is a problem and that’s
called familial hypercholesterolemia
that just means it runs in the family
they have a genetic defect that prevents
them from reabsorbing and regulating the
LDL so LDL just keeps going up and up
and up and up
so they have a genetic defect that
prevents them from regulating it so now
cholesterol does become a problem and
the genetic defect could be heterozygous
meaning that one out of the pair of
genes is faulty and that happens in
about one in five hundred people and
then there’s something called homozygous
defect and that’s when both parts of the
pair is faulty so if you have one part
faulty then your cholesterol is going to
run between 350 to 550 if you have both
of them wrong then it’s going to run 650
to a thousand your total cholesterol
level so these are levels that we’re
done we’re not going to see in the
general population right most times
we’re talking about cholesterol we’re
talking they consider it marginally high
from 200 up to 280 that’s where 98% of
people are going to fall this is a
diseased condition this is a problem and
these people do want to seek some
medical attention because this will
typically shorten their life span but
again it’s even though these are
disastrously extremely high levels
there’s still a lot of these people who
never notice anything even at these
levels number four fact about
cholesterol lower is not better oK we’ve
been told we’ve been made to believe
that lower is better I’ve had patients
come in with a cholesterol of a hundred
and thirty and they’re still on a stand
drugged because their doctor tells them
lower is always better well if we look
at the graph of all-cause mortality that
meaning that all the reasons that people
die the overall death rate of for
whatever reason when people have a
cholesterol level of a hundred and
thirty they have a very high death rate
then it drops the death there all cause
mortality drops down to a point of
cholesterol about 220 and then it starts
going up again but it’s more dangerous
to have a cholesterol of 130 than it is
to have a cholesterol of 300 now this
graph doesn’t tell us everything because
a lot of these people with the
cholesterol of 300 they’re gonna have a
very unbalanced cholesterol ratio which
we’ll talk about in a little bit so you
could have even though 220 is the bottom
of the graph you could still be very
healthy even with a higher level of
cholesterol as long as you have a good
ratio number five dementia brain health
cognition your thinking ability your
mental capacity is directly related to
cholesterol so when they checked people
as they get older once they get into
their 80s they found that the people
with the lowest cholesterol had the
highest rates of dementia they had the
lowest cognitive function and the late
rate of dementia decreased and the
people who had a cholesterol of total
cholesterol of 240 had a better
cognitive function than anybody with a
lower cholesterol so cholesterol is
neuroprotective because it’s an
essential nutrient to the brain it makes
your brain function better as you age
number six what is HDL and LDL well HDL
is not even cholesterol LDL is not even
they are what’s called carriers they are
vehicles HDL stands for high density
lipoprotein it’s a protein with some
fats mixed in and it helps the body
carry the cholesterol around why does it
do that why doesn’t it just dump the
cholesterol in the bloodstream because
cholesterol is not water-soluble blood
is mostly water-based and cholesterol is
not water-soluble it’s what’s called
hydrophobic so the carriers are there to
help the fat mix with water so we can
transport the cholesterol where they
need to go so we often hear that HDL is
good and LDL is bad why why do we call
it that well they say that HDL goes to
pick up it brings excess cholesterol
back to the liver and therefore we
consider it good whereas LDL delivers
cholesterol to the tissues and therefore
increases cholesterol deposits and the
tissues and therefore we call it bad but
that’s assuming that they’re doing it
for no reason whatsoever it’s assuming
that it’s a bad thing to deliver
cholesterol and why does it deliver
cholesterol because we need it for these
reasons especially repair so if we have
a repair to perform and the LDL brings
repair materials is that bad of course
not it’s about a balance the body makes
appropriate cholesterol and it makes
appropriate cholesterol it depends on
the circumstances your body is not the
stupid one so an analogy would be if
you’ve ever been to Disney World or one
of these amusement parks where they have
huge parking lots and there’s a hundred
thousand people in the morning or trying
to get to the amusement park and then in
the evening there’s a hundred thousand
people trying to get back to their car
that’s what a carrier does it
carries something so these carry
cholesterol the parking buses trains
carry people so in the morning they send
empty carriers out to the parking lot to
pick up two people so that would be like
the HDL it’s it’s empty it’s ready to
pick something up and then in the
evening they bring the empty ones with
the people and they deliver them back to
the car so in the morning it’s like HDL
bringing it bringing people one way and
then in the evening its LDL but we would
never call those parking trains good or
bad they are appropriate depending on
the situation so number seven the mix-up
how did we get so confused about this
stuff well it’s because we tend to not
think in terms of cause and effect
humans can be kind of short-sighted and
just observe something and say oh look
there is a person with heart disease
they have a lot of cholesterol that
cholesterol must be the problem they’re
confusing cause-and-effect they’re
observing an association and then
they’re just implying they’re guessing
they’re assuming that whatever shows up
at the problem site is the cause and one
of my favorite analogies of how
ridiculous that is is every time that I
see a traffic accident I also see
emergency vehicles
okay there’s police there’s ambulance
and there’s fire trucks every time so if
I just used Association then I would
assume that the blinking lights the
vehicles with the blinking lights cause
the accident because they’re always
there every time there’s an accident
there are those vehicles those evil bad
vehicles are always present
so obviously the emergency vehicles
didn’t cause the problem they came after
the problem and they’re trying to help
same thing with cholesterol the LDL the
deposits come after the problem and they
try to help they’re there to help the
body is intelligent it doesn’t do things
that are stupid it doesn’t randomly send
LDL there number eight
so the treatment for cholesterol is and
again the problem is that they think
lower is better even though we
definitely know that it’s more dangerous
to have very very low cholesterol than
it is very high but still the treatment
is just to lower cholesterol
indiscriminately and they use statin
drugs and what the statin drug does it
goes in and it blocks a step in the
liver where the body converts something
into cholesterol preventing the liver
from producing the necessary amount of
cholesterol so in the analogy of the
traffic accident the treatment would be
like let’s shoot the messenger
let’s set up road blocks for the fire
trucks let’s put out some spike strips
for the police car so they can’t get
there let’s let’s reroute the ambulance
so it never finds the accident okay it’s
it’s ridiculous
we’re interfering with the solution and
leaving the problem unattended that’s
what we’re doing so I’m going to try to
get an idea of what sort of videos are
out there I was shocked I was it was
frightening how 90 plus percent of all
the videos just talked about how to
lower cholesterol this is how you lower
cholesterol and we’re just assuming we
hear this we take this association
instead of a cause effect this loose
association which is not true and we
assume that it’s true and then all the
effort goes to lowering cholesterol as
if that was a good thing it’s like
saying we don’t believe intelligence is
we think that your kids are too smart
and now everybody goes out and make
videos on how to lower your child’s
intelligence or how to lower health in
the body or how to lower muscle mass
lower vitality we hear that’s a good
thing everybody should go make videos on
how to lower it it’s not about that okay
it’s about balance the body makes the
right amount the right amount of HDL the
right amount of LDL for the situation at
hand so what we’re looking for is
balance number ten you can have a
balanced cholesterol when there is the
appropriate amount of delivery and the
appropriate amount of bringing back of
recovery and that is usually in healthy
people it’s a three to one ratio of
total cholesterol to HDL they have found
that anyone with a about a three or less
than a three point three ratio has less
than half they have a fraction of the
average risk of heart disease regardless
of what the total levels are because the
HDL is considered protective it’s not
the total level that matters it’s about
the balance are we in a situation where
there’s balance between how much we take
out versus how much we bring back and
again that’s just an indicator of health
it’s not the cause of health when you’re
healthy when your body is in balance
your body will produce these ratios of
cholesterol so you could have a 270 over
90 and be healthy you could have a 180
over 60 and be healthy and right now
last time I checked my cholesterol was
225 over 75 it was a 3.0 and I’m very
very happy with that even though
according to the official guidelines I
have high cholesterol so what is the
problem then if these are just
indicators if there’s no such thing as
good or bad cholesterol and what’s the
real problem the real problem is called
inflammation inflammation produces
damage to the body there’s a balanced
amount of inflammation just like
everything else needs to be in balance
but when we have excessive inflammation
the body has to create excessive repair
responses and now when the LDL is always
out there
repairing then we have excess damage now
we get excess plaquing and the so called
the only so called bad LDL is when LDL
gets oxidized from inflammation and we
have what’s called a small LDL so
there’s large LDL it’ll kind of large
and fluffy there are perfectly healthy
they’re good and those are typically the
ones that increase when you go on a
low-carb diet so some people see that
the cholesterol levels are going to
climb usually that’s temporary it’ll
come up and and it will come right back
down again
but what’s increasing is not the bad
small oxidized it’s typically the fluffy
ones but regardless as you reduce your
inflammation your body gets into balance
so if the cause is inflammation then
obviously the solution is to reduce the
things that cause the inflammation so
the twelfth truth that you have to know
about cholesterol is that the cause of
inflammation is sugar and starch and
allergens grain and dairy are the top
two allergens especially modern wheat
we’ve never seen people so many people
being sensitive to it so many people
having a low-grade inflammation to a
food as to the modern wheat so if you
want to reduce inflammation obviously
reduce sugar reduce grain and reduce
anything else that you might be allergic
to and what do you eat instead you eat
foods that are anti-inflammatory or
neutral so you eat good saturated fats
such as egg including the egg yolk if
you’re gonna throw something away throw
away the egg white because that’s a more
common allergen you want to eat
grass-fed butter grass-fed beef and
especially you want to eat fish fatty
fish or take a fish oil supplement
you’ve got to be a little careful with
the fish because some of the larger
predatory fish have a lot of mercury and
toxins in them since they live in the
water for a long time salmon and small
fish like sardines and mackerel are the
best choices for fatty fish and then you
can also eat the flat small white fish
that are very low in mercury so if you
understand these twelve truths then you
also understand that for most people the
lifestyle intervention is the most
appropriate thing to do and for most
people a lot of the cases that are being
called high cholesterol is not a problem
the people that have a problem like we
said are people with extremely high
cholesterol levels they have a genetic
defect and the treatment in their case
is appropriate because when you do a
treatment and you lay out in the analogy
if you lay out road blocks for the fire
truck then that’ll be appropriate
because they have so much of the
cholesterol the fire truck is out
running over people all right so then
it’d be a good thing to put some road
blocks out but that’s an extreme
situation all right most people do not
fit in here it’s 1 in 500 so 499 out of
500 people do not have that problem even
though it’s often quoted as a major
issue if you learn something and enjoyed
this video you’ll probably love that one
thank you so much for watching I’ll see
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