By Christo LuesThis seems to be one of the biggest problems of our day! Most people that I consult with on a daily basis is on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine.
From medical aids to life insurance to doctors to friends want to know what your cholesterol level is.
If you walk into your local convenience shop, you find it very hard to buy anything that’s not labeled “Low-Fat” or “Fat-Free” or “Cholesterol Free”
Fat has become the ultimate culprit of the post modern food world.
It is not the intention of this article to discuss the origin of this notion, but rather to point the way for the future.
Does consuming fat clog up our arteries?
The following is on the front page of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics:
For decades, enormous human and financial resources have been wasted on the cholesterol campaign, more promising research areas have been neglected, producers and manufacturers of animal food all over the world have suffered economically, and millions of healthy people have been frightened and badgered into eating a tedious and flavorless diet or into taking potentially dangerous drugs for the rest of their lives. As the scientific evidence in support of the cholesterol campaign is non-existent, we consider it important to stop it as soon as possible.
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS) is a steadily growing group of scientists, physicians, other academicians and science writers from various countries. Members of this group represent different views about the causation of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, some of them are in conflict with others, but this is a normal part of science. What we all oppose is that animal fat and high cholesterol play a role. The aim with this website is to inform our colleagues and the public that this idea is not supported by scientific evidence; in fact, for many years a huge number of scientific studies have directly contradicted it.
So what does this mean?
Does this mean that avoiding saturated animal fat, eggs, low fat milk, fat free milk, fatty meat, organ meats etc. will not benefit you?
Does it mean that your Specialist Doctor who puts you on a cholesterol lowering diet wrong?
Well let me try and explain the dilemma with the current cholesterol treatment model.
It all starts in the saliva. Yes, in your mouth. I am talking about the pH of your body. When the pH of your saliva drops to acid (below 7) it means that the water between your body tissue cells become acid. When this situation continues for any length of time the cell will start malfunctioning and disease may set in.
We may all be familiar with one such acid borne symptom. If you’ve done strenuous exercise and experience stiff or sore muscles the next day, it’s due to a build up of lactic acid in the muscle tissues. Because the arteries in your body is also made from muscle tissue, they too may become too acid, much like the muscles in your legs for instance.
Lets say you were to stretch that stiff leg muscle too much, it will actually tear! This is of coarse very painful.
The same happens when we “stretch” an artery. This may happen when you end up behind a taxi in traffic or standing in a slow moving line at the post office. Because of these, umm, stressful situations, you may experience a sudden constriction of the arteries, increasing your blood pressure to fight off the eminent enemy in front of you.
In order for these arteries to constrict, the muscle tissue forming the arteries contracts and thus a higher pressure is the result. Now, if those artery muscle tissues happened to be too acid, a small tear may be the result of the sudden constriction. This may result in a microscopic tear in the artery wall. As a result there is a small leak of blood from the artery.
When this happens the body springs to action. Bleeding is serious and if left unattended can have catastrophic consequences. So, to plug the “hole” the body gets some fibrous material from the liver called fibrinogen. It uses this much like you would plug the hole in a fiber-glass boat, this being the fiber. Secondly for “cement” it draws calcium from the bones to strengthen the patch. Lastly, to make sure there is no leak, it puts a sealant over the patch, called; “bad cholesterol” or Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL).
Low density means it can float on-top of something else. This means that the so called bad LDL will float on top until it gets to the point of where it’s needed, and then attach to the inside of the artery wall to seal the patch. A miracle just occurred, your life was saved!
However, when your specialist doctor, called a Cardiologist, opens you up to find blocked arteries, he blames the patches for blocking your arteries, and puts you an anti-patch medicine called, statins!
You may ask why he would do such a thing? Well see, it’s all about cholesterol, in fact it’s all about the “bad LDL cholesterol.”
When your artery tissues are acid, like I explained above, you don’t just form one little hole, you may have thousands! In order to seal off these thousands of microscopic holes, you need a lot of “sealant” or LDL cholesterol.
So, when your clever doc tests your blood, sure enough, he will see the higher levels of patch material, or LDL or “bad cholesterol” Bad for saving your life!
As the arteries hardens due to prolonged acidity, you may have more and more of these “patches” being formed. You may even have total blockage of certain arteries. This is serious, but it is certainly NOT the fault of the “bad” patching material - LDL!
In fact, as the artery walls hardens over time, due to high acid levels, you may even find yourself with a whole new condition - high blood pressure!
High blood pressure then results from the hardened arteries not being able to contract or relax, the action whereby it regulates the blood’s pressure.
So, you mean that the whole cholesterol thing is a lie we are being fed by pharmaceutical companies sponsoring adverts and doctors conventions? Well, one recent study by Dr Malcolm Kendrick showed that the people with the lowest cholesterol (Australian Aborigines) has about thirty times higher cardiovascular disease as Britten, in fact the highest on the planet. The Swiss with the highest average cholesterol levels have the lowest incidence of CVD in the WORLD!
So, you decide…
What about the medication given for cholesterol? Well, one good source of information on the effect of “Statins” (Cholesterol medicine) is a book called “Did your Doctor tell you?” by Prof. Willem Serfontein. On pg. 27 he lists just a few possible side effects of taking statins, among them are; Increased Cancer risk, Suppression of insulin levels (Called diabetes), weakening of the heart muscle, Immune malfunction, Peripheral nerve damage AND Increased cardiovascular risk!! Some others that he does not list may include loss of memory, burning feet, dementia and loss of sex drive. Good stuff this...
What can you do about it?
The best thing you can do, is to get your body pH tested. Remember, this is NOT your stomach acid. It’s the pH of your intercellular fluid.
Once you have this value tested, you can start acting on correcting this value to an optimal level of 7.5. As your acid level drops, your body can regain it’s optimal level of functionality, and start repairing itself.
Certain supplements may help the body regain its optimal healthy level much more effectively. Amongst these are Omega 3 with Alkoxyglycerol and Squaline added, Coral Calcium to help achieve a good pH, and a complex of anti-oxidants.