Raluca Schachter, Guest Writer
When a big, fat lie built around such a sensitive and health threatening issue becomes way too widespread, that even the authors start to believe it, it is really hard to turn the tide without major consequences.
We live in a time where we have GMO producers who won’t touch their food, but eat only organic instead, vaccine promoters and producers who won’t vaccinate their own kids or themselves, and of course, cholesterol lowering medication producers and promoters who won’t take their statins or give them to their family. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
So what kind of cholesterol “myths” has the population been fed all this time through heavy marketing? Let’s take a look!
Myth #1 : High LDL Causes Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease (more…)
With the blockbuster cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as statins being widely promoted for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, despite their having over 300 documented adverse health effects (including heart failure!), how does chocolate sound as a viable, heart-friendly alternative?
We already connect amorously with chocolate (to the tune of 6 billion lbs of cocoa consumed annually worldwide), revealing in heart-felt expressions like “I love it,” and “this is to die for!” how comfortable we are with publicly declaring our affection. But did you know that while it makes our emotional hearts sing, it may actually keep our physical hearts happy, alive and ticking longer, as well?
Indeed, back in 2006, researchers found that for elderly men, eating cocoa intake was inversely associated with blood pressure and 15-year cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. When compared with the lowest tertile (lowest 33%) of cocoa intake, the adjusted relative risk for men in the highest tertile was .50 for cardiovascular mortality, or a 50% reduction, and .53 for all-cause mortality, or a 47% reduction. Not bad considering the median cocoa intake among users was 2.11 grams per day, or just one half an ounce a week. While many people are searching out supplements such as ubiquinol to combat the side effects of statin drugs, they could have been eating chocolate instead.
Anything that can reduce your risk of dying from all causes by 50%, which is not an expensive and potentially dangerous drug, but a food, should be be taken seriously, even if — paradoxically — it is usually found in the candy section of the grocery store. (more…)
For many years we have been told that the saturated fats eaten by our ancestors are behind heart disease. The answer was substitution of highly processed polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), the most common of which are the vegetables oils, shortenings and margarine. During the 50 years that we embraced this advice, incidence of heart disease has skyrocketed. Now a new study from Australia has produced some stunning conclusions about saturated fats and heart disease — conclusions that say it’s time to start eating real fats again. (more…)
Your kidneys are among the most important organs in your body — but millions of people treat theirs like punching bags.
It’s not bad habits, it’s bad medicine. The statin drugs given for supposedly high cholesterol may actually increase the risk of acute kidney injury by up to 34 percent, according to new research.
This risk supposedly kicks in at “high” doses, but there’s nothing high about the levels used in the study at all. It starts at just 10 mg of Crestor (rosuvastatin), 20 mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin) or 40 mg of Zocor (simvastatin).
Those are the everyday doses millions of people are taking right now. In some cases, they’re even starting doses — and many people take double those levels or more. (more…)
The first water soluble vitamins were numbered in sequence according to priority of discovery. But after their chemical structure was determined they were given scientific names. The third one to be discovered was the anti-pellagra vitamin before it was shown to be niacin. But the use of the number B-3 did not stay in the literature very long. It was replaced by nicotinic acid and its amide (also known medically as niacin and its amide). The name was changed to remove the similarity to nicotine, a poison.
The term vitamin B-3 was reintroduced by my friend Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill Wilson). We met in New York in 1960. Humphry Osmond and I introduced him to the concept of mega vitamin therapy. We described the results we had seen with our schizophrenic patients, some of whom were also alcoholic. We also told him about its many other properties. It was therapeutic for arthritis, for some cases of senility and it lowered cholesterol levels. (more…)