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The Facts About Cholesterol

By Dr. Diane Stoler

Not the villain it is made out to be, cholesterol is actually a vital nutrient for human health. The facts about cholesterol and saturated fats are in each one of our cells and helps them stay firm since it is in the membranes that surround the cell and within the cell itself. That is every cell in the human body. As a matter of fact, some of the cells with high levels of cholesterol and saturated fats are the cells that line certain parts of blood vessels to make them strong enough to withstand the pressure of the blood flowing through them. Cholesterol in the cells helps the immune system fight off infections, in fact it has been found that after surgery the amount of cholesterol in the blood increases. Benefits of Cholesterol: Heal after surgery 25% of all body cholesterol is taken by the brain The connections between brain cells is entirely dependent on cholesterol.   Without cholesterol, we would have no learning or memory.  Memory loss is a result of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Cholesterol forms cell walls Without cholesterol we would all be worms. Allows the arteries and veins To withstand the pressure of the blood flowing through them and heals them after we have any injury.Those with very low cholesterol are prone to “emotional instability and behavioral problems” Most of our hormones are made from cholesterol including sex hormones Without enough cholesterol we see infertility. Bile is made from cholesterol Bile is needed for absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins. Vitamin D is made from cholesterol and sunlight in our skin Vitamin D is essential for cell repair. Have a healthy immune system Immune cells rely on cholesterol.  “LDL binds and inactivates dangerous bacterial toxins”. The MRSA bacterial toxin does not destroy red blood cells when LDL is present.  Before antibiotics, a common cure for tuberculosis was daily raw egg yolks and fresh cream.  Fetuses and infants require cholesterol for eye and brain development Myelin is a fatty substance that coats all nerve cells and 20% of myelin is cholesterol If we start losing myelin, we develop multiple sclerosis. Without enough cholesterol Emotional instability and behavioral problems result, including violent and aggressive actions. Essential for tissue healing What Causes High Cholesterol? Trauma, including surgery for healing Stress For adrenal hormone production and the liver needs it to handle the storm of free radicals the stress causes. Infection Toxic chemicals Abnormal intenstinal microorganisms Damage the intestinal lining and allow toxins and bad microorganisms into the blood. Hyperinsulinemia After overeating processed carbohydrates (ie. Bread items, grain pastas and refined sugars) Nutritional deficiencies Such as B vitamin or Vitamin C deficiencies Magnesium deficiency Sugar strips the body of magnesium –  we know so far that magnesium is needed for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body which occur every second.  Magnesium is required for detoxification pathways. Sugar Binds with proteins in the blood and makes them “sticky” and attaches to the blood vessel walls starting atherosclerosis, blindness, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, impotence, loss of memory, etcetera.  What happens just depends on where the sticky proteins get stuck. Foods High in Cholesterol: Caviar Cod liver oil Fresh egg yolks Butter Cold water fish and shellfish Lard “Scientific studies have conclusively demonstrated that cholesterol from food has no effect whatsoever on the level of cholesterol in our blood.” Cholesterol is so important to us, the body at all times keeps blood cholesterol at a given level and if we eat more, we make less and if we eat less, we make more.   85% of our cholesterol is made by our bodies and 15% comes from food. Sources: Eat Fat Lose Fat, Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon, Plume Publishing (member of Penguin Group, 2003.) The Cholesterol Hoax, Dr. Sherry A Rogers, Sand Key Company, Inc, 2008 The Great Cholesterol Con, Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, John Blake Publishing, Inc., 2007. Know Your Fats, Dr. Mary G. Enig, Enig Associates, Inc., 2000 (7th printing, 2006). Put Your Heart in Your Mouth,  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Medinform Publishing, 2007. Click here to read the original blog.   Brain Fitness Training with Dr. Diane® ismore than just memory games. Dr. Diane®, a neuropsychologist and boardcertified health psychologist, and her integrative team of brain health expertsoffer a complete, concise, and personalized program of brain health based onDr. Diane®’s 5 Prong Approach. This approach to Brain Fitness provides you withcustomized brain training for optimal brain function at peak performance. 

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