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The Many Vital How to Avoid

Roles of Cholesterol Heart Disease Myths & Truths


 Cholesterol is produced by almost every cell
in the body.
 Don’t worry about your cholesterol—the stress
of unnecessary worry can contribute to heart about
disease.
 Cholesterol in cell membranes makes cells
waterproof so there can be a different  Do not take cholesterol-lowering drugs—they
Cholesterol
chemistry on the inside and the outside of contribute to heart failure.
the cell.
 Avoid processed food, especially foods contain-
 Cholesterol is nature’s repair substance, used ing processed vegetable oils and trans fats.
to repair wounds, including tears and irrita-
tions in the arteries.  Eat the meat, fat and organ meats of grass-fed
animals.
 Many important hormones are made of
cholesterol, including hormones that regu-  Eat plenty of wild-caught seafood.
late mineral metabolism and blood sugar,
hormones that help us deal with stress, and  Do not consume protein powders, lean meat,
all the sex hormones, such as testosterone, egg whites without the yolks or skim milk. High-
estrogen and progesterone. protein diets lacking the nutrients supplied by
animal fats can deplete vitamin A, leading to The
Weston A. Price
 Cholesterol is vital to the function of the brain heart disease.
and nervous system.

Foundation
 Eat liver at least once a week to ensure ad- ®
 Cholesterol protects us against depression; equate levels of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folic
it plays a role in the utilization of seratonin, acid, iron and copper.
the body’s “feel-good” chemical. for Wise Traditions
 Take cod liver oil and consume plenty of butter in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts
 The bile salts, needed for the digestion of from grass-fed cows to ensure adequate levels
fats, are made from cholesterol. of vitamins A and D.
Education  Research  Activism

 Cholesterol is the precursor of vitamin D,  Maintain a healthy weight—neither too heavy


which is formed by the action of ultra-violet nor too thin. PMB Box 106-380
(UV-B) light on cholesterol in the skin.
4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
 Engage in moderate exercise in the out of Washington, DC 20016
 Cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant that doors.
protects us against free radicals and therefore (202) 363-4394
against cancer. info@westonaprice.org
 Do not smoke; avoid exposure to environ- www.westonaprice.org
mental toxins.
 Cholesterol, especially LDL-cholesterol (the
so-called bad cholesterol), helps fight infec- Sources and Further Information
tion. The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm Copyright © 2006 The Weston A. Price Foundation
www.westonaprice.org/moderndiseases All Rights Reserved
If It Isn’t Cholesterol,
Myths & Truths Dangers of Statin Drugs What Causes Heart Disease?
Myth: People with high cholesterol are more Modern cholesterol-lowering drugs act by in- Many scientists have put forth valid theories
prone to heart attacks. hibiting an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) needed for the epidemic of heart disease in western so-
TRUTH: Young and middle-aged men with cho- for the formation of cholesterol in the liver. These cieties. They include:
lesterol levels over 350 are slightly more at risk for HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, called statins, are
heart attacks. Those who have cholesterol levels sold as Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravacol, Zocor, etc. DEFICIENCY OF VITAMINS a and d: Back in
just below 350 are at no greater risk than those the 1930s, Weston A. Price, DDS, observed that
whose cholesterol is very low. For elderly men and WEAKNESS and MUSCLE WASTING: This is the rates of heart attack rose during periods of the
for women of all ages, high cholesterol is associated most common side effect of statin drugs, occurring year when levels of these fat-soluble vitamins in
with a longer lifespan. in as many as one in three users. Muscle aches and local butter went down.
pains, back pain, heel pain, weakness and slurring
MYTH: Cholesterol & saturated fat clog arteries. of speech result from statin interference with the DEFICIENCIES OF VITAMINS B6, B12 and FOLIC
TRUTH: There is very little cholesterol or satu- production of Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10), needed ACID: Kilmer McCully, MD, PhD, demonstrated
rated fat in the arterial plaque or clogs. Most of for the muscles to function.These side effects are that these deficiencies lead to elevated levels of
the material is a calcium deposit akin to lime and more common in active people and may not homocysteine, a marker for heart disease.
most of the fatty acids are unsaturated. show up until three years after commencement
of treatment. trans fatty acids: Fred Kummerow, PhD,
MYTH: Eating saturated fat and cholesterol-rich and many others have linked heart disease to
foods will cause cholesterol levels to rise and make HEART FAILURE: Rates of heart failure have the replacement of saturated fats with trans fatty
people more susceptible to heart disease. doubled since the advent of statin drugs. The acids; saturated fats actually protect against heart
TRUTH: Many studies show no relationship be- heart is a muscle that depends on a plentiful sup- disease in many ways.
tween diet and cholesterol levels; there is no evi- ply of Co-Q10.
dence that saturated fat and cholesterol-rich food mineral deficiencies: Deficiencies of mag-
contribute to heart disease. As Americans have cut POLYNEUROPATHY: Tingling and pain in the nesium, copper and vanadium have been linked
back on saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods, hands and feet as well as difficulty walking occur to heart disease.
rates of heart disease have gone up. frequently in those taking statins, conditions often
blamed on “old age” rather than on the drug. MILK PASTEURIZATION: J.C. Annand, a Brit-
MYTH: Cholesterol-lowering drugs have saved ish researcher, observed an increase in heart
many lives. COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT: Many patients have disease in districts that implemented pasteuriza-
TRUTH: In the two most recent trials, involving reported memory loss and brain fog, including to- tion compared to those where milk was still sold
over 10,000 subjects, cholesterol-lowering did not tal global amnesia (episodes of complete memory unpasteurized.
result in any improvement in outcome. loss). The implications for pilots and those driving
cars and trucks are profound. stress: Heart attacks often occur after a period
MYTH: Countries that have a high consumption of stress, which depletes the body of many nu-
of animal fat and cholesterol have higher rates of CANCER: In every study with rodents to date, trients.
heart disease. statins have caused cancer. Most human trials are
TRUTH: There are many exceptions to this obser- not carried out long enough to detect any increase Unfortunately, little research money is avail-
vation, such as France and Spain. Furthermore, an in cancer rates, but in one trial, breast cancer rates able for researchers to study these theories; most
association (called a “risk factor”) is not the same of those taking a statin were 1500 percent higher research on heart disease is funded through the
as a cause. In wealthy countries where people eat than those of controls. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which
a lot of animal foods, many other factors exist that is firmly committed to the flawed hypothesis
can contribute to heart disease. DEPRESSION: Numerous studies have linked low that cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart
cholesterol with depression. disease.