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« on: December 03, 2012, 09:48:38 AM »

By David Mendosa, Health GuideThursday,
November 22, 2012

The myths about cholesterol bear directly on the concerns that many otherwise well-informed people have about living a low-carb lifestyle. In fact, almost everyone will benefit from reading Dr. Bowden’s new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth. That’s because belief in the myths that surround cholesterol is so widespread.

The basic cholesterol myths are the pervasive beliefs that cholesterol causes heart disease and predict heart attacks. In fact, “Cholesterol is an essential molecule without which there would be no life,” the book says. It is “so important that virtually every cell in the body is capable of synthesizing it.” Furthermore, “there is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.”

Consequently, even when we eat foods like eggs and seafood, which are high in the so-called “lousy cholesterol” -- low-density lipoprotein or LDL -- our bodies just respond by making less of it internally. The cholesterol myths also include the mistaken belief that fat, particularly saturated fat, is dangerous. The fact is that it isn’t. The dangerous fats are the artificial transfats that manufacturers produce from partially hydrogenated oils.

The myth connecting cholesterol and fat is what has scared many people on the basis of poor science -- or no science at all -- for at least 30 years. The result of this myth has been our decline in nutrition and an increase in diabetes and obesity as we substituted unhealthy polyunsaturated oils and added sugars and processed carbs for healthy fats.

These interconnected myths that lead us to terrible nutrition are bad enough. But worse follows. When we combine the Standard American Diet with the standard American beliefs that high LDL cholesterol levels are bad and that popping pills are good, we get the statins.

http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/157400/cholesterol-myths
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 04:01:32 PM »

cholesterol is good
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 09:09:00 AM »

Was a good read.  Interesting they said that statin drugs are not really proven effective but yet they are highly prescribed.   Shocked  Do I smell a way for pharma to get rich?  Things that make you go hmmmm....

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 10:07:31 AM »

Was a good read.  Interesting they said that statin drugs are not really proven effective but yet they are highly prescribed.   Shocked  Do I smell a way for pharma to get rich?  Things that make you go hmmmm....




statins make healthy people sick (by lowering total cholesterol (including HDL and fluffy large particle LDL)

this allows big pharma to market more drugs direct to consumers to deal with the side effects (without of course saying that the cause it the statin)


statin side effects:


Muscle pain and damage
The most common statin side effect is muscle pain. You may feel this pain as a soreness, tiredness or weakness in your muscles. The pain can be a mild discomfort, or it can be severe enough to make your daily activities difficult. For example, you might find climbing stairs or walking to be uncomfortable or tiring.

Very rarely, statins can cause life-threatening muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis (rab-do-mi-OL-ih-sis). Rhabdomyolysis can cause severe muscle pain, liver damage, kidney failure and death. Rhabdomyolysis can occur when you take statins in combination with certain drugs, or if you take a high dose of statins.

Liver damage
Occasionally, statin use could cause your liver to increase its production of enzymes that help you digest food, drinks and medications. If the increase is only mild, you can continue to take the drug. Rarely, if the increase is severe, you may need to stop taking the drug. Your doctor might suggest a different statin. Certain other cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as gemfibrozil (Lopid) and niacin (Niacor, Niaspan), increase the risk of liver problems even more in people who take statins.

Although liver problems are rare, your doctor will likely order a liver enzyme test before or shortly after you begin to take a statin. You shouldn't need any additional liver enzyme tests unless you begin to have signs or symptoms of trouble with your liver. Contact your doctor immediately if you have unusual fatigue or weakness, loss of appetite, pain in your upper abdomen, dark-colored urine, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.

Digestive problems
Some people taking a statin may develop nausea, gas, diarrhea or constipation after taking a statin. These side effects are rare. Most people who have these side effects already have other problems with their digestive system. Taking your statin medication in the evening with a meal can reduce digestive side effects.

Rash or flushing
You could develop a rash or flushing after you start taking a statin. If you take a statin and niacin, either in a combination pill such as Simcor or as two separate medications, you're more likely to have this side effect. Taking aspirin before taking your statin medication may help, but talk to your doctor first.

Increased blood sugar or type 2 diabetes
It's possible your blood sugar (blood glucose) level may increase when you take a statin, which may lead to developing type 2 diabetes. The risk is small, but important enough that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on statin labels regarding blood glucose levels and diabetes. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

Neurological side effects
Some researchers have studied whether statins could be linked to memory loss or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. While there's little evidence that statins can cause ALS, the FDA warns on statin labels that some patients have developed memory loss or confusion while taking statins. These side effects reverse once you stop taking the medication. Talk to your doctor if you experience memory loss or confusion. Don't stop taking your statin medication before talking to your doctor.


Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/statin-side-effects/MY00205
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 01:30:17 PM »

Good info!  Wink  All those sides to fix a number range of cholesterol.  Potential 7 things to fix one.  LOL   ...  WOW! 
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 02:11:49 PM »

Good info!  Wink  All those sides to fix a number range of cholesterol.  Potential 7 things to fix one.  LOL   ...  WOW! 


and not necessarily fixing anything... cholesterol guidelines are very broad... what is high for one person is not high for the next

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 11:31:41 PM »

Couldn't agree more!  And I think that is true for many things but doc's seem to be hung up on making numbers right only and I think sometimes as a result miss the bigger picture.  I understand though .... they probably don't want to get sued. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 02:46:18 AM »

Very cool video that i send to people regularly.
it has a sort of appeal to authority which is way it works so good on layman...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuX287Lltr0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuX287Lltr0</a>
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 10:00:59 PM »

A co-worker of mine has been on a high fat low carb diet since Jan 1st and he's leaning out rather quickly.   Only 9 days in.  Quite surprising.  He's eating bacon, eggs, pork ribs, ground beef, flax, and a few other things, can't quite remember. 
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 04:35:21 AM »

A co-worker of mine has been on a high fat low carb diet since Jan 1st and he's leaning out rather quickly.   Only 9 days in.  Quite surprising.  He's eating bacon, eggs, pork ribs, ground beef, flax, and a few other things, can't quite remember.  

Yup. Been there. I eat relatively low carbs (120g or less daily. Mostly from yams & fruit). Has helped me control my appetite and stay lean.
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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 04:41:58 AM »

Very cool video that i send to people regularly.
it has a sort of appeal to authority which is way it works so good on layman...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuX287Lltr0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuX287Lltr0</a>
It´s good i love eggs...funny when you think about it years ago Vince Gironda recommended lots of eggs !!
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