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Due to massive media attention, nearly every American today worries about his or her cholesterol level.
It has all gone way too far.
We are now seeing people with major illnesses-often entirely unrelated to cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease-whose primary health concern remains focused on cholesterol. The
situation has gone beyond reason, and well beyond what the facts about cholesterol warrant.
The evidence for a cholesterol-heart disease connection is far weaker than most people realize and does not justify the level of fear and hyperbole surrounding this issue.
Here are some of the facts:
Available evidence reveals no significant correlation between cholesterol levels and heart disease in people who are over approximately 50 years of age. In women, there is also no significant correlation before menopause. Note that the age group where there is no correlation is the very same age group at highest risk for heart disease. In other words, we cannot help those at highest risk of heart disease by worrying about and treating their cholesterol levels!
About 75%-85% of all cholesterol in the body is manufactured by the body itself-in every cell, but mostly in the liver; it is, for the most part, not obtained from outside sources. It has been shown, for example, that eggs can be eaten in huge quantities with negligible effect on cholesterol levels. The body responds to a wide variety of stimuli-nutritional, biochemical, hormonal and toxic-all of which contribute to the serum cholesterol level we measure.
Excessive intake of unsaturated fats, as suggested by many cholesterol-lowering regimens, may lead to an increase in the risk for cancer development.
Low cholesterol levels are associated with significantly increased rates of illness and death-a little-known fact, though it is not clear why this relationship occurs.
In many people, dieting alone has little to no effect on cholesterol levels. Diet improvement will, however, benefit the health of these same individuals, especially if it is coupled with a good nutritional and activity program. This can diminish overall cardiac risk, which is after all, the point. (BioSlim is an excellent way to accomplish this.)
Laboratory cholesterol evaluations are often unreliable due to errors and variances caused by individual factors such as time of day, recent food ingestion, blood-drawing method, et al.
The most common disorder causing high cholesterol levels is hypothyroidism, a deficiency of the thyroid gland (see Thyroid problems later in this section for details). This problem cannot be significantly affected by diet alone, and must be treated by a physician.
Cholesterol levels are essentially statistically relevant only to young and near-middle-aged men under the age of approximately 50. Even in this group, the correlation is relatively minor.
Relative values of HDL and LDL ("good" and "bad" cholesterol, respectively) is considered much more important overall than actual total cholesterol levels.
In general, we must de-emphasize the importance of cholesterol levels, and instead focus on the well-known, truly important factors affecting the health of the heart and the cardiovascular system, including:
1) The avoidance of smoking - the single greatest contributor to heart disease in America today.
2) A comprehensive and aggressive nutritional program - elimination of obesity and optimal nutrition are key factors, as is the balancing of metabolic states.
3) An activity program - matching each individual’s capabilities and cardiovascular health.
4) Comprehensive medical health evaluations - to identify those people who are at highest risk. This is important not so that we can bombard more people with drugs, but so that significant, active problems may be recognized and addressed, and so that those people can thereby gain the motivation to begin the kind of health-building program that can truly make a difference. Note that BioSlim is, by design, a perfect program for cardiovascular health improvement.
Note: Virtually none of the studies done to date on the possible reduction of heart disease risks through cholesterol level reduction resulted in any significantly increased lifespan for the study participants. It seems that the processes used in these studies to purportedly reduce cardiac risks (e.g., drugs, high unsaturated fat intake) actually increased other health risks, thereby nullifying the overall health "benefit". Note for example that the ill-advised, unbalanced and unnaturally elevated ingestion of unsaturated oils can cause other problems in the human body not directly related to the cardiovascular system... problems like cancer, for example.
Only by focusing on the whole person, by minimizing drug intervention down to that which is truly essential, and by closely following a more responsible, more natural approach to health care, can we positively improve our health.
Statins and CoQ10: The majority of people with known heart disease today are given a "statin" medication by their doctors to help control cholesterol levels and prevent atherosclerosis (blockages in arteries). Statin drugs include Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor, et al. Here is one piece of information that, unfortunately, most folks are NOT told by their cardiologists or personal medical docs: Anyone taking a statin drug should also take a CoQ10 supplement. There are several reasons for this, including the protective effect of CoQ10 on the liver, the avoidance of statin-caused side-effects, and the positive impact of CoQ10 on helping maintain a stable heart rhythm. The full scope of this important point is beyond the scope of this document, but the Internet is an excellent source for this kind of information so by all means, educate yourself RIGHT NOW about CoQ10 and statins if you currently taking one of those medications. (Note: there is no conflict between statins and BioSlim, and there is no problem at all with taking extra CoQ10 while on the BioSlim program.)
Nutritional factors: Diet is important in the big picture, as is a healthful activity level. The factors that contribute to high cholesterol levels are the same as those that cause obesity. This is in some sense fortunate because it means that by following the BioSlim program you are not only going to lose weight, but you can also normalize your blood fat and cholesterol levels.
Examples of food elements that should be avoided include: All added fats (fats processed and added to real food), and refined sugar. These are damaging to your body in many ways, and are best avoided altogether.
Some food elements that may be helpful include: fiber (found in virtually all vegetables, fruits and grains) and garlic, found useful in helping control blood fat and cholesterol levels.
Nutritional supplementation: There are many nutrients important to your body’s proper handling of cholesterol and fats in general. These include the minerals magnesium, chromium, selenium, manganese and zinc, as well as the vitamins niacin, B6, pantothenic acid, C, E, and folic acid. All of these essential nutrients are present in optimal balance in the BioSlim Formulas; Also helpful are the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs — see the BioSlim Reference Guide book), and especially CoQ10 (see above) — both of which some folks may wish to add to their nutritional supplementation program (along with extra calcium/magnesium). Note: A well-balanced diet, as per the BioSlim Food Plan, should supply plenty of EFAs or EFA precursors.