Is High Cholesterol a Bad Thing?

Is High Cholesterol a Bad Thing?

Is Cholesterol a Bad Thing?

 

Cholesterol in a Nut Shell

Instead of looking at your high cholesterol labs with a sense of doom, let’s look at how cholesterol levels in the blood rise and when it can become a problem.

One of the basic functions of cholesterol is to stabilize the mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of the cell), preventing their destruction from stress. Did you know that anytime you’re under a stressful situation, cholesterol rises as a protective response to the stressor! Yes, you read that right: cholesterol is a protective substance! Stress also lowers intracellular magnesium, which also causes cholesterol production to increase, since magnesium regulates the enzyme that makes cholesterol. Stress to the body can be what we normally categorize as normal stressors but it can also constitute skipping meals, not getting enough sleep, and eating poorly.

In our younger years and in those with high metabolisms, cholesterol is converted inside cells into pregnenolone, DHEA, testosterone, progesterone, and other important protective hormones. You cannot make these hormones without cholesterol. Cells need 2 things to make the conversion: Vitamin A in its active form & thyroid hormone. As humans get older, their ability to convert beta carotene into active Vitamin A decreases, most people don’t eat much active Vitamin A in their diet, & metabolism decreases. In fact, up until about 40 years ago, high cholesterol was diagnostic of hypothyroidism, & routinely treated with supplemental thyroid hormones.

 

When is Cholesterol a Problem?

So high cholesterol is a problem because you’re not making youthful, protective hormones, but it’s also a problem because cholesterol oxidizes if it hangs around in the blood stream long enough, losing its protective functions. The cholesterol — or more accurately, the lipoproteins like LDL that are carrying cholesterol — get damaged by oxidation, and then the immune system’s response to that oxidative process is what causes the buildup of plaque and then ultimately the rupture of plaque and heart attack.So the real question everyone should be asking when it comes to atherosclerosis & heart disease is: “what causes LDL to oxidize?”

These are the main ways oxidized cholesterol builds up in your bloodstream:
• eating commercially fried foods.
• eating excess polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in vegetable oils, packaged & restaurant foods.
• smoking, alcohol & processed sugars.

 

What Can you Do?

If you have high cholesterol and your doctor is concerned, here is what I would recommend:

• Ask your Dr. for a cholesterol particle size test (LDL-P). Small LDL particles are more likely to oxidize & form plaques under the artery walls.
• Know your calcium status. One of my favorite things about Mineral Analysis, is the crucial information on tissue calcium that it provides. Coronary calcium scans will also give you good information about your tissue calcium buildup.
• Check your thyroid’s temperature first thing in the morning as an indicator for thyroid uptake. Anything less than 97.8 degrees is considered functionally hypothyroid.

If you want to lower your cholesterol naturally to ensure health for years to come:
• Make sure your diet has plenty of sources of active Vitamin A (eggs or cod liver oil).
• Eat more magnesium & supplement if needed. Cooked dark, leafy greens are excellent sources.
• Eat plenty of potassium-rich foods, like fruits & vegetables.
• Make sure your diet has plenty of Vitamin K2, active Vitamin K. K2 is a calcium director and can remove calcium buildup from the arteries.
• Focus on all the things that improve thyroid uptake by cells such as getting enough calories, protein, carbohydrates, potassium and other minerals, good estrogen metabolism, and good liver function – all the things I work on with my patients!

MTHFR Defects and Estrogen Dominance

MTHFR Defects and Estrogen Dominance

The Link Between Estrogen & MTHFR

MTHFR is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to folic acid to make it usable by the body. The MTHFR gene produces this MTHFR enzyme that’s also important for proper metabolism, muscle growth & glutathione production. If you have a mutation in MTHFR, you may have trouble effectively eliminating toxins from the body or balancing hormones.

 

How Does this Manifest in your Body?

  1. High cholesterol
  2. Difficulty getting pregnant/birth defects
  3. Estrogen dominance
  4. Low energy

But if you suffer from bloating, abnormal periods, acne, mood swings, fibroids, blood clots, endometriosis, PCOS or irritability, these symptoms are signs of Estrogen Dominance. And your body removes estrogen through the process of methylation. So if you have a defect in the MTHFR gene/enzyme, estrogen builds up making your symptoms worse.

 

What can You do to Help?

Though it isn’t possible to change a gene, there are things that can be done to minimize the potential for problems.

  1. Focus on gut health – It’s important to focus on gut health so that the body can absorb the nutrients from food as effectively as possible. This also helps avoid candida, which can make MTHFR related problems worse.
  2. Get your Bs – Supplement w/methylated form of B vitamins so that your body doesn’t have to “deal with the defect” & work around it. And if you’re in the area, stop by my office for a Mega Shot™!
  3. Detox – Give your liver a much needed boost to help with the clearance of hormones quicker. My Detox IV is perfect to help a sluggish liver get the necessary nutrients to eliminate easily and quickly.
The Link Between Thyroid and Cholesterol

The Link Between Thyroid and Cholesterol

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Thyroid problems can have a ripple effect throughout your body, including your cardiovascular system. In particular, people with hypothyroidism may have higher cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease and further inflammatory conditions in the body. On this episode I discuss the link between thryoid issues and cardivascular disease and what you need to know about this potential danger.

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How Your Heart Health, Gut & Hormones are Linked

How Your Heart Health, Gut & Hormones are Linked

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In this episode, I’m​​ discussing how hormones and your gut, can impact your cardiovascular health. This includes cholesterol and heart disease. I’ll share my tips on what you can do to overcome the obstacles that cause heart disease, with a natural approach to healing your body by going to the root cause.

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Regenerative Health Program™

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The Skinny on Heart Attacks

The Skinny on Heart Attacks

Even Skinny People Develop Heart Disease

How Thin People (Especially Women) are at Risk

In my previous article, I wrote about a persistent myth in our current culture: that LDL cholesterol leads directly to a higher risk of heart disease. I discussed why this is not necessarily the case and possible explanations. So where does heart disease come from and is it directly related to our diet and the high rates of obesity? And is body size or weight related to higher risk for heart disease?

Lipoprotein(a), is a particle in your blood which carries cholesterol, fats and proteins.  The amount your body makes is inherited from one or both parents and is determined by the genes passed on from your parent(s) when you are born.  It does not change very much during your lifetime. Diet and exercise seems to have little to no impact on the lipoprotein(a) level.  Some cholesterol and Lp(a) in your blood is normal. A high level of LDL cholesterol increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.  Lipoprotein(a) is a type of lipoprotein/cholesterol and high levels increase your risk for atherosclerosis (build up of fatty deposits in the wall of the artery, also called atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or CVD). About 20% or one in five people have high levels of Lp(a) which is anything greater than 50mg/dL. This is based on genetic factors they inherited from their parents, and most don’t know they have it.

As high levels of Lp(a) travel through the bloodstream, it collects in the arteries, leading to gradual narrowing of the artery that can limit blood supply to the heart, brain, and kidneys as well as the legs. It can increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack or stroke. This is why you don’t have to be overweight to have heart disease. Genetics sometimes can be just as important as the efforts put behind a healthy diet and lifestyle. Susan Lucci’s most recent incident of a cardiac event, is an excellent example.

Causes of High Cholesterol

Protein intake has been a bit controversial in recent years—while it sounds like a good idea to eat a protein-rich diet, studies have found that too much protein, especially from certain sources, is not so good for long-term health. A new study from the University of Eastern Finland finds that men who eat a high-protein diet have a slightly increased risk of heart disease in middle age. But again, not all proteins are created equal. For animal and  dairy protein, the risk was higher.

Diets high in saturated fats and white flour, white sugar, white rice, and vegetable oil also have a higher risk for heart disease. A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet is not the answer to decreasing heart disease. In fact, this diet has been shown to increase triglycerides, decrease HDL, and increase small dense LDL and inflammation – all of the factors for a heart attack. Avoiding processed foods and focusing on whole natural foods means giving yourself a better chance of avoiding heart disease.

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Preventing Heart Disease

1.Test for Lipoprotein(a)

 A simple blood test can measure your Lp(a) level; however, it is not included in most standard cholesterol or lipid panels.  Unfortunately, not all insurance companies cover testing for Lp(a) at this time so check with your insurance company or provider.

2. Remove or Reduce Animal Products

Contrary to what people believe about “organic” consumption be

ing exclusively free of medications or toxins, in order to be bread for consumption, The National Organic Program, does permit the use of vaccines to be administered to livestock. These and other inflammatory toxins accumulate in the fat, brain and bone of the animal. Therefore exposing us to the same toxins and burdening the liver and heart from further damage. Eating whole plant based proteins is a far better alternative towards a healthy heart.

3. Curb your Sweet Tooth

And what about sugar? This culprit offers insignificant amounts of vitamins and minerals and simultaneously robs your body of nutrient stores. This can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease. High glycemic or refined sugar cause elevated glucose levels which gradually build up on the inner lining of your arteries developing plaques.

 

Lowering Lp(a) Naturally

1.Lysine

Lipoprotein(a) attaches to the artery at the lysine binding sites forming atherosclerotic plaques. The higher the concentration of the free lysine in the blood, the more likely lipoprotein(a) will bind with this lysine, rather than the lysine strands that have been exposed by cracks in blood vessels; or the other lysine that has been attracted to the lipoprotein(a) already attached to the blood vessel wall. Linus Pauling showed that 6 grams a day were effective at lowering Lp(a) levels by two to five times.

2. Vitamin C IV Therapy

Vitamin C can reduce or prevent the development of atherosclerosis by lowering plasma lipoprotein(a), decreasing lipoprotein infiltration into the arterial wall, and preventing lipid peroxidation. Unfortunately oral dosing of vitamin C is not enough to effectively lower Lp(a) values. For this reason, I formulated a highly powerful Vitamin C IV that does.

3. Balancing Hormones

Estrogen has been found to lower Lp(a) levels in postmenopausal women. If you are a women, levels of Lp(a) increase as the natural estrogen level declines with menopause. Therefore, if you are older than 40, testing your hormones with my specialized hormone testing would be highly recommended to help prevent heart disease.