If you were to ask almost anyone what causes heart disease, their answer would most likely be high cholesterol. Most people think that cholesterol is bad for them. We have conventional medicine and the pharmaceutical companies to thank for perpetuating this myth that cholesterol is the cause of coronary artery disease. We want to dispell the cholesterol-heart disease myth.
There is no direct evidence that elevated cholesterol causes heart disease. In fact, over half the people that die from heart attacks have normal cholesterol. Just because cholesterol is elevated in some people with coronary artery disease doesn’t mean that it is the cause. If you always see a police officer at the scene of an accident, that doesn’t mean that he was the cause of the accident.
Why isn’t cholesterol the cause of coronary artery disease?
The medical literature tells us that cholesterol is not the cause of plaque in coronary artery disease. In 1936, a study found no correlation between serum cholesterol levels and the amount of plaque in the coronary arteries. Later, in 1961 and 1962, two other studies showed the same findings. In 1996, a government report to congress showed that lowering cholesterol levels in patients did not increase survival. Another study in 2003 found that when you lowered cholesterol in patients using statin drugs, the plaque in the coronary arteries did not decrease or stay the same, but it actually continued to increase.
So what is the cause of coronary artery disease?
Inflammation. Plaque in the coronary vessels is the result of chronic inflammation of the blood vessel wall. This chronic inflammation can be caused by:
-Chemicals in food, water and the environment
-Heavy metals, mercury, lead and aluminum
-Hypothyroidism and low testosterone
-Hormonal imbalance in women – estrogen dominance makes women hypothyroid which leads to a state of increased inflammation
What does the body do when there is inflammation and damage to the coronary arteries?
The body develops one of two anti-inflammatory responses to heal the injury to the artery:
1. Repair with collagen, which requires proper amounts of vitamin C, D, L-Lysine and L-Proline. This is what you want to occur to keep your blood vessels healthy.
2. Repair by resorting to using fats in the blood, including lipoproteins and cholesterol. This is what you want to prevent from happening.
What you can do NOW In order to prevent heart disease, you need to prevent the inflammation that causes it in the first place. Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables along with vitamin and mineral supplementation. This will give your body what it needs to correctly repair the damage to your arteries caused by inflammation. It is also important to maintain hormonal balance. If you are ready to get on a path of health and wellness, contact us today!