How To Treat High Cholesterol The Natural Way

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, HCG, heart, heart disease, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, weight gainLeave a Comment

How To Treat High Cholesterol The Natural Way When you hit your mid-30s, your cholesterol levels may be in for a change. Your “bad” cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) may start to rise and your “good” cholesterol (high density lipoprotein, or HDL) may start to drop. The Status Quo Doctors often reflexively treat these changes to prevent cholesterol-related heart issues. They do this by administering drugs called statins, which block an enzyme essential for cholesterol production, thereby lowering cholesterol in the blood. Sounds like a great, simple solution, doesn’t it? But while cholesterol levels do drop after statins are taken, a host of side effects may come along for the ride. Among the most significant of these side effects: statins also block the production of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant essential for oxygen utilization and energy production, particularly in heart muscle cells. Furthermore, statins’ effects on cholesterol may interfere with critical aspects of hormonal production, since cholesterol is a building block of many hormones. Other side effects may include increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, muscle pain and weakness, neuropathy, tendon problems, memory loss, and confusion. In fact, there are over 900 studies documenting the adverse effects of taking … Read More

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Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the REALLY Bad

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Cholesterol: Good, Bad, or Neither? For decades, cholesterol has suffered a bad rap because of its connection to heart attacks and coronary disease. The story started with studies conducted on rabbits in the early 1900s. Russian scientists induced clogging of rabbits’ arteries by replacing their normal vegetarian diet with a diet of pure cholesterol. Putting aside for a moment that rabbits (obviously) aren’t people, and that their diets are very different than the average American (i.e. they don’t eat meat), the cultural and medical effects of the study were profound. Doctors accepted the resulting “lipid hypothesis” (i.e. that cholesterol led to heart disease) and began to recommend low-cholesterol diets. Gone were the days of eating animal fat and chicken with the skin on; egg whites replaced whole eggs, and high cholesterol seafood like shrimp and lobster were thrown back into the proverbial ocean. The general public started to drastically change their eating habits, thinking they were reducing the risk of heart disease.  In the meantime, heart disease rates continued to rise. What people didn’t realize, and still don’t realize, is that the cholesterol in food is not the same as cholesterol in the blood. There’s a link, but it’s not as … Read More

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