Are They Lying To Us About Cholesterol?
Call it a controversy or a storm (in a tea cup?). But with millions of people now on statins (medications for lowering cholesterol) you can’t help but wonder whether there may just be a grain of truth in the recent high cholesterol “conspiracy” theory. Watch this video:
I happen to be one of those people who after my doctor sent me to the lab to get my blood drawn and tested, was found to have high cholesterol. I couldn’t help but notice the alacrity with which the good doctor wrote a script for a known statin.
Trying to explain that I had recently been leading a sedentary life (for certain reasons) didn’t help. I had high cholesterol and medication it had to be. You know, because of my heart blah, blah. Forget that I was otherwise in perfect health. Now I had to take medications with side effects such as liver damage, muscle pain, fatigue, and digestive problems to name but a few… for the rest of my life. I opted for lifestyle change and other alternatives.
Indeed, this is one of the main problems the anti-statins camp raises; prescribing lifetime medication to people who are otherwise healthy. Considering that statin drugs can be prescribed to just about any person and the cholesterol medications industry is a multi-billion dollar one, is it a wonder that motives a being questioned?
How Do You Get Cholesterol In The First Place?
Many believe that cholesterol comes from the food we eat. But the truth is, our bodies make it in the liver. That’s right, most cholesterol is not ingested.
Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and food. Your liver and other cells in your body make about 75 percent of blood cholesterol. The other 25 percent comes from the foods you eat. Cholesterol is only found in animal products. American Heart Association
So, how do cholesterol –lowering drugs work? They work by “inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.” (Wikipedia)
Now, we are not saying that you should discard your cholesterol-lowering medications. We have always maintained that in some cases medications are the best, maybe even the only, way to go. But they should be the last and not the first way to go, especially for a healthy person. In many cases they are the first, which makes us wonder whether profit is the real driving factor.