What if I told you everything you’ve ever been told about cholesterol is a lie? That the need to aggressively lower cholesterol levels by any means necessary is nothing but a dangerous fraud foisted on us by the greedy pharmaceuticals industry designed simply to sell us statin drugs?
And what if I said that I can prove it with a basic lesson in chemistry?
You’d probably call me crazy; And that’s exactly what the drug companies want you to think about anyone who dares to challenge their carefully constructed cholesterol myth. But the truth is your body NEEDS cholesterol to function.
Not only is a significant portion of your brain literally constructed of cholesterol, if you remember your secondary school chemistry you might also recall that many of the major hormones in our bodies come from cholesterol. In fact, if you look at testosterone or oestrogen under the microscope, the very backbone of these cholesterol molecule.
Statins rob your body of hormone building blocks
That means that when we aggressively try to lower our cholesterol levels we’re actually in direct conflict with what our body is trying to accomplish. As our body struggles to increase its hormone levels we’re robbing it of the very building blocks it needs to do it.
While it’s true that around 25 per cent of the cholesterol in your body comes from the foods that you eat, a whopping 75 per cent of your cholesterol profile comes from your own liver! And your liver is making those cholesterol molecules in order for your body to perform major and crucial life functions.
To make the sex hormones testosterone, progesterone and oestrogen, as well as the stress hormone cortisol, your body takes cholesterol from your liver and turns it into a hormone called pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is then converted into progesterone which, eventually, becomes cortisol, testosterone and oestrogen.
This process is known as the ‘steroid pathway’, and you may even remember it from a secondary school biology or chemistry class. And doctors should CERTAINLY remember it from their basic medical school training, yet most seem to have forgotten it.
Both LDL and total cholesterol levels naturally rise in women as they enter menopause. A study in 2009 followed about 1,000 women for 10 years and found that their total and LDL cholesterol dramatically rose starting a year before stopping menstruation. This sudden spike happens for a reason, and it’s one that should seem as obvious to any doctor out there as the nose on his own face. And it probably would if his vision weren’t so obscured by the statin snow screen Big Pharma has produced.
Cholesterol drugs cause us to age faster!
There’s really no mystery here. A woman’s cholesterol spikes so dramatically at menopause because as her ovaries start to slow down on sex-hormone production her body begins to crave more of the hormones. As her levels of oestrogen and testosterone drop her body starts to churn out more of the cholesterol it needs to make more of them so it can help stave off aging.
When we introduce heavy-duty statin drugs we kick off a demented game of tug-of-war with the master of our hormones, the pituitary gland. As the gland attempts to orchestrate the production of more cholesterol to make more hormones, the statins put the brakes on cholesterol production in our liver.
It’s really no wonder that we see so many side effects from statins when the body is being subjected to this constant push and pull. And we are, no doubt, fast-forwarding the ageing process in countless women as a result.
Men don’t experience as sharp of a decline in their hormone production and as a result their cholesterol levels don’t rise quite so dramatically. However statins do cause testosterone levels to drop, according to a brand new study out of Europe. And as their testosterone levels fall men are being set up for the same sort of statin drug and pituitary gland tug-of war as the ladies.
Low T levels could lead to heart troubles
Even worse, low testosterone has been linked to heart problems, which means that by artificially lowering men’s cholesterol to bargain basement lows we’re likely threatening their heart health along with accelerating their ageing process overall.
It’s pretty obvious that statins are robbing us of the precious resources our bodies need to create the hormones that help keep us young. As a result countless men and women are being left hormone deficient with weak muscles, mushy memories and feeling old before their time.
And it’s not just me that’s making this critical connection. In one clinical study 41 patients with high cholesterol were given bio-identical steroidal hormones to replace those they had lost during normal ageing. Astoundingly, cholesterol levels plummeted in 100 per cent of the participants. Their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels dove a whopping 24 per cent on average, and their total cholesterol levels plunged 25.6 per cent. And equally as exciting, 100 per cent of the volunteers also reported a significant improvement in their quality of life.
You DESERVE individualised healthcare
If a new drug hit the market with similar numbers it would be FLYING off the shelves. But the researchers in this ground-breaking study didn’t simply dump a one-size-fits-all drug on these people. Instead they individualised the dosages of the bio-identical hormones including DHEA, pregnenolone, testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone. In other words, every single participant got exactly what they needed to restore their hormones to youthful levels.
While the drug companies have made most people accustomed to the exact opposite of this customised approach to medicine, for anti-ageing doctors (like myself) it’s simply business as usual. The truth is you can, and SHOULD expect, individualised healthcare. If your current doctor doesn’t fit the bill I suggest you look for one that does. Contact the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) at www.icnm.org.uk or tel: 020 7922 7980 to locate complementary practitioners in your local area that may be able to help.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 9, Issue 10, October 2015