High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol


good afternoon happy to see all of you
here we’re going to have some fun here today I’m dr. Sten Ekberg and this is
another installment in our series user manual for humans and why do we have a
user manual for humans well you have one for your toaster you have one for your
hair dryer you got one for your microwave nobody gave you one for the
full that you would be and that’s the most important one so today we’re going
to talk about cholesterol and this is in my opinion when we look back at this one
generation from now this will be equivalent to the dark ages there is so
much myth and misunderstanding and it’s been so vilified that it’s it’s
unbelievable so we’re going to talk about what it is and what what really is
good or bad about it so cholesterol I call this the the good bad and the
necessary so we’re going to talk about what is it what does it do why is it a
natural thing and why is there really no such thing as good or bad cholesterol it’s the greatest hoax sins low-fat
diets and we’ll look at the cartoon here and this sort of illustrates the level
of understanding a lot of people have no HDL and LDL were not the robots in Star
Wars so we’ll hopefully erase our for awareness a little bit and the history
really isn’t that important so I’m just going to kind of race through it but
it’s important to understand that a lot of this is coming from not necessarily
from a need but from a desire to do business so 1847 they first found a
cholesterol as as a component of a of a plaque and then a hundred years later
they did something called a Framingham Heart Study of
home is a place where they have followed people for decades and they’ve traced
and studied their their heart conditions and most of what the heart policy and
guidelines that we have come from these studies so in 1957 10 years into the
study they said oh well these people are having issues we need low-fat diets and
then in 1971 they started isolating different components that they thought
could be useful but at this time they didn’t really do it for the purpose of
finding cholesterol but they were it’s just part of research so they found
something called meta Staten from a fungus this caused tumors muscle
deterioration and death in dogs so they thought we must be on to something good
here and then in 1978 Merck isolated lovastatin from another fungus so these
are related substances and in 1985 someone was awarded the nobel prize for
clarifying the cholesterol production pathway and this is important to
understand the body actually manufactures cholesterol and it
manufactures most of the cholesterol in your body then 1987 Merck releases a
anti statin drug called mevacor there’s a six hundred million dollars a year
advertising budget and there’s some more guidelines from the government and
they’re still talking about low-fat then in 2001 now we’re starting to see what’s
happening with with lobbying that these companies they’re saying well we’re
giving people these drugs but they still have high cholesterol so we need to make
stricter guidelines and this happens through login that so the government
changed and because they tightened up the guidelines
all of a sudden instead of 13 people 13 million people being candidates for
these drugs now there’s 36 million people so through this lobbying they’re
increasing their market share and what used to be a healthy level all of a
sudden was too high so most of these levels are artificially and arbitrarily
created another thing that we’re seeing change is prior to this there have never
been marketing of pharmaceuticals straight to the consumer that have
always been done to the doctors or to the the health care field but now
they’re they’re bypassing the doctor and they’re going straight to the consumer
and they’re saying you have this problem you need this drug go ask your doctor
and the doctor doesn’t know he says okay well I guess it’s a good thing so now
they’re starting to put people on drugs from the pressure of the consumer coming
to the doctor instead and that’s that’s an enormous increase in pressure so to
speak to expand the market for drugs and in 2010 there were 28 billion dollars in
sales straight to 24 staff and drugs and what they’re talking about next is to
release these over the counter I saw some statistic what was it used you
showed me one in four people over a certain age and I don’t know exactly
what the HD was 40 50 somewhere around there and what is all this based on well
there is the research called a Framingham study and they observed
certain facts and they drew certain conclusions so we’ll go over those the
fact was people with heart disease usually have higher cholesterol than
healthy people that’s a fact to atherosclerosis plaques can
tane cholesterol 3 these people also usually have a higher ratio of LDL to
HDL cholesterol those who are the facts that they observed now it depends on how
what sort of philosophy and how you view the body what sort of conclusions you
draw from that so their conclusion was cholesterol causes heart disease and too
they concluded LDL is bad and HDL is good and from this we have these terms
of good and bad cholesterol now here’s the problem as it is with with most of
the research when when it comes to drugs and the medical research they do first
problem there was only a correlation no one ever suggested or prove that there’s
a causative relationship between one and the other all they did was they observed
one and they observe the other so they said we see these two they must go
together and one must be the cause of the other that has never been the case
so they assumed a causative relationship so here’s another thing like I said the
body produces most of your cholesterol so nobody here was asking why is the
liver making too much cholesterol they’re just assuming that that you’re
eating too much of it and that must be the problem and as usual they blamed it
on the DNA there must be something wrong with your jeans right my favorite
analogy for this is to illustrate the thing between correlation and cause
every time there’s a traffic accident I see blinking blue lights so because I
see them at the same time they must belong together and one must be the
cause of the other so the blinking blue lights must cause
traffic accidents because I see them there every time right that’s this level
of sophistication of thinking the thinking process that led them to
believe that cholesterol causes heart disease so with this we can say oh well
if the blinking blue lights cause traffic accidents and I see those
policemen driving those cars with the blinking blue lights it must be bad
policeman okay bad Fire Department bad Police Department they’re causing
traffic accidents and that’s absurd like we can all see and it’s equally absurd
with the cholesterol so we’re going to talk about why that there’s no such
thing as as good or bad what are and here’s a question that they don’t ask
before they put these labels and draw these conclusions these are questions
they don’t ask what is it cholesterol does what is the function of cholesterol
are we supposed to have it in our bodies so first of all cholesterol is a hormone
precursor all of the male and female hormones are built from cholesterol we
need that cholesterol as the raw material to make estrogen and
progesterone and testosterone we can’t do it without so the function of our
ovaries and testes and adrenals are stress coping ability depends on
cholesterol vitamin D cannot be produced in the body we get it from sunshine but
it cannot be produced without adequate cholesterol in the body and now they
found vitamin D as the number one vitamin that
everybody needs that it’s linked to all sorts of problems when you don’t it is
needed for digestion the bile in the liver that helps you emulsifying process
fats contains cholesterol and most importantly now we’re getting to it’s a
component of the cell membrane and when I can get into detail on the cell
membrane but the cell membrane is the microprocessor of the body it’s the
brain of the body the cell membrane is what determines the outside and the
inside of the cell is the barrier that decides what goes in and what stays out
so because of that it’s the decision maker in the body in all regards and
that’s the function of the brain and the nervous system the function that the
reason the brain can makes decisions is that it has a cell membrane that can
tell the difference between inside and outside and cholesterol is a vitally
important component of the cell membrane so we cannot make proper cell membranes
without the cholesterol so the permeability and the fluidity of
cholesterol depends on this so if we don’t have enough then signaling and
nervous system function of the nervous system can suffer if we have a lack of
cholesterol it’s been linked to depression and cholesterol is also
indispensable for making Milan and myelin is a fatty substance that
surrounds the nerve fiber and this is like the insulation if you have an
electric wire it’s always insulated by plastic well the body does the same
thing but it does it with Milan containing cholesterol so the insulating
and signalling properties of the depends on this and it’s it’s vitally
important for brain maturation so when they’re saying that all these kids are
so unhealthy we need to get them on statin drugs while they’re teenagers
this would be incredibly devastating because it would keep their brains from
maturing properly ingested versus manufactured using a complex thirty
seven step process so I mean it’s 37 steps this is not something that
accidentally happens in the body for no good reason that if it goes through all
those steps the body has a reason to make this stuff the liver produces
approximately a thousand milligrams a day while another two or three hundred
milligrams are ingested on average however this ingested cholesterol the
stuff that you eat is not absorbed very well so it’s actually even though you
eat two to three hundred milligrams not all of that is getting into your body so
that makes the importance of the ingested cholesterol even less in
comparison but furthermore cholesterol because it’s so important and most
important substances in the body they circulate so the body releases them at
some point so the gallbladder releases cholesterol into the intestine but
because it’s an important substance it is being reabsorbed so we’re saving so
we don’t have to make so much of it all the time the body is economizing with
this important substance and because of all these factors there is virtually no
effect on the cholesterol level in your body of the cholesterol that you eat
because when you eat more of it your body is going to make less when you eat
less your body is going to make or so the ingested cholesterol has
virtually no bearing at all on the cholesterol in your body okay so what
what is it that that does determine well let’s look at a little more specifically
what they do these guys LDL and HDL stands for low density lipoprotein and
high-density lipoprotein so as the name implies light bulb protein is something
that contains lipids and protein it has fat and protein in it but it has
different components so depending on how much protein it has it’s either high
density or low density so something that’s low density the LDL it’s lighter
because it has more fat and less protein and and vice versa so what these
carriers what these do they are carriers they’re their vehicles it’s like a bus
and the purpose of that bus is to transport things so LDL and HDL these
lipoproteins are carriers they’re like buses and what they do is they either
carry cholesterol out to the tissues if the tissues need cholesterol or they
bring cholesterol back if the body has had enough so LDL means that the bus is
already full of people it’s already full of cholesterol so if you need to
transport these people some place and drop them off that’s the function of
that bus then if the people are out there and then they need to be picked
back up then you need sent an empty bus so that you can pick
them up and bring them back this is exactly what LDL and HDL does there’s
nothing good or bad about it if the body needs cholesterol in the tissues deliver
make more LDL so it can deliver cholesterol to the tissues if there is
enough at the tissues or too much then the body makes HDL so we can bring the
cholesterol back to the liver for reprocessing so that’s the purpose
there’s no good or bad that’s just what it does it’s a carrier and the volume
makes whichever one you need at the time what’s the situation then where the body
makes more LDL or HDL well what’s the purpose the purpose of cholesterol is
like we said it’s all of those hormone functions and all that but remember it’s
part of the cell membrane so anytime that we have damage in the body the body
needs more cholesterol to repair the damage and what is it that causes damage
primarily in the body it is inflammation and they’re finding out more and more
and more and more that all these degenerative diseases from Alzheimer’s
to heart disease diabetes is a state of low-grade inflammation heart disease is
an inflammatory condition and when you have inflammation in the tissues and you
get cell damage to the cell membranes and you need to repair those cell
membranes the body makes more LDL cholesterol to deliver it to the tissues
so the LDL is not the bad guy it’s the inflammation so if we want to change
anything about this then we just need to find out what are the lifestyle
factors that are causing the the high inflammation and one thing that we
talked about in this office is stress because stress has been linked to
virtually every disease and it’s linked in this function as well that you’re
sitting at a picnic you’re having a good time and your your stress and your
healing your sympathetic and your parasympathetic are in balance and then
the grizzly bear shows up for your picnic and now things are not so
peaceful you get into a state of stress and some of the things that will happen
is your heart rate goes up your blood pressure goes up your muscle tension
goes up your blood sugar goes up but one more thing that happens is you check out
those claws on the bear and they look pretty sharp so your quality you’re
infinitely smart body says there’s probably going to be some bleeding
before this is all over so just in case I’m going to prepare to stop the
bleeding and in order to stop bleeding I have to increase the blood clotting
factors and what’s included in blood clotting factors cholesterol is part of
that cascade and once we have the damage we’re going to need cholesterol for the
wound healing to create new cell membranes to create all of that so
whenever as soon as we see that grizzly bear we have an increase in LDL
cholesterol because the body is planning ahead and saying we better deliver some
cholesterol to the tissues just in case so even though we don’t have them any
grizzly bears we have quite a bit of other stress okay so when you see that
grizzly bear and your LDL is going on your body is doing exactly what it’s
supposed to you are not missing a statin drug your body is behaving exactly the
way it’s supposed to stress so the problem again is stress
and inflammation it’s not about the food that meat unless the food of course
creates inflammation that’s a different story but it’s not about how much
cholesterol is in there what are some of the ways to bring it down obviously
reduce the need for it so even though cholesterol isn’t good or bad obviously
having high cholesterol is not a good thing because it means that we have
inflammation in the body so as we get healthier as we learn how to be healthy
meaning eat better move better feel better as we talked about in our long
series of user manual then inflammation goes down and we need less cholesterol
to repair the damage the other way to bring it down is to use a statin drug a
cholesterol-lowering drug and what does it do what’s the mechanism well the
statin drug interferes with the livers ability to manufacture cholesterol so
your body is saying we want this cholesterol and it signals the liver to
make some more and we take a drug that destroys delivers ability to make it so
we have to basically choke the living daylights out of the liver and if you
notice on all the commercials what do they say never ever take this if you
have any problem with your liver because we’re going to choke it some more so if
it had any sort of problem then we’re going to squeeze the life out of it so
you have to have a perfectly healthy liver so it can sustain the damage we’re
about to do to it that’s why they say that and what’s the effect of the drug
as well it’s going to lower your cholesterol
so it’s going to look on the blood test is going to look like a good thing
happened but what really happened is you still add the stress you still have the
inflammation you just don’t have the ability to make the cholesterol so
you’re not healing yeah and this is how most medical research is done they don’t
ever look at are you getting healthier they’re looking at one measurement
they’re looking at blood pressure or cholesterol or some some aspect and
they’re saying can we change that one aspect they don’t care at all about
anything else that they might be changing in the process Jenny’s really
don’t know affect that yeah I’m missing with one thing yes yes and we’ll do
another talk on on drugs and their their mechanism just so you can see a little
bit more that what are some of the stat and side effects liver damage muscle
damage and what’s one of the more important muscles it’s the heart and it
can affect memory concentration and cause depression it can create pain and
peripheral neuropathy again if you don’t have the cholesterol to repair the
damage now your nerves are going to get yet have issues sleep problems sexual
dysfunction fatigue if you don’t have a cholesterol to manufacture your sex
hormones then you get sexual dysfunction and one thing that’s really important
that we’ve talked a lot about is mitochondrial function is absolutely
guaranteed that these statin drugs will interfere with your body’s ability to
use Co Q 10 so if you ever ever get on a a statin drug for whatever reason if you
if you get talked into it make sure you double up and triple up on your coat
10 because your body is going to need it and with that reduction of coq10 of
course your body the mitochondria are not going to be able to make this the
energy that’s so essential for for every cell function and what’s where you have
most of your mitochondria well in the most active organs which is the brain
the heart and the liver and then the right one Co Q 10 yes yes yes the
ubiquinol it the active form so here’s here’s just a little bit of what I
mentioned up front that the guidelines that the drug companies they obviously
want to make money so the more clients they have the more the potential target
market the better for them so they’re lobbying they’re saying hey we’re doing
all this stuff people are still getting heart attacks we must we must tighten
the guidelines so over the years they manage to change these guidelines so
that more and more and more people get in the into the target zone become a
target market so then this guy at the fast food dining table says my heart has
survived 16 girlfriends seven fiance’s and four ex-wives you think my heart is
afraid of a cheeseburger so we want to start understanding the body a little
bit differently all of the traditional risk factors the things they talk about
as risk factors they’re not really risk factors at all some of them are quite
ridiculous actually and being male that’s not a risk factor it’s a
correlation again smoking it’s not a risk factor it’s because increases free
radicals and decreases oxygen hypertension is not a risk factor it’s
an association it’s it’s just another effect of poor health that’s that’s
observed in correlation diabetes the same thing family history got nothing to
do with it HDL of course it’s it’s another effects of all of the things
that they’re talking about or not the risk factors there’s just other things
that you observe in conjunction with poor health and we need to start
understanding what the true risks are if we’re ever going to get to the source of
the problem the real risk factors are free radicals inflammation and
degeneration what are they caused by chemical stress structural stress and
emotional stress it’s what we talk about in all the other installments of the
series and we talk in details about how each of the work and what we can do
about them so that is all we have on cholesterol and we encourage you to
learn more and come to other other talks that we have and feel free to ask any
questions

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