|There are many misconceptions about cholesterol.
Cholesterol is actually a steroid.
Steroids belong to a large and varied group of chemical compounds that are naturally produced by the body.
Cholesterol is the most abundant steroid and it is used as building blocks for cell membranes, maintaining healthy cells, as an aid to digestion and in the manufacture of sexual hormones.
Cholesterol is soluble in fats, that is, it dissolves in fat. It is also a Lipid.
Lipids do not dissolve in water, alcohol, ether, or other organic solvents.
This is why cholesterol is also classified as a lipid.
Blood plasma is like water. Blood cannot absorb cholesterol.
Since cholesterol is soluble in fat molecules, it is transported throughout the body as a hitchhiker in fat molecules. This is the reason for the connection between cholesterol and fats in body metabolism.
The end product of a number of bio-chemical reactions involving cholesterol in the body is a group of protein molecules referred to as lipoproteins.
These are divided into two groups. The first group consists of very large molecules with a low density.
This is called a low-density lipoprotein or LDL. The LDL’s are carried throughout the entire blood system (cardiovascular system) and are used in various biochemical reactions that are essential for living.
The second group is called high-density lipoproteins or HDL. HDL’s are much smaller molecules and have a higher density. HDL’s carry a very small amount of cholesterol. The HDL molecule acts as a scavenger in controlling excess LDL.
The ideal biochemical synchronization is the production of enough LDL to perform its designated tasks while at the same time having sufficient HDL to remove excess LDL.
Another common misconception is that the levels of LDL (the bad guys) are completely diet related.
That is simply not true. The vast majority of all LDL’s are synthesized in the liver. A much smaller percentage comes from diet. It is more a matter of genetics than diet. However, the liver can be pushed to produce more cholesterol by improper diet or life style, just like an inherited genetic defect.
Sometimes it takes a distasteful idea to get a message across. We feel this is one of those times.
The French people have a great taste for goose livers. The geese are force fed in order to enlarge their livers.
Many geese die of heart related problems in the process. These birds are eaten anyway because they suffered a natural death. The same thing is true in human metabolism. If we do not have the genetic disposition toward a bad LDL/HDL ratio we can eat our way to one. The results are the same, heart and enlarged liver problems.
What you eat or do not eat can dramatically change this balance. Alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco products are dangerous to your health and are major prognosticators in the role of the elevation of LDL (bad) while decreasing the production of HDL (good).
According to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) normal levels of safe TOTAL cholesterol including LDL and HDL, are up to 200 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood. The ideal level of LDL is below 130 mg/100 ml with the level of HDL above 65mg/100 ml.
This means that the total consumption for persons with ANY non-genetic LDL problem should not exceed the equivalent of one medium egg yoke per day. This does not mean you should eat an egg a day. THIS IS THE MAXIUMUM TOTAL INTAKE OF LDL IN YOUR DIET FOR THE ENTIRE DAY FOR AN OTHERWISE NORMAL PERSON.
Combined levels above 200 and up to 240 are considered at risk for heart attack and / or strokes. Levels in excess of 240 are high-risk cases. However, there is strong evidence that suggests that as long as the LDL / HDL relationship is in proportion the risk factor may be negated.
If your levels are high. It is clear that your objective is to decrease the intake of and / or bodily production of LDL.
Sugar, sugar producing foods, alcohol, stress, anxiety, animal products and smoking all
INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF NATURAL LDL PRODUCTION.
At the same time we must increase the intake of external HDL containing substances and those promoting bodily production of HDL.
Excess LDL levels trigger the formation of plaque on artery walls. Three different components begin the plaque building process. These are, cholesterol itself, cholesteryl esters, and LDL molecules. This is some pretty sticky stuff and acts like a magnet attracting other blood components such as white blood cells, blood platelets, fibrinogen and calcium.
White blood cells are a part of your immune system. Blood platelets, or thrombocytes, adhere to the walls of blood vessels at the site of an injuryand plug the cut in the vascular wall. Fibrinogen is another blood protein necessary for blood clotting.
Calcium is necessary in human nutrition for healthy teeth and bones; it is essential to muscle contraction and in the blood clotting process. The advanced stages of plaque build up are referred to as:
These obstructions reduce blood flow to the heart, brain, kidneys, the genitals, and the hands and feet.
Eventually the arteries can become so clogged that it results in cardiac and / or cerebrovascular insufficiencies and disease. Another name for arteriosclerosis is hardening of the arteries.
Blood clots are usually an attempt on the part of the body to repair a bulge or bump as a result of an injury or plaque build up. Blood platelets are so sticky that they can form a thrombus (from the word Thrombocytes).
Blood tends to run faster around a thrombus than a clean arterial wall. This induces new platelets to stick to the thrombus more readily.
Blood clots present more imminent danger than arteriosclerosis. When a thrombus closes an arterial wall, the result is the death of the cells that are normally fed nutrients and oxygen from that artery. There are also cases where a thrombus or blood clot can be located in one part of the body, break free, and get lodged in another part of the body. In either case, the major concerns are with the heart and brain as death is imminent in either case.
It is now routinely recommended to take an aspirin tablet every day because it is an anticoagulant.
This helps by thinning the blood and may reduce the clot forming process. For those who cannot take aspirin due to stomach disorders, enteric aspirin may be taken as it dissolves in the intestines.
To eliminate High Cholesterol using a
homeopathic approach a complete workup is necessary.