One of the largest frauds perpetuated on the American public has been
the false claim that high cholesterol causes heart disease. Even though
this has been known for decades to be false, the myth keeps getting
promoted by the drug companies to increase drug sales of drugs, such
as statins. The whole idea of high cholesterol causing heart disease
started with a faulty, outdated rabbit study from the 1920s. No solid
evidence of high cholesterol causing heart disease in humans has ever
been shown. In fact, evidence is to the contrary. Several studies have
confirmed that as cholesterol levels go down that the mortality rate
goes up, primarily from increased heart attacks and strokes.
What I really find interesting is how doctors, who should be reasonably
intelligent, don’t seem to be questioning how it is that people
can have low cholesterol and clogged arteries, or high cholesterol and
clean arteries. In fact I just heard a commercial for Lipitor, where
Dr. Jarvic is claiming that high cholesterol can lead to heart attack
and stroke. I would love to ask him in person to explain this mechanism
since there is absolutely no science whatsoever to back up his claim!
Cholesterol levels are actually totally irrelevant to the risk of arteriosclerosis.
It is inflammation, not high cholesterol that leads to arteriosclerosis.
Cholesterol is actually a healing agent for the body. Where there is
an injury in the body, cholesterol will increase in that area to aid
in the healing by acting as both a patchwork, and as a precursor for
other substances, such as hormones that play a role in healing. Various
things can cause trauma and inflammation to the arteries, and are well
known for increasing the risk of heart disease. These include high blood
pressure, diabetes, smoking, and even bypass operations. Damage to the
arterial lining leads to inflammation. In response, cholesterol floods
the area and lays down as a “patchwork” over the injured
area. The problem is that if the source of inflammation is not removed
then the cholesterol will keep depositing in an attempt to heal the