Today, I want to help you understand the link between heart disease and cancer.
But first, remember the famous quote from Mark Twain?
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
When he penned those words, Twain easily could have been writing about cholesterol. Because the drug industry has massaged, bent and twisted cholesterol numbers beyond all recognition.
But there’s one number Twain would have had no trouble understanding. $35 billion. That’s how much drug companies made from cholesterol-lowering drugs in 2010.
Twain would have understood another thing, too. When you have a $35 billion cash cow, you do whatever it takes to protect it.
So if a large study linked a high risk of cancer to low levels of LDL cholesterol – the so-called “bad cholesterol” – you’d start dancing around the numbers big time.
And that’s exactly what’s happening. Because that’s what a study just presented to the American College of Cardiology discovered.
New Study: Low LDL Raises Your Risk of Cancer
Led by a Tufts University researcher, these scientists compared people in the long-running Framingham Heart Study. Over a period of nearly 20 years, low LDL cholesterol was linked to a higher risk of cancer.1
Other studies have shown that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs ALSO raises your risk of cancer.
So the Tufts University study used only people who had never taken these drugs. So it was clear that it isn’t the drugs boosting your risk… it’s lowering your LDL cholesterol levels.
The dancing began immediately.
In spite of their findings, the study’s authors defended using drugs to lower cholesterol. Because the study shows, they say, that it’s not the drugs themselves that cause cancer.
That’s sort of like saying it’s okay to stick your hand on a hot frying pan, because the frying pan itself doesn’t cause the burns.
Of course, it’s not just this study the drug companies don’t want you to hear about. They’ve been dancing around a huge body of evidence for years. And the lies start with cholesterol itself.
You see, “bad” cholesterol isn’t bad at all. In fact, you’d die without it.
Your body can’t make testosterone or estrogen – two key sex hormones – without cholesterol. And if you didn’t have LDL cholesterol, your cell walls wouldn’t function.
Your body also uses LDL cholesterol to make necessary repairs. LDL cholesterol delivers cholesterol to the cells that need it. HDL – or “good” cholesterol – cleans up after the repairs are done.
But if you take the LDL away, the repairs don’t get made.
Doctors say maintaining lean muscle is key as you get older. Guess what a team at Texas A&M University discovered? LDL cholesterol helps you build lean muscle faster. In fact, in their study, the people with the highest LDL cholesterol levels built the most muscle.2
By now, you’re probably wondering, “But what about my heart? Isn’t LDL cholesterol bad for my heart?”
High LDL cholesterol can – and does – contribute to clogged arteries. But your body has a natural mechanism for removing excess LDL cholesterol. It’s called HDL cholesterol. And part of its job is to keep its LDL cousin at healthy levels.
But why let Nature work when you can sell $35 billion worth of drugs?
You see, there’s NO REAL PROOF that LDL cholesterol contributes to heart attacks.
Here’s a disturbing FACT: Almost half of all people who have heart attacks have “normal” cholesterol… and over 70% of heart attacks and heart disease are NOT prevented by cholesterol lowering medications.3
Here’s another example: In a 2009 study of 136,905 people hospitalized for heart attack, almost half of the patients had healthy LDL levels. And nearly 1 in 5 had levels considered “ideal.”4
So LDL cholesterol obviously wasn’t much of a predictor of heart trouble.
But another number was. In this same study, less than 10% of these heart attack victims had healthy HDL cholesterol levels.
So it’s obvious what the researchers’ first conclusion was. That’s right… You guessed it. We need to lower LDL cholesterol levels even more. In spite of the fact that every time we lower the LDL guidelines, heart attacks keep on happening.
And here’s a shocker. In 1981, a total cholesterol reading of 310 mg/dl was considered “normal.” Today, the upper limit is 200 mg/dl.
Can you imagine a doctor today telling you that cholesterol above 300 is healthy? That was a medical standard 30 years ago.
But of course, every time the limit goes down, drug companies sell more and more of their products. It’s gotten so bad, they’ve convinced some medical groups that even healthy people should be taking cholesterol drugs – just in case!
Too bad. Because lowering your LDL too far also increases your risk of cancer.
Get Your HDL High Enough and You’ll NEVER
Have to Worry About Heart Disease Again
Meanwhile, almost everyone ignores the obvious solution. If more than 90% of the people experiencing heart attacks have low HDL cholesterol, let’s help them get that number up.
But there’s a lot less money to be made with that plan… because there are so many ways you can do it naturally. You probably won’t ever need a drug to boost your HDL.
Here are a few easy ways to do it:
- Vitamin E. But not just any vitamin E. There are eight forms of this vitamin. Most supplements only contain Alpha-tocopherol. But the forms most effective in boosting HDL are called tocotrienols. Palm oil is the best source, but you’ll find plenty in rice bran and oats, too.
- CoQ10. Another good way to boost HDL is with CoQ10 supplements. Be sure to look for the form called ubiquinol, which your body absorbs better.
- Cocoa. The Aztecs were right: cocoa is health food. One of its benefits is boosting HDL levels. Look for organic cocoa – without added sugar. (The Aztecs drank it with hot peppers.)
- Red Meat. Conventional wisdom says to avoid meat, because it raises cholesterol levels. But studies say otherwise. Researchers at the University of Minnesota gave 6 ounces of lean red meat a day to volunteers with high cholesterol. After 36 weeks, their LDL was down and their HDL was up.5
1 “Low LDL Cholesterol Is Related to Cancer Risk,” American College of Cardiology. Mar 25, 2012.
2 “‘Bad’ Cholesterol Not As Bad As People Think, Shows Texas A&M Study,” Texas A&M University. May 4, 2011.
3 Cardenas G, Lavie C. How significant is HDL cholesterol? Emergency Medicine. Sep 2005.
4 Sachdeva, A., et al, “Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease: An analysis of 136,905 hospitalizations in Get With The Guidelines,” American Heart Journal. Jan 2009;157(1): 111-117.
5 Hunninghake, D.B., et al, “Incorporation of lean red meat into a National Cholesterol Education Program Step I diet: a long-term, randomized clinical trial in free-living persons with hypercholesterolemia,” J Am Coll Nutr. Jun 2000; 19(3): 351-360.
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