We all scratch our heads I believe when we see research claiming that lowering LDL cholesterol is THE way to go…
IT MUST be done,
ALL patients will benefit,
it will SAVE BILLIONS of dollars from the health budget
Therefore statin drugs should be mandatory – even put in the drinking water etc.
But what if in reality what we really need is simply to raise HDL? (possibly an over simplification)
There is quite a bit of research into the detrimental effects on human’s whose diet is unbalanced in Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s. Recently I read a little bit about this in reference to the role of each in the structure of our cells (among other things).
We in the modern society – have altered our consumption of these essential fatty acids (ones the body cannot make itself) from what was considered ‘healthy’ (hunter gatherer society) 2:1 (6:3) to what in some cases in now 20:1 (6:3) (LINK)
What are the benefits of omega-6 fatty acids?
Most omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in the diet from vegetable oils such as linoleic acid. Excessive amounts of linoleic acid can contribute to inflammation and result in heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis, and depression.4 5 6 (LINK)
Just as an aside it is noted: (LINK)
Americans now get almost 20% of their calories from a single food source – soybean oil – with almost 9% of all calories from the omega-6 fat linoleic acid (LA) alone! (PDF)
Soybean Oil is 51% Omega 6 (n-6) and only 7% Omega 3 (n-3)
Another thing that struck me about our modern fast paced society is that a high percentage of foods eaten are what we would term ‘fast-foods or take-a-way meals’, and are predominantly made with, and cooked in oils that are Omega 6 oils.
This class of oils – as has been stated – in excess can and do cause serious inflammation when out of balance with their needed partners the Omega 3 oils.
Again to refresh memories, the question needs to be asked – when did society commence consuming these manufactured seed (n-6) oils in such high quantities? Chris Kessler has some good information on this. He says: Industrial seed oils (corn, cottonseed, soybean, safflower, sunflower, etc.) have not been a part of the human diet up until relatively recently, when misguided groups like the AHA and the ADA started promoting them as “heart-healthy” alternatives to saturated fat.
The graph below shows how dramatically seed oil consumption has risen over the past several decades: GRAPH HERE
Slowly but surely the story behind the seed oil industry, the damage done by over consumption of these oils, and the deadly (as in heart attacks – cancer etc.) injuries to our species – all in the name of making money – are becoming more widely circulated. This makes for good reading
I do not claim to have the answer to the health crisis we currently find ourselves in – but I do like to do my homework and work backwards (from time to time) seeking answers to what may have changed in our diets to cause the crisis. We are, after all – what we eat, and if you come for dinner, statins are NOT on the menu at my home NEITHER are manufactured seed oils of the Omega 6 variety.
One thing I feel fairly certain about – for us who are statin damaged, is that another pill/potion or lotion prescribed by a doctor is not the way I want to heal my body from the ravages it is suffering from the last pill (statin) that was prescribed.
Lastly remember omega 6’s in disproportion to omega 3’s cause serious inflammation. If, as many are coming to understand – inflammation of the artery is the cause of the build-up of normal cholesterol, leading to artery narrowing and or ruptured plaques, perhaps we should be looking at our diets and greatly reducing chemicals/oils/foods that trigger inflammatory responses.
Till next time….. Cheers, JustMEinT
ADD ONS for more research:
Fish oil contains an abundance of essential omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) that have been shown to lower triglyceride (blood fat) levels, minimize inflammation and clotting, and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Research indicates that omega-3s may help reduce the risk and symptoms of a variety of disorders influenced by inflammation, including heart attack and stroke. You can add omega-3s to your diet by eating more cold water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and black cod. If that’s not possible, Dr. Weil recommends taking two grams daily of a fish oil supplement that contains both essential omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). LINK
High-density lipoproteins (HDL) have anti-inflammatory effects, which are implicated in its anti-atherogenic properties. LINK
There are several well-documented functions of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) that may explain the ability of these lipoproteins to protect against atherosclerosis. The best recognized of these is the ability of HDL to promote the efflux of cholesterol from cells. This process may minimize the accumulation of foam cells in the artery wall. However, HDL has additional properties that may also be antiatherogenic. For example, HDL is an effective antioxidants. LINK
WHAT ARE THE GOOD OILS? LINK
Omega-3 and the Cell Membrane
What makes omega-3 such an important part of the cell membrane is that it’s a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid. When enough omega-3 is in the cell membrane, its long and flexible structure prevents the cell membrane from becoming too rigid for nutrients and wastes to come and go as they should. LINK
THIS IS BRILLIANT
Forget the drugs, look at lifestyle changes. However the drug companies are determined to continue to poison patients while making billions of dollars in profits. Jon Barron has an article I missed posting yesterday which I think you will find truly inspiring.