Have you been to your doctor lately and he tells you that he thinks you should be taking a statin drug or a drug to reduce cholesterol. Who the hell is Ancil Keys anyway? I was at my doctors just a few weeks ago and he begin to drone on about how the requirements for statins had been changed. If you are over sixty and your cholesterol is at 200 then you should be on a statin. Now why he was telling me this is beyond my comprehension. He even wrote down in his notes my explanation to him.
“You would have to hold a gun to my head to get me to take statin drugs.” He then repeated this to a med student that was shadowing him. They had a good chuckle. He was obviously telling me this just to get me excited. I am sure he remembered my “guessed hypothesis” (I’m sure the German’s have a word for this). That is the skin and liver pump out cholesterol yelling at your body to go into the sun to make vitamin D. When you make enough vitamin D or supplement, your hormonal feedback loop stops the production of cholesterol. My present cholesterol test was at 180. He then had me stay an extra thirty minutes to describe my positive changes in health through nutrition to his “shadow.” I was honored.
I had terrible lipids in the past before vitamin D3. I have had triglycerides as high as 800 or a walking heart attack from the viscous fatty blood. By the way, this is the real issue with fat and heart attacks. My cholesterol has come in as high as almost 250. The stabilization of my lipid profile has to do with the vitamin and minerals that I take. I don’t know the mechanism and really don’t care. All I know is that I feel extremely well. The idea that our institutions are trying to get everyone to take more cholesterol reducing drugs in this already tens of billions dollar drug makes me sick to my stomach. I’m sure they have a drug for sick-to-my-stomach caused by their idiopathic delusions of health and wealth.
About a year ago, a young relative about thirty years old told me his doctor was considering putting him on statin drugs because his cholesterol and triglycerides were so high. It runs in the family he said because his father and grandfather had lipid issues as well. It is in the genes. I had the discussion with him about how most everybody has a perfectly good gene map. It is the environment and what we put into our body that causes the genes to express themselves. I suggested he start taking all the a, b, c, d, and e of vitamins and a good mineral supplement that included around 3 to 4 grams of MSM per day as well for sulfate.
He was recently tested and his cholesterol came in at 160 with high HDL or extremely excellent lipids. His triglycerides were very low at around 40. So was it because of inherited genes for making lots of cholesterol or is his father and grandfather deficient in minerals and vitamins as well?
You’ll have to decide which way to go on your next trip to the doctor. Support the medical economy by taking statin drugs for your slightly high cholesterol with all the bad side effects that statins cause. Or, figure out the vitamins and minerals you need to reduce your cholesterol and put your neighbor that sells statins out of work. Of course Obama, Pelosi, and Reid want you to take the statins to show you how well Obamacare works. – Pandemic Survivor
The use of statin drugs to control cardiovascular disease is not even close to science and is really even bad “medicine” for the dark arts. Arterial plaque is mostly calcium plaque and only a very small percentage of fatty material. Your arteries plug up because you do not have enough vitamin D (and possibly vitamin K2) in your body to properly move calcium around. Also you are very low on the things that release gases that allow the artery walls to relax. The gases include nitric oxide from l-arginine, niacin, etc. and sulfur dioxide from garlic, onions, egg yolks, etc.
You may remember that last year, my serum 25(OH)D level was 40 ng/ml which is outside of my goal range of 60 to 80. Normal clinical laboratory range for 25(OH)D has always been or at least for the last thirty five years 20 to 100 ng/ml. I had consistently taken the ten thousand IU’s of vitamin D3 but had switch to the Pharmassure brand from CVS. Evidently the Pharmasure brand was not as effective in raising my storage level of vitamin D. There have been reports of a similar happening with Nature Made brand. I don’t think these companies intentionally tried to sell an inferior product, I think the issue is in the chemistry and which epi form of vitamin D3 is being measured. I used Swanson brand as ten thousand IU capsules and my serum 25(OH)D was 92 during my last physical exam.
The thing I have noticed over the last six years I have been replete with vitamin D is that my lipid profiles (fats as cholesterol and triglycerides) have returned to excellent after many years of major concern. Before vitamin D, I had total cholesterol that was over 240 and triglycerides as high as 700 – a walking heart attack, primarily because the triglycerides were so high. I am sure there was so much fat in my serum that the fat was floating in the tube before centrifuge. Last year with my serum level of vitamin D at 40 ng/ml, my cholesterol was 210 and triglycerides were 195. This year with my serum level of vitamin D of 92 ng/ml, my triglycerides were 145 and my cholesterol was 185. I believe that once your vitamin D level gets high enough, feed back in your endocrine system tells you skin and liver to stop making cholesterol that you have enough. When you vitamin D level is low your skin and liver are making large amounts of cholesterol screaming at you to go into the sun to make vitamin D. The vitamin D level also affects the triglycerides to keep them normal as well.
This year from January, I had eaten as much junk food as I could tolerate. Sausage biscuits at McDonald’s, when you could buy two for three dollars, are my favorite. It was also my habit to have a sweet snack or desert before going to bed at night. Oh yes, and the Angus burger meal is really tasty too. Obviously I don’t recommend this as a regular diet and I am not suggesting that you can eat this diet if you are replete with vitamin D. I was curious to see what would happen to my lipids. We have basically been lied to over the years because of the desire to keep a thriving health economy as this was believed to be more important than our health.
Instead of measuring lipid profiles as a measure of cardiovascular health, it would make more sense to test the level of plaque in the arteries and measure vitamin D including vitamin D sulfates. A simple measure would be the amount of plaque in your carotid arteries as determined through ultrasound as suggested by these folks from the University of Wisconsin. I mean after all, who would know better an indicator of CV disease than the lovers of beer and brats. Ah, the fat and happy life. – Pandemic Survivor