One of Dr. Hatch’s patients in Lone Tree recently asked him about his high cholesterol. It’s a complex question and includes so many different aspects of your health.
Cholesterol is made by all your cells
Why would all your cells make this terrible, unhealthy, disease-causing chemical? Because cholesterol is not a terrible, unhealthy, disease-causing chemical – it is essential for life and health and without it you would die. Cholesterol acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps your muscles, heart, organs and nerves to function properly.
That is why statin drugs that artificially lower your cholesterol (Lipitor®, Crestor®, Vytorin® and Zocor®) are known to cause muscle pain, memory loss and diabetes.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently added cognitive brain dysfunction, brain damage, memory loss and mental confusion to the adverse effects from the use of these drugs.
Statins cause heart disease
It is an especially ironic finding that people take statin drugs for heart health and yet statins have been shown to be linked to heart disease, especially sudden heart failure. That’s because statins interfere with the creation of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an important chemical that is needed for your heart, skeletal muscle and brain. (7)
Cholesterol fights inflammation
Cholesterol functions like a fireman – it fights inflammation. If you have very high cholesterol it means there’s inflammation in your body and your body is responding with cholesterol to keep you healthy and combat the inflammation. The inflammation may be due to a poor diet, toxins, dental infections, emotional stress and, of course, subluxations.
For your cholesterol levels
For good brain function, memory, healthy blood vessels, and protection against Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart disease and cancer you need lots of good fats and cholesterol from organic butter, cream, eggs, meats, coconut oil and olive oil. Especially avoid margarine and unhealthy oils such as canola, corn, safflower and cottonseed oil.
Cholesterol is necessary for life and health. Do not try to artificially lower your cholesterol – it can cause severe health problems. It’s better to get to the cause of inflammation rather than deal with its effects.
Call the office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hatch to talk about your cholesterol and get his recommendations for your good health. 303-841-7121 or contact the office via email with the form below.