Patients too often judge their health by their cholesterol number. Too much emphasis is placed on this—especially when only looking at the total cholesterol number. The total number does not give you the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, which is a better approach to judging your overall health. However too much emphasis is being placed on cholesterol itself and the focus should be based on all of your labs, weight, lifestyle and diet.
In 2016 there were 28-studies showing there is no link between cholesterol and heart disease. The major cause of heart disease is sugar and dairy intake (dairy is extremely inflammatory and high in saturated fats). Throughout the 1950s, the sugar and dairy industries lobbied to make fat or cholesterol the cause of heart disease. In 1960, the “Seven Countries Study” provided false evidence and cherry picked countries to skew the data to blame fat for heart disease.
In 1977 without any scientific evidence, public health policy promoted a low fat diet. This resulted in an increase in heart disease, due to low fat consumption and high sugar intake. Low fat guidelines continued to be released every five years since 1990. Present dietary guidelines recommend sugar should be limited to 10% of daily calories with no limit on dietary cholesterol.
Of course, cholesterol-type needs to be addressed. While we still need some saturated fats, our diet should contain mostly unsaturated fats like, omega 3s, found in wild fish, cod liver oil, macadamia oil, olive oil and almond oil. These fats support brain function, keep skin looking young, decreases blood pressure, decreases blood clotting, helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, ADHD, depression, decreases inflammation, joint pain and stiffness, supports neural development of babies, decreases asthma and allergies.
Our next newsletter we will discuss saturated and unsaturated fats.
Don’t forget to take your cod liver oil today!
Resource: Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, MD, Is Your Cardiologist Killing You?