I have worked with numerous clients and with my own husband about whether taking statins and trying to lower cholesterol is really the best way to keep your heart healthy. For now, let’s not even talk about the well-documented, serious, negative side effects of statins. Let’s just consider whether cholesterol itself is really the problem.
People who know me know that I approach things from a natural perspective as much as possible – so pharmaceutical drugs are the last resort in my mind. I also look from a scriptural perspective. I have had people tell me they had their appendix or gall bladder removed and doctors told them it was no problem because there is no reason for them to be in the body in the first place. REALLY???
I don’t know about you, but I know God created our bodies and they are amazing in their complexity and function. I don’t believe He just put certain organs in there to take up space! There is a role and function for everything He put into our bodies – and that includes cholesterol, which our bodies produce.
There is an excellent article I read that sparked this post. A well-respected cardiologist states that inflammation in the walls of arteries is the true cause of heart disease, and that this is caused by the low fat diet that conventional medicine has been pushing for years. The long and short of it is that inflammation causes your body to speed cholesterol like a band-aid to the damaged areas in the artery. If we reduce inflammation, there would be no placque buildup in vessels resulting in blockages and heart disease.
So instead of worrying about lowering your cholesterol, look at ways to lower inflammation and eat a balanced, whole food diet that includes healthy fats – they are not the enemy!
Are you focusing on the wrong thing in order to avoid heart disease?