For the last half century, the medical establishment has vigorously promoted the notion that high cholesterol is a primary risk factor for coronary heart disease, and that a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol causes heart disease. These hypotheses are widely accepted as fact by many physicians and the general public alike, despite the overwhelming body of evidence that suggests otherwise.
While many medical myths have already been debunked, here are the few obvious ones known:
1. Cholesterol is needed for a healthy body, which is why the liver makes more when there is not enough obtained from the diet.
2. Saturated fat is good for you. In fact, it is in nearly every unrefined and unprocessed fat or oil. For example, olive oil is nearly 15% saturated fat.
3. Dehydrogenated fats and oils exacerbate any heart related health condition by contributing to increased systemic inflammation.
4. Statin drugs don’t reduce the risk of death for most people, and have dangerous side effects and complications.
5. Eggs have everything need for life to exist on this planet. Egg yolks contain cholesterol because it is essential for life. Avoidance of cholesterol from the diet will force your body to work harder to fill in nutritional gaps.
The cardiovascular system has many parts. The heart and all muscles require the same nutritional support. If you have any muscle problems, the heart may also be nutritionally starved, and vice versa.
The organs that build blood and white blood cells are the bone marrow, spleen, thymus and liver. Oxygenation of blood requires healthy lungs and healthy red blood cells, hemoglobin & and appropriate utilization or iron and other nutrients.
Balanced blood volume and pressure is regulated by the heart, spleen, bone marrow, liver, kidneys, endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.
The overall health of the cardiovascular system relies on multiple organs to function optimally. If you have a cardiovascular health challenge, investigate which of those organs requires nutritional support. Investigating systemic inflammation is another important factor and must be addressed. Thorough blood work is required to uncover underlying inflammatory processes and avoidance of specific food or chemical agents causing inflammation.