12 Truths About Cholesterol To Survive & Thrive (HDL And LDL Myths)

12 Truths About Cholesterol To Survive & Thrive (HDL And LDL Myths)

October 12, 2019 37 By Ewald Bahringer


12 truths about cholesterol to survive
the HDL and LDL myths is there good cholesterol is there bad cholesterol is
cholesterol bad today went to give you the bigger picture we’re gonna give you
12 truths so that you can avoid all the pitfalls and you can stay healthy coming
right up hey I’m doctor Ekberg I’m a holistic
doctor and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly master health
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cholesterol has been a big deal in the news for the last 50 years and every
so-called nutrition label has warnings about how much cholesterol is in the
food so that you can avoid that kind of food well here’s some news for you the
first thing that you need to understand about cholesterol is that your body
makes it your body manufactures cholesterol your body makes about two to
three thousand milligrams every day that’s about 75% of all the cholesterol
that your body needs yes your body needs cholesterol so if you
eat less cholesterol your body has to make more cholesterol if you eat zero
cholesterol in your diet then your body will make a hundred percent of the
cholesterol that you need so dietary cholesterol has absolutely nothing to do
with your blood cholesterol levels and again we’re going to talk about how the
body is really really smart it has some incredible wisdom and it would not
manufacture a substance that is harmful for you everything the body does is on
purpose it’s doing the right thing at the right time in the right amount to
the right degree depending on the circumstances okay so your body makes
cholesterol when it needs it number two why does the body make
cholesterol what is the body use for why is it needed it’s an essential
nutrient it is a component of every cell wall in every cell of your body so the
cell membrane that’s what determines the properties the signaling ability of the
cell the cells ability to determine the difference between inside and outside
that is what the cell wall does and cholesterol is an essential component in
that structure one of your most important cell membrane is your brain
because there is some very specific signaling going on in the brain and
again cholesterol is very important there most of your hormones are
cholesterol based have you heard of steroid hormones that’s the testosterone
and the estrogen and so forth that’s where the stero in cholesterol comes
from they’re called steroid hormones because they’re made from cholesterol
all right they are essential if you don’t have enough cholesterol then your
body has a hard time manufacturing those hormones your liver produces bile and
that’s like a detergent and emulsifier to help you break down fats so it’s
essential for your digestion to have bile if you can’t break down fats
properly also can’t absorb the fat soluble vitamins the vitamin A D E and K
and vitamin D is actually a hormone which is also made from cholesterol your
body uses cholesterol for repair because cholesterol is part of every cell wall
every cell membrane any time that you get damage to your tissues the body has
to repair it has to repair the tissue which has cell membranes so it has to
have more cholesterol available for repair and it’s also important in wound
healing and blood clotting so anytime that you have stress and your body
anticipates or prepares for additional damage
your LDL cholesterol goes up so your body can prepare so it’s so smart it
will anticipate the damage and have a little extra cholesterol handy just in
case number three fact you have to know there are a few unfortunate people to
whom cholesterol is a problem and that’s called familial hypercholesterolemia
that just means it runs in the family they have a genetic defect that prevents
them from reabsorbing and regulating the LDL so LDL just keeps going up and up
and up and up so they have a genetic defect that
prevents them from regulating it so now cholesterol does become a problem and
the genetic defect could be heterozygous meaning that one out of the pair of
genes is faulty and that happens in about one in five hundred people and
then there’s something called homozygous defect and that’s when both parts of the
pair is faulty so if you have one part faulty then your cholesterol is going to
run between 350 to 550 if you have both of them wrong then it’s going to run 650
to a thousand your total cholesterol level so these are levels that we’re
done we’re not going to see in the general population right most times
we’re talking about cholesterol we’re talking they consider it marginally high
from 200 up to 280 that’s where 98% of people are going to fall this is a
diseased condition this is a problem and these people do want to seek some
medical attention because this will typically shorten their life span but
again it’s even though these are disastrously extremely high levels
there’s still a lot of these people who never notice anything even at these
levels number four fact about cholesterol lower is not better oK we’ve
been told we’ve been made to believe that lower is better I’ve had patients
come in with a cholesterol of a hundred and thirty and they’re still on a stand
drugged because their doctor tells them lower is always better well if we look
at the graph of all-cause mortality that meaning that all the reasons that people
die the overall death rate of for whatever reason when people have a
cholesterol level of a hundred and thirty they have a very high death rate
then it drops the death there all cause mortality drops down to a point of
cholesterol about 220 and then it starts going up again but it’s more dangerous
to have a cholesterol of 130 than it is to have a cholesterol of 300 now this
graph doesn’t tell us everything because a lot of these people with the
cholesterol of 300 they’re gonna have a very unbalanced cholesterol ratio which
we’ll talk about in a little bit so you could have even though 220 is the bottom
of the graph you could still be very healthy even with a higher level of
cholesterol as long as you have a good ratio number five dementia brain health
cognition your thinking ability your mental capacity is directly related to
cholesterol so when they checked people as they get older once they get into
their 80s they found that the people with the lowest cholesterol had the
highest rates of dementia they had the lowest cognitive function and the late
rate of dementia decreased and the people who had a cholesterol of total
cholesterol of 240 had a better cognitive function than anybody with a
lower cholesterol so cholesterol is neuroprotective because it’s an
essential nutrient to the brain it makes your brain function better as you age
number six what is HDL and LDL well HDL is not even cholesterol LDL is not even
cholesterol they are what’s called carriers they are
vehicles HDL stands for high density lipoprotein it’s a protein with some
fats mixed in and it helps the body carry the cholesterol around why does it
do that why doesn’t it just dump the cholesterol in the bloodstream because
cholesterol is not water-soluble blood is mostly water-based and cholesterol is
not water-soluble it’s what’s called hydrophobic so the carriers are there to
help the fat mix with water so we can transport the cholesterol where they
need to go so we often hear that HDL is good and LDL is bad why why do we call
it that well they say that HDL goes to pick up it brings excess cholesterol
back to the liver and therefore we consider it good whereas LDL delivers
cholesterol to the tissues and therefore increases cholesterol deposits and the
tissues and therefore we call it bad but that’s assuming that they’re doing it
for no reason whatsoever it’s assuming that it’s a bad thing to deliver
cholesterol and why does it deliver cholesterol because we need it for these
reasons especially repair so if we have a repair to perform and the LDL brings
repair materials is that bad of course not it’s about a balance the body makes
appropriate cholesterol and it makes appropriate cholesterol it depends on
the circumstances your body is not the stupid one so an analogy would be if
you’ve ever been to Disney World or one of these amusement parks where they have
huge parking lots and there’s a hundred thousand people in the morning or trying
to get to the amusement park and then in the evening there’s a hundred thousand
people trying to get back to their car that’s what a carrier does it
carries something so these carry cholesterol the parking buses trains
carry people so in the morning they send empty carriers out to the parking lot to
pick up two people so that would be like the HDL it’s it’s empty it’s ready to
pick something up and then in the evening they bring the empty ones with
the people and they deliver them back to the car so in the morning it’s like HDL
bringing it bringing people one way and then in the evening its LDL but we would
never call those parking trains good or bad they are appropriate depending on
the situation so number seven the mix-up how did we get so confused about this
stuff well it’s because we tend to not think in terms of cause and effect
humans can be kind of short-sighted and just observe something and say oh look
there is a person with heart disease they have a lot of cholesterol that
cholesterol must be the problem they’re confusing cause-and-effect they’re
observing an association and then they’re just implying they’re guessing
they’re assuming that whatever shows up at the problem site is the cause and one
of my favorite analogies of how ridiculous that is is every time that I
see a traffic accident I also see emergency vehicles
okay there’s police there’s ambulance and there’s fire trucks every time so if
I just used Association then I would assume that the blinking lights the
vehicles with the blinking lights cause the accident because they’re always
there every time there’s an accident there are those vehicles those evil bad
vehicles are always present so obviously the emergency vehicles
didn’t cause the problem they came after the problem and they’re trying to help
same thing with cholesterol the LDL the deposits come after the problem and they
try to help they’re there to help the body is intelligent it doesn’t do things
that are stupid it doesn’t randomly send LDL there number eight
so the treatment for cholesterol is and again the problem is that they think
lower is better even though we definitely know that it’s more dangerous
to have very very low cholesterol than it is very high but still the treatment
is just to lower cholesterol indiscriminately and they use statin
drugs and what the statin drug does it goes in and it blocks a step in the
liver where the body converts something into cholesterol preventing the liver
from producing the necessary amount of cholesterol so in the analogy of the
traffic accident the treatment would be like let’s shoot the messenger
let’s set up road blocks for the fire trucks let’s put out some spike strips
for the police car so they can’t get there let’s let’s reroute the ambulance
so it never finds the accident okay it’s it’s ridiculous
we’re interfering with the solution and leaving the problem unattended that’s
what we’re doing so I’m going to try to get an idea of what sort of videos are
out there I was shocked I was it was frightening how 90 plus percent of all
the videos just talked about how to lower cholesterol this is how you lower
cholesterol and we’re just assuming we hear this we take this association
instead of a cause effect this loose association which is not true and we
assume that it’s true and then all the effort goes to lowering cholesterol as
if that was a good thing it’s like saying we don’t believe intelligence is
good we think that your kids are too smart
and now everybody goes out and make videos on how to lower your child’s
intelligence or how to lower health in the body or how to lower muscle mass
lower vitality we hear that’s a good thing everybody should go make videos on
how to lower it it’s not about that okay it’s about balance the body makes the
right amount the right amount of HDL the right amount of LDL for the situation at
hand so what we’re looking for is balance number ten you can have a
balanced cholesterol when there is the appropriate amount of delivery and the
appropriate amount of bringing back of recovery and that is usually in healthy
people it’s a three to one ratio of total cholesterol to HDL they have found
that anyone with a about a three or less than a three point three ratio has less
than half they have a fraction of the average risk of heart disease regardless
of what the total levels are because the HDL is considered protective it’s not
the total level that matters it’s about the balance are we in a situation where
there’s balance between how much we take out versus how much we bring back and
again that’s just an indicator of health it’s not the cause of health when you’re
healthy when your body is in balance your body will produce these ratios of
cholesterol so you could have a 270 over 90 and be healthy you could have a 180
over 60 and be healthy and right now last time I checked my cholesterol was
225 over 75 it was a 3.0 and I’m very very happy with that even though
according to the official guidelines I have high cholesterol so what is the
problem then if these are just indicators if there’s no such thing as
good or bad cholesterol and what’s the real problem the real problem is called
inflammation inflammation produces damage to the body there’s a balanced
amount of inflammation just like everything else needs to be in balance
but when we have excessive inflammation the body has to create excessive repair
responses and now when the LDL is always out there
repairing then we have excess damage now we get excess plaquing and the so called
the only so called bad LDL is when LDL gets oxidized from inflammation and we
have what’s called a small LDL so there’s large LDL it’ll kind of large
and fluffy there are perfectly healthy they’re good and those are typically the
ones that increase when you go on a low-carb diet so some people see that
the cholesterol levels are going to climb usually that’s temporary it’ll
come up and and it will come right back down again
but what’s increasing is not the bad small oxidized it’s typically the fluffy
ones but regardless as you reduce your inflammation your body gets into balance
so if the cause is inflammation then obviously the solution is to reduce the
things that cause the inflammation so the twelfth truth that you have to know
about cholesterol is that the cause of inflammation is sugar and starch and
allergens grain and dairy are the top two allergens especially modern wheat
we’ve never seen people so many people being sensitive to it so many people
having a low-grade inflammation to a food as to the modern wheat so if you
want to reduce inflammation obviously reduce sugar reduce grain and reduce
anything else that you might be allergic to and what do you eat instead you eat
foods that are anti-inflammatory or inflammation
neutral so you eat good saturated fats such as egg including the egg yolk if
you’re gonna throw something away throw away the egg white because that’s a more
common allergen you want to eat grass-fed butter grass-fed beef and
especially you want to eat fish fatty fish or take a fish oil supplement
you’ve got to be a little careful with the fish because some of the larger
predatory fish have a lot of mercury and toxins in them since they live in the
water for a long time salmon and small fish like sardines and mackerel are the
best choices for fatty fish and then you can also eat the flat small white fish
that are very low in mercury so if you understand these twelve truths then you
also understand that for most people the lifestyle intervention is the most
appropriate thing to do and for most people a lot of the cases that are being
called high cholesterol is not a problem the people that have a problem like we
said are people with extremely high cholesterol levels they have a genetic
defect and the treatment in their case is appropriate because when you do a
treatment and you lay out in the analogy if you lay out road blocks for the fire
truck then that’ll be appropriate because they have so much of the
cholesterol the fire truck is out running over people all right so then
it’d be a good thing to put some road blocks out but that’s an extreme
situation all right most people do not fit in here it’s 1 in 500 so 499 out of
500 people do not have that problem even though it’s often quoted as a major
issue if you learn something and enjoyed this video you’ll probably love that one
thank you so much for watching I’ll see you next time