Dr. Bobby Price
Plant-Based Pharmacist; Fitness & Nutrition Expert talks about his concern for the state of human health, directly dependent on the cholesterol state of the circulatory system, the general condition of the human body. His reasoning deserves to pay attention to them and seriously think about cholesterol as a harmful component of nutrition.
“Vegucation over medication. The Myths, Lies, and Truths About Modern Foods and Medicines.”
Cholesterol. What You Don’t Know About Statin Drugs
Сholesterol. Here’s another case where vegucation is more necessary than medication. If you look up the connection between cholesterol and its impact on cardiovascular health, you’ll get a ton of conflicting information from both credible and layman sources. But what can’t be disputed is the fact that Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, in a class of drugs known as statins, is the best-selling drug of all time. What shouldn’t be confused is the phrase ‘best-selling’ with ‘most effective,’ because the rate of cardiovascular deaths is still the leading cause of death globally to the tune of 17.7 million lives annually. Coronary artery disease, the narrowing of arteries caused by fatty plaques, is responsible for 850,000 opportunities annually for surgeons to crack open the chests of Americans to surgically implant stents. These surgeons have a first-hand view of the impact of meat, dairy, and processed vegetable oils on our vascular health due to inflammation and fatty deposits. What needs to be understood is that the words ‘fat’ and ‘cholesterol’ are not synonymous. Сholesterol.
Cholesterol gets a bad reputation because only the tragic side of its story is told. In fact, cholesterol is present in the membranes of every cell in our body. It’s essential for making vital hormones like vitamin D, testosterone, and estrogen, and in the production of bile acids, which are responsible for dissolving digested fats. Eighty percent of our cholesterol is made by the liver and intestines at night while we’re comfortably asleep. We only require 20% of our cholesterol from dietary sources. Health becomes disease when we over-consume processed fats, sugars, and unhealthy proteins that are later converted into triglycerides and the type of cholesterol that clogs arteries. For instance, if you have two eggs every morning for breakfast (each containing 200 mg of cholesterol), the liver will, in turn, produce 1,600 mg of cholesterol. According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy individuals should consume no more than 300 mg of cholesterol daily. You can easily see how quickly your cholesterol levels could explode, considering you ate just two eggs, not even including the bacon or pancakes saturated with syrup!Сholesterol.
Сholesterol. For the majority of patients, when their blood cholesterol levels begin to peak beyond 200 mg/dL, despite the risk of dangerous side effects, their physician will immediately put them on a statin drug. It is well known that statins can deplete your body of the enzyme CoQ10, which is directly involved in energy production in the cells. This is what produces the side effect of fatigue that’s often experienced. Statins can also cause memory loss, increased risk for diabetes, liver damage, muscle pain, and a life-threatening condition called rhabdomyolysis. The truth is, while statins can be very effective at lowering your blood cholesterol levels, new studies are showing that this does not correlate to a reduction in cardiovascular disease and could be putting you at an increased risk for a cardiovascular incident. According to a 2015 report published in the Expert Review for Clinical Pharmacology, the initial clinical studies that validated the efficacy of statins used a statistical manipulation tool called Relative Risk Reduction (RRR) to exaggerate the mediocre benefits of the drugs. When compared with the absolute risk, it was discovered that these drugs are only effective for 1% of the entire population (1 out of 100 persons).Сholesterol.
Сholesterol. My father had a first-hand encounter with statins. While I was living in Japan, he suffered a stroke, and unbeknownst to me, his physician prescribed him Atorvastatin 40mg (Lipitor). Months later, my father began to complain of being lethargic and forgetful. This was especially odd because my father was always able to recall detailed memories from my childhood even I wasn’t able to remember. When I asked if he was still walking the neighborhood for exercise, he said he wasn’t able to walk forty yards away from the house because he would get tired and have extreme leg pain. In addition, his blood sugar began to spin out of control.It’s very common in health care to misinterpret drug side effects as signs of aging, and this is exactly what was happening to my father. After informing his physician and discontinuing the drug, within six months, the symptoms had begun to resolve themselves. Сholesterol.
Сholesterol. This is another case where addressing the symptoms instead of the cause can lead to more harm than good. If we as healthcare professionals were equally as aggressive with counseling patients on necessary lifestyle adjustments as we are with handing out prescriptions, then the vast majority of drug therapy would become obsolete. Had my father been properly educated about what foods were causing the elevated cholesterol levels and which plant-based sources to use as replacements, he would have never had to suffer from the ill effects of statin drugs or subsequently have had his gallbladder removed. Healthcare Professionals and Patients Need to Be Vegucated. In my opinion, it would be unfair to place all the blame in the lap of the physician. After all, at the vast majority of medical schools, students are not required to take even a single course on the subject of nutrition, and it’s only offered at 25% of schools as an elective. Asking the average physician about nutrition would be the equivalent of asking a policeman to defend you in a court of law. Сholesterol.
Сholesterol. Our common sense tells us that in each case, the subject matter is related to the professional, but in both cases, they are most often ill-prepared to be of any service. The belief that we can eat whatever we want and then use a ‘magic pill’ as to fix any problems is precisely why 70% of all Americans are taking at least one prescription. The bulk of modern foods we’ve developed an emotional connection to have addiction engineered into the ingredients. The foods we think we love so desperately are just a false representation of the nourishing relationship we could be having with plant-based whole foods. Instead, we’re in this toxic relationship with processed foods and drugs. For over a century, the astronomical cost of health has been rising directly in correlation with disease. That blatantly says that despite the fact we have the best medical technology and spend more health care dollars than any other country in the world, the system is failing. More importantly, it tells us you cannot buy good health.