Guidelines on the prevention of cardiovascular disease are published again and again from various expert committees.
Recently new ones were published by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). They call them “The New Guidelines on the Treatment of Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults”. Treatment of cholesterol??? Is cholesterol a disease? Don´t these so-called experts know that cholesterol is one of the most important molecules in our body? Don´t they know that we use that molecule for producing cell walls, nerve fibres, sex and stress hormones, bile and vitamin D? Don´t they know that it is so important that all cells are able to produce it themselves? Don´t they know that we produce 3-5 times more cholesterol than we eat? Don´t they know that our brain is unable to function probably without its steady production of this molecule? We have known that from the very beginning. There is not only a lack of an association between cholesterol and atherosclerosis; there is no association either between the degree of cholesterol lowering and the outcome.
The small benefit of statin treatment is the same whether cholesterol is lowered a little or very much. No trial has ever shown anything else.But obviously the experts haven´t understood it themselves, or have they? It is difficult for researchers who receive large amounts of money from the drug companies, and several of the authors do that, to admit that what they have told their colleagues and the population for many years is wrong.
This is a never ending subject that Dr. Tent and Dr. Jeff address on a daily basis. Dr. Jeff attached a 16 page article from his Functional Medicine program that we hand out to our patients in our office titled “The Cholesterol Farce.” Enjoy.
“The Cholesterol Farce”