I have had a lot of requests asking me to blog on CHOLESTEROL. What is it really all about.
WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?
My handy Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary says: “Cholesterol is a monohydric alcohol. A sterol (one of a group of substances related to fats and belonging to the lipoids) widely distributed in animal tissues, cells and body fluids. It occurs in the yolk of eggs, various oils, fats, and nerve tissue of the brain and spinal cord. It can be synthesized in the liver and is a normal constituent of the bile – a secretion of the liver. It is important in metabolism serving as a precursor of various steroid hormones e.g., sex hormones, adrenal corticoids.” The Collegiate Dictionary says, “It is important in physiological processes and is implicated, experimentally, as a factor in arteriosclerosis (thickening of the walls of the arterioles with loss of elasticity and contractility).”
I am assuming that the above definition of ‘cholesterol‘ is why the doctors have come to the conclusion that ‘Cholesterol‘ is bad for us. But is that all that one needs to know? They basically tell you that you have high cholesterol because of the LDL and HDL numbers being high. But what does LDL and HDL mean – what is it?
First, you have to understand the working of the body and the cells in it; the utilization of nutrition to and into our cells, and the blood system and its highways (the vascular system).
The body is basically one big cell with little cells working together and doing all the work for the big cell. What comes to my mind is an umbrella and the parts that make it open and close etc. in order for it to be useful. These little cells make up the organs of the body, of which there are many, each with its own special task to do. And, for those of you who are not aware; most organs are in pairs. Any one organ may be extirpated and the remaining one will do all necessary functions peculiar to it.
The liver – the largest organ in the body – plays an important part in the absorption of nutrients; it can create chemical changes, store nutrients, or pass them on unchanged to the rest of the body for utilization. The liver is really a miraculous organ, as it can create its own amino acids, change sugars to fats, and vice versa. It can create or destroy. The liver creates the cholesterol in the body.
In other of my blogs I have commented on alkalinity versus acidity. When our body becomes acidic from the nutrients we put into our body our nutrition becomes coagulating (anionic). Our building materials – fats, fuels, minerals and other compounds start sticking or clumping together. This is what the doctors are telling us happens in our blood vessels or veins. What they don’t tell you is that the ACIDITY, which comes from most of the foods we eat, is heat-producing and this, (the acidity), causes the inflammation in the walls of the vascular system throughout the body.
Quoting Dr. Robert Morse, N.D. “Lipids (fats) begin sticking to the walls of the vessels in hopes of bufferingg this inflammation. But lipid bonding also causes lipid stones, such as gallbladder and liver stones.” He goes on to say; “CHOLESTEROL IS THE MOST COMMON ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIPID THAT THE BODY USES TO FIGHT THIS INFLAMMATION. When the tissues become more acidic and this inflames, the liver will produce more cholesterol to fight it.” What happens next? The blood cholesterol levels begin to elevate. Minerals start bonding and form “rock-type” stones which show up as kidney stones, bone spurs, and the like.
Cholesterol is also referred to as “plaque.” Your liver produces an abundant amount of cholesterol, which is an important lipid used by the body for many reasons. A large portion of a cell’s membrane wall is cholesterol. The adrenal glands (a triangular-shaped body adjacent to and covering the superior surface of each kidney), use cholesterol to make cortical-type steroids, which are, in part, the body’s anti-inflammatories. Inflammation, simply put, means that the body is on fire. When the body becomes acidic from a predominately acid forming diet, the adrenal glands are affected and become weak making it harder for the body to adequately defend itself against the inflammation which is a killer of cells. Dr. Morse tells us that “the body, in its infinite wisdom tries to compensate for this acidic condition by several methods, including: steroid production, cholesterol (lipid) plaquing, calcium extraction, and electrolyte or fluid retention.” This is the body’s attempt to alkalize itself – to fight acidosis in a highly acidic body. Alkalization is key to tissue regeneration, to the breaking up of stones, and to the removal of plaqued lipids. Lipid plaquing from inflammation/acidosis causes poor circulation leading to tissue death, heart attack and strokes.”
The plaquing from inflammation is what the medical doctors emphasize when they talk about high cholesterol levels (LDL’s, HDL’s). They then give you prescription drugs to supposedly solve the cholesterol issues and the high blood pressure as well as other medical issues.
Are you still confused? What do you need to know to understand about the LDL and HDL? We are often told the LDL is high, the HDL is high, or the LDL is high and the HDL is low, or the LDL is low and the HDL is high. Or, that the LDL is the Bad Cholesterol and the HDL is the good Cholesterol. But what does that all mean?
To make it simple, Cholesterol is essential for the formation of steroids (anti-inflammatory: anabolic type), bile acids and cellular wall membranes. Cholesterol can only be used by the body in its free form. This free cholesterol is then bound or connected to transporters for transport through the blood to the cells. In most cooked foods, and especially meats, lipids become bonded and are no longer free. The LDL and HDL are proteins. LDL’s are low-density proteins, and HDL’s are high-density proteins. I never really understood this, and it is interesting to find out that LDL’s are related not only to blood problems, but liver issues, malabsorption, hyperthyroidism, sepsis and stress to name a few health problems. And, that HDL’s are related to adrenal function, biliary cirrhosis, nephritis, high blood pressure and/or other conditions, and dietary habits or, the over eating of meats.
In conclusion, from what I have researched, most of the cholesterol problems are related to, again, the liver and the adrenal glands, which are in turn the cause of a myriad of health issues, over and above the only ones we hear about, in relation to cholesterol, which are the heart problems and blood pressure problems. And, that the foods we eat are the cause of the cause of most health issues.
Also, how I see it, the LDL and HDL numbers need to balance correctly for everything to be normal in the Liver and Adrenal Gland activity areas of the body. If the Liver is not working correctly and the Adrenal Glands are weak, that does not create balance. Everyone has their own LDL and HDL numbers. If you have any questions, you need to discuss your numbers with your doctor and hopefully he can explain what they represent in a way that you can understand them.
I like what Dr. Morse suggests when he talks about removing the firewall safely. “It is not difficult to remove this plaque and to break up lipid-type stones if you consume an 80-100 percent raw-food diet. Raw foods remove inflammation through alkalization and increased steroid production, thus dissolving stones and plaque lipids. This will unclog the body, increasing blood flow to tissues, which in turn increases nutrition and energy to cells. This will restore or regenerate these weakened areas.”
I hope this has helped one and all to better understand Cholesterol.
The answer to all the above issues, of course, leads back to the need for DETOXIFICATION.
ALKALIZE AND ENERGIZE, AND YOUR BODY WILL CLEAN AND REBUILD ITSELF.