We all know that cholesterol is the bad guy, when thinking of heart or blood vessel disease. But what is rarely talked about (because there are so many anti-cholesterol drugs) is how cholesterol is the bad guy. What is really the problem?
Cholesterol gets laid down on artery walls and ultimately can completely clog them if left unchecked, because of Inflammation. He is the real culprit. How much inflammation is present in your body determines how much cholesterol gets laid down in arteries and how fast. So why is everyone focussed on only part of the problem and really the middle of the story?
Inflammation is tough to stop in someone with allergies, someone under alot of stress, someone who eats an SAD (standard American diet), someone with an autoimmune disease, someone with heart disease. ALOT of people have chronic inflammation that is going untreated and those people are being given alot of challenging anti-cholesterol drugs, when the real problem is no one is reducing inflammation in the body. MD’s have powerful anti-inflammatory drugs but these are not given lightly nor routinely, because of the serious side effects. A simple anti-inflammatory drug that has no side effects has yet to hit the market. Doctors are now all on board with testing your CRP when you have an annual physical. This is an old test that has been trotted out and upgraded for use today to watch your inflammatory quotient. It can be a predictor of heart disease and often leads to the dreaded anti-cholesterol prescription in an attempt to lower one’s risk of a heart attack.
So what can you do? You can find out what your CRP number is and try to get it down using alternative medicines and lifestyle changes. A vegetarian diet helps as does a stress-reducing therapy like yoga, meditation, cycling, swimming, pursuing a hobby or passion that has fallen to the wayside. Identify allergies and be treated for them. Identify what makes you happy in your life and devote more time to that pursuit or person or place. Enjoy yourself!