What Most Doctors
Won't Tell You About Cholesterol:
You Throwing Away Your Egg Yolks?
By Dr. Ben
on July 14, 2011
my university years, I used to frustrate my parents by throwing away
egg yolks and eating only the whites. No worries, I thought, as my
parents just didn't know enough to realize that I was reducing my
risk of heart disease by avoiding cholesterol. Looking back, I'm sure
that my parents were wondering how I could so easily toss away egg
yolks that their families were able afford only a few times a year
in Korea in the 1940s.
I am grateful to have a better understanding of the relationship between
cholesterol and my health. How about you? Are you afraid of having
high cholesterol? Are you throwing away your egg yolks because you
think it's good for your health? Are you taking cholesterol-lowering
medication or considering it?
answered yes to any of these questions, I hope that you will consider
the work of Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, author of The Cholesterol Myths:
Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart
Disease. I consider Dr. Ravnskov to be the world's leading expert
on the relationship between cholesterol and human health.
are some facts from his book:
is not a deadly poison, but a substance that is absolutely necessary
for you to be healthy. High cholesterol itself does not cause heart
who have low blood cholesterol have the same rates of heart disease
as people who have high blood cholesterol.
cholesterol found in your blood comes from two sources: cholesterol
in food that you eat and cholesterol that your liver makes from
other nutrients. What's interesting is that the amount of cholesterol
that your liver produces varies according to how much cholesterol
you eat. The more cholesterol you eat, the less your liver produces.
And vice versa - the less cholesterol you eat, the more your liver
produces. This is why a low cholesterol diet does not decrease a
person's blood cholesterol by more than a few percent.
that solely lower your cholesterol do not decrease your risk of
dying from heart disease, nor do they increase your lifespan. These
drugs pose dangers to your health and may decrease your lifespan.
newer cholesterol-lowering drugs - called statins - do reduce your
risk of heart disease, but through mechanisms that are not related
to lower blood cholesterol. Unfortunately, statins like lipitor,
mevacor, zocor, pravachol, and lescol are known to stimulate cancer
book provides solid evidence that supports these and other facts that
have me convinced that many doctors don't have a clue about cholesterol
and health. Sadly, conventional guidelines that promote lowering your
cholesterol for a healthy heart are influenced in large part by large
pharmaceutical companies that are making billions of dollars with
are my personal guidelines on cholesterol, based on my research and
evaluating the blood test results and health of hundreds of people
I have worked with over the past several years.
cholesterol of 150 (3.9 in Canada) or lower is not healthy for most
people. Low cholesterol over the long term can cause depression,
increased risk of stroke, and numerous problems related to hormonal
imbalances. If you are not getting enough vitamin D from your diet,
having low cholesterol can lead to vitamin D deficiency, as sunlight
can only create vitamin D in your body by acting on cholesterol
found in your skin.
HDL/total cholesterol ratio should be at least 25-30 percent. The
higher this ratio, the better. If this ratio is 10-15 percent or
lower, there is a high risk of eventually having a heart attack.
want to have your triglyceride/HDL ratio be lower than
your HDL/total cholesterol and tryglyceride/HDL ratios are in the
ranges listed above, and you are eating mainly undamaged cholesterol,
having a total cholesterol of more than 200 (5.2 in Canada) is not
a problem. In fact, even people whose genetics cause them to have
total cholesterol above 350 (9.0 in Canada) have been shown to have
no elevated risk of heart disease as long as their ratios are fine
and they stay away from eating damaged cholesterol.
hope that you will join me in never throwing away another egg
more information on Dr. Ravnskov and his book, you can visit http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm
of eggs, so many of the guests who have visited our clinic have
benefited from our guidelines on eggs that I wrote them up in
a separate article. You can read these guidelines here.
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