People who are not directly involved in the research of drugs, or production and sale thereof, have no idea of all malpractices and even all criminal practices that are used. The same medical pseudoscience wants us, bodybuilders, to believe how incredibly dangerous we are engaged by using anabolic steroids. In particular, the shift of the "good" HDL to the "bad" LDL would clog our arteries and cause a premature death. The truth however is different.
Cholesterol needed to build Muscle
Steve Riechman, a researcher in the Department of Health and Kinesiology of the Texas A&M University study, says the study reveals that LDL is not the evil Darth Vader of health it has been made out to be in recent years and that new attitudes need to be adopted in regards to the substance. His work, with help from colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, is published in the Journal of Gerontology.
The study showed that after fairly vigorous workouts, participants who had gained the most muscle mass also had the highest levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, "a very unexpected result and one that surprised us.
"It shows that you do need a certain amount of LDL to gain more muscle mass. There's no doubt you need both — the LDL and the HDL — and the truth is, it (cholesterol) is all good. You simply can't remove all the 'bad' cholesterol from your body without serious problems occurring."
Cholesterol is found in all humans and is a type of fat around the body. A person's total cholesterol level is comprised of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
"People often say, 'I want to get rid of all my bad (LDL) cholesterol,' but the fact is, if you did so, you would die," the professor adds. "Everyone needs a certain amount of both LDL and HDL in their bodies. We need to change this idea of LDL always being the evil thing – we all need it, and we need it to do its job."
"Our tissues need cholesterol, and LDL delivers it," he notes. "HDL, the good cholesterol, cleans up after the repair is done. And the more LDL you have in your blood, the better you are able to build muscle during resistance training." "The bottom line is that LDL — the bad cholesterol — serves as a reminder that something is wrong and we need to find out what it is," Riechman says.
"It gives us warning signs. Is smoking the problem, is it diet, is it lack of exercise that a person's cholesterol is too high? It plays a very useful role, does the job it was intended to do, and we need to back off by always calling it 'bad' cholesterol because it is not totally bad."
The Cholesterol-lie: people with high cholesterol live longer…
An awfull lot of people swallow, sometimes many years in succession, cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins.
People are told that bad cholesterol is associated with a high risk of a heart attack. As a result, people flock to take statins and avoid foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol. Saturated fat could increase cholesterol levels which would clog our arteries, with an heart attack as a result. This is also known as “The Saturated Fat Hypothesis” of cardiovascular diseases. Some studies in the seventies have shown that an elevated LDL level is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease. All these studies were paid for and maintained by the pharmaceutical industry that makes and sells cholesterol-lowering drugs. Meanwhile, many arts contests of these investigations the truth. The latest surveys show include the following:
* People with high cholesterol often live longer
* People suffering from heart disease often have low cholesterol
*Cholesterol-lowering drugs do not lead to a reduction in the number of heart diseases. Despite widespread use statins do not appear to increase the life expectancy in most cases. Lowering cholesterol has become a huge global industry, with a revenue from at least 29 billion dollars (22 billion euros) every year.
Are the facts about heart disease, cholesterol and cholesterol-lowering drugs deliberately distorted by pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers to make more profit? Few people will realize that when they go to the pharmacy with a prescription from their doctor, they actually sign their own death sentence.
Millions of people take cholesterol-lowering statins worldwide and millions of people get Alzheimer's Disease and / or Dementia.
After the way the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently made serious attempts to exclude the beneficial substance CBD, derived from the hemp plant, from the US market in favor of the pharmaceutical industry which is experimenting with a variety of synthetic and later patented varieties and blackmail Robert De Niro by the same people, it once again became painfully obvious that the real money is involved only in the pharmaceutical industry that has no respect for human lives.
That they are willing shamelessly about seem to be shown by the fact that there are many millions of deceased people on Earth as a result of the use of cholesterol-lowering statins.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is made in the liver.
The "official" story as prescribed by the pharmaceutical industry and so is echoed by governments and bodies such as the NHS, is as follows: Doctors prescribe statins for all cardiovascular patients with narrowed arteries and anyone with a high risk of cardiovascular disease. There are several types of medications to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Statins are the most commonly prescribed. Statins have a powerful and effective effect. They inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver. If you stop taking statins, the cholesterol level increases. Therefore, it is important that the drugs continue to take every day. For most people the word cholesterol has a negative connotation and they have the idea that everything that lowers their cholesterol level is good. That is absolutely not true, because our body needs cholesterol. That is also the reason that the body constantly produces this substance in the liver. The place where the cholesterol is desperately needed, is in our brains and nervous system. Of all the cholesterol about 25 percent is found in the nervous system.
One of the most important properties of cholesterol is that it is necessary to make hormones and neurotransmitters that the cells need to be able to communicate with each other. Without enough cholesterol in your body your brain cells will die. In addition, cholesterol is also an antioxidant that protects the body against cancer and plays an important role in the production of vitamin D.
The number of people with Alzheimer's and dementia worldwide and in our country already alarmingly high, but is expected to increase much further. The cause is then called "the age". When people age, their brains will not just spontaneously stop working properly. In addition, dementia is diagnosed increasingly in younger and younger people. This is quite similar to the age group who take statins to lower their cholesterol levels. The following picture shows clearly what happens to brains if cholesterol is removed. It looks like there are large holes in the brains, and the patients develop large holes in their memory. On the left, the brains of an average person with unaffected brains and the right of someone with advanced Alzheimer's disease.
Estimates of how many people die a premature death caused by statin-induced dementia and / or Alzheimer's vary, but there will be millions worldwide.
And so the knife cuts back on many sides for the elite. There is alone on statins each year a turnover of approximately 29 billion dollars.
Not just large groups of useless blackheads and older people disappear, they also save money in addition to pensions and earn a lotta money on statins.
Where does it mean when prescribing statins to all those people around the world? The prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Not only recent studies show that statins instead of preventing these diseases they just cause it, but there is actually almost always as a simple natural solution to prevent these diseases.
More and more doctors, such as Dr. Philip Blair after investigation concluded that prevention of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by better use of, for example CBD. There will be more and more evidence that cardiovascular diseases are related to chronic inflammation processes, something that means as CBD ideally suited for it.
Inflammation causes coronary artery disease, by inflaming the arteries. Over time, the inside of the arteries become scarred-up, causing the cholesterol to stick to the artery wall, eventually blocking them. Inflammation in western cultures is most commonly caused by....wait for it....SUGAR.
One of the biggest cholesterol myths out there has to do with dietary fat. Although most of us have been taught that a high-fat diet causes cholesterol problems, this isn't entirely true. Here's why: The type of fat that you eat is more important than the amount of fat. Trans fats or hydrogenated fats and saturated fats promote abnormal cholesterol, whereas omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats actually improve the type and quantity of the cholesterol your body produces.
In reality, the biggest source of abnormal cholesterol is not fat at all -- it's sugar. The sugar you consume converts to fat in your body. And the worst culprit of all is high fructose corn syrup. Consumption of high fructose corn syrup, which is present in sodas, many juices, and most processed foods, is the primary nutritional cause of most of the cholesterol issues doctors see in their patients.
The “Cholesterol Hypothesis” essentially holds that the:
• Higher the levels of total cholesterol the higher the risk of heart disease
• Higher the level of LDL cholesterol the higher the risk of heart disease
• Lower the levels of HDL cholesterol, the higher the risk of heart disease
In 2007, Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease: From the Cholesterol Hypothesis to Omega-6/Omega-3 Balance, concludes that:
• “High blood cholesterol level is not a major causative factor for atherosclerosis”
• “High cholesterol is a predictor of low mortality rates from cancer and all causes.”
• High dietary omega-6/omega-3 ratios “is the major risk factor for coronary heart disease.”
“Few cardiology specialists around the world have accepted that there is no clinical evidence for ‘the lower, the better hypothesis’. The majority of clinicians still appear to accept the results of meta-analysis of reports, including those published before 2004 when new penal regulations on the clinical trials came into effect.”
Thus, high sugar, too much omega-6, trans-fats or a combination of these factors? What most experts do agree on that the main cause is life-style and nutrients. If you live a healthy life, do your work-outs, don’t smoke or drink too much, eat your veggies and fruit, you’ll be fine. A junk day now and then won’t hurt you!!! And a smart cycle with a proper PCT won’t hurt you that much either. Just be smart and educate yourself. More people die from prescription drugs.
Let's examine what the function of cholesterol is in our bodies:
Repairing cells: Cholesterol is essential in the formation of new cells and in the repair of worn out cells or injured cells as it is an important component of the cell membrane. Thus cholesterol can rightly be called the building block for bodily tissues.
Brain function: Cholesterol has a very critical role to play in the nervous system. Treating the neurons with a 10 mcg/mL solution of cholesterol increased synapse formation by 12 times and thus improved learning and memory.
Manufacture of Vitamin D: Cholesterol is the precursor of Vitamin D. Sunlight converts cholesterol to vitamin D which is essential for calcium metabolism, blood sugar regulation, improving immunity and cancer prevention. Most foods that are cholesterol dense are also good sources of vitamin D – e.g. meat, poultry, egg etc.
Hormone Synthesis: Cholesterol helps in the synthesis of most steroid hormones. Cholesterol is the precursor of pregnenolone. Pregnenolone can either be converted to progesterone or testosterone (sex hormones). It also helps in the formation of glucocorticoids (help in blood sugar regulation) and mineralocorticoids (fluid balance and blood pressure regulation)
Bile production: Body uses cholesterol for synthesis of bile which emulsifies fat. Liver helps in the conversion of cholesterol to bile acid. Higher the cholesterol to cholic acid ratio faster is the production of bile acids.
Antioxidant: HDL cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant. It scavenges free radicals and prevent oxidative damage in the system. Thus, reduces the incidence of metabolic syndrome. So, it is obvious that cholesterol has some very important functions when it comes to our good health. So why is it considered a villain to be eliminated?
I think that, by lowering cholesterol, all they are doing is hastening our deaths. Rather than address the real cause of heart disease, which is our poor western diet, the entire medical community wants our cholesterol levels way down. Without addressing and removing sources of inflammatory-causing foods that are rampant in our diet, they just want us to take a statin pill instead, even though the studies show it has no effect on preventing heart disease. I find it terribly disturbing that this myth is pushed so heavily by the very people we rely on to keep us healthy. I've never seen one doctor who inquired about my diet, or given me any nutritional advice. Medical students only get a week of nutrition education in medical school. Before 2004, a 130-milligram LDL cholesterol level was considered healthy.
The updated guidelines, however, recommended levels of less than 100, or even less than 70 for patients at very high risk -- levels that often require multiple cholesterol-lowering drugs t o achieve. In 2006, a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that there is insufficient evidence to support the target numbers outlined by the panel. The authors of the review were unable to find research providing evidence that achieving a specific LDL target level was important in and of itself, and found that the studies attempting to do so suffered from major flaws.
Several of the scientists who helped develop the guidelines even admitted that the scientific evidence supporting the less-than-70 recommendation was not very strong! So how did these excessively low cholesterol guidelines come about? Eight of the nine doctors on the panel that developed the new cholesterol guidelines had been making money from the drug companies that manufacture statin cholesterol-lowering drugs -- wouldn't you know it, the same drugs the new guidelines suddenly created a dramatically larger market for in the United States.
“With more than one million heart failure hospitalizations every year in the USA, the rapidly increasing prevalence of congestive heart failure is now described as an epidemic and it is likely that statin drug therapy is a major contributing factor.”
" … between 1994 and 2006 the percentage of men aged 65 to 74 with 'high' cholesterol decreased from 87% to 54% … Despite this, the rate of coronary heart disease for this age group stayed about the same … Other age groups have experienced an increase in the rate of heart disease as the number of people with 'high' cholesterol has decreased."
The Framingham Heart Study
Now here's something you might find surprising: it turns out evidence linking high cholesterol to heart disease is actually weak, including the results of The Framingham Heart Study, which is often cited as proof of the lipid hypothesis (the notion that dietary fat leads to high cholesterol and causes heart disease).
The Framingham Heart Study began in 1948 and involved some 6,000 people from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts who filled out detailed questionnaires about their lifestyle habits and diets. The study is credited with identifying heart disease risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and, yes, high cholesterol.
Despite being widely publicized, the cholesterol link was weak, as researchers noted those who weighed more and had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels were slightly more at risk for future heart disease. What you don't hear about is the fact that the more cholesterol and saturated fat people ate, the lower their cholesterol levels. Dr. William Castelli, a former director of the Framingham Heart study, stated:
"In Framingham, Mass., the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person's serum cholesterol … We found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active."
If high cholesterol and high-fat diets are really NOT the cause of heart disease, then how did this massive misinformation campaign start? It actually started more than 100 years a go when the lipid hypothesis was developed by a German pathologist named Rudolph Virchow. After studying arterial plaques from corpses, he theorized that cholesterol in your blood led to the development of plaques in your arteries.
Meanwhile, in 1913 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Nikolaj Nikolajewitsch Anitschkow fed rabbits cholesterol and determined that it led to atherosclerotic changes (apparently no one questioned the fact that rabbits are herbivores and do not naturally consume cholesterol!).
This started the notion that eating cholesterol leads to plaque deposits in your arteries, and at that time it was believed that all cholesterol in your blood was due to dietary sources. This, however, is not true, as it's now known that your liver makes about 75 percent of your body's cholesterol. That's right! Even if you didn't eat any cholesterol, you would still have cholesterol in your body, which is a good thing considering it's needed by every one of your cells to produce cell membranes.
Bodybuilders from the “Golden Era” of Bodybuilding, and before, knew that steak - eggs (with yolk) – milk GOMAD (gallon of milk a day) and not the skimmed pasteurized or homogenized version, were excellent sources of protein and fat. They ate the natural version and even ate raw meat and drank raw eggs (remember Rocky). They were still untouched by disinformation by Big Pharma – Big Food and Big Supplements.
After the “low Fat” myth, saturated fat was considered less healthy because they made us believe it could contribute to increased cholesterol levels. New research debunked that myth and showed that increased consumption of saturated fat may increase testosterone levels, especially if you lift weights. Resulting in muscle gain and increases in strength and muscle mass.
As we should know variation in our sources of nutrition are vital. Omega-3 fatty acids are purported to improve heart health, but research indicates that this type of fat may also promote muscle gain. A study published in the October 2010 issue of the "Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition" found that six weeks of supplementation with an omega-3 fatty acid product resulted in a .5 kg, or 1.1 lb, gain in muscle mass and a 1.1 lb. reduction in fat mass. Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fats that are found in fatty fish, olive oil and nuts.