Recently Dr. Brouse gave a most enlightening tele-clinic on Cholesterol ~ the good, the bad, the myths surrounding cholesterol. I’d like to share some of those myths with you. But first, let me introduce you to Dr. Brouse if you’re not familiar with him. He is a Chiropractic physician, Biochemist, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, teacher, lecturer on health preservation and disease prevention.
As a young graduate, he had the opportunity to spend time with Dr. Shaklee. Those conversations left a lasting imprint on Dr.
Brouse’s life and practice. It was Dr. Shaklee’s deep, abiding respect to Nature’s Laws to never compromise the purity, the quality, the balance as is found in Nature. To give you just one example is Urease (more on this later). He founded Sunnyside Health Center and Chiropractic Clinic in 1977. Many 1000’s of people in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe have regained a greater measure of health under his clinic’s health professionals’ recommendations.
www.sunnysidehealthcenter.com. Phone: 503.631.4184
So, what did he have to say about cholesterol? Take a walk with me through its history… 40 years ago, no concern for cholesterol levels until they were over 400! What has been agreed upon by the Medical Profession is that one of the worst piece of advice ever given was to be on ‘low fat’ diets… cutting out butter, eggs ~ all animal components that contain cholesterol. What happened during this time? There was an increase in heart disease!
Over 200 researchers determined that the cholesterol/heart disease link was a myth and presented this evidence to Congress and asked: “Why are we still pushing this when we know it’s not true?”
2011: Amercian Heart Assoc. official statement “that cholesterol intake in our diet has nothing to do with cholesterol levels in our blood.” (The liver manufactures 4X’s more cholesterol than can be absorbed from a fatty meal). By this time, though, statin drugs were standard therapy and FDA approved. They do lower cholesterol but not without collateral damage like decreasing Co-enzyme Q10 thus increasing the risk of heart muscle disease. Please, if you are taking a statin drug, do also take CoQ Heart. Let’s get the stress in our lives under control for our bodies have to manufacture more cholesterol to make cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, Vit D3 etc. Our bodies can also eliminate damaged cholesterol.
Cholesterol is necessary for lipid (fat) layer that sandwiches between 2 protein layers and acts as a gate mechanism helping to organize proteins. Proteins made in the cell are dictated by the genetics in the nucleus. Proteins need to get out of the cell. Cholesterol is the organizer of protein secretions from the cell.
Proteins grow hair, fingernails, skin, liver cells, and muscles. When cholesterol is too low, protein metabolism begins to decrease and the body says “we need cholesterol.” It’s called ‘cell signaling’.
Cholesterol is predicted to be important for all diseases where there is tissue and accelerated aging.
Accelerated aging = problem with cholesterol metabolism.
25% of all cholesterol is found in the brain! It’s important for the neural connections so decisions can be made. It’s involved in neuro transmitters – how we communicate between brain cells.
Cholesterol too high?
Cholesterol lowering drugs will lower cholesterol but will not stop the disease process. BE WARE of receiving a Rx even if your levels are good. Please see Dr. Brouse’s recommendations for diet and supplementation (coming up soon)
Cholesterol too low?
Impaired cognitive fx, muscular-skeletal disorders, depression extremely high – 1/3 of patients studied by the Harvard group – people on statins who lowered their cholesterol experienced depression and were more likely to commit suicide – correlated with lowering of cholesterol.
What is your ratio? You’ll need to know your total cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Divide the total by the HDL. If your answer is less than 5 – that’s great! Here’s an ex: total cholesterol of 250 mg; HDL would be 40. Ideally the HDL would be 55. In Japan, if cholesterol is higher than 250 mg., hospitalization follows and patient is on about 25 Omegaguard/day! Keep that in mind as we now look at diet, exercise, and food supplement plan.
Increase good cholesterol by increasing antioxidants in the diet.
Diet Yes’s: Eat healthy whole foods: some grains, Green vegetables, fruits and vegetables, nuts & seeds. Cultured foods: sauerkraut, Kombucha tea, fermented vegies. Fermented vegies help the flora in the mouth.
Eat more raw foods. An easy way to do this is to make Green Smoothies in a Blendtec or Vita-Mix.
Olive oil, Avocado and Coconut oils are mid-chain fatty acids that do not produce free radicals even when cooked.
Diet No’s: white sugar and white breads, simple carbs – remember these simple carbs are the starting ground for making cholesterol.
Vivix (proven to block bad fat)
Omega’s: Omegaguard shown to reduce cholesterol and reduce free radicals. Omega’s 3’s are the material the body needs for making hormones, for the brain, for the heart….and what’s good for the heart is good for the brain.
Soy Protein: remember that ‘urease’? Dr. Shaklee was so wise in creating our soy protein. What’s the difference with the Shaklee Soy? It’s a cold-water wash process that is the most expensive process and provides the smallest yield for the effort involved. This cold-water wash extraction was perfected by Dr. Shaklee. Using a low temperature, water as the only solvent is the only way to do it. Most companies use heat. Heat destroys UREASE – a marker enzyme in legumes. Our protein has this active enzyme in it – that’s how it’s found in Nature. Dr. Shaklee was a most exceptional researcher, physician, and philosopher. When people ask to compare products, the question to really be asking is: How does Shaklee compare to Nature? How does Brand X compare to how the nutrients are found in Nature.
Cholesterol Reduction Complex: Extract from soy and sterols and stanols. It’s just not possible to as many fruits & vegies as are in the Cholesterol Reduction Complex.
D3: 75-100 is a good zone to be in. (Most people test out in the 20’s or 30’s). If D3 is too low, the body will over produce cholesterol to try to make more D. Contact Linda via email or phone to request D testing and sources.
Exercise: Mild exercise is associated with longevity vs. high-intensity exercise. Reverse heart problems with Dr. Dean Ornish’s Interval training.
Walking 20 – 30 minutes every day has been shown to extend your life! High intensity athletes do not live as long as people who are working steadily at their exercise component. As we age, the need for exercise is just as great, but recovery time takes longer.
Some extras for you from the Q & A session:
Best Vein Nutrients: Vivix, Omega 3’s, and moderate exercise
Stress will increase cholesterol
Statins interfere with Vit. K in the gut and then bone mass is lost and can experience blood clotting problems
Be very careful about levels of C-reactive protein and homocysteine. These 2 are closely associated with heart disease and a host of other auto-immune, free-radical type diseases.
If cholesterol levels are too low, serious health problems result.
www.sunnysidehealthcenter.com. Phone: 503.631.4184 Call and get the ‘Cholesterol’ CD.
ps.Cindy K. just called and said “it’s fantastic. Dr. Brouse is amazing.”