Heart Attacks and Normal Cholesterol
I am privileged to share with you information that can change your life. My inspiration for sharing this article comes from stories patients, friends and colleagues have shared with me. The question that I have searched to find truth about is the following: Why are people with normal cholesterol still dying from heart attacks? What is missing from the heart disease equation? If it was just a cholesterol issue, people with normal cholesterol levels would not be dying at early ages from heart disease.
In order to understand what is happening, we have to look at what causes all disease processes, oxidative stress. So, what is oxidation? Oxidation is a normal process that takes place within our bodies. The only problem with it is the reaction produces free radicals. Free radicals are like scavengers, they float around in the body causing damage to all the cells and tissues. Several studies are now revealing that it is the oxidation of cholesterol that causes it to become sticky and adhere to arterial walls and it is not the amount of cholesterol in your body. Cholesterol is a vital substance in the body and is important in the makeup of cell membranes and the production of hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. By lowering cholesterol with drugs, a host of problems will manifest. Another factor that is more of an indicator of your risk of heart disease is inflammation. So, many people have asked me how do you prevent this from occurring and how do I know if my oxidative stress and inflammation levels are elevated.
In order to combat the free radicals from oxidation, your body must have a good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants will react with the free radicals preventing them from reacting with the cholesterol and therefore prevent the adherence to the arterial walls. Oxidative stress and inflammation levels can be tested with a simple saliva and urine test. In my office, we have had tremendous success at lowering these two damaging processes all through natural means. I hope you have found this information informative and helpful. Please feel free to contact me at my office if you have questions.