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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: cholesterol | blood sugar | heart disease

Is Cholesterol Good or Bad?

David Brownstein, M.D. By Tuesday, 08 January 2019 04:42 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Conventional medicine would have you believe that everyone should have their cholesterol levels checked yearly. Their mantra is that high cholesterol (greater than 200 mg/dL) automatically increases your risk for heart disease.

What the powers-that-be fail to mention is that just half of all fatal heart attacks occur in people with high cholesterol levels. That means that the other half of fatal heart attacks occurred in those without high cholesterol levels.

Conventional doctors also generally believe that anyone with elevated cholesterol should be placed on a statin drug. That is just plain wrong.

Statin drugs have been around for many years. They have yet to be shown to decrease the incidence of death. In fact, the best the statins offer is a slight — approximately 1 percent — reduction in nonfatal heart attacks.

There is no reduction in overall death rate with the use of statins.

In fact, as you age it is better to maintain higher cholesterol levels because the body needs adequate amounts for optimal brain and immune system function.

A recent study on elderly hospitalized patients found that increased levels of serum and total cholesterol were associated with a reduced mortality risk.

Even in those with genetic predispositions to very high cholesterol levels (greater than 300 mg/dL), lowering cholesterol with statin use has not been shown to increase longevity.

Take me, for instance. In my case, the chances of a routine blood test detecting elevated cholesterol or blood sugar is remote. But if the screening test reveals my blood sugar is rising or my cholesterol is rising or falling, it could indicate a future problem.

All in all, I would consider checking my fasting glucose level and forgo cholesterol testing. Blood sugar testing can be done for about $10.

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Conventional medicine would have you believe that everyone should have their cholesterol levels checked yearly.
cholesterol, blood sugar, heart disease
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 04:42 PM
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