Saying cholesterol inside arteries causes heart disease is like saying flies cause manure piles. Just because they are there, doesn’t mean they caused it. Let me explain…
First of all, let us define what cholesterol actually is. Cholesterol is NOT a fat; it is what’s known as a high molecular weight sterol.
Here are just a few examples of what cholesterol actually does:
- It is an important component of cell membranes
- Cholesterol is used by the body as raw material for the healing process. This is the reason the injured areas in the arteries have cholesterol in them. (more on this later)
- Cholesterol is found in large amounts in brain tissue where it is needed for normal brain function. Research has shown that cholesterol in eggs is helpful to older people whose memory is declining.
- Adrenal and gonadal hormones are made from cholesterol. These are stress handling, energy producing and reproductive hormones. (This is why serum cholesterol elevates with prolonged stress.
- Vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin.
- Cholesterol is needed in large amounts in the skin where it is vital for skin health and strength.
I am going to draw your attention to how magnets work in conjunction with each other. Magnets have a north pole and a south pole and do two things: attract and repel. When we played with magnets in grade school, the simple observation was made that the north pole of one and the north pole of another repelled each other. The same thing happened with two south poles being put together. Then putting north and south pole close together caused attraction. An electrostatic force of attraction is the force between two polar opposites (positive and negative).
The luminal (inner) surface of the vascular wall is coated with highly negatively charged protein complexes. It also has long been recognized that vertebrate red blood cells (RBC’s) are negatively charged. So, let’s do some math and put 1 and 1 together.
If the lining of the vessel wall has a negative charge and the RBC has a negative charge, wouldn’t it stand to reason that they would repel each other; based on how magnets work? In fact that is how it works inside our bodies. When a RBC is flowing through our artery, it is being repelled from the wall. In other words, it doesn’t come in contact with the arterial wall. The only way that the RBC would come into contact with the wall of the artery is if one of the charges of either the arterial wall or the RBC would change. The main reasons for the charge of the RBC to change would be due to a several immune system assault, severe inflammatory conditions or connective tissue disorders. These situations are much more uncommon than the arterial wall ionic charge to change. And incidentally, RBCs regenerate themselves every 3 months or so. Situations that will cause the arterial wall charge to change are much more common. These would be junk foods like white sugar, refined carbohydrates, and hydrogenated oils, to name a few. These are known as PROoxidants. Oxidation inside our body is like rust on a car; eventually, if not addressed, it can lead to bigger problems.
This is where ANTIoxidants come into play. ANTIoxidants come from organic vegetables (especially the green ones), free range/organic beef, and natural fats like coconut oil and butter, to name a few. Different nutrients have the same effect; vitamins A, C, E, zinc, and selenium. Not many people (doctors included) are unaware that our body’s bile is a HUGE ANTIoxidant. Look for more on bile’s function at a later date. ANTIoxidants can slow down the aging process.
That was a lot of information in a short period of time, but needed to be explained.
Now that I have explained how arterial degeneration happens, we can get to how cholesterol ends up in our arteries.
As the ionic charge of the artery changes to a slightly positive charge, it then starts to attract the RBCs. As the RBCs contact the arterial wall, friction is created. Friction inside our arteries is just like land erosion from a river. We have two types of arteries; straight and curved. The straight ones (femoral, radial) are not the ones to be overly concerned about. The curved arteries (coronary) are what I am going to draw your attention to. Why? Tire wear is greatest on the curves of race tracks; not on the straight-aways. It’s where the friction is greatest. The same thing happens inside our arteries.
As the friction continues, the arterial degeneration continues. This creates a weakness of the arterial wall. As the artery continues to degenerate (slowly), the body’s innate wisdom speaks and says, “We need to protect this fragile and weakened environment”. The body then lays a coating of cholesterol down to brace this weakened area; much like applying spackle to a cracked wall. As we continue to eat junk food, the ionization continues to change toward more positive. As long as this ionic change continues, the arterial degeneration will continue. As this degeneration continues, the body will continue to apply cholesterol to the area.
Cholesterol deposition inside your arteries is actually protecting you from a catastrophic event from happening sooner.
Eventually, this cholesterol deposition WILL get to the point of narrowing the artery such that it inhibits the blood from flowing efficiently. This is the point where a heart surgeon says that he sees cholesterol blockage inside the coronary arteries.
So…the biggest thing that you can do for your heart and artery health is to consume good food and quality nutrients that have ANTIoxidant affects. And, for God’s sake, STOP EATING SUGAR. This will not only prevent vascular degeneration, but can help to heal an already weakened system. If given a chance, the body can heal quickly…sometimes very quickly.
To summarize: No ionic change, no attraction and contact. No contact, no friction. No friction, no degeneration. No degeneration, no cholesterol deposition.