Do you have any ideas for supplementation for someone who does not respond well to cholesterol lowering drugs? Her arteries are clear (they've been checked), and her heart is strong but has high levels. She is working on her diet and exercise is at a minimum. The doctor is recommending red rice yeast. Thank you for your advice.
I'm not sure what your level of education is, so if you already know what I'm about to write, forgive the "lecture." Consider the following points:
- It has been found that about 80 to 90 percent of all cholesterol in the body is endogenous (meaning: it has been produced inside the body and does NOT come from the foods we eat).
- Due to the many different climates under which different ethnicites of humans evolved, there is a phenomenon called "biochemical individuality." Trying to pin-point high cholesterol as being the same for everyone is absolutely impossible, just as trying to assign the same diet to everyone is impossible, hence the need of Metabolic Typing.
- Cholesterol rises due to any one of a number of causes such as:
- To combat inflammation (yes - cholesterol is an anti-inflammatory) most commonly in the form of "leaky gut syndrome" where the tight gap junctions of the cells in the gut wall become loose, allowing for undigested food particles called "antigens" to pass into the blood stream, triggering the inflammation and an immune response.
- Malnourishment by consumption of too many refined carbohydrates/sugars (even the obese are malnourished!).
- Seasonal changes due to the fact that the body will raise its cholesterol levels in order to lower the freezing point of cells in preparation for winter!
- EXCESS STRESS by way of any of the primary five forms: physical, chemical, electromagnetic, psychic and nutritional.
- Paralleled to the facts above, cholesterol then plays many vital roles in the body such as:
- Precursor to sex hormones, vitamin D and bile production
- Powerful antioxidant to control free radical damage
- Cell membrane integrity helps maintain proper permeability
- Vital to child development in mother's milk
- And more...
So, the question ultimately becomes: WHY is the cholesterol too high (if indeed is actually is), rather than what can be taken to lower the cholesterol? If your client's cholesterol is indeed too high (which again is very relative), than the problem is not the cholesterol, as her body has raised its levels in order to play some type of essential role(s) in your client's survival. The problem is the stressor(s) that originally caused the cholesterol to rise abnormally in the first place. Your client's cholesterol may be high for good reason(s), and the reason(s) may make it dangerous to tamper with mechanically via drugs. The key is to rebalance the system(s) that are operating under excessively stressful conditions to allow the body to lower its cholesterol on its own. Your client needs an assessment of her total stress load. This can be done via an NLC level 2 or 3 (www.chekinstitute.com/prac.cfm) or depending on the seriousness of the situation, a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) (www.healthy.net/asp/Associations/aanp.asp) or clinical nutritionist such as Dr. Dan Kalish (www.drkalish.com) or BioHealth Diagnostics Centers (www.biohealthcenters.com). Until then, here are some basic tips for your client to start implementing into her life immediately:
- Eat for her Metabolic Type.
- Eat organic as much as possible.
- Avoid processed foods - ESPECIALLY refined carbohydrates/sugars!
- Drink half her bodyweight in ounces of clean fluoride/chlorine free water daily.
- Follow a four day rotational diet to give her immune system a rest (can help with leaky gut!).
- Be in bed by 10pm until 6am minimum.
- Be very careful with her exercise intensity. Exercise causes stress, which is ultimately exponential. The wrong types/intensities of exercise can stimulate an undesired effect, which is why the total stress load assessment is needed.
- Consider taking these essential supplements once her nutrition is in place:
- Probiotics such as Interplexus's "Repleniss" (www.needs.com)
- Omega 3 (from fish oils) such as Carlson's "Fish Oil" for warm climates or "Cod Liver Oil" for cold climates (www.carlsonlabs.com)
- Multivitamin/mineral such as Ultralife's "Synergy-Com" Metabolic Typing specific vitamins/minerals (www.ultralifeinc.com)
- Rest, rest, rest as often as possible.
These are the foundational health principles, and they must be in place in order for any other treatment options to take root successfully.