How to Sculpt Your Abs by Reducing Cholesterol

You might be stunned at the REAL causes of heart disease really, it’s NOT saturated fat or cholesterol

We should all know that heart disease is one of the main reasons and killers of people around the globe, particularly highest and greatest in countries such as the US and Australia.

And did you know that there has been a multitude of medical studies worldwide that definately show that higher cholesterol levels in the body basically increases longevity instead of decreasing it? Yes, you heard it right! People with high cholesterol have been statistically shown to live a lot longer and healthier than people with low cholesterol in many studies. There are multitudes of references for this miracle in Shane Ellison’s debatable book, The Hidden Truth about Cholesterol Lowering Drugs, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov’s (MD, PhD) book entitled The Cholesterol Myths, as well as Sally Fallon and Mary Enig’s book, Nourishing Traditions.

So why is it that the pharmaceutical and medical industry are pushing for nearly everyone on earth to “lower their cholesterol”? Probably, the first, and more innocent point, is flawed medical studies from decades ago that have been appraised and accepted as fact and never fully studied for their claim. Possibly another reason is that this practice of suggesting that half of the whole damn planet takes a cholesterol lowering medication (currently, statins), regardless of if they truly have any real risk for heart disease, creates insane multi-billion dollar profits for the drug companies!

As a perfect example of how doctors have been wrongly misguided and influenced by the drug companies… a couple years ago, I was a perfectly healthy 28 yr old, in great shape, exercising daily, eating a balanced healthy diet full of antioxidants and quality nutrition, no smoking, and with no real risk factors for heart disease, and just because my cholesterol level has been consistently measured over 200 for my entire life, my doctor recommended I consider using a cholesterol lowering statin drugs.

Consider how bizzar this scenario is! The drug companies have spellbinded doctors into prescribing unnecessary prescription drugs to healthy young people with perfectly normal cholesterol levels that just happen to be over this arbitrary number of 200 that they’ve come up with.

Luckily, I refused to be a guinea pig and fork over my hard earned dough for potentially dangerous drugs, and decided to start researching this whole cholesterol and heart disease connection.

Considering also that my father, who is now 60 years old, has had cholesterol levels slightly over 200 his entire life also (just like me), yet he is perfectly healthy at his ripe age of 60.

High Cholesterol is NOT the Culprit!

As time goes on and scientists continue to learn more about heart disease, it has become quite evident over the recent years that inflammation within the body (NOT cholesterol levels) is what causes plaque build up in the arteries and eventual heart disease.

Inflammation can be caused by many personal factors such as stress, smoking, viruses, consumption of refined and/or hydrogenated fats (man made trans fats) an imbalance of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats to omega-3 polyunsaturated fats in the diet, excess refined sugars in the diet, etc.

Here’s a fast way of how it works in general.

Cholesterol is a healing substance within the body (among many other important functions), and responds to arterial inflammation by getting deposited in combination with other substances, forming “plaque” as a healing agent on the artery lining.

Levels of inflammation in your body can be measured with what’s called a CRP test (c-reactive protein). The accuracy of this test still has room for improvement, as it can vary depending on the time of day and other factors, but it is a much better indication of heart disease risk than a cholesterol test (which is practically useless for determining heart disease risk).

A more important test other than cholesterol levels for heart disease risk is a test for serum homocysteine levels. The next time your doctor wants you to get blood cholesterol tests, request CRP and homocysteine tests instead. He/she should be well aware of the validity of these tests if they are up to date.

By and large, if you have significant internal inflammation, this plaque will be deposited as a healing agent regardless of whether you have high or low cholesterol. On the other hand, if you don’t have inflammation, high cholesterol levels just keep circulating without getting deposited on the artery linings. Therefore, it is more important to control inflammation rather than trying to lower your cholesterol.

Lowering your cholesterol doesn’t attack the root of the problem (what is actually causing the inflammation in you). Lowering your cholesterol does nothing except to make the drug companies wealthy, and leave you with a whole assortment of possible negative side-effects.

The good news is that preventing heart disease is about living a healthy lifestyle, not about throwing down a drug pill everyday. Controlling your inflammation to prevent heart disease is as easy as reducing the stress in your life (try deep breathing exercises, Qigong, yoga, etc.),

maintaining a healthy weight, eating a high-antioxidant, highly nutritious unprocessed diet (as recommended in my Truth about Six Pack Abs program), and avoiding smoking and other causes of heavy free radical production in the body. Do you know how to sculpt your abs? What about ripped abs? Reduce fat intake and exercise is the bottom line.

I hope this article has given you some helpful info about the real causes of heart disease and not the propaganda that has been shoved down your throat for years, based on flawed medical studies from 40-50 years ago, making drug companies filthy rich.

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