Cholesterol: What you may not know 

 February 18, 2013

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

AMechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – I went to a continuing education seminar last weekend (it is 2/17/2013 as I write this) which was extremely interesting.  I was impressed by the presenter, Michael Gaeta, who is a clinical nutritionist (among other certifications and licenses).  I want to recommend a blog post from his blog “Be the Change.”  It has two parts,  Cholesterol is Good, Part 1 and Part 2.  I’ll let him speak for himself:

Cardiovascular disease is not a disease of cholesterol, but inflammation. Cholesterol is actually protective. It contributes to long life, and resistance to infections and cancer. Blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like blaming the firefighter for the fire. You need cholesterol for your brain and nerves to function, and to make adrenal and sex hormones, and vitamin D. If it was so harmful, why would your liver make 85% of the total amount in your body? Did you know that the less you eat, the more you make, and the more you eat, the less you make?

Great questions right?  He goes on…

Here’s how it goes. You go in for your annual physical. Your doctor tells you your cholesterol is high, and you need a statin to lower it, so you won’t die of a heart attack. But what’s high? What was maximum normal cholesterol in 1984? 330. That’s right, 330, because cholesterol levels naturally rise with age. Three years later, in 1987, the first statin drug came out, and it wasn’t selling well.  So the medical propaganda machine made up a new lie that cholesterol was evil, and scared people into taking a drug to get their cholesterol down to the new upper limit of 200. 200 is not based on science or evidence, but brilliant marketing. Cholesterol is one of the greatest scams in history. In fact, about half of all heart attacks and strokes happen in people with normal cholesterol.

Plus, your doctor didn’t mention that there’s no statin benefit for women, and about 100 men need to take a statin for just one to benefit. By comparison, if just three people take a placebo, one will show benefit.

Harsh words… I might have used different terms but you get the point.  The concern your favorite family doctor has for your cholesterol may be unfounded.

I want to be clear, your doctor and the folks in their offices who caring for patients are doing what they believe to be right.  It is what they’ve been taught (by studies funded by drug companies, schools, and MD’s who have come before them).  They believe it to be safe and effective.

I practice what I’ve been taught (from studies done by chiropractors, schools, and chiropractors who have come before me).  I believe it to be safe and effective.

Your PCP or specialist does have your best interests in mind, but I think they may be wrong.  I do not think pharmaceutical companies are motivated by your best interests.  I think CEO’s are very interested in profit for the stock holders.  Not a crime in itself, but it is very hard to keep the patient in mind when profit is (and needs to be) the ultimate concern for a company to survive.

So when it comes to cholesterol and statin drugs, I think we have reason for concern regarding the current guidelines.  Don’t just go with my opinion or Dr. Gaeta’s.  Look into it yourself.

Check out the posts and look around his website.  I know I’ll be referring to it in the future.

Call us if you’d like to try to avoid statins or remove your need for them.  We may be able to help or point you in a new directions – 804-559-1100.

We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services. If you, a friend or family member requires care, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

Dr. Tripp Stover

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Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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