Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

By | August 17, 2019

“Over the past few years, it has become increasing clear that inflammation is at the root of atherosclerosis (heart disease and stroke), and its complications.” says evidence from The American Heart Association’s Circulation Journal in Part 1 of a 2-part article said, October 28, 2003. This research is telling us all that, inflammation not cholesterol causes heart disease. But to support this unbelievable finding, I’ve added more than 5 more medical references as evidence with the aim to help you re-think cholesterol, and re-think heart health problems.

In fact, cholesterol is an essential steroid fat that is needed to make your sex hormones, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen/oestrogen. Plus, it is a little known fact that there are at least 9 ways cholesterol is need by your body.

Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease – More Medical Evidence

 Here is a list of 6 medical references that support the title of this post:

Medical Evidence # 1

Body Wide Harm Occurs When Chronic Inflammation is Present

In 2018 Jan 23, The US National Library of Medicine published evidence from the Oncotarget Open Access Impact Journal said:

“Inflammation is a biological response of the immune system that can be triggered by a variety of factors, including pathogens (harmful bugs), damaged cells, and toxic compounds. These factors may induce acute (sudden), and/ or chronic (unresolved) inflammatory responses in the heart, pancreas, liver, kidney, lung, brain, intestinal tract, and reproductive system leading to damage or disease.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means inflammation is a natural response of your immune system. It can be triggered by many things which include: bacteria, fungi, bugs, cut or hurt parts of the body, toxic substances, too much sugar, and refined carbohydrates, and too much omega-6 polyunsaturated fats from plant and seed oils in your diet. When acute inflammation is unable to be healed by your body’s immune system, this becomes chronic or systemic inflammation. This is unresolved inflammation. You can learn more about the inflammation process in your body in this post: ‘What is inflammation in the body’.

This 2018 Jan 23, evidence from the US National Library of Medicine says that chronic inflammation happens inside every part of your body. Here is the list of 8 organs in your body that are affected by inflammation high-lighted in the research:

  1. Your heart
  2. Your pancreas
  3. Your liver
  4. Your kidneys
  5. Your lung
  6. Your brain
  7. Inside your intestinal tract
  8. Inside your sex and reproductive organs

Medical Evidence # 2

Chronic inflammation in blood vessels and artery walls is the common link in the development of hypertension (high blood pressure) in the elderly, said The American Journal of Hypertension way back in 2003.

Medical Evidence # 3

High blood pressure (hypotension) is linked to arterial stiffness. This is often called the hardening of your arteries. Evidence found inflammation may play a role in the progression of your arteries getting harder and less flexible. This was reported in The Journal of the American Heart Association on June 30th 2017.

Medical Evidence # 4

Compelling evidence suggests that high blood pressure is a chronic inflammatory disease, which is linked to the development of heart disease said The US National Library of Medicine in December 2017.

Medical Evidence # 5

High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most important contributors to atherosclerosis (heart disease and strokes) development in your body. This means that when your blood pressure goes up, your body is warning you that chronic inflammation is silently damaging your blood vessel walls everywhere, inside your body. Blood pressure medication forces your blood pressure down, but cannot heal or prevent the damage that chronic inflammation is continually doing to your artery and capillary walls (blood vessels) said The US National Library of Medicine in 2014.

Medical Evidence # 6

“Saturated fat does not clog arteries: heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition which can be effectively reduced by lifestyle interventions” said The British Journal of Sports Medicine.

This means inflammation not cholesterol causes heart disease.

The 3 cardiologists who presented this research to the public, in The British Journal of Sports Medicine are:

  • #1. Cardiologist for 15 years, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Dr. Aseem Malhotra.
  • #2. Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Pascal Meier:
  • #3. Rita F. Redberg, MD, Cardiologist practicing at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco

For the ‘nerds’ among us, this is what the 3 cardiologists said and found:

“Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systemic review and meta=analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and:

  1. all-cause mortality – death
  2. coronary heart disease (CHD) – heart health problems developing
  3. CHD mortality – death
  4. ischemic stroke – a stroke occurring
  5. type-2 diabetes in healthy adults – saturated fat did not cause type-2 diabetes to develop

“Similarly in the secondary prevention of CHD, there is no benefit from, including saturated fat, on myocardial infarction, cardiovascular or all-cause mortality. It is instructive to note that an angiographic study of postmenopausal women with CHD, greater intake of saturated fat was associated with less progression of atherosclerosis whereas carbohydrate and polyunsaturated fat intake were associated with greater progression.”

“Fundamental problems – 90 % of C-sections are unnecessary; 80% of stents are inappropriate; 30% of people with cancer get the wrong treatment, we need a change in the culture of medicine and to move away from the perverse incentives (unintended consequences) of fee-for-service.”

I’ve some earlier posts which may help you get a new understanding of cholesterol. They are evidenced-based:

  1. 8 High Cholesterol Myth vs Facts NEW Research
  2. What is cholesterol? Understanding Cholesterol
  3. What is Cholesterol Made of in the Body? – How cholesterol is made in your body
  4. 9 Ways Low Cholesterol Levels Harm Your Health – Low-cholesterol levels harm the elderly

How Can Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease?

Unresolved inflammation continually triggers and overstimulates your immune system. It is also known as systemic or chronic inflammation. This causes damage to the tiny microscopic, internal wall linings of your arteries. This process in medical terms is called atherosclerotic lesions. Here is a list of ways your body’s health changes when chronic systemic inflammation is at work inside your arteries says The US National Library of Medicine in 2005:

  1. Your blood vessel walls get thicker
  2. This thickness means the inside size gets smaller
  3. Plaques start to grow and gradually get bigger
  4. Plaques make blood clots which get into your bloodstream and cause blockages

The next question is – what medical tests can factually measure your hearts Health?

Inflammatory Marker Blood Tests and The Coronary Artery Calcium Score

Inflammatory marker blood tests measure inflammation, and the Coronary artery calcium score measures the build-up of calcification in your heart’s arteries. These are the tests to research and get to know about when you become interested in being able to measure the quality of your heart’s health. Detailed evidence-based inflammation follows on both these heart health markers

IMPORTANTLY the FIRST vital test to get your personal numbers on is called the Coronary Artery Calcium Score. The Coronary artery calcium score measures your PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE risk of heart disease and blocked arteries.

FIRSTLY

The Coronary Artery Calcium Score – The Master Test for Heart Disease Presence and Progression

The US National Library of Medicine in 2015 said that a Coronary artery calcium scan (CAC) is the best early predictor of you having a sudden serious heart problem, stroke or congestive heart failure.

What does a coronary artery calcium scan image look like?

This coronary artery calcium scan shows the buildup of calcification in your heart’s arteries. I found the following video is an EYE-OPENER – Engineer turned health investigator, Ivor Cummins educates us all on the vital signs for heart attack prevention & incredible wellbeing. Why a CAC – coronary artery calcium scan is the master heart health measure for you to get?


Coronary Artery Calcium Scan – Easy to Understand

SECONDLY

Inflammatory Markers Blood Test: How To Find Out If Inflammation is Affecting Your Hearts Health?

In the following charts restorative wellbeing, baseline target numbers, and levels give you a way to aim for a healthy heart. The challenge for you now, if you want to reverse heart problems and restore wellbeing, is to imprint restorative optimal number targets into your brain. NOT average or normal target numbers, but optimal restorative target numbers. The baseline restorative target number or value is always the LOWEST VALUE in the charts.

 WARNING: Sometimes ‘normal’ may keep you in the sickness zone.

Inflammatory Markers List –  6 Blood Tests


#1

CRP – C-reactive protein


CRP – C-reactive protein is produced by the liver. The levels of CRP rise when there is inflammation through the body. It is one of a group of proteins called acute phase reactants (members of the innate immune systems first response, immune system defense soldiers) that go up, in response to inflammation. The levels of acute-phase reactants increase in response to certain inflammatory proteins called cytokines. These proteins are produced by white blood cells during inflammation this USA government website Medline Plus writes.

Other names for C-reactive protein (CRP) are high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein (us-CRP).

What does the C mean? – Despite extensive research, no website is able to provide me with an answer I can easily understand.

CRP – C-Reactive Protein Measurement Guide – (US & UK measurement values)

INFLAMMATORY RESTORATIVE BASELINE TARGET NUMBERS

Low risk of a heart attack less than    1.0 mg/L (9.5 mmol/L)

Accepted Target

High risk of a heart attack more than 3.0 mg/L (28.5 mmol/L)

 What you need to know about the CRP – C-reactive protein inflammatory marker blood test for heart health

Medical research shows:

 The UK, Kumar and Clark Clinical Medicine on Page 769, Chapter 13 Ischaemic heart disease, says this about CRP:

“CRP is linked with future risk of coronary events independent of the traditional risk factors. This suggests CRP may be used as a marker for sub-clinical atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk. CRP has been positively associated with future cardiovascular events in healthy women, healthy men, elderly patients, and high-risk individuals.” – (Says my UK copy of Kumar and Clark, Clinical Medicine, Chapter 13 Ischaemic heart disease, Page 769, 5th Edition, 2002, W.B. Saunders).


#2

ESR – Erythrocyte sedimentation rate


ESR – Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (*) means that inactive, wasted, red blood cells have settled at the bottom of a test tube. This measures how quickly your red blood cells separate from your blood sample and fall to the bottom of the test tube during a 1-hour time period.

RESTORATIVE INFLAMMATORY BASELINE TARGET NUMBERS ought to be the LOWEST Despite Age

 ESR – Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Guide

 British Health System Normal Values/Numbers with UK spelling

This one value is given for every one

ESR Normal Value     less than 20 mm/hr

Says Kumar and Clark, Clinical Medicine, 5th Edition, 2002, Chapter 8 Haemotalogical disease, Page 407, W.B. Saunders.

 American Health System Normal Numbers

Say Medline Plus January 18th 2020

Men under 50             less than – 15 mm/hr

  • Men over 50 less than – 20 mm/hr
  • Women under 50 less than – 20 mm /hr
  • Women over 50 less than – 30 mm/hr

Note: mm/hr = millimeters/millimeters per hour

 What you need to know about the ESR – Erythrocyte sedimentation rate inflammatory marker blood test for heart health

“This is the rate that red cells fall in a column of blood and is a measure of the acute phase response (negative activation of your immune system).” Says the UK reference from Kumar and Clark, Clinical Medicine, 5th Edition, 2002, Chapter 8 Haemotalogical disease, Page 407, W.B. Saunders.

THIS MEANS – This can measure unsuspecting inflammation developing. It shows that your immune system has been triggered when your blood cells fall quickly to the bottom of the tube because they have substances attached to them, such as fibrinogen (cobweb-like protein strands) and immunoglobulins (defense proteins secreted by your body’s immune cells). Immunoglobulins are also known as antibodies.


#3

Ferritin


Ferritin is not the same as iron. Ferritin is a storage and transport system for iron in your blood. It moves iron to where it is needed and is used as an indicator of total iron stores.

INFLAMMATORY BASELINE TARGET NUMBERS – Your GOAL ought to be the Lowest Value for Optimal Health and Longevity

 Ferritin Measurement Guide: (International Unit Values)

Baseline Restorative Target Value is the Lowest

Ferritin International unit values of measurement for the following countries:

 Australia – The Royal College of Pathologist Australia

Adult Female (premenopausal): 20 – 220 mg/L

Adult Female (postmenopausal): 30 – 370 mg/L

Adult Male: 30 – 620 mg/L

 

Canada – Medicine net Jan 16th 2020

Males: normal value 12 – 300 ng/mL

Females: normal value 12 – 150 ng/mL

 

 New Zealand – Southern Cross Jan 16th, 2020

 Adult Male: 20 – 250 mg/L

Adult Female: 20 160 mg/L

 

USA – Medline Plus Jan 16th 2020

Normal value range

Male: 12 to 300 nano grams per milliliter (ng/mL)

Female: 12 to 150 ng/mL

 

 UK – Southtees NHS UK Jan 20th 2020

Low: Less than 15 ug/L

Borderline: 16 – 40 ug/L

Normal: 41 – 400 ug/L

High: Greater than 400 ug/L

What you need to know about the Ferritin inflammatory marker blood test for heart health

 High ferritin numbers measures: acute (sudden) or chronic (long term hidden) inflammation. Inflammation triggers heart health problems. High ferritin levels indicate your immune systems front line defender solders are unable to fix or prevent triggers entering your body via your diet or the environment. The technical explanation is available here at the British Medical Journal 03 August 2015

 


#4

Fibrinogen


Fibrinogen (*) is considered part of the innate immune system.” – the front line, first response defenders. Fibrinogen belongs to a family of acute-phase proteins (substances whose levels are designed to increase or decrease, in the blood. This is directed and triggered by your immune system. Fibrinogen helps clot blood, by forming mesh-like strands over wounds.

RESTORATIVE INFLAMMATORY BASELINE TARGET NUMBER ought to be the LOWEST

Genetic and pharmacologic studies have unraveled pivotal roles for fibrinogen in determining the extent of local or systemic inflammation

Genetic and pharmacologic studies have unraveled pivotal roles for fibrinogen in determining the extent of local or systemic inflammation

International Test Measurements for Fibrinogen

 Australia The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia Jan 19th, 2020

1.5 – 4.0 g/l

 

CanadaHemophilia Canada Jan 19th, 2020

2 – 4 g/l (grams/litre)

 

New Zealand – Accessed Google Jan 19th, 2020

2.0 – 4.5g/l

 United Kingdom Southtees National Health UK Jan 19th, 2020

1.9 – 4.3 g/l

 

 United States of AmericaMedline Plus Jan 18th, 2020

Normal Range: 200 – 400 mg/dL (2.0 – 4.0 g/L)

 

 What you need to know about the Fibrinogen inflammatory marker blood test for heart health

If levels of fibrinogen can be measured this means your innate immune system (first defenders) is sending out fibrinogen. When fibrinogen levels can then be continually measured, this means the underlying causes are not permanently fixed, reduced or resolved.

When causes are not prevented or permanently fixed, and fibrinogen remains measurable, then fibrinogen seeps into the small spaces between the tissue and surrounding blood vessels.

  • This means your immune systems’ inflammation triggers are unable to be switched off.

NB: – This important information and clarity come from a literature review on ‘Fibrinogen as a key regulator of inflammation in disease’ in October 2013 by researchgate.net. I’m unable to give you the exact reference because malware has been attached to the internet link.


#5

Homocysteine


Homocysteine is an amino acid that is a building block of protein. When proteins break down higher levels of amino acids like homocysteine can be found in your blood.

RESTORATIVE INFLAMMATORY BASELINE TARGET NUMBER ought to be the LOWEST

Homocysteine Guide

Australia – (*)

5 – 15 umol/L

 

Canada – (*)

5 – 15 Micromole / litre

 

New Zealand – (*)

5 – 15 umol/L

 

UK – (*)

5 – 15 umol/L

 

USA – (*)

5 – 15 micromoles per liter (umol/L

 What you need to know about the Homocysteine inflammatory marker blood test for heart health

Elevated levels of homocysteine are linked to heart attack, stroke, blood clot formation, and perhaps, the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Homocysteine levels increase in your body when there is a problem with deficiencies of the essential vitamins: B6, B12, and folic acid, says eMedicine Health.

Research in middle-aged women found:

In middle-aged women, it was found that homocysteine is an independent risk factor for myocardial infarction (heart attack) and in particular mortality (death) dues to myocardial infarction (heart attack) said The Americas Heart Association’s Journal on 10th Feb 2004 

Homocysteine levels have been a controversial inflammatory marker blood test for heart health. In 2006 Life Extension said doctors did not see that homocysteine levels could mean that you had a greater risk of death from heart attacks and strokes (your brain bleeding).

Then in 2009, The US National Library of Medicines research found:

“Numerous epidemiological (the study of how often, and why, diseases occur in different groups of people) reports have high homocysteine levels as an independent risk factor for:

  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (sudden death of brain cells caused by the lack of oxygen-rich blood)
  • Dementia-type disorders
  • Osteoporosis-associated fractures.”

Much later on September 14th, 2016 webmd.com posted this:“In fact, a high level of homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease”

International web addresses for homocysteine lab tests on line:


#6

Liver function tests (LFT)


GGT (Gamma-glutamyl transferase)

A Hepatic function panel is another name for Liver function tests (LFT). Health Navigator New Zealand says

“A liver function establishes the presence of damage or inflammation in the liver.”  

RESTORATIVE INFLAMMATORY BASELINE TARGET NUMBER ought to be the LOWEST

GGT Measurement Guide for Six Countries – accessed Jan 20th, 2020

GGT (Gamma-glutamyl transferase)

Australian GGT Range – Australian Bureau of Statistics Jan 20th, 2020

“Abnormal liver function as measured by GGT is defined as:

“GGT reading of greater than 30 U/L for children aged 12-14 years”

“GGT reading of greater than 40 U/L for males aged 15-17 years”

“GGT reading of greater than 50 U/L for males aged 18 years and over”

“GGT reading of greater than 35 U/L for females aged 15 years and over”

 

Canadian GGT Range – Medical Council of Canada Jan 20th 2020

Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT)

Female: 10 – 30 U/L

Male: 10 – 48 U/L

 

New Zealand GGT Range – Wellington Pathology Jan 30th 2020

Female: 5 – 30 U/L

Male: – 5 – 40 U/L

 

USA GGT Range – US National Library of medicine

GGT – the normal range for adults:  0 – 30 U/L

 

UK GGT Reference Range Exter laboratory Jan 22nd, 2020

Male: 10 – 60 U/L

Female: 5 – 40 U/L

What you need to know about the GGT – Gamma-glutamyl transferase inflammatory marker blood test for heart health

 GGT is an inflammatory blood marker blood test because it measures the back-up of waste substances that are locked inside in your liver. Waste is unable to be excreted you’re your poop. This creates an environment where active disease processes can start.


THIRDLY

Two Additional Inflammatory Markers Blood Tests: Have Evidence But Are Little Known

Each of the Omega Balance Score, and the A1C –glycated hemoglobin (USA) – HbA1c –glycated haemoglobin (UK) provide you with personal information, on how your diet is affecting your red blood cells. Both blood tests will help you identify if you are eating foods that trigger the inflammatory marker blood test ranges:

  • The families of omega- 6 polyunsaturated fats from vegetable and seed oils
  • Refined and unrefined carbohydrates sugars and starch that is difficult to identify

 The question is how and why are these blood tests are valuable inflammatory markers?


3.1.

Why the Omega Balance Score is a Vital Inflammation Marker Blood Test?


An omega balance score is a ratio number that measures the portion or amount of each of the omega-6 polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats in your blood cells. It works best with a balanced ratio score of 1:1. But, “Dietary changes over the past few decades in the intake of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats show striking increases in the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (-15:1), the ideal is 1:1warns this US National Library of Medicine research in 2012.

Both omega-6 & omega-3 is known as essential nutrients. Your body cannot make them from your food.

Both omegas are not the same. Importantly, both omegas are essential for health and must be eaten in your diet. But, Omega-6 fats are pro-inflammatory and omega-3 are anti-inflammatory.

Is hidden inflammation slowly developing inside your blood cells? – check this short video out and see if you can re-think the value of getting to know about the omega-6 omega-3 balance?

Omega-6  Omega-3 Balance

Where to Get the Omega-6 Omega-3 Balance Test Score Inflammatory Marker Blood Tests?

Australia

https://omegaquant.com/sample-report-omega-3-index/

Canada

https://www.lifelabs.com/test/omega-3-fatty-acid-omega-3-score/

https://www.vitalchoice.com/content/omega-3-6-balance-scores-how-to-use-them

https://omegaquant.com/omega-3-index-plus/

New Zealand

https://www.houseofhealth.co.nz/product/holman-omega3-test/

United Kingdom

https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/omega-6-and-3/

https://thriva.co/tests/omega-6-3-ratio-blood-test

https://www.bluecrestscreening.com/health-checks/omega-3-and-6

United States of America

https://www.vitalchoice.com/content/omega-3-6-balance-scores-how-to-use-them

https://fxmed.co.nz/portfolio-item/the-holman-omega-3-test/

https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/omega-fatty-acids-test


3.2.

Is the A1C – HbA1c Blood Sugar Test a Relevant Inflammatory Marker Blood Test?


In the USA the A1C blood test is the term for advanced glycated hemoglobin. And HbA1C – advanced glycated haemoglobin is the term for this blood test in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.

WHAT DOES THIS All MEAN?

  • Advanced Glycation means that a glucose sugar molecule (a tiny piece of sugar) has been attached to something.
  • Hemoglobin/Haemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body.
  • Advanced glycated hemoglobin/haemoglobin means surplus glucose sugars have attached themselves to your red blood cells. This is a dangerous attack, because it alters the flexibility, and adds sugar bumps, to the smooth surface of red blood cells. Evidence has shown that this damages the inside walls of the arteries throughout your body.

Look at the following evidence:

A1C – HbA1c blood tests show you that vascular inflammation quickens the development of atherosclerosis in diabetes. As a result, heart disease and kidney disease progress said the US National Library of Medicine way back in 2004.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means arteries and blood vessels through-out your body get swollen and inflamed. This happens because the inside wall linings of all blood vessels and arteries are damaged by the glucose sugar attached to red blood cells.

The progress of this serious event is measured by A1C – HbA1C blood tests. Heart health problems and kidney disease have been shown to be progressing when increased levels of A1C –HbA1C can be measured.

YES, it is over 3 months, but the fact is this inflammation triggering event is happening.

WARNING: Take control of your A1C – HbA1C test results.

NORMAL A1C – HbA1C ought to be the same as a healthy person on a non-western diet in the range of 4.2% – 4.6% according to Dr. Richard Bernstein, Type 1 diabetic survivor. and author of Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Solutions.

I was unable to embed his videos from Bing so have added an easy to understand one from Life Extension


Hemoglobin/Haemoglobin A1C- HbA1c Blood Test

Where to Get the A1C – HbA1C Inflammatory Marker Blood Tests?

A1C – HbA1C is a standard medical test. But, I’ve found I’ve had to ask especially for this to be included in my blood test list.

https://www.lifeextension.com/lab-testing/itemlc001453/hemoglobin-a1c-hba1c-blood-test

https://www.everlywell.com/blog/hba1c/high-blood-sugar-heres-how-often-you-should-check-your-hba1c-levels/

https://www.amazon.com/A1CNow-glycated-Hemoglobin-Multi-Test-System/dp/B07VD9M12C

https://www.mygenefood.com/blog/why-my-hba1c-is-5-1-and-how-i-plan-to-move-my-blood-sugar-numbers-lower/

https://labtestsonline.org/tests/hemoglobin-a1c

 

CONCLUSION: Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

  1. Can you re-think that inflammation, and not cholesterol is linked to heart health problems?
  2. Can you re-think that high-blood pressure is an early warning sign that silent body-wide and systemic inflammation has already got-a-hold of your body?
  3. Can you re-think that blood pressure medical drugs sadly, do not have the ability to fix systemic inflammation?
  4. Can you get to understand the value of you getting a Coronary Artery Calcium Scan and get one done?
  5. Can you re-think what heart health baseline tests are? – Can you include the 6 inflammatory marker blood tests that measure systemic, body-wide, unresolved inflammation?
  6. Can you re-think using an omega-3 balance ratio score test and the A1C –HbA1C level to use as inflammatory marker blood tests to use as tools to measure inflammation inside your own body?

 

NOW, I want to hear from you. Can you re-think inflammation as a driver of heart health problems and not cholesterol?

 

Citizen Science by RJ is an Evidence-Based Investigator  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “Inflammation Not Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

  1. Spence

    Very nice post. I am actually on the fence here and have been for a while now. I am a scientist and work at big pharm company. I have worked with varieties of cholesterol lowering medicines for years now. I myself happen to be taking cholesterol lowering medicine and I still question the necessity of it. High cholesterol runs in my family. My great grand father, grand father, and father have all had by pass surgery. I have had borderline high cholesterol for years, starting in my 20’s. Genetic?? So I agreed to start on a statin to control it (very low dose). But I have read all the research arguing both sides. And you have stated a lot of it right here in your post,, the inflammation side. You make a bold statement saying it’s one way or the other. But I have to say, I have always leaned towards the inflammation side myself and wondering if I’m taking a statin med for no reason. Nice article!

    Reply
    1. RJ

      Hello Spence,
      This is an excellent comment.
      What is your diet like?
      The DANGERS & WAYS your body’s metabolism processes glucose and fructose are not explained by the conventional government nutritional websites.
      STEP 3.1: in ‘Natural Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan in 6 Steps’ explains a list of 5 things you need to know about the carbohydrate sugar, fructose.
      STEP 3.2: in ‘Natural Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan in 6 Steps’ explains what excess refined carbohydrates are, plus how you can identify them.

      Citizen Science by RJ

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  2. Kat

    I love this article. Once again you have explained the need for shifting how we look at cholesterol instead of blaming cholesterol as being the cause of so many health concerns. I try to share within my circle that it’s not cholesterol that causes heart disease, but inflammation. I’m going to have to print this article out and refer everyone to learn more about what inflammation does to the body and how it impacts us. Too many people ignore this, or simply don’t know what it is, as well as don’t know what they need to change to reduce the inflammation. Thanks heaps for sharing. You can explain it all so well, everyone needs to read your blog 🙂

    Reply
    1. RJ

      Thanks Kat,
      Yes please do share this. I really like your positive comments, they make my heart sing.
      My site is gradually building a resource which I will soon be able to link a START HERE page.
      Great things take time Kat.

      Citizen Science by RJ

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  3. Nate

    There are so many medical studies out these days its is very hard to get to the real causes of many chronic illnesses. I love to read the studies and continue to research using what I have learned as a medical professional.

    At the end of the day for me it comes down to living the best and healthiest lifestyle I can based on what has proven to work which is exercise and eating healthy. I then leave everything else to the specialists in their field of work but studies like this definitely help me to make an informed decision for me and others.

    Reply
    1. RJ

      Hey Nate,
      WHAT IS HEALTHY EATING TO YOU? – Do you think that you can out exercise the inflammation triggering foods and beverages in your diet?
      Cholesterol Detectives will always be controversial – But will strive to share vital hidden medical evidence and facts about ‘Conventional Food Policies’ and the Profit driven Businesses that of Pharmaceutical Medical Health Care own and drive.
      I find it reassuring that you consider my evidence – Brilliant

      RJ

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  4. Jesse Lee

    You have provided a ton of evidence in this post!
    I have heard so much about how high levels of cholesterol can be unhealthy but did not think about inflammation could be a more deadly problem for the body.
    I will certainly be researching more about this topic now and I am happy that you posted this information here.
    Thank you for the excellent post!

    Reply
    1. RJ Post author

      Hey Jesse Lee,
      It is good to know this information is going to encourage you do do some personal self-empowering research.
      And YES it is inflammation not cholesterol that cause heart disease.

      RJ

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  5. Lindsay

    Thank you for the great article. They have diagnosed me with high cholesterol and pre-diabetic because of my A1C. No one has mentioned inflammation to me. This is definitely something I will be looking into further.

    Reply
    1. RJ Post author

      Hey Lindsay,
      I’ve found that high cholesterol has NOTHING to do with heart health problems.
      It is great news to me that you will look further.
      Go well in your search

      RJ

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  6. Bob

    You make a compelling case that inflammation & not cholesterol may be the cause of our health problems.
    I’m a diabetic who also has high cholesterol. Like most people I take the medicines that the doctor recommends. I’ve been on Lipator for 30 years. I would like to see if I can get off this medication. Do you know of any case studies where the person stopped taking the medicine and what the results were?
    Great article. Thanks for the information.
    Bob

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