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Cardiovascular Health And Cholesterol Fairy Tales
By Lita Lee, Ph.D.
How to have a healthy heart and blood pressure

Discover what cholesterol is and just how important it is for your immune system.  Discover that low cholesterol is much more dangerous than high cholesterol and that not eating cholesterol only reduces the serum levels by 15% at best. Cholesterol is not a factor in heart disease or other disease if you have good thyroid function. LDL cholesterol is not bad and is actually the starting material for making the anti-aging steroid, pregnenolone. Find out how to avoid unhealthy causes of high cholesterol and unhealthy causes of low cholesterol.  Read a nutritional support program for high blood pressure..  


Published Date: 4/27/2001

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What Is Cholesterol?

“The steroid molecule might be the most common carbon compound in the universe. It is made by single celled organisms, by plants, and by animals and has many kinds of functions...Sometimes people speak of steroids when they mean glucocorticoids such as cortisone ... or, among athletes, when they mean anabolic steroids ... so it is common to associate steroid with harmful side effects. All foods contain steroids and sterols (a major type, containing an alcohol group and a side-chain) some of which are beneficial and some of which are toxic or allergenic...” (Peat, Ray, Generative Energy: Protecting and Restoring the Wholeness of Life).

In humans and animals, cholesterol is the basic sterol molecule, which is converted into other substances, including the steroid hormones. Cholesterol is a product of animal and human metabolism and is manufactured by both. Major cholesterol-producing areas in the body include the liver, adrenal cortex, skin, intestines, and aorta. In the skin, one form of cholesterol is converted to vitamin D in the sunlight. Other forms of cholesterol are converted to steroids, hormones, and cell membrane components.

The human body is capable of manufacturing all the cholesterol it needs--about 1.5 grams daily -- if the diet is healthy. Since cholesterol is vital for life processes, the body has a protective feedback mechanism in which endogenous cholesterol (that is, cholesterol manufactured by the body) increases as dietary cholesterol decreases. That's why dietary restriction of cholesterol only reduces the serum levels by 15 percent at best.

Cholesterol doesn’t travel alone in the blood but is carried by protein, creating a product called lipoprotein. There are mainly two lipoproteins, HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL carries more protein and less cholesterol than LDL. Researchers propose that HDL is a scavenger of cholesterol whereas LDL carries cholesterol to the tissue, including arterial walls, where it may be deposited. That’s why HDL is considered the good guy and LDL the bad guy. Does this sound right to you? Why would nature create killer LDL’s? In fact, LDL is the way cholesterol is transported to steroidgenic tissues, such as the adrenal cortex and corpus luteum, a journey which leads to the production of the anti-aging steroid, pregnenolone, the precursor of progesterone and DHEA. These steroids are called anti-aging because they are required to prevent chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, senility and so on. Readers interested in LDL as precursors to protective steroids should read a 1992 article in the Journal of Lipid Research by Liscum and Dahl.

If you have high cholesterol, why not convert it to these anti-aging steroids with a good thyroid glandular -- a food -- instead of lowering it with anti-cholesterol drugs such as Mevacor?

Does cholesterol cause heart disease?

In general, your cholesterol level -- whether high or low -- will not be a factor in heart disease or other diseases if your thyroid functions properly and if your diet is healthy. By healthy I mean avoiding thyroid toxins, choosing foods that stimulate thyroid function and avoiding excess cholesterol-lowering foods (mainly excess starches). This is discussed in detail below.

I like to see the total cholesterol level of between 200 to 230 (mg/dl) plus adequate thyroid function and a good diet. Then I know that there will be enough LDL cholesterol to make the anti-aging steroids. This is not just a guess. Research reported by Dugsdale in Australia and Renfrew and Paisley in Scotland show that at cholesterol levels of less than 140, people have increased deaths from cancer and leukemia, whereas at cholesterol levels of greater than 250 and especially around 300, there are increased deaths from heart disease. There are environmental, hormonal and dietary reasons for this, as we shall see in the discussion below.

Although only 10 percent of our cholesterol is in our blood and the balance is in our tissues, the focus has been on blood levels of cholesterol. In her April 1990 Townsend Newsletter article entitled Cholesterol Mania," Rosetta Shuman says, Cholesterol, from having been merely vilified 30 years ago, has become the sole indicator of one’s lifeline. She describes many natural foods diets that show no correlation between dietary cholesterol and heart disease.

Other studies, including the famed 1950’s Framingham Study, showed that 50 percent of people who die of heart disease do not have high cholesterol. Researchers in the study could find no relationship between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol. Regardless of the cholesterol intake, cholesterol levels varied from low to moderate to high. In addition, this study showed the relationship of low LDL to cancer. As cancer progresses, LDL decreases and the total cholesterol level falls.

Many peoples of the world with high-cholesterol diets still have a low incidence of heart disease. These include the Eskimos, the Masai of Africa, the Bedouins of Saudi Arabia and the Yemenites of the Middle East. For example, the Somalis and Samburus tribes of East Africa are nearly free of atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Yet their typical diet is 60 to 65 percent fat. And a group of camel herdsmen were found to drink an average of five quarts of raw, high-fat camel milk daily. The highest observed serum cholesterol level was 153. (Challem, J. and Lewin, R., Let’s Live, March 1989)

How to have a healthy cholesterol level

Avoid unhealthy causes of high cholesterol

These include the following:

  • All causes of hypothyroidism. All thyroid toxins and inhibitors can cause increased cholesterol because the body cannot convert it to the anti-aging steroids. Thyroid inhibitors and toxins include: foods such as excess poly-unsaturated fats, RAW cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage), excess estrogens (birth control pills, herbal estrogens such as black cohosh and pesticides which are estrogenic), fluoride and the mercury in silver amalgam fillings.
  • Obesity causes a tendency towards increased cholesterol and triglycerides because it interferes with the normal assimilation of fats.
  • Stress increases cholesterol, probably nature’s way of increasing the pathways to the stress hormones, such as cortisol.
  • Synthetic fats (margarine) produced from the hydrogenation of vegetable oils increases cholesterol.
  • Low-fiber diets promote high cholesterol. It is far better to get your fiber from foods than from supplements. Water-soluble fiber, common in fruits and vegetables bind intestinal cholesterol and inhibit its intestinal reabsorption.
  • Food enzyme deficient diets lead to increased cholesterol and triglycerides. The need for lipase, the fat-digesting enzyme, is obvious.
  • Nutrient deficiencies associated with high cholesterol include vitamin C, the B-complex vitamins--especially B6 and B3--and certain minerals, such as chromium, zinc, and magnesium. I do not believe that taking isolated synthetic supplements while continuing to eat a junk food diet, which creates these deficiencies, provides adequate protection. In fact, it may offer a false sense of security.

Avoid unhealthy causes of low cholesterol

Many people have low cholesterol due to certain health conditions or dietary factors. Health conditions associated with low cholesterol include: active, acute infection, certain viruses such as mononucleosis and shingles, hepatitis and other liver problems, cancer and other endocrine gland problems, certain anemias and heart disease. In cancer patients, cholesterol levels generally drop as the disease progresses. In Russell Smith’s book, The Cholesterol Conspiracy, Smith reports a study in which all-cause deaths are correlated with decreasing cholesterol levels. This should not be construed to mean that you can use cholesterol as a cancer marker--many other conditions cause low cholesterol levels.

Dietary factors influence cholesterol. Strict vegetarians-- vegans -- who eat no animal products, including dairy or eggs, and subsist on lots of starch, especially seeds, nuts, grains, bread, pasta, beans and white rice, usually have low cholesterol. Starch decreases cholesterol by stimulating insulin production leading to the synthesis of triglycerides instead of cholesterol. This creates a hypothyroid condition, which cannot be corrected because of the dual conditions of a hypothyroid condition and low cholesterol.

In my practice, I have observed that the sicker the person is, the lower is his or her cholesterol. Although you cannot use cholesterol to diagnose illness, I have observed that as the person heals, their cholesterol level rises to a healthy level and vice versa. As their health worsens, their cholesterol level falls. This is especially true in cancer patients and in all severely immune suppressed people.

How to raise low cholesterol

As stated above, abnormally low cholesterol levels (below 180) can be unhealthy especially if you have certain health conditions or a diet excessive in starchy foods. Here are some ways that you can raise your cholesterol to a healthy level.

Support your thyroid gland if it is sluggish. Eat thyroid-stimulating foods (fruits, animal protein, coconut oil), avoid thyroid inhibitors listed above and take adequate thyroid glandular. Pregnenolone and progesterone are also part of the nutritional hormonal balancing program. 

Work on whatever conditions you have that has lowered your cholesterol, such as veganism, the avoidance of all animal protein. If you eat excessive starch, balance it with more fruit and animal protein. Fresh organic fruit, especially oranges and tropical fruit, can raise low cholesterol because of its sugar content, which stimulates the liver to produce cholesterol but it will not make a normal cholesterol level abnormal. In people with adequate sucrase, sucrose in the fruit is split into two units, glucose and a fructose unit. The fructose half is involved in cholesterol synthesis. In other words, eating sugar stimulates cholesterol formation but I do not recommend any type of refined or synthetic sugars.

If you do eat sucrose, eat only the organic, unrefined sugar cane (called Sucanat), which contains cardioprotective nutrients such as vitamin B-6, magnesium and others. Don’t eat even organic sugar cane in excess, because excess sugar, whether refined or organic will lead to chronic high insulin levels, an important factor in damaging blood vessels.

If the liver isn’t healthy, more protein, such as organic eggs, raw milk, unprocessed cheese, or organic poultry, will raise cholesterol levels. The best foods a strict vegan can eat are whole fruits and potatoes.

Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Hypothyroidism

Discussed above, low thyroid function is a primary factor in heart disease and many other chronic degenerative diseases. There are several reasons why hypothyroidism leads to heart disease in addition to decreased production of the anti-aging steroids. One is that, the excess adrenalin produced by hypothyroid people causes chronic degeneration of the aorta. Another is that hypothyroid people get leaky blood vessels through which rancid (peroxidized) fats can sneak. These rancid fats have been isolated at the sites of plaques in people who have died of heart attacks.

Excess Estrogen

All hypothyroid people have excess or unopposed estrogen. Excess estrogen is associated with thrombosis, embolism, stroke, hypoxia, edema, and myocardial infarction.

Cholesterol Versus Oxidized Cholesterol (Oxysterols)

Cholesterol, whether HDL or LDL, is harmless until it is oxidized by combining with oxygen to form oxysterols. Oxysterols initiate arterial plaque formation, clotting, and promote accumulation of calcium in arterial walls, causing sclerosis (hardening, among other things (Hattersley, Joseph C.).

For example, when rabbits, monkeys, and other vegetarian animals, who are very sensitive to heart disease, were fed pure cholesterol they were fine. When they were fed cholesterol contaminated with as little as 0.25%, they rapidly succumbed to heart disease. Researchers have demonstrated that the oxidized form of cholesterol (oxysterols) is the arterial wall enemy, according to Taylor et al., Hubbard et al. and others. Taylor showed that even this small amount of oxysterols produced arterial damage within 24 hours (Taylor, C.B., et al.).

McCully reported in a 1990 American Journal of Medical Science article that most people who die of heart attacks have low or normal cholesterol and that the severity of acquired atherosclerosis correlates with the concentration of oxysterols in the blood and in plaques, not with high cholesterol.

How does cholesterol get oxidized? We can make oxysterols in our bodies from cholesterol in the presence of oxygen and free radical promoters, such as iron, chlorine and other chemicals and by being near electromagnetic fields. We can also eat them in processed foods containing cholesterol, which has been processed at high temperatures in the presence of oxygen. Probably the most common are powdered egg yolks, powdered milk and buttermilk which are used in hundreds of foods, including baked goods, dessert mixes, pies, pastries, salad dressing mixes, dried soups and so on.

The homocysteine - oxysterol connection

McCully, Hubbard, Ueland and others have published research on the homocysteine theory of heart disease. Homocysteine is made in the body from methionine, an amino acid found especially in red meat and milk products. Homocysteine increases oxysterol formation inside the body, especially in the absence of adequate B-complex vitamins. A healthy, well-nourished body contains enough of the B complex, especially B-6, folic acid, riboflavin (B-2) and cobalamin (B12) to convert homocysteine either to a non-toxic product (cystathionine) or back to methionine.

Thus, the B-vitamin complex is essential in the prevention of oxysterols inside the body. Junk food eaters, smokers, alcoholics and women on birth control pills all have decreased serum B-6 levels and therefore, increased cardiovascular risk. Also, many common synthetic drugs, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas, used as a dental anaesthetic and methothrexate (used in chemotherapy) destroy the B-complex and lead to increased homocysteine.

Elevated Triglycerides

These are lipids (fats) formed from fatty acids and an alcohol (glycerol), which travel in the blood along with cholesterol. Triglycerides are often elevated in obese people and in general among those who consume excess refined sugars such as white sugar, fructose and alcohol. A Swedish study found that increased triglycerides are an independent risk factor for heart disease (Regnstrom, J., et al.).

Excess Iron

Iron is a cardiovascular risk factor when consumed in excess. Excess iron consumption is common due to iron adulteration of all processed foods, a compulsory FDA requirement. Other sources of iron overload include tap water, iron pots and pans and iron -containing supplements. In the September 1986 Health Freedom News, Dr. William Campbell Douglas, M.D., reported that excess dietary iron deposits in heart muscle, which has a higher affinity for iron than other muscles. A 1992 Finnish study by Salonen et al. showed a statistical correlation with high iron levels and increased risk of heart disease (Salonen, J.T., et al.).

Iron accumulates with aging. That’s why loss of iron during menses may protect women from heart disease during their fertile years. This protection is lost at menopause and following hysterectomy. Both groups of women revert to the same risk of heart disease as men. This is strong evidence that iron accumulation is responsible for increased heart disease risk in post-menopausal women.

Unbalanced calcium/phosphorus ratio

There should be 2.5 times more calcium than phosphorus in the blood or an ideal level of 10 mg/dl calcium to 4 mg/dl phosphorus (4 X 2.5 = 10). The biggest disturbers of the calcium: phosphorus ratio is white sugar and its synthetic friends, corn syrup, fructose and so on. Sugar depletes phosphorus, which is required for its utilization. As the phosphorus decreases, the blood dumps calcium to maintain the 2.5 ratio. Where does the calcium go? It is excreted into urine and feces and into your soft tissue (all tissues other than teeth and bone). Other toxins, including excess estrogen causes soft tissue deposition of calcium. This spells disease wherever it goes: arterial plaques (arteriosclerosis); the brain (stroke), the lens of the eyes (cataracts) and so on. Don’t assume that calcium supplements will correct this situation. Most people don’t assimilate calcium supplements. I have observed this from doing hundreds of 24-hour urinalyses on people who take high doses of calcium (Page, Melvin, D.D.S).

Peat reports in his newsletter on “Resistance of the Heart,” that abnormal deposition of calcium in soft tissues is a central link in most types of cell damage and is increased by aging, stress, excess adrenalin, excess estrogen, histamines, certain hormones and lipid peroxidation.

Anti-cholesterol drugs

These include Mevacor, Cholestyramine, Clofibrate and others. Patients taking these drugs suffer statistically higher numbers of deaths from cancer, stroke, suicide and accidents. In a Finnish study of 2,400 clinically healthy middle-aged male business executives with one or more cardiovascular risk factors, total deaths were 46% higher and cardiac mortality 163% higher in the (anti-cholesterol) treated men than in the untreated controls. (Strandberg T.E., et al. Long-term Mortality after 5-year Multifactorial Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Middle-aged Men. (J. Am. Med. Asscn.; Hattersley, Joe C.)

Asthma drugs

These include all synthetic adrenalin mimics. The increase death rate during the last decade from cardiovascular failure is believed to be caused from these drugs. In general, adrenalin and its mimics cause chronic degeneration of the aorta. In addition, adrenalin mimics damage heart mitochondria. Peat suggests that this is due to abnormally rapid mobilization and oxidation of unsaturated fats, aggravated by inadequate antioxidant protection.

Diabetes

According to Dr. Broda Barnes, as many as 76% of diabetics die from cardiovascular disease. Barnes believed that the complications of diabetes are related to hypothyroidism aggravated by the thyroid-suppressive effects of anti-diabetic drugs. In support of his theory, Barnes prevented complications in his diabetic patients by using thyroid therapy (Barnes, Broda, M.D.).

Heart Health Program

While all whole, organic foods contain cardioprotective nutrients, certain foods have specific cardiovascular benefits. Here are a few examples:

  • Soluble fiber increases fecal excretion of cholesterol and triglycerides, resulting in decreased blood levels of these. Also, soluble fiber has a modulating effect on blood glucose levels.
  • Ginger decreases platelet adhesiveness and stimulates circulation.
  • Silicon-containing foods are good for the heart. Silicon acts as a binder in connective tissue and lowers cholesterol.
  • Organic non-iodized sea salt is very good for the heart. It is a natural diuretic, helps raise blood sugar (especially when added to fruits or fruit juices) and this keeps adrenalin down. Since adrenalin causes hypertension and heart disease, eating sea salt to taste is cardioprotective.

Nutrients and enzymes missing from your diet because you are eating processed foods may cause heart disease. We have discussed the antioxidant nutrients such as vitamins A, E, C, and B6, the B-complex vitamins, and the minerals zinc and selenium. Food enzymes are also important, as are antioxidant enzymes whose deficiency leads to free-radical activity and the formation of oxidized cholesterol and other oxidized products.

The following enzyme supplements modulate blood fats and decrease cardiovascular risk. Which ones are needed is determined by the Loomis 24-hour urinalysis, a physical exam, blood chemistries, and an extensive client history.

Food Enzymes:

  • VSCLR is a high lipase enzyme needed by people who eat excess fat and who may be fiber intolerant. It is also excellent for hypertension. Other people, who need to emphasize protease, may Bil. Those with ulcers and gastritis cannot tolerate high levels of protease because it aggravates their condition. These people need Stm.
  • CIRC is a formula designed to nourish the cardiovascular system. This formula aids circulation and is beneficial for people with a history of heart disease, irregular or skipped heartbeats, and pain under the breastbone upon exertion, and hypertension. It also relieves hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
  • Antioxidant Enzymes: Catalase, the only antioxidant enzyme that can be cultured in a stable form. Its major function is to convert hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen, a reaction that occurs in every cell. There are several formulas, which contain catalase. These include Stm, Skn, IVD and others.
  • Vitamin C: Opt or Nsl both contain vitamin C, not ascorbic acid.
  • The B-complex: Adr. Most whole foods contain the B-complex in exactly the right proportions that nature intended. Adr is also good for relieving stress and for people with low blood pressure.
  • Hearth healthy minerals include chromium, zinc, magnesium and potassium but they should not be taken as isolated minerals. Minerals: Both TRMA and Thy contain minerals from kelp. It is important not to take too much kelp because it can suppress thyroid function. Brewer’s yeast contains chromium but it’s in many other whole foods including meat, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Fruits juices and alfalfa as a grass or tea is an excellent source of calcium and magnesium. I do not recommend chelated colloidal minerals because they contain toxic minerals such as aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, iron and so on. Instead I recommend organic sea salt and purified seawater as good mineral supplements.

Herbs For The Heart:

There are numerous herbs that strengthen the cardiovascular system. This is only a partial lists, and excludes those that should be avoided during pregnancy.

  • Hawthorne for high blood pressure
  • Rosemary for lo for poor circulation
  • Ginkgo biloba for all cardiovascular problems w blood pressure
  • Cayenne and ginger including hardening of the arteries, poor circulation, and stroke
  • Coleus forskohlii for hypertension, congestive heart failure and angina.

Hypertension and Stroke

The following is from and interview with Dr. Peat on high blood pressure and how to reverse it with non-toxic supplements. The commonest cause of hypertension is the excess adrenalin produced in hypothyroid people. There are other causes of hypertension, such as kidney disease. There is also a structural cause of hypertension – misaligned upper cervical vertebrae (C1 or atlas, C2 and C3) for which the enzyme needed is Sym. Here we will discuss the adrenalin issue.

How high does blood pressure have to be before it’s dangerous and which is more dangerous, the top number or the bottom number?

Whether or not blood pressure is dangerous depends upon the cortisol level. High cortisol leads to damage to the connective tissues in blood vessels. Low thyroid function leads to excess adrenalin and adrenalin increases cortisol levels. In addition, many people are given cortisone (or Prednisone, synthetic cortisone) for injury causing inflammation, arthritis, asthma and other conditions.

Another good gage of whether high blood pressure is dangerous is the difference between the top number and the bottom number. This difference is called the pulse pressure. The pulse pressure should be around 50. The greater the pulse pressure beyond 50, the more likely you are to be a candidate for a stroke. For a long time, doctors freaked out about the bottom number but the tope when, when too high, is more dangerous. If the bottom number goes up, it’s not dangerous. In fact, when the bottom number and your resting pulse goes up, the top number will decrease, which means the pulse pressure will decrease. Good thyroid function and the resulting good circulation will keep your pulse pressure at a healthy level.

To get away with high blood pressure, you must have good thyroid function (which means low adrenalin and low cortisol) plus a thyroid-stimulating diet (adequate animal protein, sea salt, coconut oil, fruits and fruit juices). If you are healthy and have a healthy thyroid gland, your blood pressure can be as high as 170/95 without danger of stroke. On the other hand, if you are hypothyroid and have high adrenalin and high cortisol and a low protein diet, you can have a stroke, even if your blood pressure is 110/60, because of the low protein diet and the high cortisol level.

The easiest way to monitor your blood pressure is to get a blood pressure monitor or a finger gage. You can get either one from a pharmacy. Take your blood pressure about one hour after a meal and do this at the same time everyday. Why? Because your blood pressure will vary by about 50 points if you take multiple readings. It is best to take your blood pressure after eating because eating lowers adrenalin by raising blood sugar and you will get the best readings. The important thing to do is to keep tract of your pulse pressure and your resting pulse. Then, you will see a pattern for better or worse.

How can I decrease my pulse pressure?

The best way to lower your blood pressure and your pulse pressure is to keep your adrenalin down and your blood sugar up. You can do this by taking adequate thyroid glandular and following a thyroid stimulating diet (high animal protein, coconut oil, adequate sea salt and adequate fruits and fruit juices). Drinking a cup of fruit juice with up to 1/4th tsp of organic sea salt will help to lower adrenalin and normalize blood sugar. If you can normalize your pulse, your blood pressure (and the pulse pressure) will decrease. First, the bottom number will come up 2-3 points. Don’t panic. This is ok. Then, the top number will decrease in about 2-3 hours, thus decreasing your pulse pressure. This will, in turn, increase circulation, warm your hands and feet and decrease hypoxia (improve oxygenation), which is the outcome of hypothyroidism. But, the bottom line is that you need to correct the cause of this problem, which is low thyroid function using a natural thyroid glandular. In addition, if you are a woman, you need Dr. Peat’s progesterone formula, which is natural progesterone in natural vitamin E.

I thought that people with high blood pressure shouldn’t eat salt?

This is incorrect information. You should eat salt to taste. Salt needs will vary with one’s hormones. Organic non-iodized sea salt is a natural diuretic, normalizes blood sugar, thus lowering adrenalin which prevents hypertension and hardening of the arteries. Other common symptoms of mineral deficiency include motion sickness and tingling or numbness in the arms or legs. A hypothyroid person cannot hold sodium, which is why they get edema. For these people, adequate salt is very necessary. Instead of eating salt, many patients are told to avoid salt and take a diuretic plus potassium. Note that sea salt contains 48 minerals. Table salt contains only sodium chloride. The most common causes of a salt deficiency are: not eating salt, hypothyroidism (can’t retain salt), and eating soy products, which inhibit mineral absorption.

Is there a connection between estrogen and hypertension?

Yes. Estrogen raises T4 (the inactive form of the thyroid hormone), inhibits its conversion to T3 (the active form of the thyroid hormone) and complicates blood pressure, especially in older women. This complication is more common in menopausal women who are estrogen dominant (from low thyroid function) or who are taking estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). ERT doses are 20 higher than what a fertile woman produces at the peak of her fertility. The best way for a woman to eliminate excess estrogen and normalize blood pressure is to take natural thyroid glandular therapy and natural progesterone therapy. Thyroid glandular causes the liver to dump estrogen; natural oral progesterone opposes estrogen by blocking the estrogen receptors; and eating raw carrots will help the excretion of estrogen from the colon.

Case Histories

A case of high cholesterol:

A 56-year-old man presented with high blood pressure (185/105) and high cholesterol (255) and told me that he would lose his health insurance if he could not lower his cholesterol. His doctor prescribed a toxic anti-cholesterol drug (Mevacor), but, this caused depression and liver pain. When I tested him, it was very clear that his thyroid gland was underactive plus, he needed a multiple digestive enzyme formula for fat intolerant people (VSCLR). In addition, he needed liver support for the toxic effects of Mevacor (Lvr). Here is what I gave him:

  • VSLR – a multiple digestive enzyme formula for hypertension.
  • Lvr – a liver support formula.
  • Coleus forskohlii – an Ayurvedic herbal formula for hypertension and cardiovascular support.
  • Thyroid glandular

When he started this program, he began to feel better, lost weight and dumped his toxic drug. Gradually, his liver pain subsided. When he went to his doctor for another blood chemistry, the doctor was surprised and asked, “How can you lower your cholesterol without taking Mevacor?” The patient could not explain, but I can. Thyroid hormone converts cholesterol to the anti-aging hormones – pregnenolone, progesterone and DHEA. This lowers cholesterol levels to normal.

A Simple Case of Hypertension

A 60 year-old woman presented with hypertension and difficulty losing weight. In addition, she smoked, had lung problems (smoker’s cough), plus a history of kidney problems. When I met her, she was taking 3 anti-hypertensive drugs (Zestril, Triam/Hctz and Lopressor). In addition, she complained of muscle spasms. Her urine test showed fat and sugar intolerance, low calcium, an anxiety pattern (low calcium with alkaline pH) and a severe vitamin C deficiency. In addition, she was extremely hypothyroid. Here is what I gave her:

  • VSCLR – a multiple digestive enzyme formula for high blood pressure
  • Para – for low calcium, which can lead to muscle cramps
  • Nsl – for her sinus problems.
  • TRMA – for her anxiety and her immune system problems
  • Kdy – for her allergies
  • Coleus forskohlii – for her hypertension.
  • Thyroid glandular
  • 10% oral natural progesterone in natural vitamin E

After several months, this woman told me that she dumped two of her three anti-hypertensive drugs. Plus, she started to lose weight and, when I saw her again, her body looked like that of a teenager.

The Patient with Heart Attack who Escaped from the Hospital

Here is a story from Dr. Raymond Peat. It is about an x-football player with an immense belly who became a psychologist following his football career and retired at age 65. Peat said that this man had the typical form of an x-athlete: big belly, skinny legs and fat on his face. This is typical of the excess cortisol formed by endurance athletes who develop low thyroid function from the excessive exercise. For 40 year’s this man’s diet was sugar-rich, with sweet rolls for breakfast, candy and desserts. Hypothyroid people crave sugar because of the hypothyroid-induced low blood sugar. Sugar (and coffee) stimulate thyroid function but low thyroid people are always a candidate for both heart disease and cancer due to the excessive production of adrenalin and cortisol, respectively.

The man’s wife was an avid student of Peat’s and spent hours transcribing his lectures. But her efforts to convert her husband to health fell on deaf ears. He just sneaked out to eat his sweets and was never interested in changing his diet. Then, one day while traveling on a train, he suddenly became ill and was taken to the emergency room where doctors diagnosed him with an acute heart attack. His cardiac enzymes, measured by a blood panel, were rising and were too high for bypass surgery. The doctors told him to expect a long hospital stay because his heart enzymes showed no signs of leveling off.

About twenty hours after his heart attack, his wife and daughter-in-law started sneaking him small doses (1-2 micrograms) of Cytomel - pure T3, the active form of the thyroid hormone - which works immediately after being taken. They gave him this small dose every hour or so. After only one hour, doctors were surprised to find out that his heart enzymes had started to decrease. Two days later they had fallen by 50% of the peak level. But, all of his doctors except one told him that if he left the hospital, he would die. Only one doctor told him to get out as fast as possible. So he did. He kept taking his Cytomel. Plus, he added magnesium, fruit juices and chicken soup to his regime. Ten days after leaving the hospital his heart enzymes were still slightly above normal. Two weeks later, his enzymes were totally normal. Now, he faithfully takes a good thyroid glandular and has developed a sudden interest in health. As of this writing, he is not only still alive but has lost forty pounds and his belly has shrunk.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, prescribe for, treat or claim to prevent, mitigate or cure any human disease. They are intended for nutritional support only. The FTC requires that we tell you that the results in case notes and testimonials published here are not typical, however, they do show what some people have been able to achieve. Individuals vary, which is why we must always consider the whole person when recommending a course of action. The third party information referred to herein is neither adopted nor endorsed by this web site but is provided for general information purposes. The listing of specific disease terms is based upon medical literature and is not a substitute for competent medical advice. If you suspect a medical condition, you should consult a physician.

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  • Peat, Raymond, Ph.D. books: From PMS to Menopause, Nutrition for Women, Progesterone in Orthomolecular Medicine, Generative Energy: Protecting and Restoring the Wholeness of Life, Mind and Tissue: Russian Research Perspectives on the Human Brain and Ray Peat’s Newsletter. P.O. Box 5764, Eugene, OR 97405.

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