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Cholesterol

Guest Heretic, Razi Berry Talks About Her Heart Revolution Summit

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Razi Berry on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast with her Heart Revolution Summit Razi Berry is our guest heretic this week as she talks about her journey through recovering from anorexia and bulimia in her teens, to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in her 20s, and how a stressful job led to infertility.  Follow her story to discover how it led to her discovery that naturopathic medicine accepts the mind body connection, and how the Heart Revolution Summit encompasses this.

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, and Razi is taking the lead in bringing the latest research to you.  Listen in to find out how.

Razi Ann Berry is the founder of NaturalPath (thenatpath.com) and publisher of the award-winning journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review  Razi recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia with naturopathic medicine and overcame infertility naturally. This healing journey was the catalyst for her decade’s long work empowering millions of people and practitioners to embrace the philosophies of naturopathy. She is also the host of TheHeartRevolution.org and The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit. Razi lives in Scottsdale, AZ  where she homeschool her two daughters.  You can also follow her on Facebook.

Questions For Razi and The Heart Summit Revolution:

  • How did Razi get into the health area, and heart disease in particular?
  • Is loss a contributor to heart attacks?
  • What are 3 surprising connections to heart disease?
  • What can people explore as potential help for existing heart disease?

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Guest Heretic Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, Author of The Cholesterol Myths; What is Cholesterol; Why Do You Need It? What To Do With Statins

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Dr Uffe Ravnskov on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast When the low cholesterol craze first hit his native country of Sweden, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov was outraged. As an Internist and Nephrologist, he knew that high cholesterol and heart disease were not historically a problem in Sweden. So why introduce these asinine rules to eating? He set out to study what he found to be the cherry picked data to support the cholesterol hypothesis, which led to him writing the outstanding book, The Cholesterol Myths. 

Listen in as this 81 year old with hypercholesterolemia teaches us what cholesterol is, how necessary it is to every cell in the body, why it will protect you from both heart disease and cancer and how once we get rid of labels such as LDL and HDL, we realize that most of the questions we have about cholesterol are absolutely USELESS! Stay tuned to the end where you’ll even find out what to do with that statin drug prescription you just got from the doctor.

To learn more about Dr. Ravnskov and his work, visit his website, Uffe Ravnskov

Learn more about The Cholesterol Myths with Dr. Ravnskov's book, or check out Know Your Fats by Dr. Mary Enig, which was also mentioned in this episode:

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Reclaiming the Definition of Health; Guest Sally Fallon Morell Discusses the Pioneering Work of Weston A Price

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Sally Fallon Morell on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Hernia, cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis C, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.... believe it or not, today you can have all of these disorders and more and still be considered healthy by the modern medical establishment!

This week, we go deeper into the definition of health by looking at how traditional peoples eating their native diets exhibit physical and mental signs of good health. Special guest, Sally Fallon Morell, talks to us about her masterpiece Nourishing Traditions and what the work of Dr. Weston A. Price reveals about the power of our most vilified foods -- saturated fat and cholesterol -- and how these foods may be able to lower doctor bills and increase longevity.

To delve deeper into the world of Sally Fallon, have a read through her books:

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Is Cholesterol Good for You? The Truth about Cholesterol

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If you’ve been wanting to know if cholesterol is good for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Today it seems that everybody, from all walks of life are concerned with their cholesterol levels. We all worry if they might be too high, but what about if your cholesterol is too low? Is it possible? Could raising your cholesterol levels be good for you after all?

For the past 60 years, we have heard more and more about the evils of cholesterol and why we need to avoid it. But would you believe me if I told you that cholesterol is not a villain, but is an incredibly vital nutrient to every cell in the body?

The anti-cholesterol theory has been full of holes since its inception. The research paper that launched the anti-cholesterol campaign clearly showed that six countries with the highest cholesterol intakes had the most deaths from heart disease. Well, that’s if you only look at the data that supports the cholesterol-heart disease connection.

Ancel Keys, who wrote the paper, had researched data from 22 countries. Since the data from the remaining 16 countries showed absolutely no correlation between cholesterol levels and heart disease, they were left out of the final paper. Finland, for example, consumed almost half as much fat as the United States, but suffered the same amount of heart disease.

Here are some other facts about cholesterol that you may like to know so you can decide for yourself if cholesterol is good for you:

1. LDL and HDL are proteins that shuttle cholesterol to and from the sites where it is needed in the body. So to focus on whether or not the cholesterol you have is good or bad really makes no sense and any doctor that suggests one type of cholesterol is better than another obviously doesn’t know that all cholesterol is good for you and that HDL and LDL simply refer to little “vehicles” that carry cholesterol.

2. The sex hormones are made from cholesterol. Lowered cholesterol often results in decreased libido and increased infertility and miscarriage.

3. Sixty percent of the brain is made of cholesterol. Levels under 180 are associated with increases in depression, dementia and mental illness.

4. Cholesterol is not a fat, but is a type of steroid alcohol. It moves at lightening speed. In fact, there is more cholesterol in muscle meat than in fat!

5. If you don’t eat enough cholesterol, your body will make it. If your body has to make it, it is because it detects a famine. In turn the body will not be able to control the amount it makes. I have seen people who avoid animal foods altogether with cholesterol levels over a thousand!

6. Cholesterol is used to repair tissue throughout the body. Blaming cholesterol for clogging arteries is like blaming a policeman for a bank robbery just because he showed up after the crime has taken place. Cholesterol happens to be the last substance the body sends out to rescue the damaged artery.

7. High cholesterol levels are associated with longevity. Perhaps this is the real reason the French outlive us, not red wine.

8. Cholesterol only comes from animal foods: meat (beef, chicken, fish etc), eggs, and dairy. Vegetable oils that claim to be cholesterol free clearly don’t even know what cholesterol is or are counting on you not knowing what it is either.

In the What Your Baby Needs Before Conception class, students learned that cholesterol elevates as a defense mechanism in response to damaged tissue*. These women also discovered how misconceptions about both saturated and unsaturated fats have damaged fertility and children’s health in the industrialized world.

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So keep in mind that cholesterol IS good for you. Your body and real foods particularly those that are rich sources of cholesterol, are on your side. Beware of slick advertising gimmicks that promise to synthetically reduce your cholesterol by peddling a highly processed (and expensive) food substitute, drug or even supplement. Instead, realize that your elevated cholesterol might be an indicator of an underlying illness that is stressing your body in other ways and strive to eliminate them. With those factors removed, your cholesterol levels should balance out in no time.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.