‘Contrary to what pharmaceutical companies (selling cholesterol-lowering drugs) want to make you believe, there is nothing wrong with cholesterol levels of 220 or 240.’
-Dr. Matthias Rath

(Cholesterol Levels and Other Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease).

Drugs blocking the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver are now being prescribed to millions of people. “These drugs are known to cause cancer and other severe side effects. You should avoid them whenever you can. While the two main reasons given in (medical school) textbooks for high cholesterol are genetic risk and a high fat diet, the most important reason is completely missing: a chronic deficiency of vitamins and other essential nutrients”, says Dr. Rath.

The primary measure for lowering cholesterol and secondary risk factors in the blood-stream is to stabilize the artery walls themselves. The artery wall comes under attack from ‘free radicals’ circulating in the bloodstream, or from tiny micro-organisms, such as the Cytomeglovirus, Chlamydia pneumoniae, herpes simplex virus, Streptococcus sanguis, or Porphyromonas gingivalis. The protein of these ‘parasites’ share the protein of blood vessels, so when immune antibodies attack them, it causes damage to the blood vessel ( ).

The virus has attached to the artery wall and made a ‘lesion’ and now the immune system begins attacking. What next? The body starts depositing a protective layer over damaged areas, which includes cholesterol- one of the most important defensive substances the body has.

When false information sources talk about heart disease, they refer to it as a disease caused by a build-up of cholesterol in the arteries. This omits the real villains, which are micro-organisms and calcium build-up. When the build up of the body’s defense mechanism, cholesterol gets combined with calcium, it becomes hard. The old term was ‘hardening of the arteries’ or ‘calcification of the arteries’. That was before drug companies started altering the facts to blame cholesterol.

Cholesterol is so very important that every cell in the body can manufacture it. Cells will make cholesterol whenever they are under some sort of attack. So, as the ‘bulge’ in the muscle layer of the artery grows out into the blood stream and that area is coated with a protective layer of cholesterol. As a consequence of this layer of cholesterol, the arteries become harder, i.e., less elastic. The old fashioned term- ‘hardening of the arteries’, is now called ‘arteriosclerosis’. Same thing- they are less able to get larger or smaller, as the body needs more or less blood. As the arteries become less elastic, their ability to tighten and loosen is lost, so that in a time when the body needs more blood, they can’t expand and you then have a ‘heart attack’.

The real reason for hardening of the arteries then, is not cholesterol, but the presence of micro-organisms and the body’s immune reaction to them. This ‘mass’ gets large enough that the center portion of the artery doesn’t get a blood supply, and dies. The process of death is that the cell gradually loses its ability to get rid of toxins, including excess calcium- it turns into a rock of calcium! The calcification process is a reaction to the presence of free radicals and/or micro-organisms.

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