You are NOT what you eat…
You are what you:
- Eat: If you don’t eat it, then it’s not going to do anything for you. But there’s way more to it than that.
- Digest: Without digestion, that apple is just going to work it’s way down the tunnel through your body (you do know that we’re all basically just a giant doughnut, right?) and pop out of the other end in exactly the same state, having achieved nothing in the process. It needs to be digested so that it can…
- Absorb: What’s the point of eating something if you’re not able to physically absorb it into the body? It needs to be digested small enough so that it can pass through the membrane in the gut and into the bloodstream. Now things are REALLY starting to move!
- Convert: An apple isn’t much good as an apple, it needs to be broken down into it’s constituent parts (digestion) and then (once absorbed) converted into a form that the body can use. Sometimes this step and the previous one are reversed, as the gut bacteria sometimes do the conversion for us, before we even absorb it. Sometimes there’s a whole chain of processes needed to convert one thing into it’s usable form – if any one of these processes get’s derailed, it can bring the whole process to a grinding halt.
- Get past the cell membrane: This whole process is a total waste of time if the constituent parts aren’t able to cross our cell membranes to work their magic. This is where they’re needed to repair, produce energy, etc.
High cholesterol is something that people often contact me about and yet it has been shown that higher cholesterol = lower heart disease risk and longer lifespan. See the link to new research which shows that lowering cholesterol has had absolutely no effect on cardiovascular disease… but statins have cost the NHS (and gained the pharmaceutical industry) A LOT of money.
Then look at the Numbers Needed To Treat for statins:
For those with known heart disease:
- 1 out of every 83 people taking statins had their life saved
- 1 out of every 39 people taking statins prevented a fatal heart attack
- 1 out of every 125 people taking statins prevented a stroke
This is undoubtedly excellent news for the 1 person helped in each of these cases. But what about the other 82, 39 and 124 respectively for whom statins had no effect? But, wait a minute…. what about the corresponding numbers needed to harm?
- 1 out of every 50 people taking statins developed diabetes
- 1 out of every 10 people taking statins developed muscle damage.
So the risks of statins (1 in 10) far outweigh the benefits of 1 in 39 ….. by almost 200% ….
As Dr Malcolm Kendrick states in his book “Fat & Cholesterol Don’t Cause Heart Attacks and Statins are not the Answer“.
The liver produces far more cholesterol than one could ever eat. So really the question to ask is “Why is my liver producing this much cholesterol?” It could be inflammation, sleep issues, etc.
Cholesterol is the building block for all of hormones. So maybe another self-question would be: “What hormone does my liver think that I need more of? And why?”
That’s the difference between traditional medicine (treating the symptom of high cholesterol) and functional medicine (looking upstream to see why you have the symptom in the first place).
I’m here if you’d like us to investigate this together.