The fundamental truth about stroke and heart attack is that they are caused by cholesterol plaque buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis).
This plaque either blocks blood flow through the heart (causing a heart attack), or becomes loose and shoots up into the brain (causing a stroke).
Nobody argues with these facts.
What the high cholesterol traditional medical advocates, and common sense natural health researchers are looking to prove, would be whether high overall cholesterol or LDL (bad) cholesterol is actually the cause of the plaque buildup.
Now, a new review study that was published by Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology has given a 2:0 win to common sense.
In fact, they revealed that the statistics that originally supported the high cholesterol theory were weak and misleading, and that studies that reach contradictory conclusions were generally ignored.
Thus, to argue this, the researchers first proved that high levels of cholesterol do not cause plaque buildup in the arteries.
If this was the case, people with high cholesterol should have more atherosclerosis than people with lower cholesterol, right?
Yet, they cite more than a dozen studies that show that this is not the case, and that supporters of the high cholesterol theory usually ignored these studies.
Next, if high total cholesterol did cause plaque buildup, then it would be right to assume that the plaque buildup in people whose cholesterol were lower than most should be seen to have the highest decrease in plaque buildup.
But they cited a previously conducted review of 16 studies, in which 15 of them found that the extent in which their subject’s plaque buildup had declined was in no way related to the amount by which their cholesterol scores declined.
1:0 for natural health researchers and common sense!
Another popular idea in the medical profession is that it is not high total cholesterol, but rather high LDL cholesterol, that causes atherosclerosis. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as bad cholesterol.
But the researchers looking to disprove this were out with a vengeance, and busted that theory too.
Again, if high LDL cholesterol did cause plaque buildup, then people with high LDL should have more plaque buildup than those with low LDL, a logical assumption that follows the original premise.
But these researchers cited five studies that showed that the LDL scores of people don’t necessarily predict their level of plaque buildup.
2:0 for natural health researchers and common sense!
Many other findings also prove that LDL cholesterol is not the primary enemy.
For example, on average, people treated for cardiovascular disease have lower LDL cholesterol than people do in the healthy population. Oops.
Next, people with very low LDL are twice more likely to die of a cardiovascular event than people with a higher LDL.
Yet, another example: elderly people with high LDL live the longest.
And on the list of examples go on.
If this is all found to be right, then LDL cholesterol should not be viewed as the chief enemy. What’s worse, the traditional medical system has got this all wrong.
So, what is the real cause of plaque buildup in your arteries?