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Cholesterol levels are the difference between life and death!
You must reduce your cholesterol levels!
A high cholesterol level means you will have a heart attack!
The answer is both simple and complex! Simple, in that cholesterol levels themselves are not the problem. Complex, because cholesterol levels signify a different problem (albeit an easy one to resolve).
Even more complex, because the pharmaceutical industry has been paying doctors for years to tell you that your cholesterol levels are super-important, so that they could sell more of their toxic drugs.
Simply put, when your doctor measures your cholesterol levels, he discovers how much of the varying types of cholesterol are circulating in your blood. As your doctor would have you believe, high cholesterol levels are bad and low cholesterol levels are good - because that's what he's paid to tell you!
But, (as mainstream medicine is finally beginning to admit more than 10 years after we first wrote this article!), this is not necessarily the case and, in many situations actually causes people to make dangerous and even life-threatening changes to their lifestyles.
Regardless of the amount of cholesterol in your diet, your liver will make however high or low a cholesterol level your body needs, period. High cholesterol diet or low cholesterol diet, your cholesterol levels will be the same - why? Check out our cholesterol page for full details.
Put simply, it doesn't matter whether your diet is high in cholesterol or low in cholesterol - cholesterol is so important to your body that it can, and does make your cholesterol levels exactly what it needs them to be. If, for some reason, your body has decided that you need higher cholesterol levels that Doctors deem "normal", wouldn't the sensible approach be to find out WHY, rather than to artificially suppress them without bothering to look into the cause?
Of course it does, but not for the reasons you think. High cholesterol levels signify that (perhaps amongst other things) you are very likely to be deficient in Vitamin C, which is used to repair the continual damage taking place to your arteries. If you can't fix that damage (for example, because your body can't make enough of the collagen that they are made from), the body needs to do something else to stop them leaking and high cholesterol levels show that your body is using its "reserve" repair material instead of its first choice, nothing more, nothing less.
Think of cholesterol as your body's band-aid for arteries.
As explained on our cholesterol page, the issue is not your high cholesterol levels, it is your dietary lack of vitamin C (and probably other nutrients too) that causes high cholesterol levels, so stop worrying about your high cholesterol diet and cholesterol levels and start worrying about your vitamin C intake!
Essential fatty acids
Otherwise known as "brain food", these fats can't be made in the body and must be in the diet. Unfortunately, in many cases they are almost totally missing, leading to numerous health (and psychiatric / social) problems.
Saturated animal fat
Red meat, dairy products, lard dripping and suet - a recipe for disease or the means to prevent it?
All oils are not created equal. Find out why some vegetable oils are better than others.
Hydrogenated oils (unsaturated or poly-unsaturated fats)
Margarine, shortening and other "low-cholesterol" fats. Find out why these have caused more damage to health than any other type of oils or fats.