Shocking new research suggests that Big Pharma’s drive to hook you on statin drugs could be a major culprit behind the explosion of Alzheimer’s cases across America and Europe.
I’m not surprised.
The medical establishment has been waging war against cholesterol for decades. Millions of people have been frightened into believing that high cholesterol levels equal heart disease – unless they follow doctors’ orders and pop statins every day.
Big Pharma has made billions from its cholesterol-busting stain industry. You may even have been bullied into taking mass-market statin drugs like Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor yourself.
The problem is that it’s all based on a lie – cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease. Study after study proves it. The famous Framingham Heart Study, the most extensive heart study ever conducted, couldn’t link cholesterol with heart attack risk.1
After decades of lowering cholesterol levels, heart disease is still America’s biggest killer.
Contrary to what you’ve probably heard, cholesterol is one of your body’s most vital substances…
- Your brain is made of it
- Your sex and adrenal hormones are made of it
- Your body can’t digest fat without it
- Your cell walls are made of it
- You can’t produce vitamin D without it
It’s a terrible idea to declare war on such a vital part of your body!
A study out of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) reveals that cholesterol particles in cerebrospinal fluid – the fluid found in the tissue surrounding your brain and spinal cord – play a crucial protective role against Alzheimer’s.2
That means decades of forcing cholesterol-busting statins on people have not only failed to lower heart disease rates, but these toxic drugs have also almost certainly contributed to the epidemic of this dreadful, mind-wasting disease across America, Europe, and elsewhere.
The link is glaring.
Alzheimer’s cases have surged over the same period since the first commercial statin was introduced in 1986. And the number of its victims could easily triple over the next 50 years.
The USC researchers sampled cerebrospinal fluid samples from people aged 60 and older and measured the number of small cholesterol particles in each sample.
The team found that a higher number of cholesterol particles in the fluid was associated with protection against Alzheimer’s and lower levels of amyloid beta peptides, the classic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. These accumulate in the brain in the form of plaques and gum up communications between brain cells, causing memory loss and confusion.3
The study suggested that cholesterol is crucial for clearing out the amyloid beta peptides before they clump together into plaques.
My advice is not to worry about your cholesterol levels at all – unless they’re too low.
The higher your number on your HDL – so-called “good cholesterol” – the better your health will be. It doesn’t matter how high your LDL number is.
Aside from throwing your statins in the trash immediately, which I strongly recommend, here are three simple steps to raise your HDL quickly and easily:
- Take Cod Liver Oil: This is one of the richest sources of omega-3 on earth – and the more omega-3 you get, the higher your HDL will be. Studies show that getting just 1.5 to 2 grams of omega-3 a day significantly raises your HDL. There are 15 grams of omega-3 in just one tablespoon of cod liver oil.4 Fortunately, you can choose many cod liver oil supplements that no longer have the fishy taste – that they did when your mother tried to give them to you.
- Ask For Astaxanthin: This “carotenoid” is the pigment that gives salmon its pink color – and it can boost your HDL more effectively than anything in existence. Japanese studies have demonstrated that astaxanthin can raise HDL levels by up to a whopping 15%.5 One of the best sources is salmon. But ensure it’s wild-caught salmon, which contains far more natural astaxanthin than farm-raised salmon. You can also get astaxanthin in other pink-colored seafood like lobster, crab, and shrimp. A supplement will do the trick if you don’t like fish. I recommend that you take 10 mg of astaxanthin a day.
- Eat More eggs: Eggs from pasture-raised chickens are an incredible source of healthy cholesterol. Eggs contain around 425mg per 100g. Organic eggs also have 65% fewer carbs than regular eggs, 10% more protein, and 319% more omega-3s. The federal government’s panel of diet experts warned against high dietary cholesterol in eggs for years, but they were wrong and recently admitted it. I advise putting eggs back on the menu – yolk and all. You can enjoy eggs fried, poached, scrambled, deviled, and made into omelets, flans, and quiches – without the slightest negative impact on your health.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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2. Martinez AE, et al. “The small HDL particle hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease.” Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. 13 April 2022
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4. Bernstein A, et al. “A meta-analysis shows that DHA… increases HDL… in persons without coronary heart disease.” J Nutr. 2012 Jan;142(1):99-104.
5. Yoshida H, Yanai H. “Administration of natural astaxanthin increases serum HDL-cholesterol and adiponectin in subjects with mild hyperlipidemia.” Atherosclerosis. 2010 Apr;209(2):520-3.