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Cholesterol drugs increase Alzheimers

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completed research in 2017 that  concluded:  “People who take cholesterol lowering drugs had over 2.5 times the risk of developing Alzheimers.” 

The brain contains approximately 25% of the body’s total cholesterol, so restricting this essential fat is not good for the mind. Cholesterol  is also a necessary precursor for many of our hormones, without which life is just not up to par. Read Hormones Make You Happy to understand more.

Add to this recent finding the fact that 50 YEARS ago, research showed that high cholesterol had little to do with arteriosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, and therefore heart disease.

Dr. Kilmer McCully discovered that cholesterol and clogged arteries are not the causes, but rather the symptoms of heart disease. McCully’s research, published in the American Journal of Pathology in 1969,  linked elevated homocysteine levels to heart disease, NOT cholesterol levels.  Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is damaging  if it accumulates in the blood.

Despite McCully  receiving numerous awards for his research, including the 1998 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award, he lost Harvard University funding and was denied further research jobs for more than two years.

McCully says: “My suggestion was that the cause of arteriosclerosis in the general population was an underlying deficiency of certain B vitamins—B6, B12 and folate (B9), (leading to elevated homocysteine levels). The role of cholesterol and fats was secondary. This was too much for the establishment to take.”

His research unfortunately coincided with industry and pharmaceuticals investing multi millions into  the low cholesterol fad, low cholesterol foods, and cholesterol lowering drugs. In other words, it was very un-profitable for this research to be released to the public. B Vitamins are not expensive. Statin drugs sell billions of dollars per year.

When Lorene Benoit first started teaching this in the 1990’s, homocysteine blood tests were rare. They have now become common place for doctors  and patients in the know. So if you are at risk of the number 1 North American disease, Cardiovascular Disease,  you would be wise to consider taking quality B vitamins and other lowering cholesterol naturally. Do you want to risk having a healthy heart , but spending your golden senior years with Alzheimers? Not many people do.

McCully was also one of the earlier researchers to also suggest that genetic defects can play a significant role in the metabolism these B vitamins—B6, B12 and folate. As genetics studies increase and are refined, more defects have been discovered, indicating that at least 12% of the population are affected. This increases both the amount and type of folic acid needed to keep homocysteine levels in the normal range.  Leading edge supplement companies are now producing better assimilated methylated forms.

We have seen significant positive results using both Methyl B Combo, (B12 and folate) and Liquid Methyl B12 ( B12 plus Bs: 1,2,3 & 6).

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Other Factors Contributing to Cardiovascular Disease

When homocysteine levels rise, they  damage the cells and tissues of artery linings. In an attempt to repair the damage to arterial walls, the body stimulates growth of arteriosclerotic plaques. This is similar to the body’s process of forming scar tissue to heal an external wound – the plaque is  like applying glue to fill in the damaged areas. This is what leads to arterial clogging and heart disease.

Folate, along with vitamins B6 and B12, has been shown in numerous studies to help lower homocysteine levels. The active form of folate, L-methylfolate, can achieve plasma folate levels up to 700% higher than synthetic folic acid and therefore may be more effective at lowering homocysteine levels.

Besides lack of or poor metabolism of B Vitamins, there are several other factors that can increase homocysteine levels, leading to greater chance of arteriosclerosis:

  • Toxic factors such as cigarette smoking, pharmaceutical drugs, environmental and industrial toxins
  • poor nutrition, especially inadequate intake of anti-oxidants required to neutralize free radical damage
  • stressful lifestyles – read more about stress and cortisol effects on cholesterol.

Solutions to these are well  explained in Chapter 6, “The Road to Wellness: The 4 Pillars of Health” in Lorene Benoit’s book, The Paw Paw Program .

For more information, or to get yourself on a daily Health and Vitality Program, contact Lorene Benoit, MHH.

Q & A? Cleanses, Children’s Health & Calcium

Questions & Answers (in italics):

In supporting those who wish to share Nature’s Sunshine Products as a business to help others achieve vital health; I often get questions such as these. As this covered an extensive range of topics, I thought it would be good to post it.

Good morning Lorene, hope all is well. Couple questions for you.

 

1. What is the difference between all the cleanses?
Looks like Clean Start and Tiao Pack are for the large intestines and the Detox Basic is to support the liver? There are also a couple more (cleanses).
In my experience Tiao He is very much for liver plus all organs. LIV-C in it is definitely liver, LBS & Psyllium for bowels /intestines), Body-DeTox for all organs, Red Clover for cellular/blood cleansing , Black Walnut for parasites and thyroid support. We have had this cleanse for 25 yrs.; it is very effective.

Especially good in spring when liver is often overload from heavier winter food, less activity, etc. This is the closest to the popular Wild Rose Cleanse. My husband & I have tested both and Tiao He was far more effective!

Fact sheets for all are available on line, via TakeTheNaturalPath.mynsp.com. On this site, click “More Info” , then choose your country on the NSP page. Contact Lorene Benoit for assistance in choosing what best suits your needs and for best pricing.

I have not had much experience with Detox Basics, as it is new, but to me it also looks like liver AND bowels because of the NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans. The BerberinIR (berberis aristata) is an excellent blood sugar/glucose stabilizer.

Clean Start definitely gets the bowels moving – a better visual and bowel cleanser (than Tiao He) with the LBS & fibre mix: aloe, psyllium, chlorophyll & malic acid. It also contains Body Detox, which works on liver & other organs. I would use this one for sure if bowels are not working so well. People SEE the difference!
 
I know it can seem confusing to have so many, but every person’s needs are different. My suggestion is that you use them at different times and your personal experience will be the best guide for you. This is why we like people to be supported by the person helping them choose their herbs & supplements. 
 
The other two are cleanses: ParaPak – when people return from international travel; kids with pinworms, annual parasite cleanse. This 10 day cleanse was also used successfully with Candida/yeast before we had Candida Clear, which is a little better for this challenge because of the enzymes to be taken between meals. These really help to break down and clear out the candida organisms.

 

2. Also was hoping to get kid vitamins but they are with iron. Are there any vit/min for kids with out iron?
NO, but the Elderberry for children makes an excellent daily, if you do not want the iron. It especially is useful to keep strong immune system when they are exposed to lots of illness in school system.
Zambroza, (Thai Go in US) is a delicious beverage that is excellent for children; containing a wide range of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and immune support. 

 

3. The children probiotics are made in gummy form.  Hard to make a gummy with out adding stuff to it. Do you know what age kids can start taking these adult vit and probiotics?
No, they are not gummies – they are chewable. We had the gummies years ago made with natural fruit, but they were not as popular, so they reverted to our previous formula we have had for years.

 

4. Do you know what age kids can start taking these adult vits and probiotics?
No exact age has been determined as to when infantile flora changes. I suspect it differs with a child’s constitution, diet, whether they were born vaginally or by C section, breastfed and how long, and other lifestyle factors.  Personally I think once they are 3 yrs. or 40 lbs. and are able to handle capsules or tablets, they could use children’s or adult probiotics. 
Capsules can be emptied into water, chlorophyll or food, if they cannot swallow.
Research certainly shows that probiotics are helpful for colic, diarrhea, skin conditions, food allergies and immunity. 

 

5. Do you know why Liquid B12 has no b9? Has other b vit though.
B12 has some of the other B’s to avoid imbalance or deficiencies. We also have separate B6, B9, and B5 as some people need more of these. For something with ALL the B’s, then use B complex. Super Vits & Mins. is also a completely balanced daily with all B’s. Same formula used for 40+ years, because it works & herbal base makes it very absorbable, so don’t let small numbers fool you – it’s a better formula than most “mega” vit & min formulas.

 

6. Also the difference between calcium products.
Personally I think Skeletal Support is excellent because it contains boron. This formula has been available and popular in the US for several years; relatively recently approved in Canada. But I have had many clients who have had terrific results with all NSP Calciums – people seem to get their favourites. I have had people with leg cramps, restless legs, or high pH acidity taking other Cal Mag supplements without results – they take ours and notice a difference usually within a week. Again, it is about the absorption and bio-availability for which NSP has stringent standards.
We also have straight herbal calcium formulas which some people prefer for infants and seniors, and works specifically for use in hot flashes, but that is another topic. They are in capsule form and can be made into tea by opening the capsule. NSP offers many different strokes for different folks!
Thanks for your support. RM