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About 35 years ago when I was in medical school statins were just beginning to be promoted. I remember a day where I learned in physiology class that cholesterol was mostly manufactured by the liver, with only a smaller amount absorbed through the diet. I also learned in other classes that cholesterol was the MAIN precursor molecule to nearly every hormone in the body AND the MAIN component of cell walls of every cell in the body. I remember saying to some peers and professors that maybe it's not a good idea to interfere with the metabolism of such an important molecule. If the liver is synthesizing it that means we need it. I got the usual response of the Framingham study showed high cholesterol is associated with heart disease. I would counter with the argument that maybe high cholesterol blood levels AND heart disease are symptoms of some deeper underlying problem. NOBODY except me was curious or skeptical at all. I even have a friend who is a cardiologist who to this day still takes his daily statin despite all the articles I've sent him showing increased all cause mortality of people on statins.

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Vitamin C and D are also connected. Too complicated to go into here, but there is evidence that D concerves C. https://explore.openaire.eu/search/publication?pid=10.5281%2Fzenodo.7668572

https://ijvtpr.com/index.php/IJVTPR/article/view/12

https://figshare.com/articles/journal_contribution/Vitamin_C_Mitigating_and_Rescuing_from_Synergistic_Toxicity_Sodium_Fluoride_Silicofluorides_Aluminum_Salts_Electromagnetic_Pollution_and_SARS-CoV-2/13580318/1

Hydrophobic Catalysis by L-Ascorbic Acid: A supramolecular Strategy to counter the SARS-CoV2 ADP Ribose Glycohydrolase (figshare.com)

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

Believe in most of the above; but Vit. D is essential FOR ME, during the Autumn and Winter months and for us "older and less active blokes"... I get most through my food - Salmon, Tuna, sardines and liver PLUS take a prescribed weekly supplement (1 tab, slow release per week) ... and for me it seems to work ...

Think the rest is spot on, especially about Cholesterol and saturated fat ... HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN PLAYED AND LIED TO ?.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

I have recently adopted the carnivore diet. All of my “numbers” look great, except for “high LDL”. Wife thinks I’m gonna die. I don’t give AF due to the plethora of real doctors telling me to NOT worry about it. High LDL actually leads to LONGER life and less cancer, dementia etc. I’m literally getting faster and stronger at the gym, on the bike trails etc. Lower heart rate, less sweat. My sweat doesn’t smell. No gas or bloating. I can drum all night at 56 with no crash at the end of gigs. Bottom line, Pfuck the experts.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

That makes so much sense: Big Pharma pushing statins and depleting the body of an essential vitamin and so many people getting ill on them without realising what's causing their illness. Just so that Big Pharma can make yet more money at the expense of people's health.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

Why are most people fat who drink the diet colas? I don't drink any. Always use butter, full fat everything, not got a sweet tooth but will sometimes get the urge for chocolate. I read somewhere that statin use can bring on dementia too.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

Don't give the oil seed industry a pass.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

Another home run with this one Joel! You could write 10 times this much and just be scratching the surface. On a humorous note, I have had total cholesterol over 200 since I was 19 years old. I have had statins hawked at me for years. A few months ago, a doctor told me that he was writing a prescription for Atorvastatin. I smiled at him and said, "don't waste the paper. I will not take it." He looked at me like I had stated that I believe in elves. I told him that regardless of my Southern accent, I can read big words and understand them. The best studies out there show about a 1% Absolute risk benefit, but around 5% adverse events from statin usage. I have that many fingers and was able to compute that it was not for me. Whew...math is hard.

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Nov 14, 2023·edited Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

It is also the case that cholesterol-sulphate (important for cardiovascular function) and vit D3-sulphate are both fat and WATER soluble. They do not have to be packaged in LDLs and traverse the bloodstream/enter cells ten times faster than fat-soluble cholesterol/vit D3.

They are only ever produced when UV light hits the skin:

https://evolutionaryhealthplan.info/#_Ref9770789

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

Fascinating! I had no idea that our bodies use cholesterol to manufacture vitamin D.

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Love Dr Wolfson (The Natural Heart Doctor) in Scottsdale AZ. He is a cardiologist that went to natural remedies to help with heart disease. He has a lot of information about nutrition deficiencies and heart problems. Lots of classes. Some free...some are a minimal charge. But he also quotes many studies that show you should not be taking statins that cholesterol is important and needed for so many systems of the body.

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The other big lie about Vitamin D is that it's the same thing to take it orally as it is to make it from sunlight. Medical researchers seem incredibly dense on this point; study after study correlates higher blood levels of Vitamin D to better outcomes retrospectively on assorted health conditions, but controlled studies on supplementing Vitamin D keep showing no result on the same outcomes.

The process of D3 synthesis (and binding to its carrier protein) that takes place in the skin also results in the production of several other hormone-like substances that we incompletely understand. None of these processes take place when the already-synthesized vitamin is absorbed in the gut. It's likely that oral supplements have a negative feedback effect on these processes.

A dark-skinned person in Northern latitudes may need to supplement in winter in order to avoid deficiency symptoms. But a pale person who can get 20-40 minutes of sun exposure daily is far better off doing so instead of taking oral Vitamin D.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

Been saying this for a while.

Overcoming the brainwashing and doctor worship is not easy.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Joel Smalley

I was awakened to the whole big pharma big food scam by reading Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s work and watching YouTube videos of Ivor Cummins, & Dr Aseem Malhotra, which led to my rapid awakening to the COVID scam!!

The role of LDL in the immune system is a revelation and I wonder how many people on statins had poor covid outcomes??!!!

Yet again big pharma wants to make us sick with statins to buy more of their shitty toxic pills!

Check out work of Dr Jack Wolfson who was a cardiologist and now would not prescribe statins but lifestyle instead!!

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Eat like your ancestor, it didn't kill them.

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Cholesterol is also the backbone of all the sex hormones (testosterone, etc)......

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