By Justin Pearce, D.C.
Millpond Wellness Center
There is a bit of deception, whether direct or indirect and a great deal of confusion about how cholesterol affects the heart and vascular system. What most medical professionals and patients believe is very outdated and misleading information. Even the way cholesterol is measured is obsolete.
Your body needs cholesterol, as it is vital to your proper organ function, your brain’s plasticity, and every cell. Some of the most prescribed medications for lowering cholesterol can cause more harm than good. For example, one commonly prescribed drug, in particular, causes cognitive confusion and degeneration, ED, and immune system weakening. Over the years, there has been an increasing number of studies showing that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. In fact, having high cholesterol, and other issues like allergic rhinitis, autoimmune disease, arthritis, and cancer are due to an inflammatory response within your body. When the body is inflamed, especially chronically, that is the ‘real’ cause of heart and vascular disorders (and other diseases).
However, it is important to note that not all cholesterol is the same. We know that HDL is the ‘good’, and LDL is the ‘bad’, but it goes, even more, deeper than that. The problem is when LDL becomes oxidized due to inflammatory issues, or blood sugar issues. The oxidized particles become too small and cause problems as they get under the thin layers of your blood vessels, causing damage. Inflammation is what causes cholesterol to be detrimental to one’s health.
Inflammation can be linked as the root cause of almost any ailment or illness a person has, including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and even heart attack and stroke. Inflammation contributes to health conditions that worsen heart problems, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, and obesity.
Chronic Inflammation—The Root Cause of Disease
Dr. Pearce of Millpond Wellness Center explains, “Chronic inflammation is a long-term response to something amiss in the body. Again, it is the body’s immune system trying to make things right; in the best way, it knows how. Chronic inflammation is not good for your body. I cannot emphasize this enough. The body is not designed to be in a constant state of inflammation.
“Since the early 2000s, we have known that chronic inflammation plays a role in many conditions, including diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even heart disease. Since February is American Heart Month, I thought I would spend a little time talking about inflammation and its effects on the heart.
“Concerning plaque buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis), researchers believe that fatty plaque and other substances on the inside of artery walls – triggers an inflammatory response from the body. The body perceives this build-up as a foreign substance and attempts to wall it off. The surrounding tissues become inflamed, the blockage worsens, and one of two things can happen. The plaque can break loose, and travel to the heart, lungs, or brain (causing a heart attack pulmonary embolism or stroke, respectively), or the artery can completely close, stopping blood flow. When this happens in the coronary arteries, the heart muscle is starved of oxygen and nutrients, causing a heart attack.”
Dr. Pearce Continues, “One way to measure inflammation in the body is a test c-reactive protein levels or CRP. CRP is made in the liver and sent out to the body via the bloodstream as a reaction to inflammation. Higher levels of CRP are correlated with heart attack, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, bacterial infections, and a host of chronic conditions. By measuring levels of CRP, we can both see whether the body is suffering from inflammation and also monitor efforts to reduce and eliminate inflammation.
“Here at Millpond Integrated Health and Wellness Center, we understand how important it is to identify and address the underlying causes of illness, such as chronic inflammation. That’s why we use in-depth testing panels for inflammation and other disorders such as hormones and thyroid levels because the truth is in the real numbers. The numbers that most physicians do not order for their patients.”
Getting your chronic inflammation under control and alleviated is critical for your long term health. If you want to avoid heart disorders, autoimmune dysfunction, dementia, cancer, and to live your life in the healthiest way for your optimal aging, Millpond Wellness Center has specific plans and protocols that are drug-free and are helping numerous patients live well!
To learn more, please visit at MillpondWellness.com, follow them on Facebook, or give their office a call. They can help you reduce chronic inflammation, restore your body to balance, and reduce your risk of heart disease.