The quest to understand metabolic dysfunction often leads us to explore specific nutrients and their roles, especially for those reliant on prescription medications. An unconventional yet revealing approach emerges by examining the side effects of these drugs, which often point to nutrient depletions within the body.
Books dedicated to outlining nutrient depletions caused by various drugs serve as a valuable resource, offering insights into deficiencies induced by medications. A notable example is the correlation between statin drugs and Coenzyme Q10 deficiency—an essential component for heart health. The irony lies in statins, intended to reduce cardiovascular risk, potentially causing CoQ10 depletion, leading to heart-related issues.
The prevalent misconception surrounding cholesterol perpetuates a climate of fear and misinformation. While cholesterol bears a vilified reputation, its functions within the body tell a different story. The liver synthesizes a significant portion of cholesterol, essential for hormone production, vitamin transport, and toxin removal. The real concern isn't cholesterol per se, but rather inflammation that prompts cholesterol buildup in arteries.
Understanding the mechanism behind heart disease reveals that inflammation triggers free radical damage to tissues, inviting fibrogen as a reparative agent, subsequently attracting calcium and cholesterol, forming arterial plaques. Cholesterol isn't the primary culprit; instead, it's part of a sequence triggered by inflammation and tissue damage.
The historical Framingham study, once considered the foundation of cholesterol-related research, has faced scrutiny, debunked multiple times due to its flawed methodology. Questions linger about the study's legitimacy, raising suspicions about vested interests influencing its outcomes and subsequent drug developments.
In essence, navigating metabolic dysfunction requires a broader perspective—one that transcends the oversimplified narrative of cholesterol as the root cause. It's about acknowledging the intricate interplay of inflammation, tissue damage, and nutrient deficiencies, urging a reevaluation of established paradigms in understanding and addressing metabolic health.
This underscores the necessity for informed choices, demanding scrutiny of conventional narratives, and the recognition that the true solutions may lie beyond the superficial understandings propagated for decades.
In this episode, you'll discover:
- Exploring metabolic dysfunction through the lens of medication side effects uncovers nutrient deficiencies, such as Coenzyme Q10 depletion induced by statins, ironically impacting heart health.
- Cholesterol misconceptions unravel as its vital role in hormone production and toxin removal emerges, shifting focus from cholesterol itself to inflammation as the primary driver of arterial plaque formation.
- Historical studies like the Framingham study, once heralded for shaping cholesterol research, face scrutiny, prompting a reevaluation of established paradigms and advocating a deeper understanding of metabolic health beyond simplistic narratives.
Dr. Latt Mansor:
Are there any specific nutrients that they are taking or they're not taking that is causing metabolic dysfunction?
Dr. Michael Biamonte:
Probably the easiest way to look at that would be to look at side effects of drugs. Because a lot of these people are on, are on prescription drugs, and when you read the side effects, and there are books you can buy, I have a There's a bunch of them right over here that will tell you what nutrients each drug depletes from your body.
And that would be the first, first place to go and the easiest place to find out the answer to these things. The number one thing that comes to mind for me is statin drugs. Statin drugs cause a deficiency of coenzyme Q10. So people take coenzyme Q10 for their heart to keep their heart strong.
Because they don't want a heart attack. But yep, the side effects of coenzyme Q10 deficiency is a heart attack. And that's exactly what statin drugs can do. It can lower your CoQ10 in your tissues, is that the heart is a muscle. And coenzyme Q10 works in all muscles to keep the muscle strong and help it work.
And people take statin to lower blood pressure in order to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease. Of lower blood cholesterol levels. Blood cholesterol, yeah. Which is, which is if people really only do, if peop You see, cholesterol has earned this reputation that you say the word and people go into fear.
But, and then there are lunatics out there that will tell people that their cholesterol should be as low as possible. Those people need to lose their medical licenses. Your body makes 80%. Any cholesterol, whatever cholesterol is in your body at any given time, your liver has produced 80 percent of it. And what your liver, why your liver makes cholesterol, is cholesterol serves as the raw material to make all hormones.
Cholesterol binds and transports vitamins in your system, and it also binds and tries to remove toxins from your system. So without cholesterol, you'd be in a lot of trouble. Cholesterol is not the issue. The issue is having inflammation that allows the cholesterol to build up in your arteries. I'll give you an example.
If you could walk through someone's arteries with a flashlight, the first, you come to these patches of blockages of cholesterol. If you were to start to take that thing apart and reverse, when the cholesterol comes off, what you're going to find is calcium. And that calcium got there because there was fibrogen there.
Fibrogen is a sticky protein which helps repair damage to tissues. Why the fibrogen is there is because there was free radical damage to that, or that, that, that tissue in the artery. So when you reverse engineer this, the first problem with heart disease is inflammation which causes Free radical damage to your tissues.
You get fibrogen there to repair it. Calcium comes by, gets stuck to that, and then the cholesterol gets stuck to that. Now you have a plaque. where you have a blockage. That's how it forms. So to say that cholesterol is the reason, is like saying the gravedigger is the cause of death. Or ambulance is the cause of accident.
Yeah, exactly. It's not, it's not true. But it is true that if you were able to, if you were able to keep the cholesterol perhaps lower in your system, you might have a lesser propensity towards developing that plaque. That, that could be true. But it's not the real mechanism. How this all started was with the Framingham study.
And most people don't know this, but the Framingham study has been proven to be totally false and invalid three times over. Because the mixture, they didn't tell these people to eat eggs. They gave these people this little drink to take that was some type of cholesterol drink. It's been since found out that that cholesterol, that synthetic cholesterol they gave people can't be metabolized.
An elephant couldn't metabolize that, that synthetic cholesterol. So the, the study was doomed to failure to now. And if you're a conspiracy theorist, you're going to say, well, wow, I wonder if they knew that. And they gave it to them deliberately because then they were going to sell these statin drugs. I don't know if that's true, but it is true that the Framingham study was completely false.
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