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Red Meat: Good Or Bad?


Red Meat:

Good or bad?

Healthy or unhealthy?

A-1 protein source? Or a precursor to a heart attack?

Keep reading and make an informed decision

    To eat red meat, or not to eat red meat? That is the question, and it’s time to find the answer. On the one hand, many nutritionists and medical professionals warn that consumption of red meat should be either minimized or eliminated from a healthy diet.

The anti-red meat arguments range from health reasons to the detrimental effects of meat processing and consumption on the environment and ethical concerns. Vegetarians can be extremely passionate about their cause and choice of nutritional lifestyle.

On the other hand, many people continue to enjoy consuming red meat and feel no guilt about doing so. Their feelings run the spectrum from the necessity of meat in a healthy diet to enjoyment of the taste of red meat, and the fact that the human race evolved eating meat, and giving it up would fly in the face of millions of years of evolution.

So who is right? Is eating red meat both unhealthy and immoral? Or is red meat the important source of protein, healthy fats, and minerals that many professional bodybuilders and weightlifters have long proclaimed?

To help answer those questions, here is a detailed look at all of the arguments on the topic of red meat, both pro and con.

Why you shouldn’t eat red meat

  • Red meat may cause your blood vessels to harden. According to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, carnitine, a significant component of red meat, may play a role in clogged blood vessels.

  • Decreased life span. The Harvard School of Public Health proclaims that regular red meat consumption increases the risk of cancer (especially colorectal cancer), cardiovascular disease and stroke. This, they claim, is due to certain carcinogens that form during cooking, as well as some ingredients in red meat and the added intake of saturated fat and raised cholesterol levels.

  • Increased diabetes risk. A 2011 Harvard School of Public Health study concluded that daily consumption of processed red meat lead to a 19% higher risk of developing diabetes. The researchers theorized that the cause might be the additional amount of sodium and preservatives in processed red meat. Interestingly, they did not arrive at the same conclusion for unprocessed red meat, stating that those types of meats should be studied separately in future research to determine if the same risk factors applied.

  • Transglutaminase. This hard to pronounce enzyme(trans·glu·ta·min·ase) is also called “meat glue.” Just the phrase “meat glue” sounds insidious enough to make many stomachs queasy. In the never-ending quest for profits at all costs, the big meat manufacturers and processors stick small bits of meat into larger chunks that are held together by this glue. Critics feel that this is both unethical (since this is concealed from consumers) and dangerous since this process is thought to raise the bacterial contamination of meat.

  • Red meat consumption = weight gain. Vegetarians insist that eating red meat is a very effective way of blowing up your belly like a balloon. They also claim that meat eaters are an astonishing nine times more like to suffer from obesity that vegans.

  • The unknown ingredients present in red meat. Toxins, hormones, dioxins, fecal matter, antibiotics and who-knows-what-else are all additional reasons to avoid meat, according to vegans.

  • Environmental concerns. Greenhouse gas emissions, the increased pollution around livestock slaughterhouses, the waste of energy, bacteria, and viruses produced in the livestock factories that enter into our drinking water due to run-off, and add to climate change are all arguments used by anti-meat groups. Some studies have demonstrated a link between miscarriages and neurological illnesses for people living near animal factory farms.

  • Cruelty to animals. The process of preparing cattle to leave the grazing yards and end up in our supermarkets is not pretty: castration, mutilation, dehorning, branding, and throat-slitting are not pleasant thoughts – and are seldom considered by the final consumers of red meat. Those who subscribe to this line of thought insist that compassionate, moral people do not eat meat.

  • Additional health risks. Vegans insist that both the workers in the meat industry and the consumers of meat face many undisclosed, adverse consequences: respiratory illnesses, foodborne pathogens, disease from manure and fertilizer-polluted water, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, gallstones, and obesity are all afflictions that are increased as a direct result of meat eating.

  •     Hormones. Consider this: in their strenuous efforts to produce larger animals grown quicker, cattle are pumped full of anabolic steroids and antibiotics. Some researchers have drawn a link between the gross overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of so-called “superbugs” that are invading hospitals at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. In fact, many of these hormones are banned in several nations. Perhaps there is truth to the saying that “you are not just what you eat; you are also what your animals eat.”

Much to contemplate from that side of the equation. However, there are two sides to every story, and now let’s take a look at the arguments for the eating of red meat:

  • The dense nutritional content of red meat. The American Diabetic Association points out that red meat is the single richest source of iron and zinc and adds large amounts of vitamins and minerals to our diets, especially b-6, b-12, vitamins A and D and calcium. This combination delivers a wall of protection against the common cold by strengthening your immune system. Beefnutrition.org adds that beef contributes less than 10 percent of saturated fat and total fat in the diet. Also, red meat is jammed-packed with carnosine, which protects the brain against aging.

  • Meat may not be carcinogenic. On the link between red meat consumption and cancer, the jury is still out. Many of the studies that linked red meat to increased cancer risks were done with processed meats, not “whole muscle meats” like steak.

  • People enjoy the taste of meat. This is self-explanatory. If some folks enjoy the taste of meat, then they’re going to eat it, period.

  • Enhancement of male fertility. Selenium plays a huge role in conception since it is needed to develop healthy ovarian follicles. Men who eat low amounts of meat, nuts and whole grains (i.e., selenium-deficient diets) tend to have low sperm counts. By adding more selenium to their diets by eating more red meat, men increase their sperm count and boost the ability of their sperm to swim, thus helping their efforts to conceive.

  • Build muscle. This is important to all men who are striving hard to increase their strength and muscle mass. Red meat is loaded with creatine, a naturally occurring amino acid that floods your cells with energy and promotes lean muscle mass by enhancing muscle cell volume and improving protein synthesis. Red meat is also an outstanding protein source, which translates into fuel for muscle growth. If all this weren’t enough to make a case for weight-lifters to eat red meat, here is one more positive benefit to consider: red meat is a source for L-carnitine, a substance which promotes increased muscle mass and turns fat into an efficient fuel source to power you through grueling workout sessions. Finally, there are the testimonials of generations of strong men as to the beneficial role of red meat in developing their strength and muscles.

  • Human evolution. Several evolutionary biologists have concluded that the copious amounts of red meat consumed by our caveman ancestors contributed to their increasing brain size when compared to other plant-eating primates. Another argument for meat eating is that it is not natural for humans to survive on a plant-based diet.

  • The reports of animal suffering and cruelty in feeding farms are not always true or greatly exaggerated. Meat eating advocates insist that the animals lead a happy, healthy life, receive professional veterinary care, are well-fed and slaughtered humanely. Therefore, the ethical grounds against eating meat ring hollow.

Is there a middle ground?

So you’ve heard both sides of the meat-eating debate. Is there a middle ground? For many, no. Some people feel so passionately about the topic that it is a black-and-white issue: no meat-eating, or eat as much meat as you like.

For others, there is a middle ground. An argument in support of moderate red meat consumption is this. As mentioned earlier, humans evolved eating red meat. But we didn’t eat meat continually. Often, the men in the hunting parties of prehistoric times came back with a huge animal in tow, and the tribe would gorge themselves on meat for weeks. Yet just as often, in spite of their considerable hunting skills, the men would return empty-handed, and the tribe would subsist on the roots, fruits, and vegetables that the women had gathered.

The lesson? Eating meat is not intrinsically harmful. But it is not necessary to eat meat constantly. Going meatless for extended periods of time has been the norm for thousands, if not millions of years. But there is no logical reason to be fanatical and forgo meat entirely.

But not just any kind of meat

   The meat that our caveman ancestors ate is not what is commonly available at our neighborhood grocery stores. Go back and re-read the arguments in the “why you shouldn’t eat red meat” bullet points. Many of them are right on the money, and should not be dismissed.

If you still feel that meat is a valuable and necessary ingredient to your diet, please keep these points in mind:

  • Always choose organic, grass-fed beef over grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef has several times more heart-healthy omega-3 fats, fewer harmful omega-6 fats, and fewer calories and cholesterol. Also, grass-fed beef packs two-to-three times the amount of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Studies have concluded that CLA might deliver protection against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Also, organic beef is free of steroid hormones and antibiotics. Since approximately 97% of the beef produced in America is grain-fed, this will take a bit of effort to find grass-fed beef. But the extra effort is well-worth the inconvenience.

  •        Minimize the consumption of processed meats. Processed meats like hot dogs, sausage and lunch meats are loaded with preservatives and additives like sodium nitrate, which has been linked to cancer.

  • Pay attention to how you cook meat. Frying, searing, grilling and broiling can cause problems. These methods are known to produce a carcinogenic substance called heterocyclic amines, which may increase your cancer risk.

So there you have it: both sides of the story. It’s up to you to make up your mind, and hopefully, the facts delivered here will help you make an informed decision.

HGH References


Expert References on Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Today hundreds of hormone replacement experts and specialist offer a great amount resources and information.

Doctor Edmund Chein from 1994 to 1996 treated over 800 people with HGH replacement therapy. And the results were published in Doctor Ronald Klatz’s 1997 book “Grow Young With HGH”. These results demonstrated to scientists and the public, the safety and efficacy of HGH in improving a broad array of human health parameters in adults

Dr. Ronald Klatz, world renowned expert on anti-aging, founder and president of the (A4M) American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. “By replenishing your supply of growth hormone, you can recover your vigor, health, looks,  and sexuality. For the first time in human history, we can intervene in the aging process, restore many aspects of youth, resist disease, substantially improve the quality of life, perhaps extend the life span itself. The ‘Fountain of Youth’ lies within the cells of each of us. All you need to do is release it.” .

Doctors Thierry Hertaghe and Vince Giampapa report that the latest European research indicates that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) can go beyond the current antioxidant based anti-aging remedies in slowing, preventing and reversing aging at the cellular level.

Grace Wong of Genentech has shown that as we age cell proteins suffer ever accumulating damage. This is, in large part, caused by the ever-increasing incidence of free radicals released during normal cellular activity. Wong says that HGH can actually activate a cellular defense force of protease inhibitors. So even if high levels of free radicals can’t be avoided, the protease inhibitors prevent the free radicals from triggering cell destructive protease. Thus, unlike antioxidants, HGH does not just reduce cellular damage, it can actively promote the healing and regeneration of cells! After six months of HGH treatment at Sahlgrenska Hospital in Sweden HGH deficient adults lost 20% of their body fat. Most of this fat loss occurred in abdominal fat, reduced by 30% compared with a 13% reduction in peripheral fat. (e.g. arm and leg) It is abdominal fat that is strongly correlated with increased incidence of heart attack., hypertension and diabetes
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Thomas C. Welbourne of Louisiana State University College of Medicine in Shreveport conducted a study that showed that a surprisingly small dose of Glutamine (Major component of our “AgeForce™” formula) raised HGH levels more than four times the amount of patients on a placebo. Even more exciting, age did not diminish the responses.

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Vladimir Dilman, PH.D. “Hormones are vital for repairing and regulating our bodily functions. As we age, though the body produces lower levels of hormones, which can result in disastrous effects, including the decline of self-repair and self-regulation. Hormone replacement therapy, a frequent component of any anti-aging treatment, helps to reset the body’s hormonal clock and thus can reverse of delay the effects of aging. If our hormones are being produced at youthful levels, in a very real sense the cells of our bodies are stimulated to be metabolically active and thus, the entire body stays young.”

Silvio Inzucchi of Yale University wrote in the January 15, 1997 issue of Hospital Practice, “Growth hormone deficiency is not formally recognized as a specific clinical syndrome, typified by decreased muscle mass, increased body fat (predominantly at intra-abdominal sites)

Dr. Robert Kerr (San Gabriel, California, treated over 8,000 athletes in the course of his practice, prescribing HGH. Kerr said his patients took HGH for only three to six weeks. In that time, bodybuilders claimed their results lasted up to 12 months. Some athletes claimed to have gained up to 40 pounds in six weeks while reducing their body fat.

Dr. Julian Whitaker of Newport Beach, California has been prescribing HGH to his elderly patients, as well as taking it himself. He states, “I have not seen anything that even comes close to the restorative power of HGH supplementation”. In Whitaker’s opinion, HGH is most effective in combating the effects of chronic diseases that involve muscle wasting: stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and AIDS, 1996 New England Journal of Medicine – Patients treated with HGH who had moderate-to-severe heart failure, increased the thickness of the left ventricular wall, enhanced the ability of the heart to contract and pump out blood, reduced the oxygen requirement of the heart, improved exercise capacity, clinical systems, and the patients quality of life.

David Clemmons, chief of Endocrinology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, believes that HGH is a promising treatment for emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

Dr. Ronald Klatz, Author “Grow Young with HGH” “GH (Growth Hormone) is the ultimate anti-aging therapy. It effects almost every cell in the body, rejuvenating the skin and bones, regenerating the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys, bringing organ and tissue function back to youthful levels. It is an anti-disease medicine that revitalizes the immune system, lowers the risk factors for heart attack and stroke, improves oxygen uptake in emphysema patients, and prevents osteoporosis. It is under investigation for a host of different diseases from post-polio syndrome to AIDS. It is the most effective anti-obesity drug ever discovered, reviving up the metabolism to youthful levels, resculpting the body by selectively reducing the fat in the waist, abdomen, hips, and thighs, and at the same time increasing muscle mass. It may be the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered, reviving flagging sexual and potency in older men. It is cosmetic surgery in a bottle, smoothing out facial wrinkles; restoring the elasticity, thickness, and contours of youthful skin; reversing the loss of extracellular water that makes old people look like dried-up prunes. It has healing powers that close ulcerated wounds and regrow burned skin. It is the secret ingredient in the age-defying bodies of weight-lifters and it enhances exercise performance, allowing you to do higher-intensity workouts of longer duration. It reverses the insomnia of later life, restoring the “slow wave” or deepest level of sleep. And it is a mood elevator, lifting the spirits along with the body, bringing back a zest for life many people thought was lost forever. The latest research shows that it holds promise for that most intractable and terrifying disease of aging – Alzheimer’s.”

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Patrick Cadigan, M.D., Medical College of Florida. “Today a greater sense of well-being and self-confidence is closer than you think.”

Daniel Rudman, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin. “The effects of six months of growth hormone on lean body mass and adipose-tissue mass were equivalent in magnitude to the changes incurred during 10 to 20 years of aging.”

Dr. Eve Van Cauter, GH researcher, University of Chicago Medical Center. “All of these ideas about treating people with growth hormone have been directed towards people sixty-five and older. If you look at the data, people have so-called ‘elderly’ levels by age forty. Perhaps we should be giving GH replacement therapy earlier rather than attempting to treat tissues that have seen little or no growth hormone for decades.”

Dr. Lawrence Dornan, member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging “It stops the aging process in the body and reverses many of the problems that are caused by aging, such as wrinkling skin, increased body fat, decreased muscle mass, increased cholesterol, decreased stamina and energy, decreased mental function, impaired neurological functions such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. IGF-1 or growth hormone is truly an amazing substance which is both safe and effective with no known side effects unless it’s used in an overdose manner.”

Dr. George Merriam, the University of Washington in Seattle-National Institute of Aging studies on growth hormone ” There is no evidence suggesting that this [growth hormone] replacement therapy causes any unfavorable long term side effects… a complete absence of side effects.”

Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Christian of Copenhagen, Denmark, in European Journal of Endocrinology, 1994 “Replacement therapy with Growth Hormone has shown a beneficial and normalizing effect on parameters such as cardiac and renal function, thyroid hormone metabolism, bone metabolism, sweat secretion, total and regional fuel metabolism and psychological well-being.

American Guide to Injectable HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy: Somatropin


SOMATROPIN

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   Somatropin is the scientific name for Biosynthetic Human Growth Hormone (HGH). HGH is produced naturally by a healthy human body. Though somatropin is not biologically derived, it is structurally identical to HGH. HGH has several beneficial effects on the body. First, HGH promotes the development and growth of lean muscle mass. The number of muscle cells a person has is a result of heredity. After puberty ends, endogenous HGH plateaus and then recedes, leading to an atrophy of natural muscle development.

The only way that muscles can become stronger is by enhancing the size and number of muscle cells through weight lifting and exercise. Steroids have a very different effect on the muscles than HGH. Steroids cause the muscles to increase in size through the introduction of added water weight. HGH, on the other hand, causes a person to increase their lean muscle mass. The increase in muscle mass is slow. A patient gains between one to two pounds of muscle every seven to fourteen days. Though it seems slow, this is an impressive improvement, and by taking Bio-Identical HGH to help the body create more muscle cells, a person can blast through their limitations and attain results that would be impossible without HGH Treatment.

Another effect of HGH Therapy is boosted metabolism and energy. HGH is secreted by the human body at peak levels during the period of puberty. This is a major reason why children have such boundless energy. The sad truth of the matter, however, is that our body produces less and less HGH as we age. Supplementing HGH Replacement Therapy can ratchet up your metabolism as well as send your energy levels through the roof. This happens due to the body converting fat into energy.

Here’s the deal: HGH is a precursor hormone of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1. IGF-1 is manufactured by the liver as a direct result of chemical messages sent by HGH. IGF-1 makes the human body take its primary source of energy from fat deposits around the body rather than from the foods that you eat. This causes even sedentary HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy users to melt slabs of flab…while staying on the couch! Just imagine if they follow one of our recommended exercise routines…WOW!

Further Benefits of HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • Mind-blowing strength increases
  • Feel your stamina levels explode, and give you the ability to work out intensely
  • Watch ugly fat melt
  • Healthier, thicker hair
  • Softer, Smoother, Glowing Skin
  • An immune system that laughs at disease and illness
  • Say goodbye to stiffness as your flexibility increases
  • Bounce back from injury quicker than you can believe
  • Vroom, Vroom in the bedroom…more and better sex than ever

Human Growth Hormone and Energy Levels

   Medical studies have uncovered tons of evidence that beyond the age of thirty, the body produces significantly less HGH. This leads to symptoms of HGH Deficiency and premature aging in adults. The body begins to lose its luster and sheen and become more worn down. As these levels of HGH growth drop, the immune system starts to falter as well, causing certain diseases to occur with much greater likelihood. Bio-Identical HGH was created using Recombinant Genetic methods and it is structurally identical to the human body’s endogenous HGH.

HGH Hormone Replacement therapy is non-toxic, safe, and there are no significant side effects as long as the treatment is administered carefully using a physician prescribed regimen. HGH has been approved for use in both adults and children both in the U.S. and world-wide. Scientists across the world recognize the benefits of this groundbreaking therapy. Over one thousand scientific and medical studies have been financed around the world which prove that HGH has unbelievable, astonishing benefits. Benefits of HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy, as corroborated with Anti-Aging PhD, James Abernathy

  • 14% reduction in body fat in 6 months without changing eating habits
  • 9% boost in lean muscle mass without changes in exercise routine
  • Faster injury recovery
  • Enhanced renal function
  • Cellulite magically disappears
  • Improved ability to create new neural connections
  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased sexual ability
  • Boosted memory and mental acuity
  • Quickly fall into a deep, restorative sleep
  • Sharper vision
  • Increased exercise capacity, endurance, and energy level
  • Healthier cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Safeguards against degenerative disease
  • Shoot your energy levels through the roof
  • Reduce stress
  • Smooth wrinkles and produce thicker, tighter, younger skin
  • Strengthen the heart, boosting heart output and ability to withstand vigorous exercise
  • Stop muscle weakening and shrinkage
  • Bone density that becomes think as a rock…and as hard as cold steel
  • Many other Anti-Aging benefits

HGH Therapy Produces Mind Blowing Results

(Numbers shown are the percentage of patients who experienced a particular result)

HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy and Body Fat, Exercise, and Strength

  • 72% Lost body fat
  • 81% Able to workout harder and longer
  • 81% Experienced muscle growth
  • 88% experienced skyrocketing energy levels

HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy and Hair and Skin Health

  • 68% Thicker skin
  • 71% More elastic skin
  • 51% Fewer wrinkles
  • 38% Regrowth of hair lost to thinning and male pattern baldness

HGH and Resistance, Flexibility, and Healing

  • 61% Healed from injury faster…much faster
  • 71% Healed more completely from injury
  • 53% Developed greater spinal flexibility
  • 73% Experienced a much stronger immune system

HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy and Sexual ability

  • 75% Had better sex more often
  • 62% Could stay hard longer
  • 57% Fewer bathroom treks at night
  • 58% Experienced fewer hot flashes
  • 38% Menstrual cycle stabilized

Other Benefits

  • 67% Experienced fewer mood swings
  • 78% Felt better about their life and themselves
  • 62% Regained an almost photographic memory

When mixed with other Anti-Aging treatments, the results of HGH HRT can be compounded. To attain the maximum and most life changing results, lifestyle changes should be adopted in addition to therapy. ” I feel BRAND NEW! I’ve seen what aging and illness can do to rob people of a healthy, happy life, and I have long been determined to fight these twin monsters. I have tried many ideas and approaches. Some had more success than others. But nothing I have tried has worked like HGH. I can only wonder why everyone doesn’t know about this stuff.” Rocky W., Delray Beach, FL Anti-Aging Physician Doctor Dan Rudman believes that the effects of a 6 month HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy Program on adipose fat and lean muscle equal a reversal of the amount of change that occurs over the course of ten to twenty years! Think about this. What this means is that aging is not an entirely inevitable breakdown of the body. There are many aspects of the process that can be reversed or at least prevented. Note: HGH cannot be prescribed for cosmetic body building or improved athletic performance. It can only be used as an Anti-Aging cure in the presence of a deficiency.

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What are hormones?

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Hormones are complex polypeptide chemical messengers which send messages from one organ or gland in the body to another target area of the body conveyed through the bloodstream Once the message reaches the target tissue, changes happen.  For the most part, our hormones are manufactured and released from the endocrine glands, among which are the testes, ovaries, adrenals, parathyroids, thyroid, pituitary, and the pancreatic islets, the placenta, and certain areas along the gastrointestinal system.

If a person has a deficiency in any of the numerous hormones used by the body, it can lead to significant or even life-threatening problems. Fortunately, modern science now allows us to synthetically produce Bio-Identical Hormones that can be used to alleviate Hormone Deficiencies. The pituitary gland produces a number of different vital hormones. Among those released by the anterior pituitary are HGH, the gonadotropic hormones, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and thyrotropin.

The rear lobe of the pituitary gland produces oxytocin, prolactin, and antidiuretic hormone. The thyroid gland produces calcitonin and thyroxine. The parathyroid releases parathyroid hormone. The medulla of the adrenal gland produces norepinephrine and epinephrine, and the cortex of the adrenal gland produces cortisol, cortisol, corticosterone, and aldosterone. Among the sexual organs, the testes mostly produce testosterone while the ovaries produce progesterone and estrogen. The testes, ovaries, and adrenal cortex are all able to produce at least a serviceable amount of any of the steroidal hormones. In the pancreas, the islets of Langerhans manufacture somatostatin, glucagon, and insulin.

The kidneys secrete erythropoietin, which is the precursor to red blood cells. In the digestive system, the passage of chyme, which extends from the stomach down to the duodenum sends a signal to the duodenum to manufacture secretin. This causes the pancreatic juices to flow. The chyme sends messages to the duodenum to release cholecystokinin when fats are consumed. This chemical messenger tells the gall bladder to squeeze out bile. Evidence also suggests that the upper intestinal track produces pancreozymins, which leads to a greater number of digesting enzymes to be generated by the pancreas. The stomach produces other hormones as well. The pyloric region produces gastrin, which raises the level of hydrochloric acid inside the stomach.

The placenta has been proven to release HCG and progesterone. Studies also suggest that the placenta produces another hormone that is functionally similar to HGH. In insects, ecdysone is a member of a steroidal hormone group that causes metamorphosis and molting. Juvenile hormone is also produced, which leads to changes which occur in the early development of an insect. Members of the plant kingdom have hormones of their own as well. These include cytokinins, gibberellins, and auxins, which are hormones associated with the production of buds, bulbs, tubers, and flowers. The hormone ethylene is believed to play a role in fruit ripening.

Learn About Human Growth Hormone

HGH plays an integral role in youthfulness. As our level of HGH drops, aging speeds up…with all of its tender, loving gifts: stiff, achy joints, no endurance, weak muscles, mental fog, etc. Lack of HGH is not the sole cause of aging, but it makes the aging process occur earlier and faster. HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy can melt fat and increase lean muscle mass, but it may not reverse other common effects of aging such as baldness. Scientists have long known that HGH levels are at their highest during the puberty. That’s the origin of the hormone’s name. The Secretion of HGH occurs in quick, intermittent bursts which are best described as pulses. These pulses happen at most often in the first hours of deep sleep. The old wives tale that we grow when we sleep does, in fact, have merit. Surprisingly, these bursts of HGH only remain in the blood for a short period. They flow through the blood stream until the liver can absorb the blast. In the liver, HGH is converted into growth factors, primarily Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. The body’s ability to regulate HGH production is very complicated, and there are many systems which play a role in how much HGH gets secreted. So far, scientific research points to the fact that HGH levels drop in all animals as they age. In humans, the hormonal decline begins somewhere in the mid to late twenties. From there, the body produces around fourteen percent less every decade. By the time a person reaches sixty, their rate of HGH production has dropped by fifty percent from peak levels.

Effects of HGH Deficiency

HGH deficiency is directly correlated to the draggy, flabby, saggy, wrinkling, bulging figures that we eventually begin to see in the bathroom mirror. People who have abnormally low levels of HGH decline at a much faster rate, and age more visibly than individuals who have the luck of good genes, or stave off the aging process through vigorous exercise which stimulates the secretion of HGH. The decline of HGH with age has some similarities with menopause. For this reason, it has been given a similar scientific name-Somatopause.

Human Growth Hormone Health Tips

Start with small doses: HGH is incredibly potent, and taking more won’t help you get better results. If you are just initiating HGH HRT, start with small injections of around 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams each day. Keep in mind that the final goal of HGH Replacement Therapy is to boost endogenous HGH production. Keep an eye out for side effects: Almost the entire array of HGH side effects are directly tied to over-administration of the hormone. For a detailed look at potential side effects and our safety protocols, For our detailed recommendations on nutrition, exercise, hydration, and supplements, “I’m not going to lie. I was very nervous about the side effects of growth hormone prescriptions. And I was even more worried about using a needle. However, after talking to my anti-aging physician, I felt comfortable to give it a whirl. The result? As long as you follow the simple and direct instructions, there is nothing to worry about. And the injections are not only easy, but they are pain-free as well. Don’t let fear hold you back. D Fisk, Lawton, OK

Doctors, Physicians and Scientists Worldwide Purport the Benefits of Human Growth Hormone

There are hundred of Anti-Aging specialists and experts who provide all sorts of good advice and information regarding hormonal therapies such as HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy Our mission is to make sure you are receiving HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy safely, legally, efficiently and professionally. We will not prescribe any treatment until we have studied the results of your physical examination and blood test. Once we have determined that you can benefit from our treatment, then, and only then, will we swing into action No opinion or claim on the hghprescription.com website, or from any representative of this website is meant to be construed as true medical advice. The statements and beliefs expressed on this website have not all been fully evaluated by the FDA Consenting to Blood work and /or a physical does not mean that you will receive a prescription. Your tests must express a genuine medical need for any prescription drug therapy. Contact us today for a free consultation

The Thyroid Gland: An Unsung Hero


   Football is a team sport, and all of the players must perform at their peaks for the team to succeed, regardless of their positions. But there are two indisputable facts about the importance of those roles.

   First, the highly skilled players on the offense (quarterbacks, running backs and pass receivers) get the most publicity, and are considered the “glory players”, since they put points on the board.

   But many experienced football coaches and fans know that the game is decided “in the trenches”, by the performance of both the offensive and defensive linemen. Without the blocking and tackling that goes on, mostly unnoticed, every single time the ball is snapped, there could be no exciting, spectacular plays. This leads to two other conclusions:

  • When the linemen block efficiently, opening up huge holes for the running backs, and protecting the quarterback, their team usually wins. Yet the linemen remain anonymous

  • When the linemen are mentioned on the news, all-too-often it is a result of a penalty they committed at a crucial time. In other words, they aren’t appreciated when they do their job. When they don’t, they catch hell, since so many things go wrong

This also applies to the Thyroid Gland

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   Think about it. How many of us even know how important the thyroid gland is, or how much work it does? Perhaps it’s time to take a detailed look at this remarkable gland to appreciate all of the vitally important functions it performs, every minute of our existence.

   The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly, and resides in the throat, slightly below the Adam’s Apple. The thyroid is classified as an endocrine hormone, which means it produces hormones. In this case, the thyroid pumps out the hormones that regulate our metabolism.

   Metabolism is defined as “The chemical and physical processes that occur within the body to maintain life.” The thyroid regulates this by controlling the efficiency and speed at which our cells operate.

   The thyroid is, without a doubt, one of our most important glands…some would argue that it is THE MOST important, since thyroid hormones regulate many of the other hormonal glands. If the thyroid hormones are not secreted in precise amounts, our cells slow down in performing their life-preserving roles of synthesizing the proteins needed for cellular growth and removing waste.

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    The thyroid gland is responsible for:

  • Insuring that our cells remain healthy, and use energy efficiently

  • Regulating our metabolism by controlling our body-fat levels and our bone makeup

  • Assisting our nervous system

  • Helping our cognitive ability by enhancing brain functions

  • When we’re young, it assists the production and release of growth hormone and allows us to grow

  • Regulating our body temperature

   When the thyroid is malfunctioning, a condition called hypothyroidism results, with several adverse, potentially serious side effects. Here are a few of them:

  • Fatigue

  • Dry Skin

  • Premature aging

  • Infertility

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Osteoporosis

  • Muscle weakness

  • Weight-gain

  • Decreased appetite

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

  • Cognitive impairment

  • Hair loss

  • Intolerance to heat and cold

  • And more…many, many more. This parade of horrors just keeps on coming

   One of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland is called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), also referred to as thyrotropin. It’s purpose is to manufacture the thyroid gland’s production of thyroxine (T4), which is crucial to regulating our energy metabolism. T4 is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It’s function is to navigate through the blood to certain targeted cells, then convert to triiodothyronine (T3).

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   T4 is not as active as T3. A good analogy is this: T4 delivers the instructions from the thyroid, then T3 gets to work to carry out the mission.

   In its free form, “free T3” is the more active form of the thyroid hormones. If your levels of T3 are scraping bottom, that’s exactly how you’ll feel. Many feel that free T3 should be the “gold-standard) of thyroid function, since it plays the end role in boosting your metabolism.

   When testing for thyroid functioning, physicians start with TSH. If the TSH number is high, it is an indication that the thyroid gland is working harder than normal, in an effort to maintain the correct level of thyroid hormone. In the worst case scenario, this could be a precursor to a heart attack, or other types of coronary artery problems called sub-clinical hypothyroidism (SCH).

   Thyroid hormones work in a circular, feedback method. The hypothalamus gland manufactures thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH), and the pituitary gland produces TSH. When the “engine’ is humming along and fine-tuned, your levels of the hormone rise to what is needed, then the production stops. T3 and T4 are in perfect balance.

   T3 and T4 are the two vital hormones that regulate all of the cells in the body. But their precise, fragile balance can be upset. Here are a few things that can cause imbalance between these hormones:

  • Nutrition. As with so many health problems, much of the trouble begins with what you eat. Luckily, in spite of the mountains of conflicting ill-advised nutritional guidelines endlessly touted by Internet “foodies” and government agencies, common sense rules. Bad fats, bad carbs, junk food, fast food, processed food, artificial sweeteners and anything loaded with preservatives and chemicals must be kept to a minimum – or better still, avoid them completely. Eat smart, and be tough about the junk. Soy and gluten can also cause problems for some people. Finally, make sure to get a sufficient amount of iodine in your diet. Without it, your thyroid will not have enough of the raw materials necessary to produce the thyroid hormones you need

  • Stress. A certain amount of stress is inevitable, and can actually be beneficial. But excess, chronic stress is devastating to your body in many ways…including your thyroid. Exercise, meditation, sports and hobbies are common stress-busters. But whatever works for you is great. Don’t ignore stress. Be aware of when it is getting out-of-control, and deal with it

  • Too much exercise. Working out and staying active is a great stress-buster, as was mentioned above. But over-training can present its own problems. Over-training can cause hormone depletion, over-stress and damage your bones, weaken your immune system, flood your body with cortisol (“the stress hormone”), slow your healing processes down to a crawl, and leave you feeling “burnt out”. If you are new to exercise, start slow and listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to get sufficient rest, and at times take a break if your body is sending signals that scream “slow down”

  • Toxins in the environment. This is especially problematic, since many of these chemicals that are capable of wreaking havoc on your thyroid are disguised in everyday items found in your kitchen and bathroom. Chlorine, fluoride and bromine are antagonistic to your iodine receptors, and are found just about anywhere and everywhere: flours, bakery items, plastic, hot tub treatments, the water that flows from your kitchen faucet, and many more seemingly harmless objects. The key is to educate yourself on the ingredients in what you have in your house, and when possible replace them with products that contain safer components

   To better understand the importance of the thyroid, consider the lint trap in your dryer. Without a lint trap, huge amounts of lint would accumulate in the dryer vent hose, with several bad consequences: lowering the dryer’s efficiency, which shortens it’s life span, and bumps up the risk of fire.

   The thyroid gland also mimics the air filter in your furnace. When it’s clogged, the flow of warm air is impeded. As a result, the furnace will be forced to work longer and harder to keep keep the temperature where you want it. This can increase your gas bill, as well as eventually wear out your furnace.

   Earlier, the term sub-clinical hypothyroidism was mentioned. This refers to the gray area where the TSH is elevated and the thyroid is operating lower than it should, yet not so low as to cause the patient to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. There may be a few symptoms of the condition, but they are very subtle. To make matters worse, many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are the same symptoms that result from natural aging. This is why they are often overlooked.

   The definition of SCH is “a condition where TSH levels are elevated, but thyroxine levels fall within the normal range.” This condition has been linked to coronary artery disease (CAD), which dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, blockage of the arteries and chest pain (angina).

   There are two common treatment approaches. Many people have benefited from beginning their treatment with a natural thyroid product like Armour Desiccated Thyroid. There is also a newer pharmaceutical prescription known as Synthroid. Do not hesitate to study the advantages and side effects of both approaches, and discuss this with your endocrinologist.

   Treatment is tricky, since a fine line must be drawn. Over-treatment can cause more harm than benefits with many possible side effects: bone weakness that could lead to the dreaded osteoporosis, muscle weakness, abnormal heartbeat, nausea, and this – “other unusual medical events”. This last quote was copied off the synthroid web page.

   One the other hand, under-treatment could allow several problems that are under-the-surface to grow into serious issues, since you will not have enough medication to deal with your hypothyroidism.

What you can do to keep your thyroid functioning at its best

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   To sum up, after reading the above information, hopefully, you’re convinced that the thyroid deserves the best treatment you can give it. Here are some ideas to keep in mind. Some of them have already been mentioned, but a good review will tie things together:

  • Eat smart. Hi-octane nutrition (fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein healthy fats, “good” carbs and adequate hydration) is a great place to start. Also don’t forget that what you don’t eat is as important as what you do eat. As mentioned earlier soy products like tofu, soy milk and soybeans can inhibit the effectiveness of hypothyroid medications and should be minimized or avoided

  • Get off the couch with the right physical fitness routine. Not too little, and not too much. Strive for a balance between strength, cardiovascular endurance training, flexibility and balance. All are important

  • Control stress. There are many ways of doing this. What’s the best way for you? The way that you enjoy, and will continue to follow. Please don’t neglect this

  • Avoid environmental toxins. Read labels, and research. This also includes medications as well

  • Get medical help. If you have any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism mentioned above, contact your physician and get your thyroid tested. If needed, consider medication, and discuss this in detail with your health-care provider

  • Consider supplementation. A great combination of nutrients that can assist the thyroid are iodine(from kelp and potassium iodate), vitamins A and B-12, magnesium (as magnesium carbonate), ashwagandha extract, L-tyrosine, Korean ginseng and Guggul (gum resin). These substances are best found in an all-in-one formula.

Finally, here is a quiz you can take to give you some idea of how your thyroid is functioning.

  • Are you unusually sensitive to temperature extremes?

  • Do your hands and feet often get cold?

  • Do you ever wake up and see a puffy face in the mirror?

  • Are you having more and more trouble keeping the pounds off?

  • Does almost everything you eat turn to fat?

  • Is your skin overly dry?

  • Do you hit the snooze button in the morning when you don’t feel like getting up?

  • Do you suffer from constipation?

  • Are you stiff in the morning?

  • Are you often tired?

  • Do you “hit the wall” in the afternoon?

  • Are you becoming increasingly more forgetful?

  • Do you often experience brain fog?

  • Are you noticing your hair is thinning?

  • Are you feeling apathetic and have you lost interest in the things that you used to enjoy?

A score of 0-3: Your thyroid is probably functioning fine.

A score of 4-6: You probably need to ask your doctor to check your thyroid.

A score of more than 6: You really need to discuss this with your doctor. This score indicates a strong possibility of thyroid problems.

When you begin a hormone replacement therapy regime at our clinic, we will maintain constant surveillance of all of your important glands, including the thyroid.

Remember, the thyroid gland is your “offensive line” for your path to good health. Set the right environment for it to do its job.

Sugar Addiction: The UnSweet Truth


Sugar Addiction: The UnSweet Truth

   A nutritionist once complained that there was a depressing saying she heard all-too-often from her clients: “I just love my donuts and cookies.” What is the problem with that saying? Your donuts and cookies don’t love you back!

   As research continues into the health effects of sugar, a grim, stark fact is becoming more and more apparent: sugar is poison and wreaks havoc on your body in so many ways.

Today we are more addicted to sugar than at any time in the past. Want proof? Check out these numbers:

  • In 1700, sugar consumption averaged approximately 4 pounds per year
  • In 1800, the annual ingestion of sugar had more than quadrupled to 18 pounds per year
  • In 1900, the climb in the rate of sugar intake had skyrocketed to 90 pounds annually
  • In 2012, more than half of all Americans wolfed down an astonishing 180 pounds of sugar yearly!

So why does that matter? Here’s why: In 1890, as few as three people per 100,000 suffered from diabetes. In 2012, nearly 8,000 out of 100,000 were diagnosed with the killer affliction of diabetes. Indeed, it would be extremely challenging to argue that sugar does not play a role in this continuing health crisis – a huge role.

Our Sugar Addiction

   Sugar has been targeted at all of us, especially our kids. A grim statistic: since 1900, our children are swallowing around TEN TIMES more sugar now than a little over 100 years ago. Worse, this is often in the form of a Frankenstein-like creation called high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Why is this a problem? What’s the big deal about high fructose corn syrup? Simply this: the highly addictive HFCS contains both fructose and glucose, but unlike regular sugar, they are not bound together. The result is the body does not digest HFCS, and it goes directly to the liver. There it is turned into fat via a combination of Very-Low-Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fructose has an insidious ability to fool the body into weight gain by tricking our metabolism into switching off our appetite-control system by not stimulating our production of insulin. As a result, the “hunger hormone” ghrelin and the “satiety hormone” leptin both run amok. This combination is a one-two punch. Excess ghrelin causes us to be ravenously hungry, while a lack of leptin makes a bad situation worse by delaying the feeling of being full long past the time when we would normally stop eating.

Continuing to gorge on HFCS can result in developing chronic insulin resistance, which over time can lead to diabetes. HFCS consumed in copious amounts can also suppress the immune system.

But HFCS is not the only problem

   It seems simple. Read labels, avoid HFCS, and you’re in the clear, right? Regrettably, no, it’s not that simple.

The negative health consequences of HFCS can be extended to all processed sugars. More and more research continues to beat the same drum: sugar is the culprit for a wide array of health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Inflammation
  • Weight-gain that all-too-often leads to obesity
  • Compromised immune system function
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Liver damage
  • Decreased levels of HDL cholesterol (“the good kind”) and increased levels of LDL cholesterol (“the bad kind”)
  • Skyrocketing triglyceride levels
  • Increased levels of uric acid, resulting in increased risk of liver and kidney damage
  • The worst is saved for last. Some research points to a possible link between sugar and the proliferation of cancer cells. To be fair, not all researchers share this opinion. But virtually all scientists and medical professionals agree that sugar consumption should be moderate and be restricted to complex, high-quality sources of unprocessed foods as close as possible to their natural forms.

 

Always keep in mind that sugar is addicting…for some, as addicting as the most powerful street drugs or pharmaceutical prescription drugs. In a 2007 study conducted by Dr. Serge Ahmed from The University of Bordeaux in France using rats as subjects, the rats preferred the intense sweetness of sugar to the pleasurable rush of cocaine.

 

NEW LONDON, CT Connecticut College – Rat and Oreos.

How in the world could this be? The answer to this is that sugar makes dopamine, the brain’s “feel-good” chemical. In fact, sugar produces so much dopamine that the brain gets lazy and slows down or stops making the substance. If sugar consumption halts, the brain will go into withdrawal until it regroups and begins to manufacture dopamine on its own again.

Scary stuff. Hopefully, you are now aware of the need to get your sugar intake under tight control. To help you achieve that, and cut through the confusion about the seemingly endless variations of sugars and sweeteners, here is a list of terms that you need to know:

  • Saccharide = sugar
  • Glucose (aka “dextrose” or “grape sugar”), galactose (“milk sugar”), and fructose (“fruit sugar”) are all “monosaccharides” (i.e. single sugar molecules), known as “simple sugars.” The main difference is how your body metabolizes them.
  • Glucose is a required fuel source. Every cell in your body uses glucose for energy.
  • High amounts of fructose are extremely harmful to the body if it’s not burned instantly for energy. If not, it travels directly to the liver where it’s converted to triglycerides (fats). Excess triglycerides increase insulin resistance (and insulin production), thus contributing to diabetes in an indirect way.
  • Simple sugars can combine to form more complex sugars, like sucrose (“table sugar”) which is a “disaccharide” (molecules contain two monosaccharide residues)comprised of 50% glucose and 50% fructose.
  • “Refined” white sugar (pure sucrose) is bathed with a syrup solution and hot water, processed (usually chemically) to remove impurities, decolorized, concentrated, evaporated, re-boiled until crystals form, centrifuged again to separate, then dried. By now, any remnants of “natural goodness” and “nutritional value” have entirely vanished. In fact, white sugar resembles an “industrial product” more than a “food.”
  • “Brown sugar” is white sugar mixed with molasses.
  • “Raw” sugar is not truly raw. It’s been cooked, which kills most of its vitamins and minerals. Even so, it’s probably a bit healthier than refined white sugar since it has a trace of molasses remaining.
  • Aspartame or AminoSweet is a neurotoxic rat poison: AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
  • Splenda (sucralose) is NOT sugar, despite its deceptive marketing slogan, “made from sugar.” It’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener similar to aspartame, although somewhat less harmful.
  • Honey is approximately 50% fructose. In its natural (raw and unpasteurized) form, honey many health benefits. Look to buy honey locally and make sure it is unpasteurized.
  • Stevia is an extraordinary sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, which is entirely safe (in its natural form). Green stevia is the whole plant, while white stevia is processed and can often contain other ingredients like natural flavors or dextrose ? a kind of sugar. 100% green stevia in its natural state is clearly your best choice.
  • Agave nectar comes from the agave plant, which is a cactus. In spite of its natural sounding name, it is anything but natural. Agave is HIGHLY processed, resulting in the end product not even remotely resembling the original agave plant. Also, agave is approximately 80% fructose (much higher than honey and maple syrup).
  • HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. It is mostly genetically modified. Re-read the information provided above, and SHUN THIS FRANKENSTEIN!
  • Rapadura is the pure juice extracted from the sugar cane, then evaporated over low heat, while being stirred with paddles, then grounded to a grainy sugar. It has not been cooked at high temperatures or spun to change it into crystals, and the molasses is maintained in the sugar. “Sucanat” is the USA trade name for Rapadura.
  • Coconut sugar is made from the sweet watery sap dripping from the cut flower buds of the coconut palm. It has a low glycemic index (GI) and is rich in amino acids. It is typically less than 10% fructose, with sucrose being the primary component.
  • Xylitol is a sweetener known as a “sugar alcohol” (or polyol). Sugar alcohols are neither sugars nor alcohols ? they are carbohydrates (with structures that happen to resemble sugar and alcohol). Xylitol is extracted from corn or birch cellulose. Unlike sugar, Xylitol is slowly absorbed, does not cause a rapid blood sugar increase, and does not require an immediate insulin response from the body to be metabolized. Moreover, numerous studies have concluded that it helps prevent dental cavities, ear infections, and possibly gum disease since Xylitol is anti-bacterial. However, Xylitol does have some potential side effects (most notably gastrointestinal distress) and should be used with caution.

The final takeaway is this. There is no need to avoid sugar entirely unless you are under a doctor’s care for sugar-related health problems. However, moderation is the key. Complex carbohydrates are foods that consist of three or more sugars and are loaded with fiber. Simple carbohydrates are made up of only one or two sugars and are high on the glycemic index, which results in an unhealthy blood-sugar spike.

Examples of complex carbohydrates are whole grains, lentils, fresh vegetables, and fruits. Strive to make these your primary energy source, not the simple sugars that are found in sodas, cakes, pies, ice cream and other sugar-laden foods.

The Facts about Cholesterol…the truth may surprise you!


The Facts about Cholesterol…the truth may surprise you!

   Cholesterol. The word itself conjures up all sorts of scary images: so-called “bad” cholesterol causes heart attacks…plaque buildup…strokes…and peripheral artery disease.It’s common knowledge that doctors and scientists are convinced that high levels of cholesterol are a grave and immediate threat to your continued good health. As a result of this belief, prescription pads for statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are issued in an almost assembly-line manner.

 

But is this approach always the right way to go?

Is it true that cholesterol really is the scoundrel that it is made out to be? Are we too obsessed with numbers? If so, is this obsession causing us to attack both good and bad cholesterol by over-prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs?

Perhaps.

To answer these questions, let’s take a detailed look at cholesterol: what it is, what functions it performs, and its effects, both good and bad.

What precisely is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance that lives in every one of the cells in your body. Cholesterol is a sterol (also known as steroid alcohols, sterols are a subgroup of the steroids and an important class of organic molecules) that travels through your blood by way of lipoproteins (any of a group of soluble proteins that combine with and transport fat or other lipids in the blood plasma). Lipoproteins consist of lipids (fats) internally and protein externally.

 

The level of cholesterol in the body is measured in the blood by two different types of lipoproteins:

  1. High-density lipoproteins (HDL), the so-called “good cholesterol”
  2. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the so-called “bad cholesterol”

Cholesterol is found particularly in the brain, spinal cord, and adipose (fat) tissue, functioning mainly as a protective agent in the skin and myelin sheaths of nerve cells. Also, cholesterol acts as a detoxifier in the bloodstream, and as a forerunner of many beneficial steroids.

Here’s where things get interesting. Cholesterol is responsible for many crucial functions that are important in maintaining your good health. If your cholesterol levels are balanced at their optimal numbers, you will be protected from several types of cerebrovascular diseases (a group of conditions that affect the supply of blood to the brain, causing limited or no blood flow to the affected areas). Conversely, unbalanced cholesterol levels can increase the risk of cerebrovascular diseases.

What about the so-called “miracle drug” statins

First developed in the 1970’s, statin drugs are sold under various names:

  • atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • pitavastatin (Livalo)
  • pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)
  • lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev)
  • simvastatin (Zocor)
  • rosuvastatin (Crestor)

Throughout the decades that statins have been prescribed, they have been praised for not just lowering bad cholesterol, but reducing the risk for strokes and diabetes, as well as providing protection from Alzheimer’s Disease and osteoporosis.

Also, study after study has concluded that statins are remarkably safe. The only exceptions are people who have liver disease, are pregnant, or suffer from an allergy to statins. In short, statins have been touted as a “wonder drug.”

But is this true? Are statins really safe?

As with all medical treatments, there are two sides to the story. There is no question that statins have delivered everything promised for some people.

But for others, it has not been smooth sailing. There are several hundred studies that have linked statins to several adverse medical conditions: elevated liver enzymes, anemia, thyroid problems, acidosis, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.

Indeed, an impressive list. Yet the continued use of these drugs indicates that these dangers are often ignored or downplayed as exceedingly rare.

The result is that many patients may lower their cholesterol levels at the cost of developing the conditions listed above.

More problems with statins

    In a 1993 study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), statins were directly linked to an increased  risk of non-cardiovascular health problems.

The researchers concluded that patients who lowered their cholesterol levels with statins increased their risk of developing other chronic and severe health issues. This emphasizes the point that statins are not always the “safe, wonder-drug” that they are promised.

Meta-analyses of primary prevention trials in middle-aged men reveal an increase in non-CHD (coronary heart disease) deaths among those randomized to cholesterol interventions, an unexpected finding that is more substantial than the decrease in CHD deaths,” the authors reported.

This raises the possibility that one or more of the cholesterol interventions could have severe adverse effects among young adults, whose risk of non-CHD death is usually 100 times their risk of CHD death.”

A similar study conducted nearly a decade later confirmed those findings: the danger of statin drugs often exceeded the risks of high cholesterol.

In a more recent study published in the March 2015 edition of the journal Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers concluded that statins interfered with the biosynthesis (the process in the body that converts simple structures into more complex structures) of selenium-containing proteins. This is important since one of those proteins is glutathione peroxidase, which lowers peroxidative stress. This often results in heart failure and atherosclerosis.

Still another study published in the 2002 edition of The Lancet, a United Kingdom medical journal, link the use of a popular cholesterol-lowering drug Pravastatin to increased cancer risk.

The good news? Pravastatin worked. LDL cholesterol levels were lowered in patients by an average of 34%. The bad news? New cancer diagnoses “were more frequent on pravastatin than on placebo.” A trade-off that might not work to the benefit of the patient.

Worse, cholesterol may not be the serious problem that it is commonly thought to be.

Why you need cholesterol

Cholesterol is a crucial component of many cell functions that make cell membranes that maintain cell fluidity. This allows the cholesterol lipids to transport cholesterol via our bloodstream to wherever in the body it is needed. Also, cholesterol has several other vital roles to play such as:

  • Excess LDL cholesterol can accumulate and stick to the walls of your arteries. Over time, excess cholesterol can clog your arteries, resulting in diminished blood flow and possibly leading to a stroke or heart attack. HDH cholesterol acts like a mop by absorbing the surplus cholesterol from your tissues and arteries and carrying it back to the liver, thus preventing cholesterol build-up.
  • Cholesterol is a significant element of myelin, a soft, fatty material that consists mainly of lipids and lipoproteins. Myelin envelops certain axons and nerve fibers and plays a key role in the smooth functioning of the nervous system. If your cholesterol levels are too low, your nervous system components will have a hard time communicating with each other.
  • Adequate levels of cholesterol deliver protection to your immune system. This gives you protection from all types of disease, including cancer.
  • Cholesterol provides fuel to your brain, thus enabling the brain to function optimally.
  • Cholesterol is also an anti-oxidant that delivers protection from inflammation.
  • Finally, cholesterol is a precursor to the manufacture of your essential stress-busting hormones, sex hormones, and the hormone vitamin D.

The dangers of low cholesterol

Consider this: cholesterol is produced in your body naturally, and has a beneficial role to play in maintaining your continued good health. In fact, think of cholesterol a nutrient rather than a dangerous, toxic substance that must be minimized at all costs.

In addition to playing a protective role in cancer prevention, the reverse is also true: not having sufficient levels of cholesterol can increase cancer risk, as noted in the above-quoted studies.

Also, lower levels of essential hormones and vitamin D can be a symptom of low cholesterol, and depression and brain fog can also result. This is due cholesterol’s protection of brain cells.

The real hidden health problem: excess sugar

Most researchers and medical professionals agree that most of our common health afflictions are a direct result of the wrong, unhealthy nutritional choices and a sedentary lifestyle…not high levels of cholesterol.

When it comes to poor eating habits, one startling fact stands out: according to a University of North Carolina study, there has been a skyrocketing 30% increase in the consumption of added sugars consumed by Americans in the past three decades!

“Added sugars increase excess energy and reduce nutrient density in our diets, often contributing to weight-gain and obesity,” said study author Elyse Powell.

Added sugars have insidiously crept into all types of processed foods: the usual suspects such as candy, soft drinks, sports drinks and other sweets AND places where you wouldn’t make the connection: pasta sauces, ketchup, and salad dressings.

Many healthy foods contain sugar naturally, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing unless you are in the diabetic “red zone.”

But when you see the word “added” on the label of processed food, then sugar becomes problematic, since you are getting a double dose of sweeteners that is unnatural. So, here’s what to remember about healthy eating and cholesterol: avoid or minimize your sugar intake by avoiding simple carbs as much as possible. Then cholesterol will hopefully not be an issue that threatens your health.

To sum things up, there are indeed times that statin drugs can be beneficial, if not life-saving. But never forget that the cholesterol story has two sides, good and bad. If your LDL cholesterol levels are rising, here are a few steps to consider as ways to slash your LDL levels naturally:

  • Make nutritional changes by dramatically lowering your consumption of processed foods loaded with added sugars and increasing your consumption of fresh low-glycemic vegetables and fruits. Nuts like almonds and walnuts, garlic, and soluble fiber from beans, legumes, and oats should not be overlooked. Also, add green tea to your daily beverage consumption.
  • Get active. A combination of strength, cardiovascular, flexibility and balance work will combine to get your body functioning smoothly and blast the excess cholesterol out of your system once and for all.
  • Consider adding nutritional supplements to the mix. Niacin, Red Yeast Rice Extract, CoQ10, fish oil, and Artichoke extract have helped the battle against high LDL cholesterol with some people. But for many, the evidence is inconclusive. If you decide to try any of these supplements, you must check with your physician, as there can be side effects depending on your condition.
  • Finally, consider growth hormone replacement therapy. Increasing your growth hormone levels decreases LDL cholesterol levels This is as a result of increased liver LDL receptor activity.

So now you have the story and the facts of cholesterol. At our clinic, we include cholesterol-monitoring as a part of your growth hormone replacement therapy. We will ensure that your cholesterol levels remain in balance: the ‘golden mean” of not too high and not too low.


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