Imagine that you arranged to have a consultation with me, and you are sitting across the desk in my office. You are here because when your husband went to the doctor for a checkup, his cholesterol is too high. His doctor prescribed a statin drug. You’ve read all sorts of conflicting information on the Internet and are afraid your husband won’t feel better if he follows this guidance. Even though you have a hundred questions about your research, the one question you ask me is, “What can I do to help him right now?” My unqualified answer is, “Make sure he supplements with ReMag.” Let me explain why you both would benefit from this suggestion.
Levels of Information
There’s no point in giving you “a drink of water from a fire hose” and overloading you with information when you first connect with me. You have a simple question. You deserve a simple answer. Let’s call this type of interaction, “sharing at the beginner’s level.” After you have applied my suggestions and the situation changes, you are ready to explore a topic a bit more. These are intermediate level conversations. Finally, after you have achieved the results you want or want to investigate what even more wellness would look like, we have advanced level information to share. So, from now on, I am going to divide my posts into information for beginners, for intermediates, and for advanced readers. Then, you can read what you need at the moment and come back to this post when you are ready for more.
A Note for Beginners
By the way, there is no shame in being a beginner. Every journey to more wellness, regardless of a person’s level of education or understanding, always starts with the first step. So, think of being a beginner as being an explorer who is taking the first step on a great adventure. No one has made quite the same discoveries you have to date, and you will continue to have your own unique experience.
Cholesterol for Beginners
Here are several reasons why your husband and you should supplement with ReMag as well as take his doctor’s advice:
- I would never tell you or your husband to stop listening to your doctor or taking his/her advice, because, of course, that would be unethical.
- A well-known magnesium expert, Mildred Seelig, M.D., wrote a fascinating paper with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., showing that magnesium acts by the same mechanisms as statin drugs to lower cholesterol.
- If sufficient magnesium is present in the body, cholesterol will be limited to its necessary functions—the production of hormones and the maintenance of membranes—and will not be produced in excess.
- Most of the cholesterol in the body is produced in the liver, so if it’s not needed, the body won’t produce it—but this mechanism depends on having sufficient magnesium.
- There is no interference between magnesium and statin drugs. In fact, magnesium is a much needed basic nutrient, that in sufficient amounts feeds your/your husband’s cells, improving their structure and function.
- In my 2017 edition of The Magnesium Miracle, the only brand of magnesium I recommend for typical daily use is ReMag, because of its high rate of absorption without the laxative effect.
A Note for Intermediates
Most intermediates are at least a bit familiar with my work and products. They have done some research, read some material from my archives, and started the Completement Formulas. Since they are now familiar with my terminology, concepts, and product suggestions, they are ready for more!
Cholesterol for Intermediates
Cholesterol Isn’t an Enemy!
Did you know that cholesterol serves a positive purpose in the body? So, treating cholesterol like it is an enemy that has to be defeated, and perhaps even eradicated, just doesn’t make sense. Here are some little-shared positives about cholesterol:
- We require cholesterol as the main building block to make all our hormones. When cholesterol is down, so is your libido.
- Cholesterol coats every cell in the body with a fatty membrane. This is especially important for brain cells. The brain is a very fatty tissue!
- Cholesterol is an important antioxidant, and when it’s elevated, that can be a sign of toxicity.
- Cholesterol becomes elevated due to stress because stress produces toxins in the body that require cholesterol to act as an antioxidant.
Many writers ask me for natural alternatives to support lowering cholesterol. Moreover, as points 3 and 4 above indicate, elevated cholesterol may be an indication of inflammation, toxins, heavy metal toxicity, and excessive oxidative stress. In other words, cholesterol may be elevated in response to toxicity. Additionally, there are some lifestyle changes you and your husband can make to help balance your cholesterol. So, it’s important that you get informed about detoxification, relaxation and cholesterol lowering alternatives and incorporate at least some of these tools into your joint wellness plan, should you wish to do so.
Design Your Own Detox Program: In the post, Detoxing A-Z for Beginners with RnA ReSet, I discuss several detox support tools. The easiest process that you both can do today, if you have a health food store near you, is take a detox bath or foot bath. This recipe seems to be a customer favorite:
Detox Bath Recipe
1-2 cups Epsom Salts
1/2 cup Pure Facial Grade Sodium Bentonite Clay (Ask for the COA for any product you are thinking of using. This insures purity.)
Mix the above in some warm water in a blender and add to a “warm enough to make you sweat” bath. Soak for 30-45 minutes and shower off. If you can’t do a sit bath, you can do a foot bath by halving the amounts listed above.
I suggest you and your husband have a goal of doing three detox baths/foot baths per week, more if you have the time.
Support the Detoxification Pathways in Your Liver: I personally use 2 capsules of ReAline per day to help support my body’s natural detoxification. I suggest you and your husband do the same, and my reasons for making this suggestion are included in the blog, Detox for Beginners with RnA ReSet Part 2.
Supplement Magnesium for Relaxation: Experiments, where adrenaline is given intravenously, show that it decreases magnesium as well as calcium, potassium, and sodium. This proves that when you are in a revved-up state and burning adrenaline, you are also burning off magnesium. Since magnesium is necessary for over 1,000 enzyme reactions in the body, it is no wonder that stress feels cyclical. The good news is that magnesium is a natural relaxant and saturating with magnesium will help reduce stress and increase relaxation. It’s only common sense then that supplementing with will help you and your husband.
Eliminate Trans Fats from Your Diet: Again, this is a change you and your husband can make right away. Simply stop eating foods with trans fats: fast foods and processed foods – fried chicken, fried biscuits, fried fish sandwiches, French fries, fried desserts, donuts, muffins, crackers, commercial cookies, cake, cake icing, pie, microwave popped corn.
Eat Cholesterol Lowering Foods Instead: Cholesterol lowering foods include legumes, oatmeal, nuts, oily fish (wild salmon to ensure that it’s mercury free), olive oil, garlic, dark chocolate, cocoa, and avocado. You and your husband can experiment adding some of these foods to your diet.
Drink Psyllium Husk Powder in Water: I found this information on the Metamucil website:
Clinical studies have shown that, taken daily, 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium husk, the amount in three to four servings (3-4 tsp) of Metamucil, may help reduce heart disease risk by lowering cholesterol.
I prefer using psyllium husk powder, which is the unrefined parent of Metamucil. It also doesn’t have the flavorings, colorings, sugar or artificial sweeteners that are in Metamucil.
Psyllium husk powder is a soluble and insoluble fiber that swells into a gel when mixed with water. I take 1 TBSP every morning myself at least an hour before eating. I shake it quickly in 2 oz of water and swallow it quickly before it turns into a gel in the cup. Then, I drink another 8 oz of water to help it swell up and broom through my intestines.
I recommend that you and your husband drink psyllium husk powder in water once a day.
A Note for Advanced Readers
I’m making some assumptions with my Advanced Readers:
- You know how use my archives and do your own research or you have long-term familiarity with alternative health resources and disciplines.
- You understand at least some of my terminology, concepts, and protocols.
- You’ve probably listened to or participated in at least a few of my Monday night internet radio shows.
- You’ve used some or all of the Completement Formulas and are ready for even more wellness.
I know you will really like the blog at https://blog.rnareset.com because:
- Every blog will have information tailored for advanced readers.
- Every blog can be a very useful resource for you, especially when less expert family members, co-workers, and friends ask you to help them create more health.
- There are resources for family members, co-workers, and friends who know little to nothing about alternative health and/or my work (Beginners).
- There are resources for friends, family members, and co-workers who have some familiarity with wellness choices or my work (Intermediates).
Cholesterol for Advanced Readers
For our advanced readers, here is some alternative information about cholesterol which you will enjoy exploring. Again, you and your family members can continue to implement the commonsense approach I outlined for Beginners and Intermediates to balance your cholesterol, while you increase your knowledge base on Cholesterol.
- Cholesterol is a red herring and NOT the bad guy in heart disease. Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, labels inflammation as the true cause of heart disease and sugar the real demon in the diet. I read the first edition of Dr. Sinatra’s book, and my perspective is that:
[i]t’s true that inflammation is a major cause of heart disease. But sugar isn’t the main cause of inflammation. Calcium is. Calcium is pro-inflammatory and magnesium is anti-inflammatory. Magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker, a natural statin, and balances blood sugar and eliminates metabolic syndrome.
I suggest you read the latest edition with over 100 recipes and see what you think.
Then, read Chapter 6 in The Magnesium Miracle about “Cholesterol and Hypertension.” These are two conditions that respond to magnesium therapy. And note my comments about 245-250 being the average normal cholesterol when I was in medical school. To get therapeutic amounts of magnesium into your cells you need ReMag. More and more customers are telling us that they have tried many forms of magnesium but when they switched to ReMag they immediately noticed the difference. Besides ReMag, I recommend the other Total Body ReSet formulas for treating cholesterol. ReMyte to support the thyroid and adrenals; ReAline for a safe and gentle detox and RnA ReSet Drops to help make perfect cells.
In 2017, I wrote about my favorite cholesterol book:
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick is one of several famous cholesterol researchers whose 2016 BMJ paper is titled, “Lack of an Association or an Inverse Association Between Low-Density-Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Mortality in The Elderly: A Systematic Review.” Dr. Kendrick has been an active critic of cholesterol and statin drugs for many years.
I downloaded this book The Great Cholesterol Con (2008) to my Kindle. Even though it’s 9 years old, his explanation of the myths surrounding cholesterol and its treatment are still fresh and will be new for most people. It’s actually a fun book to read with lots of tongue-in-cheek Scottish humor. I’ve got Scottish blood so I’m very biased! You really should read this book; it will push aside the last remaining doubts you have about high cholesterol being a cause of heart disease.
I was drawn to the paper and Kendrick’s book because of customers sending us reams of cholesterol tests for interpretation (which we don’t do) and recent blogs I’ve been reading by online health practitioners who are doing a lot of lab testing on their patients and clients.
I suggest you read, “The Great Cholesterol Con.” The book thoroughly describes the big picture about cholesterol and heart disease and discusses the role of stress in the equation.
Here is more information on the study mentioned above:
An article in The Telegraph, June 2016 stated that “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time.” The statement comes from a meta-analysis of research involving nearly 70,000 people that found no link between “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.
The BMJ Open Journal found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level actually lived longer, which led Professor Sherif Sultan, University of Ireland to say that lowering cholesterol with medications is a total waste of time.
The authors want the guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis re-evaluated because “the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated”. A co-author of the study is Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a hero of mine, who has been trying to get doctors to recognize that the voluminous literature about cholesterol and the use of statins does not support it as a cause of heart disease.
Vascular and endovascular surgery expert Professor Sherif Sultan from the University of Ireland, who also worked on the study, said cholesterol is one of the “most vital” molecules in the body and prevents infection, cancer, muscle pain and other conditions in elderly people. He says, “Lowering cholesterol with medications for primary cardiovascular prevention in those aged over 60 is a total waste of time and resources, whereas altering your lifestyle is the single most important way to achieve a good quality of life.” Lead author Dr Uffe Ravnskov, a former associate professor of renal medicine at Lund University in Sweden, said there was “no reason” to lower high-LDL-cholesterol.
This article and this study are well worth investigating.
Imagine a day when you go to your doctor, and all of your husband’s/your blood tests related to cholesterol are normal. Just let that feeling of excitement and accomplishment soak in (because after all you changed some things in your lifestyle, you supplemented with ReMag, and you worked well with your doctor). Now, imagine that your doctor says, “Your husband/you don’t need this statin (or as much statin) anymore. Let’s wean you off the medication.”
See how easy and elegant this process is. There’s no fear because your husband and you educated yourselves and took your health power back into your hands. There’s no fight because you and your husband demonstrated to your health care professional that you make wise health care choices. Neither of you experience confusion because you followed a commonsense approach to lowering your cholesterol. How does it get better than this?
Dr. Carolyn Dean