Issue # 147 October 28, 2013
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
I hope everyone is having a great day!
Today, Tom Brimeyer is going talk about cholesterol. He is will explain why low cholesterol is a problem if you have hypothyroidism.
This Is Far Worse Than High Cholesterol
This is literally a matter of life and death.
It just dawned on me that I forgot to explain something very important to you before I asked you to help me out with those questions last week.
Let me just say really quick that the input we have received from those questions has been nothing short of *AMAZING*.
If you took the time to give me your input, then thank you. You may not realize it but you’re helping to save lives.
Now, where was I?
About a week ago, I mentioned to you that it’s not a good idea to supplementing thyroid hormone when cholesterol is low.
I also mentioned that there are many more dangers of low cholesterol that are being completely ignored by medicine today.
Most people are led to believe that the lower your cholesterol the better.
Many doctors will even tell you that.
No, they don’t teach that in med school.
That’s simply what the pharmaceutical companies producing cholesterol-lowering medications want you to believe.
But in fact, low cholesterol is far more dangerous than high cholesterol.
There have been many studies over the years showing that lowering cholesterol increases your risk of death significantly from all causes, but especially from cancer.
And those with naturally low cholesterol who might think they are quite healthy…
There is also an overwhelming amount of research showing that naturally low cholesterol increases your risk of death significantly from all causes as well. This includes cancer, suicide, trauma, infection, etc.
The reality is that low cholesterol increases your risk of death more than high cholesterol.
More than 60 years ago Dr. Broda Barnes used to say…
If hypothyroid people don’t die young from infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, they die a little later from cancer or heart disease.
Well, we’ve figured out how to protect ourselves from tuberculosis and now we’re left with the extremely high rates of cancer and heart disease Dr. Broda Barnes warned us about.
So, what’s considered low cholesterol?
==> Less than 190 mg/dL <==
If your cholesterol is below 190 mg/dL then you should strongly consider making some necessary changes to your diet.
With respect to overall risk of death across all causes, research shows that cholesterol should ideally be between 200 mg/dL to 240 mg/dL.
It’s important to understand that cholesterol is protective.
Your body uses cholesterol to produce all of your highly protective youth hormones that keep you looking and feeling young… and keep you alive.
Hormone production naturally declines with age, which is why adequate cholesterol becomes even more important the older we get.
If your cholesterol is low then you won’t be able adequately produce these necessary protective youth hormones.
If your cholesterol is high then that’s a sign that you’re either hypothyroid, severely deficient in vitamin A, or both as is quite common.
Both active thyroid hormone and vitamin A are required to convert cholesterol into your protect youth hormones.
And both are issues that we correct in our system of work.
If you would like to learn more about our system, you can read more about it here:
Here’s a very interesting statistical analysis of cholesterol and mortality rates across 164 different countries.
It’s based on data taken from the World Health Organization and the British Heart Foundation.
And it pretty much sums up what I just said.
It’s quite eye opening.
Cholesterol and Mortality Chart