Friday, 19 June 2009

Does Cholesterol Have a Purpose?

Cholesterol makes hormones. It also lines the nervous system and allows electrical flows. Cholesterol heals damaged tissues. It feeds the eyes, particularly the lens of the eye, which has no direct blood supply, so it can only grow via cholesterol-rich cells.
Because of this, anything that interferes with cholesterol metabolism (e.g., anti-cholesterol drugs) has the potential to cause cataracts.
Other side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs include the following: A 700 percent increase in colon cancers A 12-fold increase in breast cancer A 45 percent increase in gallstones A 145 percent increase in gastritis An increase, rather than the expected decrease, in heart- and circulation-related deaths and twice as many heart attacks Internal bleeding and severe constipation Liver disease and ulcers of the stomach and intestines
Anemia, taste and smell disturbances, and visual difficulties
Dizziness and a lowered white blood cell count
Angina (heart pain), heart rhythm abnormalities, phlebitis
Cancer Increased death rate (in a 5,000-patient study, there was a 36 percent increase in deaths as compared to those taking a placebo)
Increased incidences of impulsive homicidal and suicidal behavior
A 175 percent increase in appendicitis

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