How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally the Only One True Way

By |2017-04-24T22:38:38+00:00July 29th, 2015|Heart Disease, Hypothyroidism|10 Comments
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I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease and when I was younger and didn’t know any better, I always feared my “genetics” were going to get the best of me.

As I got older, my cholesterol did become a problem but I’m happy to say that using the very principles that I now teach, my cholesterol has normalized to within normal range without the use of drugs.

For me, cholesterol was never a problem until I graduated college, got my first job, started a family, and began enduring the common stressors of everyday life.

This is a common theme for most people which should go to show you that your cholesterol levels have a lot to do with stress.

As my cholesterol continued to rise, I tried a number of diets to help lower my cholesterol and improve my health.

I tried low-fat diets, low-carb diets, the blood-type diet, gluten-free diets, the paleo diet, etc.

What I discovered is that not only did none of these diets improve my cholesterol, but many of them actually caused my cholesterol to reach all-time highs.

But within a few months of using the same dietary principles that I use today, my cholesterol dropped more than 30 points to within “normal” levels for the first time since my college years.

Little did I know at the time, but previously poor diets and stress had made me hypothyroidism which was really the underlying cause of my high cholesterol. And by simply improving my thyroid function, my cholesterol normalized.

The Link Between Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol

Even though the link between hypothyroidism and cholesterol has been well known and documented since 1936, very few people today understand this connection or are even aware of it.

The truth is that you are being left in the dark when it comes to your cholesterol. Just mentioning the word cholesterol is enough to make most people cringe in disgust. But have you ever thought about WHY we have cholesterol in the first place?

Cholesterol happens to be the precursor to every vital protective hormone that your body produces.

Without it, you would not be able to produce these protective hormones and you would die. It’s as simple as that. So, cholesterol is not quite as bad as you may think.

Your body needs cholesterol, vitamin A, and active T3 thyroid hormone (sorry Synthroid users but your inactive T4 thyroid hormone doesn’t cut it) to produce the multitude of protective hormones that play an integral role in preventing and overcoming hypothyroidism.

Some of these protective hormones include:

  • Pregnenolone
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Testosterone

Think about it for just a minute…

Your body NEEDS active T3 thyroid hormone to use cholesterol.

If you are hypothyroid and therefore lack active T3 thyroid hormone then your body simply cannot use cholesterol to make the hormones it needs. As a result of not being able to use cholesterol, it naturally rises.

Here’s a simple graph taken from the Hunt Study showing this effect. Using TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) as an indicator of thyroid function, you can see that “bad” cholesterol increases as thyroid function decreases in both men and women.

hypothyroidism and cholesterol

Image Source: Eur J Endocrinol February 1, 2007 156 181-186

The bottom line is that high cholesterol is nothing more than a sign and symptoms of Hypothyroidism.

What You Don’t Know About Cholesterol, Hypothyroidism, and Heart Disease

There is a simple saying that you need to understand when it comes to Heart Disease…

“Correlation does not imply causation.”

Just because a study may show that people with elevated cholesterol have a higher risk of Heart Disease, it does not IMPLY that cholesterol is the CAUSE of Heart Disease.

I just explained how Hypothyroidism is the underlying cause of high cholesterol, so it’s sufficient to say that Hypothyroidism is also the true underlying cause of Heart Disease.

High cholesterol is nothing more than a symptom of the real problem.

Using cholesterol lower drugs or even suppressing your cholesterol through diet does NOT solve the underlying problem of Hypothyroidism.

It only makes matters worse because as you suppress cholesterol, you further suppress your body’s ability to produce those vital protective hormones that you desperately need to survive.

By suppressing cholesterol, you’re only adding the problem and taking one step closer to death.

This is why so many men at high risk of Heart Disease suffer from low testosterone and many associated symptoms including:

  • Fatigue and Low Energy
  • Loss of Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Excessive Muscle Wasting
  • Inability to Handle Stress

This is also why so many women at high risk of Heart Disease suffer from low progesterone and many associated symptoms including:

  • Fatigue and Low Energy
  • Weight Gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Depression

Between the extremely high prevalence of Hypothyroidism and the extremely high use of Statin Drugs and other cholesterol lowering medications, it is no wonder that today we’re seeing more and more cases of Hypothyroidism being misdiagnosed and mistreated.

Cases such as the one below reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine are becoming a common day occurrence:

Hypothyroidism Misdiagnosed as Statin Intolerance

http://www.annals.org/content/151/1/72

Case Report: A man age 56 years presented to a specialty lipid clinic for management of combined hyperlipidemia and myositis…. Over the next several years, the atorvastatin dose was increased to 40 mg/d. During this time, the patient developed leg fatigue while walking up stairs, diffuse muscle pain, and weakness.

What You Don’t Know About Cholesterol Drugs

Drug manufacturers have published a lot of research in order to persuade your doctor to prescribe you their cholesterol lowering drugs and to help make you feel all warm and fuzzy about taking these drugs daily.

cholesterol drugsYou’re taking these drugs because they prevent heart disease, make your healthier, and improve your quality of life, right?

You might want to think twice and educate yourself…

There have been a number of independent research groups that have analyzed the research data that these drug companies are using to promote the effectiveness of their cholesterol lowering drugs in preventing Heart Disease. Their results tell quite a different story.

In most cases, independent researchers have reported that there are just as many non-supportive research trials as there are supportive trials and the non-supportive research has been largely ignored while the supportive trials are being cited 6 times more frequently. It has also been brought to light that there has been NO non-supportive research cited after 1970, while such research does exist.

This only goes to show you that if there is research that does NOT support the efficacy of the drug, it can simply be ignored and disregarded in order to obtain the desired statistical results.

It doesn’t matter how you look at it. It’s biased research.

Because of independent research, there is now evidence that Statin Drugs do NOT prevent heart disease and some even show that they actually worsen your risk. Below are just a couple of studies showing this:

Statins for primary prevention: at what coronary risk is safety assured?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2014585

Results: The regression line describing the relationship between mortality benefit and risk suggests that statin use could be associated with an increase in mortality of 1% in 10 years. This would be sufficiently large to negate statin’s beneficial effect on CHD mortality in patients with a CHD event risk less than 13% over 10 years.

Cholesterol lowering trials in coronary heart disease: frequency of citation and outcome.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1638188

Conclusions: Lowering serum cholesterol concentrations does not reduce mortality and is unlikely to prevent coronary heart disease. Claims of the opposite are based on preferential citation of supportive trials.

Risks Associated With Low Cholesterol

Before putting your faith in any drug, it’s important to also look at the potential side effects. In most cases, using a drug to avoid one health problem only exposes you to an increased risk of developing a number of other health problems.

Statin Drugs in particular have been linked to an increased risk of:

  • Progressive Muscle Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Damage
  • Digestive Problems
  • Immunological Disorders
  • Memory Loss
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Maybe you’re a betting man (or woman) and you’re willing to take the risk of developing any of these other health issues and you truly believe that cholesterol lowering drugs are saving your life.

Maybe you’re of the mindset that whatever doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger?

Maybe you still believe that the lower your cholesterol the better?

Here’s some more research for you…

Low cholesterol is also associated with increased death due to both cancer and suicide.

So, even if, by any stretch of the imagination, cholesterol lowering drugs were to improve your risk of dying from Heart Disease, you may just be increasing your risk of developing cancer or one of the many other degenerative diseases.

Protect Your Thyroid and Protect Your Heart – It’s That Simple

heart-fruitWe could go on for days about cholesterol and heart disease but the bottom line is simple, correct the underlying problem of Hypothyroidism and you won’t have to worry about Heart Disease.

If modern medicine would place a little more focus on understanding Hypothyroidism and the underlying cause of the disease instead of trying to merely treat these various symptoms, we might start seeing some major improvements in our health and health-care system.

Endocrinologist and thyroid expert, Dr. Broda Barnes, said it perfectly when stated that if you suffer from Hypothyroidism and you don’t die early from infectious disease then you’ll die a little later from Cancer or Heart Disease.

About the Author:

Tom Brimeyer is the founder of Forefront Health and the creator of the popular Hypothyroidism Revolution program series. Specializing in thyroid and metabolism disorders, Tom's work has impacted over 50,000 people spanning more than 60 countries. Tom is also a highly sought after practitioner who runs a successful health consulting practice where he continues to help clients across the globe to take back control of their lives from their devastating health conditions.

10 Comments

  1. batool July 29, 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    i have hypothyroidism,&weight113kg.i used 5thyroxine tab: daily.i have many health problems stomach,gallblader swelling ,when i start any medicine to reduce weight then pain occur in my gallbladder .i eat boiled vegetable&avoid chicken etc.odema is also in my feet.my b.p is also va
    riable. how i get from these problems plz reply me.

  2. Paula G July 29, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad I started with the diet recommended! It’s alright to think out of the box about what our medical professionals are suggesting. My goal was to heal my gall bladder that 2 doctors in 20 years insisted needed to be removed. Then I found the link between gall bladder and hypothyroidism. What a wonderful day that was! Since I was unaware of all the rest of the stuff that happens when the thyroid isn’t working right I feel like I got a bonus payoff when I decided to try the hypothyroidism revolution. It works, really! It’s important to me to participate in my healing and now I am. Thanks Tom…

  3. sherifat July 30, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Comment…I have been diagnosed as having regurgitation of the heart and hypothyroidism, i have been on co-micardis80/12.5mg, Levothyrosine 25mcg since 2007, i still feel tired and have been having vertigo since January 2015 off and on
    can I drive?

  4. KAY July 31, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    I HAVE HIGH CHOLESTROL, AT ABOUT 8. AM WORRIED WITH THIS CONDITION, AND DONT WANT TO DIE EARLY. I AM 72 YEARS OLD, AND WANT TO LIVE.

  5. Dana August 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I think I missed something. I notice other readers mentioning the gall bladder. Is there a connection with hypothyroid and gull bladder? I’ve had an unexplainable on/off pain in my gall bladder area for several years. Ultra sound showed normal gall bladder and liver so I’ve always wondered what it might be. Any info would be appreciated! thanks!

  6. nad August 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have a big bunch of problems and feel bad mostly of the time, my cholesterol is 315, but thyroid hormones in normal range, BP jumping from 160 to 100 during few minutes, getting wet 100 times/day, arrithmias, out of power, etc., etc., etc (I don’t take any meds. now, only some supplements). What cause MY high cholesterol then?

    • Tom Brimeyer August 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      You can’t go by thyroid labs alone. You have to account for temperature and pulse to assess thyroid function. I have clients with labs showing thyroid hormones above range and they are still very hypothyroid.

      With a cholesterol of 315 and given your symptoms, you are hypothyroid.

  7. Cerise Casbeer September 29, 2015 at 12:50 am - Reply

    I used to have high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Then one day I had a gall bladder attack that sent me to the hospital. So after, I researched how to get rid of gall stones. The main answers I got were to consume apple cider vinegar, and natural fats (like lard, coconut oil, butter, and olive oil) and to aviod processed oils (canola, corn, shortening, and margarine). My cholesterol actually dropped too low! Not a bad thing for the LDLs, but Ive been working on improving my HDLs to stay within the normal range.

    Yes, I have hypothyroidism thats being treated by Armour.

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