“Cholesterol is to animals as chlorophyll is to plants, it basically gives us mobility and the ability to think,” says Dr. Stephanie Seneff, the leading expert on sulfur and how it functions in the body, lead research scientist at MIT and electrical engineer. Dr. Seneff is a computer science specialist who then converted into the biological sciences with a biology degree as well as food and nutrition specialty. “I was upset with the way the medical industry was treating things like cardiovascular disease. I didn’t believe the current dogma. I just didn’t think it was right, particularly with regards to cholesterol.”

Historically people have especially eaten foods high in cholesterol and thrived on them quite healthfully. Caviar, seafood, liver, adrenal glands of the bear, were all treasured foods. “America, I think, is the only country that has an upper limit on the nutritional requirement for cholesterol, which is so insane,” Dr. Seneff says.

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In the book The Great Cholesterol Myth great detail is used with copious studies showing how cholesterol works and how we can properly approach the subject. 

Your body can make all the cholesterol it needs, therefore you don’t need it in your diet is something I hear a lot. While it is true that your body can synthesize cholesterol it’s not an essential nutrient like some other things are, however, foods that contain cholesterol contain a lot of other very important things that are very important to you that carry a lot of critical nutrients.” Dr. Seneff goes on to say, “Cholesterol is very important with choline, all the fat soluble vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, zinc, and you need them in association with cholesterol in order for it to be digested.”

The liver produces cholesterol, about 80% or more of what exists in the blood, but it takes a lot of effort and is very taxing on the body if there is no incoming cholesterol from food sources. Dr. Seneff says, “The liver has a lot of functions. Making cholesterol is just one of the things it does.”

Dr. Seneff says the high fructose diet we eat today greatly taxes the liver. She says, “One of the main things the liver has to do is turn that high fructose into fat. Then it needs to store the fat and it needs cholesterol to store the fat. It can’t make cholesterol while it’s processing fructose. If it’s got glucose, the fat system shuts down in the presence of insulin.”

This is the real problem.

Dr. Seneff adds, “When there’s high glucose in the blood the liver’s caught in a hard place because it can’t make the cholesterol it needs to store the fat.” This creates an overload on the liver backing up the jobs the liver has to perform.”

Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist who also supports the need for cholesterol intake, spoke at UC San Francisco Mini Medical School where he said Coke contains caffeine, it’s a diuretic, where you pee free water. Even worse it contains sugar. Most specifically he says, “Salt, 55 mg per can, it’s like drinking a pizza. When you take on sodium and lose free water, you get thirstier. There’s so much sugar in Coke to hide the salt, the sugar plays a trick on your tongue you can’t even tell it’s there. New Coke, 1985, more salt, more caffeine, they knew what they were doing.”

Dr. Lustig adds, “High fructose corn syrup and sucrose are exactly the same. They’re both equally as bad. They’re both dangerous. They’re both poison. Fructose is a poison. It’s not about the calories. It has nothing to do with the calories. It’s a poison by itself.”

The high intake of sugar is leading to cholesterol numbers that are blamed for illness. The problem is the cholesterol numbers aren’t being read properly. “There’s faulty logic here. It doesn’t work,” says Dr. Lustig. “You want a low triglyceride, high HDL. High triglyceride, low HDL, that’s the guy you don’t want to be, you’re going to die of a heart attach, no question. Triglyceride to HDL ratio predicts cardiovascular disease way better than HDL ever did.”

Ancel Keys wrote Seven Countries a study of fat and coronary disease. Keys said, “The fact that the incidence rate of coronary heart disease was significantly correlated with the average percentage of calories from sucrose in the diets is explained by the intercorrelation of sucrose with saturated fat.” (pg 262)

Dr. Seneff says, “I think in many cases people are facing a cholesterol deficiency because they don’t have it in their diet, because the liver’s working overtime on other things.”

She says with surety, “I think you can’t get too much cholesterol, especially in the American diet. Eggs are a marvelous food, egg yolk in particular. It’s a crime when people throw away the yolk and make and egg white omelet.”

Dr. Seneff says the cholesterol in the yolk is the most valuable part of the eggs. “25% of cholesterol in the body is in the brain. Cholesterol is absolutely essential in the brain for neuron transport. When the brain is deficient in cholesterol you have a hard time thinking.”


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