MYTH #1: Cholesterol is “public enemy number one.” When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called atherosclerosis. High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors leading to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
MYTH #2: Every “reputable” doctor and scientist supports the idea that high cholesterol causes heart disease and statin drugs are essential in controlling cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease and stroke.
MYTH #3: There are two types of cholesterol − High-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). HDL is “good” cholesterol and LDL is “bad” cholesterol. Lowering your “bad cholesterol” will lengthen your life.
Truly the best way to stay healthy and stay away from pharmaceuticals is by losing weight, exercise and caring about what you eat. You’ll notice this theme continues to run through most dis-ease free ideas.
Ty: Dr. Isaacs, this is a loaded question but you feel free to answer it appropriately. Does modern medicine pay too much attention to drugs and not enough attention to natural types of treatments?
Dr. Linda Isaacs: Yes. That is the short answer. Yes, that is correct. And I think a lot of that is how is research funded. And much of research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. They, for better or worse, are—their goal is to make money for their stockholders. Their goal is to develop drugs that can be patented, that can be sold to treat illness. They are funding the research and not unexpectedly then the medical world is looking for research to know how to treat patients and what is available is drugs.
One of the problems I think that doctors feel is that if they—even if they prescribe some sort of nutritional approach or nutritional modification, that the patient isn’t going to follow through on it. You think about it, what’s easier? To talk to a patient about the dietary influences on cholesterol, for example, or the benefit of exercise? They feel like the patient probably isn’t going to do it. It’s much easier to write a prescription for a pill.
Many times when a patient comes in complaining about some issue or problem the doctor feels like what is wanted is a prescription. In many cases they’re correct. So I think that if you want to get nutritional input or guidance from a physician you either have to ask for it very bluntly or go to a doctor who is oriented that way in the first place.
Many doctors’ own diets are not that impressive. So that is another consideration. It’s hard if you’re a doctor working 80-hour weeks, eating on the run, mostly eating junk. They’re not going to talk about nutrition too much because they know they’re not doing it themselves. And they would rather not think about it. So they just keep writing prescriptions.
Ty:I appreciate your candor in that answer. One of the things that is interesting to me is that you are a medical doctor. I have heard from other medical doctors that I am good friends with, that going through medical school [they] did not really receive much training in nutrition. It was more of a drug-based program that you went through in college. Talk about your own medical school. Did you receive much nutritional training through medical school?
Dr. Linda Isaacs: We did not receive much nutritional training in medical school. And I think part of it is that much of the training that you get in medical school is really crisis intervention. It’s not really about dealing with people that are well and how to keep them well. It’s really about dealing with people that are in a crisis either because of trauma or because of some disease process that’s well on its way, quite advanced.
And so nutrition really is not discussed because pharmaceuticals is what helps you deal with somebody who has got pneumonia or somebody who is in heart failure and has fluid up to their eyeballs so to speak. Pharmaceuticals is what’s going to help turn that situation around fast. But what, as a patient, one wants is help in staying healthy as long as possible. But that’s not really what doctors are trained in.
Ty: I’m glad you made the distinction lest anything think that I am being down on medical doctors. I think that the state of trauma medicine in the United States today is second to none. I have often used the analogy, if I’m shot with a shotgun blast to the chest I’m not going to go rub aloe vera juice on it or something natural. I’m going to go to the hospital and the emergency room doctors are going to have the best knowledge of anybody to save me. If I have a limb amputated they may be able to reattach it and still function. So I think that our state of medicine concerning trauma is just amazing today.
Dr. Linda Isaacs: Yes.
Ty:So lest anybody think I am being overly critical, just asking the questions here.
Boy, how time flies! I had no idea I had used this favorite – Rejuvenating Cream – for so many years until I did the math!!!
We all change our beauty habits, it’s normal, a couple of reasons are we think that what we are using isn’t working the best or our skin needs a change. But, this is one product that I ALWAYS keep around, no matter what anti-aging creams and serums I’m using in addition to it. I love how it makes my skin feel everyday, soft, smooth and especially moisturized. My skin loves to be moisturized, so, I give it what it asks for and it has rewarded me with mature skin that is beautiful and radiant.
Remember though, I began using this when I was much younger, so, no matter what your age this is a wonderful moisturizing cream to add to your regimen.
It’s cost-effective, you can use it everyday (even 2x a day), it’s vegan, it’s made with botanicals making it safe. Not quite sure what else you can ask from a beauty jar. A jar of this lasts me about 3 months and I’m a heavy user of product. I like lots on my face to keep it feeling moist and looking wonderful.
Arbonne RE9 is my favorite product line because I’m aging and the Advanced Instant Lift Gel is just the right product for me, I Love this product. I apply it after my toner and let it set for a few minutes before I continue my morning regimen. It seems to not only give my face a perkiness but my skin always looks healthy. Don’t need much, this little tube lasts about 3-4 months.
What makes the instant lift gel lift?
Algae Extract supports collagen building and micro Algae Extract Polymer promotes immediate skin tightening.
YEAH! How nice to be able to go to places and not be ‘forced’ to either not eat or eat food you really don’t want. Things are changing, I’ve noticed it that there is a growing population of people choosing plant-based eating for many reasons and as the numbers grow so will the choices. And PETA is keeping us informed through John Salley.