Common sense

I recently updated the “nuts & bolts” page where I touch on how our bodies provide ‘medicine’ to heal.  There is a LOT more to put on that page but I wanted to start sharing since there is a wealth of information that I hope to put there…

Anyway, I was reviewing a webinar regarding the cardiovascular system and one more of those ‘stop in my track’ moments occurred.  Most of us have probably heard about the “bad cholesterol” and “plaque” build up.  For those who haven’t – LDL cholesterol is termed the bad guy. Too much of it and it will start sticking to the lining of your blood vessels causing plaque.  High blood sugar and high amount of abdominal fat stimulate the body to release plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) which promotes blood clotting and build up of plaque.

The “ah ha” moment was because I understand the wonderful function of LDL in our bodies – it is necessary for repair and damage.  For example, do you know what high blood sugar does to the body?  It is like glass or sand which makes abrasions along the cell wall. So when we see high LDL it is a sign that something is in need of repair.  In this example of high blood sugar, in essence our amazing body is protecting itself from ourselves!  The body gets a signal to go repair and protect the wall by forming the plaque.  Of course in the long run this is detrimental, but at least it provides us with the opportunity to make changes. ***

So often the focus is on lowering that LDL number rather than looking as to WHY is that number elevated?   Our bodies make most of the LDL that is measured in blood tests, it is making it for a reason! What is the reason it is making it??? Lowering the LDL doesn’t address the underlying malfunction in our body. Such as maybe its high blood sugar causing damage… Do you know how many diabetics are on statin drugs?  It’s alarming!

Do you now what statin drugs do?  Statins are prescription pills which are very effective at lowering levels of LDL.  Guess what the most common side effect is?  Muscle pain.   Is this surprising??  It shouldn’t be, after all when we take away a necessary repair mechanism from our body what is going to happen? Stuff is gonna start showing the wear and tear.  Not just in our blood vessels, but our entire body!  It is no wonder there is an increase in heart attacks despite the effectiveness of statins lowering LDL.

Common sense tells us things could go very, very wrong!  Fortunately, there are more and more who have decided to take a look at health from a different perspective, one that looks at how the body is supposed to function.  Getting clues from how the body reacts to an adverse environment, letting our body be the guide. Pinpointing the reason behind why the body took evasive action. This kind of digging gets me super excited about health!  Totally lights a fire for me to pursue healthy choices and be in harmony with what my body is telling me!  Am I the only one who feels this way?

Well, gonna get back to the webinar, maybe I’ll get me some veggies to snack on 🙂

{***I added some clarification to my original post as it may not have been clear I was referring to high blood sugar as just an example of damage to our bodies}

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17 thoughts on “Common sense

    1. Great question!!! It isn’t disease specific as to the potential side effects. Both diabetics and non- diabetics can suffer the side effects. It DOESN’T mean they will, but it is very common and very possible.

      Which considering how the drug works is not surprising since it restricts the liver from producing the very thing our body needs.

      We use our muscles daily. When we use our muscles there is some wear and tear that happens. Our body needs to repair and build on a daily basis. The good news is our bodies were designed to repair themselves from that daily wear and tear.

      But, when a part of our body is hindered from producing what it needs to make those repairs, eventually those repairs are going to manifest into symptoms.

      In this case, the most common symptom is muscle pain.

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    2. The other interesting statistic is while the statin drugs do show to be very effective at reducing the cholesterol – heart attacks are on the rise! This leads one to consider if the cholesterol is really the culprit behind heart attacks.

      There are two perspectives

      – the first perspective is cholesterol causes heart attacks, therefore if we lower cholesterol then we will lessen chance of heart attacks. (This perspective is behind the reason for developing and using the statin drugs)

      – the second perspective is inflammation along with other factors cause heart attacks, high cholesterol is a sign of inflammation and something has malfunctioned in the body. IF we can find out the root cause as to why the body is producing so much cholesterol then we can lessen the chance of heart attacks

      The second is looking from the functional perspective 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome! Thank you for asking! I love questions 🙂 Especially since you are probably not the only one wondering – it benefits so many more when we dialogue with others…

        The second perspective is what my family discovered when our child was diagnosed with a disease where there was no family history. Something just didnt’t add up, so we started asking questions “Why does ______ happen?” for instance –

        What causes the body to produce insulin? What hinders the body from producing insulin? What other hormones are involved in the process? Which foods trigger an insulin response?

        This approach is more of a holistic approach where one looks at the entire body and looks to restore the natural born homeostasis, restoring proper function.

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    3. I was reading your comment again and the following came to mind…

      The reason I mentioned blood sugar and its tie to LDL is from asking the question: Why does the body make cholesterol?

      The answer is to help build and repair the body.

      So, the next question which comes to mind is:
      What is causing a breakdown in the body so that it needs repaired or it needs building? What is signalling the body?

      ONE thing{there are many others} which causes wear on our bodies is excessive blood sugar. High blood sugar is a long term problem where low blood sugar can be very detrimental in an immediate sense. So what is it about high blood sugar over time that causes health complications?

      The sugar is like an abrasive in our blood stream. It causes damage to organs and our endothelium – simply put it causes damage. Well, what happens when we have damage? Our body signals the liver to produce cholesterol!

      High sugar = damage = signal to make cholesterol=additional cholesterol = attempt to repair = build up over the damaged area

      So if we take a part of this equation out we would have:

      High sugar = damage = (block signal to make cholesterol) = low cholesterol = ______?? there are actually a few options here – either the body tries harder to make cholesterol or it doesn’t make any or perhaps it uses what it does have

      Since the statin drugs are pretty notorious at lowering the cholesterol lets look at -one- possible way that scenario could play out:

      High sugar = damage = no additional cholesterol made = possibility of not enough to repair = damage turns into another symptom = pain(such as muscle pain) or organ failure (such as heart attacks) {both of these symptoms are very common}

      The kicker is there are SOO many other factors involved, whether healing or looking for the reason behind an ailment we should consider all factors which play a role.

      Just thought I should share a bit more of my thought process 🙂

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      1. Ah great question!!! Well, there are professional doctors who consider those other aspects – they look at the function and underlying cause -it is the functional medicine model vs. the mainstream model is a symptom management model. The functional model looks at the body, lifestyle, environmental factors, things such as diet, sleep, stress, exercise{among other things} and suggest patients work on eliminating the stressors contributing to poor health. A drug isn’t going to overcome poor food choices, or lack of exercise, excessive stress(top contributors to poor health). Functional medicine requires one to accept responsibility for their current state of health and take corrective action, use of pharmaceuticals are lower on the list when it comes to the healing process in the functional field.

        The mainstream model tries to come up with drugs to enable the poor choices and thus we are in a healthcare crisis! Although, there are several that seemed like they would be a good solution only to have complications and worse symptoms come up later… The difficulty is we are very intricately made and so many things are dependent on another process, it is like a web of processes intertwined and its the process to get a certain enzyme that is important to many other processes, not just that enzyme (just an example)

        For instance my child which was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the fall of 2014. Since the diagnosis we have made some drastic changes in our life, from the foods we eat, sports we play, sleep patterns etc. Some of the ailments which this child had since infancy have disappeared. We tried pharmaceuticals many years ago to alleviate the symptoms but the pharmaceuticals made things worse, they only addressed a certain symptom, not the underlying cause. So, we attempted various methods of natural healing with varying success only to have the symptoms return after a few weeks to few months. It wasn’t until we made a complete lifestyle change that we saw the symptoms go away and it has been over 18 months symptom free!

        It is sort of like driving our car through a muddy ditch with nails and screws and we wonder why our car keeps getting flat tires and why it is bogging down. Putting in great gas isn’t going to make my car run smooth while driving off the road in mud. Putting on great tires is not going to stop nails from puncturing the tires. It may deter them some but eventually the nails are going to do damage. Filling up a flat tire with air and leaving the nail in the tire is only a temporary fix(it treats the symptom 😉 I need to find out where the nails are coming from and avoid getting the nails! I need to get my car back on the roadway for it to operate smoothly.

        In my country the majority of things sold as “food” are not really food, they are food like, they have real food ingredients in them along side lots of added ingredients. While our bodies were designed to repair, eventually it gets overwhelmed just like the car driving through mud & nails. Pharmaceuticals can’t fix the root cause – the solution lies in changing the perspective and approach.

        NOW with that, there are some pharmaceuticals which do help and can be very beneficial to healing!!! 🙂

        Curious, have you ever researched how health has changed in your country over the last 100 years? And what about other changes in the last 100 years that relate to food sources? Or pharmaceuticals? Are individuals in your country in a better state of health than 100 years ago? Why or why not? (Some of these questions were in the first part of the training I am taking and it was very interesting what I dug up regarding my country! Sure made me go “hmmmmm…” 🙂

        Thanks for your great question _ I love dialoguing with others 🙂

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      2. Thanks for sharing all this with me. I have my grandmother with me and guess what she says every now and then to us, she says never have packed food and avoid eating out. Yes the food habit and lifestyle are the main reason for all the health concerns we are facing today.
        Even government are turning blind eye on them and focusing more on pharmaceutical and medical treatments, but our prime concern must be a pollution free world, organic food and pure water. Living a stress-free life is practically npt possible nowadays but we can surely learn the ways to tackle streets.
        Hope you are able to keep your son free from his symptoms and wish you all a healthy and happy life.

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      3. How wonderful to have your grandmother to learn from! I can’t tell you how many times I am reminded of what my grandmother used to say about various foods – wish she was still here today 🙂

        Cherish every moment you can with your grandmother 🙂 🙂

        OH yes!!! about our concern needs to be for a pollution, stress free, organic, pure water etc! That pretty much sums it up quite nicely!!!

        Thank you for your concern for my son, so very kind of you!

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      4. Thank you my friend!!! {And real quick wanted to apologize for such long responses – hope it doesn’t discourage you from commenting in the future as I truly appreciate your comments, insights and questions 🙂

        Best wishes to you and your family as well!

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      5. I liked the effort you took to explain me in details, so what the reply was long, if it is worth I have no issues. And will love to have such long and detail conversation with you in future. Have a great day.

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  1. Another excellent piece of information, thank you for sharing it. I don’t think everyone who takes statins will automatically suffer from muscle pain: my thin (!) brother has been on these drugs, unfortunately, and maybe, unnecessarily, for years now and has never mentioned muscle pain. Unless he blames it on his job– he is a farmer.
    Yes, we need to be careful with our sugar levels, which is why one of my most recent obsessions has been to come up with no sugar added recipes for desserts. Will be posting one this month. And we need to re-train our taste buds, let me tell you, not an easy task ^^
    Tell me, since you know more about diabetes than I do, do you also monitor how much fruit, especially dried fruit, your family eats?

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    1. Oh agree not everyone will suffer the side effects 🙂 Can’t wait to see your new dessert! AND YESSS very difficult to retrain, well maybe not difficult but challenging!

      For the most part when it comes to fruit we attempt to eat as found in nature. We sorta monitor how much, biggest thing is we rarely eat fruit for dinner. We try to eat it earlier in day especially at breakfast and lunch.

      As for dried fruit we typically only eat prunes and maybe a few raisins or dates.

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