Female Support Class

Dara Dietz

Our Class discussion this week will cover Female Issues. Unbalanced hormones in women can destroy the quality of life along with feeding any number of issues such as, breast cancer, fibroids, PMS just to name a few. For most women detoxing our life as well as our bodies will bring balance and healing.

Join us on Tuesday at 6:30PM Est.

Links will be sent via Email to our Members.

The Herbal Supports for women are powerful sources of nutrition that provided the body with the nutrients needed to build and maintain our hormonal health. The natural herbal supports provided in nature, (God’s Pharmacy) can be used at all stages of a woman’s life to restore balance and aid in a happy healthy outlook on life.

“Too many of us recall with distaste the time we became women.  Instead of rejoicing as we crossed the threshold from childhood to young womanhood, we suffered shame, embarrassment, and pain from menstrual cramps.  Perhaps we were uninformed and terrified at the flow; one young woman confided that she was certain that she was dying when her first period commenced, for her mother had never explained puberty to her.  Most often, our mothers’ hasty and uncomfortable explanations colored our emotional reactions to menstruation.

How lovely it is for a girl to become a woman!  Her body shape changes and she begins the path to motherhood when she first menstruates.  Many modern mothers, having overcome their negative feelings about menstruation, are helping their young daughters celebrate their “rite of passage” into womanhood.  Sometimes the mother fashions a special menstrual pad out of satin or silk, trimming it with embroidery or ribbon.  After the pad is used, mother and daughter ceremonially bury it as a symbol of childhood now past.  Some girls wear a pretty skirt, a special ribbon, or other adornment at the time of their periods, signifying a heightened and joyful attitude toward their bodies’ cycle.  Mothers help their daughters understand the emotional and energy changes related to their cycles, using these changes to plan their monthly activities; they are most active during the time after menstruation, when their energies are concentrated, and then as the period approaches, the girl learns to be more meditative and quiet.  How wonderful to have mother guide her young woman through these changes!” Excerpt from An article from Dr. Christopher Material; Read more:

Here is a collection of my blog articles on Male & Female Issues

Painful Periods My Testimony; By Dara Dietz

Sadly, my story is far too familiar.  When womanhood began pouring out of me during my fifth grade year it marked the beginning of a monthly cycle of misery.  On that fateful day my parents rushed to my school with a change of clothes and the female products necessary to rescue me from the girl’s bathroom.   Release from the cycle of pain would not be so easily secured.  Over the next twenty-five years I normally kept a supply of over the counter female remedies in my purse at all times.   The onset and intensity of my menstrual pain was too unbearable for even a quick trip to the corner store once my cycle began.

In my late twenties the development of uterine fibroids intensified an already intolerable state of things.  The fibroids caused my cycles to increase in volume and duration.   A prescription for birth control pills provided some normalcy and relief but these were not the healing answers I so badly needed.  My body continued to show serious signs of hormonal imbalance.  During routine salon visit for a wash and cut in 1996, my stylist informed me she felt I had abnormal hair loss.  She had to be right; the apparent hair loss was visible every time I ran a brush through my hair.

Browsing through the herbal remedies at my local health food store I came across a jar of Progesterone Cream, a hormonal support product made from Wild Yam.  I began rubbing a small amount into my skin morning and evening.  Within a couple of weeks my hair stopped falling out and my next cycle was nearly normal.   The wild yam continued to prove itself and within a few months the heavy bleeding and painful cycles had greatly subsided.    Two years later in 1998, I discovered the power of herbal extracts and the Female Formula which contained a list of balancing herbs used by women for hundreds of years.  The Female Formula brought an end to Twenty Five years of monthly misery.

What to expect when using the Female Formula

Working with hundreds of women over the past 30 years a pattern has emerged in the way the Female Formula generally affects the cycles over the first three months of use. Three months is the average time needed to normalize a hormonally unbalanced system.  It is not uncommon to skip a cycle during the first full month of using the Female Formula.  The second month the cycle will resume with less hormonal issues.  Most women experience greatly improved to normal cycles by the third month.

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Intense Virus Program

Here is your program when you are seriously sick.

Here is an excellent program put together by Andrea Aravena, one of our members-healers. She shared these very intense herbal suggestions with me, which of course means I’ll pass them onto our membership. Here is an excellent program for clearing the worst cases of whatever virus you end up with. There are so many floating around this year the need for a strong protocol for any and all virus infestations is strongly needed. These herbals supports will aid in clearing any serious infection from the system.

First thing: Do an Ascorbic Acid Flush; (Vit. C flush) on an empty stomach. 1 tsp every 15 minutes in two ounces of water until you have a watery bowel movement. Rinse your teeth after every round because its acidic to the teeth even though it is alkaline to the body.

Once your have a watery bowel movement you can start on the herbs:

Oregano Oil: 5 drops under tongue three times a day

Vitamin D Hammer

  • Day 1: 50,000 IU
  • Day 2: 30,000 IU
  • Day 3: 20,000 IU
  • Continue during the winter months with 10,000 IU daily

Lobelia 1/2 tsp in mug. Pour boiling water over to fill cup. Waite until cool then drink. Do this 2 times a day.

Echinacea: Add one ounce (2 Tbsps.) into mug along with 1 tsp Infection Formula. Pour boiling water in to fill cup. Wait until cool then drink. Do this 2 times a day.

Herbal Antibiotic and Infect5ion Formulas: Pour 1 tsp of each into separate cups. Pour boiling water to fill only have of the cup. These can be consumed warm. Drink one wait 10 minutes then drink the other. Do this hourly when really sick.

Bronchitis Formula: Pour 1 tsp into mug. Pour boiling water half way up mug. Drink 5 times a day (every 3 hours)

Garlic Paste to Feet

Do the Garlic Paste to the Feet as needed. This can be done two days in a row. See the video and pdf for directions. Don’t discount this procedure, it is a powerful healing tool for clearing infection and an effective aid when the lungs are involved.

Daily hot soak in 4 cups of Epsom salt in bath is very helpful for the muscle aches and to pull out toxins. If you have one available a daily 45 minute session in the far infrared Sauna is very helpful.

This herbal program has saved lives. The Father has not left us without resources for clearing even the worst issues. Aggressively using these herbal remedies can restore even the most dire cases.

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Lung Health Class

Dara Dietz

Our Class this week is focusing on the Lungs.  The current health issues are alarming in how quickly the lungs can be compromised.  Knowing what to do to quickly clear the lungs can be the difference between recovery or death.   

This Tuesday’s class will be a discussion on many of the issues that affect our lungs.  From lung Cancer to Asthma. 

A brief overview of Lung Function

The respiratory system is the network of organs and tissues that help you breathe. It includes your airways, lungs, and blood vessels. The muscles that power your lungs are also part of the respiratory system. These parts work together to move oxygen throughout the body and clean out waste gases like carbon dioxide.

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What does the respiratory system do?

The respiratory system has many functions. Besides helping you inhale (breathe in) and exhale (breathe out), it:

  • Allows you to talk and to smell.
  • Warms air to match your body temperature and moisturizes it to the humidity level your body needs.
  • Delivers oxygen to the cells in your body.
  • Removes waste gases, including carbon dioxide, from the body when you exhale.
  • Protects your airways from harmful substances and irritants.

Many conditions can affect the organs and tissues that make up the respiratory system. Some develop due to irritants you breathe in from the air, including viruses or bacteria that cause infection. Others occur as a result of disease or getting older.

Conditions that can cause inflammation (swelling, irritation, and pain) or otherwise affect the respiratory system include:

  • Allergies: Inhaling proteins, such as dust, mold, and pollen, can cause respiratory allergies in some people. These proteins can cause inflammation in your airways.
  • Asthma: A chronic (long-term) disorder, asthma causes inflammation in the airways that can make breathing difficult.
  • Infection: Infections can lead to pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs) or bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes). Common respiratory infections include the flu (influenza) or a cold.
  • Disease: Respiratory disorders include lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These illnesses can harm the respiratory system’s ability to deliver oxygen throughout the body and filter out waste gases.
  • Aging: Lung capacity can decrease as you get older.
  • Damage: Damage to the respiratory system can cause breathing problems.
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Foot Health Class

Dara Dietz

Our Zoom Class meets every other Tuesday at 6:30 PM EST Members will receive an email with the class link sometime on Tuesday.

When your feet are hurting nothing else matters.  In our class this Tuesday we will discuss natural ways to quickly clear all the painful and not so painful issues associated with our feet. 

One of the most painful issues is Plantar Fasciitis.  After clearing this issue from my foot last year I can testify to how completely debilitating this condition can be.  It took three weeks using the BF&C Packs, for the inflamed condition to clear and the pain to stop.    

Calluses, Corns & Bunions can also destroy our quality of life.  There is a simple and effective way to clear all these issues.  Also some great suggestions to prevent them from forming. 

Toenail fungus, and athlete’s feet can both be effectively cleared with Black Walnut, one of the most powerful anti-fungal’ s in nature.  Applying this herb as effectively as possible will clear even the most stubborn case of fungus.

Ingrown Toenail Class with Andrea Aravena

Poor circulation to the feet contribute to neuropathy, numbness of the feet.  Along with sores on the feet that will not heal.  This week we are going to take time to really look at the health of our feet and how to support and restore them to the best condition.

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New Aid for Kidney Stone Pain

Michael & Dara Dietz

This past week my husband and I make a weekend trip to Dr. Tim Jennings Class in Collegedale Tennessee.  While we were there my husband had a Kidney Stone attack.  He admitted to feeling a little discomfort before we left but did not think it would become a problem over the weekend.  The lack of proper fluids during the four and a half hour car trip likely contributed to the active stones becoming painful. 

One of the worst things you can do when having a kidney stone issue is to allow yourself to become dehydrated.  The walls of the vessels in the kidneys are lined with nerve tissue.  When the fluids in the kidneys are allowed to fall off the vessels will collapse around the stones  causing all the rough edges to rip and tear into the nerve tissue as they pass through the kidneys.  Staying hydrated fills the vessels with fluid keeping the stones buoyant, floating in the center with much less ripping and tearing into all that nerve tissue.

I learned a lot over the two days in a hotel with a husband passing a kidney stone.  First, hot fomentations can be done very effectively in a hotel room.  I wet and rung out the two small hand towels, then put them in the microwave for 1.5 minutes.  This made them steaming hot, by the time the towels made it across the room to the bed they were the perfect heat to place over the kidney area.  The stone began in the back and moved to the front over the next few hours. The wet heat kept the kidney calm and the pain all but gone.  He had some Advil, over the counter pain medication that proved an additional help with the pain.  I also massaged the area with our Anti-Spasmodic Salve.  The M&L Salve is normally perfect for topical muscle spasms.  The Anti-Spasmodic Salve is a bit stronger and proved helpful over the weekend. 

Friday night to Saturday morning he slept well but the pain began to escalate in the morning.  Likely because he was not keeping well hydrated during the night while he was sleeping. The last time I visited Dr. Tim’s Class I was introduced to another natural healer.  I approached the woman and she was glad to help.  She provided an excellent herbal aid for calming the spasm and knocking out the pain.  After using her suggestions Michael did not need any additional pain meds. 

Her suggestion was to use a mix of chlorophyll, Zinc, and Peppermint Oil added into 4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice.  According to her material she uses this mix as a morning drink upon rising to flush the kidneys and keep them functional.  This combination has the nutrients to break up crystals and stones while it cleans out any uric acid. This morning “zinger” is especially good if you have a propensity toward kidney or bladder infections.

After noting the benefits Michael received from using this mix I decided to duplicate the procedure and try it on myself also.  My kidneys are a weak spot in my body so I’m always open to any herbal support for the kidneys.  Natural Healers will often come at these common issues from different directions.  There is always more than one way to clear any issue in the body.  Discovering this great support which seems to really help with the pain was a true gift. 

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Insomnia Class

Dara Dietz

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

How much sleep is enough varies from person to person, but most adults need seven to eight hours a night.

During the hormonal shifts brought on by Menopause I developed an acute case of Insomnia. It is not uncommon for women, after child birth or during menopause, to develop Insomnia. During this time I discovered what would work and what did not help much.

Herbal Supports were very helpful as far as they went. The General Nervine Tonic proved most effective. One of the best long term supports was Liver Flushing. Clearing the toxins from my system ensured several weeks of good sleep. Walking Bare-foot outside on the grass or ground proved very beneficial. The earth is our best grounding rod, walking bare foot on the earth allows the static electricity to be pulled from the body. When the system is overloaded with static electricity the nerves are unable to relax, shut down, and allow sleep.

The Class will meet on Zoom Tuesday November 16th, 2021, at 6:30 PM Est. Members are welcome to join our class by clicking on the link in the email sent out on Tuesday.

Several great suggestions for clearing insomnia:

  • Make sure your bowels are open and moving well.
  • Stop using any stimulates such as coffee, tea, chocolate ect…
  • Remove all electronical equipment for the bedroom.
  • Stop eating in the evening. No food after 6pm.
  • Walk bare foot outside for 15 minutes each day.
  • Do an ELF once a week or more often if needed. (ELF=Emergency Liver Flush)

On the video below, Dr Tim Jennings, speaks on The Aging Brain and provides some great information on sleeping disorders.

https://odysee.com/@ComeAndReason:4/mmbttb-session-6.-the-aging-brain:4

Personal Testimony Blogs

My Blog on Nervine Herbs

Class Handouts

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Skin Care Class

Dara Dietz

In our class this week we are going to discuss the Skin, how to care for and heal the different issues that can affect the skin.  The Skin is our third Lung, the body breaths in air and detoxes waste though the pores of the skin.  Consider your skin pores as thousands of little mouths breathing in the environment surrounding your body.  Wearing natural fiber material allows the skin to continue to breath beneath our clothes.  Material that prohibits the free circulation of air prevents the body from properly expelling toxins throughout the day. 

When the skin is overused as we see in cases of Hives, and Eczema, the need arises to clear the liver, our internal vacuum cleaner.  When the system becomes backed-up with waste, the bowels are not moving well is often the case, the liver will use the skin to detox.  The skin breaks down quicky under the onslaught of such toxic waste causing hives and eczema to appear.

Our class discussion will begin with the best first aid for cuts and scrapes.  How to prevent scaring of the skin.  How best to clear the blood of toxins which contribute to the toxic conditions of Abscesses, Boils, and Cysts.  How to regain and or, maintain the elasticity in your skin which will clear or prevent Varicose Veins.  We will be looking into the cause and how to clear most issues that affect our skin.  Come and Join the discussion for a better understanding of how to best care for the skin you are in.

Here is a short list of Skin affecting issues we will be looking at in our class: Cuts,& Scrapes; Spider Bites, Poison Ivy & Oak, Abscesses, Boils, Cysts; Hives & Eczema; Shingles, Warts, Moles, Itch, Scares, Sunburn, Burns; Skin Cancer; Varicose Veins.

Our Zoom Class meets every other Tuesday at 6:30 PM EST. An email notice will be sent to our members Tuesday Morning with the Class link. We look forward to seeing any who are able to come.

Skin Care Class

Handouts: There is a list of files for this class.

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Moving into the Flushing Programs

Our Zoom Class this week is going to deal with moving from the Foundational Programs into the detoxing, flushing programs. 

Zoom Class meets every other Tuesday at: 6:30 PM EST

You may view our current class below.

Moving into the Flushing Programs Class

No matter what the issue everyone begins their healing or rebuilding program by first establishing the foundational programs of boosting the immune system with Echinacea, regulating the bowels with the Lower bowel formulas, and adding Superfood green drink to your daily food program. 

Once the bowels are open and working well it is time to begin a week of liver flushing, followed by a week of Kidney flushing.  This can prove a bit tricky when the bowels seem hard to regulate.  How can you know your body is ready to begin liver flushing?

Incurables Program/ An Overview
  • We will discuss how to quickly clear the bowels for an Emergency Liver Flush.
  • What is the best food program to follow when flushing the body?
  • What to expect when adding the liver Flushing program.

It is always hard to do something new and different.  When healing the body the more quickly one can move into the flushing programs the faster the healing will be.  Clearing the liver is the heart of any healing program.  Keeping the liver flushed will enable the liver to better filter the toxins from the body. 

The second week of flushing will be Kidney flushing.  This flushing program is much less intense than the Liver flush but still very important to the healing process. 

Remember to write your questions down so you will remember what you wanted to ask.  As always we will have an open Q&A time at the end of the class.

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Vitamin C Flushing

Dara Dietz

Vitamin C Flushing has been around for years.  I’ve known of it but failed to take advantage of this simple healing tool until one of our sweet young members guided me through the process.  I must admit to being very impressed with the results of this straightforward and effortless flush.  Within hours the tired, toxic feeling plaguing me was gone. 

After doing a bit more research and a few more of the flushes there are a few points that need to be addressed.  Several cautions are floating around referring to excess Vitamin C creating kidney stones. 

Clearly, the kidneys will be required to process additional waste from the blood due to the detoxing effect of the Vitamin C Flush.  With this understanding it would be wise to do the Hot Lemonade drink at least once each day. This is an excellent aid for clearing puss and sediment form the kidneys. 

I have also begun drinking between 32 and 64 ounces of the Kidney bladder tea each day.  ( Add one ounce of the Kidney Bladder Formula into each finished gallon of tea.) I began using the tea in addition to the Hot lemonade drink when my kidneys begun to feel a bit sore after my first week of Vitamin C Flushing.  The tea was consumed all day Saturday, by Sunday morning my kidneys felt right as rain. 

  • Provide additional Kidney Support while doing this type of cleansing work with the Vitamin C.
  • Stay Well Hydrated
  • Use 1 oz Echinacea Daily

A Vitamin C flush is also known as an ascorbate flush or vitamin C cleanse. The concept is fairly simple and is based on the belief that high levels of vitamin C help rid the body of Toxins.

It just involves introducing high amounts of vitamin C at regular intervals until you produce a watery stool to carry toxins away from the body.  

A vitamin C flush is one of the fastest working cleanses, so it’s best for those who are looking for rapid detox. It may also be used by those who are sick and looking for a quick recovery despite not responding to other methods of treatment. Any seemingly healthy adult can benefit from a vitamin C cleanse, but it is especially important for those who may be deficient. 

The Benefits of a Vitamin C Flush

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for the body. It is most well-known for boosting the immune system, which is why it’s great for beating a cold. However, it does so much more than that. 

  1. ANTIOXIDANT – Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant and boosts the function of other antioxidants as well, this helps to repair cells and slow the aging process of your cells to create younger-looking skin naturally.
  2. HEALING – Wounds require collagen to heal completely. Vitamin C is a major player in the creation of collagen and without it, your wounds may not heal completely leading to abnormal tissue repair. A vitamin C boost can help your body repair itself and heal properly.
  3. JOINT DAMAGE – Because of the effects that vitamin C has on collagen, some clinical trials have shown it is extremely helpful for joints. Vitamin C plays a major role in maintaining the integrity of connective tissue in the joints.
  4. STRESS – Yes, Vitamin C can even help with your stress level. Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone and studies have shown Vitamin C can actually reduce this hormone in the body and combat the negative effects of stress.

A vitamin C flush gives the body a boost of vitamin C stores so that your body can use what it needs to leave you refreshed and energized.

Doing the Vitamin C Flush

A vitamin C flush is one of the simplest cleanses you can benefit from. Anyone can do it from the comfort of their own home. We recommend doing the vitamin C flush on a day when you’ll be comfortable and near a bathroom throughout the day. 

STEPS:

  • In the morning: First thing in the morning, mix 1 tsp. vitamin C powder in 4 oz of water or fruit juice.
  • 15 Minutes later: Repeat with another teaspoon of vitamin C in a 4 oz of water or fruit juice.  Continue to repeat every 15 Minutes until you pass a watery stool.  You may now stop taking the Vitamin C.  The cleanse will now take care of itself. 

This flush can be used in place of the Prune Juice Flush for clearing the bowels.  The effects are the same. Your bowels will go to liquid for 4 to 6 hours. 

Personal Testimony: My first time using this flush I feel I may have used more of the C powder than I really needed.  I ended up using 10 doses.  My bowels were very tight so after my bowels moved some solid waste I continued to take an additional two more doses.  My last dose was at 12:30 Noon.  My last water bowel movement was at 9pm that night.  I had no cramping or discomfort of any kind just kept having watery stools every hour or so.  to do my Vitamin C Flush without the bowel flushing I use 4 doses.  This is good for me.  You will need to discover how many you doses you require to hit bowel tolerance. 

The best advice is once you have cleared your bowels, let’s say you needed 5  doses (1 tsp every 15 minutes five times), To do a Vitamin C Flush without the bowel Flush you will want to cut back to 4 doses of 1 teaspoon every 15 minutes.  This should give you a good Vitamin C flush without turning your bowels to water.

Always remember to stay hydrated during this process by drinking plenty of fluids. 

The member who guided me though my first Vitamin C Flush also suggested a brand of C powder.  I have found it to be of excellent quality. 

Revitalized Wellness: Fine Powder Vitamin C as Ascorbic Acid 

Check out this pdf I found on line. I think it will provide a lot of insight into doing a good Vitamin C flush and show how to continue on allowing the C to heal the body. I do not have any experience of their product but did find their info very useful.

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Understanding Cholesterol Class

Our class meets on Zoom Tuesday Sept 21st at 6:30 PM Est

HEAL Members are welcome to join us, if you would like a link for the class email or text Dara before 4pm Tuesday afternoon.

Cholesterol is usually seen as the enemy; a harmful substance we must try hard to lower in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes.  The truth is, Cholesterol performs many vital functions in our body; the truth is we could not live with it.  There are also very real negative health consequences associated with lowering our cholesterol too far,  we will take a look at these.

Recent discoveries of a host of measurable substances in our blood that are proving to be much stronger predictors of our risk of heart disease than cholesterol.  Substances such as Homocysteine, C-reactive protein, lipoprotein(a) and insulin all seem to be involved in the initiation and progression of heart disease, irrespective of our cholesterol level.  Inflammation seems to be the major trigger for the development of atherosclerosis (fatty plaques in the arteries).  Learning what causes inflammation and how we can reduce it in the body are key to better heart health.

Functions of Cholesterol

Membrane Function: Cholesterol forms part of the cell membrane of each cell in our body.  Due to its being a hard fat, it gives the membranes rigidity and stability.

Synthesis of steroid hormones.  The sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone are made out of cholesterol. 

Synthesis of adrenal hormones.  The hormone aldosterone regulates water and sodium balance in the body and is made out of cholesterol.  Cortisol is a hormone that regulates metabolism suppresses inflammation and is produces as a response to stress.  When we are under chronic stress our bodies manufacture a great deal more cholesterol.

Bile production.  80% of the cholesterol in our body is used by the liver to produce bile salts.  Bile is stored in the gallbladder and used to help in the digestion and absorption of dietary fats and fat soluble vitamins.  This is the major route of exit of cholesterol from the body.  Bile is secreted into our intestines and leaves the body in the bowel movements.

Vitamin D synthesis. Sunlight hitting our skin converts cholesterol into vitamin D, which is needed to keep our bones strong. Vitamin D has other important functions in our body; it boosts the immune system and helps to keep the blood pressure normal.  Getting a bit of sunlight on our skin most days of the week can help to lower your cholesterol level by facilitating it conversion to vitamin D.

Skin Protection. Cholesterol is secreted into our skin, where it covers and protects us from dehydration, cracking and the drying effects of the elements.  It helps to keep your skin looking plump and wrinkle free.  Cholesterol has a role in healing, we know this because there are high amounts of it found in scar tissue.

Serotonin Function. Cholesterol is necessary for the function of serotonin receptors in the brain.  Serotonin is a feel-good chemical that helps to protect us from depression.  Several studies have shown that low cholesterol levels are associated with depression and violent behavior.

Myelin Sheath formation.  Cholesterol is the main fat present in the myelin sheath, which coats our nerve cells and enables electrical impulses to occur in our brain and spinal cord.  A healthy myelin sheath is needed for good concentration and memory

Antioxidant function.  Cholesterol helps to transport fat soluble antioxidants around our body, such as vitamins E and A and several antioxidant enzymes.

Cholesterol and other fats in the bloodstream

Cholesterol is not very soluble in water; therefore it must be carried around the bloodstream in various transport molecules.  Certain proteins called apolipoproteins can wrap around cholesterol and other blood fats (lipids) to form what is called lipoproteins; these are essentially a combination of protein and fat.

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The Major fats in the bloodstream are:

Chylomicrons

These are the largest lipoproteins, and mainly transport fat from the intestines to the liver.  They mainly carry triglyceride fats and cholesterol which come from the diet, and those manufactured by the liver.

Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL)

These are the lowest density lipoproteins because they are highest in fat; (the denser the lipoprotein, the more protein it contains).  VLDLs are made in the liver and deliver triglycerides to various tissues, especially muscle (for energy production), and body fat (for storage).

Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)

This is the so called “bad cholesterol”.  It is the major transporter of cholesterol and triglycerides, taking them from the liver to other parts of the body, where they can be used for various functions.  You need your levels of LDL to be as low as possible.

There are other types of LDL:

Small dense LDL

This form of LDL is more likely to be taken up into the inner linings of arteries and promote atherosclerosis.

Oxidized LDL

This is what happens when free radicals cause damage to LDL molecules.  This makes them more likely to promote damage to the inner lining of arteries, and for atherosclerosis to develop.

High Density Lipoprotein (HDL)

This is the so called “good Cholesterol”.  It is high in protein which makes it denser and lower in cholesterol.  This lipoprotein takes cholesterol from various parts of the body to the liver, where it can be excreted in bile.  HDL carries antioxidant enzymes and vitamins to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol  You want your HDL to be as high as possible.

Triglycerides

These are a storage form of fat, made up of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule.  High triglyceride levels in the blood make it thick and sticky; they are a major risk factor for heart disease. Both excess carbohydrate and fat in our diet are converted into triglycerides in the liver.

Lipoprotein (a)

This particle is similar to LDL, but carries a sticky repair protein called apolipoprotein (a) which is used for tissue repair.  It is a major risk factor for heart disease because it thickens the walls of the arteries.

Reasons for High Cholesterol

  • 1) Poor Diet
    • Excess Carbohydrate
    • Trans Fatty Acids
    • Lack of Fiber
  • 2) Genetic factors
  • 3) Hypothyroidism
  • 4) Stress
  • 5) Lack of Exercise
  • 6) Smoking

Hazards of Low Cholesterol

  • Aggressive behavior, Depression and Suicide
  • Slower Brain Function
  • Weak Immune System
  • Hormone Deficiencies
  • Shorter Life Span
  • Greater risk of Cancer

How Low Should You Go

You should aim for a cholesterol Level of 183mg/dL to 214mg/dL.

Levels below 179mg/dl can be unhealthy.  The all-cause death rate is higher in individuals with cholesterol levels lower than 178mg/dL

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