Beta-glucan in Barley Lowers LDL, Increases HDL Fractions

Adding barley to your healthy way of eating may help you significantly lower your total and LDL cholesterol, suggests a study published in the November 2004 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In this study of 25 individuals with high cholesterol (9 postmenopausal women, 9 premenopausal women, and 7 men), adding barley to the American Heart Association Step 1 diet resulted in a significant lowering in total cholesterol in all subjects, plus their amount of large LDL and large and intermediate HDL fractions (which are considered less atherogenic, not clogging) increased, and the smaller LDL and VLDL cholesterol (the most dangerous fractions) greatly decreased. One reason for these very beneficial effects is a compound found in barley's fiber called beta-glucan. Beta glucan lowers cholesterol by binding to bile acids (which the body uses to digest fats and makes in the liver from cholesterol) and ferries it out of the body in the feces. So, the body must make new bile acids, and to do so, the liver must use up more cholesterol, thus lowering the amount in circulation.
Note: All dietary fibers are helpful in removing excess cholesterol from our system.

Unique Antioxidant in Oats Protects LDL Cholesterol

Oats, via their high fiber content, are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Now, the latest research suggests they may have another cardio-protective mechanism.

Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in the June 2004 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

In this study, hamsters were fed saline containing 0.25 grams of phenol-rich oat bran, after which blood samples were taken at intervals from 20 to 120 minutes. After 40 minutes, blood concentrations of avenanthramides had peaked, showing these compounds were bioavailable (able to be absorbed).

Combine Vit C with Oats
Next, the researchers tested the antioxidant ability of avenanthramides to protect LDL cholesterol against oxidation (free radical damage) induced by copper. Not only did the avenanthramides increase the amount of time before LDL became oxidized, but when vitamin C was added, the oat phenols interacted synergistically with the vitamin, extending the time during which LDL was protected from 137 to 216 minutes.

In another study also conducted at Tufts and published in the July 2004 issue of Ateriosclerosis, researchers exposed human arterial wall cells to purified avenenthramides from oats for 24 hours, and found that these oat phenols significantly suppressed the production of several types of molecules involved in the attachment of monocytes (immune cells in the bloodstream) to the arterial wall the first step in the development of arteriosclerosis.
Our advice: Cut an orange in quarters or pour yourself a glass of orange juice to enjoy along with your oatmeal. If you prefer some other grain for your breakfast cereal, top it with a heaping spoonful of oat bran.

Note: Not just locally grown, but also organically.

The processed food diet consumed by 90 % of us certainly contributes to promoting ateriosclerosis. Our soils have been seriously depleted of nutrients with important minerals lacking. Selenium is no longer found in much of the soil. This mineral has dramatic effects in lowering the incidence of cancer when 200 mcg. is consumed daily.
As early as the 1930's it was discovered that our modern diet of simple and simplified carbohydrates was intimately linked to many of our present day diseases. Dr.Weston A. Price did extensive research among native cultures that had been largely excluded from the "benefits" of our modern way of living.
You can read about the healthy Swiss here.

Highly significant deterioration in our health  was brought about by the introduction of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium (NPK) chemical fertilizer which has promoted the development of chronic degenerative diseases. This use of chemical fertilizer instead of manure caused faster growth of plants but it caused the protein content of vegetables to drop. Additionally farmers no longer can afford to properly rotate crops  and rebuild the organic matter causing leaching of  the vital soil minerals. This has lead to steadily increasing deficiencies in the mineral content of food grown from our soil. Humans lacking the trace minerals from food have failure of proper enzyme function. The trace minerals (zinc, chromium, manganese, vanadium, selenium etc) are vital to normal enzyme performance in the body. Many soil samples lack some or most of these minerals and the quantity of minerals in our soil has been steadily declining since the introduction of NPK fertilizer.

Methionine from red meat, milk and milk products is converted in the body into homocysteine. When the body's stores of B6 (pyridoxine), folic acid and B12 fail to bring this homocysteine down to normal values there is a three times greater risk of heart attack in males than in males with normal homocysteine values.

Dr. Kilmer McCulley gets credit for discovering the critical role homocysteine plays in the genesis of ateriosclerosis. Homocysteine stops the production of the valuable vasodilating nitric acid, causes blood to thicken, and facilitates the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, thus setting the stage for an arteriosclerotic plaque and blood clots to form. As more patients are studied it has become evident that elevated levels of homocysteine are a common cause for ateriosclerosis (at least 40 % of patients).

You really want to read McCulley's story. It gives you a bit of an idea how the pharmaceutical companies are not alone in pursuing malevolently courses of action that are not always to the benefit of the public or in the interest of public health

If you have artery problems, measuring homocysteine in the blood will frequently provide clear evidence that homocysteine is causing the problem, not cholesterol.

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Drugs are developed and they have to be sold, to make money. In the case of Lipitor and its similars, that means a market has to be created.
A market that was created on bad science, for a problem that did not exist.
Yes, there was high cholesterol, but that was not the problem. Cholesterol was a marker, a symptom of something else. Is it good science to fight the symptoms and leave the real cause unchecked??                            
Cholesterol, a beneficial substance in the human body, is targetted as a bad sign of impending heart disease. Drugs are promoted to "lower cholesterol". Mind you, not to prevent heart disease but to turn off the blinking warning lights. Billions are made, a huge empire of multinational corporations is built to "take care of our health" - by selling us drugs. National economies are all but bankrupted by the costs of health care, most of it to pay for drugs. What's more, national and personal economies are also bearing the cost - sometimes vastly greater than the mere cost of a prescription - of these drugs' side effects, the cost of drug induced illness and disability.

Who is responsible? The drug cartels? The medical researchers? The media which never told us?
Or none of them? Or all of them?                                                                                            Check out also the video below

In the past, your doctor would tell you that statins did not have serious side effects. But  read the very fine print about possible adverse reactions, and you'll discover over 130 side effects reported by the manufacturer.(!!) Statins and most other drugs have side effects, there is a risk in taking any medication.

The manufacturers report that 2 percent or less of statin patients develop most of the known side effects, while other researchers are reporting problems in up to 15 percent of patients. We do not know what the total figure will eventually prove to be, and it may be far greater than what we initially suspected. If you are one of the people who are harmed, then the percentage probably doesn't matter to you!

Anybody interested in more information on statin drugs and their possible side effects check this website:

Lipitor  Warning   !!!!!!
Adverse Side Effects of Statin Cholesterol Lowering Drugs  little-known side effects of the artificial statin drugs, some of which are required to be reported in Canadian statin drug ads, but  not the U.S. versions.
Statin Cholesterol Lowering Drugs have the  following characteristics:
  1.  They deplete Coenzyme Q10 causing risk of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
  2.  They change, weaken, damage, or destroy muscle (depending on dose and concomitant  use of other drugs).
  3.  They do not slow atherosclerosis.
  4.  They induce sudden total memory loss.
  5.  They increase eye cataract risk.
  6.  They suppress immune function.
  7.  They are linked to cancer.
  8.  They have been linked for ten years with  Rhabdomyolysis and Myoglobinuria.
  9.  They have been linked with elevated  transaminase (indicator of liver and kidney  damage).
10.  They are linked to nerve damage.
11.  They induce muscle pain.
12.  They do not extend life.
13.  They increase serum Lp(a) concentrations  (increasing odds of heart attack or stroke  up to 70%).
14.  They reduce left ventricular function.
15.  They elevate the lactate to pyruvate  ratio. (lactic acid is the normal endpoint of the anaerobic breakdown of glucose in the         tissues. The lactate exits the cells and is transported to the liver, where it is oxidized back to glucose)
16.  They enhance LDL cholesterol oxidation.
17.  They would be expected to interfere with  any function (e.g., sex hormone production,  hair growth, sleep, or proper brain and       nerve function) hat depends on  cholesterol  or CoQ10.
18. They are prescribed to 13 million (in  the U.S., 25 million  worldwide) creating a  $20 billion market.
19. They are MORTAL (or else will cause  65,000 predicted  myopathies. Source: Merck  Patent) NOTE: A biopsy is the only reliable  test  for statin-induced myopathy. 

James Wright, MD, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia conducted a 2003 review of all five statin primary prevention trials and found that the serious adverse events* went unreported in three of these published trials (See letter #48). When Dr. Wright was asked for an update, he explained by e-mail that the serious adverse events were collected in all 12 major statin trials. However, ten of these trials have failed to report these important results (i.e., make them publicly available). Worse, the authors of these trials refused the UBC reviewers’ repeated requests for the harms data.

A Note of Interest
Coenzyme Q10 -- also called ubiquinone, which means "occurring everywhere" -- plays an important role in the manufacture of ATP, the fuel that runs cellular processes. Though it is present in every cell in your body, it is especially concentrated in the very active cells of your heart. Depriving the heart of CoQ10 is like removing a spark plug from your engine -- it just won't work. Low levels of CoQ10 are implicated in virtually all cardiovascular diseases, including angina, hypertension, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.
Anyone taking these statin drugs should also  take a vitamin supplement called CoQ10. A  dose of at least 100mg. Even if your not  taking statin drugs, you should take CoQ10 because of  so many health benefits. They say that it helps with the treatment of congestive  heart failure, protects against strokes,  prevents some cancers, improves high blood  pressure, Parkinson’s disease, effective for  migraine prevention, youthful looking skin, also helps diabetics control blood sugars,  etc.                                                                                                                    
So this is it, your doctor just told you that your chest pains are indeed related to a constriction in your arteries due to build up of stuff.
You will have to take a pill  ($2.03) for it every day for the rest of your life or until your cholesterol level has dropped to a safer margin (below 200). This used to be 230-250, but they decided they could make a lot more money by lowering the threshold. Yes , you can really get that doen when you have enough clout and presence in Washington. The rest of the world usually follows suit. see note at bottom of this page
Lipitor, is a cholesterol lowering drug made by Pfizer and sold to millions of health conscious but ill informed patients. It is one of the most profitable drugs the pharmaceutical industry has ever come up with. Sales account for a quarter of Pfizer's $ 32 billion annual sales. Probably even more profitable than their other product: Viagra

But the price to society is much higher than a mere 8 to 10 billion dollars. Lipitor and other drugs in the statin class, such as Bayer's version Baycol - removed from the market by its maker - are not only lowering cholesterol. These drugs apparently ruin perfectly good lives with "side effects" that lead to slow degradation into physical disability. (See below)
       Lipitor - The Human Cost . . . .  
. . . . or how to make a killing
And there is also more on Cholesterol on  Health 101
Do we really need low cholesterol

The current dogmas about treating cholesterol are formulated by a committee named National Cholesterol Education Program NCEP. This committee is a part of the National Institute of Health within the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Their most recent recommendations (2004) included more aggressive efforts to lower blood cholesterol. The lower limit of safety for LDL cholesterol was lowered from 130 mg. to 100 mg. Cholesterol lowering drugs were recommended for all diabetics and elderly patients with high cholesterol levels. If implemented, these recommendations would add about 4,000,000 persons to the multitudes already taking statin drugs. (What a bonanza for drug company profits).

Six out of the nine members of the NCEP making these new recommendations
are affiliated with the drug companies that manufacture statin drugs.
(Well Being Journal September/October 2004 pg. 44)

Latest News : it appears that 8 of the 9 had affiliations with drug companies.
Selenium works in tandem with Vitamin E as a powerful antioxidant
Cholesterol is removed from the body combined with bile acids. This removal is increased by dietary fiber and diminished in the absence of dietary fiber. Up to 94% of cholesterol and bile acids are reabsorbed and reused when dietary fiber is lacking.This is one reason that low fiber diets may increase blood cholesterol levels. However not all fiber is created equal.
Soluble fiber is the real dietary fiber.
Soluble fiber binds to bile acids in the small intestine, making them less likely to enter the body; this in turn lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. Soluble fiber also attenuates the absorption of sugar, reduces sugar response after eating, normalizes blood lipid levels and, once fermented in the colon, produces short-chain fatty acids as byproducts with wide-ranging physiological activities
The Cholesterol Story

Improve Your Cholesterol
High cholesterol may protect against infections and atherosclerosis  !!!!!!
The fact that  Fat is bad for you may be true, but it would be more true for polunsaturated fats (Omega-6) and for the transfats, than for the saturated fats.
You can check the whole story Here..

..and Here..
What if Saturated Fat is Not the Problem?
A professor of biochemistry provides perspective.
by Dr.Richard Feinman

Latest piece of interesting information:
Statins appear to be lowering not only LDL, they also seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
So : the more reason to take your Lipitor and run?? Not so fast.
If LDL brings the cholesterol to the places in your body where it is needed to fix inflammation damage, does it then not logically follow that an anti-inflammatory drug would lower the need for LDL??
So the real reason for lowering LDL was maybe the anti-inflammatory property of the statin drug.
But does not aspirin do the same? In fact it does! For less than a nickel!!
An added benefit, there was more serum Vitamin D available. So the best recipe: Aspirin+ Vitamin D
! ! ! 
You may approach the topic with your own healthy dose of scepsis, but be sure to check out the link to more than a dozen  scientific papers that the cholesterol pill is a bogus pill costing us not only our health but our healthcare system millions of unnecessary expense.
Great Movie clip to understand how we got here with the whole mix-up and our poor Western Health, however the part about Ancel Keyes may not be exactly as presented.
See for an udated look at Keyes Denise Minger's post
How Statins really work and why they don't work
Aspirin Note worthy