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Old 09-04-2010, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by RCannon View Post
My 2 cents worth-
First thing to realize is that lowering cholesterol with a medication does no good whatsoever. Cholesterol is not bad in itself. Just as many people with low cholesterol as high have heart attacks they have found. Even LDL is no longer linked with anything bad. Low HDL is but the real culprit is inflammation.
More than anything the child probably needs EXERCISE which raises HDL and does many other good things including getting SUNSHINE for vit D. Now that winter is setting in you need to supplement vit D 2000 units/daily at least. See vitamindcouncil.org. Then make sure the veggies are eaten in some form or other and moderate carb intake. Eliminate dessert or make it very small after a good high protein meal. Never eat carbs alone- always have some protein and good fat with it (olive oil, butter, peanut butter (natural) is good). And eat EGGS. Preferably organic. Studies show eating lots of eggs REDUCE cholesterol. Include real orange juice for breakfast. High fiber bread is good. Apple snacks. A chewable vit C supplement would be good. Eliminate High Fructose Corn syrup, artifical sweeteners, which make you HUNGRIER the next day according to studies. NO sodas or even diet sodas. Try to reduce stress- school may be causing some issues. Don't worry about the cholesterol or heart at all at her age. It just causes more worry. Avoid veg oils like corn oil etc. as these are highly processed and inflammatory. Do not use margerine. It's far worse than butter. And find another doctor.
I do not agree with butter or peanut butter being a good fat, nor do I agree with eating eggs, even organic free range eggs. However, I do agree with the rest of your post, especially finding another doctor.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:22 AM
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I agree that peanut butter may not be a good oil or fat, but butter contains butyric acid. Butyric acid is a component of GABA as well - Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid.

The anti-fungal and anti-tumor effects of butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid, are unique to butter. Butyric acid is an energy source for the cells lining the colon, where it plays a part in development and maintenance. It reduces chronic inflammation of the colon, and high fecal levels correlate with decreased colon cancer risk. In people with compromised immune systems, undifferentiated cell growth can be inhibited by butyric acid.

Butyric acid is found in butter, parmesan cheese, vomit, and as a product of anaerobic fermentation (including in the colon and as body odor). Yes, our own friendly flora produce it.
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