Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

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The topic of cholesterol is one that has been near and dear to my heart for more than a decade now. I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease and when I was younger and didn’t know any better, I always feared my “genetics” were going to get the best of me.

As I got older, my cholesterol did become a problem but I’m happy to say that using the very principles that I now teach, my cholesterol has normalized to within normal range without the use of drugs.

For me, cholesterol was never a problem until I graduated college, got my first job, started a family, and began enduring the common stressors of everyday life. This is a common theme for most people which should go to show you that your cholesterol levels have a lot to do with stress.

As my cholesterol continued to rise, I tried a number of diets to help lower my cholesterol and improve my health. I tried low-fat diets, low-carb diets, the blood-type diet, gluten-free diets, the newer “fad” paleo diet, etc. What I discovered is that not only did none of these diets improve my cholesterol, but many of them actually caused my cholesterol to reach all-time highs.

But within a few months of using the same dietary principles that I use today, my cholesterol dropped more than 30 points to within “normal” levels for the first time since my college years.

Little did I know at the time, but previously poor diets and stress had made me hypothyroidism which was really the underlying cause of my high cholesterol. And by simply improving my thyroid function, my cholesterol normalized.

The Link Between Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol

Even though the link between hypothyroidism and cholesterol has been well known and documented since 1936, very few people today understand this connection or are even aware of it.

The truth is that you are being left in the dark when it comes to your cholesterol. Just mentioning the word cholesterol is enough to make most people cringe in disgust. But have you ever thought about WHY we have cholesterol in the first place?

Cholesterol happens to be the precursor to every vital protective hormone that your body produces. Without it, you would not be able to produce these protective hormones and you would die. It’s as simple as that. So, cholesterol is not quite as bad as you may think.

Your body needs cholesterol, vitamin A, and active T3 thyroid hormone (sorry Synthroid users but your inactive T4 thyroid hormone doesn’t cut it) to produce the multitude of protective hormones that play an integral role in preventing and overcoming hypothyroidism. Some of these protective hormones include:

  • Pregnenolone
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Testosterone

Think about it for just a minute…

Your body NEEDS active T3 thyroid hormone to use cholesterol. If you are hypothyroid and therefore lack active T3 thyroid hormone then your body simply cannot use cholesterol to make the hormones it needs. As a result of not being able to use cholesterol, it naturally rises.

Here’s a simple graph that shows this effect. Using TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) as an indicator of thyroid function, you can see that “bad” cholesterol increases as thyroid function decreases in both men and women.

The bottom line is that high cholesterol is nothing more than a sign and symptoms of Hypothyroidism.

What You Don’t Know About Cholesterol, Hypothyroidism, and Heart Disease

There is a simple saying that you need to understand when it comes to Heart Disease…

“Correlation does not imply causation.”

Just because a study may show that people with elevated cholesterol have a higher risk of Heart Disease, it does not IMPLY that cholesterol is the CAUSE of Heart Disease.

I just explained how Hypothyroidism is the underlying cause of high cholesterol, so it’s sufficient to say that Hypothyroidism is also the true underlying cause of Heart Disease. High cholesterol is nothing more than a symptom of the real problem.

Using cholesterol lower drugs or even suppressing your cholesterol through diet does NOT solve the underlying problem of Hypothyroidism. It only makes matters worse because as you suppress cholesterol, you further suppress your body’s ability to produce those vital protective hormones that you desperately need to survive.

By suppressing cholesterol, you’re only adding the problem and taking one step closer to death.

This is why so many men at high risk of Heart Disease suffer from low testosterone and many associated symptoms including:

  • Fatigue and Low Energy
  • Loss of Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Excessive Muscle Wasting
  • Inability to Handle Stress

This is also why so many women at high risk of Heart Disease suffer from low progesterone and many associated symptoms including:

  • Fatigue and Low Energy
  • Weight Gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Depression

Between the extremely high prevalence of Hypothyroidism and the extremely high use of Statin Drugs and other cholesterol lowering medications, it is no wonder that today we’re seeing more and more cases of Hypothyroidism being misdiagnosed and mistreated.

Cases such as the one below reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine are becoming a common day occurrence:

Hypothyroidism Misdiagnosed as Statin Intolerance

http://www.annals.org/content/151/1/72

Case Report: A man age 56 years presented to a specialty lipid clinic for management of combined hyperlipidemia and myositis…. Over the next several years, the atorvastatin dose was increased to 40 mg/d. During this time, the patient developed leg fatigue while walking up stairs, diffuse muscle pain, and weakness.

What You Don’t Know About Cholesterol Drugs

Drug manufacturers have published a lot of research in order to persuade your doctor to prescribe you their cholesterol lowering drugs and to help make you feel all warm and fuzzy about taking these drugs daily.cholesterol drugs

You’re taking these drugs because they prevent heart disease, make your healthier, and improve your quality of life, right?

You might want to think twice and educate yourself…

There have been a number of independent research groups that have analyzed the research data that these drug companies are using to promote the effectiveness of their cholesterol lowering drugs in preventing Heart Disease. Their results tell quite a different story.

In most cases, independent researchers have reported that there are just as many non-supportive research trials as there are supportive trials and the non-supportive research has been largely ignored while the supportive trials are being cited 6 times more frequently. It has also been brought to light that there has been NO non-supportive research cited after 1970, while such research does exist.

This only goes to show you that if there is research that does NOT support the efficacy of the drug, it can simply be ignored and disregarded in order to obtain the desired statistical results.

It doesn’t matter how you look at it. It’s biased research.

Because of independent research, there is now evidence that Statin Drugs do NOT prevent heart disease and some even show that they actually worsen your risk. Below are just a couple of studies showing this:

Statins for primary prevention: at what coronary risk is safety assured?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2014585

Results: The regression line describing the relationship between mortality benefit and risk suggests that statin use could be associated with an increase in mortality of 1% in 10 years. This would be sufficiently large to negate statin’s beneficial effect on CHD mortality in patients with a CHD event risk less than 13% over 10 years.

Cholesterol lowering trials in coronary heart disease: frequency of citation and outcome.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1638188

Conclusions: Lowering serum cholesterol concentrations does not reduce mortality and is unlikely to prevent coronary heart disease. Claims of the opposite are based on preferential citation of supportive trials.

Risks Associated With Low Cholesterol

Before putting your faith in any drug, it’s important to also look at the potential side effects. In most cases, using a drug to avoid one health problem only exposes you to an increased risk of developing a number of other health problems.

Statin Drugs in particular have been linked to an increased risk of:

  • Progressive Muscle Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Damage
  • Digestive Problems
  • Immunological Disorders
  • Memory Loss
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Maybe you’re a betting man (or woman) and you’re willing to take the risk of developing any of these other health issues and you truly believe that cholesterol lowering drugs are saving your life.

Maybe you’re of the mindset that whatever doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger?

Maybe you still believe that the lower your cholesterol the better?

Here’s some more research for you…

Low cholesterol is also associated with increased death due to both cancer and suicide. So, even if, by any stretch of the imagination, cholesterol lowering drugs were to improve your risk of dying from Heart Disease, you may just be increasing your risk of developing cancer or one of the many other degenerative diseases.

Protect Your Thyroid and Protect Your Heart – It’s That Simple

heart fruitWe could go on for days about cholesterol and heart disease but the bottom line is simple, correct the underlying problem of Hypothyroidism and you won’t have to worry about Heart Disease.

If modern medicine would place a little more focus on understanding Hypothyroidism and the underlying cause of the disease instead of trying to merely treat these various symptoms, we might start seeing some major improvements in our health and health-care system.

Endocrinologist and thyroid expert, Dr. Broda Barnes, said it perfectly when stated that if you suffer from Hypothyroidism and you don’t die early from infectious disease then you’ll die a little later from Cancer or Heart Disease.

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14 Responses to “Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!”

  1. Darlene George

    24. May, 2012

    Are there home tests you recommend that I can order that monitor: 1) cholesterol 2) blood pressure, and 3) blood sugar? Especially, I’m interested in cholesterol levels. Otherwise, it seems impossible to really know your levels without going to the doctor all the time.

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    • Wanda

      24. May, 2012

      try healthcheckUSA.com you do not need a doctors order for lab work

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  2. Ola Lachney

    24. May, 2012

    I believe your facts that I just read. I noticed that when I recently started having problems with thyroid symptoms getting worse, even though I have been up and down with the synthroid for years, my cholesterol jumped very high. I cannot tolerate the statins, having fibromyalgia and IBS. I always try it and stop after a few days.
    I am reading everything I can with hope that i can correct my hypothroidism with diet changes and knowledge about environmental causes.
    Also, I believe that my fibromyalgia may be the result of throid problems.

    Thank You for your letter.
    Ola Lachney

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  3. jennifer Hill

    26. May, 2012

    Thanks for this information. I have hypothyroidism ,high cholesterol wheat and prk allergies and diabetes.I struggle eliminating (wheat,dairy and sugar from my diet)which is what different practitioners have recomended. Can U suggest a solution ??? Thanks, Jennifer

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    • Tom Brimeyer

      26. May, 2012

      It sounds like your hypothyroidism is getting the best of you. If you have diabetes then you definitely need to eliminate all PUFAs from your diet. But this is a big problem that I see. Most practitioners are recommending to eat this and don’t eat that but they don’t even understand WHY they are telling you. They just know other practitioners who do the same. Once you begin to understand the physiology of how your body works then you begin to understand what foods your body really needs and more importantly, WHY. If you’re looking for a solution then check out my program: The Hypothyroidism Revolution

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  4. Barbara Davis

    26. May, 2012

    Whats the secret?

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    • Tom Brimeyer

      26. May, 2012

      There is no “secret” so to speak. Correct the underlying physiological dysfunction and your body will return to balance. If you want to understand true physiology then I explain it all in my program.

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  5. Barbara Davis

    26. May, 2012

    Where can I get the answer for my question ?

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  6. Paula G

    26. May, 2012

    I’m so glad I started with the diet recommended! It’s alright to think out of the box about what our medical professionals are suggesting. My goal was to heal my gall bladder that 2 doctors in 20 years insisted needed to be removed. Then I found the link between gall bladder and hypothyroidism. What a wonderful day that was! Since I was unaware of all the rest of the stuff that happens when the thyroid isn’t working right I feel like I got a bonus payoff when I decided to try the hypothyroidism revolution. It works, really! It’s important to me to participate in my healing and now I am. Thanks Tom…

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  7. Michelle

    28. May, 2012

    Tom, I cannot Thank You enough for your persistance in educating me about hypothyroidism & with that,about how our bodies function!!!!! You have shown me the “light”!!! I have been struggling my entire life to keep my weight down & now, after spinal fusion(& gaining 60lbs because i could no longer do my highly intensive workouts,& training & running full 26.2 mile marathons just to keep me from obesity,as even with all that extensive,intense exercise,i still wasn’t at my goal weight or even at a comfortable weight!) Now, 2 years & 60+pounds later(i say + because i stopped weighing myself after i was well over the 200lb mark& embarrassed to go out in public & to work)I am “dieting”& exercising(beyond painful-i have to take a pretty hefty dose of oxycontin & oxycodone just to make my intense workouts tolerable-as just walking & yoga just dont togetmymetabolism going

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  8. Michelle

    28. May, 2012

    Oops-accidently sent my story unfinished…..my life after spinal fusion & hypothyroidism: Before my spinal surgery, i was a very busy hairstylist& color specialist with a full time assistant & an over 6 figure income, again having to take quite a bit of different pain medications to the point many,many,many doctors said surgery was a must! Long,long story short-i lost my business,my home(that my husband & i put every penny we had into) & forced into bancruptcy, at the same time my daughters were going off to college(how were we gonna pay for it?) During my long & painful recovery, & losing everything i had worked so hard for while breaking my back doing so(as it was a slow break caused from all the intensive exercise to try & keep my weight within a “normal” range & long days on my feet)I, on top of everything else,was so exhausted i literaly didnt have the strengh to get out of bed & start my day…..this continued for several months as i was so weak,I couldnt seem to muster up the strength to even go to the Dr.Finally,my husband literally carried me to the Dr & to my blood test that revealed i had extreme adrenal fatigue & the worst hormonal imbalance the Dr had ever seen!!after 11/2 yrs of treatment & a ton of research,i’m finally getting my strength back!Reading your Emails,more than talking to any Dr.,reading any book, countless hours on line,has helped me understand how our bodies work more than anything or anyone!!!! You are brilliant!!! & extremely gifted & i trust you & am looking forward to receiving what i know is going to change my life forever! THE TYROID REVOLUTION!!!!

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  9. Jennifer Hill

    02. Jun, 2012

    Hi Im interested in a digital download as Im in Australia. Thaks Jennifer

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  10. batool

    21. Jun, 2012

    i have hypothyroidism,&weight113kg.i used 5thyroxine tab: daily.i have many health problems stomach,gallblader swelling ,when i start any medicine to reduce weight then pain occur in my gallbladder .i eat boiled vegetable&avoid chicken etc.odema is also in my feet.my b.p is also va
    riable. how i get from these problems plz reply me.

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  11. Karen

    23. Aug, 2012

    Dear Tom

    A few months ago, I was very sick, zero energy, freezing cold, depressed, weight gain, thought I was dying. came across your article on internet and suddenly knew what was wrong with me. Ordered Hypothroid Revolution, read every word of it, followed the diet and all the advice. My life turned the first week. Started to feel human again. Within weeks my energy came back, felt like living again. Can’t thank you enough Tom and I know I never want to be sick
    again, so will stick with the diet. Also eliminated wheat from my diet. big difference. Keep spreading the word, I sing your praises to everyone. God bless you

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