Dr Simone Baum

High Cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol is linked to heart attacks and strokes. Causes range from dietary and lifestyle factors, genetics and low thyroid function.

Conventional doctors are finding that more and more people are not able to adequately decrease their cholesterol by solely using drug therapy.

Conventional Treatments: Statin Drugs
Statin drugs lower LDL and total Cholesterol and have a variable effect on lowering triglycerides. Side effects are: nausea, diarrhea, constipation, muscle aches, increased liver enzymes and statin myopathy which may lead to kidney damage. If taking Stain drugs, please have your liver enzymes measured regularly. These drugs are contra-indicated with grapefruits. Statin drugs have demonstrated liver toxicity and are carcinogens in animal studies.

Naturopathic Treatments:
1. Decrease consumption of saturated and trans fats by decreasing animal products in diet.

2. Increase consumption of fiber rich food (fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes).

3. Decrease weight if overweight.

4. Get regular exercise. Please see your doctor, if over 40 and/or have a health concern especially if you have heart problems.

5. Practice a stress reduction exercise (deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and/or self-hypnosis).

6. Stop smoking and decrease consumption of coffee.

7. Eat more cold water fish (Salmon, Mackerel, Herring, Halibut) and take 1 Tsp of flax oil/day to increase omega 3 fatty acids.

8. Supplement with a good Antioxidant. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are especially important in preventing and decreasing high cholesterol levels.

9. Gugulipid is a standardized extract of the mukul myrrh tree. Studies have shown that this botanical reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels without side effects. It also prevents the formation of arteriosclerosis and reverses pre-existing plaques.

Treatment Examples
Naturopathic Treatments are individual and unique for each person. The below examples are samples of Naturopathic approaches but are not tailored or exhaustive treatments. No doses will be given.

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