Chances are, you’re fat because you’ve been misinformed about the nature of fat.

If you’re concerned about heart disease like I was a few years ago, don’t rush into any drastic measures, yet.

Make sure that you discuss the results of an inexpensive blood test for C-Reactive Protein (CRP), with your doctor.

If he or she doesn’t even know anything about it, or even dismisses the idea of the CRP test, …run away, and get another doctor. You should only be consulting with a professional who is updated on the latest.

Just as cholesterol is an old standard of measuring risk for heart disease, so is fat in the diet.

This is one of the most prevailing misconceptions about diet today.

It’s been decades already, but people still shop for “fat-free” and “low fat” products. Meanwhile, the food companies and the weight loss industry continue to encourage the consumer to patronize these items.

There are 3 MACRO nutrients: Carbohydrates, proteins and fat. All foods are classified into one of these 3 categories.

I suppose that it’s very easy to confuse the idea that eating fat is what makes people fat. Sounds logical right?

After all, we need protein to build our muscles, which is made up of protein cells.

Here is the reality: YOU NEED FAT TO BURN BODY FAT! (polyunsaturated fat, also known as essential fatty acids).

Certain fats have EFAs or essential fatty acids that:

  • provide “slow-burning” fuel source for energy
  • stabilize our blood sugar
  • stabilize our blood pressure
  • control our hunger mechanism.

The real health dangers of fats are:

  • Toxic poisoning
  • Heat transformation
  • Synthetic fat (trans fat)

One of the disadvantages of an industrialized food supply system is the widespread use of toxins, such as:

  • chemical preservatives (to increase shelf life)
  • fertilizers (promote rapid growth)
  • pesticides
  • artificial flavorings
  • food colorings
  • “frankenstein-like” growth hormones

These toxic poisons are foreign to the bodies of the animals that we eat. Their digestive systems are unable to handle these chemical compounds.

Instead of being expelled from their bodies, toxins tend to accumulate in the fat cells of beef, chicken, fish, and much of the animal sources of food.

In other words, when we eat these fats, we are in fact eating the toxins that have been slowly eating the insides of these creatures.

The other problem with fat is the exposure to high heat in the process of cooking. The heating changes the chemical properties to a point where our bodies are no longer able to metabolize or break it down into a form that we can safely absorb, or effectively discharge.

In addition, high heat cooking also introduces oxidation. We’ll discuss that in future emails.

Now, when high heat is combined with a hydrogen molecule, this is called hydrogenation. This provides texture, taste and consistency to a lot of the baked packaged goods we buy from the grocery.

There is a famous brand round cookie sandwich with a white creamy substance in the middle — recognize that?

The white stuff is mainly (partially) hydrogenated oils. This is also called ‘trans fats’.

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I guess because the fats have been chemically transformed – to the extent that they are no longer natural. Although there are some traces of trans fats in animals, they are usually found in the laboratories and factories of most of our profit-seeking food companies.

Read the labels of ALL the commercially packaged foods that you buy and you MUST avoid anything that contains hydrogenated oils.

In simple language, avoid trans fats.

There are 3 other types of fat that you should be aware of:

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  • saturated fat – mainly from dairy and animal sources
  • unsaturated fat (omega-6s) – mostly from veggies & nuts
  • omega-3s primarily from sardines, mackerel & anchovies

The main thing to do here is to balance your daily consumption equally from these 3 different sources.

Pay attention to Omega-3s in particular, since you probably have the tendency to consume less seafood in general, unless you live by the ocean.

Since we’re on the subject of fats, it doesn’t seem complete unless we talk about cholesterol.

Here is another myth that is widely prevalent: high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease.

Here’s the real scoop:

  1. Cholesterol by itself is neither good nor bad.
  2. Cholesterol is mainly produced by your liver, as needed.
  3. Cholesterol does not come from the fats that you eat.
  4. The only bad cholesterol is when it is oxidized.

In the late 60s, cholesterol was associated with heart disease. Today, at the turn of the century, that’s old news. Actually, that’s “expired” news.

More and more cardiologists are coming to an agreement that CRP levels are a much more accurate indicator for an impending heart attack.

If you’re taking any prescription medication for cholesterol, I strongly urge you to challenge your doctor, and have him or her get you a simple and inexpensive blood test for CRP instead.

If your doctor isn’t even open to the idea of discussing CRP, go look for another doctor who is more up-to-date with the latest thinking in heart disease.

Don’t settle for the “Crestor/Lipitor/Zocor/Vytorin mentality”, and fall victim to the dangers of unnecessary drugs.

The statin drug industry by itself is $20 billion.

There is so much money involved here, that it reminds me of a few movies: “Erin Brokovich”, The Constant Gardener, or more recently, “Michael Clayton”.

The FDA has a standardized test called LD-50. It stands for: “Lethal Dose at 50%”.

The LD-50 number of a given drug is the minimum dosage until 50% or more of the test animals die, as a result.

Do you realize what this means?

Here is my interpretation, you’re free to choose one or both:

  1. Vitamins and minerals cannot be tested because it is not applicable, based on the FDA’s rules. The lab mice don’t die from nutrition. This is why you don’t see any FDA-approved supplements. They don’t have a testing process to measure how many get killed.
  2. The prescription drugs, by definition, WILL KILL YOU, eventually. It’s just a matter of WHEN you fall into the wrong side of the 50%.

Granted that this dosage will kill mice and not people, I’d still rather spend my money on quality vitamins to PREVENT sickness, rather than buy prescription drugs AFTER I’ve acquired a disease.

So let’s summarize our session for today

  1. You need fat to burn your body fat.
  2. Cholesterol isn’t bad, and it doesn’t come from fat.