For the Love Of…Cholesterol?

By “Alisha Bee” Forrester Scott

Dr. Jack Wolfson, DO, FACC, is a cardiologist from Paradise Valley who focuses on public awareness work relating to the topics of cholesterol while lecturing on humanity’s ancestral and modern diets. His expertise lays in cardiology, natural heart health, men’s health, nutrition, and the Paleo lifestyle. Together with his wife, Dr. Heather Wolfson, D.C., they operate a thriving medical wellness practice.

Getting to Know the Facts

In his new book “The Paleo Cardiologist,” Dr. Jack Wolfson intimately shares aspects of his personal life, including the tragic early death of his father. Dr. Wolfson names his father, Dr. Paul Wolfson, as his most important mentor. Paul’s health rapidly declined, and his death has served as an example for Dr. Wolfson and many others.

Statistically in the U.S., our deaths are related to lack of proper diet and nutritional supplements, constant dehydration, unresolved emotional and mental problems (e.g. stress), and workplace and environmental poisoning through radiation, water, air, soil and food.

As stated in Chapter 1, “Cholesterol is King.” But, this idea goes against the old public education mantra that “Cholesterol is bad!” Dr. Wolfson states that cholesterol should actually be called “the can’t-live-without substance.” Wait just a minute…don’t grandpas all over the world die from “eating bad cholesterol?”

Cholesterol is actually found in every healthy cell of our bodies. For example, did you know that cholesterol is naturally-occurring in human breast milk? Eating cholesterol-containing foods is critical to maintaining positive health. Fifty percent of the cholesterol in our bodies comes from our ingested diet, and the other half is collected in our bile. According to the book, “…most of the cholesterol from food is not absorbed, but preferentially passed in the stool.”

Each of our own bodies is producing either normal, high, or low amounts of cholesterol. But how much cholesterol do we actually consume each day? Must be a lot, right? The books clarifies that “…the typical daily consumption of cholesterol in the U.S. is 200-300 milligrams, about the weight of three raindrops.”

Dr. Wolfson goes on to say that ingesting cholesterol isn’t the cause of high bad cholesterol. The problem, he says, is that “…insulin released in response to sugar and carbohydrate ingestion stimulates…to produce excess cholesterol.” It seems that our individual health habits and lifestyle patterns tip the scales of our physical existence, from healthy to unhealthy.

The Paleo Diet

In Chapter 3, “Let’s Eat Paleo,” Dr. Wolfson teaches about what our human predecessors used to eat. He reports: “We do know grain intake was minimal, animals were not milked, and sugar was non-existent, aside from a rare honey treat or seasonal fruit.”

The “Paleo Pyramid” from the book shows foundational nutrition information, and calls for organic, local, free-range and grass-fed foods. The six recognized food categories of the Paleo Pyramid are shown below, ranked from recommended highest to lowest daily food consumption:

  • Vegetables
  • Meat, Fowl, Seafood, Eggs
  • Avocado, Coconut, Olives
  • Nuts, Seeds
  • Animal Fat, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil
  • Fruit In-Season

Final Recommendations From The Book

If you have a loved one who is on a daily cholesterol medication, learn more about what Dr. Jack Wolfson has to say about it all. Many people are taking medications simply because they are being prescribed.

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“Alisha Bee” Forrester Scott is an independent journalist and community leader from Arizona. She loves to meet and learn directly from the wisdom and knowledge of expert integrative medicine practitioners. She has been publishing her original works with Green Living magazine for more than two years.

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