What Causes Heart Disease? | What Causes High Cholesterol?

Sure cholesterol is confusing, but it’s the misconception that cholesterol is what causes heart disease that can lead to a life of unnecessary medications, poor brain function and even Alzheimer’s. If this episode of “The Insulin Suppression” Podcast Barbara & Charlie McDermott strip away the cholesterol confusion and share why cholesterol is not to be feared and how to quickly resolve any cholesterol, heart disease or hypertension challenge you might face.


Charlie McDermott: Welcome to our Diabetes & Weight Loss SMART Time Show. These are our weekly episodes. They happen every Wednesday at 7:00 East Coast time, Fort Meyers Beach, FL time.

Barb McDermott: Southwest Florida, East Coast time.

Charlie McDermott: Southwest Florida, right below Naples. Tonight, our topic is Cholesterol: From Confusion to Clarity, and oh my goodness, talk about confusion. There’s a ton, ton, ton of it.

Barb McDermott: Cholesterol is exhausting.

Charlie McDermott: But, before we get into what causes high cholesterol… We just published an in-depth cholesterol blog post titled, How To Lower Cholesterol Naturally. It’s a really deep dive on the topic of high cholesterol, what causes heart disease, and heart disease, high cholesterol treatment. 

Alright, let’s get this show going…

We’re Charlie and Barb McDermott. Our company is SHIFT Formula and we help individuals get out of health chaos including cholesterol issues, diabetes type 2, weight gain, cravings, diabetes type 1. 

Speaking of diabetes type 1, we had some pretty impressive, awesome news earlier this week.

Barb McDermott: Yes, we did.

Charlie McDermott: You want to share?

Barb McDermott: Oh, I guess I… Right now?

Charlie McDermott: Yeah, yeah, and then we’ll get into the topic while we’re waiting for everyone to jump on here.

Barb McDermott: Okay. It was our daughter Erin’s good news. We always have so much good news. Is that the good news we’re talking about? 

Charlie McDermott: I know, I know. There’s so much good news to talk about, but yes. That’s the good news I was referring to.

Barb McDermott: Those of us in the diabetes world know all about insulin, right? We know we use insulin to manage blood sugars, and there are different degrees of diabetes. Diabetes Type 2 can get so lousy that insulin is needed to be injected. In the case of Diabetes Type 1, those individuals can’t make any insulin. So they have to live their whole life managing blood sugars and use an external source of insulin. It’s just not, in any way, pleasant. It’s completely exhausting, and the managing of blood sugar and insulin is never exactly right. So, you’re always in a little bit of failure mode. Always trying to catch up.

Barb McDermott: Long story short… what we teach, in here, in our SHIFT Insider Program, is how to live on less insulin. Because all of us, whether you have diabetes or not, when we learn how to live needing less insulin, everything gets better. Cholesterol gets better. Heart disease, I’m not going to worry about that. Alzheimer’s, I’m not going to worry about that. Weight gain resolves. Cravings go away. Our enthusiasm for life returns. We are energized. 

Barb McDermott: So, the good news is-

Charlie McDermott: Finally.

Barb McDermott: I know. Well, I wanted to explain why insulin is important to every body.

Charlie McDermott: I just thought you were going to say, “Hey, here’s the good news.”

Barb McDermott: Well…

Charlie McDermott: I’m messing with you.

Barb McDermott: The background is important. 

Charlie McDermott: Oh, the suspense is killing me!

Barb McDermott: Our daughter, Erin is a type one diabetic who has to inject insulin. However,  she just went for six days without taking any of the insulin that’s required for when you’re eating. You know you take a little bit of insulin as a background once a day, every day. And then on top of that, there’s another insulin to be taken. For six days, Erin went without any extra injections for meals, and that’s crazy phenomenal because anyone who is a type 1 diabetic knows… gets it! I know if I were a type 1 I would’ve been like, “Wait a minute, how the hell did she do that?” It’s not that she didn’t take insulin. It’s that she didn’t need insulin.

Charlie McDermott: Didn’t need it.

Barb McDermott: Erin didn’t need the insulin. And she knows how to suppress insulin whenever she wants. Bingo, bango.

Charlie McDermott: And in this day and age, whether you’re a type 1 diabetic or type 2 diabetic, if you’re insulin-dependent with the escalating prices of insulin…

Barb McDermott: It’s expensive.

Charlie McDermott: The prices of insulin are through the roof! It’s been headline news for the past few months, and my goodness. We look at the amount of insulin Erin used, it seems like we were ordering her supplies, her insulin, almost every month.

Barb McDermott: Well-

Charlie McDermott: Years ago, before SHIFT.

Charlie McDermott: And last time she ordered was months and months and months ago.

Barb McDermott: Yes, it’s been a long time.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: Talk about the savings. She’s at that place in her life where she has her own insurance, she pays her own insurance, and she buys her own supplies. She’s self-sufficient, and  running her own business… ErinMade.com. And seven years ago diabetes was winning. We couldn’t imagine Erin owning her own business. Now we know how to make ourselves well, so that’s cool.

Charlie McDermott: Good and of course, those of you who have been following us know that it’s all related, whether it’s diabetes, cholesterol, weight gain, cravings, the other diabetes, type 2, and certainly these other chronic conditions that we also lump in there: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain-

Barb McDermott: Yep.

Charlie McDermott: Also brain health. They’re all related and consistent with what we’re going to talk about tonight. Our topic… Cholesterol: From Confusion to Clarity. There is no more confusing topic in the health field.

Barb McDermott: It’s exhausting because it’s complicated.

Charlie McDermott: And when it comes to understanding what causes heart disease. KNOWing that cholesterol isn’t the culprit is huge.

Barb McDermott: Who takes the time to dig down to understand cholesterol?

Charlie McDermott: But it’s complicated, but after you go through it and explain it and all, it’s like, “Oh my goodness, it’s so simple.”

Barb McDermott: We can just do this, yeah, we can just do that.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah, yeah, so our goal tonight is to strip away the cholesterol confusion. We’re going to get into a couple of things, and I thought a good start would be, to talk about heart disease. What causes heart disease? What causes a heart attack? How does heart disease even develop?

Barb McDermott: Okay, well, one of the best ways to solve problems is to kind of work backwards, right? So first of all, when it comes to cholesterol, the only reason any of us would be fearful of or worried or anxious about it is because we think it’s going to lead to heart disease. And heart disease is a broad term for lots of different things that can go wrong within this cardiovascular muscle that pumps oxygen rich nutrient blood all over our body.

Charlie McDermott: Right.

Barb McDermott: So what happens is the lining of our blood vessels, I always use a garden hose as an example. A garden hose is a long tube through which fluid flows and it works great when the hose is fresh and new and flexible and pliable and all that. But over time, that hose can develop wear and tear. Think about it, dragging the hose across the concrete. The sun bakes it and it gets drier. Well, the same thing happens to our tubing, our vessels. We can develop areas in our blood vessels where they develop a kind of like patchwork on it. And the blood vessel walls become thicker and less flexible, they become harder. So then the diameter that the  blood is shooting through gets narrower and narrower. That’s hypertension. Think about it, the same amount of blood is being pumped, forced through a smaller area. It puts more pressure on the blood vessel walls. That’s high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Charlie McDermott: That a great description.

Barb McDermott: That thickening and narrowing can get to the point where it’s so clogged that enough oxygen rich blood is not getting where it needs to go. If that happens and it interrupts the fueling of the brain, we can have a stroke. If it interrupts enough blood supply to the heart itself, we can have a heart attack.

Charlie McDermott: And that’s also why, I guess, leading up to a heart attack, which is years in the making, obviously your energy level wanes and wanes because your muscles and lungs are getting less and less and less oxygen.

Barb McDermott: And has anyone ever experienced that? I know some of you out there have.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: Feeling lethargic. Looking a little gray?

Charlie McDermott: Yeah, yeah.

Barb McDermott: We just saw that happen in some family friends.

Charlie McDermott: Right.

Barb McDermott: When you’re trying to get blood to your extremities, to your finger tips and all the way down to the toes, it’s gonna take some good pressure. Plus, here’s the thing, if we’re developing a thickening of the blood vessels themselves that are leading to our heart, our  macro-vascular vessels. Our micro, the smaller, toes and fingers, microvascular vessels can also be developing the same kind of problem. That’s how neuropathy starts. “I can’t feel my feet.” That’s also restless leg syndrome. It’s when the nerves are bothered. Fibromyalgia. All of these are different versions, or different degrees of what’s manifested. So here’s the thing, once you really understand all this science, you realize we’re all at risk.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: Let’s go back to what causes heart disease and those blood vessels. So how the heck do they get compromised in the first place? Think about how the body works. The human body is designed, not just to survive, but literally to thrive. It depends upon what we’re putting into it on a daily basis that determines the outcome on the inside. Okay, so one of the basic things is, we eat, right? Why do we eat? We eat because we need fuel. I know the world will try to convince you that you’re eating to get nutrients. Not really. The nutrients come along for the ride. But our body makes just about everything it needs to survive beautifully. So really the primary reason for eating is fuel. 

Barb McDermott: And there are two kinds of fuel we can use. There’s fat and there’s glucose. Carbohydrate is glucose. Fat is fat fuel. I’ll tell ya, whoever named science words needs to have a little smacking, because things like type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, they’re two separate things.

Barb McDermott: Fat and fat and fat and fat.There’s all kinds of fat. So dietary fat, we think, somehow clogs our interior. No, no, no. Here’s the other thing to think about. When I have fat cooking on a cook top, bacon fat left over in the pan. When we heat it up, what is it? Is it a solid or is it a liquid? It’s a liquid, right? Well, we’re heated up on the inside. There is no fat that is solid inside your blood vessels. It’s all movin’ and groovin’. It’s called a triglyceride. Three molecules of fat hooked together flowing through, that’s fuel, okay? But when glucose from carbohydrate, or excess protein can also carbohydrate / glucose. That’s also fuel. But it’s the fuel that causes wear and tear on our blood vessels. So, think about any of us who have been to a spa and have had an exfoliation treatment. They don’t rub fat on your skin. Although we do rub fat on our skin often times with lotions don’t we?

Charlie McDermott: Hmm

Barb McDermott: The exfoliation treatment rubs sugar on your skin, because it’s abrasive. And that is what’s abrasive to our internal blood vessels. So #1, we eat something. #2, what we eat digests into, A – it stays as fat, yay! Or B – it digests into glucose, not as good. And when that excess glucose for fuel builds up over time, that does an “exfoliation” (wear and tear) on our delicate blood vessels. 

How does that happen? Okay, here’s what happens. When sugar meets water and oxygen, something called oxidation occurs. Take an apple, slice it in half, put it on your counter top, walk away for a half hour, come back. What has happened to that apple? It’s turned brown, right? 

Charlie McDermott: You don’t want to eat it.

Barb McDermott: It’s natures rusting. It’s a form of rust. Well the same thing happens to us. We are nature. We have oxygen. We have fluid. It’s called AGE – advanced glycation end product, and that becomes a thing all by itself. It’s a little alien scary, but a very exciting one. You understand it because you’re going to avoid it so easily. So, glycation, that word gly, glycate, glucose, it all comes from that base word sugar. So this…advanced glycation end product, resulted from sugar molecules that are broken down by the body because too much sugar in our blood stream, as we just heard, is abrasive and is toxic to light, so the body has a bunch of different pathways. Sweep it into fat cells and turn it into fat. Or sweep it into muscle cells and store it as glycogen. Or sweep it into the liver, also stores glycogen. But each of those are finite. The muscle storage, the liver storage, there’s a capacity.

Barb McDermott: And when it comes to fat storage, you know your body will try to partial it out. It’ll send some of it to fat stores. And some of it I’m going to break down. And that’s where those molecules of glucose attach to proteins. And you think to yourself, proteins. Everything in our body is made of proteins. In fact, nothing in our body is made of glucose. Nothing about us is made of sugar. We’re all made of fat and protein. This is why eating fat and protein trumps eating glucose over and over again. We’re made out of fat and protein. So where would I find protein in my blood vessels? In the entire lining of my blood vessels.

Charlie McDermott: Hmm.

Barb McDermott: So these little molecules of sugar are going to stick to the lining of the blood vessels. And them sticking there changes the function. I always use this example…

Charlie McDermott: Cotton candy.

Barb McDermott: Yes. You walking on the boardwalk with cotton candy. It’s pick, beautiful  and so soft. Think of it as fluffy glucose in our blood. Then what happens as soon as a breeze hits it? The cotton candy become crusty and sticky. Have you ever tried to get cotton candy off of a child’s hands? You’ve gotta scrub it off. That’s what is happening inside of us. Now, it takes time and years for that to build up, but that’s pretty much what’s happening.

Charlie McDermott: Hmm, hmm.

Barb McDermott: And here is finally where we even use the word cholesterol. So picture your inner hose, your blood vessels that has either wear and tear from the abrasiveness of sugar flowing through your blood stream, or the attachment of sugar molecules to proteins. Both of those…well the AGEs cause inflammation because your body’s like, “that’s not right, let’s send something to rescue that area”. And the wear and tear isn’t cool. I don’t want to have tears in my blood vessels. Do you want to leak blood into your body? I don’t. 

So, cholesterol, comes to the rescue to patch any tears that we have. And listen to this…cholesterol’s the band-aid…where there is inflammation or wear and tear, there had been high blood sugar. It only comes from the blood sugar everybody. Whenever there is high blood sugar, what else is there floating around everybody? The thing Erin went without for six days,  insulin.

Barb McDermott: Do you know what insulin does? Insulin, after the cholesterol patches our tears for us, and we should be thanking God for the cholesterol patching. But, insulin is a growth hormone. So with its presence, it triggers the smooth muscle cells of the interior of our lining to smooth over the cholesterol patch and it thickens that area a little bit for reinforcement.

Charlie McDermott: Hmm.

Barb McDermott: So it’s not the cholesterol that causes heart disease, its insulin. So what we really need to do is what? Get rid of insulin? Well we can’t, we need that to live. Get rid of cholesterol? We can’t, we need that to live. Get rid of the wear and tears-

Charlie McDermott: But there’s a pill for that isn’t it?

Barb McDermott: Yeah, we can get rid of the wear and tear. So the world will nudge us to make less cholesterol, when actually what we should be doing is making less wear and tear from carbohydrate based eating.

Charlie McDermott: So instead of attacking the symptom, we go to the core issue, to the source.

Barb McDermott: Yeah, right.

Barb McDermott: But when we try to lower cholesterol, you’re not attacking the symptom, you’re attacking the solution.

Charlie McDermott: And speaking of the solution-

Barb McDermott: Yeah.

Charlie McDermott: As you and I have talked about, cholesterol gets a bad rap, and-

Barb McDermott: A really bad rap.

Charlie McDermott: I’m sure a lot of folks on tonight’s session, they have no idea the importance of cholesterol. You want to talk a little bit about that?

Barb McDermott: Well, first of all it keeps us alive by patching up any wear and tears we have in our cardiovascular system, that’s one thing it does. So cholesterol is a repair and building component because that’s what fat does for us. Fat is fuel and fortification.

Charlie McDermott: Hmm.

Barb McDermott: And now we see, cholesterol is just a form of fat inside of us that is fortification for anything that goes wrong. Cholesterol’s also integral in every cell membrane of every cell of our entire body. So we need cholesterol. Cholesterol also makes us feel good, because when I walk out in the sunshine, the cholesterol on my skin meets the ultraviolet radiation from the sun and my body makes vitamin D.

Charlie McDermott: Hmm.

Barb McDermott: Vitamin D is a pre-cursor, it is absolutely necessary for serotonin production. This is why those of our friends who live in Canada often times take a vitamin D supplement because they’re inside most of the year, away from the sun. It’s not because they’re not happy people. They’re low in cholesterol, low in vitamin D. 

Charlie McDermott: It reminds me of your story about being cornered by a raw vegan. If you go and look at the blog post, “How To Lower Cholesterol Naturally”, you can read it. She was like literally backed up into a corner. It’s a hilarious story. 

Barb McDermott: I wish it was filmed.

Charlie McDermott: But the short version is, here’s an individual who was doing everything he could to avoid eating cholesterol. He was starving his brain and his mood was in the toilet to say the least.

Barb McDermott: Talk about irritable.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: You know, when our body is lacking what it needs, we naturally become angry people. This is why I think SHIFT Formula could actually solve big problems. We are nicer to one another. We have a greater tolerance for injustices against us, we don’t get as offended easily. We actually walk with a skip in our step rather than a slump in our shoulders, because we’re actually a little bit happier.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: So when it comes to cholesterol, it’s fortification, it’s a foundation. Without cholesterol, we wouldn’t be able to create all of the hormones that provide those subtle catalyst signals to make everything work optimally. So, with low cholesterol, many big doctors are beginning to see the connection. Hello. We’ve been putting people on cholesterol lowering medications for decades and we have an epidemic of Alzheimer’s. Any connection? I think so!

Charlie McDermott: Do you want to touch on the low cholesterol, brain health, Alzheimer’s connections?

Barb McDermott: Okay, so, if we take cholesterol lowering medications, it’s obviously going to lower your cholesterol. But it’s HOW they lower cholesterol, that’s what is critical to understand.

Barb McDermott: These cholesterol lowering medications lower cholesterol by inhibiting a very specific enzyme that stops every cell in our body, and most of all our liver cells, that’s where a majority of the cholesterol’s produced in our body. But every cell can make cholesterol. So it blocks a very specific enzyme that actually produces the cholesterol, not just the cholesterol, but also the coenzyme Q10, important for brain health, and antioxidants. It also blocks the ability for cells to make steroid hormones.

Barb McDermott: And these things, cholesterol, the coenzyme Q10, the steroids, these critical players for cell health of our entire body are actually part of the pathway that sustains each cells life. So blocking a cell’s ability to create its key components to stay alive, slowly kills the cells. So really to lower cholesterol, statins indirectly inhibit the cell from staying alive. They nudge it towards cell death. That’s how we’re keeping cholesterol low. And guess what? You don’t need to lower cholesterol. We just need to improve cholesterol.

Barb McDermott: Triglycerides aren’t cholesterol necessarily, it’s a different form of fat that lowers directly with diet. In fact, in my mind, triglyceride represents your diet. And it’s mostly carbohydrate. It’s carbohydrate, every time. No one would believe that fruit…fructose from fruit, I’m eating a banana, whatever, I’m eating some fruit. I’m not saying that you can’t eat fruit. But we don’t eat fruit thinking it’s going to fix something, right? Eating fruit will not make us healthy, fix our cholesterol or save us from heart disease.

Charlie McDermott: And that’s it. Don’t adopt a healthy diet eating plants, fruit and whole grains thinking that it’s going to drop our cholesterol. In fact many doctors now are telling their patients, don’t even bother because they know from experience that eating the healthy, fruit, whole grain and plants way, doesn’t really help. And now we know why.

Barb McDermott: Well, here’s an example, so eating more fruit means we’re consuming a lot more fructose, which is a natural sugar. But no cell in our body can use fructose. Hmm. So it goes straight to the liver and the liver changes it into something we can use. It changes it right into triglycerides. So the person who goes out and starts eating more fruit, returns to their doctor and the doctor says, “your triglycerides are out the roof.”. That’s because you’re eating more fruit and grain. We’ve been told me to eat more fruit and vegetables and whole grains to fight heart disease and to lower cholesterol. But eating that way actually makes your cholesterol values worse because it raises triglycerides.

Barb McDermott: For HGL, high-density lipoprotein, we want that up nice and high because that aids epithelial layer, the lining of our blood vessel. It’s like a cleanser, a sweeper. It’s the LDL that gets the bad rap, and it’s even been given the name “bad cholesterol”. There’s nothing bad about low-density lipoprotein. That’s the cholesterol that patches our “wears and tears” in the blood vessels. However, that’s the cholesterol that can be oxidized or compromised by those damn AGEs. It’s the carbohydrate we’re eating. So when you reduce carbohydrate even a bit, your LDL, low-density lipoprotein, it changes from being the hard stuff to being the soft stuff again. So it’s not bad, the advice is bad.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: I had my own cholesterol scare.

Charlie McDermott:Yeah, tell us about that.

Barb McDermott: I was afraid of cholesterol at one time.

Charlie McDermott: Just to set the stage here, this is what we’re all up against. Doctors prescribing statins rather than educating.

Barb McDermott: Right. How does anyone know what to do?

Charlie McDermott: During your cholesterol scare, you were under extreme stress.

Barb McDermott: Yeah, it was extreme.

Charlie McDermott: But, my goodness, from our daughter to so many of our clients who in the past have been told by their physician, “Oh you have high cholesterol, I want to put you on statins.”

Barb McDermott: Yes, I was told, “It’s time for statins”.

Charlie McDermott: And they’ve even been told, “You’re in a category or because high cholesterol runs in your family, or because you have a predisposition to high cholesterol, we want to put you on statins” And it’s like, what?

Barb McDermott: So we say things like “high cholesterol”. I’m here to tell you the only thing you want to be high is your energy. Okay, you’re fine, cholesterol, high, low, medium, wavy, whatever, will reflect the stress going on in your life currently. For example, I was involved in a car accident and it was a really bad one, like horrendously horrible. I still has post traumatic stress about it. Regardless, I just had to explain that it was really bad. Broken bones, broken heart, everything. Of course, right around that time, we’re getting new life insurance so we had to have our cholesterol tested.

Barb McDermott: And during that time I was told, “You’re cholesterol’s high.”.  And when my doctor reviewed my tests… 

Barb McDermott: I was in a stressed scary place in my life. Life was not working at all. And then I get this voicemail message from my doctor that was emotionally charged with extreme urgent concern for my wellbeing. In the message the doctor told me, “you have the highest cholesterol panel of any patient in my history of treating people.” And you need to come to my office ASAP! 

Barb McDermott: I was driving as the time and I was thinking, I should pull over, I’m going to have a heart attack. I mean I had to talk myself off that anxiety rise. Now fortunately this happened at the beginning stages of SHIFT Formula, so I understood cholesterol more than the average “Joe’.

Barb McDermott: When I went in to see my doctor…first of all the funny thing is the intake nurse said, “I see you have high cholesterol, so you’re on a low-fat diet?” I said, “Mmm-Mmm, I’m on a high fat diet.” And she went, “Okay.” And nothing happened. 

Barb McDermott: Another funny thing is that physician who gave me the urgent high cholesterol news, she showed up four days later into the step class I taught on Saturday mornings. I said to her, “If I go down with a heart attack, CPR me back to life.”.  

I could laugh about it then because, I understood what was going on. I understood what causes heart disease and what causes a heart attack. 

When we understand these universal principles that our body operates on, we can laugh and avoid being another statin victim.

 When I discuss my situation with my doctor, she said, “You know what, your cholesterol is ridiculously high, but the ratios are still dead on, and I know you and I know you’re under stress. And I know you’re in a very painful, physically healing. Emotionally healing time in your life.”

Barb McDermott: Because of my stressful and healing situation, my cholesterol was coming to my rescue. And my LDL. They don’t do many test to find out if your LDL is oxidized or is it fluffy. That’s the important point. You know how you can know if your LDL is fluffy or oxidized? Get an A1C test taken. An A1C tells us how sugary is our body is over the past three months. Then you’ll know how decent your low-density is probably looking.

Charlie McDermott:Hmm.

Barb McDermott: But you know my doctor knew that my cholesterol was serving to heal me Anyone who’s been through trauma can expect high cholesterol. Your brain can almost go on fire when you are processing grief, right? Our brain literally like gobbles up cholesterol. It’s another form of fuel for the brain. So my cholesterol was being pumped out for use during that stressful period in my life. But if I hadn’t had the wherewithal to say “No”, I’d be on statins.

My daughter Erin, like many type 1 diabetics, was encouraged by her Endocrinologist to take statin medication because as a type 1 she was predisposed to high cholesterol. We said, “No thank you on the statins We know what we’re doing.”. And as soon as you do that, your doctor will say, “Okay, cool.” If they know that you know…if they even know that you’re eating a little less carbohydrate, they know you’re going to be fine.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah, it’s amazing, it doesn’t take much.

Barb McDermott: It doesn’t take much. When you’re in the beginning of SHIFTing, and eating eating less carbohydrate, and adding more fat into your life, sometimes, in the first couple of weeks of doing that transition, you can present with higher triglycerides for a brief period. 

Do you know why that is? Triglycerides is the form of fat that we carry inside our adipose tissue. But as you’re SHIFTing, your insulin levels come down, so fat is free again. Fat is released. It comes out of storage to be used up for energy. So when you get your lipid panel taken and see higher triglycerides that’s because they’re not under your belly fat anymore! They’re floating around to be used up as fuel. 

Charlie McDermott: Let’s put the cholesterol back in the right place. Cholesterol is the good guy, \ not the demon that’s been made out to be.

Barb McDermott: We need to love us our cholesterol and take care of it.

Barb McDermott: Well you’re so brainwashed believing that that fatty foods will increase cholesterol or cause a heart attack.

Barb McDermott: We are visual creatures.

Barb McDermott: We see a marbled steak with a pat of butter and we might very quickly say, “Heart attack on a plate.”, right?

Charlie McDermott: Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Barb McDermott: However, if I was to show a grain salad with fruit and all this carbohydrate that has been given the white wings of heavenly food, we would never call that a heart attack on a plate would we? No, we wouldn’t. So don’t blame the cholesterol for what the carbohydrate did is my new slogan.

Charlie McDermott: Yeah.

Barb McDermott: Bingo-bango. Drum roll for cholesterol.

Charlie McDermott: Alright, we’ll see y’all later.

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