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arkie, th liver produces like what, 2g of cholesterol a day, right? And I eat 8 raw (large organic) egg yolks a day, each having 215mg, thats 1720mg a day, almost as much as my liver produces, so shouldnt that have an impact?

Also, I read some of your older posts, what foods would you recommend to keep my cholesterol LDL's and VLDL`s low? I am vegetarian, should I avoid all carbs? That means no fruits etc? I eat organic banana's, oranges, dates, and red grapes everyday, in place of meals, and follow that up with clean fat from raw unroasted still-in-shell nuts, followed by egg yolks. But in an old post of yours, you said fruits were bad? Then what can I eat for energy?

[This message has been edited by Crzyakta (edited 03-10-2002).]

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Originally posted by Crzyakta:
arkie, th liver produces like what, 2g of cholesterol a day, right? And I eat 8 raw (large organic) egg yolks a day, each having 215mg, thats 1720mg a day, almost as much as my liver produces, so shouldnt that have an impact?


Your liver only produces that much if your body needs it. If you are eating plenty of cholesterol, then your liver will back off on its production of cholesterol. Contrary to all of the anti-cholesterol hype, cholesterol is a vital substance in your body used by every cell. It is also the building block for all of the sex hormones as well as vitamin D (which is actually more like a hormone than a vitamin). Anyway, cholesterol serves a vital purpose and your liver regulates how much is circulating around. If you don't eat enough, then your liver makes more as needed. If you eat plenty, then your liver makes less unless it is getting signals that it needs to make more for arterial damage control. And that signal is a high serum insulin level.

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Also, I read some of your older posts, what foods would you recommend to keep my cholesterol LDL's and VLDL`s low? I am vegetarian, should I avoid all carbs? That means no fruits etc? I eat organic banana's, oranges, dates, and red grapes everyday, in place of meals, and follow that up with clean fat from raw unroasted still-in-shell nuts, followed by egg yolks. But in an old post of yours, you said fruits were bad? Then what can I eat for energy?


I wouldn't worry that much about your total cholesterol or LDL or VLDL levels. These aren't very good at predicting heart disease anyway. What is important is to keep your HDL up and your triglyceride level down. A triglyceride/HDL ratio of 2.0 or less is optimum.

The sugar found in fruit is fructose which is known to elevate triglycerides.

There are different types of vegetarians. If you can eat eggs (which it looks like you can), and dairy, and fish, then these foods along with generous portions of non-starchy vegetables and lower sugar fruits and nuts should form the basis of your diet. Fish is an excellent source of protein and the essential fatty acid Omega 3. Try to limit your intake of sugars, grains (especially the highly processed varity), and other high starch foods like potatoes. Lower sugar fruits are most types of berries like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. Avacados are a low sugar fruit that are also high in monounsaturated fat.

Dietary fat is an excellent source of energy. If you eat dairy, things like cottage cheese and yogurt (the plain kind made from whole milk, not that zero fat stuff) provide ample amounts of protein and fat and little carbohydrate (primarily from milk sugar - lactose).

You really should limit or avoid highly processed seed oils (corn oil, soybean oil, etc.) and especially partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. The more that is learned about these, the stronger they become linked to heart disease.

Are you just eating the egg yolks? If so, why? Most of the protein is in the white, about 3.5 grams vs. 2.5 in the yolk. Don't get me wrong, egg yolks are good, but so is the white.

Just curious, but what is your cholesterol and triglyceride levels? Age? How long have you been a vegetarian?

Alan
Ahhh...I see. So are you assuming that even though he is a doctor., because he's not a medical doctor he has lost all credibility to you? Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

If I am to assume that you believe he's not credible, ponder this. I like to choose my doctors based on their experience in health opposed to sickness, so I would rather see a fit, trim, active totally healthy chiropractor than a sick, overweight, drinking and smoking brain surgeon. The fact that Dr. Graham has overcome severe allergies and illnesses by dietary and lifestyle change, and has helped hundreds of people and professional athletes improve their lives and performance leads me to believe he is VERY credible.

As for the other question, I'm just familiarizing myself with food combining but from what I understand, eating fats and carbs at the same time may cause problems, due to the fat taking so much more time in digestion, which holds the carbs back from their normal digestion time. Fat can take up to 3 days to digest. Compare eating a banana by itself to eating a Snicker's bar.

"The problem is that dietary fat and cholesterol infiltrate the blood and block insulin from making glucose available to cells." The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, pg 129
"As for the other question, I'm just familiarizing myself with food combining but from what I understand, eating fats and carbs at the same time may cause problems, due to the fat taking so much more time in digestion, which holds the carbs back from their normal digestion time. Fat can take up to 3 days to digest. Compare eating a banana by itself to eating a Snicker's bar."

Simple carbs are metabolized imediately, through the release of insulin, resulting in glucose in the bloodstream, rather quickly and easily. Then complex carbs, a little longer. Protein into amino acids and from fats, glycerol and fatty acids. Two different metabloic systems and absortion time. Protein and fats don't require insulin for that breakdown.

"The problem is that dietary fat and cholesterol infiltrate the blood and block insulin from making glucose available to cells." The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, pg 129"

I hope your chiropractor gave some sort of creditor study to this statement, I don't think to be correct. Your body is a pretty efficient machine. First it goes after glucose for energy, then fat stores and the muscle tissue. But glucose is most easily and quickly utilized, the bodies prefered fuel.





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