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Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 6): ‘All Things Lipids (Cholesterol 101)’ | Chris Masterjohn

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In Episode 6 of “Jimmy Moore Presents: Ask The Low-Carb Experts,” we have Chris Masterjohn from Cholesterol-And-Health.com who is a blogger and doctoral candidate in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut where he will be graduating this Spring. He is the author of two blogs, The Daily Lipid at Cholesterol-and-Health.Com and Mother Nature Obeyed at WestonAPrice.org. He is also a frequent contributor to Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Chris is the author of five publications in peer-reviewed journals, including a letter to the editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology criticizing the conclusions of a widely publicized study about the effect of saturated fat on blood vessel function, and letter to the editor of the American Heart Journal arguing that the effect of cholesterol ester transfer protein inhibitors on vitamin E metabolism should be studied before these drugs are deemed safe for preventing heart disease, a hypothesis published in Medical Hypotheses about the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity and the involvement of vitamins A and K in this mechanism, a pilot study in humans suggesting that vitamin E protects against some of the negative effects of sugar consumption published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, and a review published in Nutrition Reviews about the potential for green tea to prevent or treat nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases. Chris Masterjohn has thoroughly studied the impact of cholesterol on your health and the answers he has discovered might just surprise you. If you have questions about cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and more then this is the podcast for you. We were so pleased to have him join us on ATLCX answering listener questions about cholesterol and lipids in EPISODE 6 on February 16, 2012.

Listen to Chris Masterjohn discuss “All Things Lipids (Cholesterol 101)”:

  • Cholesterol plays a variety of very important roles in the body
  • SLOS that underlines the importance of cholesterol to health
  • Cholesterol is essential to life and a healthy pregnancy
  • Lacking cholesterol can lead to significant health problems
  • Cholesterol has been seen as “a very bad thing” incorrectly
  • Scientists call themselves “cholesterol warriors” who oppose
  • The “cholesterol skeptics” are the ones who don’t buy it
  • He believes there is truth in both camps that have merit
  • How we can protective against oxidative degradation of lipids
  • There is a role blood lipids play for metabolic issues
  • The difference between dietary cholesterol and in the body
  • Eating a few eggs a day has no negative effect on cholesterol
  • How to counter a doctor who insists on your taking Lipitor
  • Dr. Duane Graveline who suffered mental damage from statins
  • Statins should not be used as a first line of treatment
  • There’s something concerning about total cholesterol of 300
  • Cholesterol levels of 220-250 seems to be the “normal” range
  • There is no statin deficiency when your cholesterol is high
  • Have several cholesterol readings taken over a few months
  • One high cholesterol reading isn’t a big deal to worry about
  • Keep weight stable for six months before testing for cholesterol
  • Hypothyroidism could be one reason for “high cholesterol”
  • Familial hypocholesterolemia (FH) is serious and should be tested
  • Why he is not a fan of the particle size tests (VAP, NMR)
  • VAP tests tend to give you much higher Pattern B (small) LDL
  • NMR tests tend to give you much higher Pattern A (large) LDL
  • Best predictor of heart disease risk is Total/HDL cholesterol ratio
  • Triglycerides are useful to determine insulin resistance
  • There have not been a lot of studies on particle size
  • No added info provided by particle size than Total/HDL ratio
  • Particle size should remain on “the back burner” for now
  • Whether Lp(a) can be lowered by statins
  • The ideas about Lp(a) and heart disease are controversial
  • Lp(a) could be inflammation or it could just be genetics
  • What a 461 total cholesterol means after “normal” cholesterol
  • She switched from vegetarian to a more traditional diet
  • Her weight has been stable, but her cholesterol is “high”
  • FH could provide an “exaggerated” rise from saturated fat
  • Whether age makes a difference for FH to manifest itself
  • Doctors don’t seem to care if high cholesterol is from FH
  • Homozygous FH is a risk for children from someone with FH
  • Why cholesterol numbers seem to increase during pregnancy
  • Whether MGmin LDL is the silver bullet of atherosclerosis
  • What causes small, dense LDL particles to form
  • Eating a low-carbohydrate diet leads to larger LDL particles
  • What ratio of cholesterol numbers are good vs. bad health
  • It’s ideal to have your Total/HDL cholesterol ratio under 4
  • Whether eating Paleo can drop triglycerides precipitously
  • Doctors seems to give out statins drugs “like candy”
  • Very high triglycerides (700) could be some “crazy genetics”
  • Serious metabolic issues make you ultra-sensitive to carbs
  • Fish oil can lower triglycerides but may not be a good idea
  • Triglycerides going very high from carbs should be checked
  • Kitavans have cholesterol over 200 and are healthy
  • Whether statins can inhibit the formation of arterial plaque
  • There’s some good and a lot of bad that comes from statins
  • Glycation is a misnomer referring mostly to AGEs
  • AGEs have a legitimate role in health, but not in high levels
  • How to explain higher cholesterol readings for life insurance
  • Looking for atheroschlerosis could counter statin pushers
  • Whether Lp(a) is just another way to keep statin drugs alive
  • What can be done to lower Total/HDL cholesterol ratio
  • Get measurements tested a few times over several months
  • A sign of good metabolism when Total/HDL cholesterol ratio is low
  • His response to Dr. Ray Peat’s toxicity of EFAs and PUFAs
  • “How Essential Are The Essential Fatty Acids?”
  • Omega-3/omega-6 fats aren’t necessarily “toxic” at any dose
  • What oils are the highest in PUFAs that need to be avoided
  • What connection lipid volume has with the speed of blood flow
  • Whether lower total cholesterol compromises health benefits
  • Lower cholesterol could mean it’s being used for various functions
  • If Celiac disease could lead to higher total cholesterol
  • What is being measured vs. estimated on cholesterol tests
  • The valuable reasons for testing your cholesterol
  • His story of a man who didn’t test his cholesterol
  • Red yeast rice is a statin which is a derivative of RYR
  • Lovaza is a pharmaceutical level of fish oil
  • High triglycerides and low testosterone is usually the thyroid

    There are four ways you can listen to Episode 6:

    1. LISTEN LIVE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 7PM ET by calling (712) 432-0900 or on Skype at “freeconferencing.7124320900″–whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code “848908.” You can listen and even participate on the topic discussion by asking your questions directly to the featured expert.

    2. Listen at the iTunes page for the podcast:

    3. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast:

    4. Download the MP3 file of Episode 6 [76:03m]:

    If you cannot join us LIVE on the podcast on Thursday nights at 7PM ET, then you can still ask your questions of the expert guests in two ways. First, you can visit AskTheLowCarbExperts.com and fill out the form along the right-hand side of the page under “Submit Your Question” to input your name, e-mail address, the name of the expert you want to ask, and your question for them. These questions will be asked LIVE on the show airing on Thursdays. Or, for your convenience we have set up a way for you to e-mail us your questions directly to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion. This is a golden opportunity for you to tap directly into the wealth of knowledge and experience on all things related to healthy low-carb living featuring the best and brightest experts in the realm of health!

    Did you have any feedback about what Chris Masterjohn shared about “All Things Lipids (Cholesterol 101)?” Let’s hear what you think about it in the show notes section of Episode 6. Check out more of Chris’ work at his phenomenal Cholesterol-And-Health.com web site. Coming up in EPISODE 7 next Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7PM ET featuring a naturopathic physician and author of two nutritional health books (Deep Nutrition and Food Rules) named Dr. Cate Shanahan who will address the topic of “The Long-Term Effects Of The High-Carb SAD Diet.” You can start submitting your questions for Dr. Cate Shanahan about anything and everything on the subject of the impact of the Standard American Diet on your long-term health by using the “Submit Your Question” form (on the right-hand side of the web site) or e-mail your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com. If you have any burning questions related to the SAD diet effects, then be sure to tune in LIVE next Thursday night to ask your question directly to Dr. Cate Shanahan.

    Here are the upcoming experts and topics we’ll be covering on #ATLCX:

    EPISODE 8: March 1, 2012 | Dr. Mary Vernon | “What Questions Should I Ask My (Non-Low-Carb Friendly) Doc?”
    EPISODE 9: March 8, 2012 | Mat Lalonde | “All Things Calories (Calories 101)”
    March 15, 2012–NO PODCAST–ATTENDING PALEOFX
    EPISODE 10: March 22, 2012 | Chris Kresser | “All Things Thyroid (Thyroid 101)”
    EPISODE 11: March 29, 2012 | Dr. Jeff Volek | “Saturated Fat Is Good For You?”
    EPISODE 12: April 5, 2012 | Denise Minger | “The Fallacy Of Vegan/Vegetarian Diets”
    EPISODE 13: April 12, 2012 | Dr. Cassandra Forsythe | “Low-Carbing Women & Weight Lifting”
    EPISODE 14: April 19, 2012 | Dr. Larry McCleary | “Dietary Remedies For ADHD”
    EPISODE 15: April 26, 2012 | Dr. Eric Westman | “Exploding The Low-Carb Myths”
    5-3 and 5-10: NO PODCASTS–ON THE 5TH ANNUAL LOW-CARB CRUISE
    EPISODE 16: May 17, 2012 | Valerie Berkowitz | “Low-Carb, Pregnancy & Kids”

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    • http://profiles.google.com/aaluther Anne Luther

      Enjoyed the interview but I feel I need to speak up on one item. Chris said that the person with celiac disease could probably eat a little wheat. I had to listen twice to make sure I heard that correctly. Any person with celiac disease needs to strive to be 100% GF all the time in order to heal and maintain optimal health. Studies have shown that 10mg/day of gluten would be the upper limit of “safe” for most. http://somvweb.som.umaryland.edu/absolutenm/templates/?a=1617 Currently the proposed definition of gluten free will be anything that has less than 20ppm gluten.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you Anne!