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I'm very happy because of good results, I do not have headaches for the last six months, which I had very often before the diet, I'm physically and psychologically more strong. Climacterium symptoms are very rare and small, previously I have suffered very much, I better sleep now, I'm more restful and never hungry between meals, and above all I eat less than before. My worry is a high level of cholesterol which is 305 mg% (7.9 mmol/dL). What should I do, I feel very well, only that cholesterol?
D.S. from Katowice

After few months on optimal diet the headaches have ceased and you feel stronger physically and psychologically. You do not feel hungry or thirsty. Climacterium is a physiological process and should be hardly noticeable. The present occurrence during Climacterium is pathology. Women should go through that period without perspiration, hot flashes, obesity, having hypertension, sclerosis or other diseases commonly occurred in that time and above all without hormones. If Climacterium comes later is much better for a woman.
On the subject of cholesterol a lot wrong information has been written till now. Cholesterol is vital for the body. Till now it was not proved that the level of cholesterol in the blood is related to the eating food. These are independent levels. There is no cholesterol in plants. Herbivorous animals don't eat cholesterol but always produce it in large amounts. That's why carbohydrate occurs in herbivorous in different tissues and most in tissues of low blood supply. Young dogs produce 40 times more cholesterol in their body then they receive it in the food.
Why human needs the cholesterol?
Cholesterol is very important compound needed in every cell. Our body needs cholesterol and products which originate from it as: Adrenocortical hormones, sex hormone, bile acid, vitamin D and also cardiac glycosides originate from cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed in every cell but not all tissues can produce it. The US citizens produce more than half of the carbohydrates in liver, about 15% in an alimentary canal and the rest in the skin. If there is no sclerosis the cholesterol can't be produced in arteries, in a healthy artery the level of cholesterol is nil. The most cholesterol used as a raw material for the production of hormones and other needs is produced when "trough-like" nourishment is observed, less cholesterol is produced when "pasture-like" nourishment is used, particularly patients with sclerosis diseases, e.g. Buerger's disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis. The level of cholesterol of the patients on Optimal Diet generally depends on an initial level before starting the diet. When the difference between the initial nourishment and Optimal Diet is big and previous diet has been maintained for long the synthesis of cholesterol must be bigger, higher its level in the blood, because those people or rather theirs tissues and cells need the most cholesterol. When the tissues, cells and organs take necessary amounts of cholesterol from the blood therefore, its level lowers.
Cholesterol is present in every cell, but the most is needed in the brain and nervous tissue. General level of the cholesterol is not important, can be even 500mg% (12.9 mmol/dL) ( which occurs among Crete populations) and sclerosis doesn't have to be.
The carbon is needed to the synthesis of cholesterol and it is delivered from triglycerides, which originate from carbohydrates, most swiftly from fructose and sugar which contains 50 % of fructose. Therefore, low consumption of carbohydrates gives low level of triglycerides and low level of cholesterol. This doesn't happen with people whose previous diet was much more different from optimal nutrition. Their tissues and cells need cholesterol and take it from the blood, this process can last few months. If the level of HDL (good) cholesterol is high and triglycerides low it means that is very good and total level of cholesterol is not important. The highest level of triglycerides I have met was 1700mg% (19.2 mmol/L). After one month on optimal nutrition it lowered to 260 mg% (2.9 mmol/L) and after six months dropped to 42 mg% (0.47 mmol/L).
During fast withdrawal of sclerosis, specially with younger people who use optimal nutrition, the level of HDL is high. The highest level of HDL I have met was 190 mg% (4.9 mmol/dL) and other man had 173 mg% (4.5 mmol/dL) These are levels never achieved by people till now. The level of total cholesterol can be high if good cholesterol HDL is high as well. It is acceptable if HDL is 60 mg% (1.5 mmol/dL) and total cholesterol is below 180 mg% (4.6 mmol/dL). Accepting the above ratio as a norm, the patient with HDL of 190 mg% the total level of cholesterol should be below 570 mg% (14.7 mmol/dL), and much better if ratio LDL to HDL is below 2.
The patient who had HDL 190 mg% the total cholesterol was 293 mg% (7.6 mmol/dL) and wasn't too high because the ratio LDL to HDL was only 0.55.
What average "not a bread eater" now should know.
It should be known, if the level of HDL is higher then 65 mg% (the Polish norm) it means that the sclerosis is retreating. The faster is withdrawing the higher level of HDL is recorded. When sclerosis is quickly withdrawing, the level of HDL should be 80 – 110 mg% (2.1 - 2.8 mmol/dL). The patient should know, when the level of triglycerides is below 150 mg% (1.7 mmol/L) sclerosis can't develop. It is better if the triglycerides level is low, the best if is below 50 mg% (0.6 mmol/L).
I'm receiving many letters and telephone calls all about the same enquiry.
I'm using optimal diet for one month or for few months. I have felt very well till now, but when I had checked my cholesterol level I was frightened and I do not know what to do.
You should do what you were doing till now - use optimal diet. If patient feels very well, many diseases have already retreated why to be worry about cholesterol level? If somebody feels well should not do any analysis. This will not help but can harm.

Dr Jan Kwasniewski

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