Cholesterol versus Homocysteine

Has your doctor ever recommended a blood test to check your
homocysteine level?
After you have read this article, I guarantee you will wonder why.
Not many people have ever heard of it, yet it is responsible for
ca 15% of all heart attacks and strokes in the world.

Wouldn’t it be worth to know more about this major killer, more so
when you realize that you can correct it by simply taking vitamin B?

The research on homosysteine was done by Dr. Kelmer Mc Cully,
a promising pathologist and researcher, who graduated from the
Harvard Medical School in the mid 1960’s.

Dr. Mc Cullly was in particular interested in studies that involved
the connection of biochemistry with disease.
He earned a strong reputation and became assistant professor
of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Mc Cully discovered that children who had a genetic defect
that kept them from breaking down an essential amino acid
called methionine. These children showed a tremendous buildup
of a by-product, called homocysteine.

Dr. Mc Cully looked at two special cases of two under eight years
old boys, who died from a heart attack.
When he examined the boys’ pathology slides, he discovered
that the damage to the arteries was similar to that of an elderly
man, who had severe hardening of the arteries.

This led Dr. Mc Cully to wonder whether mild to moderate
elevations of homocysteine that were present over a lifetime could
be a cause of heart attacks and strokes in the average patient.

Homocysteine is an intermediate byproduct  that we produce
when our bodies breakdown the amino acid called methionine.
It is found in large quantities in meat, eggs, milk, cheese, white flour,
canned foods and highly processed foods.

Unlike cholesterol, which the body needs for the production of
certain cell parts and hormones, homocysteine provides no
health benefit. The higher the level of homocysteine, the greater
the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Homocysteine is converted by our bodies into either cysteine
or back to methionine again. These products are not harmful,
however, the enzymes to break down homocysteine into
cysteine, need folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
If we are deficient in these nutrients, the homocysteine levels
in our blood begin to rise.

Dr. Mc Cully’s theory was shut down and he lost his job at
Harvard’s,  because at that time the cholesterol- heart attack
theory was gaining tremendous momentum and Dr Mc Cully’s
hypothesis were a threat to its future.

The cholesterol theory achieved great victory and killed
all other threatening theories.

Drug companies made their fortunes and everybody was
convinced that heart attacks and strokes were associated
with high blood cholesterol levels.  Are you?
If you have read my article about Nutritional Medicine,
you should know better!

Anyway, the medical society and the pharmaceutical
Companies  did an excellent job selling this to the medical
community and to the general public.