There is no doubt that the present notoriety of cholesterol has all but obscured its physiological importance and necessity in our bodies.
Men with high cholesterol levels have stronger immune systems, than those with low cholesterol, as can be seen by the fact that they have more lymphocytes, total T-cells, helper T-cells and CD8+ cells. Researchers have also identified cholesterol as an inactivator/neutralizer of multiple bacterial toxins.
Further, many strains of disease-causing bacteria, are almost totally inactivated by Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (Ravnskov 2003; Quarterly J of Medicine; 96)
Cholesterol, or more precisely 7-dehydrocholesterol, is the precursor to Vitamin D. Vitamin D has long been recognized for its role in maintaining calcium balance and promoting bone health. More recently it is becoming known for a wide range of other functions, including the maintenance of mental health, a strong immune system, blood sugar regulation and the prevention of cancer.
Cholesterol also acts as an anti-oxidant, protecting cell membranes from free radical damage.
The Great Cholesterol Con: ANTHONY COLPO
The Cholesterol Myth: UFFE RAVNSKO
Fats that Harm, Fats that Heal: UDO ERASMUS
Know your Fats: MARY G. ENIG
New York, NY -- CT angiography is expensive, clinically unproven, entails risk, and is overused by cardiologists, who generally gain financially when the scans are performed, according to a broadly detailed, smartly written feature that received front-page treatment in the June 29, 2008 issue of the New York Times .