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My doctor has me on Lipitor for my cholesterol and my wife keeps making meals for me with shrimp. I ask her if she’s trying to kill me since I heard that shrimp contains a lot of cholesterol and isn’t good for me. She said she’s never heard that before and I now forget where I heard it. Is shrimp bad for people trying to keep their cholesterol in check?
Your question opens up a huge can of worms which are covered in lies, graft and greed. Total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol numbers are irrelevant and have no relationship to heart disease.
This is one of the greatest pharmaceutical and medical scams currently harming the health of our citizens.
You need to educate yourself on the facts that your physician is not being taught due to big-money reasons. Begin by listening to these audio recordings.
Then you should go here and read all the articles by physicians and PhD’s on the topic which are all the articles in the first group.
Cholesterol is NOT a harmful substance. Drugs such as statins are used to keep your total cholesterol below 200 however the research shows that those with higher cholesterol levels live longer healthier lives.
The information which says that you should be careful not to let your total or LDL cholesterol get too high or your risk of heart disease will go up is wrong.
Eating chicken skin, beef fat, egg yolks, coconut oil and butter have NOT been shown to alter cholesterol levels.
You do want to be sure that these fats come from properly raised grass fed and pasture raised outdoor organic animals. On the other hand, eating rice, sugar, wheat, winter squash and other starches and sugars may very well raise cholesterol. This is due to your body making more of it to protect you from the inflammatory effect of these foods.
Many articles on my web page and some MP3s (more coming) also the following web pages www.SpaceDoc.net And www.THINCS.org
And these books: Cholesterol Clarity by Jimmy Moore, The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov M D, PhD, The Statin Damage Crisis by Duane Graveline MD, Lipitor Thief of Memory by Duane Graveline, The Great cholesterol Myth. Or just search cholesterol books by Duane Graveline, Uffe Ravnskov, Joseph Mercola, Jimmy Moore, Sherry Rogers (The Cholesterol Hoax) and other physicians and researchers who have examined this myth.
You will now know 90% more about the facts regarding cholesterol which you physician was never taught!
The Big Fat Surprise in another fantastic book which tells you how we got to where we are even though the research shows it has all been wrong since the beginning.
The best way to be absolutely certain that you will lose your memory far sooner than you should is to be taking statin drugs.
Read and listen to some of what I have above and make your own decision as I cannot tell you what drugs to take or not to take.
As far as your original question is concerned, yes, shrimp has plenty of cholesterol which is just one of the reasons that they are very healthy to eat, as long as they are wild-caught, not farm-raised.
A healthy cholesterol level is most often somewhere between 220 and 280 for longest healthiest life.
The time it will take you to read and watch some of the above may save your memory and even your life.
An excellent video from Gary Taubes below that illustrates some of these points:
Best wishes for your future health,David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM