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New research shows blueberries lower LDL cholesterol better than statin drugs

Sunday, December 19, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: blueberries, berries, cholesterol

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New research reveals the exciting fact that blueberries provide an effective way to lower cholesterol without the dangers of statin drugs. In fact, the research shows that a compound in blueberries acts just as effectively as statin drugs to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol in mice, but without the negative side effects of statin drugs (such as having your muscles waste away).

In response to these results, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) thinks that perhaps the antioxidant ingredient could be 'developed as a treatment.' Huh? What kind of development do we need here? Can't people just grab blueberries and chew on them and swallow the antioxidants the way normal human beings do? Do we have to 'develop a treatment' by somehow modifying blueberries into some kind of genetically altered Frankenberry that can be sold to people at a hundred times the price of blueberries from their local grocery store?

Well, apparently so. Now researchers from pharmaceutical companies are busy studying the chemical compounds found in blueberries trying to find ingredients they can isolate, modify, patent and hype up to the American public as the latest miracle anti-cholesterol drug. It's downright amazing that none of the people who look at this come to the obvious conclusion that hey, maybe we should just tell people to eat more blueberries.

And, if some of these people could take yet another quantum leap of introspection, perhaps they could realize that there might be other berries that are also good for human beings, such as cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, acai, or pomegranate seeds.

But no, instead it's all about how can we exploit this naturally occurring chemical compound and use it to make some bucks for corporate investors. That's the way big pharma works.

Here's a hint for all the free-thinking people out there who haven't given in to the propaganda from the mass media and the pharmaceutical industry: just eat some blueberries, folks. It's really not complicated. This is what your ancestors did. This is what your body was designed to eat. Just go out, eat some fresh roots like carrots and radishes, get yourself some fresh greens such as spinach, broccoli and kale, and eat fresh berries in large quantities -- blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. While you're at it, by the way, you could chew on some wholesome nuts like almonds, cashews or my favorite: macadamia nuts.

And if you did all of this on a daily basis without consuming the processed foods common to western societies, you would likely find that you don't need any prescription drugs whatsoever. Miraculously, you would be a perfectly healthy human being. This is especially true if you would supplement with superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, broccoli sprouts and other similar concentrate nutrient sources. You'd find your cholesterol achieving perfect balance. You would find your nervous system to be in perfect health and you would experience accelerated healing at every level. Food is that powerful. It's the ultimate medicine.

Let's be honest about this. How narrow-minded do these drug company types really have to be to take a look at a gift from nature like blueberries and realize that it has a powerful chemical compound that lowers cholesterol naturally with zero side effects, and then decide that hey, maybe we could exploit this to make a new profitable prescription drug that we could market to the public at sky high prices! How ethically twisted do you have to be as an individual to think that way about the healing foods nature has provided?

Here's what we really need to be doing in this country. In our hospitals, we need to eliminate the junk food restaurants and the processed foods, and we need to visit the patient rooms with plates full of fresh berries so that patients can eat these berries. We need to open up the windows and let some sunshine and fresh air into those rooms. We need to bring in some healing superfoods and let patients munch all day long on the foods that we know prevent chronic disease. While we're at it, we need to kick McDonald's restaurants and soft drink vending machines out of our hospitals and public schools, too.

And lastly, we need to take these narrow-minded researchers and pharmaceutical company doctors and force them to write on the chalkboard, 'I will never steal from nature,' 1,000 times until they finally get the point.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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