New research shows blueberries lower LDL cholesterol better than statin drugs

Sunday, December 19, 2004
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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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