Cholesterol Credit

Cholesterol credit trades high animal-fat foods for those that lower our LDL.

A "carbon credit" is a term used for a permit representing the right to emit one tonne of the oxide-gas.

Shall we have some fun? Let's define a "cholesterol credit" as a term for a permit representing the right for you to enjoy some rich fatty food; a double thick milkshake, a T-bone steak or egg and chips perhaps. Or a cheese burger and beer or two might be more relevant to an adult male. For me it must include a good dollop of butter on a new potato. 

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This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 5th June, 2021.

So, what are carbon credits?

There are many companies that sell carbon credits to commercial and individual customers who are interested in lowering their C-footprint on a voluntary basis. It's all about the clean development mechanism which has two goals.

  1. To assist developing countries in achieving sustainable progress whilst contributing to the ultimate objective of the United Nations convention on climate-change, which is to prevent a dangerous rise  in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans.
  2. To assist developed countries in achieving compliance with their quantified emission-limitation and reduction commitments to greenhouse gases.

Bear with me; I know this is probably boring but I'm just warming to my theme. If you want to be able to enjoy your red meat and butter, and eat it without Jiminy Cricket chirping, then this is the page for you.

The clean blood-vessels mechanism and cholesterol credit works like this. So, how are your arteries doing?

Are they clogged with plaque, raising your pressure, and threatening your very life, or smooth as a baby's bottom and carrying life-giving blood to the farthermost corners of the body?

Just as certain countries that shall remain nameless have refused to sign the Kyoto carbon-emissions protocol, you can decline this cholesterol deal too. Many people do, and die ten or more years before their time.

The Kyoto protocol is about saving the planet without inhibiting development.

The cholesterol credit protocol is about saving your life without unduly inhibiting your overall enjoyment of food.

Did you get it?

"Don't wait for the Last Judgement; it happens every day."

Albert Camus

PURPOSE of the Clean Development Mechanism

The purpose of the clean development mechanism is to promote progress in Third World countries. Projects that reduce carbon emissions are credited to companies that cut emissions.

So for example, a coal-fired generating company in developed countries might buy carbon credits from a forestation conglomerate in the Third World like SAPPI.

With the atmosphere having reached 400ppm of carbon in 2018, the highest it's been in 3 million years, climate-change and global warming of catastrophic proportions are inevitable. We have turned Planet Earth into one vast greenhouse; it is getting hot as hell in here.

PURPOSE of the Clean Artery Mechanism

The purpose of the clean artery mechanism is  to promote clear blood vessels in your body; so you can develop projects that reduce your cholesterol whilst still enjoying your supper. In Dutch we would ask "snap 't?" Did you get it?

So to satisfy your love of a chocolate milkshake in the afternoon you have to buy cholesterol credits by making a smoothie for breakfast. What could be easier, and tastier?

How long does it take to peel an orange, slice a cantaloupe and pull the stalks out of six strawberries?

Drop them and half a banana into the blender with a slosh of yoghurt. Could you manage that before rushing off to work?

This nutritious green smoothie is one of my favourites; it takes me only five-minutes to throw it together.

Is your cholesterol over 200? Like high atmospheric carbon above 400ppm, there are catastrophic changes in your well-being lurking out of sight, just over the horizon.

No sugar please, but if you are desperate for sweetness, perhaps add half a teaspoon of natural honey; if you can find it. You won't see any on the regular supermarket shelves.

Are your arteries clogged with plaque?

Why is this so important to your DC you may be thinking? At a medical site, yes, but why on this page?

Firstly there is now strong evidence that patients suffering from atherosclerosis of the arteries supplying the lumbar spine with blood will experience far more back pain. Perhaps more important they also respond poorly to the treatment of slipped discs that desperately need oxygen to heal.

From the coalface.

Here is the story of a 61-year old man who makes me anxious whenever he steps into the clinic. When he was 18 he had a car accident and broke a bone in his neck; a hangman's fracture. 

He first consulted me some twenty-years ago, about forty, suffering from blinding headaches. He was taking up to eight codeine, a narcotic available over the counter in South Africa, and Sindol, an anti-inflammatory drug daily.

That's a lethal cocktail of painkillers, though a narcotic plus an NSAID is only slightly less dangerous than dual antiinflammatory drugs which is truly threatening to life; for example, brufin plus aspirin. 

I start to get anxious when patients are taking more than 10 analgesics per week. Have you ever seen the Kidney Olympics on TV? Athletes who have lost both organs, in the main said the medical specialist to OTC painkillers.

Mr P was swallowing bucketfuls of pills; around 50 per week.

After a serious upper-neck fracture, one tries to avoid manipulation in our management of headaches, but no conservative treatment had helped his very disabling condition.

Eventually I adjusted his spine. One treatment fixed his headaches, and I never touched his neck again. Until two weeks ago when he agains consulted me. Mr P is now 61. He has high blood pressure. Two years ago he had a heart attack and had a stent fitted. He's on blood thinners; coupled with an old upper cervical fracture that puts him into a high risk category for iatrogenic-illness. First do no harm was Hippocrates' dictum; there was risk that I could stroke him.

MR P was standing on a chair, reaching into a cupboard, when one leg of the chair broke. He fell heavily, smashing the left side of his head on the way to the ground against a heavy door. After trying all else, he searched for my name on the internet; twenty years had passed. Had I returned from our sojourn in the Netherlands? Yes we had.

Several features were significant:

  • His blood pressure was reasonably well controlled with medication.
  • The Wallenburg test which suggests an artery in the neck was seriously compromised was negative and he reported no vertigo.
  • Rotation of his neck provoked right upper cervical pain.
  • The right side of his head was extremely tender. Remember, he cracked the left side against the door.
  • The right TMJ, the jaw joint, was fixated with an excruciatingly painful trigger points in the right Temporalis and External Pterygoid muscles.

But Mr P is still a very high risk patient for spinal manipulation. Two treatments of the jaw joint, and the activator for his neck brought no relief whatsoever. What he needed was an adjustment. Did I dare? We discussed the matter fully, and he agreed that we should proceed. Were we rushing in where angels fear to tread? 

Mr P was dizzy for five minutes after the adjustment of his neck. Fortunately there was no nystagmus, a sign of something more serious and after a quarter of an hour he was able to drive home. Nor was he nauseous but for several hours he felt fragile, and then the headache lifted.

I probably won't adjust his neck again. It is no longer fixated and I am staying well away. Instead we use a mobilising protocol for his cervical spine, and work on his jaw joint and the associated muscles; we stretch and I've encouraged him to make his own traction unit.

The pain on the side of his head has gone completely, but he still has mild upper neck discomfort. Mr P's case is an interesting and challenging one; as are many in every practice.

Yes there is risk with our care too, just as there is with medicine and invariably one finds oneself weighing different options; the danger of bucket-loads of pills versus the risks associated with a spinal adjustment. Iatrogenic illness is not just about misadventures with medication.

About 200, 000 Americans die every year from the adverse effects of medication; about 1 per 6 million neck manipulations causes a stroke. Our very-low insurance premiums confirm that serious sequelae are rare. DCs are not frequently sued.


Foods to avoid high cholesterol is our topic; those that can lower raised blood fats without medication.

Fortunately it's not necessary to be highly precise about buying cholesterol credits. It is simply, if you want this, then you must also have that.

  • A couple beers at the ball game? Then tomorrow night a glass of red wine.
  • A double-thick milkshake? A smoothie for breakfast.
  • A cheese-burger? A hummus sandwich for lunch tomorrow.
  • A steak, egg and chips for lunch? Tofu, garlic and onions tonight for dins.
  • Ice cream after dinner; then perhaps a celery soup with supper should be mandatory.
  • Scrambled eggs? Add a handful of finely chopped fresh parsley.
  • A delicious mutton stew? Throw in a large handful of garbanzo beans also known as chickpeas. They are one of the foods that lower cholesterol.

I won't belabour the point any further. You want a cholesterol-rich dish? Then you must add a dish loaded with the food that lowers the blood fats. Then you can have your cake and eat it!

Best is to get into a routine of daily eating foods like unrefined oats, garbanzo beans and salad; and vegetables, fruit and fish too;

A little over a tablespoon of freshly-ground flaxseeds is as effective as statins. (1)

There's strong research backing all this; read some of it at heart stroke diabetes. By doing some relatively small and not difficult things you easily improve your cholesterol credit; could you force down a handful of unsalted nuts and seeds as a snack every day? With ease, methinks, if it means you can have butter on your potato.

Did you know that new potatoes, eaten within three days of being lifted from the ground, do not cause a surge in blood sugar like ordinary spuds?

Choice foods

Over and above your choice foods, taking a brisk walk will also buy you cholesterol credits, and improve your back and bone strength.

The omega-3 in fatty fish also buys you significant cholesterol credit. It raises the good HDL - the one that sweeps the arteries clean of LDL and VLDL, the bad cousins.

  • FISH OIL ...


Read how Andre Agassi kept his cholesterol down and his blood sugar up by living on baked potatoes and lentil soup, one of the marvellous foods that lower blood fats.

OPEN ANDRE AGASSI is an inspiring story; and it's well written.


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Cholesterol credit

In short you can enjoy your butter, cheese and red meat in moderation, provided you counterbalance your food with plenty of unrefined oats, hummus and greens; fish and exercise too.

Nobody has tested it, but I wonder if my making honey mead instead of red wine isn't part of the reason my cholesterol is so dangerously low!

Chocolate cake

A slice of chocolate cake contains about 500 calories; in order to get the cholesterol credit in balance, remember than a heavy workout lasting an hour only burns 300 - 400 calories.

To keep your waist in check, enjoy treats occasionally, but have a smaller piece and never a second.

You cannot lose weight by exercise alone, but it certainly helps keep your blood glucose down after an indulgence in refined carbs. 

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