Monday, June 25, 2007

Dietary Fat, Cholesterol---Good for Your Brain

I was doing some online research for my dad. He is 79 and still works a full time job in a foundry no less. He has been taking Zocor for a number of years for high cholesterol---no history of heart disease for him though. This is not a rant about how bad drugs like Zocor are for people. And they most definitely are. But while doing this research on cholesterol I can upon some mind blowing info about how having low cholesterol can effect your moods.

From my interest in diet and my dealing with the effects of Bipolar Disorder, I'm always looking into research about dealing with it from a nutrition standpoint. As I've stated in previous posts I eat a ketogenic diet--->70% fat. From all the research it is the way to go. But from my own standpoint it seems to be doing the trick. My moods are so much more stable right now. Usually this time of year---I'm way out there in mania land. Only to be followed by a downward spiral come fall. That is not the case this year---I am sleeping better, have the energy of mania without the bad things associated with it.

Anyhoo---on to what I wanted to talk about----cholesterol. I could go on and on but you can read the info yourself. So I'm just gonna give the links.

Depression, suicide and violence information

Low Serum Cholesterol Concentration and Risk of Suicide

Cholesterol concentrations in violent and non-violent women suicide attempters.

Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Essential Fatty Acid Status as a Predictor of Future Suicide Risk

Serum cholesterol concentration and death from suicide in men: Paris prospective study

Criminality, aggression and antisocial behaviour

The Cholesterol Myth

I urge all my friends out there in cyberland, especially my fellow BPs. Take heed of this. Forget all that low fat healthy diet nonsense that has been preached for ages. Wouldn't you rather control your symptoms without filling your body with all those meds. By the way ---my med arsenal has been cut in half, from 6 psych meds to 3. Plus the dosage of those has been decreased to the bare minimum.

If you are truly worried about engaging in a higher fat diet, you need to read some of the research available. One of my favorite low carb people is Anthony Colpo. He has a book out called The Great Cholesterol Con. Plus he wrote a very enlightening piece called Why the Low-Fat Diet is Stupid and Potentially Dangerous. Also Dr Mike Eades did a great post about fat and the brain, Ketogenic diet and brain energy. In it he made reference to a new book coming out this September called The Brain Trust Program. According to amazon it also is: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental. Dr Mike also recommends another book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. Also check out this post by Dr Mike, Low fat isn’t science, it’s a religion.

So do some reading and make the decision yourself.


Sparky's Girl said...

Great links, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bamagal!
You just wrote a great, great article about cholesterol and I'm telling you, you hit real close to home because it's something I struggle with every day since I began taking my Lipitor at my physician's urging months ago--yep--you know it, keeping my moods up has now become a daily task--but hey, the docs are happy with my cholesterol numbers, right?
I'm glad I found you and I'll be talking to you soon!

BamaGal said...

Adam---first off tell your doc where to stick his lipitor---statins are BAD NEWS

thanks for stopping by my blog---hope you'll check it out from time to time