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"HEALTH TALK EXPLAINS 'CATCH 22'"; WHY LOW CHOLESTEROL IS LINKED TO CANCER

"HEALTH TALK EXPLAINS 'CATCH 22'"; WHY LOW CHOLESTEROL IS LINKED TO CANCER
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In this month's issue of Health Talk Newsletter, H.L. "Sam" Queen, an investigative medical reporter and health care educator, explains the reason and the solution for the recently reported findings by heart researchers, that there is a "Catch 22" with the blanket recommendation that everyone lower their cholesterol and fat intake.  Such action may raise the risk to dying of cancer and other causes unrelated to heart disease.
    A similar report in this month's Journal of Circulation -- a publication of the American Heart Association -- reveals what Queen has been writing and speaking about for the past 8 years, that basically there is a bigger picture to look at.  The case of the late Nathan Pritikin is a good example.  Pritikin, who had cancer and heart disease in the 1950s went public in 1975 telling how a low cholesterol diet caused his leukemia to go into remission and his heart disease to improve.  A few years later, however, as his cholesterol level went down further to 110, the cancer came back and he committed suicide.  The total of all cholesterol-lowering studies now point to a similar fate. A disproportionate number of people who followed this regiment died of suicide and cancer, particularly colorectal cancer.  One reason for this, Queen has discovered, is the growing presence of neurotoxins in the environment.
    To safeguard against neurotoxins, said Queen, it is imperative that doctors administer an effective detoxification program before lowering their patients' cholesterol.  This should be followed by several weeks of supplementing with antioxidants.  Once the toxins are removed and oxidized lipids made harmless by the antioxidants, Queen believes that cholesterol-lowering can be accomplished without risk.
    He writes:  "In people exposed to neurotoxins, cholesterol rises as a means of protecting from the toxin's effect on cells.  When cholesterol is lowered the body loses that protection.  Cholesterol lowering also lowers disproportionately the level of protective antioxidants, which compounds the problem.  The bottom line is, if this occurs in susceptible people before removing the toxin and supplementing with antioxidants, such as vitamin E and beta carotene, then cancer follows.
    To learn more about these ideas and how to receive an issue of Health Talk where a complete in-depth discussion of the cholesterol/cancer connection can be found, contact Queen and Co. at 719-598-4968.
    -0-             09/30/92
    CONTACT:  Sam Queen of Queen and Co., 719-598-4968 CO:  QUEEN AND CO. IN:  HEA MTC ST:  CO -- DVFNS1 -- X246  09/30/92
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