As a veteran of talk radio (with a focus on healing), I am always looking for natural, alternative remedies that can help us help ourselves. Like millions of people who receive bad news from their doctor each year, I recently learned that my cholesterol is over 200. My LDL level (bad cholesterol) is high, and my HDL level (good cholesterol) is low. What does that mean? - that my arteries are probably clogged with plaque buildup (a wax like substance that causes the blood cells to stick to each other and to the artery walls). The result is arteriosclerosis, a condition that could be fatal, if left unattended.

Impact of High Cholesterol
TV commercials (promoting cholesterol-reducing medications) show red blood cells traveling slowly through a very narrow artery. The threat? If too many of those cells stick to each other, the artery could become blocked. If that artery leads to your heart, you could have a heart attack. If it leads to your brain, you could have a stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, 1,200,000 new and recurrent coronary attacks occur each year, and about 40% of people who experience a coronary attack die from it.1 All of us seem to know someone personally who has been affected by coronary heart disease.

What causes high cholesterol?
Smoking, poor diet, heredity and obesity are main factors.
According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services (www.hhs.gov): Obesity is associated with elevated triglycerides (blood fat) and decreased HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol").2

What you can do to improve your cholesterol scores?
If you are overweight and have recently received a high cholesterol score from your doctor, it's important to commit to a new level of fitness. What can you do?
The American Heart Association suggests: eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and follow all your healthcare professional's recommendations.

In the documentary movie - Diet for a New America - a middle-aged patient has his blood drawn. The doctor notices that his blood sample is filled with a foamy substance that clings to the sides of the test tube. When he asks the patient what he had for dinner the night before, he says: "a cheeseburger and an order of fries." We can clean up our system by giving up the bad stuff that causes high cholesterol in the first place. Dairy, processed foods, red meats, breads, pizza, white flour, all take their toll and clog up our system. Cleansing foods are best for the heart.

The Better Health Channel, an online resource that provides health information by the Victorian

government (Australia), states: "According to Japanese research, green tea reduces the levels of LDL, or 'bad' blood cholesterol, and may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. European studies have found that regular tea drinking protects against heart disease. One study found that the risk was 36 percent lower for tea drinkers."3

According the Midwest Technology Journal (www.pcjournal.com): "when you look at the facts -- the increasing numbers of cancers, immune system disorders, neurological problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, allergies and hormonal disturbances that are facing the nation -- it is hard NOT to take notice. Consider these statistics Some 77,000 chemicals are produced in North America. Over 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply. More than 10,000 chemical solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing. 1,000 new chemicals are introduced each year. Where do all of these chemicals end up? They are absorbed into our groundwater, rivers, lakes and oceans, spewed into our air, and added, quite intentionally, to our food supply."4

Detox pads
These pads (manufactured in Japan) are applied to the same reflex points that are used in foot reflexology. Wear them while you sleep and they warm the feet with a combination of herbs and infrared therapy.

I tried a sample of Kenrico's "gold edition" pads containing Tourmaline, a mineral that emits far infrared heat, negative ions and is known for its ability to exert a cleansing and liberating energy upon the entire nervous system. Just before bed, I secured one of these pads to the bottom of each foot. The next morning, I was not surprised to find that the pads had turned a deep brown color. I wasn't sure what the brown stuff was, I was just glad that it was "out". I also felt more rested and remembered my dreams more vividly than usual. I was impressed. Could these detox pads also be used to lower my cholesterol?

There are fifteen different pads to choose from with different natural ingredients and one of the newer pads contains Japanese green tea. Research suggests that drinking Japanese green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. Kenrico's "special edition" green tea pads work 24 hours a day and enable us to absorb the Japanese green tea without having to drink it.

Do they work?
In a controlled study conducted at the Research Testing Laboratories in New York, these Japanese green tea pads were tested for their effectiveness in reducing LDL-cholesterol levels and triglycerides. Men and women (between the ages of 18 and 65 years old) were tested with Body Mass Indexes (BMI) that ranged between 25.0 and 39.9. Before the test, each person fasted for 10 to 12 hours and a blood sample was drawn for CBC and chemistry profiling. Body weight was recorded and each person's height and BMI was calculated.

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Each participant was instructed to wear four detox pads per day (one pad on the bottom of each foot for 7-9 hours during the day, and one pad on the bottom of each foot for 7-9 hours during sleep at night). After two weeks of daily application, another fasting blood sample was drawn. The results of the clinical trial showed evidence that the green tea detox pads significantly reduced LDL-cholesterol levels and triglycerides.

One participant was a 45-year-old female who showed a 22 mg/dl decrease in LDL cholesterol and a 37 mg/dl decrease in Triglycerides in just two weeks. Think about the implication of these findings:

We now have another choice: We can use these green tea detox pads to reduce our cholesterol at night, and actually "see" the results the next morning. I'm excited about trying the new green tea pads and I'm relieved to know that they are made with the highest quality ingredients and have been clinically tested for safety.

Linda Woods is the host of the weekly radio program - Windows to Wellness.com - listen online at http://www.linda-woods.typepad.com/windowstowellness/

1"American Heart Association." 18, July 2006

2"United States Department of Health & Human Services." 18, July 2006

3"Better Health Channel." 19, July 2006

4"Midwest Technology Journal." 18, July 2006

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