IMG_3299Heart disease hits close to home for me. My father, Richard Beaman, had a history of high cholesterol.

His numbers were in the upper 300’s!

Not only was his cholesterol extremely high (according to modern medicine), he was also healthy and strong as an ox!

That is, until he started taking cholesterol lowering, and blood thinning medications.

One of the drugs, Coumadin or Warfarin, is contraindicated in causing bleeding strokes.[1]

Which is exactly what happened to my dad. He suffered 11 debilitating strokes while taking that medication. Read more about my father’s journey here: My Father, My Mentor, My Hero.

Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not the hazardous substance we’ve been warned about for the past few decades. Cholesterol actually protects the body, and the liver manufactures it according to our bodily needs.

It’s a dangerous myth that cholesterol is harmful to our health. If you want more details about that, feast your eyes on this: The Big Fat Cholesterol Myth.

I remember having lunch with my dad, before his stroke(s). He said his doctor informed him he was not allowed to eat green vegetables like kale or broccoli because they interfered with his new medications.

I told my dad that was the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

I said, “Maybe, it would be a good idea to ditch those meds and eat some green veggies instead? They definitely taste better!” We had a good laugh about it.

My father continued taking the medications because his generation grew up believing that the doctor always knows best.

My generation, and many people in the health and wellness industry, have a different perspective. We believe you need to question everything, especially everything your doctor says.

Your life and your health is in your hands. Make the best choices possible.

Like this delicious Creamy Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup – It tastes much better than any medication and has no dangerous side effects… except maybe a little gas. Enjoy!