The Dangers of Low Cholesterol and Statins: Busting the Myths About High Cholesterol

For years, we’ve heard high cholesterol is bad and if you have it, your doctor has probably prescribed (or suggested) a statin drug to reduce cholesterol levels.  Recently, it’s finally been coming to light that “cholesterol” is not a bad word, and even the mainstream media has covered the issue of eggs no longer being a food to avoid (they are high in cholesterol).  Here are recent examples from the news:


Even more important are the recent articles about statins being a hazard to our health and here are some of those articles:

Low cholesterol has many negative health consequences, and particularly for mental health.  Cholesterol is literally “brain food” and when we have low cholesterol, our brain is starving and cannot function properly.  Low cholesterol has been linked with autism and many mental health disorders like depression.  Beyond cholesterol’s role in mental health, cholesterol is a very important molecule for the body in general. It is used to produce crucial hormones, vitamins, secondary messengers, and bile acids. Low values are associated with increased violent behavior, suicide, depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, Parkinson’s disease, and increased mortality from cancer. Low cholesterol values are also associated with manganese deficiency, celiac disease, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, malabsorption, and malnutrition.

Articles about Low Cholesterol by Our Laboratory Director and Partners

Cholesterol Balance – A Major Factor in Many Chronic Disorders by William Shaw, PhD:

The Role of Cholesterol in Autistic Behaviors by William Shaw, PhD:

Low Cholesterol and Its Psychological Effects by James Greenblatt, MD:

The Implications of Low Cholesterol in Depression and Suicide by James Greenblatt, MD:

Webinars on Low Cholesterol:

Low Cholesterol Can Be Detrimental to Your Health by William Shaw, PhD: 

Low Cholesterol:  A Major New Factor in Autism by William Shaw, PhD:

Oxytocin and Cholesterol Deficiency:  Health Implications in Autism and Mental Health Disorders by Kurt Woeller, DO:

Oxytocin and Cholesterol Intervention for Health Conditions by Kurt Woeller, DO:

Testing for Cholesterol:

We offer a comprehensive test for cholesterol (our Advanced Cholesterol Profile), which evaluates total cholesterol, apolipoprotein A-I (Apo A-1), apolipoprotein B (Apo B), lipoprotein (a) (Lp (a)), and homocysteine, which helps determine risk factors for vascular disease and/or neurological disease.  If you can’t do our test, you may get a basic cholesterol test done at any standard lab, perhaps as a part of other lab work being requested by your doctor.  The most important thing is the interpretation of results.  Unfortunately, many doctors may look at a number that we would consider to be too low (less than 160 mg/dL) and tell you it’s good or look at a number we think is ideal (like 185 mg/dL or higher) and tell you it’s too high.   

Patients deficient in cholesterol often have a genetic predisposition to have cholesterol deficiency.  Our GPL-SNP1000 DNA Sequencing Profile evaluates 101 different SNPs (mutations) in 18 different genes related to cholesterol deficiency, as well around 900 other genetic SNPs in the pathways we believe are the most important to evaluate in overall health. 

Healthy Cholesterol Supplementation:

One of the best ways to supplement and achieve a healthy cholesterol level is with Sonic Cholesterol, a product derived from sheep’s wool, which is exclusively sold by New Beginnings Nutritionals. (use attached bottle image)  It’s a pure and potent nutritional supplement designed to support healthy cholesterol levels. Recent scientific research has shown that 30-50 percent of individuals with autism have low cholesterol levels. Cholesterol deficiency is also associated with cancer, violent behavior, aggression, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, strokes, cataracts and increased susceptibility to gastrointestinal infections. Sonic Cholesterol is an ideal supplement solution for children and adults who have both low to low normal cholesterol levels along with a strong dislike for - or allergy to - eggs.  Click here for more information. 

Additional Resources – Studies on PubMed:

Serum cholesterol levels and suicidal tendencies in psychiatric inpatients (study):

Association of low serum total cholesterol with major depression and suicide (study):

Low Serum Cholesterol in Suicide Attempters (study):

Low serum cholesterol and external-cause mortality: potential implications for research and surveillance (study):

Low serum HDL-cholesterol levels are associated with long symptom duration in patients with major depressive disorder (study):

Differential effects of cholesterol and 7-dehydrocholesterol on ligand binding of solubilized hippocampal serotonin1A receptors: implications in SLOS (study):