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Say no to GMOs

Emmaus, PA

#46 Aug 30, 2012
correction: The correct spelling is Livalo.
RockyBob

Edmonds, WA

#47 Nov 25, 2012
I don't quite understand this blog since posts have been appearing intermittently for years, but in case anyone still reads this blog, consider this:

Absolutely, positively, elevated cholesterol does not always mean elevated risk for clogged arteries. How do I know? I'm 66, a male, have always had extremely high cholesterol (total C is 599) since birth (it's genetic) and my arteries, by the best examination technique available anywhere (Electron Beam Computed Tomography) shows my heart arteries are completely free of plaque. Why oh why! do people take medications (most will lower cholesterol) or change diets (none actually work to lower cholesterol) without first having an EBCT of their heart arteries?? The test costs around $200 (sorry, insurance doesn't currently pay for this), takes five minutes, is as simple as lying down on a table, and uses less radiation than a mammogram.

The medical community recognizes that many people will not have any artery issues, but for some reason most doctors just reflexively prescribe drugs. Go find a hospital that does EBCT and get a real picture of your arteries before doing drugs.
Mark

Chicago, IL

#49 Jan 11, 2013
What I do first is to research in the internet about possible side effects of this different kind of cholesterol drugs, and I found out that many possible side effects of these drugs. That's why I choose to try natural ways, like exercise, diet, and other possible ways to make my cholesterol level back to normal.
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KRILL OIL HELPED

Newark, NJ

#50 Feb 12, 2013
indy wrote:
I am 32 and recently found out that I have high cholesterol. I had total count of 280 and an LDL of 210. This came as a shock since I am in relatively good shape, not over weight and eat reasonably. As a result, the doctor prescribed Zocor and I have been taking it now for 6 months. The medicine is definately working, but after researching the side effects of the statin drugs I am seriously worried of their long term effects. Does anybody know if it is possible to reduce LDL from 210 to a lower number without the help of drugs? In other words has anyone else had success with diet/exercise resulting in a 100+ point ldl reduction? If so, any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
I am 37 years old and believe to be in pretty good health/exercise several days a week and eat a plant based diet. I recently found out that my cholesterol level was 250. My Dr recommended statin drugs and krill oil to reduce my levels. I began taking Krill oil 600mg 3-4 times a day for 2 months and my cholesterol level is now down to 210. I plan on continuing the Krill oil oil and work out now 5 days a week instead of 3..
KRILL OIL HELPED

Newark, NJ

#51 Feb 12, 2013
I am 37 years old and believe to be in pretty good health/exercise several days a week and eat a plant based diet. I recently found out that my cholesterol level was 250. My Dr recommended statin drugs and krill oil to reduce my levels. I began taking Krill oil 600mg 3-4 times a day for 2 months and my cholesterol level is now down to 210. I plan on continuing the Krill oil oil and work out now 5 days a week instead of 3..
Annie

Dublin, Ireland

#52 Apr 6, 2013
Hello all just came across this while researching possibility of lowering ldls. According to gp cannot be done by diet alone. I stopped taking inegy as the joint pain got unbearable...was off for more than 2 months when had blood test and found cholesterol through the roof! am now on a different med without statin and have only taken 2 and joint pain has returned...any ideas???
Emeraldrose

Allentown, PA

#53 Apr 11, 2013
Annie wrote:
Hello all just came across this while researching possibility of lowering ldls. According to gp cannot be done by diet alone. I stopped taking inegy as the joint pain got unbearable...was off for more than 2 months when had blood test and found cholesterol through the roof! am now on a different med without statin and have only taken 2 and joint pain has returned...any ideas???
I'm not an expert or authority on prescription drugs, but drugs for high LDLs and triglycerides have side effects, some are serious. Not everyone will experience side effects, but if you're one who does, you should discuss an alternative solution with your doctor. Unfortunately, general practitioners are trained in dispensing these drugs on a regular basis so you may have to consider whether your doctor is right for you. But as I said, most or all rely on pharmaceutical drugs. Could be that statins are causing your problems. I recall when I took Lipitor years before, I began to have muscle aches and spasms. It got considerably worse after a few months and I had to discontinue it. The drug can permanently damage muscles if taken too long. I had some serious issues with Crestor. I had only been taking it for 5 days when I began to have severe abdominal pain and noticed some blood in my mouth. I called my doctor and he refused to believe the bleeding was from the Crestor. I believe the abdominal pain and blood were related and from the drug. Anyway, I drank a lot of water to flush out as much of the toxic effects as I could. No more meds for me. I'm just one of those who can't take prescription meds for high triglycerides. Good luck to you.
Annie

Dublin, Ireland

#54 Apr 11, 2013
Emeraldrose wrote:
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I'm not an expert or authority on prescription drugs, but drugs for high LDLs and triglycerides have side effects, some are serious. Not everyone will experience side effects, but if you're one who does, you should discuss an alternative solution with your doctor. Unfortunately, general practitioners are trained in dispensing these drugs on a regular basis so you may have to consider whether your doctor is right for you. But as I said, most or all rely on pharmaceutical drugs. Could be that statins are causing your problems. I recall when I took Lipitor years before, I began to have muscle aches and spasms. It got considerably worse after a few months and I had to discontinue it. The drug can permanently damage muscles if taken too long. I had some serious issues with Crestor. I had only been taking it for 5 days when I began to have severe abdominal pain and noticed some blood in my mouth. I called my doctor and he refused to believe the bleeding was from the Crestor. I believe the abdominal pain and blood were related and from the drug. Anyway, I drank a lot of water to flush out as much of the toxic effects as I could. No more meds for me. I'm just one of those who can't take prescription meds for high triglycerides. Good luck to you.
Hi Emerald Rose many thanks for your reply...it is so difficult to know what to do for the best.Wishing you all the best with whatever you continue to do....Slan.
Mario

Miami, FL

#55 Jul 5, 2013
Nikki wrote:
Hey!! I am at the Shaklee convention and they just recently released a FDA Cholesterol Reduction Complex. More than 80 studies have shown that plant sterols and stanols can help lower your cholesterol NATURALLY!! Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex contails these plant sterols and stanols which help to lower LDL cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease. At 2000 milligrams, the complex delivers 100% of plant sterols and stanols recommended by the National Institutes of Health's TLC program, a program designed to help lower LDL. You can contact me at [email protected] for more information!! Would love to help you!
Nikki, I am using this Shaklee product along Shaklee's Omega 3 for the last 5 months and I haven't seen any positive result. I got tested after 5 months and the results were the same that before taking the products. Could you please share your experience?
Eva

Chester, MA

#56 Aug 14, 2013
My husband just found out that his ldl is at 200. He's 31 and a relatively healthy guy. It's a genetic thing that gave his father severe heart attacks in his fifties. We plan to beat it as naturally as possible.Now I'm seeing stuff about yes to margarine and no to animal fats and I have to say that there is a lot of evidence saying the opposite. Obviously he needs to cut down on fat in general with such a high level but margarine and low fat foods are often more harmful where butter fats and animal fats help equip our bodies to deal with bad cholesterol the correct way. If I'm wrong about all of this I know one thing is true...margarine is very bad for you! Foods forced into being "low fat" often cause more problems!
Eva

Chester, MA

#57 Aug 14, 2013
lisko

Ljubljana, Slovenia

#58 Aug 23, 2013
Emeraldrose

Allentown, PA

#59 Aug 28, 2013
I agree, Cholesterol is not a bad thing, but I suppose too much of any one thing can be a bad thing for most of us. Some people are lucky and can eat most anything without ever having high triglycerides or high bp, but there are other risks that may affect them later in life. Unfortunately, mother nature is not perfect. We should all use moderation when including animal fats and should avoid margarine. I use olive oil for almost everything. Of course you want to be careful how much you use because oils have high fats, but olive oil is a good fat and I probably use more then I should. Limit or avoid empty carbs like breads, cookies, crackers, etc., and only consume the healthy carbs. I'll admit that I like bread. I'll indulge in a roll once in awhile, but I make it whole grain whenever possible. Eat mostly a plant based diet and drink plenty of water. Keep your weight down and exercise regularly. That should all help significantly. I have Hypothyroidism and my triglycerides were very high, but thanks to sticking to a healthy regimen, I'm doing better. Not perfect, but better. I still have to learn to kick off the bad carbs, but better to indulge once in a while, then consuming on a regular basis. Sigh, it's not always easy trying to stay healthy, but it's all worth it. I do not always stick to the regimen 100%, but as long as you do most of the time, you'll be a lot better off.
Rahul india

New Delhi, India

#60 Mar 17, 2014
Hi have you been able to reduce your ldl . I am of your age now wit ldl level of 177
Nabil

Amman, Jordan

#61 May 14, 2014
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After 40 days, all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%.
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Doc-Rick

Cyprus

#62 Oct 8, 2015
Studies over the last 60 years have shown that people who exercise are healthier than those who do not.

Over the last 10 years, many studies have shown that the more intense the exercise, the greater the protection. A report from Italy shows that physical activity is very important in helping to control cholesterol.

Healthy male sedentary controls had their blood cholesterol fractions compared to those of male professional cross-country skiers and professional road cyclists.

The athletes had much more healthful numbers for total cholesterol, the good high-density cholesterol, triglycerides, and the bad low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

You can find out more about this by going to:

http://www.healthandlifestylenews.com/do-exer...
Fed up

North Bay, Canada

#63 Nov 12, 2015
I was prescribed Crestor and within 48 hours I was unable to function. I felt so horrible I thought there was something critically wrong with me. I stopped the Crestor and within 3 days are came around. My doctor decided I should take Ezetrol. Now after 2 weeks I am feeling rotten. Poor quality of sleep, stomach cramps, dizziness, stiffness in neck and shoulders, nausea and irritability. Stopping Ezetrol now. I have hereditary cholesterol but I will do my very best to stay healthy with exercise and proper nutrition. No more pharmaceuticals.

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