One of the most common reasons people come to my office is to correct high cholesterol values without Lipitor. (Substitute “Lipitor” with Crestor, simvastatin, Vytorin, or any of the other cholesterol drugs; it’s much the same.)
In the world of conventional healthcare, in which you are instructed to follow a diet that increases risk for heart disease and not advised to correct nutrient deficiencies like vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, then a drug like Lipitor may indeed provide benefit.
But when you are provided genuinely effective information on diet, along with correction of nutrient deficiencies, then the “need” and apparent benefits of Lipitor largely dissolve. While there are occasional genetic anomalies that can improve with use of Lipitor and other statins, many, perhaps most, people taking these drugs really would not have to if they were just provided the right information.
Anyone following the discussions on these pages knows that wheat elimination is probably one of the most powerful overall health strategies available. Wheat elimination reduces real measured LDL quite dramatically. Provided you limit other carbohydrates, such as those from fruits, as well, LDL can drop like a stone. That’s not what your doctor tells you. This approach works because elimination of wheat and limiting other carbohydrates reduces small LDL. Small LDL particles are triggered by carbohydrates, especially wheat; reducing carbohydrates reduces small LDL. Conventional LDL of the sort obtained in your doctor’s office will not show this, since it is a calculated value that appears to increase with reduced carbohydrates, a misleading result.
Throw vitamin D normalization and iodine + thyroid normalization into the mix (both are exceptionally common), and you have two additional potent means to reduce (measured) LDL. Not restricting fat but increasing healthy fat intake, such as the fats in lots of raw nuts, olive oil, and flaxseed oil reduce LDL.
While I still prescribe statins now and then, a growing number of people are succeeding without them.
(Note that by “measured” LDL I am referring to the “gold standard,” LDL particle number by NMR provided by Liposcience. A second best is measured Apoprotein B available through most conventional labs.)
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