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Cholesterol: Why All the Fuss?

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Friday, 10 Nov 2017 02:29 PM Current | Bio | Archive

So why all the fuss about cholesterol? Two main reasons:

  1. We have a test to measure it.
  1. Drug companies make billions of dollars a year on these meds.

Meanwhile, taking cholesterol medication can cause muscle pain (including fibromyalgia) and heart failure, which the physician will usually mistakenly blame on something else.

Except for those with a history of heart disease, or cholesterols over at least 250, I will not use cholesterol medications in CFS or fibromyalgia.

Often, when the medication is stopped, the CFS/fibromyalgia symptoms lessen over the next month or two — making it clear that the medication was a factor.

Cholesterol can often be optimized safely and naturally without the medication.

If cholesterol is high, optimizing thyroid function will often lower it (and likely protect the heart way more effectively that cholesterol medications) — even if the thyroid tests are "normal."

In men, if testosterone level is under around 450, using natural testosterone (not the dangerous high dose synthetics some athletes use) will often markedly lower cholesterol while also decreasing diabetes and high blood pressure — and leave you healthier overall. I aim for a testosterone level over 700.

If taking cholesterol medication, be aware that they cause coenzyme Q10 deficiency. I strongly recommend that you take 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily as well.

After you stop your cholesterol medication, I would continue the coenzyme Q10 for 3 more months. Stopping any medication should be done with your physician's okay.

Cholesterol serves a critical function in your body, as it is essential for making stress hormones (e.g., cortisol and DHEA), estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Lowering it too much is not healthy.

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If cholesterol is high, optimizing thyroid function will often lower it (and likely protect the heart way more effectively that cholesterol medications) — even if the thyroid tests are "normal."
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