Q: Is it true that if HDL cholesterol is higher, LDL cholesterol can be a little elevated without too much concern?
— Barbara T., Washington, Pa.
A: You have to keep in mind that the leading cause for elevated cholesterol is thyroid deficiency, also called hypothyroidism. To rule this out, have a complete thyroid panel done. Most doctors will just order a test called a TSH.
This is not adequate. A full panel includes tests for T3 thyroid, T4 thyroid, reverse T3, antithyroid antibodies and TSH. To lower triglyceride levels, reduce your intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates, which are the leading culprit in high triglyceride readings.
Beta-sitosterol will lower cholesterol levels when taken with meals. Even borderline hypothyroidism will cause the lipid pattern you have and is corrected when thyroid function is corrected. Natural thyroid should be used and not artificial drugs such as Synthroid.
Q: My mother has lung cancer and an integrative doctor advised her to stop taking B vitamins. He also recommended fermented wheat germ, Spanish black radish, and black raspberry capsules. Will these substances help with lung cancer?
— Andrea F., Setauket, N.Y.
A: In general, a person should avoid certain vitamins if they have cancer. For example, B12 and folate (folic acid) should be avoided as they increase cell reproduction. Folate should be used when folate-blocking drugs, such as 5-FU, are used, and studies show it improves the anticancer effectiveness.
I would strongly discourage taking fermented wheat germ as it is very high in glutamate, which powerfully stimulates the growth and invasion of lung cancers.
The most powerful anticancer natural products include curcumin, quercetin, luteolin, silymarin, ellagic acid and DHA.
A low protein, high vegetable diet (especially blenderized vegetables) that is also low in sugar, simple carbohydrates, and omega-6 oils combines the many anticancer effects of natural substances. Iron should be avoided at all cost.
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