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Jan 23rd 2024

Replacing Statins with a Good Diet

. . . diet alone reduces LDL 25 mg/dL

Canadian researchers had a novel idea; why not see if eating a good diet could be just as effective at lowering high cholesterol as taking a drug!

They took 351 participants with high levels of the "bad" cholesterol, LDL (average 171 mg/dL) off their statins and counseled them on diet instead. Those who incorporated high levels of plant sterols (also known as phytosterols), vegetable protein, fiber and nuts in their diets saw an average drop of over 13%, or 25 mg/dL in their LDL.

Commenting on the study, Dr. Yunsheng Ma, University of Massachusetts nutrition and heart disease researcher, noted that diet is a powerful factor that it is too often ignored by people on statins who think medication will allow them to eat anything they want. Dr. Joan Sabate, head of nutrition at Loma Linda University, said, "For the majority . . . by changing the diet and their lifestyle they can establish good control of their cholesterol."

The fact is if you're taking care of the fundamentals -- a good diet and supplement program, eliminating/avoiding toxins, and getting enough exercise -- your cholesterol numbers will be just fine.

Our first mistake is to go along with a modern lifestyle that is way off base in terms of anything that is natural to the human body. Then, when problems inevitably arise, we compound the error by trying to suppress symptoms with drugs. But drugs are toxic to the body and only make things worse.

Although cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease (see my article TheCholesterol Myth), very high levels indicate either a genetic abnormality or are an important message from your body that it's not getting something it needs or it's getting too much of something that's interfering with its proper function (a toxin). If you need help in determining what changes you need to make to get back on track, use my book, Never Be Sick Again, as a guide.

Jenkins DJA. Effect of dietary portfolio of cholesterol-lowering foods given at two levels of intensity of dietary advice on serum lipids in hyperlipidemia: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2011;306(8):831-839.
Pittman G. Diet alone helps lower bad cholesterol: study. Reuters. August 24, 2011.

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