It’s the final day of 2013 and what a year it has been for the topic of cholesterol in our culture. I honestly believe the tide is turning despite the November 2013 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guidelines pushing lower and lower cholesterol levels with the use of more and more statin drugs. When you see Dr. Oz share the truth about cholesterol and a mainstream Australian TV health reporter warns of the dangers of statins like we did in this past year, you know the breaking point is imminent. Be encouraged my friends that good things are indeed happening even in the complete and utter madness that we continue to see out there in our modern society with low-fat, low-cholesterol food-like products dominating stores shelves. The change is coming and hopefully my latest book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? will help speed up that process in 2014 and beyond.
I recently conducted a big contest on my blog called The 12 Days Of Cholesterol Clarity giving away autographed copies of my bestselling hardback book. In the final post of those giveaways, I said I’d be giving away a dozen copies of the e-book version of Cholesterol Clarity sharing my favorite stories from the people who entered. Weeeelllll, I couldn’t narrow it to just 12–so I’m sharing 30 instead! If I chose YOUR story to share in this blog post, then e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. These are some truly inspiring cholesterol and health stories to help you kick off your 2014:
1. Bucking genetics with a gluten-free diet
I’ve been watching my cholesterol rise for the past 4 years; from 193 to 283, in spite of working out at the gym with a trainer 3 times a week. I have been told I am “genetically” disposed to this crisis; my father suffering from high cholesterol and heart disease since he was 55. (I am now 55). Statins were prescribed and subsequently lived up to its pharmaceutical disclosure on TV, debilitating me to the point of complete weakness one year ago this week. The doc told me I should NEVER take statins again.
In April, with cholesterol now at 283 and now also pre-diabetic, my Doc recommended Wheat Belly. I read the book and have stayed “sober,” eating no gluten for the past 8 months…just simply watching my gluten in take. I have lost 13 pounds, 2 1/2 inches off my waist, 2 inches off my thighs and an inch off my upper torso. (I never knew I had so much to lose as I’m 5’5″ and WAS 158 pounds).
I am scheduled for a blood work up next month and I look forward to a number much lower. I also look forward to reading your book, not because I doubt what my results will be but as reinforcement to keep the fight to reduce my cholesterol going. Thank you for taking an interest and caring about individuals like me who fight the hardest fight of all because of our genetics.
2. Husband’s cholesterol rose when he cut cholesterol intake
My husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol and told he needed to talk statins. He attempted, for several months, to correct it with a “low cholesterol” diet. His numbers went UP. I suggested he try a Paleo-style diet. Within 60 days his cholesterol had dropped 50 points. The doc still wanted him to go on statins, even though my husbands numbers were very close to normal (the doctor was probably legally required to prescribe it). A friend thought he would try a similar diet. The same doctor told him that my husband’s experience was “unusual.” The friend (also a doctor) tried it anyway, and his numbers also plummeted. Statins avoided all the way around. We love our doc, but really wish he would catch up to current thinking. Thank you for spelling it out so clearly in your book!
3. Paleo newbie sees marked improvement in weight and health
My journey began January of 2013. I cleaned out the pantry and fridge and began Paleo. My cholesterol had hovered around 204 the year before from a high of 238. In April after eating the Paleo way for 4 months I went in for my annual physical and my cholesterol had dropped to 154, my LDL’s dropped 43 and my triglycerides had really dropped too. My HDL’s went up. Now I know to look at the triglycerides and LDL particles more and the cholesterol less but it felt good that I dropped weight, and my veins were healthier than they ever have been. I dropped 22 lbs, was only 2 pounds overweight to begin with, according to “normal guidelines,” but I just didn’t like myself being that heavy and I certainly didn’t like the way I looked in pictures or the mirror. My joints feel better, I feel better, and love the way I look now, even with some wrinkles and grey hair!
4. Mom still “trusts her doctor” statin recommendations
I recently read Grain Brain and Wheat Belly. Our family has all given up wheat and grains and eating a high-fat diet. I am fascinated by nutrition and am constantly researching about it. I used to weigh 245 pounds, before God set me free from a lifetime addiction to food. I now weigh 140 pounds and love to help others find the help they need.
I immediately gave the Grain Brain book to my mom, who has been put on statin medicine for her high cholesterol. When I was reading the book, I knew she needed to read this information. However, I am very concerned that she may not make the changes, because her doctor is telling her that her cholesterol is too high. She is a lady who trusts her doctor. I also shared with her the information about eating a low carb high fat diet, because this she has been taught to eat a low fat diet from all the “experts.” Maybe your book could be a good resource, and could make a difference. Blessings to you.
5. Doctor says she’s never heard of the ketogenic diet
I was happily living a ketogenic life. My body felt great. My weight was great. I had energy for days. When I went into see my GP I told her about my weight loss and that I did it on a high fat, low carb diet. She had NEVER heard of such a thing. Oh boy. She took my blood and my cholesterol levels had jumped from my last blood test. I was nervous. My GP wasn’t able to offer guidance. From reading your blog, “The Eating Academy” blog by Dr. Peter Attia, and Dr. Steve Phinney’s book, I knew that cholesterol numbers were not the best measure of health. But, I didn’t know how or what to do to measure health. I am in no way about to train my physician on this. So, living in Houston, Texas, I have access to a lot of GREAT doctors. I have yet to find one who specializes in working with people on a ketogenic diet. I would love a copy of your book to further my own understanding about what to measure as a health indicator and what to expect. A ketogenic life is a fit and healthy one. We just need to be able to understand it by the numbers, because mainstream testing doesn’t show its benefits.
6. On Wheat Belly, weight plummets and health soars
I got on board with Wheat Belly in September 2012. I am off all my heart medications and almost 40 lbs lighter! My water retention is gone along with my acid reflux and my digestive issues! The weight was just my bonus.
7. 82-year old father-in-law victim of statin brain decline
Jimmy, I already have a copy of your book, have read it through and have pages bookmarked for future reference. But I would be glad to pass along a copy to others. My cholesterol is fine as far as I am concerned. I had my first and only test at age 50, 1 year after starting a primal LCHF way of eating. My numbers are almost all within range, the ratios are excellent. But my former doctor, who ordered the test, the one who rolled her eyes at the mention of Paleo, who repeatedly told me that maintaining a 25 lb weight loss for a year wasn’t special, anyone could do it…she felt that, at 131, my LDL was too high and ordered a retest. I declined. Really, I just failed to show up at the lab, instead calling my insurance company to get assigned to a new doctor.
My father-in-law, though, is another story. His father died after a heart attack while in his 40s. FIL, his brother and nephew have all been lifelong patients of various cardiologists (FIL is the healthiest with only a heart murmur). The brother and nephew, both active athletes who golfed, played tennis, skied water and snow, both have had heart attacks, multiple stents, one died 2 years ago and the other is slowly dying despite low cholesterol levels and multiple statins. A month after his brother died, my FIL started a statin at age 82. A year later, I could see the side effects taking their toll. His mental acuity started fading fast, he slowed down tremendously. He takes far more pleasure in sitting – this is a man who walked 2 – 3 miles a day on his treadmill prior to starting this drug.
I hate to think it’s too late, but I know he will never listen to me. But my husband does and I listen to you.
8. Lipitor causes a “big stroke” in mother
I’ve been thoroughly convinced for years that the focus on high cholesterol as a problem and health risk has been completely misguided and probably funded by Big Pharma. I’ve improved my health by reducing the carbs in my diet. My cholesterol is at a tolerable level, although my doctors would like to see my LDL lowered. However, based on the research I’ve done and my personal experience, it’s not worth taking a statin.
My mother was diagnosed with high cholesterol in 2008, and she was put on Lipitor. She had previously had a mild stroke caused by a brain bleed. I came across research that showed that Lipitor increased the likelihood of a major stroke caused by a brain bleed in people who had previously had minor strokes of this type. My mother discussed the research with her neurologist and internist, who said they were aware of it, but lowering her cholesterol was too important.
Six months later, she had the big stroke that killed her. Nothing will ever convince me that Lipitor wasn’t the culprit. I’ll continue to eat low carb and enjoy better health–without worrying about cholesterol.
9. High HDL, low triglycerides on a low-carb Paleo diet
Since I started listening to your podcasts I changed to a Paleo low carb diet and I feel great.
My latest cholesterol test was:
Everybody were worried I was going to have a heart attack except me. Thanks for the great and valuable information about cholesterol you are sharing. I would love to win your book.
10. PCP describes cholesterol skeptics as “crazy”
When my primary care doctor and I first discussed cholesterol and statins I told him about all the research I had read on your blog, Jimmy, and then on the websites of your guests on the podcast. He told me flat out that “those people are crazy.” He is a mature man, I’m guessing close to 70, but very fit. He told me all about his father’s death due to a massive heart attack and stressing that this could have been avoided if his father had taken statins. He talked non-stop for several minutes, finishing with the statement that if I could bring him “one piece of legitimate research then we would talk!” He also ordered a cholesterol panel.
I got a call from him a few days later telling me my total cholesterol was high and I MUST start taking statins. I thought about this overnight and called the next day to request a copy of the results of my blood test. The nurse sent it right away. My LDLs were a little high but my HDLs were too and my triglycerides were very good. The doctor at the lab had noted that those results were counter indicative of heart disease! I also took in several articles by reputable researchers disputing the use of statins, including the work of a female doctor at UCSD which is “in the neighborhood.” He refused to look at it.
We then had the same argument and I finally said, “Well, I’m not going to take them and if you like I will find another primary care physician.” He said that was not necessary but he “couldn’t understand why an intelligent woman like me would make such a foolish decision.” He also promised never to mention it again–but he lied. We go through the same dialog every time I see him.
Don’t ever stop doing what you do, Jimmy! It is hard to “take on” a physician. Several of my friends have stopped taking their statins but “caved in” when their doctors objected. You provide information and encouragement so we may continue to stay strong and healthy.
11. Bacon and egg-eating low-carber has great cholesterol
About 10 years ago my local hospital was doing cholesterol testing the 3rd Wednesday of every month for 10 bucks. An RN was taking the blood draws, while another RN was counseling the participants when the results came back, about 15 minutes later. My name was called and I went up to get my results. I had been doing a low carb diet for about 3 weeks and I wondered how the results would come out. Ahead of me was an elderly lady getting lambasted by the RN counselor saying her numbers were way to high, that she should get rid of eating eggs, only lean meat, low fat everything.
I smiled to myself. This was going to be good. When I got to the counselor, she looked at my numbers and said “wow, your numbers are really good…whatever you’re doing keep it up…” I said I’m on a low carb diet and I’ve been eating eggs, bacon and mostly meat and cheeses…” Her face screwed up into a twisted look….and she asked how long was I on my “diet”…? I said it had been about 3 weeks…She turned her head and said in a gruff mumble that was too short of a time to be getting any accurate cholesterol results…I left laughing…
12. Low heart scan score trumps high total cholesterol
I am a woman over fifty with a total cholesterol higher than 250. A large insurance company gave me a substantial life insurance policy when I showed them my coronary calcium score in the single digits. Maybe there is still hope for the mainstream thanks to books like yours.
13. Husband asks for NMR test before taking a statin drug
When I finally went low carb for good 2 1/2 years ago yours is one of the first sites that I found. You had given me so much info and inspiration to keep on going even thru all the holiday and special occasions. My husband is the cook and after a while he joined me on the low carb journey just to feel better. (he is very thin and can eat anything he wants and not gain weight.) He is in the hospital now for a triple bypass and the doctors are pushing the statin drugs on him. Because my husband is so educated now about low carb he has told them that he will not take them. Of course they are not very happy. He is going to tell them that he needs the NMR Lipoprofile test before he takes any medications. Thanks for everything.
14. Asked for NMR Lipoprofile test, but got an MMR instead
I’ve had the NMR Lipoprofile test done twice and although my LDL’s are high, they are large and fluffy so that’s always reassuring. My HDL’s are very high and my triglycerides are very low but my primary care physician and 2 endocrinologists (including one on your Low-Carb Doctors list) recommend that I take Lipitor anyway. Definitely not taking it. I just went for a checkup this week and requested the NMR test to be done and the nurse misunderstood and they did an MMR test and told me that I’m immune to measles, mumps and rubella.
15. Aussie switches to LCHF after watching Catalyst
I am an Australian who has just experienced the ferocious backlash against our national television network’s broadcasting of a program which exposed the overuse of statin drugs for managing high cholesterol. That programme is now being blamed as the “cause” of thousands of patients going off their statins.
Since I have begun eating high fat, moderate protein, low carb, my total cholesterol has gone up to 371. I have decided not to go to my doctor because I know she will tell me to get on a statin. However, since I have begun educating myself through sources such as your book Cholesterol Clarity, I know that, being a healthy post-menopausal woman, I should not ‘worry’ about this number. Thanks to your podcasts, and others in the paleo, primal, ancestral health world, I have looked at my ldl, triglycerides, particle size, ratios etc., and they all look fine. I believe I am more educated in this subject that my doctor.
Looking forward to learning more about my own health in 2014 through your wonderful podcasts, blogs, books and your host of good friends in the low carb community.
16. Former vegetarian gets reality check, switches to Paleo
My story began almost four years ago. I had severe degenerative hip disease which prevented me from participating in my usual physical activities. I gained some weight, and as my training as a nurse taught me, I cut calories to try to reduce. I spent most of my life “starving” myself living under this philosophy. I lived over 20 years as a vegetarian. My mom is a type 2 diabetic, so I checked my own blood sugar with her meter and saw a fasting of nearly 140. Uh oh. Time for a change in thinking!
I found you on your podcast, and the rest is history. I had to have my hip replaced, went low carb, ended up Paleo, and have lost 40 pounds, spend three days a week in the gym, and keep my sugars in the 80′s. Mom is 82 and follows a low carb “high fat” diet as well. She’s lost from 300 pounds to 170, takes metformin, and keeps her sugar in the 90′s. We hand out books from your guests like evangelists. Her total cholesterol is 140 and her doc took her off her statin two years ago. I, unfortunately, am one of those people who respond with high LDL(279)but my VAP showed big and fluffy with a low ratio, triglycerides of 50, and HDL 100. My coronary scan is not 0 like yours but in the lowest range, which is not too bad for a 60 year old.
I stick my fingers in my ears when I hear about statins and take a regimen of nutraceuticals (from Dr. Stephen Sinatra) which have reduced my LDL to 140. We’ll be recommending your book as well, whether or not we win one! Looking forward to Keto Clarity. You are a godsend, Jimmy.
17. RN with statin induced myopathy on road to recovery
In October of 2012 my blood sugar went out of control even though I’d been on a low carb diet for over 5 years. HgA1C went from 5 to 5.6 in just a few months. I was grain free, pretty high fat, only occasional starchy carbs, no sugar. I was diagnosed with a form of Type 1 diabetes due to toxins attacking my pancreas. I was rather upset but determined not to have to take insulin. When I mentioned this to a friend, she sent me links to your blog. I immediately adopted nutritional ketosis. By December 2012, my HgA1C was back down to 5. I have almost 0 carb tolerance and make almost no insulin but, I am controlling this well with NK. There are no words to say TY enough. The doctor says that in time, my pancreas will recover.
On another note, I was put on statins in the late 90s, in my 40s. I was an RN and didn’t know any better. Eventually, I was falling constantly and they were pretty sure I had MS. Then my doctor read an article about statin induced myopathy and called me, telling me to stop them immediately. My muscles never fully recovered from the damage. I spent about 10 years eating very low fat, meanwhile gaining 100 lbs. Between HCG and NK I have lost most of the excess weight. The best thing about NK (besides the awesome blood sugar control) is the fact that my weight is stable for almost the first time in most of my life! Tnree months into NK, I had the full lipid panel run. Total cholesterol was almost 400 BUT I had 95% large fluffy LDL and over all risk was close to 0! So, thank you again Jimmy!
18. Low-fat, Jane Fonda mom now “obese and miserable”
Hello! Thank you so much for your boldness in getting the word out about proper health. There is one individual in my life with whom I want to share your message. It’s my mom. You see, I grew up in a low fat/healthy whole grain household. My mom is in the healthy industry which means she knew everything about how to get fit and be healthy. Only, neither of those things ever happened. I can remember being allowed to pick whichever sugary cereal I wanted because, even with the sugar, it was more healthy than cholesterol filled eggs or fatty bacon. I can remember wanting to be like my mom and only eat a can of tuna and cucumber slices over the course of an entire day. (Surely that would make me thin enough for boys to like me…After all, that was my moms aim.) I can remember trying to get through one and a half hours of Jane Fonda cardio with my mom every night. I even remember when my mom had half of her thyroid removed.
I adopted a low carb/Paleo lifestyle almost a year ago. I’m sure you know the rest, I am healthy and happy, I am full of energy and vitality, there is finally peace between my mind and body. However, my mom…not so much. She is now obese and miserable. She was told by her doctor that she has plague build up near her heart. Because she is still fat phobic, she has turned to sugar to cope. After all, Twizzlers are naturally fat free, right?! I am working with her and praying that soon she will be open minded enough to just try it. I see you as a great source of strength, and your podcast and blog vital resources. Thank you!! Please continue on!
19. Med school student challenges cardiologist’s therapy
I am a second year medical student and I have been interested in a lot of the stuff you write about for a while and wholeheartedly agree. This past year we had our cardiology unit. We were given a lecture on statins from a physician with past ties to Pfizer and during the lecture he frequently touted the Jupiter study; thanks to my curiosity, some Google searching afterwards led me to see how much of the Jupiter study had been discredited and I realized that the professor also had some ties to the Jupiter study. It was disheartening to say the least – major conflicts of interest in someone teaching future physicians.
During our cardiology unit, I did some shadowing and from my personal research on the overstated benefits of statins I was curious to breech this topic with the cardiologist I was shadowing. After he prescribed a statin to a patient without any history of heart disease, I tried to see why he thought that was appropriate without directly questioning his authority (balancing the art of embracing your attending’s authority is a skill all medical students must embrace). A simple question of mine wondering how beneficial statins would be to this patient led my physician on a 10 minute speech about the benefits of statins and, I kid you not, actually used the cliche quote of “I’d put it in drinking water if I could.”
I have tried to share articles and research with my peers and fellow future physicians but it’s hard to come off as not looking like a whack job when our own professors and esteemed cardiologists tout the benefits of statins so vigorously and proclaim their superiority to any dietary change etc. I just thought I’d share this story to give you insight into how difficult it will be to change the mindsets of future physicians. Even if some of my classmates were to believe me, when they enter the wards it is asking a lot of a medical student whose future depends on the recommendations and opinions of their attendings to stand up to attendings and perhaps try to encourage a patient to hold off on statins and try a low carbohydrate-based diet etc. Do you have any suggestions for future physicians?
20. Cholesterol is “fine” but take a statin anyway
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes after hospitalization on an unrelated matter. I finally went to a family doctor who ran the standard blood tests. When he was reviewing the results with me he said your cholesterol and triglycerides are fine, but in the next breath he said I’ll put you Crestor. Not knowing any better and trusting my doctor I took them. What’s the harm I thought. Around that time I decided to give low carb another chance and did a whole bunch of research on my own health. I adopted a LCHF lifestyle and my heath improved. After a few months I lost weight and my diabetes medication was now causing low blood sugar episodes. I went back to the Doctor and asked him to cut back on the medication because of the low blood sugar. I also told him I had cut out sugars and starches, lost 85 lbs and my 30 day blood sugar average was 5.0 (around 90 in the US).
Rather than eliminate any of the three diabetes medication I was on he switched one for another. he was still prescribing 3 diabetic medications along with Crestor and blood pressure medications. Well the new diabetic medication gave me the worst low blood sugar episode I ever had. I almost called an ambulance because I thought I was dying. I ate dozen sugar cubes and started to feel normal. But it turned out the new medication was time released and I had 3 more episodes of low blood sugar.
I stopped taking the pills and when I went back to the DR. he advised me to eat more sugars and starched so I wouldn’t have the low blood sugar. “Excuse me!” At that point I realized that my Dr. was more interesting in prescribing pills than listening to me. I researched all my medications and stopped taking the new diabetic meds and when I saw all the side effects possible with Crestor I stopped taking them too. After all my cholesterol was Normal! I’m shopping for a new doctor.
21. Dentist husband put on statin without cholesterol test
Having been an avid listener to your podcast since 2009, Jimmy, I have acquired a wealth of knowledge and information from yourself, your guests, and your experts interviewed. Also I am a subscriber to your blog which contains a great amount of interesting facts and your personal quests in achieving optimum health. I believe wholeheartedly in the high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate real food diet. Although at times, I do not faithfully adhere to this regimen, I do not eat junk food, and I do my best to read any label on anything packaged, boxed, bagged, processed in order to decipher what in the heck is being put into the food. I am also acutely aware of the dangers of eating GMO foods and I try to avoid them at all costs. I do my best to go gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, sugar-free and stick to just real food. I was immensely interested in your n=1 year-long experiment of blood ketosis, and losing the weight that you did through your high fat, Paleo nutrition. I have bought your kindle book of Cholesterol Clarity.
To that end, over the years I have gently introduced this information through casual conversation to my husband. He has not been as pro-active as I have been in acquiring the knowledge that I have through research. At first he was a little reluctant to hear what I had to say thinking that I was on another fad diet and health kick. However, he eventually started to be somewhat receptive to what I have been telling him about sugars and insulin causing fat in the body, and his mind started to shift gradually to what I’ve been learning. Being a dentist, it was hard to break through the nutritional information, the low-fat/high carb mantra, that he was minimally taught in dental school. He is 59 years old, 50 lbs overweight, a former heavy smoker for 30 years yet he quit this habit in 1996 against overwhelming odds, and he has a family history of heart disease.
Just last Thursday, December 5, 2013, I received a call from my husband who was at work. He told me not to be worried, but he was having chest pains, and he needed to go to the emergency room. To make this long story short, by the end of the weekend we learned that my husband had two blockages in his heart, the main artery supplying the heart was 90% blocked, and the branch off the main was 80% blocked. This was corrected with three stints inserted into his cardiac arteries. He also had a pacemaker put in place by the advice of an electro-physiologist. Fortunately, they said his EKG and enzymes were normal and in the doctor’s opinion, he did not have a heart attack, and his heart muscle was not damaged. That part was good news. And we are thankful that this potential danger had been corrected in time before something disastrous happened.
But, here comes the disconcerting part, we were not ever informed of his cholesterol levels, not total cholesterol, not HDL, not LDL, nor the total cholesterol to HDL ratio. We are not even aware that a lipid test was done in the hospital, and to our knowledge, it was not. Yet, the cardiologist prescribed him a statin drug. In doing so, he said that this was to prevent the accumulation of the plaques in his arteries. He said that this statin drug would prevent more blockages! Also he did not mention to my husband the necessity of taking CoQ10 along with this medication.
I knew that this was coming, and I had warned my husband that this was going to happen. But this is the problem…with our anxiety already on overload from this unexpected, health emergency, it is very difficult tell the cardiologist, the electro-physiologist, and the majority of the hospital staff that we do not believe that statin drugs have the efficacy that everyone says it has especially when it comes to preventing cardiac disease and future heart episodes. It is very intimidating to tell these professionals that we believe that statin drugs are not helpful, and in fact, are harmful. It is very difficult, without the information at our fingertips, to tell these professionals that there is plenty of research out there that support our claims!
Plus it was so ludicrous to see what my husband was given in terms of a “heart healthy” meal. Apple juice, skim milk, Cheerios, sugar, and coffee for one breakfast. A pancake, syrup, orange, oatmeal, margarine, sugar, skim milk, and coffee for another breakfast. I just wanted to scream!
Additionally, the take home instructions are even more disturbing when it states that he needs to be on a low-fat, low sodium diet with no detail as to what their definition of this is. And a whole packet on the dangers of herbs…also with no definition as to which herbs to avoid as a contraindication to his newly prescribed medications. The nurse only mentioned one herb that would expound the effects of his medications, and this was “St. John’s Wort.”
So when your blog came out with this giveaway of your new book, Jimmy, I just wanted to tell you this story in the hopes of winning a copy! I want to hand this hard copy to my husband and tell him to please read this book cover to cover so that he will have enough strength, knowledge, courage, and fortitude to tell his doctor how he feels about taking a statin drug, and also to give him the confidence to believe that he does not have to take this statin drug even though he will be going against the advice of the majority of the professional people out there that still profess cholesterol to be the evil in causing heart disease and atherosclerosis, and that statins are the miracle drug to cure it.
We need your help, Jimmy! We need your hard copy book! When we finally got up the courage and stated our objections to my husband taking a statin, two different doctors in two different hospitals in two different cities stated, “Oh, don’t worry taking a statin! It’s so safe that they are talking about putting it into our public water supply!” God help us all if that happens!
22. Forced to play the “stupid game” of statins
Here is my personal story about cholesterol: I was diagnosed with high cholesterol several years ago. My doctor immediately wrote a statin prescription. When I started it, my hair began to fall out so I stopped. I played the game of resuming it a couple weeks before my appointments so the doctor wouldn’t scold me, and then stopping it immediately after. This worked okay, but then my employer started giving health insurance premium “discounts” to employees who met selected biometric parameters, and of course total cholesterol was one of them.
So, my story is of how I play this stupid game game TWICE a year: starting the statin again each year once for my annual doctor appointment and once for the employee blood test, then stopping immediately after. I now know, thanks in part to you, and also to Dr. Michael Eades, that hair loss is the LEAST of my worries while I am taking the drug! Meanwhile, I eat healthy low carb foods and work out 3-4 times a week in a challenging CrossFit class, ride my bike across the state of Iowa in one week every summer, and run 5K races periodically. All of this is silly right? But what else can I do?? Would LOVE a copy of your book! Thanks for the informative blog and the Twitter posts.
23. Low cholesterol levels with calcified plaque
A year and a half ago I had my first child. I decided to create a family medical history joining my family’s and my husband’s family details. I did the first draft and sent it to my mom for review. Under her parents I wrote: “High Cholesterol.” And she wrote back saying, “no my parents have good cholesterol. Both my mom and I have “good cholesterol”–or so we thought–neither one of our total cholesterol tops 150.
She just found out last week she has some calcification in one of her carotid arteries. Wouldn’t you know it, that was the day I was listening to your interview with Dave Asprey. A few months ago, I started doing more research into cholesterol, realizing mine was way too low. But I’m excited to have hear the podcast and about your book; the way you conducted your interview, organize your findings, and explain the Truth will resonate with my mom.
The doctor told her she should go on Lipitor. Fortunately, she didn’t jump on board when the doctor recommended the statin drug. And she was excited about reading your findings before getting in bed with the devil. So I hope we win–it’ll be a big help. Looking forward to more helpful insights from you.
24. Doc said statin side effects was from lifting weights
Thank you for this chance to win a copy of your book. I have been meaning to purchase this book, but have yet to do so.
My name is Chris and I am a 41 year old male, who is accused of having high cholesterol. In my mid twenties, I was put on cholesterol lowering drugs for the first time. I had a total cholesterol in the 250′s with low HDL and high triglycerides. I was on Crestor, Lipitor, Tricor, Niacin therapy and everything in between. My total Cholesterol did drop, but the HDL remained low and the triglycerides remained high. Not to mention, the muscle pain and soreness that accompanied my treatment.
I was constantly told that it was probably just soreness from weight lifting, which I was doing pretty often during this time. Fast forward to 3 years ago…I quit taking all of my cholesterol meds against my doctors wishes. Within months, my muscle soreness was gone. And what else? I tossed my driving glasses within a year. This is also about the time I started following a low carb eating plan….originating with The TNT Diet by Dr. Jeff Volek.
My doctor keeps calling trying to set up appointments for me, wanting to see where my cholesterol levels are at. I do not want to go. I’m not afraid of the results, but for the shaming I will probably receive for no longer taking the cholesterol drugs they want to push. This is the ultimate reason that I hope to win your book so I can arm myself with more information to defend my choice to not take drugs for a cholesterol problem that I most likely don’t have.
25. Sees Cholesterol Clarity on “Diet Doctor” blog
I read your book and had my eyes opened to how we have all been so wrong about the way we look at cholesterol. My doctor I’ve had for 27 years just moved to Florida, so I’m looking for a new doctor, but I want one that understands cholesterol a little better. Do you think a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) would be a good place to start? I am very healthy so I have some time to find a doctor, but the task does seem a little daunting. I thought maybe a D.O., who is supposed to have a “whole person” approach, would be better.
I also wanted to let you know how I found your book. I am a 41 year old woman, and I have always eaten what I thought was healthy, worked out, and maintained a weight of about 125. When I turned 38, the weight started to creep on, and in October 2013 I was weighing about 153. I tried all types of ways to reduce my calories, thinking “a calorie is a calorie” and figured I needed to eat less. I prayed a lot for an answer on how to not just look better, but I really wanted to feel better too. I was on You Tube one evening, looking at my “recommendations” from You Tube. I have only ever subscribed to EWTN (a Catholic channel), so all my recommended videos are religion based, but somehow “Food Revolution” by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt kept popping up as a video. I had seen that video pop up a few weeks before, and this night I finally clicked on it and ended up watching the entire presentation by Dr. Eenfeldt.
For the next several weeks, I was consumed with trying to get information on an LCHF diet. I have read most of Dietdoctor/com, watched long video presentations by Dr. Robert Lustig, and then I found your website. In the process of all of this while eating LCHF and wanting to be as healthy as possible, I collected together all my blood work from the last several years. My cholesterol was last checked in 2010, and it was 242 (HDL 82, LDL 132, VLDL 28, Triglycerides 139). I remember my doctor had said he wanted to start me on a statin after I turned 40. I didn’t want that since I don’t take any medications at all, and figured there had to be a better way.
I had seen your book on your website and was wondering if it was really a book I needed to read. So in my pursuit to find out more about you, I went to YouTube and started watching your videos. In one of the first videos I watched, Christine talked something about how she had prayed to God that you would find a way to be healthy. I felt like this was God telling me that I was really on the right track with reading your book and following the LCHF way. I really think God led me to all of this.
I got the Kindle edition of your book and read it in about two days. I wanted to tell everyone I met how the medical community has so much wrong! Thank you for writing such a wonderful book and for all the work you do with getting the low carb message out there. I have watched all the videos from the Low-Carb Cruise and feel like I am following all the right people for best information. Now I just need to find a local doctor who can help me along on this journey. I’m interested in what my numbers will be like when I get my blood tested again. Right now I am looking forward to your next book on ketones! Thank you again.
26. Total cholesterol, triglycerides improve with no drugs
I had been taking 10mg of Lipitor and Niaspan for many years to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides. I worked out at a local fitness center mostly using various weight machines but my weight never changed. I weighed approximately 204 lbs. and had a 36” waist. I had been reading some information stating there were better ways to control one’s cholesterol other than via statins. I decided to give it a try. I first decided to go gluten free and then began more of a Paleo eating plan.
I couldn’t believe my weight loss. By eliminating carbs from my diet, losing weight was so easy and with no hunger or cravings. I did notice some irritability for about one week after I eliminated gluten but that soon passed. I now weight 170 lbs. and my waist size is 32 and I feel great. At my last annual physical, my doctor was most impressed with my cholesterol and triglycerides numbers and stated that I no longer needed to take any medication. I am committed to eating low carb forever.
27. A senior success story wants to reach her peers
My story is that I’ve been following low carb for many years, more or less, since I found out I was hypoglycemic, and now I’m really getting into the Paleo/Primal thing. Since I’m now a senior, I want to get this information out to other seniors, and am in the process of creating a web page to do that. The cholesterol issue is a large part of this, since so many older people have high numbers, are on statins, etc. Thanks so much for all you do.
28. Stopping statins was the right thing to do
Jimmy, I have been on statins for a lot of years. After much soul-searching and research, which included reading “Cholesterol Clarity” among others I decided to stop taking them. After 3 months of no statins I had an NMR done. While the particle size numbers were not a good as I had hoped, I am determined to stay the course for another 6 months at least and then retest. Number prior to stopping were: TC 180, HDL 35, LDL 110, Trig. 99. 90 days after stopping, according to the NMR were TC 244, HDL 51, LDL 189, Triglycerides 48. So, the HDL/triglyceride ratio had greatly improved even though the other numbers, on the surface seem worse. Since I did have stents (2) placed in 2004 I have to admit the “statins may help prevent a second heart attack” argument stays in the back of my mind but the more I read the more I feel like I have made the right choice.
29. Naturopath impressed with cholesterol numbers on keto
I eat a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet due to listening to Jimmy Moore’s podcasts for years, including his candid sharing of his adventures with health and weight loss. In a review of the results of my first cholesterol blood work in years, my naturopath said, “whatever you are doing keep on doing it because your cholesterol numbers are some of the best I’ve seen.” Thankfully she was a proponent of a higher total cholesterol number, since I’m certain a “standard” medical Dr would’ve put me on statins based on my 216 total cholesterol number (due to the outdated lipid hypothesis). Thanks for the important service you provide and for following your calling Jimmy. The information you pass along brings abundant health to many!
30. Dropped statins, cut carbs, improved cholesterol
You are a hero of mine and I want the book for myself! Like you, I have battled my weight and doctors putting me on statins since I was 38. I took myself off those things despite their frantic cries and also eliminated carbs and watched lipid numbers improve. You rock, Jimmy. Can’t wait for Keto Clarity!