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Fishy suggestion to lower cholesterol
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Fishy suggestion to lower cholesterol

At my last doctor’s appointment, for a totally unrelated condition, my physician noticed that my cholesterol is persistently high. I have known that my cholesterol hovers around 200 – 240 points for the last 15 years. In an effort to reduce the evil number, I have increased my exercise, virtually given up red meat, increased fruits and veggies and have switched to soy butter and soy milk. All of my efforts have been rewarded with continuously high numbers. It really takes a toll on my self-esteem; another failed test.

However, without prompting, the doctor I was seeing asked if I would be willing to try some supplements to help reduce the cholesterol number. “What?”, I thought, “A doc that was not pushing an overpriced prescription pharmaceutical on an old white guy with health insurance?. This is new.”

She suggested I try a combo of fish oil and red yeast rice tablets. How did she know that I have a total aversion to feeding the big pharma companies any of my money? From my appearance, dress shirt, tie and slacks, she could not have confused me for an alternative living all organic homeopathic proponent. I concluded that she must be sincere in her belief that with proper diet, exercise and supplements, nagging conditions like high cholesterol can be tackled. Her caveat was that if the fishy pills yeasty tablets did not have the desired effect; I should seriously consider another drug therapy.

“Okay”, I mused, “I’ll give it a try.” So I will ingest the supplements for 6 months, get another blood test and see if the goodness of nature can reduce the shadowy evil known as high cholesterol. If it works, I’ll have a glowing testimonial for common sense solutions and physicians. If nothing happens, I will be taking a combo of Lipitor for high cholesterol and Prozac for my depression. I will keep you posted.

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