I know a little bit
about cholesterol conspiracies
but I can tell you first hand for the likes of me and a lot of my relatives who have it heriditarily, if that's a word, through familial hyper cholesterolemia (FH for short) that statins are a life saver. I know because my dad and all his brothers died extremely young because of it and we are living longer because we are using proper statins. you can go on about the pharmys making a load of money which i don't disagree with but the stuff does work and if used constantly it stops plaque building, ok maybe not stops but slows it.
Do you mind if I ask to that guy/girl "Mentalmis" who said he/she is 7.5 total cholesterol what age you are? and are you vegan or do you use dairy? do you eat much junk food or relatively healthy? Sedentary or Active? Smoking or Non? It all counts but that's a very interesting reading for such a long time being veggy. Mind you, I would really need the other readings from a full lipid profile to tell you if your reading is actually bad or not i.e if you have a lot of HDL's and your ratio is better then 5:1 then you have zero to worry about. I have been known to be up around the 12's at one stage, then, when i was just vegy before (not vegan then) for 4 years i had it down to 4, then with statins and meat i had it down to 3!! at the moment I'm averaging about 5.5 but its getting lower since I've gone vegan about 3 weeks ago, it really is, i dont know about Mentalmis but it is quite definitively yielding results for me, could be that everyone's different but i would hasten to ask my fellow vegetarian to experiment eating meat to see if it would change much the other way as a sort of mirror experiment, i know where i would be told to shove it...lol but to be fair there is no basis there to say it makes no difference when you don't know what the difference is. Perhaps like me you actually have a cholesterol problem (it does get worse with age) and it may well have been worse had u been a meat eater for those 35 years of good wholesome veggie scoff. Personally I would recommend statins or at least the natural foods equivalent of. (Myself, I have home tests just to keep track of the changes, before i go for the main ones twice a year, home ones are about 90% accurate). If I didn't do anything though it would be severely high and i probably wouldn't be here typing this right now.
You can have normal cholesterol and have a heart attack you can change your total cholesterol within a week or two in fact its constantly oscillating its keeping it constantly low to ward off plaque build up which is the important part so the high density lipids take away the bad stuff back to the liver and the low density are absorbed properly along with the very low densitys (tryglecerides etc.). So a lot of them people that die with normal cholesterol probably went on statins too late. i.e the main damage was already done, they panicked took drs advice and went on drugs thinking it will be a miracle and reverse the damage, doesn't work like that, (at least not yet anyway, roll on A1-Milano and nanotechnology!) although it may have bought them some time. Isnt that what we are all trying to do, for we all know we are gonna kick the bucket, so the more time you can buy the better right? Why start too late?
HDL,LDL, AND Triglycerides are very important and I am intrigued by insulin that would make sense actually because its all about lipids and the liver and antioxidants, its actually incredibly complicated because its at a cellular level. its all about chemistry which is why those trans fats and hydrogenated things are extremely bad as well, if its poly saturated its ok because it has 2 of the chemical bonds. if you like to learn more about the basics google cholesterol cholesterol, great site. I'm extremely ammature with chemistry but that's where all the answers are for cholesterol. (and for a lot of how the body and the world works for that matter, i suppose)
You basically need to put any arguments against that kind of stuff in chemical formula otherwise your really just guessing or taking second hand sound bytes and re hashing them, medical doctors study chemistry, ask a decent medical doctor or chemistry student about it. if you can argue with chemistry then you have a real leg to stand on - if you do get it proofed and get it on Joe Duffy fast id love to hear about it. I do agree the pharmys are milkin it though, no pun intended. the way i see it I'm paying for an extra 20 years or more of living and being vegan cuts out any intake of cholesterol so it all helps to add some years in.
By the by apparently there is three things that can help REVERSE the effects of atherosclerosis, onions, garlic, and pomegranate. There's also lots of natural foods that have natural statins in them too, that's really where the drug came from in the first place, specifically the fungus on red yeast rice - they just concentrated HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors in a lab (yes that one i did copy and paste from wiki) and of course being the multi corps pharmas that they are - they price tagged it along with patenting -mass production-and ww distribution. Of course there is much more to be learned on this subject including finding the specific genes (more than 300 different gene defects that lead for FH alone, some found already). Anyway... EXERCISE is the BEST thing you can do, unfortunately I am very bad at that, although i do try an hour a day i do it very leisurely it should be rather intensive, for the muscles.
Sorry, I know i rambled a bit and it's shifted the OP off topic - but some interested responses there. good to see. Just following up on them as I consider my self a partial expert on the subject at this stage.