The heart of the matter
Lipitor, the best-selling drug in United States history (sad to say) has finally gone generic. For the few of you who may not know what Lipitor is (in which case–good for you! It means you’re not one of the millions of people on it), it’s one of the statin drugs, which are medications to lower cholesterol.
There are so many things to say about this that I don’t even know where to begin. In fact, this discussion may take more than one Reality Health Check for me to truly explain my multiple levels of disdain for this product and the health implications–not the least of which is whether you need a drug to lower your cholesterol level.
That’s probably a good place to start. And I can say unequivocally that no one needs a drug to lower their cholesterol.
I have been in practice for many years and have almost never prescribed a cholesterol lowering medication, except in those situations where it is absolutely appropriate–like after cardiac surgery (if that’s ever appropriate, which is another story entirely), or immediately following a stroke.
Otherwise, if you want to lower your cholesterol level, there are plenty of nutritional supplements that can accomplish the same thing. I usually recommend a combination of fish oils, pantethine, coenzyme Q10, and various other supplements to help support a healthy cholesterol level.
However, the biggest tool in my arsenal to help with cholesterol levels is DIET. Yes, the dreaded four letter word. But the Hamptons Health Miracle diet isn’t like any other “diet” you’ve ever tried. It’s full of rich decadent foods most other plans would consider “fattening”–like cheese, avocado, nuts, eggs…And yet, it’s so successful not only for helping my patients lose weight but also for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, raising HDL (good) cholesterol, and–most importantly–lowering triglyceride levels, that they often don’t need anything else.
Eating in a healthy way (which doesn’t mean cutting entire food groups out of your diet–be it carbs OR fat) may not be “fashionable” and may not make a lot of money for Big Pharma, but it is the single most important thing you can do if you want to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level.
Simple as that.