Category Archives: Cholesterol

Cholesterol Update March 2016: What happens after 6 weeks of VSL#3 Probiotics?

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I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.

This past October I stopped taking bergamot and saw a  bump in my LDL-P.  My next step was to stop taking bionic fiber and found that my LDL-P dipped back down.… Read More

Cholesterol Update January 2016: How I Bollixed My Experiment

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I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.

This past October I stopped taking bergamot and saw a  bump in my LDL-P.  My next step was to stop taking bionic fiber and in December… and found myself caving into my desire for coffee, and found that my LDL-P dipped back down.… Read More

Cholesterol Update After Stopping Bionic Fiber

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Brief Summary

I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.… Read More

I Stopped Taking Bergamot And Here’s What Happened To My Cholesterol

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Brief Summary

I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’ve received some fair criticism for doing things in this manner because I essentially added so many variables at once which can make it hard to conclude anything at all.  Ash Simmonds probably said things best in the comments here:

You changed too many things at once to be able to conclude anything meaningful whatsoever here.

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Did My Anti-Cholesterol Gameplan Work? YES!

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Last week I introduced my 12 pronged gameplan to bringing down my stubbornly high cholesterol.  I followed these 12 steps rigidly for 4 weeks and did a follow up NMR Lipoprofile.  I was literally BLOWN AWAY by the results.

My LDL-P, which has been stratospherically off the charts for the past 3 years has finally come down to Earth.

Something I did worked.

Since I have readers that are just finding this site, I’m going to go into some of the background behind my journey up to this point.

If you just want to find out what my latest results were, feel free to skip ahead.… Read More

My Anti-Cholesterol Gameplan

Anticholesterol Gameplan

In my last post I reviewed the results of all the labs my lipidologist ordered in which we learned:

  • I am somewhat insulin resistant
  • I have increased cholesterol synthesis which is possibly related to my insulin resistance
  • I also have increased cholesterol absorption which is possibly related to an underlying gut issue
  • I am ApoE 3/4
  • My Lp-PLA2 is still elevated and we’re not sure if this is due to actual vascular inflammation or other causes like exercise or my dental issues.

Before going straight for prescription medications, the lipidologist suggested a few things for me to try which I was all over… but since I’ve been dealing with these cholesterol issues for so long and eager to get it under control, I decided to do every possible thing I could think of to help bring it down.… Read More

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