Cholesterol is GOOD for you
To dolev: I have to tell you I am a female over the age of 60 and I have been greatly helped by a statin. My cholesterol was quite high. I always had good HDL readings. But my total cholesterol was 295 and now it is 219. I do believe that means the statin drug has imeasureably improved my cholesterol numbers. So I am not sure why you believe that it does not help. It did for me. But I am definitely going to continue taking my high does of Vitamin C. I know that has helped me tremendously also. Thanks for the reply. :D
I am glad you were helped by statins - but how do you really know? Your cholesterol was elevated as a defense mechanism to help your body deal with something, either weak arteries, or a toxin, or other problem. As an analogy, cholesterol in the blood has similar functions to the mucous that forms in your sinus or lungs - "outside" the body. Using an anti-histamine can make people feel "cured" - no mucous - but this does not cure the underlying viral or bacterial infection. In fact, the over use of antihistamines can allow the infection to take hold and spread - leading to millions who now suffer chronic sinusitis.
So back to cholesterol, no one argues that prescription statin cholesterol-lowering drugs don't lower cholesterol. They do (except for Lp(a) - which does become elevated - see the Canadian NEJM ads
). But unless you fixed the underlying problem (vitamin C will!), i.e., the reason your cholesterol was elevated in the first place, lowering cholesterol may be doing you more harm than good.
What is the symptom of high cholesterol? (Feeling good)
I've covered this in a couple of papers:
THE TRUTH ABOUT CHOLESTEROL
FEEDING THE IRRATIONAL FEAR OF CHOLESTEROL http://www.internetwks.com/owen/fear.htm