Well, just in case…

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Here’s a review of the science behind these components of cholesterol:

  • HDL stands for “High-Density Lipoprotein”. HDL is different from LDL simply because of the ratio of lipids (fats) to proteins in their composition[1]. Are HDL and LDL really different entities? My guess is, probably not. They are about as different as 2 people with different BMI’s (Body Mass Index). They are the same species, possibly different genders, but ultimately, the same thing. It doesn’t matter what I think though, because even in the sciences, no one seems to agree on just ‘what’ they are. There are also rogue camps of believers that even think that the cholesterol ‘components’ don’t exist at all.
  • All we know really is that their ratios are correlational to the risk factors associated with heart disease (CVD, PAD, CAD). However, scientific observations of the components have shown that the Higher-density lipoproteins latch onto the lower-density ones and carry them back to the liver for disposal[2]. Yet, in practice, attempts to raise HDL through diet always leads to higher levels of LDL as well. What exact ‘diet’ components that were used, rarely are explicit, detailed, and/or otherwise accounted for… much of the data is ‘self-reported’. So, inherently, the data is flawed, despite any statistical ‘adjustments’ for said flaws, the results are not trustworthy, in my humble opinion.
  • The final component of cholesterol is your ‘triglyceride’ levels. Tri– means, ‘3’, of course. Now, let’s parse the word Glyceride. Glycerol, is a “ a sweet syrupy hygroscopic trihydroxy alcohol C3H8O3 usually obtained by the saponification of fats” per Webster’s Dictionary. Saponification means “transitive verb : to convert (as fat) into soap; OR specifically : to hydrolyze (a fat) with alkali to form a soap and glycerol.”
  • So, the word triglyceride simply means, “3 fatty acids” mixed with alcohol (glycerol). Triglycerides are used for energy. I’m a little more than intrigued that Webster lists ‘soap’ as a byproduct of saponification of glycerol. I was also intrigued by the listings in Webster from glower to go regarding the variations of glycerol sources (one is grape leaves… hmm). But I will avoid that rabbit hole right now and move on to the point.

[1] The Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol, Freeman M.D., (2012), page 2.

[2] How Statins Work…, Senaff, 2011. (and other research papers not listed… find)


If you are still with me… here’s why the review:

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These results do not include the initial tests which were substantially Higher for overall cholesterol (360).

The 297 and 250 for overall & LDL cholesterol respectively, were after 2 months of high fiber (25-35 grams) diet adjustments. Those numbers continue to decline…

The spike in triglycerides (111) was due to plant stanol and sterol supplements (or an unaccounted for Christmas treat).

The triglycerides with dietary tweaks have stayed between the 60-78 range.

Due to the LINK-BALANCE METHOD to Combat Insulin Resistance (see Bibliography) triglycerides have been the LOWEST, EVER.

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And without medication, the LDL is now below 160.

We have only been doing the Link-Balance Method for 3 weeks.

…interesting thing… I can sense that not even the doctor will care…

More to follow…