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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (pinckney.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Blood Test numbers
Date: November 5, 2009 at 12:41 pm PST

In Reply to: Blood Test numbers posted by Tom Pronesti on November 4, 2009 at 11:35 am:

Doctors come in all flavors. I still meet physicians in current practice that insist that cardiovascular disease is not reversible. Many others continue to tell me that diet has no effect on heart disease.

Following all advice (and recommended medications) is not requirement. Sometimes it is wise to follow recommendations, other times it may not be.

I find that most physicians base their advice on studies and journal articles that involve patients whose lab levels are high. For instance, low HDL in people with high total cholesterol is a proven predictor of risk, but studies of the significance of low HDL in people with low total cholesterol don't exist.

The body makes HDL according to the amount of total cholesterol found, so when total cholesterol is lower, HDL will all also decrease. There is no evidence that low HDL in people with low total cholesterol is a valid predictor of risk.

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