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From: Mark Tyler (
Subject:         Re: Low Cholesterol High Triglycerides
Date: March 2, 2014 at 7:38 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Low Cholesterol High Triglycerides posted by herman on February 28, 2014 at 8:32 am:

Hi Herman, I'm the same age as you, 59, and I'm 6/3". Right now I'm 244 pounds, but that is down from 285.

I've been on and off an ornish style diet for 10 years. Very hard to comply on your own with no support. I'm looking into joining or starting a group where I am locally.

I've only been back on since Jan 1, and I'm already seeing the positives, dropping blood pressure, some short term increased blood flow...I think is the medical term, as my arteries relax and hopefully my nitric oxide levels are or will start to spike.

I'm trying to choke down quantities of kale daily, and because of a back injury I've only been able to start an exercise program now.

One quick benefit is no more angina. When I'm a bad boy I get it only rarely, but I do get it, which means I've got at least one artery more than 75% occluded I'm pretty sure (never had an angiogram).

I also has some increased blood flow to the penile arteries, and have cut back on the blue pills.

My Mother, and both grandfather's had heart attacks in their late 40's early 50's. The latter dying immediately. My Mother had a by-pass and lived 20 more years. Long before reversal was born, my Mother realized I should be going more plant based and tried to convince me. I was young and immortal though, so I didn't listen then.

So here I am nearing 60, and I'm confident that my efforts have at least postponed a serious heart event. Now I'm on the war path against CVD again, and this time I have to win.

I haven't had my cholesterol taken since I've been back on the wagon. I'll have that done in April. It will likely be below 130 total, and maybe maybe just under 70 LDL if I'm lucky. My lowest total has been 118, but that was with 80 mg of Lipitor along with an ornish diet.

Today I study Esselstyn's work, which I think has been a bit more successful than Ornish, although all of them are evolving. In doing so I also came across Dr. Pinkney's book which has the advantage of conveying his personal experience and from an medical vantage point. Its a pity its out of print, but at least its available here.

It is a pity in general that this science is getting so little traction. It is the only way to reverse heart disease, and it is literally being ignored. In fact, fat is making a comeback. The new enemy du jour is sugar, total calories, and serving sizes.

In your case Herman, while much of what you mentioned is above my pay grade, it seems to me that if your diet hasn't changed, then you have, and a reduction in sugar intake (the fruit) would likely have a positive impact on trigs.

You might try replacing kale with one or two of those fruit servings. I consider every serving of it a punishment for which I may receive some sort of compensation down the road...hopefully the elimination of my little blue pills :)

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