I think that if you do a search on this forum, you'll find other useful discussions about cholesterol. It's a huge topic, and there's a lot to understand about it, none of which you'll find on standard medical sites. For instance, eating meat doesn't raise cholesterol, but eating sugar and starchy, refined carbohydrates will.
Cholesterol levels also fluctuate for other reasons, as it's a substance that is needed in our bodies, so we make more when more is needed. Cholesterol levels fluctuate from month to month simply due to metabolic variations; levels also go up during the winter months. And, for menopausal women, cholesterol levels almost always go up, as the body uses cholesterol to make hormones, so when our hormones decline, cholesterol tries to help make up the difference.
I highly recommend Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and Jonny Bowden's book The Great Cholesterol Myth, as you'll want to keep this around as a guide. In it you'll find that Total Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL readings are virtually meaningless, especially since the "normal" values are moving targets. These tests tell you the quantity of cholesterol measured, but unless you know something about its quality, you are lacking the information required to know what's going on. So while you have mainstream medicine treating people with very dangerous drugs (statins) according to these quantitative measurements, the drugs are doing almost nothing to reduce heart disease and its complications. This book will also help you understand that for women especially, higher cholesterol levels can be healthful, not dangerous.
Tests for lipoprotein particle quality are available through all normal labs, such as Quest and Lab Corp, and are paid for by most insurance plans (check yours to be sure).
My fiancÚ got blood work done earlier this week and had an LDL reading of 129 and an HDL of 56, totaling 185 for total cholesterol. I'm really not concerned with his borderline LDL for numerous reasons, but am confused... 2-3 months ago he had his cholesterol taken when giving blood and had a total score of 225. That is quite a difference in numbers! Does anyone know why they would be so different? The blood center does not give separate LDL and HDL unfortunately.
I have also had this issue. My cholesterol was around 180-185 consistently for about a year, and then suddenly it spiked to 219-220 and has remained there ever since. All of these readings were taken at the same blood center as my fiancÚ. I started eating meat again after a very long abstinence from it during this time, so that would probably explain the jump, but I'm just super confused because my fiancÚ's cholesterol readings have been very disparate, as discussed above.
Is it possible that our blood center is inaccurate? I hope this all makes sense!
« Last post by Mary Murphy on January 13, 2015, 12:39:06 PM »
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« Last post by Mary Murphy on January 13, 2015, 12:31:02 PM »
We would like to hire a Chef Elementary Instructor to teach our 21 year old son how to cook. He came to the Open House at Bauman and is intrigued by the idea of possibly becoming a Natural Chef one day, and he would like to explore more his interest and begin to develop some elementary chopping skills, etc., before he commits. He has been eating the SCD/GAPS diet for years upon doctor's advice, and has recently been able to broaden his diet to include soaked grains and legumes, and so we would like a teacher who works with meat and fish as well as vegetables, fruits and grains. He does not eat gluten, dairy, alcohol or sugar upon doctor's advice.
Hours/Fee: Part time/hours negotiable. The hours and fees are very flexible and negotiable
Location: He would train in a home kitchen in Tiburon and Novato
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I'm coming for a visit mid-March and am looking for good accommodations. Something centrally located, within walking to restaurants, etc.. Clean, modern, upscale. What do you suggest?
Graduate of Bauman.....
« Last post by jodi f. on January 13, 2015, 09:50:49 AM »
No, Nori, this is a blog post about our last trip that started this past Dec. 16 in Lone Pine and ended on the 30th in Joshua Tree (actually, the day before in Twentynine Palms). The writing style is similar, of course. Scott has a way with words and phrases!
« Last post by Nori on January 12, 2015, 03:53:30 PM »
Is this similar to his book, which i have read and found fascinating?
« Last post by Dana Ced on January 12, 2015, 03:14:02 PM »
And what is the function of allicin in our body?
Are there any other foods that need to be 'activated' before use (besides grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds)?
« Last post by Steph K on January 12, 2015, 12:28:41 PM »
I'm a 2014 NC alum currently working as a Health Coach at an integrative medical center in NYC. Our office is looking for national or local (to NYC) worthy charities/non-profit organizations to work with as part of our 2015 "Giving Back" initiative. I've identified the following as potential organizations, and I would love suggestions for awesome groups relevant to our field:
Natural Resources Defense Council
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Media Association
Environmental Working Group
Excited to hear your suggestions!
My husband Scott and I, and our faithful hound, Django-the-wonder-dog, pedaled the Mojave for 2 weeks on our tandem recumbent trike. Scott, who's an English teacher and writer, just finished his blog about the trip, complete with lots of photos: An American Explorer: Desert Tour 2014: Day one
He says to look at it in sequence, as it may lose Day 5 if you don't. In the supplemental posts at the end, which were actually written before the trip, there's some information about some of the backpacking foods we scored. For those of you who backpack/bike tour and would like to know more about some of the great things available in the dehydrated/freeze-dried food world, post your questions and I'll answer them. The food was my department, and we had some killer meals (and a couple of duds).