Ask Larry:

Your Question: Do you sell any supplements that you recommend for people who do not want to take the statin drugs, but have cholesterol issues? My father-in-law took something that worked well for him.

I have heard not to worry about the numbers, but I thought a supplement is worth a try.

Larry’s Response: We live in a world where we feel the need to “take something” to counteract whatever problems may arise. This is particularly true of the cholesterol mania that grips so many doctors and their patients.

Years ago when someone wanted to avoid statins, doctors would suggest red yeast rice. It worked because it actually contained a statin drug, albeit a non-synthetic version of a statin. This was preferrable because it was a “natural product” rather than being produced in a laboratory or factory. While red yeast rice is still available, it no longer contains the statin component.

Today there’s a multi-prong approach consisting of supplements, diet, and exercise. Most alternative medicine folk suggest a combination of the following;

  • Eat fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) or take fish oil
  • Avoid processed sugars
  • Avoid wheat
  • Enjoy red wine and tea
  • Exercise

…and don’t fret over cholesterol numbers.

​It is far better to be healthy than to use drugs to reverse normal levels of cholesterol.​ The above suggestions help a person achieve and maintain health. Sadly, this advice conflicts with the norm. Here’s an anecdotal story.

​Herman had severe arthritis in his knees and took several pain relievers, his favorite being 2 acetaminophen several times a day. His son convinced him one day to take a walk down the driveway and part of the way around the block. Herman noticed improvement the next day but, when encouraged to go for a walk again, he refused and reached for the bottle of acetaminophen.​ The drug was convenient, affordable, and eased the knee pain. It also damaged Herman’s liver, but that was of little concern because of the other three benefits.

​Herman’s choice of relief is similar to what many people prefer. Health care and drug makers depend on it. Still, the best approach involves diet, some supplements, and exercise.