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22 hours ago, JaneWhoLovesRain said:

I asked about measuring the particle density but he didn't feel that was important.  He was so narrow and so focused on my high total cholesterol and getting me on statins that he wouldn't even discuss if there is possibly another reason why it is so high despite my excellent diet and daily walking.  Then he accused me of being narrow minded because I wanted to look at other causes.

Dr. Sinatra agrees with you about inflammation causing heart disease, not cholesterol.  He sees four causes, inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress.  Cholesterol isn't a cause according to him.  He gives great evidence to back it up but other doctors also give great evidence as to cholesterol being the main culprit.  It's all so confusing.

My trigs are excellent at excellent at 52 and my HDL  is likewise good at 72.

I think you are correct in standing your ground.  Statins have had documented side effects.  Only you, along with a supportive doctor, can determine what is the best course of treatment for you.  We all have unique sets of cirmcumstances.  

When I fractured some vertebrae (celiac disease complication), everyone thought I had suffered a heart attack.  I had a complete work up.  No build up, my heart is good to go for another 50 years.  But am I in the clear?  Probably not.  I have lots of inflammation due to autoimmune disorders.  While I can control a celiac disease flare up, I can do nothing for the others.  I am not ready to resort to any drugs other than hormone replacement (thyroid) because I have a history of drug reactions.  So, I choose a good diet and exercise.  

Good luck!  

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On 10/5/2017 at 4:46 PM, Ennis_TX said:

LUCKY, I knew I found something relevant for someone when I saw that info. Here is the entry on pumpkin seeds form that protein entry.

Pumpkin
Are rich in Magnesium, zinc, Iron, copper, b-vitamins along with the vitamins K and E. They are also a great source of various amino acids, and are alkaline forming so they help balance diets high in acidic foods and to maintain a balance of you bodies PH levels.
The Antioxidant levels in pumpkin seeds have also been shown to improve blood sugar regulation. Whole seeds have the added bonus of dietary fiber to lower insulin spikes, and promote regularity.
Pumpkin seeds and the powder from pumpkin seeds have relatively high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is the amino acid the body uses to make the feel-good and relaxation neurotransmitter serotonin and niacin. 
Pumpkin seeds also contain high amounts of zinc, which can help the brain convert tryptophan into serotonin. Zinc is also a natural protector against osteoporosis.
According to various studies, pumpkin seed prevents calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, and reduced inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol
Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good "HDL" cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.
https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Seed-Protein-Powder-canisters/dp/B01LX9AOHF/ref=lp_8420532011_1_2_a_it?
https://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-2140214-jarrow-formulas-organic-pumpkin-seed-protein-16-oz
https://www.mygerbs.com/product-category/seeds/whole-pumpkin-seeds/

That's so interesting...and confusing.  My sheet of oxalate levels in goods lists pumpkin seeds as very high.

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