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Dietary Changes
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 08/15/2021 130 posts

Why don't I read anything at all about changing our diets? I'm finding amazing results with my blood sugar levels (I have type 2 Diabetes) and last hba1c was 6.2. I eat a Keto diet, high fats, low carbs (below 50) and proteins.

Now I'm changing my dairy intake to pretty much zero because my cholesterol shot up to 389. I've read many times it is most important to divide your Triglyceride # by your HDL #. I've also read and heard that people that are living longer have high cholesterol numbers, and those that die earlier have low LDL numbers (low total cholesterol numbers).

I'm nervous about information being true, or untrue, so I am going for lowering my intake of dairy products. I have to tell you though, long (back to my 20s and I'm 68 now) I did not do dairy! I just didn't care for any dairy products! But I'm going to try anyway. I eat mostly lean meats but add some olive oil, lots of veggies, low amounts of carbs and only safe carbs (so I've read) like berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and I gotta have a few blueberries).

I can't remember why but I was scared off from Lecithin when I used it for a couple of weeks. I first ordered the wrong thing, then bought what was supposedly the right thing but something was going on that made me think it was the lecithin. I know I need to keep better track of these things. Input welcome, I just think we should talk more about our basic diets before piling on the ACV, Lecithin, or any other fix.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 08/15/2021 130 posts

Wondering if you are still around, Blane?? I have found more and more info, but didn't look up your suggestions, but am now doing just that. Thank you, because I've been listening to Dr. Benjamin Bikman, Dr. Eric Berg, some of the Diet Doctor, and trying hard to read Lipid Lunacy. It's too technical for me I'm afraid but headed out to read your suggestions now as well. I'm becoming a believer in high, total cholesterol isn't the enemy, but rather the Triglyceride/HDL ratio. I admit I am lowering my dairy intake to see if I can "feel" safer with my numbers in the lipid profile I just got, but my Triglyceride/hdl ratio is excellent!

I'm just up for reading more studies that have been coming out for some time on this topic, and I haven't put my faith in conventional medicine for some time ;) Feedback from anyone is welcome as I remain open-minded, and, I do understand that if ACV works for you, don't "fix" it ;) I had to change my way of eating because of Type 2 Diabetes, and the fact that I have a 3rd degree AV Node block and am on my 3rd Pacemaker since 1997.

Posted by Richard (TN) on 07/23/2021

198 cholesterol is really not high because the desired range is under 200 but I do watch the HDL/LDL. And also watch the intake of transfat, sugar and junk foods in fast foods, pastries, soda pops etc.

Good luck with your health.

Posted by Teresa (Ohio) on 07/23/2021

I totally agree with the Red Yeast Rice and Coq10 for lowering cholesterol.

Posted by Tom (Los Angelez) on 07/23/2021

Hi, Good to know about oats and sharing all these details.I was wondering did he add any kind of milk in the oatmeal?

BTW fish oil and COQ10 alone does not lower cholesterol. You need to Red Yeast Rice along with it.
Give it a try.

Thank you,

Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 07/20/2021
5 out of 5 stars

In 2019 our family doctor was concerned about my husband's cholesterol. He is not quick to recommend statins and suggested he try fish oil and COQ10.

My husband was very faithful in taking these supplements for a year. He made no other changes to diet, supplements, exercise, etc.

A year later (January 2020) his cholesterol was higher and his LDL was worse! Hmmphh.

So we dropped those supplements. No use taking them or wasting money on them anymore.

I suggested oatmeal. Like, oatmeal for breakfast EVERY day. I eat a lot of oatmeal and my cholesterol has always been on the lower side. And some studies seem to show that oat lowers cholesterol. He was game.

So every morning for the last six months, (at least 13 out of 14 mornings), he and I have had a bowl of oatmeal together. He made no other dietary changes or changes in exercise or supplements.

Sometimes I make steel cut oats in the instant pot with dried cranberries and coconut flakes. Sometimes I made quick oats on the stovetop and add fresh fruit like oatmeal or peaches. I add a little salt and maple syrup. I put a little butter in his and a little plant butter in mine.

Six months and about 175 bowls of oatmeal later, he had labs done again.

His total cholesterol dropped from 198 to 182. (An 8% drop! )

His LDL went from 140 to 121. (Still higher than desired but a 13% drop! )

His LDL/HDL ratio is back in the "normal" range.

We will continue our breakfast for oatmeal routine. Perhaps over time there will be more improvement. I will let you know!

~Mama to Many~

Daily Water Salad
Posted by Antrius Resius (Cyprus) on 07/10/2021 25 posts
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I created this curement on my own.

Speak with your doctor before using this curement. Use this curement completely on your own responsibility (earthclinic or me, have no responsibility), since this is given as a suggestion.

It works directly for lowering Cholesterol, lowering Triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, cleaning fatty liver.


  • 1 garlic clove (2 grams about)
  • 2-3 grams of onion
  • 4-5 grams of celery
  • 4-5 grams of parsley
  • 4-5 grams of lettuce

Put this in a blender with water. Add some extra water after making the juice. You can use the juice in one or two glasses of water. It has difficult taste, but the results really worth it.

Drink within 7 minutes after extracting from the blender. One juice per day with 5 to 6 times per week.

This is my daily water salad. It keeps my analysis all within normal limits for years.

Posted by Ampy (Destin, FL) on 06/14/2021

I would love to know what is the Niacin brand that you take please and also do you just take one tablet at night time with food?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christine (Manahawkin, NJ) on 05/07/2021

Do you think the ACV tablets will work as well?

Apple Pectin, Green Tea
Posted by Ria (Nevada) on 04/03/2021
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Apple Pectin For Cholesterol Reduction, Green Tea For Triglycerides

My cholesterol was around 263 when my specialist freaked out about it.

I did research and read about apple pectin, which is a soluble fiber.

I took one capsule of 750 mg for four to six months on an empty stomach in the afternoons with a large glass of water.

Six months later, my cholesterol was down significantly, and my doctor was rather surprised. The only reason I didn't take more was that my stomach is delicate and I've had problems with other supplements before.

Now I'm down to 224 and my new doctor freaked out about it. I went back to apple pectin again, and we're re-testing in six months.

My triglycerides were consistently in the high 100s and I heard at a health seminar that green tea reduces them.

I started to drink 2 cups of green tea decaf most days (can't do caffeine) and the last two times my triglycerides were 84 and 85.

They have never been so low. Keep in mind that psyllium is also a soluble fiber and any powdered supplement you can buy in the stores that contain it will do the same thing. I prefer the capsules because I can't stomach the sweet flavor of the powders. Good luck, people!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 03/03/2021 130 posts

This was truly an interesting article, Ivy. I hadn't read it until this a.m. Thank you for the link. I started the Meformin again, after stopping it at 3 weeks in, because I had some stomach discomfort they do speak of in possible side-effects. A problem in my mind was, those are mentioned as side-effects for the Type 2 Diabetes I was diagnosed with 4 weeks ago now. I do love alternatives and have had many work for me, but I am not against conventional medicine either. I wish it could all be taught to MDs. When the best fix for an upset stomach or many other things is ACV, why should a drug be prescribed? I know the answer, BIG Pharma. Well, interestingly enough, I am getting my foods in-line now and no ill effects from the Metformin so I'll continue on it. I know people have different experiences, different opinions, and different levels of knowledge about health. I do have an open mind about it all, then I choose what is best working for me. It's my body, only I know what all goes on, I couldn't begin to list and tell about the many issues, little things many of them, but still very vigilant. Thank you again.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 03/02/2021 130 posts

They prescribed Statins which I took one night, and the next day I felt awful so I stopped them. Then I got the Lecithin. My cholesterol is 330. I'll break that down to the Ldl and the hdl: LDL = 239 HDL = 55 Tryglicerides are high too I hear: 185. These are all mg/dl. Ratio is 4:3 Why do you say mine are fine, if you were speaking to me, when I didn't post them?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sam (Miami ) on 03/02/2021

Your cholesterol is perfectly fine. Besides, one number means literally nothing. Ratios are important. Lp(a) is important.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/28/2021 130 posts

Hello Art, Thank you for your reply :) I haven't had any further Niacin flushes without taking any Niacin, lol ;) Thank goodness, no liver issues (disease). My hair is still in good shape, but I think it's beginning to thin a little. I will see about adding Zinc and Selenium to my regime. Right now, with all else, I stopped my B-complex and Glucosamine blend because I wanted to see if that might have caused the headaches, etc. I can add them back with my D3 1000iu recommended by my doctor (not sure their right, of course but not ill effects I know of) and my "just" 200mg of Magnesium Citrate (I know this one isn't hurting me but use to take it at 400 mg a day which I think is better). I feel comfy with just the 2 tbsp of Lecithin, one in a.m., one in p.m. with either green tea or my turmeric juice and ginger juice mixture. I bought that from a company here in California, but of course, it is processed by them. I hope it's healthy though, for anti-inflammatory. I haven't had any arthritic pain since I've been drinking it. It seems I read that if the thyroid is working right, many other things can start working right as well. I can't remember where or who I heard it from though.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 02/27/2021 1004 posts


You've got a few health issues going on at the same time.

The lecithin you started today should help reduce your LDL and VLDL cholesterol very significantly as well as triglycerides. My friends who have used it took 2 tablespoons per day initially as a loading dose and then switched down to 1 tablespoon per day as a maintenance dose. Nine tablespoons a day is a lot by any standard and I would say way too much. You are a fairly small person so you may find that a tablespoon is more than adequate for you and in time and with testing, you may find you can go with a slightly lower dose to maintain benefit, but that will be trial and error on your part. Lecithin can be helpful with fatty liver disease if that happens to be a health issue you are having. One small study suggested that a component of lecithin can possibly improve insulin sensitivity making it useful in diabetes. Lecithin is an emulsifier so it can help breakdown fats which may also be useful in diabetes, but the studies are lacking to discuss this benefit in diabetes.

One friend who is using lecithin successfully adds it to her morning smoothie and said she feels it improves the flavor of her smoothie.

On a somewhat related note, Zinc and Selenium are usually helpful if hypothyroidism is an issue, especially zinc. What condition is your hair in?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/27/2021 130 posts

That is interesting, but I think I mentioned here or was it on a diabetes forum?? Well anyway, I am willing to take the Metformin if it that last resort for caring for myself at home. If I end up in the hospital then I'll have to let them give me whatever. I just have found natural ways of "fixing" a lot of issues. The fact that Metformin has a very good track record, which I can see in your link, and have heard from other believers, is reassuring should I have to resort to a drug.

It actually seems good to me that Life Extension makes what seems to be a reliable alternative for people. It made me sick for 2 weeks, or, it was my physical issues. I don't know for sure at this point. I even quit my supplements and just to try without even those to see if it is just my body is sick with Type 2, high cholesterol/triglycerides, hypo-thyroid issues in the past (maybe again now, can't get tested yet for that), and now added to the pile, is about of high blood pressure. It was 170 over I think it was 110, but I haven't been able to get the recording of that from the hospital. My regular doc has to request it and I will be telling him on Monday about my Friday trip to emergency. I do thank you for the information, it was sort of a surprise as I didn't know Life Extension made prescription drugs.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/26/2021 130 posts

Hello Art, good to find your post.

I got my Lecithin. It sure doesn't taste bad at all, and I could just chew it up in my mouth if I had to ;) I dissolved a tbsp of the granules in my decaf Green Tea (which I like to chill to make it ice-tea) I don't notice any difference in taste with that. It takes just a little time, maybe 15 min. to dissolve in the cold tea but people can use a blender to speed up the process if need be. I read it's good to do it for about 30 min. before I eat so am doing it that way. I hope it works, and I don't know if I should do the 3 tbsp, 3 x a day. I don't see anywhere you mention how much you used per day? I'll just keep taking some each day. I didn't get my Lecithin until this afternoon in the mail, so it has nothing to do with what happened to me this a.m. I have Type 2 diabetes just diagnosed Jan 20.

I cut my carbs way back to I think below 30g a day, I was so concerned about having something like Diabetes. Anyway, yesterday got to talk to a dietician, and leary of them as well but I listened. She encouraged me to eat more carbs, 30g per meal say. So I started that today. But from 6 a.m. to 9:15 I felt so good and healthy, lots of energy, and for the first time in weeks, no headache on awakening.

Then at 9:15 or so, I got the bad shakes, like the hypoglycemic thing I got as a kid when I didn't eat soon enough. Then a headache that didn't feel like any headache I'd ever had, so really clueless. I don't do this unless I know something is way wrong, I went to the emergency room, and all I got done was my blood pressure, temperature, checking stuff.

My blood pressure for the first time I know of in 68 years was 170/??, I can't remember the bottom number but it might have been 120, or not. I was just so upset because the waiting room was full, the inner exam rooms were full, sick people surrounding me, and I didn't stay as my head stopped hurting and I figured I wouldn't be seen anyway.

I plan to contact the clinic tomorrow and ask about my blood pressure, they are open on Saturdays. If this crazy new way of eating, high cholesterol, and of course high triglycerides are the cause of now, High Blood pressure, I can only hope I can find an answer for that here too. I'm 5'2" and right at 129, exercise regularly walking, never ate a whole lot of carbs and all this. Kind of overwhelming, but I trust alternative medicines/home-remedies over drugs and I won't give up. Thanks for your's and everyone's input on the site,

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 02/25/2021 1004 posts


Yes, red yeast rice is essentially the same as the statin named Lovastatin or Mevacor. Myself, I wouldn't use it.


My choice would be "Soy Lecithin Granules" because these have worked very effectively for friends. I use Non-GMO Soy Lecithin Granules to good effect.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by GertJr (Madison) on 02/25/2021

Art, thanks for the thoughts on statins.

Do you have any information about red rice yeast and it having the same side effects as statins? I've been taking LDL Omega capsules for my cholesterol and it works to bring it down, but I also get the same muscle aches and leg cramping as when I took statins. This formula has the CoQ10 as well, but the leg cramping has me wanting to not take it anymore.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/24/2021 130 posts

I am concerned I may not have ordered the right Lecithin. I'm not sure I can mention a brand or put a link, so I'll mention the brand I ordered. I don't want to do anything against the site rules, but I know they check all the posts before they allow them so I'll go ahead. I ordered granules (lecithin) from Life Extension. The ingredients sounded good and reviews, but someone mentioned, back in 2015 post, that there is not GMO Soy, no matter what the label says? Thanks again for any help,

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 02/24/2021 1004 posts


Good on you for reconsidering about statins.

Here are a few reasons why statins may not be the best choice.

1. Statins are known to cause muscle pain, liver damage, increased blood sugar and neurological side effects as discussed here:


2. Statins have caused memory loss in some people as discussed here:


3. Statins can cause tendon damage or rupture as reported in the following study link:


On the other hand, "Soy Lecithin" lowers cholesterol and triglycerides as shown in the following study:


It is worth noting that I have not as yet been able to find other cholesterol studies for other forms of lecithin such as sunflower lecithin and my experience is that "granular soy lecithin" has been effective for several friends who have used it.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ivybridge (TN) on 02/24/2021

Life Extension states that Metformin is a life extension drug.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/24/2021 130 posts

Hi Art, or anyone reading,

I never got the Lecithin, no good reason, and Jan 20,2021 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now I've had to quit some things, and have gone lower than low carbs, almost zero. My blood sugar is dropping a little after a month, no Meformin for me, but my cholesterol and Trygliserides are high. Cholestrol has stayed at the 300,330(last lab). Of course they wanted me to take a Lepitor, did that last night for the first and last time. My ears (Tinnitus) are insanely spiked to where I just can't take another of those pills. I'm getting on the Lecithin as soon as Amazon can get it sent to me. I don't know what brand to look for but I do take some good supplements from LIfe Extension, like my B Complex. I also am to take D3 and that has no side effects on me I know of.

Thanks to everyone that's posting on this. My doctor is a precious man, very young, and really seems to care about folks but I can't trust the drugs ;(

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lily (Kelowna, Bc Canada) on 02/14/2021

2 Suggestions : Sunflower Lecithin ( any good health food store)

Niacin, do some research, Dr.s know about niacin but prefer to write scripts .

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lily (Kelwna, BC, Can.) on 02/14/2021

Try replacing the ACID reflux meds with 1/4 TSP. of cayenne pepper in 1/3 c. water(stir well), chug a lug followed by 2/3 c. water...it will cure ulcers and help or destroy acid reflux. Do this for 2 weeks . After that continue once a week to keep healthy, it may also address cholesterol levels .Don't be chicken ..it won't burn!

You may have in your spice rack but buy some, make sure it is fresh and powerful.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by 4001 (New Jersey) on 01/28/2021

I had no problems with cholesterol, I started having celery juice and my last test shows my cholesterol of 253. Now I have some doubts about the celery juice. It is good for cleaning the stomach though.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lily (Kelowna, BC) on 01/25/2021

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper in 1/3 c. of water, chase with /2 to 1c. of water for 2wks. after that once a week. I agree with low fat diet as well instead use flax seed oil, omegas, coconut oil.

Brazil Nuts
Posted by Mike (Cape Cod) on 09/27/2019

Do you have a pre- and post- nut breakdown of HDL and LDL?

Brazil Nuts
Posted by Margie S. (United States) on 08/27/2019
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A coworker of mine introduced me to Nutritionfacts.org. There is an article called Four Nuts Once a Month by Dr. Greger. I started eating 1 Brazil nut every day (even though the article said you would get the same results eating 4 nuts a month).

My results are as follows: I went from 224 down to 204 down to 136. I get mine already shelled at Trader Joes. They will always be a daily staple of mine. Brazil nuts are high in selenium.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Carla W. (Walnut Creek) on 08/04/2019
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Quantifiable evidence of the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for improving lipid panel plus dissolving calcium deposits.

I am prone to making calcium deposits on arteries and organs.

On 10/13/17 I had a lipid panel done with borderline results. I also had a stuck bile stone, causing misery and moving towards surgery. I did not change my diet, which is reasonably health conscious but added a daily dose of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with apple cider to make is deliciously palatable.

In six weeks, in the middle of Qigong class while doing a gentle abdominable exercise, the stone released... dramatically and with great relief. Took my lipid panel again in 3 months with dramatic results, and again six weeks later with a different lab, just to be sure. And one and a half years later after a 6 month total diet derailment due to stress circumstances of a critically ill husband unable to assimilate food, and I undermined myself by eating his food to not waste it.

Here are the numbers. 10/13/17 chol-252, hdl -61, ldl 167,,tri -120 1/8/18 chol-61, hdl 58, ldl-109, tri-89 2-24-18 Chol- 189, hel-71, ldl-100 tri-91, and the backslide: 7/26/19 chol-228, hdl-60, ldl-140, tri-140.

Since that eyeopening setback I am back on track with my daily ACV cocktail. Will test in a separate lab in a couple of months. But this is measured incredible result and setback... Have not been able to get any attention from anyone in the medical profession other that being blown off. I am a believer of ACV. It's inexpensive, accessible and a true threat to the pharmaceutical industry.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Art (California) on 05/28/2020 1004 posts
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A popular search is for remedies that can lower high cholesterol.

Diatomaceous Earth is very effective at lowering high cholesterol. Even at lower dosing, but a tablespoon per day dosing is quite effective and fairly fast. This allows you to completely avoid the statins which are well established to create new health problems.

Apple Pectin
Posted by Ria (Las Vegas) on 01/22/2020
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Try apple pectin. One to three times daily 1/2 hour before food on empty stomach with lots of water. I did this years ago and it brought it down very well. Doing this on an ongoing basis is a lot better than statins.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by EB (England) on 01/23/2021

Juice celery to lower your cholesterol.

One bunch a day for a few weeks then see what your levels are.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 01/23/2021 1004 posts

Hi Pacific Coast Lady,

Well, it has worked for my friends who have used it, but only soy lecithin granules. The other forms of lecithin such as sunflower lecithin have not been tested in studies, so I have found good effect with soy lecithin granules. They have told me that they used two level measuring tablespoons per day until their cholesterol levels dropped to the level they wanted and then reduced their dose to one level measuring tablespoon per day as a maintenance dose. I have only seen the granules work, not the soft gel capsules or other capsules.

Some have told me they add it to their daily smoothie. I have also added the soy lecithin to several ounces of water and drank it down quickly with no stirring.

In the study I have previously linked to, lecithin lowered LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol, triglycerides and raised HDL cholesterol.



Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 01/22/2021

I really appreciate this post, Blane! I never thought about the ratios between the L and the HDLs. I'm going to watch these videos before I buy anything. It's way better to read whole threads on these sites, isn't it. I'm so guilty of reading one reply and pouncing on it before I read further.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 01/22/2021

Yes, I do not want statins which is all a doctor offers me. I'm going for the lecithin, I was anyway, but when I read your post Art, with friends/family as witnesses as well, sounds good to me.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 01/22/2021

Thank you, Sharon in MO, I just got my bloodwork back and my cholesterol is still high. I've had it high most of my life I think, but never kept good track. I run around 300 plus (combined LDL and HDL, LDL is 239 of the 330 on "just received" results). I am going to shop for clean, organic lecithin today. Thank you again, it will be worth a try for sure.

PS I was diagnosed with 3rd degree Heart Block in 97, not sure if that is caused by cholesterol. I have a pacemaker since then and I am 68.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Blane (Central Fl) on 10/12/2020

High cholesterol is not a problem. The problem lies in the ratios of LDL to HDL.

I gave up bread, rice, and potatoes before I had a heart cath last year - dropped twelve pounds in 3.5 weeks doing nothing else.

Go to YouTube and look up Dr. Pradip Jamnadas. He's got three (over an hour long) videos where he addresses the cholesterol MYTH among others. I'd start with "The Bittersweet Truth" personally, then "Fat Lies", and lastly "Fasting for Survival".

Also, if you've never read it, I'd also suggest "Grain Brain" by Dr. David Perlmutter.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anon (Not Canada) on 10/10/2020

Iron. My cravings disappeared when I started taking iron supplements. If you are constantly munchy, try iron.

Garlic. Arsenic poisoning mimics diabetes. Detox for metals.

Niacin. (Niacinamide - the flush type) :


This link is about the niacin flush:



Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jeanne (Tennessee ) on 10/11/2020

When people say their cholesterol is too high, the first question would be what is too high? Our bodies need cholesterol and if it gets too low, people have a higher risk of cancer. I want to make sure my cholesterol is around 200- 225. Don't listen to FDA. Cholesterol is NOT your enemy. The person that recommended a low fat diet, I bring into question. Read the book The Cholesterol myth.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brett (Hawaii) on 10/10/2020

Define "healthy fat".

Any form of Seed oil is not healthy and will not do good things for human health...especially genetically modified rapeseed (poisonous) oil known to all as "Canola" --- Can (canadian) o (oil) la (low acid). Look up what "acid" is in it at "low levels" and see why no bugs or animals will eat this stuff...only humans consume a food with it.

Also, the oils eaten even if "healthy" (let us define "healthy" for now as fruit oils: Avocado, Coconut, Olive, etc.) are also toxic if rancid (very common). Consuming rancid oils in any form causes systemic inflammation...which is the real cause of modern degenerative diseases that don't exist in native peoples who eat native diets free of modern refined and long term stored foods. This constant inflammation causes elevated cholesterol as the body produces about 80-90% of cholesterol for repairs to the damaged tissues (This is why people like vegans who eat "0" cholesterol can still have extremely high blood cholesterol levels.

Additionally, refined sugars in concentration (so called "healthy" Agave syrup...LOL) regardless of form also lead to degenerative inflammatory conditions...go figure...wow, eating a diet that includes refined foods leads to unhealthy bodies...shock me some more, please, maybe tell me the answer is to go to an MD and get drugs to treat the symptoms of the diseases you are causing yourself??? YEP, that is just what happens in western civilization...no personal attention to the causes...

Please note: Your diet is the cause of diseases that are easily avoidable, stop trying to resolve issues by treating symptoms and begin to learn how to treat your body. It knows what to do to heal and balance if you stop causing it trouble with the things you put into it and the way you treat it.

Blessings to All and may you find power in knowledge. :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 10/10/2020 1004 posts

Hi Dianne,

I have had very good luck at lowering high LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol using Lecithin as outlined in the link below.


I have several friends who have used it with excellent results allowing them to avoid statins altogether!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diane (Florida) on 10/10/2020

Everyone is unique and reacts differently with remedies. I cannot take Virgin Coconut oil. It makes my hair, scalp, skin oily and itchy. I stick with cold pressed Olive Oil. I have High Cholesterol, my HDL is fine, but the LDL is high. High Cholestrol runs in my family, I tried, diet, exercise, supplements like Red Yeast rice, Policosanol, none worked. I was reading about Cholesterol. Sometimes you have to fix your liver, gallbladder and your gut. Sometimes there are other factors involved, like insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, dysbiosis or microbial imbalances, stress, allergies. A bulging stomach tells me I have fat accumulation. Every part of the body has to work together. So I am working on my gut, digestion, liver and gallbladder bile. My doc told me I have gallbladder sludge and my liver is producing too much cholesterol. I have to rid myself of the sugar and bad carbs too for my pre-diabetes and insulin resistance. Any ideas. The Fenugreek Powder and Amla powder is helping my pre-diabetes blood sugar numbers. I am taking Milk Thistle and Swedish bitters for the liver and gallbladder. It is just knowing how much to take. Any other suggestions for gallbladder and liver?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sharon (Missouri) on 10/09/2020

i want to reply to the cholesterol problem. I think that we who have a high cholesterol numbers, process lipids differently. The reason I think that, is because at 23 I got a severe case of psoriasis. I found in DAVIS book (Let's Get Well) her cure was "lecithin", which I took 3 1,000 mg, 3x a day.

Within a month, my psoriasis was down to 50% ( my body was 75% covered). Then I went to the lecithin granules. 1 Tablespoon 3x a day. The point to all of this is I took lecithin for 30 years daily, and never got over 180 cholesterol number.

Also, her cure for high cholesterol was lecithin, among other things. The lecithin after 6 months got rid of the psoriasis, but I kept taking it to keep from getting it back, because as soon as soon as I lowered the dose it would start appearing again.

I read an article that said soy lecithin was bad, because of the hormones and that the soy was GMO, so I stopped it. I was getting into coconut oil. I started the oil pulling, and also took a TBL a day to ingest. And what do you know? My cholesterol went up to 230 ......so after some research, I did stop ingesting coconut oil. My cholesterol went back down to 180.

I cannot take fish oil either. It makes me bruise all over my body legs and arms, and these bruises last for months. But that's why I think that some people have a disordered lipid system. I think that people with psoriasis do not process fat or lipids properly, or that the lipids we ingest are not the right kind. I do know that there is clean organic lecithin at the vitamin stores.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anon (Not Canada) on 10/09/2020


The virgin coconut oil available here seems to have been switched or mixed with copra oil recently. Even the more expensive brands that used to always smell like fresh coconut. It becomes most apparent when cooking with it - it takes on a strong "off" smell. Even a carton of coconut based ice cream had the copra smell. Is that happening in the Philippines?

Does heating the coconut oil alter its tendency to raise cholesterol?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 10/09/2020

Chris Chung...I'm not really sure why you think coconut oil in particular creates bad or excessive cholesterol in the body. That is not true in my own experience with using virgin coconut oil. Indeed, the research that you actually quoted in your last post certainly does not conclude that VCO causes hypertension, hyperlipidemia or hypercholestemia in their results section. Here is the link to the research you quoted in your last post:


In the Results section of that research it says the following:

"LDL-C concentrations were significantly increased on butter compared with coconut oil (+0.42,95% CI 0.19 to 0.65 mmol/L, P<0.0001) and with olive oil (+0.38,95% CI 0.16 to 0.60 mmol/L, P<0.0001), with no differences in change of LDL-C in coconut oil compared with olive oil (−0.04,95% CI −0.27 to 0.19 mmol/L, P=0.74). Coconut oil significantly increased HDL-C compared with butter (+0.18,95% CI 0.06 to 0.30 mmol/L) or olive oil (+0.16,95% CI 0.03 to 0.28 mmol/L). Butter significantly increased TC/HDL-C ratio and non-HDL-C compared with coconut oil but coconut oil did not significantly differ from olive oil for TC/HDL-C and non-HDL-C. There were no significant differences in changes in weight, BMI, central adiposity, fasting blood glucose, systolic or diastolic blood pressure among any of the three intervention groups."

I also do not believe that LDL or HDL cholestrol is necessarily bad for you in high amounts. I have never believed in allopathic medicine's "saturated fats are bad for you" theory. I have always preferred Dr Linus Pauling's Unified Theory of Cardiovascular Disease because it's much more honest, logical and makes more sense.

Virgin coconut oil(VCO) helped me to lose at least 20 lbs in weight five years ago(I was overweight at the time) and during that period my blood pressure always remained at a constant 70/110. I am currently taking VCO on a daily basis for covid-19 prevention because, from the research, VCO(lauric acid) kills all lipid coated viruses(covid-19 is a lipid coated virus) -- in the same way as aspirin or BHT. VCO is cheap where I live(Philippines) and my wife and I both also use it for our skin and hair. I also supplement VCO on a regular basis as a preventative against Altzheimer's Disease(I'm over 70 yo). Been using VCO like this for about 14 years with no complaints and no ill effects.

Here's some more research on the usefulness of VCO from the coconut.com website:


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Chris Chung (A) on 10/08/2020

I have run into vegans with high cholesterol from time to time. The question is, are you using coconut oil or palm oil? These actually can raise your cholesterol. Here's a medical study in that regard:


Also, activated charcoal has been found to be as good questran (cholestyramine) for lowering cholesterol. Best part is that it has no side effects. Just make sure not to take it with any prescription meds.

Here's an article in that regard:


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary Rabon (Fl) on 09/30/2020

I make a large glass of lemonade, sweeten with stevia and 2 Tablespoons of ACV and it's delish...

Posted by Kae (Utah) on 09/04/2020

Take with baby aspirin or Vitamin C to reduce the flushing.

Posted by Deborah (Winston-Salem) on 12/19/2018

I pay 10.00 for a bottle of 360 capsules from vitacost.com. I have been taking one a day since 1995.

Posted by Deborah (Winston-Salem) on 12/19/2018

I pay 10.00 for a bottle of 360 capsules from vitacost.com. I have been taking one a day since 1995.

Posted by Al (San Diego, Ca.) on 12/19/2018

How do you prepare it. You grind it or get it unground? Thx for your help..

Posted by Michael (Scotland) on 10/16/2018

Have you tried using a good omega 3 fish oils also plenty fruit and veg and leafy green veg important. Check up in beta glucans, a cholesterol lowering soluble fibre from oat bran and rough oat cakes.

Posted by Denise (Minnesota ) on 10/14/2018

How much fenugreek do you take a day?

Posted by Adrienne (Mn) on 09/05/2018

How much fenugreek do you take for cholesterol?

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Jess G. (Hampshire ) on 09/05/2018

@Tinydancer: I agree, read the book The Great Cholesterol Myth, it makes perfect sense to me. High Cholesterol does not mean heart disease. My cholesterol is sky high but I will never take statins, I know lots of people on them, I work with the elderly, and all of them have horrible side effects. I am considering the Red Yeast Rice but am a bit dubious.

Go with your gut feeling, doctors are not keen on alternatives and generally won't even listen.

Coriander Seeds
Posted by Ringgo (Jakarta) on 08/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

For High Cholesterol,

Take 1 Tablespoon of coriander seed, 1 cup of water.

Heat until boil and wait to cool.

Drink twice a day. Check your cholesterol every 3 days. Stop when normalize.

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 08/20/2018

Hi Susan...I used to be able to buy red yeast rice when I was living in Luzon in the Philippines but have since moved to Cebu. There are also several other effective ways to help reduce high cholesterol. Here is a short list of recommendations for you:

* Take Ted's protocol to reduce high cholesterol.

* Take Chanca piedra(CP) tea on its own three times a day or supplement CP capsules(500mg) three times a day with meals. Chanca piedra safely lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, reduces blood sugar, protects the liver and does so much more for your health.

* Take niacin (100mgs to 500mgs three times a day always with meals). If the niacin flush is too much for you then just reduce the dosage. Niacin acts to unclump sticky blood(it does this electrically) to help reduce blood pressure safely.

And here's a video by Dr Joel Wallach on the causes and cure for high cholesterol problems:

Joel Wallach -- High Cholesterol

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Olddude (Tn) on 08/19/2018 21 posts

Check out Whole Food Plant Diets,, your heart should be fine on it...

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Susan (Plymouth, Ma ) on 08/18/2018

Can you tell me the brand of red rice yeast you took? It looks like in the USA the statin ingredient that you need is taken out. The FDA doesn't want competition for big Pharma. I am looking for one that is made outside of the USA. Or a way to make it yourself. Maybe Ted can find one outside of USA. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have very high hereditary cholesterol and refuse to take statins. My blood pressure has always been perfect; and there is no family history of heart problems but I am tired of Dr's telling me I need statins.

Posted by Deborah (Winston Salem, Nc) on 07/22/2018


I just buy a bottle of it from Vitacost and take one pill a day so I don't get sinus infections. In the beginning I tried drinking the tea, many years ago, that stuff was horrible there's no way I could keep drinking it. Back in the 90s I got the Tea form from GNC stores.

Posted by Deborah (Winston Salem, Nc) on 07/22/2018

My doctor hasn't said anything except that he wishes his HDL was as high as mine.

I feel good.

Posted by Jean (Fl) on 07/21/2018

Hello Deborah, I would like to know some more details about your suggestion to use fenugreek for cholesterol. What form? ie leaves, oil, etc . How much per day did you take? Any other tips? Thanks!

Posted by Art (California ) on 06/28/2018 1004 posts

LDL that is too low may not be good for your brain or your body as this protein has multiple purposes in the human body.



Posted by Om (Winston Salem, Nc) on 06/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

HDL is 87

LDL is 29

Trig's is 46

Total cholesterol is 134

I started taking fenugreek capsules back in the winter of 95- 96 for sinus issues. Every winter I immediately got a sinus infection. Cholesterol began to change and hasn't stopped.

I spend 12 to $15 for a year's worth of fenugreek capsules and take one a day and have done it since that winner of long ago. Most of my relatives had started taking fenugreek because of me since none of their prescription drugs worked.

Last year my HDL was 94 but this apartment has a lot of mold in it that keeps coming back and my immune system works overtime.

Posted by Eve (New York) on 06/26/2018

Can you tell me how you took the fenugreek to lower your cholesterol?

Posted by Deborah R. (Usa) on 05/30/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I highly recommend fenugreek for cholesterol. It works overtime, cholesterol meds do not. My HDL has always been a higher number since 2000. I'm 61 now. Last blood test it was 90 something and my LDL was in the 30s.

Posted by Jeff (Dallas, Ga) on 03/23/2018

How many mg's should I start with? I am trying to lower ldl and the sleepy side effects would be awesome for me since I have trouble sleeping.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jr (Michigan) on 12/26/2017

Timh, Thanks for your thorough reply. Much appreciated. Wishing you and all of Earth Clinic folks a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Noris (Texas) on 12/26/2017 4 posts

Since I started cooking with coconut oil my total cholesterol is high, but it is the good cholesterol that is very high. The Dr said it is very good. I start breakfast cooking the eggs in coconut oil and putting some in the coffee. Everything I cook through out the day I use this oil.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 12/23/2017 2083 posts

J: Lots of good on-line health-food stores will pop up on any search-bar, so you can find all the items in one place, at a good price, and maybe free shipping.

Vit-C w/ Rose Hips 1 or 2 grms per day (outside meals) and Lysine 1 grm day (with meal). Grapeseed Extract 50-100mg per day or maybe less if incorporate also other antioxidants like Selenium + Vit-E (broad spectrum) + CoQ10. The Sel, E, CoQ10 combo is very important at reducing the bad side effects of statin meds.

500 or 1000mg Methionine per day and must purchase & take B-12/Folic Acid separately. Non-gmo Sun Lecithin is best if can find in triple strength. Lecithin is a natural form of Choline so you can take a supplement of Choline/Inositol, although the Methionine will convert to choline so it's an issue of options.

Also, and must back up a few steps and consider a Gallbladder Cleanse. Cholesterol Gallstones cause Fatty Liver cause chronic high cholesterol. Lots of info here on E.C.

Do these suggestion and slowly tapper off the toxic meds and get health back.

Soy Lecithin
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 12/21/2017

See: https://ted.earthclinic.com/cures/cholesterol3.html

Hope this helps....Blessings Charity

Dietary Changes
Posted by Mrs A Of London Uk (London Uk) on 12/22/2017

Dear Jan - For high cholesterol, try Niacin (vitamin B3) - and don't be alarmed by the famous niacin flush, which though unpleasant, and sometimes accompanied by itching, is harmless and soon wears off. Do NOT be fobbed off with niacimide (the non-flush version).

Soy Lecithin
Posted by Jan (Mi) on 12/21/2017

Good luck and be sure to let us know.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jan (Mi) on 12/21/2017

Thanks so much Timh. I appreciate the info. I have a few questions: How many milligrams on the vitamin C &Lysine? Also how many mg on the Grapeseed extract and should it be taken every day? I know we can't mention brands here but if you could give me a hint as to where I can purchase the Methionine w/B-12 & Folic Acid, I would certainly appreciate it. I looked on Amazon but didn't see it. Which do you think is better, soy or sunflower lecithin? We were taking organic sunflower lecithin but didn't see any improvement. Perhaps the triple strength will do the trick. Well, I guess that turned out to be more than a few questions:)

Thanks so much. I'm trying so hard to keep my husband off of the awful cholesterol medication. These new injectable ones have some really really bad side effects.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 12/21/2017 2083 posts

K: Here are 3 clean artery remedies.

-Nattokinase and Serrapeptase

-Herbs that clean and allow the plaques to absolve.
Take in capsules or as a tea ---Garlic, Cayenne, Ginger, Hawthorn, Lemon, ACV

-Dr Linus Pauling artery cure is daily Vit-C & Lysine *would like to add that daily Grapeseed Extract alone also prevents "hardening of arteries"*.

As for fat burning, Triple Strength Lecithin is good along with Choline/Inositol supplement. The amino acid Methionine w/ B-12 & Folic Acid is my fav.

Soy Lecithin
Posted by Katkat (Lexington) on 12/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I took soy lecithin for cholesterol years ago and didn't see that it made a difference. I just ordered some red yeast rice, so it should arrive Sunday afternoon and I'll start taking it. Any idea how long it takes to work? Also, as to keeping the arteries clean---it is my understanding that cholesterol acts like a bandaid in your veins, covering irritations so that they can heal. Most irritations are inflammation, so anything that corrects inflammation should correct the cholesterol issue. Inflammatory foods are sugars, processed foods/flour, etc. (I confess, I had been eating sweets since Halloween and brought my problems on myself). Anyway, I am also adding garlic and turmeric to my daily routine of niacin and acv. I am on day 4 of my bone broth fast, so will start adding dairy kefir to the diet (still taking the broth) for another 4 days. After that I'll go to the ibs diet (easy to digest, lightly cooked, mostly veggies) I'm doing this for my ibs, but it's too soon to tell if it's doing anything. So, the plan is to continue as explained here and, when it comes, add the red yeast rice to the mix. I only bought 1 bottle, so a month's supply, that's why I wondered how long it takes to work. When I go to the dr in January, I plan to have another cholesterol test done to compare results to my work one. So, I have 5 weeks to improve. Wish me luck.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jan (Mi) on 12/20/2017


I feel your pain. My husband has been on every statin drug and has had side effects from every one. Now the Dr. has him on a "new" medication which my husband has to inject every two weeks to lower his cholesterol. My husband had a heart attack and had a triple by pass last January and the Dr. insists on getting his cholesterol down. We don't want to take the drugs but my husband wants to keep his arteries clean. I know that cholesterol is not the problem and totally disagree with the Dr.s about it but how do we keep the arteries clean? We eat healthy but the high cholesterol runs in my husbands family and his mother died from a heart attack.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 12/20/2017

Are you using the soy lecithin granules for removing excess fat stored in tissues...I read somewhere Ted was teaching that and I have used it ever since...helps my memory and I tell my friends...they all love it too.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Katkat (Lexington) on 12/19/2017
2 out of 5 stars

I'm on day 3 of a bone broth fast and had my work wellness check today. My cholesterol was thru the roof! I have kept track of my numbers for over 5 years and never had it anywhere close to this high. My theory is that my body is using stored fat for energy and so more fat was circulating in my bloodstream. Does this make sense? I already take 1000 mg niacin (with the flush) twice a day as well as 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day. I cannot take red rice yeast, as it's so close to a statin that I get pain from it. I'm doing the bone broth fast for 4 days, then plan to add homemade dairy kefir to the broth for another 4 days in an attempt to fix my ibs. I now have a referral from work to see the dr about high cholesterol and this makes me just sick. I don't want to be on medicines but, as an at-will employee, they can get rid of me for this if I don't comply with the dr's suggestions. BTW, I've lost 30 pounds in the past year and only have 15 to go to reach my goal, so I can do what it takes. I've worked so hard at diet and exercise and now this! How depressing.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Oats
Posted by Marsiane (Suriname) on 12/11/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, over the past 5 years I have struggled with high cholesterol also. Last Friday I had my annual check up and today I got my results. I was ecstatic to learn that my cholesterol has been reduced significantly and I feel much better. My doctor advised me to eat raw oats. I tried that, but I find it exhausts me. So since a couple of weeks, I start my day with a mug of hot/warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (not advised by my doc).

Meanwhile, I soak raw oats in just room temperature water, so I can chew it down easily. After my ACV-water, I continue with my oats in water and after that I take 1 brazil nut. After that I take a small serving of full fat yogurt spiked with 6-8 crused raw almonds, 1 banana, 2 tbs chia or flaxseeds, half a handful of raisins and 1 tsp of raw honey. Also, after every meal, I drink/eat 2 tablespoons of raw oats, again soaked in water.

I don't know if the last also contributes to my lowering cholesterol which is now a 5.88 (HDL). I strive to reach my 5.00 mark and lower. I have drastically cut down on sugar in my diet and cook also with EVOO (just 1 tbs, only if necessary) and butter. Margarines and other vegetable fats, except EVOO I absolutely do not use anymore, because studies have shown them to be very harmful to the body. I also incorporate more fruits and salads to my diet. I hope I have helped you in your journey to finding a good routine to lower your cholesterol also. I suggest you also do a total medical check-up before starting to change anything, so you can verify your progress better. I root for you.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Joe (Santa Clarita) on 08/28/2017

Can you please specify if it's teaspoon or tablespoons. Thank you

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mary (Yucaipa, Ca) on 08/01/2017

I know this, I just wish more doctors did. I feel like I'm always fighting against the Dr. to take statins which I am NOT going to take.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Chris (Dighton. Ma) on 07/11/2017

If cholesterol is at 200 plus or minus 10 you are in good shape.

You need cholesterol in your system. I had 280-300 and I started taking 1500 Mg. garlic oil caps. One a day and the Cholesterol went to 170. It happened over a 6 month period. I do not take statins. Trigliserides are good. Funny, statins cost a lot and can make you loose your memory.

Garlic oil caps cost 4.99 for 500 and also help with stomaach problems and high blood pressure. 140/90 to 117/70. You can get them from a health food store or online.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Demarie (Enterprise, Florida) on 07/09/2017
1 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar with water for two years. I drink it throughout the day to control blood sugar. Although it works for me to lower my blood sugar (look up studies), it does absolutely nothing for my cholesterol. I am vegan... on 75% healthy fat diet with veggies. My cholesterol is through the roof with the exception of HDL. Although high fat low carbs works for most in substantially lowering cholesterol and lowering weight, for a small group it actually substantially raises it.

ON the advice of my naturopath doctor, I have switched to a fat free low carb diet which my body evidently needed because for the first time in two years I am losing weight. I also am drinking lemon water with organic cayenne pepper every morning. All numbers dramatically reduced.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Emma Chan (New York ) on 05/23/2017

Take few oz beet juice per day, will reduce triglycerides to normal in couple months, it work for me .

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Laurie (Midland, Ontario) on 04/30/2017

What happens to the goodness or usefulness of ACV when I add baking soda? It's much easier to drink, but I wonder if it affects the things in ACV that are good for me.