When getting lab work done have you ever asked, What's Normal?

Back in 1930 Mayo Clinic established values for 'normal' range blood value.  These values were not sampled by the healthiest people. They were sampled by everyone who was available to have their blood tested. This means patients, medical students, nurses, cleaning crew and visitors. 

The readings were arranged from lowest to highest in a bell curve. The top and bottom 5% were eliminated as statical correction (also known as artificial math). The remaining values became the normal range and what doctors would look for in their patients.  reading's that came back from the lab outside the 90% range were flagged either High or Low. ( much like what we still see today in our lab reports) 

The abnormal became normal. This means 25 years ago cholesterol readings using this method ranged from 140 to 330 are considered normal. However a patient could be very sick and still be within normal range. 

Every body's value is different, everyone's body is different and there's no one size fits all kind of fix. This is why other diagnosis are taken in Chinese medicine such as the tongue pulse and health history in addition to lab values. I recommned seeking an ND, Acupuncturist or other natural professional healthcare practitioners before taking synthetic meds. The body has a resilient way of getting back into balance when we turn to nature and adjust our lifestyle as we age. 

there are a few diagnoses within Chinese Medicine that can correspond with high cholesterol, in general it is considered a liver yang excess syndrome. The excess aspect of the diagnosis is due to the fact that the body produces its own cholesterol. For patients that cannot control their cholesterol through their diet, the production mechanisms can be “stuck” in an excessive state.

A few things your you can do are: 

Green Tea – Green tea appears to raise HDL and lower total cholesterol according to clinical studies. The quality of the tea is likely to matter in its effectiveness and some growing locations appear to also contribute to the effect.  In addition to our selection of green teas, tea from Hainan Island (Ku Ding Green Tea)  is extremely effective.

 As little as 2 apples each day reduces the oxidization of LDL cholesterol which effectively slows the buildup of plague within the arteries.  Flavanoids in apples (and onions incidentally) appeared to significantly lower the risk of coronary mortality. Apples contain phenols which reduce LDL and raise HDL levels.

These self-help recommendations are outside of the many well known dietary and lifestyle changes which are extremely important to adopt.

Sometimes normal can sometimes be a sign of bad science.