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Our clinic, Wake Integrative Behavioral Medicine, is dedicated to holistic and naturopathic methods for maintaining viable psychological and physiological health. As a medical psychologist and behavioral scientist, I have worked for years with patients who have a variety of medical issues that serve as conduits to psychological issues--- depression and anxiety being the most prevalent.  So it is important to focus on behaviors that affect our health…prevention.  Today, I want to focus on high cholesterol.  Why cholesterol?  Increased cholesterol levels have been associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease.  So in the interest of prevention, I want to share some exciting news on an available natural ingredient that can have a profound positive effect on your health profile. Our goal is to educate and inform in order to assist in changing your behaviors and expanding your choices about the things you put in your body. A group of drugs, called statins, are regularly used to manage cholesterol levels.  The problem with utilizing statins….there are multiple negative side effects including warnings of myopathy (muscle disease), serious liver problems, increased risk of high blood pressure  and diabetes, headaches, nausea and fever.  Please ask your health care provider about POLICOSANOL, a natural ingredient, from the sugar can plant, with no side effects. As a member Health Sciences Institute, I stay informed regarding the “underground remedies” that continually challenge the viability of the pharmaceutical standard-of-care medications regularly prescribed by your physician, your physician’s assistant, your psychologist, or your nurse practitioner.  A natural alternative, POLOICOSANOL is available.  Clinical trials are out there and available. Please, use due diligence, check the clinical studies and get informed.  Finally, check with your physician.  POLICOSANOL is a viable option for you…there are negative side effects.  A) If you are currently taking a statin, suggest to you physician that you do a trial period using the POLICOSANOL for six-weeks and then re-check your lipid panel….you will be surprised .  B)  If your physician is suggesting you begin taking a statin, take note.  I am sure this is after failed attempts at altering your diet and exercise routine along with other lifestyle changes.  I suggest you inform your physician that you want to use your most recent lipid panel as a baseline measurement.  Then, under your physician’s supervision, utilize POLICOSANOL for six weeks and then run another lipid panel.  You will be pleasantly surprised. If you fall within the 97% who show greater positive changes using the POLICOSANOL compared to the Statin, then you can avoid every having to utilize the Statin. (Remain under the care of your health care provider for on-going and continual monitoring).  Knowledge is Golden….but, as a behavioral scientist, I know that changing behaviors, habits, etc. are challenging.  Along with that golden knowledge, you must change your behavior….challenge your physician, insist on trying this alternative….your body will thank you. That’s all for today. Dr. Smith

If you want some additional facts, read on….. “The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that all adults aged 20 years and older have their cholesterol levels checked at least every 5 years.  If your physician as informed you that you blood lipid panels are out of range, that your cholesterol is high,  and that you should consider cutting back on some fatty foods, it is time to take proactive steps before you hear the warning that you may have to go on cholesterol- lowering drugs, i.e. statins.   As of 2010, a number of statins are on the market including: simvastatin, atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, and rosuvastatin.[5] Simvastatin and pravastatin appear to provide significantly better safety profiles compared to other statins.” “Although high cholesterol has been shown to be a risk factor for developing atherosclerosis in adults, with associated increased morbidity and mortality, studies have not indicated that high cholesterol in children and adolescents is related to the development of specific illness or increasing mortality in adulthood. There is strong evidence in numerous research studies; however, that a family history of high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, heart attack, or stroke increases the risk of a child developing high cholesterol levels.”

​Read more: http://www.healthofchildren.com/C/Cholesterol-High.html#ixzz2kNQsbcXi  “In most adults the recommended levels for cholesterol and triglycerides, measured as milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood, are: total cholesterol, less than 200; LDL, less than 130; HDL, more than 35; triglycerides, 30–200; and cholesterol to HDL ratio, four to one. However, the recommended cholesterol levels may vary from person to person, depending on other risk factors such as a family history of heart disease or stroke or the presence of hypertension , diabetes, advanced age, alcoholism, or smoking.”

Read more: http://www.healthofchildren.com/C/Cholesterol-High.html#ixzz2kNQWDH8Z Total Cholesterol