If you read my past blogs and hopefully the some of the many books and articles debunking the cholesterol myth and the statin industry, you will know that LDL cholesterol (wrongly referred to by many as 'bad cholesterol') is, in fact, vital to our health and well-being. Those with low cholesterol may be marginally less likely to die from cardiovascular illness, but overall they are much more likely to die. Low cholesterol carries health risks and statins can have serious side effects.
Now even more controversial recommendations have been made as to cholesterol levels. Yes, you are right, the recommended levels are still going down. In BMJ News there is an article headed "Majority of panelists (sic) on controversial new cholesterol guideline have current or recent ties to drug manufacturers." (BMJ 2013; 347 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6989 (Published 21 November 2013)Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6989). Apparently 8 of the 15 making the controversial recommendations have known association with the drug industry.
Dr Roderick Lane, a leading naturopath, writes on Linked In: "The guideline committee has vowed to examine the flaws to determine if and what changes are needed to make it more accurate. Until then, beware the calculator appears to overestimate your risk by anywhere from 75 to 150 percent
"I always talk about L-Arginine and my favourite formula ARK1. The affect of L- Arginine is medically proven along with the conditions often associated with elevated cholesterol. Then why is the science ignored in favour of drugs known to cause serious side affects in many? Oh I forgot, non patentable."