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"Some of the nation's worst drug dealers aren't peddling on the street corners, they're occupying corporate suites. Overdosed America reveals the greed and corruption that drive health care costs skyward and now threatens the public health. Before you see a doctor, you should read this book." - Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

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I have familial hypercholesterolemia...

I had the opportunity to hear part of your appearance on Dr. Hoffman's radio program. I am very interested in the topic of statins. I take Lipitor (and Zetia) for my high cholesterol. I have familial hypercholesterolemia. My total cholesterol without the medication is about 420-430. With the medication it is about 200-220. Do you have information about how people with familial hypercholesterolemia can be helped without the statins? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...Bill

Bill, We don't have evidence from clinical trials specifically about familial hypercholesterolemia. My hunch is that the program you are on is redcing your risk of developing heart disease. But please don't forget that routine exercise, eating a healthy Mediterranean style diet, not smoking, and drinking in moderation each at least as important as the statin for you. You will get a much better picture from the discussion in Overdosed America about the relative importance of each of these "interventions."

All the best,
Dr. A