Cholesterol poster child

When we last left our heroine, she had learned that a year of mostly plant-based eating resulted in no change in her serum cholesterol levels. Raw kale salads, juiced chard, BBQ mushroom sliders did nothing to clear the fat from her blood (though it did eliminate seven stubborn pounds of love handles, for which she is most grateful).

Not happy with her traditional medical options (statins, which rot your brain--there's data), our lipid-averse heroine decided to seek other solutions. Chelation therapy was suggested, but a visit to the recommended practitioner's website revealed a smug, veneered smile and the protocol: IVs of foreign substances enter your body to remove unwanted metals and toxins. Creeped the heroine out. And the data? Hardly convincing.

Convinced that diet had to be at the heart of it, our heroine considered Mediator Release Testing, which checks for all manner of food and food additive sensitivities. This intrigued, but the cost was off-putting.

Two independent recommendations of a medical doctor certified as an Ayurvedic practitioner, intrigued. How could our heroine argue with 5,000 years of tradition tempered with Western medical knowledge?

It took almost three months to get a new patient appointment, a good thing given the amount of homework required by the visit: Family history, personal history, lifestyle, diet journal and four or five years of blood work results. And reading, should you choose.

The appointment represented a complete paradigm shift for our heroine, who has spent a lifetime slurping skim milk and avoiding saturated fat.

Stay tuned for more details tomorrow!

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