Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

High cholesterol has never caused heart disease because it is high levels of oxidized cholesterol and elevated inflammation that are real drivers of heart disease.  Statins will lower oxidized cholesterol by lowering total cholesterol, but that is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  It makes more sense to greatly increase polyphenol intake to lower oxidized cholesterol and follow a strict anti-inflammatory diet that will lower insulin levels that increase cholesterol synthesis in the first place.