The statin-free life 8. July 2009 William Davis (20) Matt came to me because his doctor couldn't reduce his LDL cholesterol. His doctor had prescribed Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor, Crestor, even pravastatin, all of which resulted in incapacitating muscle aches and weakness within a week of starting. No surprise, Matt had a jaundiced view of statin drugs. We started out by characterizing his lipoprotein patterns:--LDL 155 mg/dl--72% of LDL was small LDL, a moderately severe pattern. (This means that small LDL comprised 112 mg/dl of the total 155 mg/dl LDL; large LDL comprised 43 mg/dl--small LDL was the problem.) --HDL 42 mg/dl --Triglycerides 133 mg/dl--No lipoprotein(a)Beyond lipoproteins, Matt proved severely deficient in vitamin D with a starting level of 18 ng/ml. Matt's doctor had advised that he avoid salt, as his blood pressure had been borderline high. His thyroid assessment disclosed a TSH of 3.89 mIU/ml with thyroid hormones free T3 and free T4 in the lower half of the normal range. I therefore asked Matt to:--Eliminate wheat, cornstarch, and sugars to reduce small LDL--Add iodine--Supplement 6000 units of an oil-based vitamin D preparation--Take fish oil to provide at least 1800 mg EPA + DHA per day--Take Armour Thyroid 1 grain per daySeveral months later on this program, Matt had a repeat basic lipid panel:--LDL 82 mg/dl--a 47% reduction--HDL 52 mg/dl a 24% increase--Triglycerides 60 mg/dl--a 55% decreaseIn addition, vitamin D was 66 ng/ml, TSH was <1.0 mIU/ml with free T3 and free T4 in the upper half of the "reference range." Matt also felt great. While the numbers could be slightly better, Matt had made tremendous progress towards achieving perfect values. There you have it: Marked correction of cholesterol values, no statin drugs involved.