My Cholesterol is What?
A Personal Story by Denis Keane
I was in the doctor’s office, waiting for the results of my annual physical (though, admittedly, it was more biennial at this point…). He walked into the room with that face. You know the one. That face that is always followed by bad news, or at least, the not-so-good news. Tsk, tsk. He sighed under his breath, and I knew something was wrong with my results. I just could not imagine what.
Sure, technically, I was a little overweight, about 225 lbs, but I’m 6’2”, so I carried it well. I exercised sometimes, which, if you ask me, is better than no-times. I even ate healthy…ish. Or so I thought. What could he be scolding me for?
Turns out, my ‘bad’ cholesterol was not just bad; it was downright nasty. In fact, every bad cholesterol in my body decided to be an overachiever. Bad to the bone, one might say.
My triglycerides alone were 345 mg/dL. (For reference, a healthy triglyceride level is 0-149 mg/dL). I realized that unlike school, these high scores were going to give me anything but an A. This particular high score was going to give me a stroke or a heart attack.
So, when the doctor put a prescription for a statin drug in my hands, I didn’t think I had much of a choice. I just accepted that I was going to have to take these pills a couple of times a day and go on with my life.
I didn’t love the thought of being on these drugs, but the more I spoke to my friends and family and others in our age group, it seemed like everyone was on some type of cholesterol drug. It was just the way things go at that point. You hit 50 one day and life hands you a surprise gift: Tada! You need to be on a statin.
It seemed like a joke. “What kind of drug are you on for cholesterol?”, almost as casual as “Wow, the weather is so nice today.” So many people were on these drugs. It became totally normal to me.
After nearly a year of taking these drugs, I was hopeful to see the results of my bloodwork. Surely, everything would come in the normal range. How could they be anything but? Heck, forget normal! I was expecting bloody exceptional, if you’ll excuse the pun. I had spent more time on my health and actually lost a few pounds. I was diligently taking my medication. I was sure everything would be normal.
My doctor walked into the room and I caught a mumble under his breath, something about getting off this poison.
“This ‘poison’? What do you mean, Doc?”
He told me, it’s not poison, necessarily. More like, taking the medication was simply the lesser of two evils. It would be worse for me to have high cholesterol than to be taking this ‘poison’. But as it turned out, I was stuck with it if I wanted to live.
Not only were my results still terrible and way too high, but I needed to increase my dose of statin. That’s when I knew it was time for a change.
A serious one…
Big pharma spends billions of dollars every year to sell drugs and keep us on them. It’s a business game and they know how to normalize pharmaceuticals as solutions to our health challenges. That is why so many of my friends didn’t question being on them. It’s why I didn’t question it either.
I walked out of the doctor’s office and immediately threw away the drugs I was on. (*I don’t recommend that you do this). I was determined to find a natural and holistic way to get my body back in balance.
I did a lot of research and changed the way I took care of my body. I found natural supplements to reduce bad cholesterol. I changed my diet from healthy-ish to healthy. I became really interested in plant-based medicines like CBD.
It completely changed my life…
6 months later, all my cholesterol was in the normal range. Even my doctor was surprised . Fast forward to a few years later, not only has my cholesterol stayed in an optimal range, but I do not take any drug manufactured by big pharma. I no longer take Ambien or Unisom to help me sleep. I used to get debilitating migraines a few times a year, and I have not had one since going off pharmaceuticals.
Friends and family started asking me how I did it, and how they could too. That was when Wisdom Essentials was born. I knew I needed to create safer options, not just for myself, but for my generation.
We gathered all the research we had done, consulted with doctors, pain management specialists, and researchers to come up with formulas that can help every Modern Midlifer achieve the same results as I did and live their best life. We truly believe in the products we have developed, and we are only at the beginning of this journey. The work will continue and we are excited to be able to share it with all of you!
*It is not recommended to discontinue medication without discussing it with your doctor. Additionally, do not improperly dispose of prescription drugs.