@richard, wow, thank you for taking time to respond with so much information, I was just giving you credit for the article I took, but hey, this is way better
I can see now that reading my original post you would think I was insane, truth is I was so upset it just came out like that, I just let the emotions fly wild hahah.
Truth is that in the office I was calm, when the cholesterol and statin talk started I asked why he wanted to give me statins, listened, and then I told him that those figures are just relative risk and that is not worth the side effects. Then, and this is what I can tell bothered him and stopped listening all together, I told him total cholesterol and even calculated LDL doesn’t mean much, specially on women, and that there is a lot of information about it. When I saw him dismissing me I told him I wasn’t just believing everything on the internet, reminded him I do have a degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics (which is true) and that I did my research, and tried to give him Good Calories, Bad Calories (not my copy, bought him a new one, the other one is my precious ) telling him that this is the book that got me to start researching all of it. He just looked at me and told me he didn’t have time to read it, and then told me anyone can just write a book. I attempted to explain who Gary Taubes is to no avail. The rest, me trying to give him the article you recommended (thinking at least read this, it’s nice and short), or attempting to give him the links to the lectures all happened while he was walking out of the room, and talking back to me (more like at me) without stopping - at this point I may have started to look like a travelling salesman trying to sell you something as you shut the door on me, I understand this, but why was I in this position in the first place?. You can imagine this scenario left me feeling so upset, and helpless, that the above post happened. I understand cognitive dissonance is a thing, but i suspect it has more to do with the fact that I am a young woman with a thick accent (english not being my first language and all) not blindly following what he tells me to do, but still, a little respect would have been nice, I believe I treated him with respect and tried to explain why I was against following his advice.
About this, I had expected it to be high, but when I saw it was so much higher than 5 I was a little disappointed to say the least. Do you think trying a low dose of metformin might help me lower it? (I know you are not a doctor, but since you do take it for this purpose) I wanted to ask him about that, but because it is in the “normal range”, he just told me that there is nothing wrong with it in the first place, that it shouldn’t be affecting my weight loss at all.
I didn’t get the results until I got there, so, I didn’t have a lot of time to process them beforehand, but you are right. I hadn’t really associated it because it started about 7 months after starting keto, but thinking about it, it started close to when I started dabbling into prolonged fasts. I didn’t think much of it because I didn’t get any of the other symptoms of my metabolism slowing down, like cold or lethargy, but maybe the reason I didn’t was because my body decided to cut out other things, like hair. This is sad, because I enjoy fasting, but I guess I will have to stop for a while. Maybe keep a 24hr fast a week with a proper fast the day before won’t be as bad. I was also considering hormonal reasons, because I changed birth control, but thinking about time frames, yours makes more sense.
I love this advice, and I think I took it to heart way before you even gave it to me, getting heat exhaustion 2 times this summer, but what can I say, I love me the outdoors. If anything I thing I am vitamin D-ed out
That’s what I was taught too when I was pre-med and I just accepted it at the time, but I don’t think that is an excuse. I followed that advice for years, and I even explained it to other people (now I feel so bad about it). But along the lines I never stopped reading on things, although that might be because I went into basic science instead after that (not any more though, the way the science field worked where I am from wasn’t for me, so I moved on to computers instead, but I will always be a scientist at heart), and science is an ever changing field, so we know things evolve and accept change a little easier.
One last thing, that contributed to my anger and the crazy post, don’t read this if you are bored already, it’s not related to the original. My husband had an appointment too, right after mine, he wanted to ask about his gastritis and fatty liver. About the gastritis, he has had it for years, and has been controlling it with medication, so we decided that now that we moved, maybe here they know something different that can help him. We asked him about it, more specifically, we asked if there was a way to determine the root cause of the pain, so he wouldn’t have to take medication all the time. The doctor’s opinion was, if the medication works keep taking it and problem solved, there is no possible way to know the source but hey, if you really want to not have any pain then death is an answer. Yes, he said that, death. Then I asked if we could have an order for liver enzimes panel (I wanted to check the fatty liver progress since he started keto). His fatty liver was found my chance on an ultrasound looking for other things (not by this doctor btw) , and it wasn’t that bad, but still a cause for concern. To this the doctor gave us the order, but also said, hey you are not a kid anymore (he is 33), you will have a little fat in your liver. It was just a long crappy day in the medical world for me.