I just got my cholesterol rechecked after a year, and surprise, surprise, it went up. Well, I didn't change my diet at all, the only thing I have been doing is taking fish/krill oil. Nevertheless my total Cholesterol went up by 40+ points, not what really expected... Anyhow I am researching the subject, because I don't really want to take Lipitor, as my doctor advised. Side effects and such... Seemingly, Red Yeast Rice has similar lowering cholesterol effect, without harmful side effects, not to mention cheaper. During my cholesterol research I have ran into this guy who says that most of the thing we know about cholesterol is BS. Now when your book is publicly burnt on live TV (as his was in Finnland) you know you have touched a nerve. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffe_Ravnskov He basicly denies the Lipid hypothesis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipid_hypothesis His book's shortened version is here: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm I would like to start a debate/conversation about his opinion, keeping an open mind. If you have personal experience, you are a chemist or just plain smart, don't hesitate to chime in... Here are mostly positive reviews of his book, basicly a conversation starter: http://www.amazon.com/Cholesterol-M...sr_1_2_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 P.S.: Correlation doesn't imply causation!!