My doctor wants me to go vegetarian
I recently saw the doctor for the first time since going primal. I wasn't going to say anything, but just let the results speak for themselves.
But I made the mistake of listing protein supplements on the form where it asks about anything you're taking, and that opened the floodgates. Apparently losing 35 pounds is too minor to even be noticed, but consuming adequate protein is cause for alarm. After all, every study has shown that red meat causes cancer, heart disease, and kidney problems, and vegetarian diets are healthiest. Whatever, I'll just let my blood test convince him, I thought.
They called a couple of days later to say that my cholesterol was really high. I'm supposed to go vegetarian, then come back in a month. I wrote down the numbers they gave me, and compared them to a printout of my last cholesterol test.
Pre-primal (0 egg consumption, not too much meat)
HDL Cholesterol: 50
LDL Cholesterol, Calculated: 157
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 4.4
Primal (5 dozen eggs per week, lots of meat, butter)
HDL Cholesterol: 70
LDL Cholesterol, Calculated: 147
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 3.2
I was really hoping that my total cholesterol would go down after eating 5 dozen eggs per week, because that would just be hilarious. Oh well, it went up 5 points. But HDL is up and LDL is down - that's good, right? Is my LDL a problem?
I think I know what you're going to say, but should I go vegetarian?
"Don't go in there, General, it's a trap! That's a grain chamber. It makes people like you into people like me."