In a similar vein, around 2005, I decided I wanted to compete in bodybuilding again. In my previous experience, I was too lean @ 190lbs and 6' tall. The competition that I was shooting to be ready for was about a year away, so that gave me time to get my weight up to about 240, so I could lean down to about 220. I started eating at least 1lb of red meat every day, and on weekends 2-3 lbs of red meat. Of course it was no surprise to me that my cholesterol jumped to 300+ when I had my physical. My doctor had a script for Lipitor waiting for me when I came in. He first lectured my about my 20lb weight gain--I was up to around 220, and then he told me he had a script for Lipitor for me. I started laughing, and he said there was nothing funny about a 20 lb weight gain, and 100+ increase in cholesterol. My reply was that he's correct, but what I find funny is that a guy with a 40" inch waist is lecturing someone with a 32" waist, who is obviously much more fit than he is about weight & cholesterol. I also told him that I would not be filling that script because I was more afraid of anti-statin drugs that I am of high cholesterol.
I then told him why my weight & cholesterol had increased like they had, and that I would forego my plan of competitive bodybuilding. I would decrease my red meat to about a lb per week, and replace it with fish & chicken. I would also double my oatmeal consumption, and my weight/cholesterol problem would go away. He said not possible, and I agreed to come back in 3 months for repeat blood work.
I came back in four months, and my weight was down 10 lbs, and my cholesterol was 210. My doctor was astonished, said if he hadn't seen it, he wouldn't have believed it possible.
I have always believed that many of our ailments can be handled with proper diet and of course, exercise. We have the power to make our bodies do incredible things with the right fuel and training. That includes curing many of our ailments.