Dear Owen Fonorow,
I am a 52 year old menopausal Caucasian woman. In January of this year I found out through my ophthalmologist that I have blocked blood vessels behind my right eye, the left is normal. Because of this finding my primary care physician prescribed 20mg of Lipitor. Blood work from December of 2008 showed that my cholesterol is 226, triglycerides 51, HDL 81, LDL (Direct)
134, and CHOL/HDL Ratio is 2.8. Also I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year and take 88mcg of Synthroid. I've read that women do not derive any benefits from taking Lipitor and that it only treats the inflammation and not the root cause of the problem. In my case would vitamin C help to eliminate the cholesterol strings in my eye and if so how much would you
Second question is will my hypothyroid or Synthroid medication interfere with the benefits of vitamin C. I don't know who else to turn to for answers. Thank you for reading my email and I would greatly appreciate any help or insight you can give to me. My email address is [deleted]
Thank you again,
My recommendation - start taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance. see orthomed.com/titrate.htm for help on the right amount. I an not aware of any interference between vitamin C and "synthroid" but you should probably find a doctor who will prescribe a natural (and more complete) form of thyroid hormone. There are several book by Dr. David Browstein that describe the differences between the natural and synthetic hormones, and the difference he observes in clinical response at his practice. The best of his book on these matters is probably The Miracle of Natural Hormones, 3rd Edition. See http://www.drbrownstein.com
Take any cholesterol lowering drug at your own risk, and if you decide to continue, then take at least 150 mg of Coenzyme Q10 (with fats)
I'll have copied your message to eye doctor Sydney Bush for his suggestions.