I had to go and see the quack (thankfully she is older than me so it didn't make me feel too aged) about something or other and she decided to test my blood for all sorts of goodies. Apparently the GPs get money for hitting targets for testing for cholesterol and I agreed to the test. Everything came back fine apart from the cholesterol and that was considered high (7.0). I went back a couple of weeks later and it was 7.8. So, according to many, I should be worried. My doctor was a bit concerned because I started asking questions. Apparently this is not something that they are used to and she was less than forthcoming with details. For instance: "Your cholesterol reading is high" "What does that mean?" "It means that you have a high level of cholesterol" Therefore I started to do some research. Conventional wisdom will have you believe that high cholesterol will lead to heart disease and that saturated fat is associated and therefore a killer. I won't bore you with the data but it's frightening how this has taken hold - just look up Dr Malcolm Kendrick and start reading. Unfortunately, there is no evidence anywhere to support this hypothesis and we are subjected to treatments of ridiculous natures, not least the harmful statins which make billions for the pharmaceutical industry. I'm happy that I'm healthy (my heart rate is low and constant, my body fat is low and I exercise regularly and not excessively) but when I tried to show the lack of evidence to others, I was pooh-poohed. Why do people believe doctors so blindly without doing their research?