Just as an update, I had an email exchange with Chris Kresser and he was more inclined to think some nutrient deficiency or impaired liver function. He asked me if I was sensitive to smells and sure enough I am highly sensitive which apparently can indicate manganese deficiency and could account for the cholesterol and the sensitivity. Anyway, I'm going to talk further with him and maybe follow through with some of his ideas and suggestions. I'll keep you posted if we make any discoveries or even raise my numbers a bit. Thanks for all your help!
I can't seem to find much in the way of reliable info about this issue so thought I'd ask here. For the last 20 years since I've been testing my cholesterol my total is in the range of 85-95. My ratios are good. Of course for years I thought this was fabulous because people would simply gush about how lucky I was to have these kind of numbers. A few years ago when I learned maybe not so much I started to inquire and could find no one who thought this was an issue. I seem to find some information that links levels like mine to increases in stroke, cancer, infections depression, and suicide. I have had depression all my life and have taken medication for it for many years. I could never resolve it any other way. Anyway I'm concerned but don't know where to turn for reliable information. It seems most studies are using people taking statins with artificially lowered levels or people taking steroids who have jacked their numbers that way.
I bought some pregnenolone because I came across a few sources that recommended it and took it for a few days but felt uneasy doing that so I stopped. I've seen suggestions to lower my intake of cholesterol to force my body to produce more but that doesn't really make sense to me (does that make any sense from a Paleo perspective?) I should note that all this time of being tested over the last 20 years I have been eating a high fat/high cholesterol diet so all testing took place under those same conditions.
Would a naturopath or some other type health care provider be more helpful than the internists I've talked to about this? I'm just at a complete loss and am open to any and all suggestions be it supplements, changes in diet or sources of information to get help.