just like to share with you my progress .after 20 years of being on a statin 10mg liptor /crestor I finally dispatched them to the rubbish bin on the 20th Nov 2017 . Sounds very bravado doesn't it but in essence I have wrestled to do this for many years . A triple bypass in 2005 made me seriously question the statins effectiveness and its claim to reduce CVD having scored a calcium rate of almost 900. So here I am 23 days without statins and I have to say I am astounded at the improvement in the muscle and skeletal aches and pains I have had to endure for so many years . The problem with these aches and pains they can tend to creep up on you overtime and one thinks it is age related. The pains I suffered with, in various parts of my body are not there except some minuscule residue. I cannot believe the improvement. I am sticking with mainly plant based diet and taking 3000mg Vit C daily with the same amount of Lysine. I do expect my cholesterol to rocket skywards from 4.2 back to its original 6.5 without a statin but I am feeling to good to go back to the statins . I will organize a blood test in 3 weeks time ,I am hoping to reduce it down to 5.0. I believe the stringent low fat diet combined with the statin contributed to me having my triple bypass . My theory is one the statin inhibited the absorption of goodness out of my diet and 2 I was to severe in cutting out healthy fats . I am a man who never had as much as 1 ice cream or piece of cake in 25 years . Now I know cake and the like are not good for you ,all i am doing here is pointing out how stringent my diet was and combined with the statin I took it had no effect on arresting the calcification in my arteries.