Perhaps various of you have had experiences similar that what I describe below.
Recently I used a local GP to access a number of blood tests from Quest Diagnostics -- QD requires a "Doctor's Order". All but one of the dozen tests were ones I expressly wanted/needed. One is the GeeWhiz VAP test giving a bunch of highly touted measurements of lipids, including "total cholesterol" but, in my opinion many measurements of often of dubious value, but some quite worthwhile that I wanted. Google VAP Test if you want to know more.
I now have a lot of happy answers about MY biochemical parameters.
However doctor only wanted to talk to me about, you guessed it, total cholesterol, which was measured to be 278, essentially my normal value for past 2-3 decades, except when Lipitor dragged it down to low 150s and nearly killed me.
Said Cholesterol Quack doctor freely admits that "50% of persons having first heart attack have normal cholesterol". SO, the 50% of "unluckies" actually have "elevated levels of the killer cholesterol!! NOW! WOW!!!, in my worlds, 50% is not worth more than a laugh, before moving on in search of at least a decently positive correlation, say 75% at least, leading to discovery of the real cause(s).
Among the various things I learned from this suite of blood tests is that I have next to no indications of anything higher that "minimum risk" of heart attack or stroke -- something I already know for many decades. That is, unless I am talking to a Cholesterol Quack doctor that puts cholesterol into some sort of SuperMan class of biochemicals as regards its ability to kill people -- right up there with arsenic and anthrax. Dumb of us unwashed to have learned from proper medical sources that cholesterol is one of our bodie's most essential biochemicals.
Perversion, pervision, and quackery gallore!!
PS: Maybe I should console this Cholesterol Quack by telling him that he really cannot be expected to know or understand the blood chemistry of Martians. Whatdya think?