Andy, I have a family trait (I call them the death genes) called type 4 hyperlipidemia. My mother passed this trait onto me. She died in 1994 and had numerous surgeries for clogged arteries in her neck, heart, abdomen, and legs over a number of years. She also had triple bipass twice due to clogged arteries. My own cholesterol was found to be 425, TG 600's without medications in 1990 (at age of 30) and I have been on lipitor, zocar and other statin medications since then trying to stave off the heart disease and the such. I quit the lipitor in June of this year due to liver pain and started flushing every 2-4 weeks since then. I just did number six and am getting out an average of 100 stones a flush. I would estimate if you put all of my stones so far into a disposable cereal bowl it would be overflowing. (See some of my pics in the Image Gallery under liver stones ). I had my gallbladder out last year. It was totally non functioning. I just had some lab work this past week and am awaiting the results of the cholesterol panel and liver panel. I am hoping to prove to myself and the doctor that the liver cleanse work to lower total cholesterol and TG's. I will post results when I get them. Good luck to you. At least you have more knowledge than I did 15 years ago. Cleanse your liver. It will make everything so much better.