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Dear Bradshaw,

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet but I had my cholesterol checked when I was in California last August and it was up to 317. Inconceivable, isn’t it? A year earlier it was 252 and even that was incredible. As you may know, I’m 5 foot 9 inches tall and weigh 132 pounds. Also, I wake up at 6am, Monday through Saturday, and exercise for an hour. I’ve been a vegetarian for 22 years. I don’t eat cookies, cake, potato chips, doughnuts, marshmallows or any kind of candy. I don’t drink coke, hard liquor or milk, nothing but juice, water, and wine. My doctor says I’m in optimum health, fit as a fiddle, and admits the state of my cholesterol is mind-boggling (and hereditary).

So for the past three months my mission has been to lower my cholesterol without prescription drugs. First of all, I’ve extended my rope jumping to fifteen minutes every morning. I’ve also bought a stationary bicycle and pedal vigorously for ten to fifteen minutes immediately after jumping rope. Basically, I’ve doubled my cardio vascular exercise from fifteen to thirty minutes, six days a week. Not to mention I walk around Rome for at least an hour a day, sometimes two hours, going from lesson to lesson, and I don’t mean stroll, saunter, amble or roam. I mean I walk, fast.

In addition, I’ve increased my consumption of oatmeal from 50 to 100 grams a day and, at the suggestion of one of my students who’s a doctor, I’ve been drinking a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice every morning. As if that’s not enough, I take three different types of organic/natural cholesterol-reducing pills: Omega 3, red yeast rice, and folic acid.

After three months of this routine, the big day is coming up. I’m getting my blood tested again next week and if it’s still 317 I’ll be flabbergasted. If, by some phenomenon of veiled consequences, it has gone up then, well, wow.

Anyway, Shaw, I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, wish me luck!

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