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Ornish: Diet and 'Good' Cholesterol

The recent failure of a potential blockbuster drug designed to increase so-called 'good cholesterol' raises important issues about diet and heart health. What is HDL, anyway?

The Garbage Trucks in Your Blood

Cholesterol-lowering drugs are big business. Really big. Just one of these drugs, Lipitor, generated almost $13 billion in sales this year for Pfizer, the drug company that makes it.To its credit, Pfizer spent at least $800 million developing and studying a new drug, torcetrapib, designed to prevent heart attacks and strokes by increasing levels of HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol") by up to 50 percent.