In my email reply to my doctor I asked him about the connection between high fructose corn syrup and cholesterol. He didn't respond to that part. But I've, well, been continuing to want to get off refined sugars again. But eating real food is hard :P
Yep, I struggle frequently with it because I like sugar. I've found I have my most success when I cut out all vegetable oil, refined carbs and any kind of sweeteners. Also bacon is my secret weapon, because it's awesome!
My mother swears taking Flax Seed Oil and Cinnamon every day drops cholesterol. She takes them in pill form and swears that's why her cholesterol dropped from being "extremely high" to normal. You could try that if you wanted. It sort of sounds fishy to me, but it seems to work for her. I'm wondering if it isn't something else, as there's no kind of test and control groups to make sure that's what's making it drop. But the point remains that her cholesterol has gone way down since she started taking them.