The mainstream is so hung up on lowering levels of "bad" cholesterol that it might seem like they've forgotten all about the good stuff.

But they haven't--and that's not a "good" thing.

Right now, trials are under way on the next wave of meds Big Pharma hopes everyone will take, including you: Drugs designed to raise levels of HDL cholesterol.

One drug currently under study, called anacetrapib, managed to raise those levels by 138 percent--but don't sign up for that trial yet.

Just look at how the last promising HDL drug trial ended.

Back in 2006, Pfizer thought it had found the magic formula for raising levels of good cholesterol--its experimental med raised HDL levels by 72 percent in a clinical trial.

So far so good, right? I'm sure it seemed that way--right up until the moment researchers realized patients who combined the experimental new drug with a statin were actually dropping dead at an alarming rate.

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times looked inside the race to create an HDL cholesterol drug--and, amazingly, not once in 861 words did it mention that you can raise your levels easily and effectively, right now, without drugs.

Eating fatty fish--or taking a fish oil supplement--can dramatically boost HDL cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides.

It's so widely accepted that Big Pharma is trying to get in on the action with a prescription fish oil "drug"--but you can get the same results from any high- quality over-the-counter omega-3 supplement.

Statin-loving docs may not talk about HDL cholesterol as much as LDL, especially since there's no real drug for it yet (aside from that prescription fish oil). But don't let that silence fool you: This stuff is critical.

Low HDL can boost your risk for heart disease, stoke, depression, and some forms of cancer.

One new study finds that low HDL could even boost your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers examined data on 1,130 seniors, and found that patients with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol were 60 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the condition than the others, according to the study in Archives of Neurology.

Since the same omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil that can raise HDL are also essential to brain health, the link isn't exactly a stunner--so make sure you get in on some "brain food" today... before your doctor has a chance to push the next generation of cholesterol meds on you.