You have previously read of the dangers of statin drugs here. The longer consumers use them, the more we learn about their dangers and ineffectiveness.
Statins paralyze the liver by shutting down an enzyme that stimulates the cholesterol it makes. Lab results often show lower cholesterol readings due to the drug, but there is a dilemma because lab numbers reflect only the cholesterol level. What really matters is inflammation of the arterial walls and the stickiness of the cholesterol, not the cholesterol level. It is the stickiness of the blood that is dangerous, even if a cholesterol number is low. Additionally, low cholesterol levels are NOT healthy because the brain NEEDS cholesterol to function properly. Is it possible that the increase of dementia cases is related to the increased use of statins?
A dirty secret regarding statins is that only 50% of patients taking them respond and not always favorably as some of their side effects may include muscle weakness, liver damage, memory loss, diarrhea, lung abnormalities and an increase cancer risk, sleep problems, sexual function problems, fatigue, dizziness and a sense of detachment.
It’s a wonder why people risk taking these drugs with their side effects. At best they prevent only one heart attack per 100 patients who already have “multiple risk factors for heart disease”. What is worse is that patients with healthy cholesterol levels of 220 or less are prescribed statins for prevention! This is bad medicine.
More than 20 million Americans take these drugs. How many of them understand the link between the drug and its side effects? The science is clear. Every drug causes a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency that can cause other chronic symptoms and conditions.
What troubles me most is how hard their use is pushed. The scientific literature clearly states that lowering cholesterol levels does NOT improve cardiovascular health. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in this country despite years of drug usage.
We need cholesterol for a number of bodily functions, not least of which is regulation of hormone levels. For most people a wholesome diet, regular exercise and supplements provide safer, more effective results.
Functional medicine or nutritional science is geared toward evaluating a person as a “whole” rather than demonizing a body function, which in this case is cholesterol production.
Good fats have been absent from our diets too long and have been replaced with sugar. Dr. Mark Hyman, a functional medicine expert reports that the largest source of harmful sticky cholesterol is sugar, the biggest cause; high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). “HFCS is the primary nutritional cause of most of the cholesterol issues we doctors see in our patients.”
If you suffer from any side effects mentioned above, talk to your doctor. Ask him/her about the research and discuss other options. If your doctor is unwilling to work with you, find one that will. The scientific literature is very clear about the risks and benefits regarding statins.
Recently Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D. made the headlines speaking out about the truth behind what causes heart disease. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242516-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease His message is not new to those who have been following Preservion, Inc. over the years, but it is a wake-up call to the Nation about how lifestyle choices play a major role in ALL chronic illness and disease.
For an in depth review of what drugs are doing to people in this country click on http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669001/we-pop-way-too-many-pills-and-the-pills-dont-even-work
Consider a safer approach. These are daily recommendations. Take about 100-200 mgs. of CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinol, 3-5 grams of omega 3-fatty acids, 2,000-2,400 mgs of garlic extract and 10-20 mgs. of policosanol, a derivative of the sugar cane plant.
These supplements are designed to help and maintain healthy cholesterol levels and improve overall cardiovascular health. For more information about healthy hearts please contact me at http://preservion.com/wordpress
Stay well friends.
“Statin Alternatives”. Natural health, www.naturalhealthmag.com 4-2010
“Why Cholesterol May Not Be the Cause of Heart Disease”, Mark Hyman, MD. 9-20-09, Huffington
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