What you don’t know about statins could seriously harm you.
Did you know that statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Crestor, Zocor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol) are the most prescribed class of medications in the world? The majority of users are taking the drugs for the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
Most recently, two separate studies have concluded that the progression of coronary artery calcification, which is the hallmark of potentially lethal heart disease, is increased with statin drug use.
And if an increased risk of heart attack or stroke wasn’t bad enough, here’s just a sampling of other “adverse” side effects associated with taking statin drugs:
- brain fog and dementia
- cancer (breast cancer shown to increase by 1,200% in statin users)
- exacerbates the symptoms of diabetes
- skin cancer
- lowers testosterone levels
- thyroid disorders
- weight gain
Cholesterol has gotten a bad rap
Although we’ve been brainwashed to the contrary, there is no “good” or “bad” cholesterol. Both HDL and LDL cholesterol play vital roles in the optimal functioning of our bodies. Here are just some of the essential functions cholesterol performs for us:
- precursor to vitamin D production in skin
- necessary for fat and mineral absorption
- integral substance for all cells of the body
- forms the myelin sheath around all nerves
- necessary for the production of all the adrenal hormones, testosterone and brain function
And here’s something else the drug companies won’t tell you. A higher cholesterol number as we age works in our favor. In fact, many studies show a higher death rate in the elderly who have a lowered cholesterol level. Elderly females who have a cholesterol level below 155mg/dl associated with a 5.2 times higher death rate as compared to women with a cholesterol level of 272mg/dl.
If you are on statins and plan to stay on them, heed this advice
Make certain to take at least 100-200 mg of ubiquinol or CoQ10 per day. Both are useful even if you’re not on statins.
Some natural ways to lower your cholesterol
From a vitamin supplement standpoint, the following have been used successfully in the treatment of elevated cholesterol levels. We carry the products listed below in our practice. Dr. Winchester will muscle test you to determine the exact dose needed for your optimal health and wellness.
- niacin – Nia Vasc
- vitamin C – Vitality C
- CoQ10 – Q Avail
- iodine – MaX Iodine
- hormonal balancing with bioidentical hormones – Transitions, OstaDerm,
- high-quality, animal-based omega-3 supplement, such as krill oil – Omega Synergy
In addition, eat healthy, preferably raw, fats, such as:
- olive oil
- raw organic nuts
- coconut and coconut oil
- organic raw dairy products
- pastured eggs (raw or lightly cooked with yokes intact)
- organic, grass-fed meats
And the one piece of advice that no one really likes to hear is to engage in regular exercise. It increases circulation and the blood flow in your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of fighting an illness before it has a chance to spread.
If you have questions about this article or would like to talk about alternatives to taking statins, please give us a call.
Sources and references:
“Drugs that don’t work and natural therapies that do” by David Brownstein, M.D.
Dr. Mercola newsletter: “Confirmed Again: Statin Drugs Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease”