Two years ago,
a study known as the JUPITER trial suggested the cholesterol-lowering
statin drug might prevent heart-related death in many more people
than just those with high cholesterol.
researchers say that the JUPITER results are flawed and that
they do not support the benefits initially reported.
Not only is
there no "striking decrease in coronary heart disease complications,"
but a new report has also called into question drug companies' involvement
in such trials.
ABC News reports:
major discrepancies exists between the significant reductions
in nonfatal stroke and heart attacks reported in the JUPITER trial
and what has been found in other research ... 'The JUPITER data
set appears biased,' [the researchers] wrote in conclusion."
Tens of millions
of Americans are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs mostly
statins and some "experts" claim that many millions
more should be taking them.
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, that is, they act by blocking the
enzyme in your liver that is responsible for making cholesterol
(HMG-CoA reductase). The fact that statin drugs cause side effects
is well established there are now 900
studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from
muscle problems to increased
reported side effects include:
problems, polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet),
and rhabdomyolysis (a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition)
or liver dysfunction, including a potential increase in liver
problems are the best known of statin drugs' adverse side effects,
but cognitive problems and memory loss are also widely reported.
A spectrum of other problems, ranging from blood glucose elevations
to tendon problems, can also occur. There is evidence that taking
statins may even increase
your risk for Lou Gehrig's disease.
available on the U.S. market are:
Out of 100 People Do Not Need Statin Drugs
drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a testimony
to the power of marketing, corruption and corporate greed, because
the odds are very high greater than 100 to 1 that
if you're taking a statin, you don't really need it.
The ONLY subgroup
that might benefit are those born with a genetic defect called familial
hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them resistant to traditional
measures of normalizing cholesterol.
If your physician
is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should know
that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of
heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher.
is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk. Here are
the two ratios you should pay attention to:
Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If below
10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.
Ratio: Should be below 2.
I have seen
a number of people with total cholesterol levels over 250 who were
actually at low risk for heart disease due to their elevated HDL
levels. Conversely, I have seen many people with cholesterol levels
under 200 who had a very high risk of heart disease, based on their
Your body NEEDS
cholesterol it is important in the production of cell membranes,
hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat.
Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to
your neurological function.
There is also
strong evidence that having too
little cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss,
Parkinson's disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide,
and violent behavior.
Outrageous New Push to Put Kids on Statin Drugs!
In a bold attempt
to increase profits before the patent runs out, Pfizer has now introduced
kid-friendly version of Lipitor. Its US patent for Lipitor expires
in November 2011, and seeking to boost sales of the drug, children
have become the new target market, and the conventional medical
establishment is more than happy to oblige.
and many doctors are now calling for universal
school screening of children to check for high cholesterol,
to find those "in need of treatment." In addition, older
siblings, parents and other family members might be prompted to
get screened as well, the researchers say, which would uncover additional,
previously undiagnosed adults in need of the drug.
This is clearly
NOT the way to improve public health. On the contrary, it could
produce a new, massive wave of extremely dire health consequences
in just a few years time.
than improving school lunches, which would cost about a dollar a
day per child, they'd rather "invest" ten times that for
tests and drugs that in no way, shape, or form address the root
cause, which is an improper, unhealthy diet!
doing is allowing all the industries to maintain or increase their
profits: Big Pharma; Big Sugar; Big Corn and the processed food
You, and your
children! And in far more ways than one!
I will address
this issue in depth in a future article, so please stay tuned
If You Take
Statins, You MUST Take CoQ10
If you take
statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk.
Unfortunately, this describes the majority of people who take them
in the United States.
CoQ10 is a
cofactor (co-enzyme) that is essential for the creation of ATP molecules,
which you need for cellular energy production. Organs such as your
heart have higher energy requirements, and therefore require more
CoQ10 to function properly.
your body of CoQ10, which can have devastating results.
rarely inform people of this risk and only occasionally advise them
to take a CoQ10 supplement. As your body gets more and more depleted
of CoQ10, you may suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness,
and eventually heart failure.
is also very important in the process of neutralizing free radicals.
So when your CoQ10 is depleted, you enter a vicious cycle of increased
free radicals, loss of cellular energy, and damaged mitochondrial
If you decide
to take a CoQ10 supplement and are over the age of 40, it is important
to choose the reduced version, called ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is a
FAR more effective form I personally take 1–3 a day since
it has such far-ranging benefits.
Your Cholesterol Levels, Naturally
no reason to take statins and suffer the damaging health effects
from these dangerous drugs.
The fact is
that 75 percent of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, which
is influenced by your insulin levels. Therefore, if you optimize
your insulin level, you will automatically optimize your cholesterol.
then, that my primary recommendations for safely regulating your
cholesterol have to do with modifying your diet and lifestyle:
with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet.
Eat the right foods for your nutritional
type, and consume a good portion of your food raw.
foods include olive oil, coconut and coconut oil, organic raw
dairy products and eggs, avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and organic
grass-fed meats as appropriate for your nutritional type.
daily. Make sure you incorporate peak
fitness exercises, which also optimizes your human growth hormone
drugs, which lower your cholesterol at the expense of your health,
these lifestyle strategies represent a holistic approach that will
benefit your overall health which includes a healthy cardiovascular