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The Problem with Statins

 

“Statins” is a class of drugs that lower cholesterol in the blood by blocking the enzyme responsible for making cholesterol. The following statins are approved for use in the U.S.:

  • atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)
  • lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev)
  • pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • rosuvastatin (Crestor)
  • simvastatin (Zocor)
  • pitavastatin (Livalo)

 

Deceptive Studies

 

If you read my article, The Lowdown on High Cholesterol, you understand how the body needs cholesterol and the danger of too little, but what I want to focus on here is how we’ve been duped into believing that statins prevent heart disease.

Professor Sherif Sultan, President of the International Society for Vascular Surgery, analyzed various studies investigating cholesterol-lowering drugs. He, along with several other experts, concluded that the so-called benefits of statins were based on statistical deception, and warns that taking  the drugs is doing much more harm than good.

The problem with any drug testing is that they are often conducted by researchers employed by the drug manufacturers.

Results from many statin studies are kept under wraps because they demonstrated that statin drugs can accelerate artery hardening (atherosclerosis), which is a known risk factor for heart attacks. Statin drugs have also been linked to the following:

 

  • Muscle pain and damage
  • Renal and liver failure
  • Increased blood sugar or type 2 diabetes
  • Neurological problems such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Serious disease – such as cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and cataracts

 

The most common adverse effects include muscle symptoms, fatigue and cognitive problems. A smaller proportion of patients report peripheral neuropathy—burning, numbness or tingling in their extremities—poor sleep, and greater irritability and aggression.

Statins also deplete your body of CoQ10, which protects you from heart disease, and inhibits the synthesis of vitamin K2. A deficiency contributes to osteoporosis, inappropriate calcification (kidney stones, heel spurs, etc.), heart and brain disease, cancer, heart attack and stroke.

The side effects of statins are so severe, in fact, that the FDA recently expanded its official warnings about their use http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm293330.htm

More than a dozen studies have shown that prescribing statins for primary prevention does little, if anything, to prevent heart attack or stroke, which means the drug class is medically useless for the millions of otherwise healthy people who take it.

Interestingly, statins can produce very different outcomes in different patients, depending on an individual’s medical history, the statin and the dose. Studies show, for instance, that statins generally reduce the risk of ischemic strokes—which arise when a blocked artery or blood clot cuts off oxygen to a brain region—but can also increase the risk of hemorrhagic strokes, or bleeding into the brain. Statins also appear to increase or decrease aggression.

 

Please note: This information is for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice or care. Never stop taking a drug without discussing this with your doctor. It is dangerous to stop any medication abruptly!

 


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