Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? What is cholesterol anyway and what are statin drugs? Cholesterol is a soft white waxy substance that is found in every cell in your body. At least it should be. Cholesterol is used to produce hormones, cell membranes, bile acids, vitamin D and so much more. Cholesterol is a necessary precursor to the conversion of vitamin D by your body.
75% of your cholesterol is made by your liver, the other 25% comes from the foods, or so called foods that we eat.
Statin drugs are the life saving, doctor recommended, universal panacea for the fear induced high cholesterol myth. It is a myth you know? High cholesterol is a universal scare tactic.
Somewhere around 25% of the cholesterol in your body is found in your brain. Bet you didn't know that. According to the experts, there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. I know you have heard of HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoproteins). You may even have heard of MDL and VLDL too, (medium density and very low density lipoproteins). These are proteins that transport cholesterol where it needs to go. They are not actually cholesterol.
HDL helps prevent heart disease by keeping cholesterol away from your arteries. HDL also helps to remove arterial plaques. LDL, on the other hand, can build up in your arteries and form plaques, just the opposite of HDL. This can create a clot and or obstruction to your heart and or brain causing a heart attack or stroke. I'm sure I don't need to mention that this is not a good thing.
HDL removes cholesterol from your tissues and arteries and returns it to the liver where it is recycled and redistributed. That's strange, why wouldn't your body send this deadly cholesterol to the kidneys to be eliminated? Well, the thing is, when you have damaged cells in your body, your liver is notified to release more cholesterol into your bloodstream. In fact, your body cannot produce new and healthy cells without it.
Statin drugs are the life extending, pharmaceutical wonder drugs designed to protect us from the extreme dangers associated with the dreaded high cholesterol diagnosis. But, are statins really the magical miracle wonder drugs they are so highly exaggerated to be? Hmmmmm. Please continue reading.
Did you know that the drug companies sell a little over $30 billion dollars worth of cholesterol lowering, statin drugs every year? Statins are the pharmaceutical companies answer for getting your high cholesterol levels under control. They really go overboard with their dramatic, fear incensed scare tactics. They need to sell the emotion. That's a lot of money, I mean, profits.
Statin drugs must be some sort of essential God forgot to include when He designed our original metabolic anatomy. It seems God has made quite a few mistakes when you consider the amount of chemical laced pharmaceuticals our bodies seem to need. He must have gotten distracted or something. I'm sure Jesus was a handful. Did you also know that only a very small percentage of people taking high cholesterol, statin drugs actually need them?
Heart Disease & Cholesterol
More and more physicians are now pointing the finger at inflammation as the leading cause of heart disease, not high cholesterol. Funny how often the medical authority has a change of heart. Intentional pun. High cholesterol levels usually means there is inflammation somewhere in the body. Because of the inflammation, cholesterol levels are raised to help heal or repair that specific area of the body. The body raised cholesterol levels for a reason. What if they actually sought after the cause instead of focusing on the effect.
A very well known cardiologist decided to categorize the results from numerous angiograms he was performing. A good percentage of his patients with cholesterol levels around 150 had advanced heart disease, whereas patients with cholesterol levels around 280 had no trace of heart disease whatsoever. This is obviously when he began scratching his head.
According to publicized reports, this contradicted everything he thought he knew about high cholesterol and the dire need for statin drugs.
The biggest concern is the grossly under reported side effects from taking these chemical laced, cholesterol lowering, prescription cocktails from you know where. The truth is, the risks far outweigh the gains. Bet you never heard that from your doctor. This is the point where the majority of you will stop reading. You don't want to hear it, let alone believe you are being duped by the omnipotent and all knowing medical establishment.
Excuse me, are you trying to say I have to control my heart disease with diet and things I like to eat? Most of us would rather just take a pill or two, remain completely oblivious, and just incorporate the side effects into our daily way of life. That way we can continue eating the same foods that are ever so surely killing us. Am I right? You don't have to answer that.
That's the biggest calamity of it all. We are content with this erroneous sense of everything is going to be okay because we're taking this wonderful little magic pill. It's protecting me from my less than nutritious food addictions and indulgences. Don't even think about telling me I can't eat something. We will do anything to avoid the pain of loss. The loss of some of our most cherished, bad for you, indiscriminate food choices.
We are such a sick little society of misfits and dreamers. The story goes, you were born this 6 lb. 7 oz. beautiful little baby. You are now this full grown adult (determined by your anatomical number of years on Earth) person. I won't even try and guess what your weight might be right now, but, whatever your weight and condition of health, you got to this stage in your life by what you piled into your mouth, from baby to adult, right? Your cells, tissues, muscles and body mass developed by whatever you decided to feed them, the good, the bad and unfortunately, the ugly too.
So now you have this fear induced, psychotic, high cholesterol cloud following you wherever you go. It prompts you when you see something sinful you want to eat. You know, that alter ego camping out on your shoulder talking you through the pro's and con's of your about to be decision. You say to yourself, wow, that looks delicious but, I better not, it's probably loaded with cholesterol.
Then you have this illuminating moment and decide, I should be fine because I'm taking this magical little statin pill, and I live under the illusion that this magical little pill will neutralize the majority of that nasty high cholesterol. It will just turn it into some sort of inert, harmless substance, right?. You then make the ill advised decision to eat it anyways. Your confident about your high cholesterol insurance policy.
Wrong, but you knew that was coming. So now you have this cholesterol bomb you just ingested plus, your experiencing some muscle pain and extreme fatigue. Heck, your exhausted from just eating whatever it was you decided to eat and now you have to try and make it back to your car so you can drive home and take a nap.
You can't believe your so out of shape. You figure you really need to start that exercise routine you keep telling yourself you'll start. You can always justify it by saying your just getting older right, or, you could say my mother and father had this same condition. It's hereditary. Really? Statins are especially bad for patients over 70 who aren't lying to themselves and really are getting older.
Muscle Pain, Fatigue & Diet
Muscle pain and fatigue are 2 of the most common and adverse side effects from taking statin drugs? I'm sure your doctor warned you about the horrendous side effects. What? He or she just handed you a prescription? That's what I thought. Don't want to interrupt the status quo. Statins also affect libido and memory. Statins can realistically initiate the onset of Alzheimer disease by as much as 15 years. You might want to read that again in case you forgot already.
It turns out that sugar causes more inflammation and is more damaging to your arteries then cholesterol. Sugar increases your blood pressure and ages your organs. Interesting to note, the Framingham Health Study which was started in 1948 and continues to this very day, shows that those involved in the study that have lived the longest, tended to be in the higher cholesterol group. Odd, that can't be right. This is when you inadvertingly start scratching your head too.
In another study out of France, they presented evidence regarding the role that dietary intake had on heart disease. They split 2 groups of high risk men who had recently survived heart attacks. They were stressed out smokers who didn't exercise and ironically, all had high cholesterol.
1 group they put on the American Heart Association diet (low in fat and cholesterol) and the second group they put on the Mediterranean diet which is high in omega 3 fats, rich in fish, vegetables and olive oil.
Surprisingly or actually not surprisingly, the study ended early because the results of the high cholesterol diet were so striking. Though their cholesterol levels remained high, they curiously had a 70% reduction in fatal heart attacks. Hmmm.
Low Cholesterol & The Brain
A large study out of Denmark found that men with chronically low cholesterol levels had a higher rate of depressive disorders. Cholesterol affects the metabolism of serotonin in the brain which is involved in the regulation of our mood. Canadian researchers found that those in the lowest quarter of total cholesterol had a 6 times higher risk of suicide compared to those in the highest quarter.
More studies support a connection between low or lowered cholesterol levels with an increase in violent behavior and aggression. These lowered cholesterol levels possibly linked to lowered brain serotonin activity. One meta-analysis documented 41,000 patient records. They found that people taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may have a higher risk of cancer. Further research has also linked low cholesterol to Parkinson's disease.
With all this emphasis on high cholesterol and too many of us assuming we are safe by consuming a statin drug, we lose sight of the real culprit in all of this. The real causes of heart disease: inflammation, sugar, stress, refined carbohydrates, packaged foods and oxidation.
These are all things we can change and or manage through our diet, but, do we? Sad to say, most of us do not. We rely on various chemicals to make us all better and just decide that the side effects are part of our life baggage. It's just a part of getting older, right?
Why are we so accommodating and confident in pharmaceuticals? What makes them so distinguished? So irrefutably reliable. We lose sight of the fact that pharmaceuticals, after all, are a business. They are lying to you. You think they care? Don't you understand their motivation? Re-read that over $30 billion dollar a year sentence again.
Long Term Effects Of Statins
The truth being that statins do nothing to prolong your life or enhance your health. In fact, they actually contribute to a lessened quality of life by destroying muscle, liver, kidney and heart function. The drug companies are very good at manipulating the statistics in their favor. They are going to make you believe anything they want you to believe. We are all lemmings and they know it! The problem is, you don't. The actual numbers and results are very well documented, you just have to go beyond the surface illusion and confusion.
Statins also inhibit the actions of other biological and metabolic processes involved in cellular regulation. This all gets way too complicated. Just imagine a chemical substance that interferes with some of your most important bodily functions and antioxidant effects. Interference creates imbalances, blocking cell signaling mechanisms, and lowering CoQ10 levels by interfering with the pathway for natural cholesterol production. The same pathway by which CoQ10 is produced.
Loss of CoQ10 results in increased free radicals and a loss of cell energy. This has a huge impact on mitochondrial DNA. CoQ10 is so important to heart health and other cellular and enzyme activation, that the labeling on statins in Canada clearly warns of CoQ10 depletion issues. This all so important nutrient deficiency can lead to impaired cardiac function in patients with borderline congestive heart failure.
So how do you help regulate or change your cholesterol levels without statins? Since 75% of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, your cholesterol levels are influenced by your insulin levels. If you optimize and regulate your insulin levels you will automatically optimize and reduce your cholesterol levels. You don't have to make it complicated. This will greatly improve your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Best part being you bypass the negative side effects from taking these overly prescribed miracle drugs.
We Can't Live Without Cholesterol
How come cholesterol isn't touted as the life saver it really is? The body actually uses cholesterol as a repair mechanism to cover abrasions and tears in arterial walls, the same as it does for any other wound. Shockingly, no living thing on earth can survive without cholesterol. Your body cannot make testosterone, estrogen, cortisone or many other vital hormones without it.
Because cholesterol has been stigmatized as the number one cause of preventable death and or heart disease, many of our foods have been stripped of this so called, deadly ingredient. You can now purchase low cholesterol and no cholesterol foods thus, removing the well advertised fear of dying from an occluded, plaque encrusted artery. Really?
Funny how cholesterol levels have risen in recent years in Japan yet, the number of heart attacks has dropped. In an 8 year long research experiment, 10,000 people were studied with high cholesterol. Half received a best selling statin drug while the other half were advised to eat a normal diet and get plenty of exercise.
The results were nothing short of unbelievable. Although the statin drugs did lower serum cholesterol, it had no impact whatsoever on death rate, non fatal heart attacks or fatal arterial disease. Hmmmmm. In other words, there was no advantage at all in the group taking the statin drugs. The downside is that for 8 years, those taking the statin drugs, suffered from the hideous, all inclusive side effects risking liver failure, debilitating muscle wasting and even sudden death. It doesn't sound like something I would volunteer for.
Another more recent study involving 20,000 men and women from Denmark concluded that the majority of heart disease patients had quite normal cholesterol levels. Another study in Britain revealed that people who consumed more margarine and less butter had higher rates of heart attacks.
Consuming margarine over butter can increase heart disease in women by 53% according to a recent Harvard medical study. Margarine actually increases LDL cholesterol while decreasing the beneficial HDL. Margarine also increases the risk of cancer up to 5 times. It suppresses immune and insulin responses. It is a highly processed synthetic that is nearly impossible to break down. It can realistically last for years outside of the body as well as inside the body. Don't we typically hear this information the other way around?
People that died of heart attacks were found to have a much greater amount of harmful fatty acids derived from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils then from unprocessed animal fats. These trans-fatty acids congest the membranes of our cells, including our heart and coronary arteries.
This starves the cells of oxygen, nutrients and water, eventually destroying the cell. Heart disease risks greatly increased in those consuming processed fats like margarine, potato chips, white bread, cookies, cakes, and biscuits. I know you love to eat these foods but maybe you could moderate them a bit and then help neutralize their evil effects by eating nutrient rich foods like fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.
Odd how in 2007 New York city banned the use of trans fats in their restaurants. Of course, where there is a will there is always a way. Now these trans-fats have been replaced with a new and improved, artificial, processed fat that is equally damaging if not worse. The food giants will not be denied. You see what I mean when I say they really don't care about your health. They do care about where you spend your money if that's any consolation.
The Dreaded Diagnosis
Where are we going with all this? High cholesterol seems to be the dominate health threat of the 21st century. It is an invented threat propagated, endorsed and aggrandized by the profit driven, 30+ billion dollar a year, pharmaceutical conglomerate. A simple blood test is usually all they need and a cholesterol quagmire is conveniently unleashed.
Their potential new prospect is then told they will need to commit to taking an expensive and harmful statin drug for the rest of their lives. Of course, they leave the harmful and expensive out of the equation, although they will not leave out the harmful effects on your arteries and the dreaded fear of living with the nightmare of high cholesterol. It's called the fear of association marketing. Sadly, some patients are even prescribed more than 1.
We are thoroughly con-vinced of the dangers associated with high cholesterol. There is actually more proof proving high cholesterol numbers to be completely erroneous and totally misleading. We unfortunately never see or hear those reports.
Fear is used to seal the deal and add to the ever growing and profitable, cholesterol lowering, statin drug blockbuster. It's a headliner around the world. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment spokespeople should be at least nominated for several academy awards this year.
Are we deaf to the side effects simply because of the beautiful scenery in their commercials. The happy couple dancing under the waterfall in Kona while they rattle off the potential side effects from taking the drug ie. body aches & pains, fatigue, heart palpitations, heart attacks, stroke, dementia, bleeding ulcers, body rash, difficulty thinking, depression, suicide, diarrhea and sometimes even death. But hey, what a pretty waterfall, and the couple look so happy. Are they happy because they're on statins? Does the drug make you feel like your on vacation?
It doesn't even matter how good you feel or how healthy you thought you were. The revelation of a cholesterol issue can be devastating, life altering. The medical authorities will try and convince you that you are not well and, that you are playing a very dangerous game with your health and your heart unless you address this critical high cholesterol issue.
You will now be assigned regular check ups and regular blood tests to monitor your new found health hazard you'll worry about. It is a deplorable sin! It creates mind altering misery psychologically.
It's a win win all the way around for our medically endowed economy. Best of all, you will now have that unwelcome, fear induced, totally misleading cholesterol cloud following you around everywhere you go. It really puts a kink in your way of thinking.
Children & Statins
Children are now on the targeted list of potential new customers. It's a whole new generation of statin customers. You need to really think about the dangers and side effects before you agree to place your child on any type of statin drug. What could these dangerous side effects potentially manifest in your child as they mature into adulthood. If that doesn't scare you then you need to go back and read the potential side effects again.
The clever marketing and advertising campaigns by the pharmaceutical cartels, have successfully brainwashed the majority of the population into believing these drugs will save them from future heart attacks and an untimely death. Their marketing campaigns are so successful, even if a physician knows of the high cholesterol deception, a well confused and deceptively educated patient will demand a prescription anyways.
It is a prescription for harm, a prescription that lessens your quality of life, a prescription laced with far too many side effects, a prescription marketed under the veil of necessity and concern for your health. It's all a bunch of fluff.
Whether you realize it or not, this also affects our medically endowed, economic future. Statins are the best selling and blatantly over prescribed drug of all time. It's mass consumption drives up health care costs, making health care unaffordable to many. We are the greatest generation of lemmings the world has ever known. You need to decide for yourself. Who do you believe?
How many of us are unknowingly being treated for the side effects of some of these statins and other pharmaceuticals. We conveniently blame something else for our ills. Maybe the majority of your ills we're created by adding man made, foreign chemicals to a body that was designed to thrive on botanicals and other natural, God giving flora.. Wake up and smoke some coffee!
You can decide that all of this information and research you just read is a joke. You can continue to live with your ever increasing infirmities, aches and pains, confusion, loss of sexual desire and everything else that comes from ingesting prescription medications, or, you can decide to open your mind to the truth.
The High Cholesterol Myth
You can also do a little of your own research. In 2004 the U.S. government's National Cholesterol Education Program advised that those suffering from heart disease lower their LDL cholesterol levels even more. From 130 down to less than 100, and less than 70 for those at higher risk. Nearly impossible without several cholesterol lowering drugs. Ka-ching. Perfect.
Turns out, 8 of the 9 doctors on the panel that advised these new guidelines were making money from the drug companies. Oops! Bottom line, whenever you take some chemically laced, pharmaceutical cocktail, you are messing with mother nature, the very essence of homeostasis. You are punching yourself in the gut. You are twisting and twerking so many vital, interconnected functions in your body it's unspeakable.
We are a severely stubborn and dead set population of people that are much more comfortable living inside the box then out. This is not a game. I may be making jokes here and there but, this is far from funny. Its just funny how we all so blindly believe, we follow, we trust, we change nothing and then we die. Caveat!