The Truth About Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

Many patients who have high cholesterol levels have been prescribed statins, which are drugs that lower the cholesterol levels and take them religiously, so their condition would be better.

If you or someone close to you is taking statins, then, you should read this article in order to get an insight into the real truth hidden behind the pharmaceutical commercials.

Statins work in that way that they block the production of the substance that is necessary for your body to produce cholesterol. Statins even help the body reabsorb the cholesterol that has build up in the plague of the artery walls and avoid the risk of further damage to the blood vessels or heart attacks.

They are also being prescribed for various other reasons, such as: stroke, heart attack, inflammation, and other heart diseases or complications.

Is statin right for you?

Whether or when is the right time to start using statins is not only connected to the actual cholesterol levels, but also to the risk factors that come along due to the different conditions in every individual. For people who already had a heart attack, a statin would be more likely prescribed, no matter the actual level of their cholesterol. It is so because they are in the high-risk group.

The truth according to statistics

However, since we are talking about 29 billion dollars worth industry, sometimes the risk factors are not taken into consideration, but rather statins are given even to patients who do not have a desperate need for them.

So, in those cases, the drugs have failed to block heart attacks and stroke, but developed cancerous cells and even cancer in patients.

In the new documentary film, $29 Billion Reasons to Lie About Cholesterol, Justin Smith states,
” … between 1994 and 2006 the percentage of men aged 65 to 74 with ‘high’ cholesterol decreased from 87% to 54% … Despite this, the rate of coronary heart disease for this age group stayed about the same … Other age groups have experienced an increase in the rate of heart disease as the number of people with ‘high’ cholesterol has decreased.”

Also, the link between cholesterol-lowering drugs and cancer has been shown in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996:

All members of the two most popular classes of lipid-lowering drugs (the fibrates and the statins) cause cancer in rodents, in some cases at levels of animal exposure close to those prescribed to humans. … Longer-term clinical trials and careful postmarketing surveillance during the next several decades are needed to determine whether cholesterol-lowering drugs cause cancer in humans. In the meantime, the results of experiments in animals and humans suggest that lipid-lowering drug treatment, especially with the fibrates and statins, should be avoided except in patients at high short-term risk of coronary heart disease.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a board certified cardiologist and a prominent expert in the field of natural cardiology, explained in a recent interview:

“Let’s face it, cholesterol is something your body needs. If you look at the MRFIT study [Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial] where they looked at 180,000 men over a period of… 13 years (1973-80); men with cholesterol of 330 had less hemorrhagic stroke than men with cholesterol less than 180. If you look at cholesterol numbers, the higher cholesterol number would give you protection from hemorrhagic stroke. (I’m not talking about ischemic stroke now but hemorrhagic stroke.)
… [W]e need cholesterol in our skin to activate vitamin D3 from sunlight.

We need cholesterol to make our sex hormones… to make our adrenal hormones. We need it for lubrication. We need it for neurotransmitter function in the brain. When LDL is driven too low, it’s no wonder that a lot of patients develop memory problems or pre-Alzheimer’s, or even total global amnesia, which is really losing one’s memory. It’s very frightful and I have seen several cases.… There are so many other aspects that in my mind play a much bigger role that I put cholesterol down at the low end of the spectrum.”

Once that you get familiar with the above-given statistics and quoted material from doctors, researches and individual cases, you will get the real picture about statins and the risks that they induce. Therefore one thing is for sure, a healthy lifestyle is the only safe thing that will ensure you a good health, lower cholesterol and also less risk of heart disease.

Change your diet to improve your health!

Even if you decide to take statin to lower your cholesterol levels, you should definitely make lifestyle changes as well. In order to reduce the risk you should:

• You should adopt a healthy diet rich in fish and vegetables, avoiding carbohydrates, refined sugar and unhealthy fat.
• Add some super foods, such as: avocado, lemongrass and cinnamon in your diet.
• You should quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke as well.
• Be more physically active, exercise regularly and avoid sitting for a long period of time.
• Avoid stress and incorporate an activity which will calm you down( e.g. yoga)

Sources:
1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/
2. http://articles.mercola.com/