Millions Fall for This $29 Billion Lie! Don’t be next…

Prescription Drug Lies That Just Won’t Die

Pill bottle If we told you about a substance your body needs in order to catalyze vitamin D from sunlight… is essential to the production of hormones critical to healthy energy levels… and your brain requires in order to function properly, would you do everything you could to suppress the production of that substance? Of course you wouldn’t. But it happens everyday.

The substance we’re talking about is cholesterol. And every day, millions of people take drugs to keep their cholesterol levels low, despite weak evidence linking cholesterol to heart disease. In fact, some in the medical industry are beginning to speak up and express concern that cholesterol-blocking drugs are not a good choice for preventing heart disease. But statins – the drug of choice for “treating” high cholesterol – are a $29 billion industry, and anyone expressing doubts about this “wonder” drug is quickly shouted down.

Cholesterol Does NOT Predict Heart Disease

When it comes to heart disease risk factors, cholesterol is the most-talked about. It’s also one of the weakest predictors. Blood pressure levels… smoking habits… exercise habits… insulin levels… they are all better predictors than cholesterol. Cholesterol can tell you something about your risk. Specifically the ratio of HDL to total cholesterol is a good indicator. And your triglyceride-to-HDL-cholesterol ratio is, too. But many doctors look at your total cholesterol and recommend a statin if it’s 200 or higher or if your LDL levels are 130 and higher… even though 75 percent of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels and lower cholesterol levels may actually reduce the average life span versus higher cholesterol levels. In other words, for most people, taking a statin treats a symptom that isn’t even the cause of the disease they’re trying to prevent.

The High Price of Side Effects

To save even one life with statin drugs, doctors would have to treat 50 at least people for at least five years each. Meanwhile the other 49 patients must cope with significant, sometimes severe side effects, not to mention the high cost of the drug, while receiving no real benefit. From a patient care perspective, this is a terrible return on investment. The well documented side effects of statins like Lipitor – the world’s most prescribed drug – can rapidly degrade your quality of life. That’s maybe a fair trade if you’re really at high risk of a heart attack … it’s not so great if you aren’t. The most common side effects are an uncomfortable stomach, gas, constipation, and cramps. These aren’t life threatening, but they can be inconvenient and embarrassing. You might also experience dizziness, flu-like symptoms, headaches and nausea.

More severe side effects include joint pain, which can indicate a serious problem with how your body metabolizes the drug. Less common but documented side effects include numbness, inflammation of the pancreas, pressure in the eyes, hemorrhaging of the eyes, angina, ulcers, liver failure, ruptured tendons, muscle pain, depression, loss of memory, fatigue, insomnia, and confusion… and that’s just a partial list. According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a renowned cardiologist, “We need [cholesterol] 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…

Only Take Statin Drugs
Under Medical Supervision

Statin drugs do have a place. Statins are a good treatment for people with a genetic disorder that causes the liver to produce excessive cholesterol. They have also proven effective in treating patients who have already had a heart attack. They help prevent subsequent heart attacks. But they are not a good choice for preventing the development of heart disease.

To protect yourself from heart disease, focus on lowering your blood pressure, controlling your insulin and blood sugar levels, and boosting your HDL levels. You can accomplish these three things by reducing your stress levels, getting enough sleep, getting active, and cutting refined carbohydrates out of your diet. Don’t get duped into taking a drug you don’t need. If you have high cholesterol levels, but don’t have heart disease and don’t have other risk factors, you might be better off saying no thanks to statin drugs. Dietary approaches can be just as effective, and have a set of “side effects” that are actually good for you, such as losing weight and lowering your blood pressure. Just don’t fall for the $29 billion statin drug marketing campaign when you really have much better options available.