Big Pharma got an early Christmas present yesterday: millions of new customers for statin drugs.
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association released new cholesterol treatment guidelines that could easily double the number of people taking Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol and other statin medications.
Now, you don’t need to have a high cholesterol level to “require” a statin drug. Heck, you don’t even need to have heart disease. Diabetes and other risk factors for heart attack and stroke are enough to “qualify” you for a lifetime of dependency on moderate-to-high doses of these expensive statin medications, which cost upward of $200 a month.
The only thing missing from these new guidelines is a frank discussion of the dangers of statin drugs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that statin drug labels include warnings that they increase risk of liver damage, memory loss and confusion, type 2 diabetes and muscle weakness. Your doctor may tell you that side effects of statin medications are rare, but that’s because most aren’t ever reported. More often than not, medications are not even considered as a cause of these very common problems.
Alternatives to Statin Medications
Folks, there are many alternatives to statin medications that are far safer and more effective at lowering cholesterol and treating and preventing cardiovascular disease than these side-effect-riddled drugs.
Niacin, flaxseed, bergamot and berberine all lower cholesterol—and provide additional benefits for blood sugar, weight control and more.
Fish oil and curcumin counter inflammation, another of statin drugs’ claims to fame.
And a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise do more to protect against disease than all the drugs in the world.
The bottom line: Statin medications are biological poisons capable of horrific damage. Physicians enamored with these drugs often denigrate the alternative approach of using lifestyle, diet and targeted nutritional supplements as “snake oil.” Well, if we are using snake oil, they are using snake venom. And remember, despite these new guidelines and what your doctor might tell you about them, you have to take charge of your health. Get educated, speak up and don’t be timid about doing what you feel is right.
Now it’s your turn: How do you manage your cholesterol?
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