Statins and Their Side Effects

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Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Did you know that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs …

Statins and Their Side Effects

  1. Have been used in the US since 1987, and during that time there have been numerous articles discussing their toxicity. Yet your doctor still says statins are safe!

  2. Are the most successful class of drugs in history, generating more money in the United States every year than football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey and all other professional sports combined! The companies raking in these profits use their financial clout to set the marketplace rules, and the No. 1 rule is aggressive promotion—regardless of the side effects of statins  on the millions of people who are taking them. 

  3. Deplete levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) because the enzyme pathways they block to reduce the production of cholesterol are the same enzymes required for the creation of CoQ10. CoQ10 is an essential compound necessary for energy production in the mitochondria of your cells. 

  4. Can cause fatigue, muscle weakness and heart failure because they deplete your body’s valuable CoQ10 reserves.

  5. Have a long list of adverse affects including problems with memory and mood, suicidal behavior, and neurological issues. Side effects of statins range from minor (achiness, forgetfulness) to serious (complete but temporary amnesia, permanent memory loss) to lethal (congestive heart failure, rhabdomyolysis or complete muscle breakdown). 

Avoid the Side Effects of Statins

At my clinic, the Whitaker Wellness Institute, we never prescribe statin drugs. There are plenty of safe, natural ways to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease without the side effects of statins. If you are on one of these drugs, take at least 200 mg of CoQ10 every day along with your drug.

Now it’s your turn: What are your thoughts about these drugs and the side effects of statins?

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