What Are Statins?
“Statins” are a class of drugs that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. The other source of cholesterol in the blood is dietary cholesterol. Statins block the enzyme, hydroxy-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase), in the liver that is responsible for producing cholesterol. Scientifically, statins are referred to as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
Statins are used for preventing and treating atherosclerosis that causes chest pain, heart attacks, strokes, and intermittent claudication in individuals who have or are at risk for atherosclerosis.
Statins include well-known medications such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and others. Lower cost generic versions of many statin medications are available.
Statin Drugs: The Money Minter
Statin, the cholesterol-lowering drugs are among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market, bringing in $20 billion a year. They are a top profit-maker for the pharmaceutical industry, in part due to relentless, misleading, fear-inducing, and highly successful direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns.
One in four Americans over the age of 45 now takes statins, typically for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Traditionally, primary prevention usually involves healthy lifestyle choices that support heart health, things like eating right and exercising, yet here we have millions of Americans popping these pills instead.
Time To Wake Up To The Truth About Statins And Cholesterol
Scientific research into the naive and indiscriminate acceptance of novel mainstream therapies has been challenged and prudence advised before taken this harmful route. It is slowly beginning to dawn on the medical fraternity that contemporary treatments are not only failing to impact on our most prevalent diseases, but they may be causing more damage than good, a perfect example being the Statin saga.
Seen in this video, the late Andreas Moritz, Renowned Author and Healer, talks about how we are falling prey to fear due to lack of knowledge about cholesterol:
If you miss a dose of niacin you will get a short-term deficiency reaction again. If you eat too much white sugar you will get a deficiency reaction again. It goes away as soon as you are not deficient usually a dose or two. It's worth it!
Pains in the legs and muscles are the most common side effect of statins. They can be quite dangerous, even life threatening. This is why it is not recommended to give statins to people who don't need them. Of course, your doctor is treating you as an individual. However in general, if a person has muscle pains with the statins, its risks would be higher than its benefits.
The human brain is 60% fat. Statins reduce fat content in the human body. What does that do to brain function? Studies have shown that patients on statin drugs die earlier and usually more violent deaths. These deaths are due to increased depression leading to suicide, an Increase in automobile accidents due to side effects eg increased reaction time, increased confusion and possibly may be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease. The article pertaining to these facts were published in the AMA sanctioned New England Journal of Medicine. They are ridiculously bad for your liver and kidneys. Think twice before taking these drugs. They do not work and can make you feel horrible on a daily basis. The best way to have low cholesterol is to ,choose your parents wisely. I know, hard to do but findings now point to genetics I.e. heredity to beat cardio vascular disease. Diet & exercise are the way to go.
I am using red rice yeast. Started last January, lowered cholesterol 50 points in 3 months along with losing 20lbs.
I used vitacost red yeastrice w flush free niacin and dropped 45 points in my chol count in 6 months
I was put on stains and had major pain in my legs. Doc changed meds four times and all of them caused the same thing to happen. Been off of them more than a year now and last test a week ago came back in normal range. So go figure.
A strong Omega will help. Go to the health store instead of the doctor for advise on this subject. You will live longer and healthier.
lol...yup you should be taking advice from the guy behind the counter at GNC, not a board certified physician
Niaspan (Prescription) or Niacin (Not flush free! Real Niacin. It can be time release.) 3000 units a day usually works 1000x3 or 1500x2 usually. YOU WILL get a niacin rush if you need the niacin in the first place. It is annoying, but harmless. Goes away in a few doses. Better each dose until gone. You get no reaction once you take enough. Taking too little you will continue to get the rush each dose. You might need 4000 units or more until you get no reaction. Think of it as a painful healing. Until healed it hurts. Took me 4 1500 doses to feel virtually nothing. First dose was a PAIN. LOL. Cholesterol and triglycerides are perfect.
The last report from the American Medical Association stated 1. There is no reason to worry about the amount of cholesterol in your food. 2. The level of cholesterol in your blood is not the main factor in giving statins. I just finished an 18,000 patient study. It was concluded that lowering cholesterol has no effect on heart attacks and strokes. The previous study showed that lowering cholesterol has no effect on plaque size in the blood vessel. However, patients who had a heart attack who took statins had only a 4% rate of heart attacks and strokes. Without statins this would be 30% or more. Bottom line; If you had a cardiac incident, you should take low dose statin (the higher dose was no more effective) and aspirin. And yes and any biochemist in 1965 would tell you that the whole cholesterol story was silly. The damage to egg and meat industry far exceeds the profits by the drug industry.
My mother took three Pills and had a a stoke like attack caused (according to the german doctor that first saw her) by an allergic reaction to statins...no English doctor will confirm this despite him saying that it was the worst reaction he had ever seen!
I also have a biologist friend who got caught by her doctor...she was told she had high blood pressure and a high cholesterol level so thereby needing to take statins....she agreed and started taking them...she went back to work and a few days later had to go to the liberary and decided to do some research ino the subject...she found out that during the menopause blood pressure and cholesterol levels rise in women only to return to more normal levels after it is all over...so watch out for that ploy....also cholesterol is the brains food so by reducing your cholesterol levels there is a chance that you are opening yourself up to mental healh issues late in life!!
When some doctors tell a patient "got to take statin for the rest of your life", time to think why? That is not healing the cause of a disorder or disease
Stations are horrible. My husband was on several with terrible side effects. Doctors would not admit the effects he was feeling was due to the drug but when he stopped taking them the effects went away. I am not a doctor nor a scientist but I even I could figure that one out! Some basic diet changes and daily exercise brought his levels into the normal range. PLEASE read about these meds and look into alternatives if your doctor wants to prescribe them to you
I refuse to damage my body will pharmaceuticals if you need to thin your blood eat garlic does the same thing!
Cholesterol levels DO NOT change that often. The point is trying to be made that cholesterol levels are reduced so that more people can be prescribed these bad pills. The truth is that cholesterol ranges have been the same for at least 20 years now. I'm not sure where they are getting their information, but that is not true.
just had cupping for joint and muscle pain ..it helped , i have a little bruising but will have the treatment again because it made a big difference