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Cholesterol Drugs Actually Cause Heart Disease

July 26, 2003 | 45,167 views

Statin drugs for "hypercholesterolemia," which some doctors call a non-illness, have become more potent and are being prescribed in higher doses to increasing numbers of people--even those with "normal" cholesterol levels. What is often overlooked by physicians is that patients taking statins become depleted in Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and heart failure.

A petition to label statin packages with a warning about statin-induced CoQ10 depletion has been issued to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with a review of animal and human studies supporting the issue. However, experts fear that the warning will not gain the attention it deserves.

Red Flags Daily July 10, 2003

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Statin drugs are being prescribed like candy for millions of people. If you believe the experts when they issued their recommendations two years ago, nearly 40 million Americans should be on them.

What these experts don't realize is that statins kill people--lots of people--and they wound many, many more. All patients taking statins become depleted in Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) eventually--those patients who start with relatively low CoQ10 levels (the elderly and patients with heart failure) begin to manifest signs/symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency relatively rapidly--in six to 12 months. Younger patients can tolerate the statins for several years before they begin developing symptoms.

The bottom line here is that when you treat the symptoms of high cholesterol with a drug you are in no way, shape or form treating the cause. It should come as no surprise that the artificial drugs cause serious side effects.

Why risk your health by taking drugs when there are some simple things you can do to normalize cholesterol levels?

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The first is to normalize your insulin levels by eliminating sugar and grains. This works for most people unless they have a genetic defect called familial hypercholsterolemia. On a side note, eliminating sugar and grains will inevitably cause beneficial side effects, such as normalizing your weight, increasing your energy and lowering your blood pressure and triglycerides. You can find out more about this in my new book, Total Health Program.

 

Secondly, you can take a high-quality krill oil that is chock full of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids

Additionally, if you are a man, or a woman who is in menopause, you should check your iron levels as elevated levels of iron can raise cholesterol levels and cause major oxidative damage in the blood vessels, heart and other organs. Excess iron is also one of the major contributing factors of cancer risk.

Regular exercise is another important tool that may reduce your risk of heart disease. You can also consider a truly revolutionary powerful enzyme called nattokinase, derived from the food natto. It has been used successfully for circulatory problems for decades, and it's found in CardioEssentials, a supplement I often recommend to those who have been diagnosed with heart disease.

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