Statins Increase Your Risk of Foodborne Illness
September 27, 2010
The U.S. government claims that it is trying to address the problem of foodborne illnesses. So why is it recommending drugs that may actually put its citizens at greater risk from food poisoning?
Cholesterol drugs make you more vulnerable to bacterial infections such as e. coli and salmonella -- a recent study shows that the statin drug simvastatin (sold under the names Zocor and Simvacor), which the government advocates as a means of lowering cholesterol levels, actually weakens your immune system.
According to the Alliance for Natural Health:
"... [T]he drug ... hinders the ability of the body's immune cells to kill pathogens, and increases the production of cytokines, which trigger and sustain inflammation."