Prescription medications2Thirty two million Americans take statin drugs to help prevent heart disease, but the number of Americans dying from heart failure continues to grow.  Can a verifiable connection between cholesterol-lowering drugs and heart disease be made, or is such a link an inconclusive assumption at best?  Numerous studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering drugs intended for heart disease prevention actually increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. 

Fact: 900 studies document the risks of statin drugs.  These risks include:

  • Cancer
  • Cognitive decline (statin drugs have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Immune system suppression
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Decreased heart muscle function
  • And eventual heart failure and death!

     Over 71 diseases have been linked to statin drugs.  Why hasn’t the FDA or our doctors alerted us to these health risks?  One reason is that side effects from statin drugs don’t occur immediately.  By the time symptoms manifest, doctors diagnose the condition as a new health problem instead of a side effect of a statin drug.  The other reason is sheer greed on the part of the pharmaceutical industry and government agencies.

You can put an end to the deception and take control of your heart health by staying accurately informed and supplementing with natural nutrients.

Heart Disease Prevention or Propaganda?

It seems we have been duped by Big Pharma again.  There has been a significant increase in statin drug prescriptions since 2008, when a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that statins could not only decrease your risk for a second heart attack, but could also prevent a primary heart attack or stroke.  The JUPITER study reported that statins could lower your risk for heart attack by 54%, stroke by 48%, and death by 20%.

And who funded this study that lauds the use of statin drugs?  A company by the name of Astra-Zeneca, the maker of the statin-drug, Crestor!  Monetary motives must be called into question.

Three studies disproving the pharmaceutical company’s claims were subsequently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

A study titled Cholesterol lowering, cardiovascular diseases, and the rosuvastatin-JUPITER controversy: a critical reappraisal, confirmed that the JUPITER study was inaccurate and flawed, stating: “the results do not support the use of statin treatment for primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases …”

A meta-analysis of 11 randomized controlled trials likewise discovered no evidence to support the claims of the JUPTITER researchers.

How Statin Drugs Can Harm Your Heart

A recent study found that statin drugs increase your risk for stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.  Results showed that patients who had already suffered from this type of stroke had a 22% chance of a repeat stroke when taking statin drugs.  The control group did not take statin drugs and only showed a 14% reoccurrence rate.  Scientists believe statin drugs increase your risk of stroke in one of two ways: Either by lowering your cholesterol to dangerous levels, or by increasing your risk of developing blood clots.

Many other studies have shown that statin drugs increase your risk for diabetes, which in turn increases your risk for developing heart disease.

     A recent study published in Clinical Cardiology found that the control group had “significantly better” heart muscle function than the variable group taking statin drugs.  Researchers surmised: “Statin therapy is associated with decreased myocardial

[heart muscle] function.”

This begs the question: How?

No one is arguing that statins don’t do what they are designed to do—lower cholesterol.  But in the process they promote heart disease rather than preventing it.

Statins suppress the enzyme that manufactures cholesterol, but this enzyme manages many more vital nutrients as well.  Nutrients your heart needs to keep beating.

One essential nutrient is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).  When CoQ10 enzymes are blocked, your cells lose energy and free radicals damage your mitochondrial DNA.  You may experience unexplained fatigue, muscle weakness and eventual cardiac failure.  And while the FDA now requires labels on statin drugs indicating the increased risk for liver damage, memory loss, type 2 diabetes and muscle weakness… no such labels warning consumers of the possible risks for heart failure are required.

Check the labels on a statin drug from Canada, however, and you will see a warning stating that statin drugs deplete your body of CoQ10 and “could lead to impaired cardiac function in patients with borderline congestive heart failure.”

The Cholesterol Myth

     Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not the main culprit of heart disease.  In fact, 75% of heart disease patients have healthy cholesterol levels!

It is inflammation that causes heart disease.  Inflammation traps cholesterol in the artery walls, constricting blood flow and leading to heart attacks and stroke.  If it weren’t for inflammation, cholesterol would travel smoothly through the blood vessels and blood would pump freely to your healthy heart.

So if cholesterol isn’t the cause, then are cholesterol-lowering statin drugs really necessary?

 

Nepean Naturopathic Centre – making health easy

 

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