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Statin Drugs Accelerate Hardening of Arteries, Study Finds

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The pharmaceutical industry claims the cardiovascular benefits of outweigh their many troubling side effects, as well as their risk of causing type 2 diabetes. A new study that shows these drugs accelerate arterial appears to refute this claim, leaving Big Pharma without a leg to stand on.

Findings are a blow to Big Pharma’s claims.

In the research published in Diabetes Care, scientists examining patients with type 2 diabetes and severe atherosclerosis discovered that coronary artery calcification was decidedly greater in more frequent statin users compared to those who were less frequent users. Even more disturbing, in a subgroup of participants who initially did not take statins, advancement of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and aortic artery calcification (AAC) was decidedly greater in those who used statins frequently.

Drug companies’ arguments for using statins despite the problems associated with them are based on the premise that these drugs improve the health of the cardiovascular system, the part of the body most essential for life. This argument has been dealt a blow by the findings showing accelerated CAC and AAC, both which largely contribute to and cardiovascular deaths.

Just how big a risk factor is arterial calcification?

Interestingly, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores the health risk posed by calcium in the walls of the arteries. In analyzing what risk factors are most predictive of an impending heart attack, researchers found coronary calcium was six times more accurate in predicting this event than the risk factor of a family history of coronary heart disease. Dr. Arthur Agatston, cardiologist and author of the South Beach diet books, commented on the study, saying coronary calcium is the best predictor of who will have a heart attack and who will not.

Doctor relates horror stories of adverse effects of statins.

The latest discovery of the arterial calcification effect of statins is likely the tip of a massive iceberg of adverse effects. These drugs have been linked to more than a staggering 300 side effects, including weakening of the heart muscle.

In an interview with Dissident Voice, Barbara H. Roberts, M.D., Director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island relates that she regularly sees patients in her practice with serious adverse effects to statins. These include debilitating pain, transient amnesia and cognitive decline, along with fatigue, muscle weakness and neuropathy. One of her patients stated a fire in her home when she forgot the stove was on. Another was a college professor whose memory loss was so great he had to quit teaching. Others had to be wheelchair bound.

Discover a natural alternative to statins.

As you may have read, “bad” cholesterol may not be quite the villain that we have been led to believe. What about low levels of “good” or HDL cholesterol? Dr. Roberts prescribes two to three tablespoons of to her patients with this problem, and in every case, the HDL improves. She laments that the Mediterranean diet gets little media attention, although studies show it reduces cardiovascular disease and deaths.

Sources:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/statin-drugs-found-accelerate-arterial-calcification

http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/08/do-you-really-need-that-statin-this-expert-says-no/

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/23/health/heart-attack-prediction/index.html


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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Article updated on: March 18th, 2013

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9 Responses to “ Statin Drugs Accelerate Hardening of Arteries, Study Finds ”

  1. larry bond on August 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    A high dose of a statin caused my wife to develope diabetes 2 and on a recent heart ct scan it showed some cac in some arteries[mine]We both take a statin to lower ldl and it has but at what price.Heart problems in both familys.What should we change to that is safe and will still lower ldl

    • Mary West on August 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      I’m sorry to hear about that. Your physician may be open to discussing other options, but if not, you may want to seek a few other opinions.

      There are other alternatives, such as naturopathic physicians, who are capable of handling these issues. You can find one in your area by visiting this link: http://www.naturopathic.org/AF_MemberDirectory.asp?version=2

      In addition, I’ve heard of positive results on cholesterol from taking mangosteen juice. Here is a link to a medical study examining the effects of mangosteen on LDL.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7581813

      I wish you all the best.

    • Craig on August 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Switch to a diet comprised of natural unprocessed fats (including saturated fats), non-soy protein (yes: beef and chicken), green vegetables, dairy (real cheeses and fermented milks) and NO carbohydrates (no potatoes, sugar, wheat products).

      To this add supplemental Vitamin K2 since we cannot get enough of this naturally in our Western diet today. Incidentally, Vitamin K2 is now believed to explain the French paradox. Russian scientists figured this one out right after they ruled out red wine as the explanation. Vitamin K2 apparently aids your body in the proper use of calcium for your bones not your arteries.

      And, in case you are wondering, when arterial plaque is analyzed it is always overwhelmingly made up of polyunsaturated fats from plant sources (aka. corn and soy).

      All my best to you,

      Craig

      PS. No, I am not a Weston Price Foudation disciple, but I am aware that they advocate similarly.

  2. sharon on August 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    My husband uses Niaspan, 2000 mg daily, and the doctor has continued to wanting to lower his total cholesterol. His HDL is near 60.
    Is there any research on Niaspan, the benefits of
    continuing to lower total cholesterol, and how far
    is too far? I know the body must have cholesterol,
    and how does one determine how much.
    Thank you.

    • bob on September 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      I gave been taking Lipitor 40 since 2001. My cholesterol dropped from 275 to 165 over the next 4 or 5 years, where it then leveled off. I then discovered I also have a Lipoprotien (a) condition and started taking 2 to 3000 MG of Niaspan a day. My cholesterol then dropped 10 + points a year and has now leveled off at a total of 106 where it has remained. I contribute the drop from 165 to 106 to Niaspan, which is the only difference in my profile.

  3. the Postman on August 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Thanks for the great article. It lends additional proof to my hypothesis that heart disease too follows the same “iatrogenic model” as cancer, diabetes, mental illness and AIDS. Please see my comment posted at “http://naturalsociety.com/experts-reveal-unnecessary-cancer-treatments-accelerating-death/” to get a better understanding of what I’m suggesting here. Also worth noting (again thanks to Ms. West for the link in her article) is that lowering of cholesterol causes a weakening of muscle tissue. Of course, that’s not something you need be concerned about unless your heart is made of MUSCLE tissue! ;o) AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, Mental Illness and Heart Disease all have a significant iatrogenic components. Just a coincidence? — the postman (http://truthbetold.webuda.com)

  4. Bruce on December 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    As soon as the population is educated on the medical properties of marijuana these statins will thrown in the trash and so will a lot of other test tube drugs.I am not a big pot smoker and i don’t have a thing against casual pot smokers.The extract that comes from some high grade marijuana’s can cure cancer and it does so without harming any other organs in our bodies.This means these organs don’t have to be surgically removed because the exracts will heal them wright where they are.This is the simplest treatment to use and it could be free to use,but it has to legal so they we can grow it and use it for our own health.People need to understand that when a doctor looks at a human,all they see is a dollar sign.Their oath meant nothing to them and it shows.

  5. john polifronio on March 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    What we need, but will never get, is open, public debates, aired on the most widely heard and watched media, between nutritional researchers, who express seriously divergent views on the numerous, complex health issues of the day. These would be balanced debates, where there would be moderators, and researchers with strong views for and against various positions, would argue these views in such a way, that each side would have a chance to air their views, then the other side would have a chance. Every effort would be made to discourage the hysteria and yelling over each other, that passes for “debate,” in our media. But since everyone is obsessed with money, such events are inconceivable with our bought and paid for media. Debates can only be had, involving issues that wouldn’t have a chance of angering any possible or existing advertiser.

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