Statins are Safe and Underprescribed? Why the Mainstream Media is Dead Wrong
In an alarming new review released by the Lancet over the weekend, statin therapy is argued to be an efficient and safe method for preventing heart attacks and strokes. The report, which claims the side effects of these cholesterol-lowering drugs are inflated, is clearly neglecting the simple fact that the horrendous risks entirely outweigh the slight possible chance of a benefit. In fact, statins have been clinically shown to only improve the cardiovascular health of 1 percent of those who take them. Instead these dangerous drugs have been found to cause atherosclerosis and heart failure, while long-term statin use has been shown to increase total life expectancy by only three short months.
What’s worse is doctors are quick to prescribe statins thanks to deceptive efforts from Big Pharma. You may have even already experienced it — you walk into your doctor’s office for a regular checkup, and you walk out with a prescription for a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
I hear from readers all the time about “pushy” doctors who are seemingly relentless in their attempts to get their patients on statins, even when they’re in near perfect health! You can blame this on the exhaustive efforts Big Pharma has put forth to get as many Americans as possible on these dangerous drugs. They have “trained” doctors to falsely believe that statins are useful as a prevention tool, when in reality some experts believe that 99 out of 100 people taking them are receiving no benefits whatsoever.
According to integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, “Statins should only be used in populations that get the most reward — which is middle-aged men with diagnosed coronary artery disease, those with familial hypercholesterolemia, and perhaps a minimal percentage of women.”
You may have heard the recent news about revisions to the statin prescribing guidelines that could DOUBLE the amount of Americans taking them. That means at your next checkup, the pressure to start taking a statin may be even greater.
Why You Should Be Wary of Big Pharma’s Cholesterol “Solution”
Emerging research is showing that statins are not the wonder drugs they were once thought to be. Their effects wear off quickly if you stop taking them; they do little to raise good cholesterol; and they actually do little to decrease cardiovascular-related deaths. In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that less than 3% of people get any benefit, and the rest just get risks and complications.
No Benefits…but Lots of Side Effects
Many people experience fatigue, aches and pains, general muscle soreness and headaches within days of beginning to take cholesterol-lowering medications. Many report memory loss, weakness, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and liver problems. However, what is extremely scary is that these medications can actually kill you! According to the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, “statins have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.”
Depleting a Vital Nutrient Your Body Needs
It is widely known that in blocking cholesterol production in the liver, cholesterol-lowering medications also severely deplete your body’s natural levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which can be very dangerous. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days of taking a statin, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half! Not only does CoQ10 help your heart, it boosts cellular energy throughout your entire body, fights fatigue and supports healthy brain function. CoQ10 depletion is to blame for many of the side effects associated with statins, including fatigue, muscle pain, weakness and memory loss.
Do Your Heart a Favor — Try Natural Options First
Research has shown that cholesterol imbalance is not the only risk factor when it comes to heart health, and that a more comprehensive approach is the best long-term solution. The best things you can do for your heart are to exercise, eat well and manage stress. However, making lifestyle changes is often easier said than done. That’s why I recommend supporting your heart health with specific dietary supplements as part of a conjunctive strategy.
CoQ10, resveratrol, pine bark extract, omega-3s, vitamin D3 and B vitamins are among my top picks for overall heart protection. And if you’re looking for a natural way to balance cholesterol levels, I urge you to do some research on Bergamot orange, a unique Italian citrus fruit that’s been wowing heart health experts.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out our article 7 Things to Try Before Going on a Statin.
Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.