Archive for the ‘Statins’ Category

CoQ10

Friday, May 15th, 2015

I’ve written about CoQ10 before but as new studies come out we learn even more.

Mitochondria function in every cell of the body, they are the energy powerhouse. And coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential part of healthy functioning of each cell. CoQ10 is involved in the conversion of fats and sugars into useable energy.

We know that, like most things of the body, age makes CoQ10 decline. With the right amount of CoQ10, mitochondria can work efficiently throughout the body — including the heart. What most doctors don’t tell you is that when you take a statin drug you are draining CoQ10 out of your body. That’s why when I learned this years ago I took myself off of statin drugs. My doctor wouldn’t help me and the cardiologist didn’t fight me when I took myself off (“didn’t fight [me]” were the doctor’s words). That was back in 2007.

Now what I have recently learned is that the aging process reduces CoQ10 levels in the heart muscle wall by 72%, whereas statin drugs have been shown to reduce plasma CoQ10 by almost 40%. When you combine these the body hardly has a fighting chance to survive.

What I don’t know is what is the “right amount” of taking pharmaceutical grade CoQ10 in a man of 80. I’m still working on this. I do know that I have more energy now than I did just 12 months ago.

Stay tuned for updates.

Statins Drugs Can Worsen Clogged Arteries

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The danger of Statin Drugs

Despite their overwhelming popularity and the fact that guidelines for their use are continuing to change which would make even more people arrive in the land of the prescribed, statins are not for everyone.

First of all, they’ve been shown to be not very effective for most women.

And according to renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Sinatra, they should definitely not be used by children, but sadly that’s exactly what’s happening in our society.

Well, a third strike against statins has just come up.

Because a recent study has shown that in 20 percent (one out of five) people taking statins, not only are they NOT effective, but they can actually result in even worse clogged arteries!

And the worse thing to me is that many of my friends are taking statin drugs.

Statin Drugs

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Today one of the most widely used drugs are statin drugs. They are also one of the most dangerous drugs prescribed for all the wrong reasons.
Even the American Heart Association (AHA) has it wrong. And they are not completely to blame. When our government takes the side of Big Pharma and ignores the facts (studies that have disproven the need for most people to take statin drugs) is it any wonder why organizations get it wrong.
Just look at our elected government officials today. They outright deny scientific studies. With their title of Representative or Senator they believe that that trumps legitimate scientists who have studied for years on matters like global warming, etc.

The most healthy thing that most Americans can do is stay away from Statin Drugs.

Lipitor: a Story

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I took myself off of Lipitor years ago because of adverse side effects. My doctor didn’t help me and my cardiologist said, “I didn’t fight you”, when I told him I was going to take myself off. That was years ago. Now I want to share a chilling story from Life Extension:

“According to the New York Times, the largest introduction of a generic drug in history is being impeded in another devious scheme perpetrated by Big Pharma.

“Lipitor is the best-selling drug of all time, generating sales of $106 billion over the last decade. Pfizer has told financial analysts it is preparing for the loss of Lipitor’s patent with a variety of business moves to preserve market share.

“In a letter to pharmacists, Pfizer is asking many drugstores to block prescriptions for a generic version of Lipitor. This cholesterol-lowering drug lost patent protection on November 30, 2011.

“One of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers issued instructions seeking to have pharmacists keep filling prescriptions with the more expensive Lipitor for six months. Pfizer will provide large discounts to benefit managers that block the use of generic versions of Lipitor.

“This tactic will benefit Pfizer and benefit managers at the expense of employers and taxpayers, who are on the hook for paying more than they should for an off-patent drug.” Life Extension, March 2012, p.12

The the political party nay-sayers are saying we can’t afford Medicare and Medicaid or insurance for all people while a few people make millions over their greedy practices of price control. And this is only one example of Big Pharma keeping generic drugs at inflated prices.

If you truly want to be healthy you must, in most cases, ignore the ads for drugs and search and find out if your doctor knows what’s best for you.

The China Study

Friday, November 5th, 2010

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., after many years of study came up with the science based book THE CHINA STUDY.

I realize that people basically “follow the leader”. It’s like the song “Give me that old time religion” “. . . if it’s good enough for . . . it’s good enough for me”.

What people don’t realize is that we have changed –and changed significantly.

In THE CHINA STUDY Dr. Campbell demonstrates that a good diet is the most powerful weapon we have against disease and sickness.

America’s health is failing. Just look at any pharmaceutical ad. They think they have a cure for everything or else they’ll get it tomorrow. The war on cancer was launched in the 1970s, and it is a miserable failure. Half of Americans have a health problem that requires taking a prescription drug. (I’m working in getting myself off drugs. I quit taking the statin drug Lipitor and now another doctor I’ve seen is mad at me. I’ve been off Lipitor over two years and feel better without it.)

We are leading our children down a path of disease ever earlier in their lives. Some doctors are prescribing drugs at one and two years of age. “When will we ever learn?”

Dr. Campbell was raised on a dairy farm. In school he was taught that cow’s milk make strong healthy bones and teeth. It was nature’s most perfect food.

For 10 years Dr. Campbell worked on a study for malnourished children in the Philippines. The thinking was they didn’t have enough protein, primarily from animals. What they found was those children who ate the highest protein diets were the ones most likely to get liver cancer. They were the children of the wealthiest families.

To be continued!

Misinformation

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Statin drugs are heavily used and over-prescribed because of misinformation and pharmaceutical promoted advertising, which isn’t always in favor of the customer. High doses of statin drugs are frequently unnecessary and pharmaceutical companies never suggest alternatives like Co-Q10 to offset the depletion by statin drugs. Depletion of Co Q10 can cause brain damage and loss of memory, so if you must take a statin drug you also must take Co Q10 to balance the loss.

I have been off of statin drugs for 18 months now and feel healthier than when I was taking Lipitor.