Millions and millions of people are taking statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and experts are claiming many more millions of people should be taking them. These drugs are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and act by blocking the enzyme in your liver that is responsible for making cholesterol.
There are over 900 studies that prove these statin drugs have side effects that run from muscle problems to increased cancer risk. Some side effects could be muscle problems, anemia, acidosis, sexual dysfunction, immune depression, cataracts, pancreas or liver dysfunction and memory loss. There is evidence that taking some of these statins may even increase your risk for Lou Gehrig’s disease, diabetes and cancer.
Statins increase insulin resistance, which can be extremely harmful to your health, as it contributes to chronic inflammation in your body, and this is the hallmark of most diseases. Increased insulin resistance can also lead to heart disease, belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It can also increase your diabetes risk by actually raising your blood sugar.
The following 11 statins are considered dangerous to take and on the U.S. market today:
Statins deplete your body of CoQ10 and can have devastating results. This cofactor is essential for the creation of ATP molecules that you need for cellular energy production. Patients are rarely informed of this risk by their physicians and only occasionally advise them to take this supplement. Statin drugs can also interfere with other biological functions, including an early step in the mevalonate pathway such as:
- All your sex hormones
- All sterols
Ninety-nine out of every 100 people do NOT need statin drugs. The power of marketing, corruption and corporate greed have proliferated the market with these drugs. Furthermore, cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease. Taking a test to check your total cholesterol will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease unless it is 330 or higher. Your HDL percentage is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk.
Instead of drugs to lower your cholesterol, do so naturally to avoid damaging health effects from these dangerous drugs. Optimize your insulin levels and your vitamin D levels and you will automatically optimize your cholesterol. These, along with daily exercise, heart-healthy foods, avoiding smoking or drinking and getting plenty of good sleep will help to lower that cholesterol. Go for it! For more information on this subject visit the Mercola.com website.
–Dr Fredda Branyon