All I can say is, it’s about time!
I’ve been long beating the drum about the fact that the benefits of statin treatment have been grossly exaggerated, while the harmful side effects have been severely downplayed and brushed under the rug.
Well, now the studies are finally starting to prove it.
A group of international researchers published a study recently in the BMJ Open journal that found no link between “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and death as a result of heart disease in individuals over 60 years of age.
As a matter of fact, the results showed that 92 percent of the people with higher cholesterol actually lived longer!
Professor Sherif Sultan, vascular and endovascular surgery expert at the University of Ireland stated, “Lowering cholesterol with medications for primary cardiovascular prevention in those aged over 60 is a total waste of time and resources, whereas altering your lifestyle is the single most important way to achieve a good quality of life.”
In addition, study co-author Dr. Malcolm Kendrick said their findings show “that older people with high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels lived longer and had less heart disease.”
Why in the world?
Why in the world would this study basically say that cholesterol is OK when all we’ve heard over the last few decades is that cholesterol means heart disease?
Because cholesterol’s role in the development of heart disease has been extensively overstated and twisted so that drug companies can make money on drugs, that’s why.
Pfizer’s prize statin Lipitor is the most profitable drug of all time, with sales of over $140 billion. They are very happy that millions of people have been frightened into thinking all cholesterol is bad, thank you very much.
And drug companies have an extremely strong influence (aka deep pockets) over medical school curriculums, the physician community, medical associations and the prescribing parameters they create.
The real truth about cholesterol and heart disease
Cholesterol is a substance your body NEEDS.
It functions as an antioxidant, protects you against cancer, it repairs wounds and tears in your arteries, it’s vital for your brain and nervous system, it’s needed for your body to make hormones and vitamin D, and it helps your body use serotonin, which protects against depression.
The true instigator behind heart disease is inflammation in your arteries, and that is very commonly the result of these four things:
- Too much glucose coursing through your blood (because of a diet high in sugar and refined carbs)
- A buildup of homocysteine in your bloodstream (due to lacking B vitamins)
- Lacking the natural anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids your body needs to control inflammation
- High blood pressure (which is commonly the result of diet and lacking exercise)
Once inflammation occurs in your arteries then yes, cholesterol is summoned to the scene to do its repair work—but it’s certainly NOT the guilty party here.
They NOT safe!
Although statins are ridiculously touted as “safe” nothing could be farther from the truth.
Statins can and do cause many serious side effects including muscle pain and weakness, incapacitation, kidney failure, death, type 2 diabetes, memory loss, depression, pancreatic inflammation, sexual dysfunction, gallstones, poor digestion, low energy and abnormal heart rhythm, to name a few.
Sorry, but that doesn’t sound very “safe” to me.
A smarter, safer approach
A smarter, safer approach here is to naturally support your body in its efforts to control inflammation and maintain a healthy cholesterol level!
Here are some measures that can help:
Start with your diet. Eat wholesome REAL foods and ditch the refined carbs and sodas. And don’t buy into the “all saturated fat is bad” BS either—that was created by vegetable oil companies who make a lot of money selling you their rancid creations and margarines. Your body needs saturated fats, so go ahead and have a 3-4 oz. serving of meat (preferably organic) or butter on your vegetables.
Make sure you have adequate levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids by supplementing with a fish oil formula like VitalMega-3. (Be sure to talk to your doctor first if you’re on a blood thinner like Warfarin.)
Get regular exercise. Nothing is more effective to help control your blood pressure and your weight than working up a sweat at least 3-4 times a week. Just be sure to get your doctor’s OK—trust me, he or she will be thrilled.
Supplement with probiotics. Your liver naturally controls your cholesterol level by eliminating old, worn-out cholesterol through the intestinal tract, but in order for it to effectively do so, a healthy intestinal environment and regular bowel movements are crucial. Supplementing with probiotics like Super Shield can help support your body’s efforts by encouraging healthy BMs and repopulating your supply of helpful intestinal bacteria.