Statins are being portrayed more and more as the Evil Baddie – and rightfully so if you take the time to listen to people who have been harmed by these drugs. The following list and then some – can be found here…..
In the Cardiovascular system alone the following side effects have been noted:
a.. Palpitation: Rapid heartbeats that you can feel
b.. Vasodilatation: Dilation of the blood vessels
c.. Syncope: Sudden loss of strength or fainting
e.. Postural hypotension: Low blood pressure caused by changing position too quickly
f.. Phlebitis: Inflammation of the veins
g.. Arrhythmia: Abnormal heart rhythm
h.. Angina Pectoris: Chest pain and a feeling of suffocation and impending death
i.. Hypertension: High blood pressure
Then look at what is reported in the Muscles and Skeletal systems:
MUSCLES AND SKELETAL SYSTEM:
a.. ** Arthritis
b.. Leg cramps
c.. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa (fluid filled sacs throughout the body)
d.. Tenosynovitis: Inflammation of a tendon sheath
e.. Myasthenia: Muscle fatigue, weakness, loss of muscle tone
f.. Tendinous contracture: Contraction of tendons
g.. Myositis: Inflammation of a voluntary muscle
If we include the Gastro Intestinal System (shaking head in dismay)
a.. ** Nausea
b.. Gastroenteritis: Inflammation of the stomach and intestines
c.. Abnormal liver function tests
d.. Colitis: Inflammation of the colon or large intestine
f.. Gastritis: Inflammation of the stomach
g.. Dry mouth
h.. Rectal hemorrhage: Heavy bleeding from the rectum
i.. Esophagitis: Inflammation of the esophagus
j.. Eructation: Belching, burping
k.. Glossitis: Inflammation of the tongue
l.. Mouth ulceration: Ulcers of the mouth
m.. Anorexia: Lack of appetite for food
n.. Increased appetite
o.. Stomatitis: Inflammation of the lining of the mouth
p.. Biliary pain: Gallbladder pain
q.. Cheilitis: Inflammation on the lips
r.. Duodenal ulcer
s.. Dysphasia: Impaired speech
t.. Enteritis: Inflammation of the small intestine
u.. Melena: Bloody stools or vomit
v.. Gum hemorrhage: Heavy bleeding of the gums
w.. Stomach ulcer
x.. Tenesmus: Staining during bowel movements or urination
y.. Ulcerative stomatitis: Ulcers within the lining of the mouth
z.. Hepatitis: Inflammation of the liver
aa.. Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas
ab.. Cholestatic jaundice: Yellowing of the skin due to a stoppage in the flow of bile
I think it would be fair to say that this class of drugs has one of the highest reports of side effects I have ever come across.
Quite apart from the fact that it has never been proven that reducing cholesterol will help you live longer, or that by taking statins women will benefit in any way at all.
“millions of healthy American women are taking statins, which have never been shown to reduce MI or lengthen life and have an untold number of side effects, worse in women than men.” (Link)
But still millions of people world-wide want to lower that magic number (cholesterol) to below what is considered dangerous for heart disease. Trying to convince them it is just an arbitrary number plucked out of the air by pharmaceutical companies trying to increase their sales – is like banging your head against a brick wall.
But what can you do you ask – if Doctor says you must lower that number, yet you do not want to take their drugs? Well you could always stand up to them and tell them NO. Sadly far too many patients allow the doctors to dictate what they must and must not do, instead of doing their own research and deciding what they will do themselves.
If you present your doctor with an option to pharmaceutical drugs, and ask them to monitor your progress, then you are taking responsibility and your Doctor will see that you are not an irresponsible patient. If on the other hand your Doctor refuses to work with you – then perhaps it is time to find one who will.
Did you know that there are alternatives you can try to reducing your cholesterol numbers more naturally? Very little of the cholesterol you eat is stored in the body. Your body is a powerhouse that manufactures many of the necessary things for life – cholesterol being one of them. It is made in your liver.
Numerous studies over the past two decades have clearly proven that the tocotrienol Specialized form of vitamin E is a top choice for cardiovascular protection and heart health. Tocotrienols offer a safe and effective way to help achieve or maintain healthy cholesterol, while simultaneously protecting your arteries.
Byron Richards tells us: The vitamin E family consists of 4 tocotrienols and 4 tocopherols. D alpha tocopherol is the commonly understood form of vitamin E and has been extensively researched and has its own value to human health. The difference between tocotrienols and tocopherols is the “tail” on the vitamin E molecule. Tocopherols have a long saturated tail. Tocotrienols have a short unsaturated tail. The unique structure of tocotrienols enables them to do many things that tocopherols cannot do. This includes easier access to cells, better antioxidant function in cells, a better ability to move around in cells, and the activation of a wide variety of gene signals including cholesterol regulation.
Researchers have documented that gamma tocotrienols are responsible for inhibiting cholesterol synthesis in the liver. This is an important fact. Remember your liver is the factory that makes the cholesterol for your body. Supplementing with the tocopherol form of vitamin E can cut back on how much your liver makes, without all the ugly and debilitating side effects of the synthetic statin drugs.
Of course you would want to be certain first of all that your liver was actually making too much cholesterol. The fact could well be that your liver is making exactly the right amount of cholesterol that your body actually needs. Remember those numbers are arbitrary after all! So why lower something that may not need lowering? Good Question!
I recommend that you read the entire article:
Tocotrienols: Twenty Years of Dazzling Cardiovascular and Cancer Research
Stephanie Seneff has a rather long but extremely well written paper – available online, which among other things states: Long-term Statin Therapy Leads to Damage Everywhere.
In her concluding remarks she says:
Every individual gets at most only one chance to grow old. When you experience your body falling apart, it is easy to imagine that this is just due to the fact that you are advancing in age. I think the best way to characterize statin therapy is that it makes you grow older faster. Mobility is a great miracle that cholesterol has enabled in all animals. By suppressing cholesterol synthesis, statin drugs can destroy that mobility. No study has shown that statins improve all-cause mortality statistics. But there can be no doubt that statins will make your remaining days on earth a lot less pleasant than they would otherwise be.
To optimize the quality of your life, increase your life expectancy, and avoid heart disease, my advice is simple: spend significant time outdoors; eat healthy, cholesterol-enriched, animal-based foods like eggs, liver, and oysters; eat fermented foods like yogurt and sour cream; eat foods rich in sulfur like onions and garlic. And finally, say “no, thank-you” to your doctor when he recommends statin therapy.
Can you hear me applauding? I believe she sums it all up very well indeed I and fully concur. Please do your own research about the need for cholesterol in every cell in the human body. That includes the cells of your heart, which by the way is your body’s largest muscle, and your brain which requires cholesterol so that your memory works and your cells all communicate with each other. Depleting cholesterol at the cellular level can lead to an early death!