Heart Talk | Dangers Of Cholesterol Drugs
Cholesterol lowering statin drugs are amongst the most widely prescribed medications in history. Roughly 24 million Americans take these drugs – Pravachol, Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor – under the direction of their medical doctor; most with the hope of preventing heart attacks and strokes. The sales of these drugs have added up to billions of dollars through the years, but new research is now showing that the risks are high when patients try to lower their cholesterol unnaturally using these medications.
According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal, the drugs significantly increased a person’s risk of muscle weakness, liver dysfunction, cataracts, and kidney failure. The data was collected from 2 million patients, both men and women ranging from 30 to 84 years of age.[1. Cox JH, Coupland C. “Unintended effects of statins in men and women in England and Wales: Population based cohort study using the QResearch database” BMJ 2010; 340:c2197] In addition, researchers concluded that the unintended benefits that statin advocates claim, such as for multiple sclerosis and colorectal cancer, are largely unsubstantiated.[2. Cox JH, Coupland C. “Unintended effects of statins in men and women in England and Wales: Population based cohort study using the QResearch database” BMJ 2010; 340:c2197]
Clearly, lowering cholesterol levels artificially comes at a price. What’s more is that your body actually needs cholesterol; your brain actually requires cholesterol to function properly![3. Arenas E. Cell Stem Cell. Oct 2009] The truth is that if your body did not need cholesterol regularly to function it would not naturally produce it. Cholesterol is necessary to create vital hormones in the body, repair cell membranes, make vitamin D, make bile acids to digest fats, allow healthy neurological function, as well as repair damaged cells. So it is not cholesterol that is the true problem, it is chronic inflammation that causes the damage to the blood vessels and then the oxidation of the cholesterol.
Too much cholesterol is simply a sign that there is chronic inflammation in the body. The problem is, lowering cholesterol doesn’t address the inflammation causing it. Inflammation can be due to nutrition and diet, as well as physical nerve stress due to subluxation in the spine, which is precisely why Maximized Living doctors check your nervous system for interference on a regular basis.
“In other words it has never been conclusively shown that lowering cholesterol saves lives. In fact, most larger studies have shown that lowering cholesterol into the range currently recommended is correlated with an increased risk of death, especially of cancer. –Dr. Ron Rosedale, M.D.
According to current CDC statistics, 1 out of every 6 Americans now have high cholesterol (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. 9 Feb 2011). As recommended cholesterol guidelines continue to change, we must take a close look at the supporting evidence claiming lowering cholesterol levels promotes heart health. A closer look actually reveals startling conclusions.
Why do so many Americans have HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is the body’s repair substance. As you age, cholesterol raises to help production of hormones. When your body has an infection or needs to fight off an illness, cholesterol will increase. When inflammation occurs in your arteries, the liver will produce more cholesterol to help repair the arteries and the rest of your damaged body!
Instead of being scared by cholesterol marketing propaganda, it would be smarter to choose healthy lifestyle choices that truly reduce the risk of cardiac death WITHOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS linked to cholesterol medication.
Through Maximized Living’s approach to proper nutrition, exercise, nerve function, life management skills, and detoxification systems, we can help your heart stay healthy!
With this startling discovery about cholesterol and the dangers of statins, it is easy to see that restoring your health through Maximized Living’s 5 Essentials is more important than ever before. The alternative to maintaining your health could be a dangerous medication or even worse a life threatening medical procedure.
If you are someone with high cholesterol there are many things you can do to lower your cholesterol more effectively, cheaper and naturally with no side effects except better overall health:
- Make sure you are getting daily exercise at least a half hour to 1 hour.
- Get plenty of natural sunlight. Even if you do live in an area with lots of sun, getting plenty of it is something most of us do not do. Try our ML Vitamin D3 with Probiotics today to ensure you are getting your appropriate Vitamin D levels.
- Eat live foods such as raw fruits, vegetables, nuts. These have their good fiber in fact which help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- Avoid damaged fats and hydrogenated oils.
If you or someone you know is taking a cholesterol lowering medication, talk to your local Maximized Living doctor to figure out which of the 5 Essentials is being neglected and what the next step is to building a life free of these dangerous drugs.
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