The National Health Service in the UK spends in excess of £500 million on STATINS per annum!
This drug has been the most profitable in years for the major drug companies of the World.
Amongst the main players in the market include Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugs company; US-based Merck; and Britain’s second-biggest drug company, Astra Zeneca.
Pfizer’s Lipitor was the world’s top-selling medicine last year, according to IMS, raking in sales of $13.3 billion. AstraZeneca’s Crestor, which garnered $5.38billion in sales during 2009, is one of the company’s best selling medicines.
Total sales last year of cholesterol-treating medicines – including statins – were $35 billion according to IMS.
The UK government advise everyone over 50 years of age to consider taking Statins.
Patients should ask their doctors, “How much longer will I live if I take a statin?” The answer is, not very long. If you’re at high risk of heart disease or stroke and you take a statin for 30 years, you’re likely to live an extra nine months.
A Dutch survey of 4,738 statin users were asked about side effects. Just over a quarter (27%) said they suffered from them. Around 40% of these sufferers experienced muscle pain and almost a third (31%) had joint pain. It also reported that 16% had digestion problems and 13% had memory loss.
Consider statins a lifelong commitment
You may think that once your cholesterol goes down, you can stop taking medication. But, if your cholesterol levels have decreased after you take a statin, you’ll likely need to stay on it indefinitely. If you stop taking it, your cholesterol levels will probably go back up.
Studies reveal the truth about statins, high cholesterol and inflammation
Renowned heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell recently stepped forward to expose how embracing the high cholesterol myth has been wrong and the harm that has resulted, stating that the recommendations to lower cholesterol and severely restrict fat intake “are no longer scientifically or morally defensible.”
Dr. Lundell explained that inflammation in our arterial walls is the real culprit for heart disease and stated that “the injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.”
“Simply stated,” said Dr. Lundell, “without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel.”
In addition, said Dr. Lundell, “The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences
For several decades, mainstream medicine has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and propaganda creating and perpetuating the high cholesterol myth. As a result, millions of Americans have followed the advice to severely restrict their intakes of fats and tens of millions have taken dangerous cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
The emerging truth is that inflammation is the real culprit in heart disease and drugs and diets designed to lower cholesterol actually contribute to heart disease as well as other health problems. Recent year studies on statin drugs have backed this up and demonstrated that what few benefits may be derived from dangerous statin drugs actually come from lowering our inflammation levels.
Indications are that mainstream medicine intends to continue espousing the high cholesterol myth while using the results of studies about inflammation-lowering to tout additional “benefits” for statin drugs.
Inflammation in itself is not a bad thing – its associated swelling, redness and pain show that your body is working hard to ward off a threat – inflammation is why you don’t die from a cut finger or a bacterial infection.
However, chronic inflammation makes heart disease more likely by damaging the lining of blood vessels.
This, in turn, lowers production of the nitric oxide that keeps blood vessels flexible; when that happens there is a raised risk of high blood pressure. Damage to the vessel lining also makes it easier for fatty deposits to build up – these can later break away and cause strokes and heart attacks.
Smoking, lack of exercise and a poor diet all keep inflammation going.
Statin Side Effects
And then there are the potential side effects- – while doctors usually say that muscle pain (myopathy) from statins is rare, a new Canadian study suggests it can affect 10 per cent to 15 per cent of patients.
Many of the ways inflammation and heart disease tie up are still controversial and more research is certainly needed. ‘Inflammation is a key player in events triggering a heart attack and also in setting the conditions that lead up to it,’ says Professor Peter Weissberg medical director of the British Heart Foundation.
‘When you use a drug such as a statin it is hard to separate out the effect it has on inflammation from its effect on cholesterol.
C-reactive protein http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-reactive_protein
Possibly one of the reasons that trials of lowering CRP haven’t proved very effective is because they have been targeting the wrong thing. ‘CRP just tells you that there is inflammation,’ says Dr Kilmer McCully, Chief of Pathology at the Veterans Hospital in Boston.
‘There is evidence going back a long way that bacteria and viruses are involved in heart disease. They certainly trigger an immune response that would raise CRP but if you don’t get rid of them you are not going to have much of an effect.’
So how do you get rid of these bacteria and viruses? ‘The best defence is an effective immune system and the best way to get that is a highly nutritious diet.’
And CRP is not the only sign of inflammation. An amino acid called homocysteine can contribute to inflammation in the blood vessel walls and research has linked high levels of it with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Homocysteine is produced when we eat meat and dairy products. Normally, the body quickly turns it into other useful chemicals, but sometimes that process goes wrong and levels start to rise.
‘There is no dispute that raised homocysteine is a good predictor of future disease events and death from cardiovascular problems,’ says David Smith, professor of pharmacology at Oxford. ‘If you are otherwise healthy, high homocysteine is a sign your system isn’t working as efficiently as it should be.’
Finally, there is another vitamin that is emerging as a leading player in the fight against inflammation.
‘We could all do with more vitamin D3 says Dr Oliver Gillie, one of the leading authorities on it in the UK.
‘As many as 90 per cent of us are deficient by the end of winter because we can’t make any from exposure to the sun for about six months of the year this far north. We now know it’s not just used for building bones.
‘It’s involved in many processes, including boosting production of chemicals that calm down inflammation and cutting back on the pro-inflammatory ones.’
TESTS for both c-reactive protein and homocysteine are available on the NHS through your GP; you can also get them done privately by Yorktest or Biolab.
What’s the best way of telling if you are at a raised risk of heart disease? Most people would probably say their cholesterol level, because too much can block your arteries.
That’s why the NHS spends more than £1/2 billion a year on statins to treat high cholesterol.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer, responsible for more than 115,000 deaths every year. Preventing it is clearly a hugely important task.
The inconvenient truth is that statin drugs are not needed to lower inflammation any more than they are needed to lower cholesterol. Natural items such as diet, lifestyle and natural foods and herbs such as turmeric, ginger and omega-3s can effectively lower inflammation far more safely than statin drugs.
According to Dr. Lundell and other experts, the simple solution to quieting inflammation and preventing heart disease is to return to foods closer to their natural state, include colourful vegetables and fruits and some healthy fats in our diets, build muscle, eat more protein and cut down or eliminate foods with inflammation-causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil.
This is when, as a sufferer from psoriasis, my ears pricked up.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin and joints that affects up to 3% of the population. This disease is associated with a greater risk of heart attack (infarction) and stroke. The goal of this clinical study was to show that a treatment to reduce skin inflammation in psoriasis patients could be associated with a decrease in vascular inflammation.
The study had positive results, as vascular inflammation decreased significantly in patients suffering from psoriasis who were treated with adalimumab, a biological anti‐inflammatory compound. The study also showed a 51% decrease in C‐reactive protein among patients treated with adalimumab compared to a 2% decrease among patients in the control group. These results are significant, as a high level of C‐reactive protein is known to be associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In relation to the treatment of psoriasis, 70% of patients who received the compound presented with a major decrease in skin lesion severity, compared to 20% of patients in the control group
So why should any of us take statins and why would your Doctor prescribe them to you?
Money and an overfilled appointments schedule. He could tell you that you are obese, lazy or that you eat too much crap but he actually doesn’t have the time nor the knowledge to advise you about nutrition.
“A doctor and his secretary know the same about nutrition unless she happens to be on a diet – and then she knows more.”
Google it if you want to. During their 7 years of medical training as a student they get roughly 10 hours of training on nutrition. That is why they would find it safer as well as easier to prescribe a pill. I find this absolutely scandalous.
If You Take Statins, You MUST Take CoQ10
If you take statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk. Unfortunately, this describes the majority of people who take them in the United States.
CoQ10 is a co-factor (co-enzyme) that is essential for the creation of ATP molecules, which you need for cellular energy production. Organs such as your heart have higher energy requirements, and therefore require more CoQ10 to function properly.
Statins deplete your body of CoQ10, which can have devastating results.
Physicians rarely inform people of this risk and only occasionally advise them to take a CoQ10 supplement. As your body gets more and more depleted of CoQ10, you may suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness, and eventually heart failure.
Coenzyme Q10 is also very important in the process of neutralizing free radicals. So when your CoQ10 is depleted, you enter a vicious cycle of increased free radicals, loss of cellular energy, and damaged mitochondrial DNA.
If you decide to take a CoQ10 supplement and are over the age of 40, it is important to choose the reduced version, called ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is a FAR more effective form – take 1-3 a day since it has such far ranging benefits.
If you have read my past RANT blogs, you will know that I have a complete conviction that we are being controlled by ‘The Establishment’ and all those that support it for their own dubious ends.
I do not want to drink FLUORIDE in my water
I do not want to drink CHLORINE in my water
I do not want to eat foods that are GM or sprayed with ‘Agent Orange’
I do NOT consider that the CHURCH has a right to judge me for my beliefs
I do NOT consider the medical profession to have the final say as to how I treat and mend my body
I do however believe that we are being slowly and systematically ‘poisoned’ both in mind, body as well as in spirit.
I write this article about Statins to help those who may not have realised what they do to you and why they are so vigorously prescribed.
You must make your own decision as to the path you take and how you use this information.
Until the next rant…