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Why are statins prescribed in their millions when they cause so many side effects?

Added February 28, 2011, Under: Diseases, Doctors, Drugs, Health

Statins are drugs which are prescribed by doctors to patients to lower the level of cholesterol in their blood. There are different types of statins, but they all work in the same way by reducing the alleged “bad cholesterol” in your body.

Statins are currently prescribed by doctors:

- To people who are healthy, but at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease
- To people who have already had a heart attack, a stroke or peripheral artery disease
- To people who have diabetes.

According to the British Heart Foundation: “like all medication, statins have potential side effects that are usually mild, easy to recognise, reversible and very rarely dangerous. Statins are among the safest and the most studied drugs available today. You should tell your GP if your symptoms are getting worse or if you develop any new symptoms.”

http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/treatment/statins.aspx

But when you start to research statins, you find that many natural health experts disagree.

For example, Sally Fallon, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and Mary Enig, Ph.D, an expert in lipid biochemistry, have gone so far as to call high cholesterol “an invented disease, a problem that emerged when health professionals learned how to measure cholesterol levels in the blood.”

In his article (linked below) Dr Mercola says: “Cholesterol could easily be described as the smoking gun of the last two decades. It’s been responsible for demonizing entire categories of foods (like eggs and saturated fats) and blamed for just about every case of heart disease in the last 20 years. Yet when I first opened my medical practice in the mid 80s, cholesterol, and the fear that yours was too high was rarely talked about.”

Somewhere along the way however, cholesterol became a household word — something that you must keep as low as possible, or suffer the consequences. You are probably aware that there are many myths that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume. Please understand that these myths are actually harming your health. Not only is cholesterol most likely not going to destroy your health (as you have been led to believe), but it is also not the cause of heart disease.

http://www.foodmatters.tv/_webapp_390050/Your_Cholesterol_Level_is_NOT_a_Great_Indicator_of_Your_Heart_Disease_Risk

Dr. Mercola feels that 99 out of 100 people do not need statins but can lower their cholesterol (if necessary) naturally.

You can do this:

- Through eating the right foods

- Getting the right kind of exercise

- Avoiding smoking and drinking too much alcohol

- Lowering your stress levels

All sensible lifestyle changes.

The Health Ranger in his article points out that “High cholesterol along with most other cardiovascular risk factors can be lowered in most people naturally by lifestyle changes such as exercise, a healthy diet and keeping weight under control. Statins come with a host of dangerous and even deadly side effects, including liver damage, impaired brain function, sometimes irreversible muscle damage and eye disorders.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/030438_statin_drugs_heart_disease.html#ixzz1FGnKgx6E

There are at least 10 proven side effects from taking statins:

1. Anemia

2. Cataracts

3. Immune suppression

4. Increased cancer risk

5. Liver or pancreas dysfunction

6. Memory loss

7. Mood disorders/personality changes

8. Muscle problems

9. Sexual dysfunction

10. CoQ10 depletion

In case you do not know, CoQ10 is an antioxidant compound vital for energy production within your cells. Any loss in this compound can lead to an increased production of free radicals as well as the depletion of cell energy, fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and heart failure.

If you are taking statins or if you have been told that your cholesterol level is too high, perhaps now is the time to do your own research to find out the truth for yourself.

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