The other day I received a message from a high school friend whom I remember to be brilliant, inspiring and creative. She was just a genius. Recently I learned that she also became a medical doctor and has worked in a public health care system treating elderly people ever since. She sent me a message over facebook frustrated because she found herself in the ridiculous situation of pointing out the obvious to Big Pharma reps and colleagues in a heated argument. Statin drugs – which are used to lower cholesterol – were killing old folks. The elderly are falling and getting some serious fractures at the very best and she was certain it was due to the statin drugs. Here is just SOME relevant information for what is worth, in addition to a 101 as to why cholesterol and its quality is so important for our health. May not doctor find him or herself in the situation of having to argue with a pharmaceutical rep or colleague about his or better judgement of eliminating statin drugs and/or advising high quality fat from animal products which saw us thrive for millennia.
The Stuff of Life
Cholesterol is the one unjustly vilified substance which our bodies can naturally make since it is absolutely essential to our functioning. Cholesterol is so crucial, the liver is careful to produce some 1000-1400 milligrams of it each day. We are told by the “Official Thought-Control Institutions” to eat up to 300 milligrams of cholesterol from our diets. But our liver production of cholesterol is controlled by feedback mechanisms depending on how much we eat. If we eat too much we produce less, leaving much needed liver energy for other important tasks such as detoxification from this most polluted modern world.
So when we eat more fat, our liver makes less, and vice-versa. But if we are hardly eating any cholesterol and we block its production with drugs, then we are literally screwed. That is the real meaning behind the most profitable drugs in the history of the world – statin medications to lower cholesterol blood.
Restricting or eliminating cholesterol overburdens the liver who now has to overproduce it through its enzyme – HMG-CoA reductase from carbohydrates in our diet to make up for the deficit. It is this enzyme the one that is blocked by statins drugs at the expense of depleting our bodies from the so much needed coenzyme CoQ10 – a key nutrient to our heart and overall health. Furthermore, producing cholesterol from carbs yields a bad quality cholesterol profile.
The Side Effects of Reducing a Vital Substance
People typically refer muscle cramps or leg muscle aching while on statins due to lack of energy. Keep in mind that your heart is a muscle as well. Incidentally, the rates of congestive heart failure has spiked during the time statins have been a top seller on the market. The “lucky” ones make it into the heart transplantation list. How about quitting statin drugs, changing your diet, do far infrared sauna and get healed while there is still time?
Coenzyme Q10 – AKA ubiquinone (“occurring everywhere”) – plays an important role in the production of ATP, the fuel which our cells use to everyday life processes and purposes. It is present in every cell of our bodies, especially in the very active cells of our hearts. Depriving the heart of CoQ10 is depriving it of a key thing to work. Low levels of CoQ10 are involved in practically all cardiovascular diseases including angina, hypertension, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. It is the ultimate joke that statins, for “heart health”, blocks coenzymeQ10.
Some people have recalled falling sick only after they started statins, while it never happened to them before. Some are far more insightful health-wise than any physician. They point out how they don’t feel the same ever since they were put on statins, so they decide to stop them only to see their health come back again. Read more…