Why are you still taking Statins?

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Recently, someone, I care very deeply about told me that she did not want to take statins but her nurse practitioner told her she had to– because her coronary arteries showed plaque build-up aka atherosclerosis. Her insurance would pay for a new statin injection, but not for statin pills. Despite my rants about the dangers of statin drugs, she was absolutely convinced she needed them or she would die. She was going to discuss her options with her heart doctor but he was out on leave due to having a heart attack. Ironic? True story.

She isn’t alone. Statin Drugs are big business. Lipitor (approved in 1996) still generated $1.76 billion in sales for Pfizer in 2016, despite its patent expiration earlier this decade, pushing its lifetime sales to $148.7 billion.

How did cholesterol become the enemy? Some trace it back to Ancel Keys, an American physiologist who, back in the 1950’s and 60’s, conducted the famous Seven Countries Study (except that he sort of left out the 16 other countries that didn’t support his theory). He made the cover of Time magazine on January 13, 1961—convincing Americans that saturated fats were clogging their arteries. This lead to real food like butter, being replaced by processed food like hydrogenated fats– that set the stage for obesity and chronic heart disease. (Resource below)

And so it was. Another example of the “Ivory Tower” surrounding an incorrect and carefully manipulated set of data.   Despite abandoning saturated fats and consuming low fat or fat free diets—heart disease is still number one. Cholesterol, like saturated fat, has been unfairly demonized despite 60 years of research that failed to show any correlation between high cholesterol and heart disease.

Cholesterol is one of the most critically important molecules in your body. Cholesterol builds, repairs, and replaces cells; it produces all your stress and sex hormones including Vitamin D. It is critical for brain health and helps with formation of memories. Low cholesterol has been linked to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, violent behavior, strokes, and even suicide. (Mercola below)

So why would you take a drug that blocks the production of such an important molecule? According to Dr. Frank Lipman, “ Why would we want to lower it when the research actually shows that three-quarters of people having a first heart attack, have normal cholesterol levels, and when data over 30 years from the well-known Framingham Heart Study showed that in most age groups, high cholesterol wasn’t associated with more deaths? In fact, for older people, deaths were more common with low cholesterol. The research is clear—statins are being prescribed on an incorrect hypothesis, and they are not harmless.” (Resource Mercola below)

Statins drugs work by blocking the enzyme CoQ10. CoQ10 (Ubiquinol) is absolutely essential to every cell in your body. CoQ10 is a co factor in the production of energy in the cell mitochondria. CoQ10 or Ubiquinol has been shown to promote ATP production in the mitochondrial inner membrane. CoQ10 is a specialized enzyme used by all cells but is particularly predominant in cardiac muscle—which can have as many as 2-3 thousand mitochondria. Without CoQ10, the process of turning oxygen and sugar into energy is not going to function optimally.

Lack of CoQ10 alters the intracellular signaling proteins that cells use to communicate. Cholesterol is a lipoprotein (fat + protein) transport molecule. Blood is mostly water, so for cholesterol to be transported in your blood, it must be surrounded by fat. HDL and LDL are transport mechanisms that carry cholesterol to the parts of the body that need them. If you insist on taking statin drugs, your doctor should also insist on you taking the active form of CoQ10 which is ubiquinol, naturally produced in your body, suppressed by statins.

Statins also increase your risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. If you eat a lot of carbohydrates and sugar, your body stores any excess sugar as cholesterol or triglycerides. This is processed in your liver. However, statin drugs prevent your liver from making cholesterol, which means the excess sugar will be returned to your bloodstream, increasing your blood sugar level. Statins can cause drug-induced diabetes. This is not actual type 2 diabetes and by eliminating the statin, instead of adding insulin—your blood sugar levels will revert back to normal.

If you want to understand what causes heart disease, you have to look at what causes damage to the artery walls. When the endothelial lining of a blood vessel is damaged in any way, your body signals for repair mechanisms to be set in motion. All the necessary building and repair materials arrive via the bloodstream. Cholesterol is a major building and repair molecule!   Repair causes a scab to form. Since the scab can’t exactly fall off into the bloodstream and block it, your body in its infinite wisdom, assumes the scab back into the endothelial lining of the blood vessel. It repairs the wall around it. Continued repairs cause thickening of the wall or atherosclerosis. Not cholesterol “clogging” the artery. Perhaps you could do away with the excess carbs and sugar?

Your body knows perfectly and exactly how to heal. Give your body natural oils like coconut, olive, and avocado. Just say NO to trans fats that are fatty acids, synthetically produced by hydrogenation. Trans fat actually promotes heart disease—it prevents the synthesis of prostacyclin and when your arteries can’t produce prostacyclin—blood clots form. Cut out carbs and sugar but not good fats. You don’t need statins to heal.

Resources:

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/03/13/the-19-best-selling-prescription-drugs-of-all-time.aspx

http://drcate.com/what-every-doctor-should-know-about-ancel-keys-experiments/

 

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Thomasina Copenhaver is a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse with over 30 years experience in the healthcare profession. Her passion is writing, researching, and empowering all humans with knowledge of healing at the cellular level; to enable them to make educated and informed choices regarding their health. For more information visit her website: notesfromanaturopath.com or to buy her book, “Notes from a Naturopath” visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble.



  • Terry Harnden

    I have finally unraveled the Matrix and source of all
    allopathic pharma profiteering. Nothing is simple

    We are all part of a slow extermination project especially
    as we age and build up mercury compounds in our soft tissues.

    The three MAIN slow poisons Mercury (amalgams , vaccinations
    , fish etc.), Fluoride (water), Bromine(bread and flour) are shortening everyone’s productive lifespan from 20 to 40 years.
    The most obvious link proving this is MAGNESIUM depletion (most often from the
    detox and storage of mercury compounds in our soft tissues as we get older).
    Also note that alcohol, Selenium, MSG, Roundup(DEPLETES-BINDS- ZINC, MANGANESE, SELENIUM, CHROMIUM, COBALT etc.)
    and many prescription drugs also detox mercury and/or deplete magnesium. The
    most essential element supporting ones immune system. This path connects all
    cancers and chronic diseases back to mercury as the disabler of our bodies self
    repairing immune system function.
    Don’t be lazy Do the research.

    I cannot
    find any verifiable (recent -last 20 years) figures for Canada (would have to
    be from each and every province ) Ont gov laid off all statisticians
    gathering health info before mom died of cancer after 3 mile island.(ref:
    Harrowsmith Magazine)

    (Natural News) Until recently, the average American life
    expectancy has gone up. However, it now appears that the toxic lifestyle
    embraced by much of the country is finally catching up with people, and those
    life expectancy gains have come to screeching halt. This might be bad news for
    individuals and their loved ones, but corporations are noting sizeable savings
    in the form of pension costs. After all, if employees die younger, a firm won’t
    have to pay them a pension or other lifelong retirement benefits for as
    many years.

    After
    the American death rate increased for the first time since 1999 two years ago,
    at least a dozen major corporations have been able to reduce estimates for the
    amount of money they might owe retirees by more
    than $9.7 billion combined.
    Lockheed Martin alone was able to adjust its estimates regarding retirement
    obligations downward by $1.6 billion in 2015 and 2016, and firms like Verizon
    and General Motors are also reaping the benefits. This is based on an analysis
    carried out by Bloomberg of company filings. The American death rate is
    an age-adjusted share of Americans dying.

    Meanwhile,
    a report issued in July by the social security chief actuary showed a slight
    improvement in its financial outlook as longevity gains failed to meet last year’s projections.

    While
    other factors also play a role in the amount of money companies must shell out
    in pensions – including salary levels, health care costs, and asset returns –
    the notion that these firms are changing their adjustments based on the new
    mortality trend shows just how serious it is.

    The
    death rates for people in the U.S. older than 50 have improved by one percent
    per year since 1950 on average. The long-term trend increased up to two percent
    in the years from 2000 to 2009 before stalling; the death rates only improved
    by about half a percent each year from 2010 to 2014. The life expectancy for
    65-year-olds rose by a meager four months in the years from 2010 and 2015,
    which is half of the improvement noted in the years from 2005 to 2010.
    Moreover, the American death rate actually increased in 2015, and the death
    rate worsened for those over 65 in the first reversal for Americans of
    retirement age to be seen since 1999.

    Experts say trend deserves urgent attention

    Experts
    say that it is very concerning when the life expectancy of a developed country
    stops improving, and it’s even worse when it drops. Urban Institute Demographer
    Laudan Aron said that this trend reflects many of the “underlying conditions of
    life.” He feels that this dropping trajectory, particularly in comparison to
    those of other wealthy nations, should be considered among the most urgent
    issues on our national agenda.

    Medications, pesticides, and poor diet to
    blame

    It’s
    not surprising to see these trends given the unhealthy habits of many
    Americans. A paper from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    of the United States of America suggested that the mortality rate for
    middle-aged white Americans was rising largely because of suicides and drug
    overdoses. Antidepressant use has also been on the rise in recent years, and
    antidepressants increase a person’s risk of suicide. Drug overdoses, meanwhile,
    have also been climbing thanks to opioid addiction, with many people starting
    down this deadly path thanks to prescriptions for painkillers given to them by
    their doctors.

    Cancer
    is another big
    killer in the U.S., and the toxins found
    in our everyday products could be to blame. The pesticides and herbicides
    sprayed on our produce, for example, are carcinogens, while many of the foods
    found in American grocery stores are full of dangerous additives. Meanwhile,
    the nation’s skyrocketing obesity rate due to unhealthy food and a lack of
    exercise is also sending Americans to an early grave by causing heart disease and
    diabetes.