By Shane Ellison M. Sc.
The People's Chemist
March 9, 2008

NewsWithViews. com

I've been called a lot of different things. Science Nerd... Professor... and Cholesterol Lowering Drug Nazi are among those that can be mentioned here. The only one I'll admit to is being a Cholesterol Lowering Drug Nazi.

Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) amass billions of dollars each year pretending to be a safe and effective way to protect against heart disease. Yet science shows that these drugs represent a clear and present danger to your health. In addition to lowering cholesterol, they elicit some really nasty side-effects. Lou Gehrig's (ALS) disease is just one of them. ALS occurs when cells of the nervous system (brain and spinal chord) become inactive. This can result from many cellular dysfunctions. But it usually results from a protein entanglement within the nerve cell. Once tangled, these cells can no longer pass electrical messages through the body, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscle control. As time passes, muscle wasting (a Science Nerd would call it atrophy) results. Victims of ALS usually die from inability to breathe when muscle loss has reached an extreme.  The national average of those who suffer from ALS is a mere .0005 percent. But - sit down for this one - among those who reported suffering from "drug induced ALS," nearly a third were using cholesterol lowering drugs! Apparently, this class of drugs can "tangle" a protein known as "tau proteins."

But protecting yourself from premature heart disease does not mean you have to put yourself at risk of wiping out your nervous system. You can do it with four simple tactics: Minimize your sugar intake, take part in interval training, maintain healthy vitamin D levels by spending time in the sun, and supplementing with cod liver oil.

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