ONE DARN GOOD REASON TO AVOID CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS
By Shane Ellison M. Sc.
The People's Chemist
March 9, 2008
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
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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