If you are a regular reader of the Daily Health, then you’ve heard it all before from me when it comes to the use of cholesterol-lowering statins.
Some people think that the warnings about the side effects of statins are quackery and that the research supporting the benefits of statins outnumbers the mounting evidence showing the complete opposite. That simply is not the case. When I talk about mounting evidence showing that these drugs are ridden with debilitating side effects, I’m literally talking about piles of research… And in recent years, more and more respected medical experts have spoken out against the wide use of these drugs. Now, that on its own should say something about the supposed benefits of these drugs.
The fact is, these drugs are in the news, making headlines, almost on a daily basis. And like one of our readers recently said: The moment Big Pharma gets the media behind a drug to promote its so-called health benefits, we all should see one big massive red flag.
I couldn’t agree more.
If you are taking a statin drug (be it by choice or under pressure from your doctor) then chances are that you are probably also taking a blood thinning drug to prevent blood clotting.
The problem is, many statins have a similar effect on blood – so they tend to enhance the effects of blood thinners, sometimes to a dangerous degree. In fact, taking a statin drug plus an anti-clotting drug can cause internal bleeding… and a statin (which already is known to damage muscle tissue) combined with an additional cholesterol drug is a recipe for a serious muscle injury. Very serious!
Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued a long laundry list of drugs that are often combined with statins… and that shouldn’t be. These include certain other cholesterol drugs, heart drugs, and yes you guessed it, blood thinners…
So, I’m not making this stuff up.
Commenting on these interactions and other risks associated with statin drugs, Barbara Wiggins, a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina said that the benefits of these drug combinations “will generally outweigh the risks”.
I don’t like the word “generally”. It is just a different way of saying “probably”.
When discussing any kind of drug that has a long list of side effects like statins do, then “generally” and “probably” just don’t cut it when it comes to the safety of taking these drugs.
Using drugs that aggressively lower cholesterol can hinder brain function, slow production of important hormones, and speed up the ageing process. Your brain is essentially 60 per cent fat, so it NEEDS some cholesterol to function properly! Statins in particular can cause neurological problems, memory loss, muscle and liver damage, cataracts, macular degeneration, and weakened immune function… to mention but a few… oh yes, and now internal bleeding can be added to that growing list of side effects.
The bottom line is: If you and your doctor are truly concerned about high cholesterol, there are a number of safe, effective natural supplements that can help protect your heart. Fish oil, CoQ10, flaxseed and even vitamin D are a few worth checking out.
Diet and exercise can also make a big difference. But rather than recommending that all-too-famous “low fat” diet regime (which is loaded with hidden sugars), rather opt for the Mediterranean Diet or the Paleo Diet loaded with plenty of healthy fats from plants, fish, and lean protein that help keep your “good” cholesterol numbers high. Best yet, following a healthy balanced diet along with low-impact daily exercise of around 30 minutes come with absolutely no side effects.
And that’s not quackery, it’s common sense.
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Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs, webmd.com/heartdisease/news/20161017/statins-often-interact-with-other-heart-drugs