There’s a basic issue with the 2013 guidelines that are intended to increase the net for snaring more innocent naive types who implicitly trust their Big Pharma Medical controlled doctors who blindly issue dangerous drugs without real medical merit, namely Statin drugs intended to lower cholesterol.
The current statin guidelines were put together in 2103 by a task force committee rife with doctors who had various pharmaceutical direct or indirect financial relationships to the pharmaceutical industry using the cover of heart attack prevention to create more patients. The new guidelines were created with obvious conflicts of interest.
Doctors’ statements against the new guidelines were posted in a NY Times Op-Ed and the British Medical Journal (BMJ):
NYT Op-ED: “Instead of converting millions of people into statin customers, we should be focusing on the real factors that undeniably reduce the risk of heart disease: healthy diets, exercise and avoiding smoking.”
“The group that wrote the recommendations was not sufficiently free of conflicts of interest; several of the experts on the panel have recent or current financial ties to drug makers. In addition, both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, while nonprofit entities, are heavily supported by drug companies.”
BMJ: “The chairman and one of two additional co-chairs of the working panel that wrote the controversial cholesterol guidelines on reducing cardiovascular risk, released last week, had ties to the drug industry at the time they were asked to lead the panel. And, in all, eight of the 15 panelists had industry ties.” (Source)
Because of these newly established guidelines in 2013, those under conventional medical care doctors are prescribing statin drugs to anyone aged 40 to 75 for life who have no history of poor cardiac health as a preventative measure with one or more of the following risk factors:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
The conflict of interest compromised task force considers these factors increase the risk factor of a heart attack over the next 10 years of life by 10 percent or greater risk of having a heart attack by 10 percent. (Source)
Lowering a Vital Hormone is Unhealthy
Imagine a line of cascading internal biochemical processes that lead to the production of cholesterol that our bodies produce for several important reasons. Consuming statin drugs cuts off that process of creation and distribution.
That in itself is the cause of many of statin’s side effects. Despite the popularization of the myth that cholesterol is bad for you, it is actually vital for converting sunlight’s UV-B (ultra-violet B) rays into vitamin D, which is actually more a hormone than a vitamin.
Cholesterol is also involved with the creation of other important hormones, building cell walls for new cells, the central nervous system’s protective myelin sheath is comprised of fatty tissue as is 60 percent of the brain’s physical mass. (Source)
Many point to memory and cognitive loss from statin drugs. On the other hand, a saturated fat, coconut oil, has had success restoring memory and cognitive loss and even reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Reducing cholesterol with statin drugs can lead to neurodegenative disorders such as MS (multiples sclerosis), Alzheimer’s, and other brain or nervous system disorders, statins also cut off the production of CoQ10.
Avoiding saturated fats with low fat dieting and lowering cholesterol are bogus heart health practices. Studies have shown that people with higher cholesterol live longer than those with low cholesterol.
Even more incriminating is the record of heart attacks occurring more among those with low to normal cholesterol. (Source)
Statins Also Diminish CoQ10, A Vital Metabolic Energy Source
Around age 45 or 40, the body’s ability to create CoQ10 diminshes. This is also the age when doctors usually recommend their patients begin takin statin drugs regardless of their cardiovascular health, further diminishing their CoQ10 blood levels.
After that point of cholesterol production is where our body’s Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is created. Cutting of cholesteral production also cuts off CoQ10, which is a little farther down the line of progressing biochemical activity from where cholesterol is cut off.
Every cell of the body needs CoQ10 to facilitate the production of intracellular or mitochondrial ATP. Mitochondria are the energy factories of the cells that depend on the energy-rich molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
The ATP is produced in the mitochondria using energy stored in food. Any defficiency of CoQ10 impedes ATP production, which adversely affects muscles, arteries, and weakens the heart muscle. How’s that for irony. Statin drugs to prevent heart attacks can lead to congestive heart failure.
Overall wellness and energy is also affected negatively. Long term statin users often wind up diabetic because their cellular insulin sensitivity is decreased or the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin is blocked, according to a recent study. (Source)
The Push for More Statin Drug Prescriptions is Motivated by Greed
There were some MDs who openly objected to these newer guidelines, but they were ignored. The 2013 guidelines for prescribing statins were intended to add an estimated 24 million statin drug users to the already over 32 million on them in the USA alone as of 2011.
The statin drug Lipitor, which is the single biggest money making pharmaceutical ever, combined with Lipitor competitors Crestor and Zocor, have accumulated billions in sales, making the statin industry worth at least $30 billion even before the 2013 guidelines. (Source)
Because of the side effects involved with statins, the 2013 guidelines also ensured more prescriptions for drugs to purportedly ameliorate them.
Yet there’s no mention of supplementing the nutraceutical CoQ10 to overcome the suppression of internal CoQ10 production and ensure intracellular energy levels remain at adequate levels.
This would be a safe inexpensive solution to the side effects created by statins, such as major muscle and tendon pain and/or weakness and the heightened risk of congestive heart failure.
CoQ10 Defficiency and Cancer
But it goes beyond heart health. Though rarely reported, CoQ-10 deficiency has been associated with creating cancer cancerous conditions, according to Chinese studies, while improving CoQ10 blood levels with supplementation has shown evidence of preventing and preventing cancer from spreading or recurring.
Life Extension magazine reported in 2009:
More recent studies have not only documented clinical improvements, but also have identified probable mechanisms by which CoQ10 may help slow tumor growth. Some of these mechanisms include immune augmentation, suppression of vascular endothelial growth factor (that facilitates tumor angiogenesis), and reduction of inflammatory markers that may facilitate cancer cell propagation. (Source)
A population based or epidemiological study conducted in Taiwan during 2011 concluded: “The results of this case-control study suggest that statins may increase the risk of prostate cancer.” (Study abstract)
So as folks continue taking statin drugs, they are increasing their risk of cancer as well as Alzheimer’s and congestive heart failure while usually feeling miserable. All for a false protection from heart attacks.
Conclusion: Avoid statin drugs. If you can’t talk someone out of taking them who “trusts their doctor above even how they feel after taking them, urge them to feel better by adding CoQ10 or the more refined version of CoQ10, ubiquinol.
Anywhere from 200 to 500 milligrams daily is recommended by most holistic cardiologists, with ubiquinol versions of CoQ10 needing less than the maximum amount.
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