Statins – No Thanks!

Yesterday the media was full of reports of a drive to prescribe statins for healthy people (see NHS ‘should consider giving statins to healthy people‘ on the BBC website). Apparently researchers from Oxford University are calling for the NHS to give statins to healthy people over the age of 50. I wonder who funded their research. I for one wouldn’t be suprised if it was Big Pharm. If this recommendation was implemented it would lead to 5 million more people taking statins in the U.K. Good news indeed for the drug companies and their shareholders.

“The diet-heart hypothesis (that suggests that high intake of fat and cholesterol causes heart disease) has repeatedly been shown to be wrong, and yet, for complicated reasons of pride, profit and prejudice, the hypothesis continues to be exploited by scientists, fund-raising enterprises, food companies, and even governmental agencies. The public is being deceived by the greatest health scam of the century.”

George V. Mann, M.D., Researcher with the Framington Heart Study

I for one won’t be swallowing their pills and neither will Primal Man. Here’s why:

Statins have never been proven to lessen the risk of a heart attack but they do deplete CoQ10 and damage the liver. CoQ10 is a vital nutrient for a healthy heart. According to Nora Gedgaudas (Primal Body, Primal Mind)

“There are over nine hundred studies to date showing the adverse potential effects of statin drugs on everything from cognitive functioning to immune-system functioning. One recent study showed that the statin drug simvastatin actually hinders the ability of the body’s immune system to kill pathogens!

Gedgaudas goes on to list some of the potential side effects of taking statins:

  • depression
  • confusion
  • memory problems
  • inability to concentrate
  • amnesia
  • disorientation
  • weakened immune system
  • increased risk of cancer
  • shortness of breath
  • liver damage
  • fatique
  • CoQ10 depletion or deficiency and weakening of the heart
  • lowered sex drive
  • impotence
  • kidney failure
  • nerve pain
  • muscle weakness
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • death

Not to worry if you take statins and develop problems though, the drug companies will be able to sell you something to help them too. Well, unless your dead that is. 

Lipoprotein (a), smaller and denser than regular LCL cholesterol, is the only potentially damaging form of cholesterol and statins have no effect on lipoprotein (a). Diet does. Gedgaudas again:

“The best basic dietary approach for anyone wanting to prevent heart disease is a normal, unrestricted dietary intake of cholesterol and healthy natural fat, total avoidance of highly processed or rancid vegetable oils and trans fats, and a reduced or eliminated intake of starch and sugar-based carbohydrates.”

Whatever the problem lifestyle change is a better solution than taking dangerous chemicals. It is cruel to suggest to people that popping a pill is a panacea for a toxic lifestyle. Most people if given the “you can change your lifestyle or take this pill and do nothing” choice are going to opt for the pill because it seems the easy way out. The risks in taking that choice need to be made clear to them.

We have to take responsibility for our own health. No-one but yourself has your best interests at heart. Changing your lifestyle doesn’t have to be painful or difficult. I have made a start by following the Primal Blueprint. In a couple of months I have lost weight, gained energy and feel better than I have in a long while. I have eaten delicious food and not once felt hungry or deprived. If I can do it anyone can.

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