The Dark Side of Statins
Millions of people have complained about muscle pain after starting statin drugs to lower cholesterol. Most cardiologists have scoffed at the idea that those glorious pharmaceuticals could have any down side.
Well, they do...
A new study confirms what millions of people taking statins have been complaining about for years. Sadly, the standard MD historically have asked people to push through it.
Given the fact that statins have little benefit for primary prevention, living with pain is not necessary. Most statin trials do not show a mortality (life or death) benefit. Heart attacks are typically reduced by a couple percentage points.
We can do better than a couple of percentage points...
I have seen many patients in my practice with statin symptoms and my office is full of people looking for statin alternatives. Check out the data on berberine.
If you do continue to take statins, you need to add in Co Q 10. Statin drugs reduce the levels of Co Q 10 by 40%! This nutrient is essential for energy production, is a major anti-oxidant, and assists with healthy blood pressure.
Dr. Steven Nissen is the lead researcher of the new Cleveland Clinic study. “We’ve confirmed that this is a problem and it’s real and we’ve given them an alternative,” he said. Dr. Nissen said problems including muscle pain and weakness effect up to 10 percent of people on statins or three to four million Americans.
Statin drugs are totally unnecessary, maybe save for a small percentage of people with familial hyperlipidemia (less than 1% of the population). Even in that group, I would use the berberine and red yeast rice.
Patients from all over the world have flown in to see me and get the best preventive cardiology care on the planet.
Action plan for anyone with lipid issues:
- Go Paleo.
- Avoid environmental pollutants.
- Evidence-based supplements like digestive enzymes, probiotics, berberine, and RYR if necessary.
Dr. Jack Wolfson
Senior Editor, Clear Health Now
Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC is a board-certified cardiologist who believes bad nutrition and toxins create heart health problems. He prevents and treats cardiovascular disease with good nutrition, not medicines and treats the whole person, not just the symptoms.