We are almost forced to do this. We don’t have many choices.
“The population will become split between the smart and the dumb. The smart ones will begin taking their health into their own hands because they’re already seeing that what we are doing now is not working. Our diet is not working because 70 percent of us are overweight and obese, we have 29 million diabetics and 75 million more prediabetics, and the rest of us don’t even know we’re prediabetic! People are realizing that what we are doing is not working and they are looking for other ways around this. That’s where do-it-yourself healthcare and self-monitoring will become the norm.”
– Dr. Dwight Lundell
“Sometimes I wonder if the chaotic nature of health reporting is a deliberate tactic: Keep people utterly confused and they will simply give up trying to figure it out and just stick with the conventional wisdom we all believe is true.
For example, what’s the harm in taking a cholesterol-lowering medication like Lipitor or Crestor as a precaution against a heart attack? Tens of millions of other people are already opting for these “safety nets,” so why not join the crowd? Here’s one good reason why you shouldn’t become another mindless lemming: You might not need it and it may actually be harmful to you.
A January 2009 study published in the American Heart Journal found that nearly three out of four patients hospitalized for a heart attack had total cholesterol levels in the “normal” range of 200 or less. Some of them were taking statins to lower their cholesterol, and some of them had naturally low cholesterol. In other words, the statins weren’t preventing heart attacks from happening, and neither was low cholesterol. As much as people would like to believe that there is some “magic pill” to address all their health concerns, especially the way statin drugs are marketed as good for your heart health, nothing like that exists. Add to that the detrimental side effects caused by “cholesterol-lowering” medications like statin drugs and you have a very troubling situation.
For now, suffice it to say that statins have some pretty serious and common side effects, including joint and muscle pain, decreased strength, and memory loss.
Many people taking statins are fifty years old or older, so they might write off those symptoms as simply part of the aging process. But emerging information tells us otherwise: The very medication that is supposed to enhance and lengthen our lives may be doing just the opposite.
Drug companies won’t tell you the truth about cholesterol. They are making a fortune on statins to the tune of tens of billions of dollars annually.
This is the real culprit in heart disease, not cholesterol. Without inflammation in the body, cholesterol would move freely through the body and never accumulate on the walls of blood vessels.
Inflammation is caused when we expose our bodies to toxins or foods the human body wasn’t designed to process. These foods, however, are not the saturated fats in butter and meat and cheese—the things we’ve been taught to avoid. They are foods marketed as “heart-healthy.” How scary is that? Blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like saying that firefighters cause fires! Being at the scene of the accident doesn’t make you culpable.
“The idea of the continued promotion of LDL cholesterol as the culprit in heart disease is to keep it simple and stick with what the physicians already know. The thinking is that there’s no sense in complicating things or making the tests any more expensive than they already are.”
– Gary Taubes
And the message they are promulgating goes like this: Including saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet leads to an increase in LDL, thus putting you at a greater risk of heart attack or stroke. To avoid this, bring your cholesterol levels down by reducing consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol, and when that’s not enough, take a prescription medication to make it happen.
“There’s evidence that taking statins can increase the risk of cancer and birth defects in animals and decrease cognitive function. But the evidence isn’t that strong since all of the attention is being put on those people with high cholesterol.”
– Dr. Chris Masterjohn