The Great Cholesterol Myth

I had an experience with a customer I’d like to share. I have known him for years and he comes in to ask my opinion on health issues, especially on drug therapies. He had seen a commercial for a new drug and wanted to know what I thought of this new class of anti-anxiety medication. I informed him I wasn’t qualified to comment and recommended he speak with his doctor. The next time I saw him, he told me he had just gotten back from England. He’d taken my advice and this is what his medical doctor said, “Nigel, this drug is so new, let the Americans take it. After they’ve been experimented on, we’ll know not only whether the drug is better than existing drugs, but we’ll know if the drug is safe to take. You can trust the yanks to take any drug with or without a prescription.”
The morning news release on MSNBC on November 13, 2013 stated: “New cholesterol guidelines will increase the number of statin prescriptions.” Remember, the previous guidelines were supposed to keep total cholesterol below 200, keeping the LDL’s (erroneously called “bad lipoprotein’s”) below 130. Under the new guidelines, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults will qualify for statin treatment. Currently, the number is 15 percent. “About twice as many adults will now be eligible for ‘definite treat’ status,” states Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., co-chairman of a panel funded by the American Heart Association. What is disturbing is that 15 percent of Americans don’t eat anywhere near 4-5 recommended servings of veggies and don’t exercise so they opt for the quick fix: statin drugs. This drug therapy, however, comes with major side effects including radiating leg pain, muscle weakness, memory loss, confusion, and now, alarmingly, an increased risk of diabetes.
In the WebMD News Archive, there is a current posting: New FDA Warnings on Cholesterol-Lowering Statins increased risk of inducing type II diabetes. This risk is so significant that the FDA is considering a mandatory warning label as stated by Dr. Mary Parks, M.D., Director of the FDA’s Division of Metabolism of Endocrinology Products. Folks, diabetics are the ones who are routinely prescribed these drugs, even if their lipid profile is normal. Remember, 8.4 percent of the adult population already has type II diabetes with another 8-10 percent either borderline or undiagnosed. Can we, even for a moment, consider an iatrongenic event doubling our diabetic population? Our health care system would not be able to handle the results. This is by far the greater threat: Alz- heimer’s disease. The FDA states that statins are linked to memory loss. That’s a gross understatement. This terrible disease has been addressed in several previous articles (see Make Alzheimer’s A Bad Memory! on our website) and will be continued in my next article. Read all the medical references. Most of my readers will agree, no one had ever heard of this scourge until the late 90s. It is no accident that this disease surfaced after the first statin, Mevacor, was introduced in the mid 90’s. We know that these food contaminates, of course, pass through the brain /blood barrier. The degenerative trigger that starts the process is when you reduce the body’s total cholesterol to absurdly low levels and the brain starves (it runs on cholesterol). Need convincing? Read Dr. Duane Graveline’s book: STATIN Drugs And The Misguided War On Cholesterol. It simply tells it all. The former flight surgeon in the USAF, was also an astronaut. Even though he was in perfect health, his cardiologist convinced him he needed to take Lipator to be safe. The result: Transient Global Amnesia. After the first episode, his doctor said it was an anomaly—so he took it again. This time he forgot his wife, four kids, and what planet he was on.  He was lucky… it was “transient.” Now recovered, he is making it clear—many others don’t recover. He is now an advocate, along with the FDA’s own in-house staff, that the side effects of statins warrant new labeling as a minimum first step.
So, with turkey day looming, what can you do? Get informed and read the medical literature so you can be pro-active in your health. Read: The Great Cholesterol Myth by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., cardiologist. His second book, Metabolic Cardiology gives a step by step method exchanging statin drugs to safer nutraceutical Red Yeast Rice extract and other plant based sterols. These books are available at both Love Whole Food locations.He advocates an organic wholefood diet (no GMO’s), no “syntho” anything. He puts emphasis on consuming “good” fats, especially those in the Omega-3 family.  
If you’re reading concentration can’t even handle an Amazon book synopsis, then come in to either store and pick a one-page summary entitled: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels: Reduction Of Telomeric Aging in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease (JAMA, 1/20/10-Vol. 303, #3). This peer reviewed study by three M.D.’s and four PhD.’s makes no mention of “bad” cholesterol. Instead, patients were given high levels of good Omega EFA’s from wild caught cold water fish. The result: they reduced their risk of CHD as well as slowed the aging process of the brain!
In order to encourage you and your family to take advantage of this remarkable nutraceutical, we are offering Natural Factors pharmaceutical grade Wild Alaskan Salmon at a holiday savings of over 36 percent.  Remember all Natural Factors products are on sale in December. Please give a copy of the JAMA study, just mentioned, to your doctor. Nigel is sending one to his. They will thank you for the gift of knowledge.  It’s one “medicine” you don’t need a prescription for.

Peggy Van Cleef