Friday, September 12, 2008

Dr. Mercola Waves the Red Flag on Cholesterol Drugs

Your Cholesterol Medication May Be Making You Sicker!

Statin drugs are being prescribed in higher and more potent doses to increasing numbers of people (even those with normal cholesterol levels) for "hypercholesterolemia” - which some doctors call a non-illness. What most physicians often overlook is that patients on statins deplete their Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplies, which often leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and eventually heart failure!

A petition has been issued to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to label statin packages with a warning regarding statin-induced CoQ10 depletion along with a review of animal and human studies supporting the issue. Experts are not sure that the warning will be heeded however.

Dr. Mercola Uncovers the Truth about Statins

Statins have become the drug of choice for millions of people. If the recommendations issued by experts two years ago are to be believed, nearly 40 million Americans should be on statins by now.

What you don’t realize is that, statins kill people! And cause complications in many more.

Patients taking statins become depleted in Coenzyme Q10.

The elderly and patients with heart failure begin to show symptoms of CoQ10 depletion in as short as six to twelve months!

Younger patients can tolerate the drug longer, but they eventually develop CoQ10 depletion symptoms after several years.

When you get to the heart of matters, treating the symptoms of high cholesterol with a drug doesn’t treat the cause. Not only doesn’t it treat the cause, artificial drugs may even cause serious side effects!

Dr. Mercola advises - Don’t risk your health when you can normalize cholesterol levels by observing some simple steps:

Normalize your insulin levels by eliminating sugar and grains. Eliminating sugar and grains will ultimately have beneficial side effects, such as normalizing your weight, increasing your energy and lowering your blood pressure and triglycerides. You can find out more about this in the new book, Total Health Program.

Take a high-quality fish oil that is rich with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Find a fish oil that is independently tested by a lab to conform to purity guidelines. One such brand, of superior quality, is Carlson's fish and cod liver oil, which is in the "Recommended Products" section.

Regular exercise may further reduce your risk of heart disease!

You can also think of a potent enzyme called nattokinase, from the food natto. It has been used for circulatory problems for decades, and it is found in CardioEssentials, a supplement often recommended to those who have been diagnosed with heart disease.

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