- Statins interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10, which supports the body’s immune and nervous systems, boosts heart and other muscle health, maintains normal blood pressure, and much more.
- Statins weaken the immune system, make it difficult to fight off bacterial infections, and increase the production of cytokines, which trigger and sustain inflammation.
- They make some patients unable to concentrate or remember words, and are linked to muscle and neurological problems, including Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
- Statins inhibit the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids by promoting the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids, which increases insulin resistance and the risk of developing diabetes.
- There is evidence that statin use blocks the benefits of exercise. Exercise increases the activity and numbers of mitochondria, cells’ “power plants” that process sugars and fat. The study found that with statin use, mitochondrial activity actually decreases with exercise.
- Statins work by reducing the body’s ability to produce cholesterol, which is essential to brain health—the brain is 2% of the body’s weight, but contains 25% of the entire body’s cholesterol.
- Statin users have a higher incidence of nerve degeneration and pain, memory loss, confusion, depression, and a higher risk of ALS and Parkinson’s, according to Dr. David Williams in his July 2014 Alternatives newsletter. Statins also decrease carotenoid levels. Carotenoids, which are found in fresh fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants, have a number of benefits, including protecting against cell damage, aging, and chronic diseases.
- Statin drugs may also be driving Americans to overeat: a twelve-year study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that statin users increased their calorie intake by 9%, and fat consumption by 14.4%, over the study period, whereas those who didn’t take statins didn’t significantly change in either measure.
- An animal study linked statin use to muscle damage. Animals that exercised on statins had 226% more muscle damage than those not given statins.
- They affect the quality of sleep.
- Statins increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
- Statins are known to cause liver damage by increasing the liver’s production of digestive enzymes.
- Statins also speed aging and lower sex drive.
- Statins have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior in women.
July 20, 2015
Statins Are Not Good Drugs
The medical professions have a dismal record for being wrong more than right. Now they can add statins to their losing record. Like the issue of fat in our diet, there will be holdouts and others that will double down to defend their right to be wrong. They won't admit to this and will defend their mistakes and claim they were right because they want to continue receiving the lucrative fees from Big Pharma.
Here is a listing of some of these findings that show the error of their ways:
Despite these widely documented risks, the media’s coverage of any adverse side effects is typically followed by the reassurance that the benefits of statins outweigh the risks.
There is much more that should be convincing, but many doctors are not convinced to change their thinking. Read the full article here.