Cholesterol-lowering agents in the statin drug class have long been linked with erectile dysfunction and low testosterone — effects that compromise more than just a man’s general sense of well-being and physical health, but his ego as well. Continue reading
After reviewing 305 randomized controlled trials, researchers found no statistically detectable differences between physical activity and medications for prediabetes and heart disease, including statins and beta blockers
Exercise was also found Continue reading
Exercise is a foundational strategy to naturally maintain healthy cholesterol levels and optimize your heart health. However, research now shows that if you take a statin drug, you’re likely to forfeit any and all health benefits of your exercise
Volunteers taking a statin improved their fitness by just 1.5 percent, Continue reading
For years Big Pharma has been trying to convince us that they’re opening new frontiers in medical treatment — but a new study has me more convinced than ever that frontier medicine is exactly what these drug pushers have in mind.
You see, if you lived in a frontier town 150 years ago, a couple times a year you’d be treated to the sound of a colorfully decorated wagon rolling into town. At the reins would be a carnival barker with cases of a miracle potion that could cure everything that ails you — Continue reading
Just because your doctor prescribes it does not necessarily mean it is safe for you to take. Many popular prescription drugs, it turns out, come with the potential for serious side effects, including everything from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease — or worse. Continue reading
Statins linked to lasting kidney damage
When it comes to buying airtime, billion-dollar drugs like Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor are giving a certain green gecko a run for his money. In fact, these days the only way to avoid the constant onslaught of commercials for cholesterol-lowering statins is to turn off your television.
But I’m hoping a new study takes some of the Madison Avenue shine off of these potentially unsafe, and possibly even deadly, Continue reading
When Statins first appeared in pharmacies around the country, they seemed like a miracle drug. Some doctors even suggested that these drugs should be added to drinking water because they appeared to be so effective without the side effects. But, this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health alert requiring Continue reading
There is a new hidden cause of illness and it is found in your medicine cabinet. The culprit: the world’s most commonly prescribed prescription medication. The cause: fatigue. Are you on statin drugs? Could they be causing your fatigue?
California researchers found that, among more than 1,000 adults, people taking statin drugs Continue reading
• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring additional warning labels for the cholesterol-lowering drug class known as statins, warning that the drugs may increase your risk of liver damage, memory loss and confusion, type 2 diabetes and muscle weakness
• The FDA has removed Continue reading
While many Americans take statin drugs to reduce their cholesterol in order to protect their heart, that reduction in cholesterol may be hurting their brains.
“If you (take) cholesterol from the brain, then you directly affect the machinery that triggers the release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters affect the data-processing and memory functions. In other words — how smart you are and how well you remember things,” says Yeon-Kyun Shin, a researcher at Iowa State University. Shin warns that drugs that inhibit the liver from making cholesterol may also keep the brain from making cholesterol, which is vital to efficient brain function.
In his experiments, Shin tested the activity of the neurotransmitter-release machinery from brain cells Continue reading
If you or a family member who is over 70 years old is going to have surgery, you may want to avoid taking a statin drug in the three months beforehand. Research at Ontario’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) shows that seniors taking statins before surgery have a 28 percent increased risk of postoperative delirium.
Delirium, in addition to causing serious anxiety in patients and their families, can mean a longer hospital stay and a prolonged need for intensive care. It can also disrupt and delay necessary healthcare.
“Our results suggest that this association was more than a coincidence, particularly among patients who received higher doses of statins Continue reading
Most people trust that the medicines that they take will help them overcome illness, enhance their health and promote well-being. Unfortunately medications often deplete important nutrients from the body, and people don’t find the relief that they seek.
People who have become malnourished as a result of their medications are vulnerable to a host of nutrition related diseases. To make matters worse, they may find themselves having to treat malnourishment with a new batch of medications and this may become a dangerous cycle.
For instance, statins which are used to control cholesterol levels reduce CoEnzyme 10 and other important nutrients. Statins may also result in lower levels of A, D, K, folic acid and iron in the body. Cholesterol gets a bad rap, but it helps the body digest fats and nutrients and is important for regulating hormones.
Even common medications such as laxatives and antacids can deplete or block the uptake of essential nutrients. PPI antacids, for example interfere with Vitamin B-12. Furthermore blocking acid production for long periods of time using antacids may reduce the body’s ability to absorb minerals. Loss of B12 over time may result in anemia, as well as other conditions including fatigue. Blocked acid production by antacids can leave the body vulnerable Continue reading
Often prescribed to alleviate symptoms of illness, pharmaceutical medications rarely attack the root cause and cure the illness and have the added downside of side-effects.
Aside from the litany of side-effects listed, new book “Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients” suggests the medications may be further adding to your state of illness by “stealing nutrients from your system or preventing their absorption.” Not only might this make you feel worse, but it also may cause you to develop another condition.
Author of the new book, leading U.S. pharmacist Suzy Cohen, claims, “If you run low on even one vital nutrient, you can experience a cascade of uncomfortable side effects,” Continue reading
According to NHS statistics, it won’t be long before one in four adults over the age of 40, in the UK, is taking a statin drug… There’s a similar statin drive currently taking place in the US. The US government’s National Cholesterol Education Program panel advised those at risk for heart disease to attempt to reduce their LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol to specific, very low levels by taking statins.
Frankly, the statins-craze is downright ridiculous and the fact that these drugs are dominating the market is a clear indication of the power of Big Pharma’s marketing machine… the odds are almost 100 to 1, that if you’re taking a statin drug you don’t need it!
Worse still, statin drugs have severe side effects… this is a well-established fact Continue reading