You might be wondering why I am writing about this topic. I chose to write about Statin drugs because of my experiences in the last two months. If this article can help even a handful of people, it will have been well worth writing it.
A couple of months ago, I went to my sister’s home to help her. She had been complaining of many symptoms and had been to every type of doctor known to man – with no answers.
When I saw my sister, quite frankly I was shocked. She had told me on the phone that she had lost all of her muscle mass and that her skin was completely “crepe” like. She also had extreme pain in her right shoulder, which no doctor could explain, even after an MRI was done.
When I arrived at her home, she was having uncontrollable fits of coughing. I asked her to make an appointment with her GP. We went to see him. He told her that she had pneumonia in her left lung, and put her on a strong antibiotic.
I saw that my sister was walking around in a confused state. I knew that something was terribly wrong. She showed me her latest blood work from the the last six months. To my horror I saw that her liver function tests numbers were very abnormal.
She had an appointment with a rheumatologist and I drove her there. I brought her lab results with us. I asked the doctor there if she would look at the numbers of my sister’s liver function tests. She said that whoever did the blood work should have followed up on these particular tests. Her GP did not.
My sister was getting better from the antibiotics her GP had her on. She seemed much better, but still not 100%. I stayed over a week and then my husband picked me up to return home.
One of my sister’s friends from her neighborhood is a doctor. She is a Christian as well. We became friends when I was there, and began texting one another. She was very concerned about my sister. She had been away for almost a week, and when she returned, she went to check up on my sister.
I received a text from the doctor which said that my sister was very sick and confused. She said that she was walking in circles and had fed her dog 4 times – one right after another. She said that she was taking my sister to the ER.
My sister was admitted to the hospital. They were doing tests on her liver and also found that she had Encephalopathy (swelling of the brain) which I read can come from liver damage.
My sister was sent to a healthcare center to be monitored and for physical therapy. My husband and I came to visit her and found her to be further deteriorating.
My visit to the ER
I was born with an aberrant left internal carotid artery. It is extremely rare. If it had been left alone, it would have remained a silent birth defect. But a doctor in 1974 saw a red mass in my left ear canal – not knowing it was my carotid – and he finally performed an exploratory surgery, during which he punctured the vessel. Doctors tell me that I should have had a stroke or died. But God obviously had other plans for me. I wrote about this in this article:
“When God Calls You – He Equips You: He Proved That In My Life”
I have simple partial seizures from a “twist” in the artery. Doctors believe that this twist was probably caused by the doctor patching up the punctured artery. But I have been much better in the last year – very few seizures. I have 50% hearing loss in that ear and tinnitus all of the time.
Severe pain and many seizures
A week ago I woke up with severe pain behind this ear. I also had 6 seizures. I wound up at the ER at Hopkins at the urging of my GP. After two CT scans and an MRI, the ER neurologists said that everything looked stable and that the blood flow to my brain from this artery was adequate.
After we came home, I received an email from one of the neurologists who saw me. He said that the radiologist found a tiny bit of plaque in this artery in my neck. He had already called in a prescription of Lipitor 80 mg for me to take daily. He also wrote that I should take a whole regular aspirin – not a low dose.
I know that it was the Lord who kept me from taking that extremely high dose of Lipitor. I had an appointment with my GP after the ER visit. When he saw what they had prescribed for me, he instructed me NOT to take that medicine. He told me that my lipid panels had always been good, and that prescribing 80 mg of the Statin drug was, as he said, “Like throwing a bus at you.” He also said to return to my lose dose aspirin. I have an appointment with a vascular doctor in November at Hopkins. They will also do an ultrasound study of the artery before I see the doctor. My GP told me to blame it on him when I tell them I’m not on the Lipitor.
My GP said that a dose of Lipitor of 80 mg is reserved for a person who has had a heart attack or a stroke in the past – not for me. I am also a very small person. I weigh 108 lbs.
Research on Statin drugs
I began doing research on Lipitor and on other Statin drugs. I was shocked. Not so much for me, but for my sister. I remembered that she had been on Statin drugs for a while now. The things I was reading about the drugs made me weep for her. I truly believe that ALL of her symptoms and deteriorating health was due to her taking these horrific drugs.
Do You Take Any of These 11 Dangerous Statins or Cholesterol Drugs?
- One in four Americans over the age of 45 are now taking a statin drug, despite the fact that there are over 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to diabetes and increased cancer risk.
- Statins deplete your body of CoQ10, which can have devastating results. If you take statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk. If you have symptoms of statin damage, such as muscle pain, take anywhere from 200 to 500 mg of CoQ10 or ubiquinol, which is the reduced form. Ubiquinol is the recommended form if you’re over the age of 25. For preventative use, take around 100-200 mg.
- Statins also impair the function of all sterols, including cholesterol and vitamin D (which is similar to cholesterol and is produced from cholesterol in your skin), all your sex hormones, cortisone, the dolichols, which are involved in keeping the membranes inside your cells healthy
- Odds are greater than 100 to 1 that if you’re taking a statin, you don’t really need it. The ONLY subgroup that might benefit are those born with a genetic defect called familial hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them resistant to traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol.
- Statins are in fact classified as a “pregnancy Category X medication”; meaning, it causes serious birth defects, and should NEVER be used by a woman who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Muscle problems, polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet), and rhabdomyolysis (a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition) Anemia Acidosis Sexual dysfunction Immune depression Cataracts Pancreas or liver dysfunction, including a potential increase in liver enzymes Memory loss
|Advicor (lovastatin with niacin) – Abbott||Crestor (rosuvastatin) – AstraZeneca||Mevacor (lovastatin) – Merck||Simcor (niacin / imvastatin) – Abbott|
|Altoprev (lovastatin) – Shionogi Pharma||Lescol (fluvastatin) – Novartis||Pravachol (pravastatin) — Bristol-Myers Squibb||Zocor (simvastatin) – Merck|
|Caduet [atorvastatin with amlodipine (Norvasc)] – Pfizer||Lipitor (atorvastatin) – Pfizer||Vytorin(ezetimibe/simvastatin) – Merck/Schering-Plough|
Statin Drugs: A Surprising Cause of Diabetes
Statins have been shown to increase your risk of diabetes through a few different mechanisms. The most important one is that they increase insulin resistance, which can be extremely harmful to your health. Increased insulin resistance contributes to chronic inflammation in your body, and inflammation is the hallmark of most diseases. In fact, increased insulin resistance can lead to heart disease, which, ironically, is the primary reason for taking a cholesterol-reducing drug in the first place! It can also promote belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
Secondly, statins increase your diabetes risk by actually raising your blood sugar. When you eat a meal that contains starches and sugar, some of the excess sugar goes to your liver, which then stores it away as cholesterol and triglycerides. Statins work by preventing your liver from making cholesterol. As a result, your liver returns the sugar to your bloodstream, which raises your blood sugar levels.
Now, it’s important to realize that drug-induced diabetes and genuine type 2 diabetes are not necessarily identical.
If you’re on a statin drug and find that your blood glucose is elevated, it’s possible that what you have is just hyperglycemia—a side effect, and the result of your medication. Unfortunately, many doctors will at that point mistakenly diagnose you with “type 2 diabetes,” and possibly prescribe another drug, when all you may need to do is simply discontinue the statin in order for your blood glucose levels to revert back to normal. So if friends or loved ones you know are on a statin (and one in four Americans over 45 are) and they are told they have diabetes, please do them a favor and tell them about the information in this article.
Major Statin Drug Study Found to Be Flawed
A study known as the JUPITER trial initially suggested cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might prevent heart-related death in many more people than just those with high cholesterol. But two years after its publication in 2008, researchers came out saying the JUPITER results are flawed — and that they do not support the benefits initially reported. Not only is there no “striking decrease in coronary heart disease complications,” but a more recent report has also called into question drug companies’ involvement in such trials.
According to a report by ABC News2 :
“… major discrepancies exists between the significant reductions in nonfatal stroke and heart attacks reported in the JUPITER trial and what has been found in other research … ‘The JUPITER data set appears biased,’ [the researchers] wrote in conclusion.”
If You Take Statins, You MUST Take CoQ10
Statins deplete your body of CoQ10, which can have devastating results. If you take statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk. Unfortunately, this describes the majority of people who take them in the United States. CoQ10 is a cofactor (co-enzyme) that is essential for the creation of ATP molecules, which you need for cellular energy production. Organs such as your heart have higher energy requirements, and therefore require more CoQ10 to function properly. Produced mainly in your liver, it also plays a role in maintaining blood glucose.
Physicians rarely inform people of this risk and only occasionally advise them to take a CoQ10 supplement. As your body gets more and more depleted of CoQ10, you may suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness, and eventually heart failure.
Coenzyme Q10 is also very important in the process of neutralizing free radicals. So when your CoQ10 is depleted, you enter a vicious cycle of increased free radicals, loss of cellular energy, and damaged mitochondrial DNA. If you decide to take a CoQ10 supplement and are over the age of 40, it is important to choose the reduced version, called ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is a FAR more effective form—I personally take it daily for its many far-ranging benefits. As for dosage, Dr. Graveline, a family doctor and former astronaut, made the following recommendation in a previous interview on statins and CoQ10:
- If you have symptoms of statin damage such as muscle pain, take anywhere from 200 to 500 mg
- If you just want to use it preventively, 200 mg or less should be sufficient
Statins Impair Numerous Biological Functions
Statin drugs also interfere with other biological functions, including an early step in the mevalonate pathway, which is the central pathway for the steroid management in your body. Products of this pathway that are negatively affected by statins include:
- All your sex hormones
- The dolichols, which are involved in keeping the membranes inside your cells healthy
- All sterols, including cholesterol and vitamin D (which is similar to cholesterol and is produced from cholesterol in your skin)
It’s still uncertain whether statins actually deplete your body of vitamin D, but they do reduce your body’s natural ability to create active vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol). This is the natural outcome of the drug’s cholesterol-reducing ability, because you need cholesterol to make vitamin D! It’s the raw material your body uses for vitamin D conversion after you’ve exposed your skin to sunlight. It’s also well-documented that vitamin D improves insulin resistance, so needless to say, when you take a statin drug, you forfeit this ‘built-in’ health-promoting mechanism, which is yet another clue as to how statins can cause diabetes.
Ninety-Nine Out of 100 People Do Not Need Statin Drugs
That these drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a testimony to the power of marketing, corruption and corporate greed, because the odds are very high— greater than 100 to 1—that if you’re taking a statin, you don’t really need it. The ONLY subgroup that might benefit are those born with a genetic defect called familial hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them resistant to traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol.
And, even more importantly, cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.
If your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher. HDL percentage is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk. Here are the two ratios you should pay attention to:
- HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If below 10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.
- Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be below 2.
I have seen a number of people with total cholesterol levels over 250 who were actually at low risk for heart disease due to their elevated HDL levels. Conversely, I have seen many people with cholesterol levels under 200 who had a very high risk of heart disease, based on their low HDL. Your body NEEDS cholesterol—it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function. There is also strong evidence that having too little cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behavior.
Statins Should NEVER Be Used By Pregnant Women
One in four Americans over the age of 45 is now taking these drugs, and few are properly warned about the related health risks. Part of the problem is that many doctors are not even aware of all the risks. A study published last spring highlighted this dilemma.
Most disturbingly, the researchers found that physicians were lacking in awareness of the teratogenic risks3 (ability to cause fetal malformations) of statins and other cardiovascular drugs they prescribed for their pregnant patients. The study followed an earlier report, which had concluded statins should be avoided in early pregnancy due to their teratogenic capability4. An even earlier 2003 study5 had already established that cholesterol plays an essential role in embryonic development, and that statins could play a part in embryonic mutations or even death…
Indeed, it’s difficult to look at these facts and not reach the conclusion that the pharmaceutical industry is quite willing to sacrifice human lives for profit. Statins are in fact classified as a “pregnancy Category X medication.” Meaning, it causes serious birth defects, and should NEVER be used by a woman who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Parents Beware: Outrageous Push to Put Kids on Statin Drugs!
In a bold attempt to increase profits before the patent runs out, Pfizer has introduced a chewable kid-friendly version of Lipitor. Its US patent for Lipitor expired in November 2011, and seeking to boost sales of the drug, children have become the new target market, and the conventional medical establishment is more than happy to oblige.
Researchers and many doctors are now calling for universal school screening of children to check for high cholesterol to find those “in need of treatment.” In addition, older siblings, parents, and other family members might be prompted to get screened as well, the researchers say, which would uncover additional, previously undiagnosed adults in need of the drug.
This is clearly NOT the way to improve public health. On the contrary, it could produce a new, massive wave of extremely dire health consequences in just a few years’ time.
So rather than improving school lunches, which would cost about a dollar a day per child, they’d rather “invest” ten times that for tests and drugs that in no way, shape, or form address the root cause, which is an improper, unhealthy diet! All they’re doing is allowing all the industries to maintain or increase their profits: Big Pharma, Big Sugar, Big Corn and the processed food industry.
You and your children! And in far more ways than one!
Optimizing Your Cholesterol Levels, Naturally
There’s really no reason to take statins and suffer the damaging health effects from these dangerous drugs. The fact is that 75 percent of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, which is influenced by your insulin levels. Therefore, if you optimize your insulin levels, you will automatically optimize your cholesterol. It follows, then, that my primary recommendations for safely regulating your cholesterol have to do with modifying your diet and lifestyle:
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Research by Dr. Stephanie Seneff has shed additional light on the extreme importance of appropriate sun exposure for normalizing your cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. For more information, please see this previous interview.
- Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet. Ideally, you’ll also want to consume a good portion of your food raw.
- Make sure you are getting plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil.
- Other heart-healthy foods include olive oil, coconut and coconut oil, organic raw dairy products and eggs, avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and organic grass-fed meats as appropriate for your nutritional type.
- Exercise daily. Make sure you incorporate Peak Fitness exercises, which also optimizes your human growth hormone (HGH) production.
- Address your emotional challenges. My favorite technique for stress management is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively.
- Be sure to get plenty of good, restorative sleep.
Unlike statin drugs, which lower your cholesterol at the expense of your health, these lifestyle strategies represent a holistic approach that will benefit your overall health—which includes a healthy cardiovascular system.
The Baycol Statin Recall and Safety Issue:
In August 2001, Bayer AG, the maker of Baycol (cerivastatin), a popular cholesterol-lowering drug used by about 700,000 Americans, pulled the medicine off the market after 31 people died from severe muscle breakdown, a well-recognized side effect of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Related articles follow:
Statins: Is the Danger in the Dose?
Here is the hard data on Baycol-associated adverse reactions. If you or someone you know is taking one of the statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, this is a “must-read” article by Jay Cohen, MD to help you understand the potential dangers that this exposes you to.
Baycol Pulled From Market as Numerous Deaths Linked to It
Baycol, a cholestrol-lowering drug (statin), has been voluntarily pulled off the market because of numerous deaths associated with its use.
The Baycol Recall: How Safe is Your Statin?
With the recall of Baycol, patients are now searching out a new drug to take its place, but are other statins really safe? Here are some precautions necessary for anyone taking Baycol or any statin.
Baycol: Another Fluoride Drug Bites the Dust
Baycol is just one of many fluoride drugs to be pulled from the market due to health hazards posed. Read about this and some of the others in this informative article written by Andreas Schuld and Wendy Small.
BMJ: Bayer faces potential fine over cholesterol lowering drug
Bayer might have to pay a fine to the German government of about $23,400 for withholding from the German authorities information on the drug’s potentially fatal interaction with another drug.
Lipitor Tied to Liver, Kidney Injury, as Well as Muscle Damage
It seems that Baycol is not alone among cholesterol lowering drugs in posing serious dangers to the public. A number of legal actions are also being pursued against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of the Lipitor.
Excerpts from Public Citizen’s Health Research Group’s Petition to Require a Box Warning on All HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (“Statins”):
” … Public Citizen, representing 135,000 consumers nationwide, hereby petitions the FDA pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act 21, U.S.C. Section 355(e)(3), and C.F.R. 10.30, to add a black box warning and additional consistent bolded warnings about this serious problem to the label of all statins marketed in the United States.”
“Doctors and the public must be warned to immediately discontinue use of statin drugs at the onset of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness.”
“Prompt cessation of the use of statins at the first sign of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness and prompt evaluation by a physician including a blood test for creatine phosphokinase (a measure of muscle destruction) may avoid the progression to more extensive muscle damage, rhabdomyolysis and death.”
“Rhabdomyolysis has been reported with all statins currently marketed in the United States.”
I am sorry that this article has information overload. But I’d rather give you too much information than not enough.
And for those who do not prefer Dr. Mercola – please look this up on Mayo Clinic. You will find the same information, although they tend to soften it a bit. Don’t forget that the larger hospitals and providers have tight relationships with the Pharmaceutical companies.
I read that the number one drug which keeps the Big Pharma fat and happy is chemo. Can you guess the next one? If you guessed Statin drugs, you are correct.
Please talk to you doctor if you are on Lipitor or any other statin drug, and you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article. It could save your life!
6 thoughts on “How My Doctor Saved My Life: What You Need to Know If You Are Taking Cholesterol Meds”
Thank you for sharing your story. Ours is very similar. My husband took statins for eighteen years before he had the drastic muscle loss and memory and cognition problems. You can read about our experience here: https://toniumbarger.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/a-statin-drug-induced-nightmare/ I’m praying that your sister stops the statin and recovers soon. God bless!
God bless you too!
This is so true! My doctor prescribed a statin drug for me, but after reading up on it I decided I could not take it. Then another doctor told me it was unnecessary for me to take them as well. I am glad you posted this; people need to know.
Has your sister been exposed to any tick bites? I know the statins are bad but microbes also can cause the same symptoms.
I had a lot of success with good magnesium, FruitexB, turmeric, coconut oil and a dash of black pepper restoring my memory after about 2 48 hour migraines a week for some time from a tick borne microbe wiped a lot of my memory out.
If your sister can afford it the best thing I and many other have done for their health is the diets Gary Null prescribes. I did a one year detox of his that was a lot of work with 6 glasses of organic fresh, or sometimes from powder, juice a day and a strict diet. I thought I was going to lose weight from the diet and I am 5’9in 135 pounds but I gained weight. Everyone overweight lost weight though.
The diet cured me of arthritis and chronic fatigue and I never felt healthier in my life.
This is very informative Geri. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Can you share about your sister’s improvement after she stopped statins? I need to know as I’m also on statins. I’ve read your article and it’s source from Dr Mercola. It’s interesting, hence wanted to know how much did your sister recover when statins was stopped – I presume?
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