I made that statement decades ago and it just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. You would think with all the bad scandals about cholesterol lowering drugs they would have been off the market by now. No such luck for you, the consumer. By the way, don’t let the image fool you. As my neurology professor once said, when you see your kid out back sharpening up the ax, feed him a cheeseburger. See if you can figure out why he said that. I kind of allude to it in the next paragraph.
Cholesterol is a vital substance that is necessary for maintaining cell membrane integrity and fluidity within the cell, assisting with cell signaling, essential for hormone production, especially reproductive hormones, Vitamin D production, bile acid production, digestion, and brain and neurological function. Only 25% of the body’s entire stores of cholesterol are in the brain so no reason to make sure that the brain doesn’t have any. I wonder if we have seen an increase in Alzheimer’s disease with the increase of anti cholesterol drugs known as statins. That was a rhetorical question.
People sure are spending a lot of money to get pregnant these days and there are lots of reasons for that, but I would think common sense would consider that we need sex hormones to regulate a pregnancy from start to finish and not having cholesterol, a key ingredient in these hormones might be something you want to consider, unless of course you run an expensive fertility clinic.
There are tens of thousands of receptors on our cells that require Vitamin D. One key function of Vitamin D is to help us not get cancer. It might not be wise to take a drug that interferes with that benefit.
Why do people take this drug? They don’t want to die of a heart attack. I think one of the main side effects of Statin anticholesterol drugs is heart attacks. They interfere with the liver’s ability to manufacturer Co Enzyme Q-10 which is a vital nutrient for heart muscle and performs many other functions. This is old news, yet 20-30 years later, anyone I ask that is on Statins, if their doctor told them that they must take Q-10 to counter it, say, “why what on earth are you talking about?” I shouldn’t complain since another major side effect of Statins is muscle pain. People are going to chiropractors for this muscle pain that is being caused by the drug that they are taking and by not taking the antidote for that particular side effect of that drug, which is Co-Q 10.
I could go on and on, but after 30 years or so, I suspect I’m not going to get anywhere. So go ask your doctor if you can kill yourself with some of their good stuff. I’m sure he has a reason to have you stop cholesterol even though it is so vital to your existence that your liver can make all that you need. That kind of begs the question if it is that important why do you want to take a poisonous drug that will get your liver to stop making it? Are you that worried about plaques, the kind that respond to simple Vitamin B that helps stop homocysteine plaque development, Vitamin C that makes the artery healthier, and Fish oil that makes you healthier but also makes the artery function so that you don’t get a clot that breaks off and kills you.
Or said another way, what is it good for? A very large study from the World Health Organization established that only about half of the people who suffered from a heart attack had elevated LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels at the time. About 20% of those in the study were taking cholesterol lowering meds and still had a heart attack. So indeed, what is it good for?
Here is a short list of what it is good for. Muscle pain or weakness, muscle damage, sometimes severe muscle damage, Headaches, Insomnia, Rashes, Digestion problems, High blood pressure, an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, Neurological problems, memory loss, brain fog, mental confusion, cognition problems. Come on, who wouldn’t want to risk not having these benefits.
You don’t have to be a doctor to realize that these dangerous side effects are what happen because your body needs cholesterol and because you asked your doctor for an anticholesterol drug, you are now getting a little more than you bargained for.
The way to have healthy arteries is to have low inflammation levels. A simple C-reactive protein blood test will tell you much more about the state of your health than a cholesterol profile. It measures inflammation. It’s been around for decades. For some strange reason the doctor in charge of clinical testing at Blue Shield told me that he never heard of it and that is why Blue Shield wouldn’t pay for that cheap test. It was experimental he said. So I had him Google it and over the phone he said, wow, that is very interesting. The man/men in charge of your health may find it interesting if you point it out to them, but they are still not going to approve things that could actually make you healthier. I suggest that you approve of them for yourself. Anti-inflammatory nutrients are well known. They are good for more than just your heart.
You can buy, Co-Enzyme Q 10 or Ubiquinol, Omega 3’s Fatty Acids, Bioflavonoids, Tumeric, B complex, and mineral formula’s practically anywhere. You don’t need to ask your doctor and why bother anyway, at best, he may find it interesting.