Putting two thirds of the adult population on statins

I see these patients in my clinic all the time. They’re suffering from diabetes… weight gain… muscle weakness… and even constant brain fog.

More often than not, they have one thing in common. Some mainstream doctor has had them taking cholesterol-lowering statins for years.

Right now the medical establishment is handing out these drugs like sweets, side effects be damned. One in four Americans over the age of 45 is taking a statin, and the drug companies have gotten filthy rich off the pills.

But it looks like they’re not done with us yet. A disturbing new study from Harvard’s School of Public Health is recommending statin drugs for nearly all of us.

Their research, just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), claims we could save 161,000 lives a year if 67 per cent of adults between the ages of 40-75 took statin drugs.

That’s right, they want to nearly TRIPLE the number of people taking these dangerous drugs.

Frankly, the idea that statins save lives — or protect your heart — is a joke.

One 12-week study found that statins practically block the heart-friendly benefits of exercise. During the research, the people who took statins and worked out daily didn’t improve their fitness levels at all — and, in some cases, ended up in worse shape.

Several more studies have linked statins to diabetes, which can cause terrible damage to your heart. In fact, nearly two-thirds of diabetics end up dying of heart disease or stroke.

Let me give it to you straight. High cholesterol may be the most over-treated condition in healthcare today. Throughout my career I’ve watched cholesterol guidelines lowered time and again with only one goal — to sell more statins to perfectly healthy people.

It’s time to stop the madness. If you want to protect your heart and slash your heart attack risk ditch the trans-fats, stick with a natural Paleo diet and consider heart-healthy supplements like fish oil, resveratrol and CoQ10.

And remember to start an exercise programme you enjoy and can stick with. Running away from that bottle of statins would be a good start.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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Treating more adults with statins could be cost-effective way to boost heart health, hsph.harvard.edu

Statin adverse effects: a review of the literature and evidence for a mitochondrial mechanism, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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