Cholesterol and Statins and their side effects.
Statins are the most prescribed medication in the UK and most of the western world and each year is it increasing. Statins are prescribed for High Cholesterol which is a big problem nowadays and statins are said to protect people against heart attacks and strokes. But there is increasing evidence and reports against Statins and their harmful side effects.
Simvastatin was the most commonly prescribed chemical in the UK with 39.9 million items dispensed in 2013, and that is just one brand of statin, there are many others like Atorvastatin where nearly 20 million were dispensed in 2013.
But as with many health concerns in life, it is important to first find and address the cause not just the symptoms otherwise you are fighting a losing battle and just masking the symptoms.
The questions that need to be asked are what lifestyle choices have been made for you to be in that situation in the first place, as the body will only react to its environment and what is put into it and generally won’t do things randomly. Therefore, what have you been eating or drinking to cause it and have you been exercising enough? These are what need to be addressed before taking pills.
YOU DON’T GET HIGH CHOLESTEROL BECAUSE OF
A LACK OF STATIN IN YOUR BODY!
How Statin Drugs Work:
Statin drugs work by inhibiting the enzyme in your liver which makes cholesterol. The problem with this is that cholesterol is actually an essential part of our wellbeing and is important to health, as it produces cell membranes, a variety of hormones, and bile acids necessary for digesting fat. Furthermore, cholesterol is responsible for ensuring you have proper brain function to think, learn, and form memories. So while these drugs do lower cholesterol, they’re also affecting other parts of your health.
Of course the idea of suffering a stroke or heart attack as a result of having high levels of bad cholesterol is scary, but are statins really the answer? Plenty of studies seem to think otherwise.
Many recent newspaper articles have been published reporting on studies that have shown their risks and harmful effects. Here are just a few:
Common side effects caused by taking statins.
- Heart failure…
- Muscle pain and weakness…
- Liver damage…
- Kidney failure…
- Fatigue and shortness of breath…
- Hair loss…
- Digestive problems…
- …and even Cancer
They are also linked to depression, loss of cognitive function and memory, nerve damage and sexual dysfunction.
Circling back to the idea of acknowledging the root of the problem, there are various lifestyle changes that can holistically lower levels of bad cholesterol without introducing toxic drugs like statins.
Optimising 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.
- Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet and 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 oils, 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. Avoid harmful vegetable oils and synthetic trans fats, which raise your bad cholesterol levels and lower your good levels
- Exercise daily.
- Address any emotional stresses and strains in your life.
- 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.
I always advise taking the natural root first. It is usually harder and take more effort, but it takes effort to be healthy nowadays. Health is not given to us on a plate, it has to be worked at. The more effort you put into your health, the more health you get.