The Cholesterol Scam
Here are a few surprising facts about cholesterol:• Those with high cholesterol run the same risk of heart disease as people with low cholesterol.• The human body needs cholesterol to be healthy.• LDL and HDL are not types of cholesterol, but lipoproteins that transport cholesterol through the bloodstream.
Here are some facts about statin drugs, the medications often prescribed for lowering cholesterol.• Statins are prescribed with the promise of offsetting the risk of heart disease. In reality, they’re HUGE moneymakers for the health industry. The top three most common are Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor. Lipitor alone pulls in $8 billion a year.• One out of five people who take these drugs experiences their side effects.• The FDA has reported that statins raise blood pressure and cause memory loss. Yet they leave them on the market.• After a simple blood test reveals high cholesterol, millions of healthy people are put on statins to prevent heart attack or stroke—a practice called primary prevention—meaning there are millions taking a drug they don’t need.• Statins block the creation of enzyme COQ10, which is an antioxidant found and needed in every cell of the body.
What’s more, in a study, French women between 60 and 75 with cholesterol levels of 160 were 5 times more susceptible to heart disease versus women the same age with a cholesterol level of 260.
Here are some side effects of statin drugs:• muscle pain• fatigue• exercise intolerance (muscles too painful and weak to exercise)• memory loss• tingling, numbness or burning pain in limbs• irritability• sleep problems• sexual dysfunction• cancer• stroke• diabetes• autoimmune diseases• digestive problems• kidney disease• liver isssues• lung problems• weight gain
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