This won’t be the first time I’ve written about statins. And sadly, I very much doubt it will be the last, as more and more evidence continues to expose them for the truly dangerous drugs they are.
You may already be familiar with some of their more notorious side effects—including memory loss, muscle weakness, and liver damage. But as one new study reinforces, the threat these cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals pose to your health actually runs far deeper than you can imagine.
In a recently published analysis of data, pooled from six trials involving more than 57,000 adults, researchers examined the influence that long term statin use has on the risk of acquiring Type II diabetes. As it turns out, 2,082 of the study participants developed diabetes over an average follow-up period of 3.9 years, accounting for a small but statistically significant increase in risk ranging from 6 to 13 percent.
Apparently, these results were contrary to the investigators’ expectations. They are not, however, contrary to mine. Researchers have been aware of the link between statins and increased diabetes risk for some time now. And yet they are still considered a first-line solution for cholesterol control. Another recent study took this one step further in proposing that statins be prescribed for the prevention of chronic inflammation. This recommendation was despite the fact that this trial’s results revealed the exact same negative developments.
Needless to say, I find such recommendations to be frighteningly irresponsible—a sentiment that I know is widely shared by my colleagues in the integrative medical community. Let me be clear: There is no question as to the benefit of many pharmaceutical drugs. I don’t think anyone would argue that the invention of penicillin, for example, was anything short of revolutionary for the practice of medicine as we know it today. But it’s also undeniably true that the pharmaceutical business has since grown into a profit-driven industry. These profits, unfortunately, often come at the costly expense of the public health.
There are far more effective ways for you to reduce your cholesterol, curb inflammation, and ensure lasting heart health without the use of dangerous drugs. I feel that the benefits of statins in particular are questionable at best. The improvements these drugs offer most certainly do not outweigh the risks, especially given the wide variety of natural alternatives available—to say nothing of the benefits that even simple lifestyle changes are clinically proven to deliver. Before you consider taking statins to lower your cholesterol, I’d like to encourage you to read my free report on safe, natural strategies for overcoming cardiovascular disease here. I urge you to share this important information with anyone you know who is looking for an effective, drug-free way to combat this widespread health concern. Source: Diabetes Care, October 2009.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.
Since 1991 Dr. Eliaz has maintained a busy private practice in northern California that focuses primarily on integrative, holistic protocols for cancer patients. He leads an integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, California with focus on cancer and other chronic ailments.
To learn more, please visit www.dreliaz.org.
Latest posts by Dr. Isaac Eliaz (see all)
- Trouble sleeping? Top tips for a great night’s sleep - June 7, 2016
- 4 ancient medicinal mushrooms fight modern diseases - June 2, 2016
- Ancient wisdom meets modern science in the fight against cancer - March 15, 2016