Imagine coming face to face with the guy who stole your cash, killed your pet, torched your car, and broke your TV. But when you confront him, he acts indignant.
“HEY!” he says. “Don’t yell at me. Your TV was already broken!”
Statin drugs for cholesterol have been linked to diabetes, memory loss, confusion, neuropathy, and muscle pain.
So call me crazy if you like. But I don’t exactly find it reassuring when a new study comes out claiming, “HEY! Don’t yell at me. The drug didn’t cause your muscle pain.”
Yet, that seems to be what mainstream medicine wants us to do. As researchers have concluded, you shouldn’t get too hung up on some sore muscles. Because they say it might not even be a “real” side effect.
But don’t be fooled, my friend. And definitely DON’T let them strong-arm you into giving these drugs another shot if you’ve already tried them and quit.
Because, as you’ll see in a moment, muscle pain is the LEAST of your worries.
The TRUE toll of statin drugs
For the new study, the researchers recruited people who had quit statins (or were considering stopping) because of that muscle pain. They then gave them either a new round of statins or a placebo.
Muscle pain, it turned out, was just as common in both groups. And the team claims that’s “proof” the muscle pain was a “nocebo” effect all along.
In other words, since the patients expected it, they felt it. And that occurred even when they were on the placebo.
Yeah, no kidding, they expected it. They’d ALREADY experienced it. So naturally, they feared a return performance. That would have made the participants far more likely to blame any ache or pain they felt during the study on the statin they believed they were taking.
And after just a single study, I, for one, am not willing to accept that statin-drug-linked muscle pain is simply a figment of people’s imaginations. Other studies – including large clinical trials – have found muscle pain can strike 10-20 percent of patients on the drugs.
Clearly, more research is needed before we can safely label this a “nocebo” effect.
2 ways cholesterol-lowering drugs fail you
But this whole thing’s a distraction anyway. Because like that thief who did a whole lot more than breaking your TV, there are two much bigger issues with statin drugs:
- The drugs have other significant side effects. In fact, according to some research, statin drugs could even raise diabetes risk up to 36 percent in at-risk folks. And let’s face it, that alone is a deal-breaker, even without any other side effects.
- Statin drugs attack the wrong problem because LDL by itself IS NOT the villain. The big, light, fluffy LDL particles generally just want to bounce on through the blood vessels, never causing a problem.
Some LDL particles certainly can cause trouble. But it’s not all LDL in general. It’s the smaller, dense, oxidized cholesterol called very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) that you really need to watch out for.
These damaged particles tend to stick to blood vessel walls raising your risks. And when all the focus is put on lowering LDL alone, the BIGGEST predictor of major heart events like stroke and heart attack is missed.
That’s something called “remnant cholesterol” that most docs never bother to check. And it’s where you’ll find that dangerous VLDL hiding. To learn more about remnant cholesterol, including how you can calculate it, click here.
The answer isn’t to cut ALL of your LDL with statin drugs. It’s to target those smaller particles. And since that damage is caused by oxidation, antioxidants are the natural remedy.
Eat a diet that includes plenty of antioxidant-rich foods such as beans, berries, and leafy greens. Plus, consider a supplement with astaxanthin, a compound found in some plants and animals.
Astaxanthin is one of the most potent antioxidant sources you can get your hands on. You can learn more about this natural wonder for free right here.
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