It’s high time the mainstream medical community just admit it. They’ve made a massive mistake when it comes to cholesterol-lowering statins.
Because every day they spend pretending the giant machine they’ve built up around these drugs is working, it leads to more suffering, pain, and damage.
With nearly 30 percent of American adults over 40 already on these drugs, it’s a colossal population experiment gone terribly wrong. In fact, statins have become so popular that not too long ago, there was real talk of dumping them into our drinking water, like fluoride.
I only wish I were kidding. What an absolute tragedy that would’ve been.
We’ve since learned that cholesterol targeting statins deliver a nightmare assortment of risks and side effects. And the latest research reveals that there may have been another one hiding in plain sight this whole time.
And in some ways, it might be the most frightening one yet.
If you’re on these meds yourself, it may be time to talk to your doctor about getting off of them. And I’ve got just what you need to get that conversation rolling… so keep reading.
Mitochondria mystery leaves experts puzzled
If you or someone you care about has taken statins to lower cholesterol, you’re probably all too familiar with their most infamous side effect. And that, of course, is agonizing muscle pain.
According to experts and those folks who have lived through it, statin-triggered muscle pain can be severe and debilitating. In fact, it’s so common that it’s one of the top reasons people quit the medications.
But that pain isn’t just some random side effect. It’s a flashing red warning sign.
You see, the pain is a red flag that the statins are sapping coenzyme Q10 from your body. CoQ10 is a nutrient that’s critical to the functioning of the mitochondria or the “battery” inside each of your cells.
In other words, it’s as if your muscles have been DRAINED of energy.
But long-overdue research took things a step further. Researchers looked at what happens to the mitochondria in other parts of your body… especially inside your bloodstream.
And, well, they found something really weird.
The mitochondria elsewhere weren’t drained at all. In fact, it was just the opposite. They were practically BURSTING with energy. And the scientists are puzzled. They don’t know why it’s happening.
Statin-triggered organ damage risk revealed
It could be that statins increase cellular energy, which might actually be a hidden benefit. But don’t get too excited yet. Because there’s also another potential explanation.
Experts say it could be the body’s desperate attempt to compensate for the statin-induced damage. In other words, the mitochondria could be producing extra energy to carry out repairs.
The researchers warn it may even be a sign that the cholesterol lowering drugs are harming specific organs. And that could certainly help explain why some folks on statins suffer from kidney and liver damage.
I don’t know what’s more terrifying: The fact that incredibly popular statins might be secretly damaging organs in ways no one realized… or the fact that they’re NOT EVEN SURE what the drugs are doing to our bodies.
But you know what’s awful either way? The statin risks we ARE sure about. Like the fact that they’re linked to a 20 percent increased risk for diabetes. And that the drugs even fail to target the TRUE heart risk, OXIDIZED cholesterol.
The fact is, healthy cholesterol isn’t just about popping a pill to cut your LDL levels. It’s much more complicated than that. The real villain is OXIDIZED cholesterol particles that have been damaged by rampaging free radicals.
Oxidized cholesterol is small, dense, and far more harmful than ordinary (and mostly harmless) fluffy cholesterol. And there’s a better way to handle it. Astaxanthin=rich krill oil can fight that oxidation and helps keep your LDL particles intact.
I’ve written more about the failure of cholesterol meds and the truth about LDL cholesterol here.
Talk with your doctor about weaning yourself off statins and making the switch to krill oil instead.