Is There an Alternative to Statins?
In 1999 the Center of Disease Control and prevention reported more than 600,000 admissions and 700,000 emergency room visits, resulting from medications that were correctly administered, but none the less produced side effects.[i]
Merc is a pharmaceutical giant that makes many prescription drugs. Some of their best sellers are the Statin drugs, prescribed in cases of high cholesterol. Merc knows very well that statin drugs deplete your body of CoQ10, a nutrient needed for proper muscle function, especially your heart muscle. That’s why in 1990 Merc got patents 4929437 and 4933165 which combined CoQ10 with a statin drug. But they never marketed any products from those patents!! The years have shown us that statin drugs, interfere with Vitamin D production, increase diabetes risk, reduce energy production and cause wide spread muscle damage, soreness, and pain. If you take the statins over time and many doctors tell their patients to continue the drugs the rest of their life, to keep the cholesterol level down, your muscle tissue degradation may lead to kidney damage and eventually death by toxic kidney overload. In any event, every pill you take increases your CoQ10, deficiency harming your heart. And no place does Merc suggest supplementing with CoQ10, even though they have known it was crucial at least since 1990. Statin drugs in Canada carry the information about CoQ10.
Policosanol (10mg/day) has been shown in clinical trials to lower cholesterol levels more than Mevacor (a lovastatin drug). A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study in 437 patients with high cholesterol levels evaluated this. After three months, the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels dropped significantly while the HDL (good cholesterol) levels rose significantly in the Policosanol group. There was also a triglyceride level decrease of 5.2%.[ii]
At doses of 10-20 mg per day, Policosanol lowered total cholesterol by 17% to 21% and LDL by 21% to 29% and raised HDL by 8% to 15%. At dosages of 20 mg per day Policosanol is safe and well tolerated, as studies of more than 3 years of therapy indicate. “Policosanol seems to be a very promising phytochemical alternative to classic lipid-lowering agents such as the statins…”.[iii]
Policosanol can be isolated from sugar cane wax and the wax of honeybeys, octacosanol supplements, wheat germ oil, vegetable oils, and yams.
Consult your doctor if you are taking a prescription cholesterol-lowering medication before supplementing with Policosanol. Caution should be taken with individuals with clotting disorders. Supplementation should be halted several weeks before surgery and is not indicated in children, pregnancy, and nursing mothers.
Listen, my goal is not to rip the drug companies, the FDA, the doctors or the media. This is to wake you up! And if you are awake…the only sane approach is to take responsibility for your own health and your family’s health…That’s what I, a Fort Collins Chiropractor, am all about.
[i] Wall Street Journal June 22, 2001
[ii] Mas, R., et al., Clin Pharmocol Ther, 1999;65:439-47.
[iii] Gouni-Berthold I, Berthold HK. Policosanol: clinical pharmacology and therapeutic significance of a new lipid-lowering agent. AM Heart J. 2002 Feb; 143(2):356-65.