Amazing! Isn't it amazing how we are led to believe that cholesterol is soooo harmful and that we've got to bring down those numbers at all costs! Even if it cost you your memory, your muscles, your life.
Cholesterol is all important building block of life. The brain accounts for 2% of your body but it uses 25% of all cholesterol.
Statins block the cholesterol making enzyme of the body - HMG-CoA Reductase. Look at the definition of statins from the Mayo Clinic web site: "Statins are drugs that can lower your cholesterol. They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol." Let's look at that last line again: "They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol."
That "substance" is HMG-CoA Reductase Enzyme. Yikes! What they don't say is all the other vital enzymes and substances are cut off because of the statin there is little to no HMG-CoA Reductase Enzyme being created. Little things...like CoQ10 a naturally produced antioxidant.
Let's check again with the Mayo Clinic's web site regarding CoQ10: "Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that is made in the human body. CoQ10 is needed for basic cell function. CoQ10 levels decrease with age and may be low in people with cancer, certain genetic disorders, diabetes, heart conditions, HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophies and Parkinson's disease. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels." The "prescription drugs" are statin drugs! They just don't mention the "statin" word.
If you have never had a heart attack and are not in danger of having a heart attack, you should check with your doctor especially if you are on statin drugs. According to Dr. Bowden's book, "The Great Cholesterol Myth" you should not be on a statin. No woman should be on statins. No children should be on statins.
Note: For you Dr. Oz fans The Great Cholesterol Myth was reviewed on Dr. Oz's show with both authors on the show of TGCM. Dr. Oz changed his mind about cholesterol lowering drugs and agreed with Drs. Bowden and Sinatra.
Be an Empowered Patient! Know what you're taking and why! Statins make a ton of money for Big Pharma but they could mean a ton of trouble for you.
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